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Monday, Oct 03, 2022 Happy German Unity Day

Play Fallout 76 for Free

The Fallout Website unveils Bethesda's plans to mark the 25th anniversary of the Fallout franchise. This is a month-long celebration of the release of Fallout in October 1997. The post outlines a variety of events. The primary of these is that Fallout 76 is free to try for a week for all who want to sample the prequel that's the most recent installment in the series, and free to keep for Prime subscribers:
FALLOUT 76 FREE PLAY WEEK
Haven’t taken a dive into Fallout 76? Explore post-nuclear Appalachia (and, following the game’s recent Expeditions update, The Pitt) with your friends at no additional charge during Fallout 76’s Free Play Week, starting October 4 to October 11.

EARN REWARDS WITH PRIME GAMING AND XBOX GAME PASS
That's right, the Free Play Week isn’t the only way to get your hands on Fallout 76 this month. Until November 1, active Prime Gaming subscribers can pick up the base Fallout 76 game free for PC/Windows Store via Prime Gaming Rewards.

Dead Space Remake Gameplay Reveal Tomorrow

This tweet serves notice that Electronic Arts will offer the first official look at the Dead Space remake at 11:00 am EDT tomorrow. That's when the Dead Space Official Gameplay Trailer will debut. The placeholder is already in place on YouTube in case you want to spend a few hours pre-spamming the chat. Word is:
Get your first look at Dead Space gameplay and prepare to uncover the mystery aboard the USG Ishimura when the game launches on January 27, 2023.
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Marauders Early Access

Okay boomer, time to get your looter shooter on, as Marauders is now available in Early Access for Windows on Steam. This supports solo play and co-op for up to four players. This post announces the news, illustrated by an Early Access Launch Trailer which combines gameplay and cinematics. The clip shows off a sci-fi dieselpunk setting in an alternate history where the stalemate of World War I was never broken. Here's more:
Marauders is a tactical first-person multiplayer shooter set in an alternative 1990s where The Great War never ended, Earth has been industrialised to its breaking point, and many have fled to the stars. As space mercenaries known as ‘Marauders’, players will gear up and pilot their ships through hostile galactic reaches to salvage anything they can and survive by any means necessary. Throughout each match, players will be able to upgrade their gear on-the-fly as they uncover troves of loot from daring raids on hulking frigates and embark on tense touchdowns on moving asteroids. They’ll also have to keep a close watch for others looking to do the same and end their expedition with a bullet.
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Steam Next Fest October 2022 Edition Demos, Part 1

Thanks Holden.

  • Armed and Armoured (Windows). "Armed and Armoured is a historical action & strategy RPG. The game dedicates to recreate the most realistic ancient sword fighting battles, with an immersive army organizing simulation system. The story background is based on the late Ming dynasty of China (late 16th Century)."
  • Asterigos: Curse of the Stars (Windows). "Embark on a journey full of danger in this action RPG, inspired by Greek and Roman mythologies. Explore the breathtaking city of Aphes and forge your way through legions of unique foes and mythical bosses to discover the truth behind the city’s curse."
  • Capital Command (Windows). "Take the helm of a state-of-the-art warship as you fight epic space battles in a sandbox campaign. Upgrade and customize your ship, master the art of maneuvering, and use a blend of tactical prowess and heavy firepower to overcome deadly threats."
  • Cyberpunk Samurai VR (Windows VR Only). "An ultra-realistic multiplayer sword fighting game. Physics drive everything. Clash blades with competitors in neon-lit streets. Create your own style from endless possibilities. Become a legend. Parry, pivot, and thrust your way to victory."
  • Flowstone Saga (Windows, macOS. Linux). "Master a totally unique puzzle-battle system in this 16-bit, JRPG-inspired adventure featuring an epic story, charming characters, stunning pixel art, and epic music. Follow a grand story set in the mysterious Ocean's End islands full of lost memories, ancient ruins, pirates, treasures, and frogs."
  • Grimlord (Windows VR Only). "Grimlord is a dark fantasy action RPG built for VR. Use every type of weaponry and armaments with full customization and limitless move sets to annihilate anyone who dares to stand between you and your destiny."
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Windows). "Hello Neighbor 2 is a stealth horror game about digging up your creepy neighbor’s secrets. But there’s a twist: the Neighbor is controlled by an AI that learns from the players! As time passes, his behavior will change and surprise you! Can you outsmart the Neighbor and find out what he’s hiding?"
  • Masterplan Tycoon (Windows). "Masterplan Tycoon is a real-time strategy game about building interconnected chains of resources in a minimalist visual style. The nodes are buildings. The pins are contact points between them. The links are supply lines. Create the largest logistics system possible." Here's an Announcement Trailer.
  • OTXO (Windows). "Enter an inexplicable, abstract mansion to rescue a loved one in this fast-paced, brutal, and dark roguelite filled with precise but savage gunplay and time-bending slow motion. Face your inner demons and unveil the secrets of the Mansion."
  • Soul Survivors (Unspecified (details!). "Prepare your soul for total destruction as you slaughter hordes of enemies throughout the Lands of Chaos. Soul Survivors is a dark fantasy time survival game with minimalistic gameplay and roguelite elements."
  • Spark in the Dark (Windows and macOS). "The hardcore dark fantasy Dungeon Crawler where you will go to the endless depths of a mysterious grim Dungeon."

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: I finally found a useful monorail (video). Well, sir, there's nothing on Earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car monorail! Thanks RedEye9.

