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Monday, Apr 02, 2012


TAKEDOWN Kickstarter Funded

TAKEDOWN by Christian Allen, Serellan LLC Kickstarter Page has word that this campaign has overcome its early self-admitted mistakes to reach its funding targets. An interesting note is this tweet indicating that Robert Bowling, recently departed from Infinity Ward made a $7500 donation to the project. Thanks Dmitri.

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Kickstarts

A Kickstarter Campaign is now underway to fund a new Leisure Suit Larry game, as Replay games has teamed with Al Lowe and the other developers of the original games in the lecherous adventure series (thanks nin via Kotaku). They offer a range of incentives for supporting the project, including the chance to be in the game itself.

Gatherings & Competitions

April Foolin' 2012, Part 4

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Orcs Must Die! 2 Announced; Adds Co-op

Robot Entertainment announces plans for Orcs Must Die! 2, saying the sequel to their AIAS award-winning action/strategy hybrid will come exclusively to personal computers this summer. This is a direct sequel, starting off all of 48 hours following the conclusion of the first game, and it will offer exclusive content for those who own the original, which they say has been responsible for the demise of 3.4 billion orcs since its release. The game will be playable by attendees of PAX East next week, so we'll be hearing more about this soon, and in the meantime, here's an announcement trailer and here's a list of new features, including the oft-requested multiplayer support in the form of co-op:

  • New Campaign – Orcs Must Die! 2 features a full campaign that you can play in single-player or with a friend in co-op. Choose to play the campaign as the War Mage, a headstrong hero who charges into danger, or play as the more nuanced Sorceress, a new hero who keeps enemies at bay with mind-control and magic.
  • More Enemies – An army of vile new creatures is set to pour through the rifts, and they’ve brought all of your favorite trap-fodder from the original Orcs Must Die! along with them!
  • More Defenses – Orcs Must Die! 2 has an enormous armory of new and classic defenses, including an all new assortment of magical trinkets. Use your new spellbook to buy defenses and upgrades the way you choose to, building up your arsenal based on how you play the game.
  • New Upgrade System – The skull system has been completely redesigned. You will always earn skulls for replaying levels, and the skulls can be spent on multiple persistent upgrades for each of your defenses.

DROD: Gunthro and the Epic Blunder & Demo Released

Caravel Games now offers DROD: Gunthro and the Epic Blunder, a new installment in their series of dungeon crawlers for Windows, OS X, and Linux featuring hand-crafted rooms and classic turn-based game mechanics. A playable demo is offered for each platform, and here's an overview of the new game: "It features Gunthro Budkin, an ancestor to Beethro Budkin, in an epic clash between the nations of Rasarus and Tueno. Join Gunthro as he fights for Rasarun honor and attempts to uncover the sinister plot that has plunged his nation into war. There are a host of glorious new characters, puzzles and game elements in this latest installment to the classic DROD franchise."

Naval War: Arctic Circle Next Week

Paradox Interactive announces an April 10th release date for Naval War: Arctic Circle, the naval combat strategy game from Turbo Tape Games. Here's a new trailer showing off the game, and here's the deal:

With all hands on deck and tensions at a fever pitch , NATO fleets are now ready to engage the Russian Navy as it continues its aggressive posture in the Arctic Circle. A world starving for energy will soon wage bloody war over the riches of the deep. NATO Command has marked April 10 as the date when ships will weigh anchor and meet their fate in the cold of the arctic in the wargame Naval War: Arctic Circle.

On April 10th, 2012, Paradox Interactive and Turbo Tape Games will release a simulation of this all-too-possible conflict to a waiting wargame world. Naval War: Arctic Circle is a modern wargame that reflects the reality of naval combat in the near future, where you could be easily eliminated by a 10,000 tonne ship you never even see. Enter a world of radar, torpedo, high speed jets, anti-submarine warfare, electronic jamming and trying to stay hidden just long enough to get your first shots in. Because if an enemy can see you, it can kill you.

The Worm Returns: Andy Davidson Back at Team17

Following shortly after the announcement of Worms Revolution, Team17 Software announces Andy Davidson, creator of the Worms series, is returning to the company. "I left Team17 feeling I hadn’t finished what I wanted to achieve, but for professional reasons I knew I had to walk away," says Andy. "I’ve returned to scratch the creative itch that’s been bothering me for the last fourteen years. It’s nice to be back at Team17, it’s as though there’s been a revolution in the studio itself - there’s a real creative buzz about the place." Word is he will be contributing to the new Worms game as well as "a variety of new game ideas."

U.K. Charts

GfK Chart-Track lists the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for last week. Mass Effect 3 rises to number one in reshuffled top five. The all platforms chart has a new entry at number three: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

April Foolin' 2012, Part 3

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

I went back to the drawing board last night in my barbeque sauce project, as I've already gone through a pint of the good stuff. I made a new one from a Steven Raichlen recipe based on Coca Cola, which came out pretty well. I also went back to try and repair the sauce from last time that came out wrong... I think it's edible at this point, but still nothing compelling. I guess that might be for the best, because I completely lost track of everything I did to it to try and fix it, so if it turned out to be the best sauce ever, I would never be able to recreate it.

Recreated Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Cargo Shipment - New York.
Boom Town.
Links: 6 Times The Onion Had People Completely Fooled. Thanks Neatorama.
Darth Vader's helmet is hidden on the Washington National Cathedral.
Science: Can You Break Your Neck by Sneezing?
Media: Dan Bull Raps About Why He Hates DLC. NSFW.
Mass Effect the Cartoon.
Andy Warhol Painting Debbie Harry With An Amiga.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Total Recall (2012) - full trailer.

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