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Saturday, Mar 04, 2017


Shroud of the Avatar Free Trial

Shroud of the Avatar website now offers a free trial version of Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, the new RPG from a team led by Richard "Lord British" Garriott (thanks PixelRage). The post outlines differences between the trial and the full versions, and provides system specifications:

Free Trial User Game Play Differences:
Free Trial users have the following game play differences:

  • Free Trial Current Time Period: March 3 – March 9, 2017
  • The term (Visitor) is appended to their character name
  • Cannot give items to other players via Trade
  • Cannot purchase nor sell items via Player Vendors nor Public Vendors
  • No ownership of property nor use of lot signs
  • Cannot interact with public chests.
  • Cannot move/interact with items on a plot even if they are given permissions.
  • Cannot flag as Open PVP
  • Cannot gain nor do they create any ransom items when they kill or are killed in PVP (in Open PVP zones)
  • Character data may be deleted after Free Trial period is over if character is not upgraded to a paid account
  • Items purchased in the Add On Store cannot be accessed after the Free Trial Period is over unless you purchase Game Access
  • Cannot play in Offline Mode

System Requirements for Shroud of the Avatar



  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or newer
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX9 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection (Not required for Offline Mode)
  • Hard Drive: 22 GB available space


  • Processor: Quad Core Processor 2.4GHz or faster
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible AMD Radeon R9 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Hard Drive: SSD


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Overload Demo

Steam offers a new Overload Playable Teaser version 2.0, offering an updated sample of Overload, a new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the creators of Descent (thanks Ant). Here's a rundown on the trial: "Revival Productions is pleased to announce the release of Version 2.0 of the Overload Playable Teaser. The new version is a complete refresh, with updated graphics, sound, and gameplay. Update on Steam and check it out to see what Overload looks like in March 2017." And here's a description of the game itself that has even more on the trial version:

Overload is a new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the creators of Descent, currently under development. This Playable Teaser is an alpha-level demo of the game. Originally released during our Kickstarter campaign in March 2016, Version 2.0 is a complete overhaul and shows the game as it stands in March 2017.

Overload is an intense combat game that takes place in a full-3D world. The full game will feature:

  • Single-player story campaign with 15+ FULL-SIZE atmospheric levels
  • Upgradeable player ship and 12+ weapons with multiple upgrade options
  • More than a dozen unique robots with multiple variants, and 3 massive bosses
  • Story by the writer of FREESPACE 2, plus pulse-pounding soundtrack
  • Includes Multiplayer Expansion (6-8 months after release)
  • Greatly expanded Challenge Mode with lots of levels and online leaderboards
  • Easy-to-use custom Level Editor (post-release) so you can build and share levels

This demo contains a training level, a sample single-player "destroy the reactor" level, and two Challenge Mode levels that let you test your skills against a horde of enemies.

Overload will be available via Steam Early Access on March 13, 2017. If you like the demo, check out the full version!

NieR PC This Month

NieR was originally announced only for PlayStation 4, but Square Enix announces this action/RPG is also coming to Steam on March 17th. Here's the plan:

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that the upcoming highly anticipated Action-RPG, NieR: Automata™, will be available on Steam® globally beginning March 17, 2017.

Developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames Inc., NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S, and A2, and their ferocious battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia abandoned by humankind and overrun by machine lifeforms.

Those who pre-purchase the Steam® Day One Edition will receive an exclusive “Valve Character Accessory,” as well as other Day One Edition bonus content, including the Machine Mask Accessory, Grimoire Weiss Pod, Retro Grey Pod Skin, Retry Red Pod Skin, and Cardboard Pod Skin. Fans can pre-purchase now at:

NieR: Automata will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on March 7, and will be available on Steam® globally on March 17. This title is rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at for more information about ratings.

Story of NieR: Automata
Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: the machines. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon.

The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad.

In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world…

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Unbeliever -- Steam Greenlight. "This is a 2d action platformer with metroidvania elements. A difficult one. Inspired by Castlevania and modern classics like Dark Souls, Unbeliever ramps up the challenge of the generic action platformer and calls you to overcome anything that stands in your way."

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Out of the Blue

No Good Deed (NSFW) is a new Deadpool 2 teaser trailer. And so very awesome. Thanks RedEye9.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Ritual Part 1.
Media: Mario First Person Shooter.
StarCrafts Season 5 Ep16 The Magic Box.
Oroville Spillway Damage, Rebar?, Oroville Dam 2-27-17. Thanks viperfour.

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