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Help End Hard Drive Hunger!

Forums: Latest Threads - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:21
I prefer Steam to Origin (but Origin doesn't get the credit it deserves for their "great game guarantee"), but I thought this was a clever vid:

Sigh, might be time to feed by HDD that 50gb sandwhich that is Titanfall. On sale for 20% off. :) A little something for my Easter basket.
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MINIs UPDATE: 2014 Texas Team Tournament, Austin, TX June 19-22

Latest Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:27
If you were present at last years' tournament you saw the setup of CH's Omaha East/West and I announced then that I would have it set up for not only Thursday this year, but for play over the entire weekend. This is truly monumental ASL and is your chance to play the full blown invasion scenario for up to 4 days straight. Even if you are interested in participating for only a day, let me know and I can get you scheduled in and get all information to you ahead of time. We need folks to take advantage of this opportunity! We have a couple of folks who have already signed up to play it for all 4 days. So if you want to play it for 1, 2, 3 days or the whole enchilada, let me know so I can get the materials to you.

This year we'll also be featuring ASL miniatures play on 3 3D boards that Matt Zajac has constructed. One will feature a scenario from the Kansas City March Madness 2012 Double Blind pack - which will be revealed at the tourney to avoid potential players from gaining an advantage by seeing their opponent's mission and forces. Americans and Germans in Normandy in 1944 played out on two boards with each side receiving their mission and forces - and some intel on the opposing force. Both sides have armor, and the Americans have at least one culin hedgerow device. This is a chance for players to both experience the fog of war that the Double Blind pack integrates so well and see the difficulty of battling thru hedgerow country in 3D.

Another will be a two board scenario from the as-yet unreleased Deluxe Pack being developed by Dave Ramsey, and likely available by the time of the tourney. This pack has been discussed at length on the GameSquad forum, and this is a chance for players to get a peek at what it offers. The scenario is an early war German vs Polish fight with Polish tankettes and supporting infantry conducting a spoiling attack against a German supply convoy escorted by Pz IIs and recon PSWs. Small unit density should allow for rapid play of this one - and the boards are neither city nor bocage terrain.

If there is interest, Matt will also have KE14 Another Day, Another Field available which is played out on a single Deluxe bocage board, and pits 16 first line US squads and supporting armor against 10 German first line squads and a 75L AT gun. Very compressed area for this size of force. This can not be played simultaneously with the Double Blind scenario due to terrain / unit shortages.

Matt is willing to run both scenarios simultaneously if there is interest, and at any time over the weekend - not just Thursday. Matt has all of the boards and miniatures material that will allow you to play these, and it should make for fun experience
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Frontline: Road to Moscow

Forums: Latest Threads - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:09
Slitherine with another interesting wargame:

Quote: Take Russia. Bring War.

Frontline: Road to Moscow is in beta. Check out the beta sign-up page to be part of it!

Players command the German army through some of the most famous battles of the war, leading the mighty Wehrmacht on towards Moscow.

The variety of maps and battle situations is what makes Frontline so different and engaging: players are confronted with blitzkriegs, trench wars and dog fights, but also unusual situation such as missions to capture an armoured convoy, recover important documents, capturing strategic positions and destroy fortifications.

Units will upgrade throughout the game, based on combat success and experience. This will prove to be an extremely powerful tool to progress in the game providing the players with a personalized army depending on their style of play.

30 battle scenarios: all inspired by historical missions which took place between the summer of 1941 to late 1944

Land, naval and aerial combat: all units have strengths and weaknesses encouraging different uses, adding an extra strategic layer to the game. There are over 100 of them!
Unlock and upgrade: units will develop unique abilities based on the style of play. New units become available when progressing through the campaign>
Maps are created to reflect the real terrain and their dramatic impact on gameplay
A unique visual style: Frontline looks different from any other strategy game you’ve played
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World of Darkness Cancelled

Forums: Latest Threads - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:43
Why am I not surprised:

