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The tenth Norse world sure is busy as Valheim hits 5 million sold
5 March 2021 at 3:54 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: AnzaYou can create rivers by just digging with pickaxe from closest shore.
Yay! I once tried doing this in 7 Days to Die and the water wouldn't flow, it just sort of globbed up and fell about like gelatine --- a very disappointing end to my aqueduct project.

Quoting: SeegrasSpeaking of which, how come it takes 2 copper ingots and 1 tin ingot to forge(!) 1 bronze ingot?
I expect you were being rhetorical, here, but, nevertheless, it's been my experience that this is a common mechanic in survival-crafting games, melding several "lesser" elements to create a "greater" one. I expect this is is just more of the same, though your point in this particular case is a good one.

Quoting: Seegrasthere are other idiosyncratic choices; like only being able to mason stone in the iron age. In fact, stone age civilizations like the aztecs did a lot of extreely intricate stone masonry. Or requiring bronze age technology for planting things.
These sort of constraints are always so inanely artificial and, I believe, almost always unnecessary, aren't they? They make me crazy. I'm disappointed to hear that the devs have resorted to this sort of ham-fisted world-building. I mean, I do get why they're doing it, as a means to reward effort, but it's still, just so ... cLuNky.

The better approach is to improve stats, to reward effort and technological advancement by making construction and activities easier and more effective as one progresses. For example, stone work: From the beginning one could build stacked-stone walls, which might be better than wood, but require more effort and time to fashion and bear the risk of collapsing immediately upon being built. One could then mason softer stones, like sandstone & limestone, using bronze age tools, and only with the advent of iron age technology could one mason and build with granite.

Similarly, gardening could be done early on, but only with some plants, only after some slow ground preparation using labor intensive, not very durable wooden and stone tools. Bronze tools would then be faster and more durable, and could actually cultivate the soil, allowing for all plants to be grown. Iron tools could be the same as bronze, but faster and more durable yet still.

And so on.

Here's hoping that the devs are planning to create a more sophisticated tech-progression system in the (very near) future, that the current crude one is just a placeholder. I expect the devs may be open to suggestions, and, at any rate, I'm nevertheless delighted by their success.

Dark low-fantasy tactical survival RPG 'Urtuk: The Desolation' is out now
5 March 2021 at 2:22 pm UTC

Are the battlefields all procedurally generated as well? The repetition of the various battlefields in Tower of Time eventually wore me down, and I stopped playing because the battles all became too samey. If not, then I might be able to get into a bit of stomping around brown and beige landscapes bashing foes on the noodle.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 1: Dumpster Diving
2 March 2021 at 1:02 pm UTC Likes: 1

That looks alot like our old Micron PC, Hamish. Of course, everything looked like our old Micron back then: big beige and boxy. It came from Micron with Windows ME installed from the factory. It was around $2,000. It's still tucked away behind the couch, waiting for the fembot uprising.

My first Linux box was a Dell Inspiron running Win '98 from the same era, gifted to me by a co-worker when her son went off to Military school. Back in the early aughts I could still get old computers for free from the recycling center, and that Dell became a Frankenstein of experimentation and distros. Eventually I settled on AntiX with a Fluxbox desktop. I still have a picture:


With a few days left on the Kickstarter, Ova Magica has been an incredible success
22 February 2021 at 12:43 pm UTC Likes: 1

What an egg-stremely adorable game!

Linux lands on Mars with Perseverance and Ingenuity
22 February 2021 at 12:39 pm UTC Likes: 7

The t-shirt:

Good enough for Mars,
Good enough for me

Volo Airsport went open source with main development discontinued
16 February 2021 at 1:20 pm UTC Likes: 3

When its time to part ways, this is the natural decision of an enlightened developer who truly loves their project.

Valheim is now one of the most successful survival games on Steam with two million sold
16 February 2021 at 1:05 pm UTC Likes: 8

Y'know? I feel almost an uncle's pride about this --- just because I loved this game way back when it was a little itch in its parents io. Maybe it's because its been a Linux title since the very beginning ... I feel like its "one of ours," and it's gone into the world and "done good."

Sigh. I still have screen shots of the itch version. It was so darn cute.

Valheim has become the next survival game hit on Steam
11 February 2021 at 3:45 pm UTC

Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: NanobangI might be interested in this down the line, but what kind of money are we talking about here? I've done a cursory once-over their site and found not even a mention of them wanting money.
LinuxGSM is just a tool you use to automate self-hosting wherever you want.

What threw me was your use of the word 'cheaply' where you wrote, '...interested in hosting your own cheaply ...', since cheaply means that it costs money, just not very much money. What were you referring to?

Urban sandbox city-building GTA-like sim Voxel Turf is back with a big new release
8 February 2021 at 4:38 pm UTC

Hmmm, this got me thinking about Voxel Turf again. I'd played around a little bit way back when, but I don't remember why I stopped. I was looking over the workshop page just now, and I might have to give it a go again with one of the larger maps.

Valheim has become the next survival game hit on Steam
8 February 2021 at 4:05 pm UTC

Quoting: liamOn a side-note: the excellent LinuxGSM project just recently added support for running Valheim servers, so if you're interested in hosting your own cheaply that's probably the way to go.

I might be interested in this down the line, but what kind of money are we talking about here? I've done a cursory once-over their site and found not even a mention of them wanting money.