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Friday, Mar 10, 2023 Mar10 Day

Dead by Daylight Free Weekend

Dead by Daylight is free to try this weekend on Steam, allowing everyone the chance to sample this asymmetrical multiplayer horror game (though the cost of cleaning soiled underwear is on you). Don't worry if you don't know all the good places to hide, there's a post on Steam with all sorts of pointers for new players. You have a couple of days to chase and be chased, and the game and all its DLC are all on sale if you find yourself hooked. Here's death by details:
Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed.

Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey.

The Survivors' goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer - something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.

Mato Anomalies Released

Mato Anomalies is now available on Steam, providing Windows gamers a neo-noir visual novel/adventure set in a the futuristic city of Mato. A look at the game's anime influence can be seen in the Release Trailer. Here's word from developer Arrowiz and publisher Prime Matter1:
Mato Anomalies is a turn-based RPG that takes players on a journey across Mato, a fantasized neo-futuristic version of a bygone oriental city. Take control of the Dual Protagonists Doe and Gram to investigate strange anomalies around the city, or venture into rifts to battle demonic abominations determined to bring about the city's downfall.

Team up with unlikely companions and unravel the dark secrets in this story of Duty, Hope and Justice.
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Rune Factory 3 Special Announced

XSEED Games announce Rune Factory 3 Special, an expanded remake of Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, the 2009 installment in the RPG series that only came to Nintendo DS. This new edition will come to Windows via Steam and Switch in North America on September 5th. For a look at its updated look and gameplay, check out the Release Date Trailer. Here's word:
Rune Factory 3 Special returns after more than a decade following its original release on Nintendo DS! The remastered version of the popular entry in the Rune Factory series is being developed with remastered HD graphics and redesigned 3D character models that improve upon the original designs while retaining their unique appeal. These improved visuals are bolstered by new features including Newlywed Mode, standalone adventures unlocked after marriage to each of the game's 11 eligible bachelorettes and a "Hell" difficulty level to challenge even veteran players!
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Evening Patches

↑ Official patches. ↓ Unofficial games, patches, and mods.

Evening Multiplex

Official trailer.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 Fan's Coaster Will Outlast Our Universe. I hope I'm tall enough to ride.

Total War: WARHAMMER III Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway on Steam for Total War: WARHAMMER III, allowing everyone to check out this Windows, macOS, and Linux fantasy strategy sequel with no obligation. The free period runs into Monday. If you want to soldier on after that, the game is on sale for 33% off, and all progress from the weekend will carry over. Additionally, there's a franchise sale on Steam with even bigger discounts on other games in the series. Here's a quick pitch:
With seven unique races and hundreds of units under your command, raise an army and dominate in epic real-time battles across a world of breathtaking scale and spectacle.

In the most ambitious and groundbreaking Total War title to date, dive into a captivating narrative that will take you to the mind-bending Realm of Chaos and back again. Forge your empire in a strategy sandbox that ensures no two campaigns are ever the same.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight Free Weekend

Blizzard announces a free trial this weekend for World of Warcraft for new and lapsed players to check out the new Dragonflight expansion. Word is: "This weekend, from March 9–12, we’re upgrading all inactive World of Warcraft accounts. Returning players will have full access to the game* and all their characters—including Dragonflight, for those who don’t own the latest expansion." This post has more details on how to participate and how it all works.

Here's word on how every time you think you're out, they pull you back in:

During the Dragonflight FREE trial period, you can bring your level 60 characters to the Dragon Isles or play as the new dracthyr Evoker and get complete access to the latest chapter in the Warcraft saga. If you don’t have a level 60 character on your account yet, check your app—we may have a surprise waiting for you.

While you’re playing the trial, your character won’t be able to progress past level 60***, but don’t fret. Any experience you earn during the trial period will be banked and applied to your character when purchase Dragonflight. Get started on your adventure today!