Quote: CCP Games announces they have halted development of World of Darkness, the MMORPG based on the tabletop RPG of the same name. The announcement does not make it sound like the project will be resumed, and includes word that 56 employees at their Atlanta, GA studio have lost their jobs, and that the remaining staff there will focus on games in the EVE Universe, which they say is the first time the entire company has been focused on EVE since 2006. I think with games like Elite and Star Citizen on the horizon, CCP is very worried about the future of their company.
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Sovereignty: Crown of Kings

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:30
This is the first fantasy 4X game that sounds really interesting to me:

Quote: Take up the mantle of power and rule your realm. The victor writes History. May the promise of glory and immortality go to you, sovereign. Long may you reign…

Sovereignty is being developed by The Lordz Games Studio, Illustrious and Gothic Labs.

The Game in 8 Words: Risk meets Master of Magic meets Panzer General.

Sovereignty is a turn-based fantasy strategy game for the PC. It combines a kingdom management campaign game with a general’s level tactical battle game.

In the campaign game, Sovereignty offers rich historical rivalries, backstabbing intrigues, magical research, trade routes, naval escorts, unique units, heroes, and of course, WAR. Each Realm is hand-crafted with its own culture, history, complement of units, spell trees, and diplomatic relations.

But Sovereignty is not just a campaign game. It is also a tactical game. In times of war, heroes serve as generals of armies. And where hero armies meet, we zoom into a tactical hex-based battlefield. Move individual units. Destroy your enemy. Take objectives. Win the day!


Campaign Game

Turn-based province system
Rule one of 35 Realms, each with its own culture and play style.
Multiple Races: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and Undead.
Recruit Heroes, lead mighty armies. Build a navy to rule the seas.
Resources, Trade Routes and Landmarks enrich the basic Economy of a Realm.
Research and cast powerful Realm Magic. Each Realm has its own Spell Tree.
Campaign Missions
Conduct Diplomacy
Automated micro management

Tactical Game

Turn-based hex maps. Zoom into the actual province straight from the campaign map.
10 unique Units for each Realm
Units may be awarded medals for valor in battle and gain new abilities
Special Unit abilities such as Mobility, Mariner and Dragonslayer
Play a Battle Card at a key moment to swing the tide of battle. Seeing the great work this studio did with Panzer Korps, this could be quite good!

EDIT: Wow, I just see that this was originally scheduled to be released in 2012! That's a tortured development history. I hope it was only delayed by the success of Panzer Korps and not due to something more fundamental.
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:52
A return to Alpha Centauri????

Quote: Firaxis announced the next stage of Civilization's evolution at PAX today. Civilization: Beyond Earth will take Sid Meier's classic turn-based strategy formula to an alien world for the first time since Alpha Centauri. About time!

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Announced

Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:57
One of the few bright spots in recent gaming years has been the Borderlands franchise. The original was great, and I am thoroughly enjoying the second game. Like Stalker, Borderlands is just one of those rare games where great mechanics have combined with a great (and original) lore to make something greater than the sum of its parts. So I am thrilled that in addition to the forthcoming RPG from Telltale games, we are going to get a new title to hold us over until the inevitable announcement of Borderlands 3. I present:


I can't wait to play as a Cl4P TR4P! :cool:

There are some really good ideas in this game. I love the moon-setting! I am a bit nervous that the game is being farmed out to 2K Australia, though. Clearly, Gearbox is a bit busy working on something else.

I do find it interesting that the game ISN'T being released for the next gens, just PC, XBox 360 and PS3. Strange decision, that.

Regardless, more please! :supper:
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A bit of advice needed

Forums: Latest Threads - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:53
Alex has now saved up a substantial amount to spend on a gaming PC. I'm so far behind in my understanding of them I can't give him much advice. He's looking to spend in the region of £1000 on it. What should he go for? i7 or AMD (and which one?)
Graphics card-wise, just go for the newest one?
Are SSD drives worth the extra and if so should he get a combination of smallervSSD and standard big back up drive?

He shouldn't need to spend on the keyboard or monitor as we have them.
Any help would be appreciated.
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