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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition continues advancing, cross-play with consoles now up
3 December 2019 at 10:24 pm UTC

As has become customary, no update for GOG users yet. Hope we don't have to wait weeks for this to land once again.

Some thoughts on Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
26 November 2019 at 6:47 pm UTC Likes: 1

The biggest disappointment for me was how awful co-op play was in this third instalment. I played the - then - trilogy with my kids and in the first 2 we could pick our characters and come up with inventive ways to get everyone through each scene. In the third, we spent far too much time being rotated out of the screen or all having to play as the same character and following in each others' footsteps. Fatally, without cooperation and invention it is boring. Maybe it is better as a single-player campaign?

The deep roguelike Tales of Maj'Eyal has a big update out now, new DLC on the way
25 October 2019 at 3:50 pm UTC

I have a new snap cooking just now. If anyone wants to test it in the "edge" channel I'll be pleased to hear the feedback.

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After making Crusader Kings II free, Paradox are now giving away The Old Gods expansion
21 October 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC

Mountain ManA pretty safe giveaway for Paradox since this was one of the better early expansion packs, and the majority of CK2 players already own it.
Yes, probably the most essential of all of the DLC. Worth picking up.

Crusader Kings II goes free to play, Paradox games on sale and possibly Crusader Kings III coming
18 October 2019 at 8:42 am UTC Likes: 15

Purple Library GuyI have Crusader Kings II but I'm afraid to start playing it. I need to keep some of my hours for other things.

"Other Things" are overrated when you're about to burn Burgundy for insulting your great grandmother.

Crusader Kings II goes free to play, Paradox games on sale and possibly Crusader Kings III coming
18 October 2019 at 8:35 am UTC

This remains the best game I've played on Linux. Going Free to Play might scupper the hope of a complete edition anytime soon but it is hard to be churlish when they're offering so much content for no money at all.

8-bit inspired, flip-screen, twin-stick-shooter 'Cecconoid' is out with Linux support
9 October 2019 at 10:23 am UTC Likes: 2

It hasn't been a style of game which has interested me since the 80's either, but I've been playing the beta for a few weeks and it has been great fun. Whilst it is brutal, it isn't quite as brutal as Cybernoid (as you're not dealing with the gravity mechanic in this one). I've made slightly more progress on every run, so I think the balance is just about perfect. I'll never have the skillz to get through the whole thing but will be checking Crash magazine on a regular basis for an infinite lives POKE.

A developer from Epic Games adds an offscreen video driver to SDL 2
25 September 2019 at 9:48 am UTC Likes: 2

This is cool. bschaefer wrote the Mir SDL driver which allowed us to play games on the Ubuntu Phone, so he is a coding hero of mine.

My guess is that Valve are behind this, but we'll see in time I'm sure.

Edit: should've read that he's working for Epic! The best advice is never to take my tips to the bookmaker

Imperator: Rome has a big free 'Cicero' update out now with some major changes
24 September 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC

I've found that the game launches consistently from the Paradox Launcher after installing libc++abi1 on my Ubuntu 18.04 machine. Worth a try if you're struggling.

Canonical planning to drop 32bit support with Ubuntu 19.10 onwards
21 June 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC Likes: 5

ShmerlI'm surprised about what kind of assumption he was making. That it would "just work"? How?

I'm sure the only assumption Mr Pope was making was that yelling on the internet is not a good way to express an opinion. By politely and tactfully demonstrating the problems to the developers he has made his point constructively.

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