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Paradox haven't decided if their new game Imperator: Rome will be on Linux (update: it will!)
22 May 2018 at 2:09 pm UTC Likes: 1

rustybroomhandleThe thing with Age of Wonders: Planetfall is that it is also announced for XBox One, so in all likelihood, the Microsoft thing will happen where the dev/publisher is not even allowed to mention any non Microsoft platforms for a set period of time.
And here I thought I was able to get away from Microsoft by not using their products. But no, they have a knack for showing their ugly head when you least expect it.

Paradox haven't decided if their new game Imperator: Rome will be on Linux (update: it will!)
22 May 2018 at 12:16 pm UTC Likes: 1

cxpher@gmail.comAge of Wonders: Planetfall

This i would buy without a second thought.

Imperator i'm considering.
It's not confirmed if there'll be a Linux port though :-(
Please consider showing your support on this thread.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is now available, a few thoughts
9 May 2018 at 6:30 am UTC

SeegrasWhy do the ships in fantasy games always look like crap? They should look like this:
http://www.martins-live.de/ralfsmodellwelt.de/bausaetze/marine/kogge/kogge_28.jpg for instance. Or this:
http://www.esys.org/Piraterie/Schiffe_der_Piraten-Kogge-hq.jpg
Or this:
http://www.gk-modellbau-shop.de/WebRoot/Store2/Shops/61220080/477F/EB87/EB4B/1377/BEEF/C0A8/28BA/AE22/99-002.jpg
Or, if you want to be modern, this:
https://www.steingraeber-modelle.de/upload/images/kr800925.jpg

Did you see what all of them except the early cogs have? Yes, a tumblehome. Don't design them without. And what they don't have? An extremely high poop, without also having an extremely high forecastle. Also, they are not straight in the middle like a modern freighter, but curved outward.

But lack of tumblehome, an unbalanced high poop and a straight middle seem to be the hallmark of fantasy-ships, and it always looks like crap.

D&D, no tumblehome and a straight middle:
http://s3images.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/original_328353_niT0lP2bfEIAKXM7i7eod6YDW.jpg
No tumblehome, straight middle, no forecastle.
http://www.fantasycartography.com/maps/projects/12/buc_BlackContessa.jpg
And of course, they have rooms & cabins. Which, apart from some storage-closets in the forecastle and some cabins in the back, ships didn't have.

Early medieval ships and late medieval cargo ships are usually all storage and no real accommodations (hang your hammock wherever), while late-medieval warships tend to be all guns (yes, guns are earlier than plate armour), and for guns you need lots of free space, so the decks are again, completely open.
I'm happy to see I'm not the only one irritated by this! I build model sailing ships as a hobby, and sometimes I facepalm due to the stupid fantasy ship designs. The worst is, everyone wants the ship's wheel to be on the poop deck in the worst possible location where a shot of grape can completely wipe it and the helmsman out!
Anyway, back to topic: I've been waiting for this game to release, but since they just recently announced 4 DLCs I think I'll wait to pick it up until I can get the complete version with all DLCs. I really see no idea to get it now, only to have to replay it when the DLCs are released.

A look at some Linux games on sale, plus an XCOM 2 free weekend
4 May 2018 at 9:14 am UTC Likes: 1

For once I might actually pass on the ebooks and get a game instead; I still haven't bought Xcom 2, so I'll try it out this weekend and buy it if I like it.
The python books are tempting, but there doesn't seem to be any really good ones I the bundle this time.

War for the Overworld has a huge patch and DLC release
22 April 2018 at 7:50 pm UTC

I actually bought it this afternoon but had to ask for a refund: I got ~12fps in the menu with a laggy mouse on lowest graphics settings (and everything up to ultra). To be honest, I didn't try different drivers to see if it helped, I just looked on the support forum to see if anyone else had had the same issue, and then asked for a refund.
Nothing was running in the background, and the system is a Ryzen 1700 with 16GB ram and a GTX660. I haven't had any issue in any other game I've tried (brand new system).

Also, the game didn't shut down properly when exiting, but stayed as a zombie process that I had to kill.

I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from getting this game, it looks very fun, just stating that it didn't run on my system.

Get your terminal ready to hack the planet in Off Grid with a new trailer, confirmed for same-day Linux release
18 April 2018 at 9:15 pm UTC Likes: 7

I just checked the recommended Linux hardware requirements:

"""RECOMMENDED:
OS: RISC architecture is gonna change everything
Processor: P6 chip. Triple the speed of the Pentium
Graphics: 3Dfx Voodoo capable GFX card
Sound Card: The Sound Blaster 1.0 ( "Killer Kard"
Additional Notes: 28.8 KBPS Modem"""

I'm totally going to play it on my raspberry pi! :-D

Get your terminal ready to hack the planet in Off Grid with a new trailer, confirmed for same-day Linux release
18 April 2018 at 2:48 pm UTC Likes: 2

Looks interesting, though I didn't know ssh was a 'hacking tool' :-p

2nd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors now available to pre-order
13 April 2018 at 7:37 pm UTC

I'm considering buying a Ryzen 1600 or 1700 very soon, would it be worthwhile waiting a few months for a possible price drop?

Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion is out expanding the game quite a lot
16 March 2018 at 6:02 pm UTC

I might buy the DLC just to get back into the game. I played it a LOT 2-3 years ago and did almost everything, visited all planets and moons (some just flyby's), Apollo-style Duna missions etc, and then grew tired of the game.
The new parts may be reason enough for me to go back and visit Mün, though.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition release date announced for March 27th, day-1 Linux support
10 March 2018 at 6:01 pm UTC

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Wow, these are some pretty neat enhancements. I was just a little concerned that they'd settle for the "bare minimum", where graphical enhancements are concerned. This level of improvement is above & beyond what I hoped for. (although I assume it'll still be some time before the whole game is up to snuff graphically)
Where did you see this? I haven't seen any indication that the graphics are this enhanced, everything they've shown till date have been very modest enhancements, and barely perceptible in screen shots.
I'll probably buy the game anyway though as I played it a lot back when it came out (I still have the CDs), and it's a pain getting it to work on Linux these days. The original campaign was very boring, but the expansion packs were great.

EDIT: found the video here, however it sounds like the new graphics are merely an experiment and not what will be in the release.

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