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Saturday, Nov 18, 2023 National Adoption Day (USA)

Star Citizen Free Fly Event

Cloud Imperium Games announces the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo is now underway, a virtual showroom of spacecraft from Star Citizen and Squadron 42, the crowdfunded space exploration games. This leans into the car dealership mechanic, as virtual ship sales have been a big part of the crowdfunding that's kept the games in development for well over a decade. But besides showing off and selling these ships, there are test-drives to be had in another Free Fly Event. This means almost everything on display is available to fly or drive for free between now and the end of the month. Here's a trailer and word:
During the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo, anyone can explore Star Citizen's incredible Persistent Universe for free. Even if you don't have a Star Citizen Game Package, you can try it for free and fly to the in-game event in style with Drake's new starter ship, the Cutter, which we're loaning to all players for free for the duration of the event.

Starting on November 17 (4pm UTC), each day a different ship manufacturer will take over one of the expo halls for 48 hours. There's something new to see every day, and nearly everything on display is available to test-fly for free!
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Steam Autumn Sale Next Week

Valve reminds everyone that the Steam Autumn Sale will begin on Tuesday, November 21st. So heads-up when making game purchases, the title you seek may be cheaper in just a few days. This was previously announced in this post, which lays out the near-future schedule for several upcoming events on the store. Here's a Steam Autumn Sale 2023 Official Trailer, and here's word:
Tens of thousands of discounted games await you during the Steam Autumn Sale, November 21 - 28. You'll find games of all kinds to stock up on, whether it's for yourself or for your buddies on your holiday shopping list (gift cards too)!

The Autumn Sale also marks the official opening of nominations for The Steam Awards. Beginning November 21, nominate your favorite games of the past year across 11 categories, and earn a badge!
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Below the Stone Early Access

Developer Strollart and publisher Apogee have launched Early Access to Below the Stone, giving players the chance to dig into this mining roguelike. This is available for Windows on Steam along with a playable demo, and next year's full launch will come to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch. The Early Access Trailer provides a look, showing this leans into the first fantasy dwarf stereotype that comes to mined. Here's more:
Drill to the depths in this all-or-nothing roguelike tour de force where fame and fortune lie beneath ruins. Design a dwarf to match the latest underground styles with customization options for beards and haircuts, then pick up a pickaxe and provide for the kin back home. Make wise decisions while scouring the unknown for shimmering rewards, or risk becoming another lost soul buried beneath the rubble.

A gauntlet of procedurally generated dungeons and caves awaits enterprising explorers. Hack through dozens of unique biomes including fluorescent fungi fields, magma-marred mazes, and gorged caverns. Scrabble to survive amidst the blows of club-wielding trolls, lumbering Yetis, and stinging scorpions.
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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday Graham Parker, who turns 72 today. I feel like everyone should have at least one favorite musical artist that most people don't get, and Graham is mine. His music and lyrics are both smart and clever, as well as catchy, funny, poignant, and exceedingly honest. He made a decent splash in the 1980s, but has mostly faded into obscurity since. But that never slowed down his creative drive, and he's continues to put out great stuff over the years, and he just released a new album called Last Chance To Learn The Twist. We last got to see him in in 2015 when he was just 63 years old. But I'd gladly see him perform again, and hope to get the chance.

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Friday, Nov 17, 2023 National Hiking Day (USA)

Victoria 3 Free Weekend

A free weekend is now underway on Steam for Victoria 3, the Windows, macOS, and Linux historical strategy sequel from Paradox Interactive. This gives everyone a couple of days to experience the game with no obligation, and here's a handy post to help new players get started. For those who want to continue on in the Victorian Age after the free period ends, the game is on sale for half-off. Read on for a refresher:

  • Paradox Development Studio invites you to build your ideal society in the tumult of the exciting and transformative 19th century. Balance the competing interests in your society and earn your place in the sun in Victoria 3, one of the most anticipated games in Paradox’s history.


  • Lead dozens of world nations from 1836-1936. Agrarian or Industrial, Traditional or Radical, Peaceful or Expansionist... the choice is yours.
  • Detailed population groups with their own economic needs and political desires.
  • Reform your government and constitution to take advantage of new social innovations, or preserve the stability of your nation by holding fast to tradition in the face of revolutionaries.
  • Research transformative new technology or ideas to improve your national situation.

Galactic Civilizations IV Expansion Pass

Stardock announces the launch of the first Expansion Pass for Galactic Civilizations IV, the 4X space game set in space, where no one can hear you explore, expand, exploit, or even exterminate. The post is on Steam, and the pass is available there. And while GalCiv4 is also available on the Epic Games Store, the pass is not there for some reason. We asked Stardock to explain this, but got no reply. This comes with a new version 2.1 Genesis Update for the base game, and here's the Change Log for that. Finally, the patch and the pass are discussed in detail in this post. Here's word:
We’re thrilled with the feedback from our players. Many of the updates in v2.1 have been inspired by their invaluable suggestions across forums, Discord, Reddit, and more.

In addition to the Supernova update, Stardock has introduced its first Expansion Pass for Galactic Civilizations IV. This pass offers players a significant discount on upcoming DLCs and expansions, drawing inspiration from the popular Founders Program of the previous game. The Expansion Pass is a fantastic offer, covering the first years' worth of expansions and DLC, modeled after our successful Founders Program.

Heroes Wanted Early Access

Early Access to Heroes Wanted is now underway on Steam, offering a roguelike deckbuilder for Windows, macOS, and Linux from developer Gameplete and publisher NEOWIZ. This promises "strategic battles, unique card mechanics, and engaging storyline," and the Early Access Trailer is here with a look at what to expect if you play your cards right. Here's word:
Recruit heroes and defeat the monsters!
Newbies will be always welcomed.

