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Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014

Patrice Desilets Launches Panache Digital Games

Patrice Desilets tweets an announcement of the launch of a new studio following his firing by Ubisoft earlier this year. So far most of what we have to go by is a URL and a hashtag: "My new studio in Montréal: Talk to you soon! #playwithpanache." Thanks All Games Beta.

Mount&Blade Free on Fall Sale

A big fall sale is underway on, offering over 700 games discounted up to 90% off, along with free gifts from their DRM-free marketplace. The first freebie is a copy of Mount&Blade, which is being offered to all registered users for 48 hours, and they are also offering the chance to get a free copy of The Witcher 2. Here's word:
It kicks off with an exceptional offering: the bottomless sandbox action-RPG Mount & Blade is available for free for the first 48 hours of the sale. You can sign up for your free copy on our front page. You can also complete the Mount and Blade collection with the remaining titles bundled 75% off.

Impressive? We've only just begun. Look here, what's that? Another bundle? Yes! It's the all-time favorite Ultimate Dungeons and Dragons Bundle making a comeback by popular demand. Only $21.10 for a collection of ten D&D classics with hundreds of hours worth of gameplay time. Available for 24 hours only, as tomorrow this amazing deal will step down to make room for another gratuitous daily offer. Not feeling like waiting an entire day for a new offer? No worries, we've got you covered. Throughout the sale a line up of flash deals will be available on our front page to give you amazing offers on great games hour, by hour, by hour.

Ubisoft on AMD & Assassin's Creed Unity

This forum post has links to where to turn for support for problems with the Windows edition of Assassin's Creed Unity. Also, a post on the Assassin's Creed Unity Forums from Ubisoft addresses AMD owners playing the just-released stealth/assassination sequel (thanks IGN), explaining what's being done about some of the reported issues on their systems:
We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC may be adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations. This should not affect the vast majority of PC players, but rest assured that AMD and Ubisoft are continuing to work together closely to resolve the issue, and will provide more information as soon as it is available.

Darkfall Unholy Wars Free Week on Steam

Steam News announces that Darkfall Unholy Wars is free to play on Steam for the next week: "Play Darkfall Unholy Wars for FREE starting now through November 18th at Midnight. You can also pickup Darkfall Unholy Wars one month subscription at 75% off the regular price for the first month!"

Star Citizen Passes $61M

A new Roberts Space Industries Letter from the Chairman announces the Espera Prowler stretch goal is unlocked for Star Citizen as the upcoming space combat game has now passed the $61 million crowd-funding goal. The game hitting another plateau at least comes as a surprise to one person, Chairman Roberts, who says: "It’s good to be home! After a fourteen hour flight home from Australia, it was a nice surprise to see that Star Citizen’s backers had once again hit another milestone."

On Sale

  • ReignMaker on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Sneaky Sneaky on Steam. Save 10%.

Evening Previews

  • Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms on RPGWatch. Thanks Acleacius.
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenort on Feature overview.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Free Ultimate Vault Hunter Plans

In announcing the availability of the Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Gearbox Software also announces plans for a free update to satisfy requests for an Ultimate Vault Hunter mode. Word is: "Additionally, free updates to the game are currently in the works, including a highly requested Ultimate Vault Hunter playthrough mode that allows players to go through the game a third time as well as reset campaign progress at any time."

Steamships Ahoy - Space Hulk: Ascension

Steam news announces the release of Space Hulk Ascension Edition, saying the standalone Space Hulk expansion is 10% off for the next week. Here's word:
Set in the isolated corridors and tomb-like chambers of ancient vessels lost in the graveyard of space, players lead a small force of fearless Space Marine Terminators in a ferocious fight for survival against hordes of predatory, alien Genestealers.

The standalone sequel to Space Hulk brings an all new and improved single-player experience for the turn-based strategy game.

Ships Ahoy - Randal's Monday

Daedalic Entertainment announces today is Randal's Wednesday with the release of Randal's Monday for Windows and OS X. The official website has details on where to get this "point & geek" adventure from Nexus Game Studios, and the official trailer offers a look at what to expect. Here's a bit:
Randal’s Monday features cynical humor, geek culture references and classic point & click adventure gameplay at its best: being stuck in a space-time-odyssey that makes main character Randal having to go through the worst day of each week– a Monday – over and over, players can experience an epic story about friendship in seven huge chapters and more than 20 hours of gameplay time.

The story of Randal’s Monday is way more than an homage to movie classics such as “Groundhog Day” or “Clerks” that the developers consider being both the best entertainment and also friendship stories. “It’s one of the best scripts I read in years”, states “Clerks” legend Jeff Anderson. He stars not only as voice actor for the game’s cynical main character, Randal, but also consulted the developers, Nexus Game Studios, by working with them on the game’s script.
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Pillars of Eternity Preorders

Paradox Interactive and Obsidian Entertainment announce that preorders are now being accepted on this page for Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian's crowd-funded role-playing game. They celebrate the news with word they plan a livestream of the game tomorrow at 4:00 pm EST, and offer the following word on preorder bonuses:
Paradox Interactive and Obsidian Entertainment today announced that Pillars of Eternity, the fan-funded role-playing game (RPG) inspired by classics of the genre, is now available to pre-order from digital distributors everywhere with a discount available for early purchasers. Pre-orders of the game will also include special in-game bonus items – while fans who backed the game on Kickstarter will receive these extras free of charge.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Ubisoft's Sneaky Scheme to Keep You From Seeing Bad Reviews - WIRED.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

I've been getting around pretty well on my twice-sprained ankle thanks to some help from a neoprene brace. The itch of healing is starting to make me nuts because it's below the skin, but it also hasn't healed up enough to put it through much without a brace, and I can't really say when I'll get past this point, as the last time I had a high ankle sprain it took ages to recover, and I was much younger at the time. Actually, if I'm smart, I'll continue to wear the brace for a while after it's no longer a necessity, since it helps remind me to be careful on it. Besides, I think the orthopedic look is in this year.

R.I.P.: Hip-hop loses a legend: Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank dead at 57.

Sprained Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Awesome Run.
Zippy Ninja.
Story: Teens Accused of Trying to Steal Wagon Full of Girl Scout Cookies.
Science: Landmark 20-Year Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Depression In Farmers.
Fascinating comparison of the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and 2010.
Media: Peter Gabriel sings "Heroes" at Berlin Wall ceremony.
MONSTER Energy drinks are the work of SATAN.
Kids React to Old Cameras.
Follow-up: Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved.
There are no known Ebola cases in the U.S.
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