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The Exiled MMO RPG launches on Early Access – Free for 7 days

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So starting right now, players can jump into The Exiled on Steam for #Linux, Mac and Windows PC. Hence the games #free 7-day trial no matter what platform you choose.
Since The Exiled is under development in Unity 3D, gameplay should be very smooth on Linux. And given the games review score on #Steam, we suggest you play The Exiled and see.

Since we announced the release of The Exiled last month, there has been significant changes. Hence the developers getting ready for the Early Access release.

Patch Notes for Update 1.0

We have made a lot of improvements to the game – read the full patch notes here. Hence an improvement over the Closed Alpha release back in December.

The games trailer:

Season #1 Server Duration & Update Cycle

So starting with Early Access in gaming news, February 23rd. Fairytale Distillery are going to switch to a 28-day development cycle and 28-day seasons.

Since that means that every 28 days Fairytale Distillery will start a new group of game servers (in different locations of the world). Hence running for more than 27 days. At the end of each season developers will release the final leaderboards and world maps.

So Fairytale Distillery will also include two days per cycle where they are likely to release new game updates. While the developers will launch hotfixes right-away if those are necessary. All updates that require a game server wipe will happen in between seasons.

Here is the first cycle for season #1:

  • February 23rd 2017 (Thursday) – 3 PM CET / 6 AM Pacific:  Season #1 starts with update 1.0
  • March 9th 2017 (Thursday): Mid-season update slot for update 1.0.1 (can be skipped)
  • March 22nd 2017 (Wednesday) – 8 PM local time: End of Season #1 game worlds with a massive Jailor attack
  • March 23rd 2017 (Thursday) – 3 PM CET / 6 AM Pacific:  Season #2 starts with update 1.1

So The Exiled is a social sandbox MMO RPG where survival strategy meets skill-based PvP combat. Hence either cooperate or conquer, craft or combat; every decision is critical as you seek to flourish in a forsaken valley. While the games classless system means you shape your character to fit your style of play. So there is no grind, full loot and unrestricted PvP clashes. Therefore you must constantly balance risk and reward as you decide how to interact with the world and your fellow players. Craft equipment, construct your settlements and build alliances, as you explore challenging open world environments with unique geography and features. Each skirmish and siege will define your fate, as you vie to win your freedom from The Exiled.

The Exiled is available FREE for seven days on Steam. Playable on Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

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Total War WARHAMMER FREE DLC Grombrindal available now

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So Total War WARHAMMER finally received another healthy announcement. Hence the #Free #DLC, Grombrindal The White Dwarf is now #available for Linux thanks to Feral Interactive. But not as big a DLC as Realm of The Wood Elves.

Total War WARHAMMER – Grombrindal

So The White Dwarf himself, is a hero from the time of legends. While there are rumours abound as to his true identity. Some say he is the living incarnation of Snorri Longbeard himself. Since others point out that he was betrothed to the goddess Valaya. Hence protector and bestower of magical resistance. Either way, he is a powerful living symbol of hope and pride for the Dwarfs. So in times of dire need, he may appear in the flesh to help the Dawi through their tribulations.

Unique quests within the DLC

So like all Legendary Lords, Grombrindal unlocks a series of unique quests as he levels up. Since each of which rewards him with his legendary wargear. Grombrindal has no less than four quest-chains, bestowing him with the Rune Helm of Zhufbar, the Armour of Glimril Scales, the Rune Cloak of Valaya, and the Rune Axe of Grimnir. Thus clad, he is a formidable force of the battlefield.

Traits and abilities

So Grombrindal has a number of traits and abilities which make him a unique Legendary Lord.

  • Grombrindal can assume the aspect and attendant benefits of one of the illustrious Dwarf deities, Grimnir, Valaya and Grungni, through his unique Living Ancestor dilemma
  • The greatest campaign reinforcement range of any Lord
  • Increased Underway evasion chance
  • His unique battle ability, ‘Grimnir Has no Fear’, is an augment which bestows increased melee attack, melee defence, vigour and the Unbreakable trait.
  • His unique battle ability ‘Flash Bomb’ temporarily blinds enemies and slows their advance

While DLC Grombrindal The White Dwarf is available Free for all owners of Total War WARHAMMER on Steam. We have not had a chance to test it out.
So by all means leave a comment let us know your experience? And are there any gameplay glitches?

System Requirements:

Minimum:

  • OS: Ubuntu 16.10 64-bit, SteamOS 2.0
  • Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i3-4130, 3.5GHz AMD FX6300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1GB Nvidia 650ti or better (driver version 367.28), 2GB AMD R9 270 or better (Mesa 13.0.1 driver compiled using LLVM 3.9)
  • Storage: 29 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: AMD GPU’s are not supported on Steam OS. Intel GPU’s are not supported at time of release.