Steam Next Fest October 2022 Edition Demos, Part 0

It's still about an hour until the official kickoff of the Steam Next Fest October 2022 Edition. But the festivities are already getting started. As usual, this will be a showcase of upcoming games, featuring developer livestreams and chats, as well as demos, demos demos! Hundreds of demos will be offered for one week only. The reasoning behind this paradox is still lost on us, but that's not extremely relevant. Once again we'll try and highlight demos of interest along with titles being actively promoted by their developers and publishers. Here's a first roundup:

  • Arto (Windows). "Breathe color into a desaturated world in this action-RPG. Fight unique enemies and bosses in a quest to bring life back to your world. Explore different biomes in ever-changing art styles, with varied mechanics, from hack-and-slash to stealth and platforms!"
  • Against the Storm (Windows). "A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors."
  • Cruise Ship Manager (Windows). "Manage your own Cruise Ship! Maintain your vessel and sell tickets to the wealthiest of passengers. Issue orders to your crew and keep their morale high. Choose the layout of your ship and the kind of amenities you want to offer. Keep the prices right, passengers satisfied, and your wallet full!"
  • Edge of Collapse (Windows). "In the dead of winter, an EMP attack destroys the US power grid. For Hannah, however, it’s the best day in 5 years. She was imprisoned in a psycho's basement - explosion releases the lock of her prison. Now she can begin the search for her family while feeling the breath of her abuser on her neck."
  • LEGO Bricktales (Windows). "In this puzzle-adventure, use an intuitive brick-by-brick building mechanic to solve puzzles and bring your creations to life! Experience a charming story as you explore beautiful LEGO® dioramas and help the people inhabiting them."
  • Manor Lords (Windows). "Manor Lords is a medieval strategy game featuring in-depth city building, large-scale tactical battles, and complex economic and social simulations. Rule your lands as a medieval lord -- the seasons pass, the weather changes, and cities rise and fall."
  • Offroad Mechanic Simulator (Windows). "Service off-road vehicles and take them for a drive! Offroad Mechanic Simulator lets you modify many classic off-road vehicles and prepare them for daunting tasks that no normal car could ever hope to complete. Test your work and climb steep cliffs or drive through rivers and deep layers of mud."
  • Paper Cut Mansion (Windows). "In this papercraft roguelite, explore a mysterious mansion floor by floor. Solve puzzles, battle enemies and complete quests as you unlock new abilities to aid you on each run as you solve the mystery behind the Paper Cut Mansion."
  • Stuntfest - World Tour (Windows). "Dive right into the crazy action circus of Stuntfest -World Tour! This destructive stunt royale is no place for weak bones! Grab your stunt car and battle against other reckless lunatics in nerve-wrecking competitions! Show off your spectacular tricks - race, wreck and bounce with style!"
  • Wavetale (Windows). "Surf the waters of a submerged city! Unravel the past, save the islanders from mysterious sea monsters and discover secrets hidden under the surface."

Trackmania Fall Campaign Begins

The Trackmania Website announces that the Fall Campaign is now underway in the arcade racing game (thanks Frans). This brings new tracks and medals along with fixes. These include the promised ice and water changes to even the playing field between PC and console players. Here's word:
The Fall 2022 campaign is available now with 25 new tracks to discover and 100 new medals to earn. Also, various fixes and improvements (ice and water physics improved, matchmaking beta voice chat, new podium item…) are coming with this update.

The Fall 2022 campaign is the 10th Trackmania seasonal campaign! 25 new tracks are available from now on with 5 different levels of difficulty (white, green, blue, red and black). Some new blocks, including an impressive ice loop, are available for the first time in a seasonal campaign.

Dune-inspired Elland: The Crystal Wars Flies Out

Elland: The Crystal Wars is now available for Windows on Steam, offering an aerial combat action game. This arrives courtesy of a Kickstarter that revived the project. Word is: "In 2001, development began on an ambitious Game Boy Advance game based on a popular franchise." Not feeling the need to be so cagey, PC Gamer clarifies that this was planned as a licensed Dune game called Dune: Ornithopter Assault (thanks Neutronbeam). If hearing this is a 20+ year-old GBA design has you imagining crisp high resolution graphics, that's on you. This trailer shows off gameplay in all its ancient glory. So while you might dream of fighting over spice on Arrakis, at least you can make do with a conflict over crystals on Elland:
Elland, a harsh desert world on the outskirts of the Galaxy. With nothing but scant indigenous life, the planet is controlled by the cooperative Elland Inc, which mines the abundant minerals and crystals used in the construction of Galactic star cruisers. The mining operations and the abundance of Brem-Nar Crystals have transformed Elland from a dusty wasteland into a glittering and much envied prize.

Notorious for its precipitation, the neighboring world of Mank is home to the headquarters of the Trafford Corporation, the largest constructor of space cruisers and weapons in the Galaxy. Trafford is infamously aggressive, using it’s financial muscle and military power to always get what it wants. At this moment in time it wants to control Elland and it will use all and any resources to get what it wants.
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Morning Patches

Unofficial games, patches, and mods.

Out of the Blue

I got three product recommendations for a bur grinder when I mentioned I was looking for one the other day (thanks!). One of them came after I already ordered one of the other two, so it didn't get its fair consideration. The recommendation I passed on was for the Cuisinart model, as I had one in the past, and had a couple of issues with it. The one I got was from Oxo (thanks brother19), as we've had good experiences with their kitchenware in the past. It was even on sale. This is a smart, well-made machine that makes quick, quiet work of the beans. I'm still working on getting my portioning exactly right, as I'm still not ready to go full Alton Brown on my brewing with the digital scale and all that (thought I have complete respect for anyone who does). But I'm pleased with the Oxo so far. Of course, based on history, the real test will be to see if it doesn't quickly die on me. So, time will tell.

Obituary: Sacheen Littlefeather: Native American activist and actor who refused Oscar for Brando dies.

(G)Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Science

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Media
Thanks Kxmode.

Auction

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