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Dark fantasy turn-based tactical roguelike RPG 'Iratus: Lord of the Dead' is out now
31 May 2020 at 1:50 pm UTC

I find it to be a LOT more fun than Darkest Dungeons, which is Just Too Hard To Be Fun (as above posts have said).

Inasmuch as you can use random parts to heal your minions, and instantly upgrade a new minion with a brain (BRAINS...), the game's difficulty isn't as punishing as DD.

I've certainly played it a lot more hours than DD.

The FOSS real-time strategy 0 A.D. gains FXAA, more animals and a lot more ready for Alpha 24
11 May 2020 at 3:11 pm UTC

The FOSS game I love even more than 0AD is Warzone2100, a commercial game from the late 90s, which got lost among the other RTS games of that era. It was made FOSS, and has been improved, with many releases. It has its own gameplay, and as you discover "relics," you can upgrade your tanks and other fighting vehicles.

There was nothing wrong with the game; the late 90s saw a raft of good games released, and not all of them were successful. Here's the skinny: link

HIGHLY recommended.

Classic Westwood strategy games live on as 'OpenRA' has a new major stable release
4 May 2020 at 2:57 am UTC

I loved these games 'way back in the day. They have been remastered, and look ready for 2020. All the music has been remixed by the franchise's original composer. It is the complete C&C series, with all the expansion packs (back before Steam, and DLCs), and is available for Windows on 6/5/2020.

I bought it already. It's too important historically a franchise to ignore, and the games richly deserved their great popularity.

Iratus: Lord of the Dead releasing April 23 - a Linux beta is up ready for testing
10 April 2020 at 9:04 pm UTC Likes: 2

I bought it to play with Proton (no haters), and it plays beautifully. It's a reverse Darkest Dungeons; you assemble undead monsters and pit them against adventurers.

Thursday, it vanished from the folder, and 0 bytes downloaded when I tried to install it.

Today, there was an update, and it installed for more gory fun.

If you like DD, by all means check it out. It's not as frustrating as DD, nor as hard.

What have you been playing recently? Come tell us what you think about it
7 April 2020 at 5:12 pm UTC

Lately, CIV:BE, Crossroads Inn (once I finally figured out, after months, why it wasn't running for any Linux distro. (If you copy /lib/ to Crossroads Inn/bin, it runs perfectly; their own library is defective), started Oblivion up again (loved it then, 14 years ago, and I still do. Morrowind, too), Slay the Spire, Tower of Time, Book of Demons. At my (ahem) advanced age of 72, I am sitting here, playing this game and that, getting high and staying that way.

My wife went batshit crazy and left me among false accusations she has told everyone. I'm moving into an apartment and, if, everything Will Pass, hope to find love in my own age group.

There are more women than men after 70; a surprisingly large number of men die in their 60s.

The odds are in my favor...

Ubuntu 20.04 has hit Beta (as have all the extra flavours) - help make it a release to remember
7 April 2020 at 3:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

I have a computer-illiterate friend who had his laptop nailed by Guess Which OS.

With his permission, I wiped his drive and installed Manjaro MATE. He took to it right away, and has had no problems whatsoever.

If a distro is as suitable for n00bz as for old hands, it's doing something right.

Manjaro is Arch for human beings, basically. All the advantages of Arch in a system which holds back nonsecurity packages, but do push out security packages. The ones held back are tested for stability. It is possible to use the "testing" repository, which is from Manjaro unstable moved to a testing repository. "Unstable" packages in Manjaro are "stable" packages from Arch.

I'm using the Manjaro unstable repository. I tried EndeavourOS, which is as close to vanilla Arch as you can get, with the Calamares installer to keep it easy. I was getting every Arch update, which can happen several times a day, with no problem. I want back to Manjaro so I could again have what the Arch diehards call "bloated."

I saw a post from one Arch user saying that he'd rather spend the time installing Arch and the apps he wanted than spend "hours and hours" deleting "bloat" from Manjaro.

It takes far less time to delete apps you don't want from Manjaro than to install Arch from scratch, compiling various parts of the system, then installing apps, many from the AUR and requiring compilation. Some people have that much time. I'd rather install and get going, just like with Ubuntu.

IIRC, Liam uses Manjaro.

Ubuntu 20.04 has hit Beta (as have all the extra flavours) - help make it a release to remember
7 April 2020 at 3:40 am UTC Likes: 1

After 12 years with Ubuntu, I became fed up with the need to compile apps which had been removed from the Ubuntu repos, in particular Aqualung, my must-have music player, which disappeared with 14.04.

I found that Aqualung, and other apps on which I had come to depend, were in the AUR.

I tried Manjaro. What an experience! As easy to install as Ubuntu, as user-friendly, as well-stocked with apps as Ubuntu, and a community which is as friendly as the Ubuntu forums. Using the not-that-scary AUR is a matter of selecting the package, clicking "Build," then "Apply" and watch the system download all the dependencies (!) and the source code, and autocompiles the code itself. And, practically every program ever written for Linux can be found there. Moving to an Arch-based system has been like falling in love with Linux all over again.

And Manjaro is noted for its hardware compatibility, too.

Just watch it when you're on the Arch forums, which have a reputation for being pretty touchy. There are people who show total disdain for not spending hours installing the most minimal installation possible. And there are reasons why people regard the Arch forums as The Most Likely Forum on which to get a "RTFM, or GTFO!"

Some few Steam games have required some tweaking, but the ones which have can be tweaked into playability.

I will also say that Manjaro has become the new Ubuntu.

Distro news: Arch gets a new leader and Manjaro has a new release
9 March 2020 at 7:41 pm UTC

EndeavourOS, a spiritual successor to the much-missed Antergos, is out now. It uses the Calamares installer, and you end up with a pure vanilla Arch installation.

In well less than 30 minutes. Suddenly anyone can install the basic Arch system without spending a long time reading the Arch wiki, and dealing with certain "RTFM, dammit" Arch Forum users.

I did read one Arch user complaining about installing Manjaro, and taking "hours and hours" to remove the apps he didn't want. Instead, he'll spend a significantly larger amount of time, using the AUR especially, to install the apps he does want. Arch users can be a snotty bunch.

Chronicon, the excellent action-RPG now has much better gamepad support
21 January 2020 at 10:02 pm UTC

I CANNOT run this game

* YoYo Games Linux Runner V1.3 *
CommandLine: -game game.unx
ExeName= /home/oldrocker99/.steam/steamapps/common/Chronicon/Chronicon
MemoryManager allocated: 44291
INI DisplayName=Chronicon
SavePrePend /home/oldrocker99/.config/Chronicon/
GAMEPAD: Initialising Ubuntu support
Attempting to set gamepadcount to 32
Steam being initialised with appId 375480
Error: Failed to load cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Failed LoadSteamLib() call: Error loading
SteamInit failed: Error loading
Steam restarting via client
Attempting to set gamepadcount to 0
Not shutting down steam as it is not initialised
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

The library is in the /usr/lib folder i9n the game directory. There was an update today, which did not run.

I've tried it on Manjaro as well as Ubuntu. No luck.

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