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WolfenDoom - Blade of Agony is looking for AMD testers
21 May 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC Likes: 1

NewbazoidThere's a snap for it, so you can download that. I'll try to test it too.

I'm the snap maintainer. Unfortunately the current licence for boa prohibits distribution of development versions of the mod. As such, I can't release a work-in-progress version of chapter 3 as a snap.

Shoot 'em up Hyper Sentinel, a love-letter to Uridium is officially released with Linux support
12 May 2018 at 4:27 pm UTC

JanneI spent waay too many hours on Uridium on the C64. Looks a little dated but still plays really well.

Now, if we could get a modern remake of Paradroid...

There's already been a remake of Paradroid for superior machines: .

All joking aside, I'd forgotten about this one and suspect I'll be picking it up soon. I doubt my reflexes will be adequate these days but it looks like a lot of fun.

The first backer build of strategy game Phoenix Point from the creator of X-COM is due soon
30 April 2018 at 4:46 pm UTC Likes: 5

I've probably spent more time playing Julian Gollop games than all others combined. I backed this one as soon as I heard about it; even if he doesn't deliver, I reckon I owe him a few quid for all the entertainment he's brought me over the years.

The developer of Helium Rain gave an update on their sales, low overall sales but a high Linux percentage
22 April 2018 at 11:32 am UTC Likes: 1

I bought this a while ago. I'm looking forward to playing it after release, but I was happy to buy it in early access to support your use of open source tools, open development and Linux support. I hope it all works out for you financially.

Shovel Knight sells 2 million copies, Linux sales account for 1.1% of Steam sales
12 April 2018 at 2:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

The game wasn't to my taste, but I'm glad they released on Linux so I could try it.

Enhanced Doom engine 'GZDoom' has a fresh release, now collecting hardware information
26 March 2018 at 9:40 pm UTC

razing32Are data slurps the new trend ?
I get helping with development but it seems to be a default nowadays .

It's the default because it's so extremely helpful to know exactly what kind of setup your customers actually use.

And it is exactly that kind of wrong doing this. Instead it would be better asking for help and not collecting information as default setting or some kind of opt-out process. Besides: We are not talking about "customers" and instead of that "users". Those steps do irreversible damage to free software!

It doesn't look as if any data are collected by default; it just pops up a dialog box where you can select whether you want to share. If you want to try it out, I've updated my Blade of Agony snap to use the new release. sudo snap install boa will get it on systems running snapd.

Some thoughts on The Lion’s Song, a narrative-rich adventure
3 February 2018 at 9:16 pm UTC Likes: 1

That's a great review, but leaves me conflicted whether to pick this up or not; in many ways, similar to Vienna which entrances and evades me in equal measure.

The Humble Paradox Bundle 2018 is a rather enticing deal
25 January 2018 at 11:21 am UTC

ColomboYou can have fun with CKII for a while, but currently you really need to have at least several DLCs. But I haven't played CK for a while, so maybe it is different from Stellaris and EU, where without DLCs, it is quite bland. Stellaris is currently quite bland, I would wait till they release Cherryh update, maybe it will finally be better? But some changes are really stupid.

As for PoE, I would say no. PoE sucks. It is not very RPGish. You don't have freedom. Everything is locked down.

I'd heartily disagree, which just goes to show we all have different tastes!

I found PoE gave a lot more freedom than the old games like BG or IWD. I have the expansions but haven't played those yet. The base game had enough to keep me going for ages and I enjoyed working through many of the side quests and approaching problems in different ways. Maybe I was lucky, but I felt I could play my character the way I wanted.

As for CKII, even the base game is more than sufficient for a ton of fun. I really like the Old Gods DLC (which is bundled in the deal, I think) because I can play on my own turf as the Kingdom of Strathclyde, which had been subsumed by the starting date of the base game. There are a couple of DLCs which genuinely enhance the game but none are essential.

The Humble Paradox Bundle 2018 is a rather enticing deal
23 January 2018 at 9:43 pm UTC Likes: 1

RedfaceWow, that is nice. I already have Stellaris, so I will buy tier 2 for Magicka 2, Crusader Kings II and Pillars of Eternity, 3 games I have been interested in for some time.

You're in for a treat. CKII and PoE are 2 of the best games available for Linux. I've lost hundreds of hours to them. What a bargain!

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