You must select the most optimal set of cards for each round.
The damage multipliers increase depending on the combination of cards' elements and types.
Plan your next move wisely while considering every possibility.

Build Your Perfect Deck:
Cards that have been given as rewards have their own unique skills.
Plan how it might synergize with other artifacts and cards and defeat the monsters!
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The calm before the storm is over, as NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS is now available for Windows on Steam and for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Switch. Here's the musical Launch Trailer to get the party started. This installment boasts the largest roster in the history of the fighting series, with over 130 playable characters from which to chose. Here's what you need to know:
NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS offers an exciting and robust lineup representing the breadth of NARUTO’s beloved history – from legendary founders of the ninja clans Ashura and Indra Otsutski and the formidable members of Kara like Delta, Boro, Koji Kashin and Jigen, to the iconic Team 7 lineup of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. The game features multiple modes including History Mode, which allows fans to enter the captivating world of NARUTO by reliving his childhood memories and witnessing his most epic battles, including his final epic fight with Sasuke. Special Story Mode takes the chakra-infused experience a step further, presenting a brand-new original storyline in which Boruto meets a mysterious girl in a popular online game called "Ninja Heroes" and soon finds himself in a great battle involving the entire ninja world.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: The Case for Using AI to Log Your Every Living Moment (may require registration or subscription).

Obituary: Kool & The Gang Drummer George 'Funky' Brown Dead at 74.

Get Half-Life 25th Anniversary Version for Free

Valve offers a Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update discussing news related to Sunday's quarter-century anniversary of the launch of the classic first-person shooter. The headline is that the game is currently free, so on the off chance you don't own it already, you can download Half-Life for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Steam for keeps right now. This is an updated version, and this page has details on all that's changed. It now includes the integration of Half-Life Uplink, four new multiplayer maps, updated graphics settings, controller and Steam networking support, Steam Deck support, UI scaling, restored content, and content from an obscure 1999 disc called Half-Life Further Data. There are also new sprays, bugfixes, wallpapers, and more. Lastly, the previous version of the game is still accessible as a public beta branch. Here's a new Half-Life: 25th Anniversary Documentary, and here's word:
We launched Half-Life on November 19th, 1998. We are very proud of what we built back then and we remain extremely grateful for the community of players who have been enjoying it ever since. The game hasn't received as much attention in recent years as many other titles in our catalog, so we thought this milestone was a great opportunity to spruce up the player experience and add some fun new ways to play the game.

The same game you played in 1998 - restored, augmented, and revitalized

We created a new webpage to showcase all the updates in detail, but here's a quick rundown of the updates to the base game:
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Fortnite Adds Voice Reporting

Epic announces that voice reporting is now available in Fortnite, the battle royale shooter. Abusive players can now be reported by forwarding audio evidence of their violations of the game's code of conduct. Of course snitches get stitches, so don't let anyone know you're wearing a wire. The post explains that Epic is not recording audio centrally, and the system relies on local records on user machines that Epic can't access without you sending them in. Here's more on the game's new cockpit voice recorder:
When voice reporting is on, the last five minutes of voice chat audio are captured on a rolling basis. This means only the immediate last five minutes of audio is reportable. As new audio is captured, any previous audio that's more than five minutes old is automatically deleted. Voice chat audio is securely captured on your device — for example your gaming console or PC — not the Epic Games servers.

If you report a conversation, the voice chat audio captured from the last five minutes will be uploaded with the report and sent to Epic moderators for review. You can see if voice reporting is currently on or off in the Sidebar. Note: Epic has no way of accessing any voice chat audio unless voice reporting is on and a participant submits a voice report.
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Anvil Saga Official Launch

Anvil Saga is out of Early Access, and this management sim/RPG is now officially available for Windows on Steam, boasting a 30% launch discount for the next week. All the details on what's new are in this post on Steam, which includes the Full Release Trailer. This warns that old save games are not compatible with new content added to the first three chapters, so Early Access players seeking the full experience must start from scratch. Here's a bit on the game:
Turn a ramshackle blacksmith shop into a successful enterprise in a challenging and endlessly varied world! Deal with local bandits, merchants, priests, as well as French and English soldiers. Manage workers with various quirks, improve facilities and tools to create better merchandise, decorate your smithy to attract high-paying customers and most importantly – try not to get yourself beheaded!

Build the smithy of your dreams
Construct new rooms and underground facilities in order to expand your smithy and take on the more challenging orders. From a simple kitchen to living quarters, to logging or woodcarving workshops – each room needs to be outfitted with the appropriate furniture and décor.
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Bluey: The Videogame Released

Outright Games has released Bluey: The Videogame (no relation), an action/adventure for kids of all ages based on the Children's television series. The Windows edition is available on Steam, and there are also versions for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Switch. Here's a Launch Trailer and more:
Get ready for an all-new Bluey adventure as Bluey: The Videogame launches today on consoles and PC. Created by Outright Games, the leading global publisher of family-friendly interactive entertainment, in partnership with BBC Studios, Bluey: The Videogame marks the highly anticipated video game debut of the internationally loved TV show.

Bluey: The Videogameis based on the Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning global TV show phenomenon Bluey , which follows Bluey, a loveable, inexhaustible, Blue Heeler dog, who lives with her Mum, Dad and her little sister, Bingo. Bluey uses her limitless energy to play games that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways, bringing her family and the whole neighborhood into her world of fun.
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Out of the Blue

‘It never ends’- the book club that spent 28 years reading Finnegans Wake. Trolling James Joyce pretty hard considering he's not around to appreciate it. After all the book "only" took 17 years to write. On the other hand, it's pretty easy to make the case that Joyce was trolling the world when he wrote a novel described as "628 pages of things that look like typographic errors." Congrats to the club for crossing the finish line.

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