Fortnite Drops Windows 7/8 Support

What’s New in Fortnite Battle Royale Chapter 4 Season 2: MEGA has all the details on today's new version of Fortnite, Epic's battle royale. Included with the new content and gameplay changes are new system requirements. Word is, as of now Windows 7 and Windows 8 are no longer officially supported:
As previously announced, starting with Battle Royale Chapter 4 Season 2, players will be required to use Windows 10 or higher in order to continue playing Fortnite natively on PC in an officially supported manner. Windows 7 and 8 are now officially unsupported in Fortnite.

For players unable to upgrade, NVIDIA GeForce NOW is an available alternative so you can continue playing Fortnite via streaming on your current Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC.

Colossal Cave Livestream Today announces a livestream today that will allow famed game designers Ken and Roberta Williams to discuss Colossal Cave,* the recently released point-and-click adventure remake. Things will get underway on Twitch at 8:00 pm UTC, which is 3:00 pm EST. With a shout-out for the Kurt Vonnegut reference, here's word on the plan:
To celebrate that amazing addition to our catalog, we’ve prepared something just as special. Today (March 10th), at 8 PM UTC, Kilg0re_Tr0ut will be joined by Roberta and Ken Williams themselves on our Twitch Channel, to talk about Colossal Cave and engage in its immersive gameplay! Moreover, during the duration of the stream we will have a special surprise for all our viewers. You simply can’t miss it!

We’re absolutely thrilled to have Roberta and Ken on our stream and would love to have you join us as well! And if you somehow missed the release of Colossal Cave – do not worry. We had the pleasure of having an in-depth conversation with Roberta and Ken about the game itself, their comeback, inspiration behind making the game happen, their future plans and much more! You can find it HERE.
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Big Ambitions Early Access

Steam now offers Early Access to Big Ambitions, a chance to get in touch with your inner Gordon Gekko in a new business simulation. This allows you to build your corporate empire from the ground up from humble beginnings. This is shown off the Early Access Trailer, which includes another assault on the ears. Here's more on this chance to give you the business:
Whether starting small with a cosy coffee shop, or aiming high with the ambition to control the entire city, every building in New York can be explored, bought, customised and turned into a business.

Offering incredible depth to players, from renovating your stores or personal apartments to managing your money and hiring staff, the key to success in Big Ambitions is managing your time, health and daily activities while still building your ever-growing empire.
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Justice League: Cosmic Chaos Released

Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is now available for Windows on Steam and for consoles, offering an open-world superhero adventure for kids of all ages. This carries a 15% launch discount for the next week. The Launch Trailer offers a look at gameplay and a listen to a really wonky audio mix. Here's more on what this is all about:
Fans can play as legendary DC Super Heroes Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman as the mighty Justice League join forces to take on the all-powerful Mr Mxyzptlk, a trickster from the Fifth Dimension who has appointed himself the mayor of Happy Harbor and is intent on causing chaos. Players can explore a vibrant new location and enjoy the refreshing new take on the iconic Justice League characters, reimagined in a Saturday morning cartoon style. Harness the unique abilities of each Super Hero to overcome strange enemies, gruelling fights, and fun-filled missions whether solo, or teaming up with friends or family with 2 player instant action co-op mode.

It isn't just the characters that are iconic as the game's voice cast features Nolan North (Uncharted, Midnight Suns) as Superman, Vanessa Marshall (Mass Effect, Marvel's Midnight Suns) as Wonder Woman and Diedrich Bader ( Batman: The Brave and The Bold - The Videogame) as Batman, as well as a star-studded supporting cast.
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Out of the Blue

It's like déjà vu all over again! Our second day in a row of scheduled maintenance went as smoothly as the first. The missing index was restored, the forums are back online, and things seem to be as they should be. Hats off to Frans for a job well done. As far as we know, this wraps up the last remaining details of our transition to our new server, so if you happen to notice any strange or slow behavior, please let us know.

Obituary: A Chicago legend, whose Italian beef sandwich shop inspired 'The Bear,' has died. Thanks RedEye9.

Familiar Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Links


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