Recommnded:

  • OS: Ubuntu 16.10 64-bit, SteamOS 2.0
  • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4770
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 4GB Nvidia 970 (driver version 367.28), 4GB AMD RX 480 (Mesa 13.0.1 driver compiled using LLVM 3.9)
  • Storage: 35 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: AMD GPU’s are not supported on Steam OS. Intel GPU’s are not supported at time of release.

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Long War 2 the XCOM 2 free mod releases but no support

long war 2 the xcom 2 games free mod releases but no linux support

So the Long War 2 is a follow-up to probably one of the most popular XCOM free mod’s yet. Since the #gamemod is now available for download via the #SteamWorkshop. Hence the release emerged less than 24 hours after 2K published a basic outline of the games #features. Since it is already one of the most popular XCOM 2 free mod’s since the perk and laser packs.
Of course, if you are new to Long War, this makes XCOM 2 games much more difficult than the base game.

Linux support:

Hi Todd,

Feral has announced they are working on an update to the base-game XCOM 2 for Mac and Linux to properly support Long War 2. Some players have reported a workaround they are using in the meantime.

We’ll also need to provide non-bink versions of our mod’s custom cinematic sequences. That will be in our first patch to the mod, which we are working on now.

So the Long War 2 makes some substantial changes to the base XCOM 2 gameplay experience. Since players have more to do in the games regional level, the recruiting and research efforts are now tying into specific zones. While micro-managing tends to get very tedious and complicated, not only taking more time, contacting each new section of the globe. So there is a new brain behind ADVENT, which also tailors organization duties to each region. Giving players new ways to take back the planet from the alien forces on Earth. Hence Long War 2 goes even further, changing the way players recruit new soldiers.

For more details on Long War 2, check out the blog post from 2K or the listing in the Steam Workshop above.
Since the is also a new gameplay video on the XCOM YouTube channel.

See the new free mod in action:

XCOM 2 Long War 2 is currently only available for Windows PC, so no Linux support. Which is rather sad considering the base games native build and with all of these mod features…..

XCOM 2 the new mission types:

  • Jailbreak – XCOM must infiltrate an ADVENT jail and rescue key Resistance members. Success increases the strength of the Resistance in that region.
  • Haven Defense – A variation on Retaliation missions where XCOM must defend Resistance members against an onslaught of ADVENT forces until the Skyranger can get into position for extraction.
  • ADVENT Base Assault – XCOM must deploy to and overtake a well-defended regional military headquarters.
  • Invasion – ADVENT attempts to retake a liberated region by assaulting a city center. XCOM must destroy a psionic relay that summons continuous reinforcements, then eliminate any remaining forces.
  • Rendezvous – A Faceless disguised as a member of the Resistance is detected as it goes to meet with its ADVENT handlers and XCOM must hunt it down.
  • ADVENT Supply Raid – XCOM must defend a supply convoy and its Resistance personnel from ADVENT attacks.
  • ADVENT Intel Raid – ADVENT attacks a Resistance listening post and XCOM must repel the attack.
  • ADVENT Recruiting Raid – ADVENT forces attack Resistance recruiters within a region. XCOM must extract those Resistance members.

Be sure to throw a Linux comment on the Workdshop page for Long War 2. XCOM 2 launched with native support, so this is the time to show some love for Linux.

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LiquidSky introduces free Ultra Performance PC gaming on Linux

liquidsky introduces free ultra Performance pc gaming on linux

LiquidSky — a first of its kind Gaming-as-a-Service (GaaS) #platform. While unique this solves the biggest hurdles previous #cloudgaming platforms faced in 2013. Such as high latency, high cost, limited scalability and a finite catalogue of supported games.

Since holding its inaugural CES keynote on January 6th, 2017 in Las Vegas. LiquidSky announced a number of new services, new products and significant enhancements. Since their already industry-leading platform makes it possible to play any PC title. While this can be an indie game to AAA blockbuster — on Android, Mac, Linux and even low-spec Windows devices. LiquidSky will gain significant new functionality and features. Including an all-new free-to-play model. Since this effectively introduces high-end PC gaming at no cost to gamers worldwide beginning March 2017.

In addition to the revolutionary new ad-supported model. This makes free high-performance PC gaming accessible to billions across the globe. Which should be interesting to see the performance benchmark.

Linux Support:

“Yes to Linux support! While in beta, LiquidSky already supports Linux with a native client. I’ve included its requirements below.

As for the updates coming to LiquidSky, yes, those will also be coming to the Linux client. But all new features announced will be available in February, not this week.”

Linux System Requirements: 

  • Raspbian/Ubuntu 12 or newer
  • 5Ghz Wi-Fi / Ethernet / 4G
  • 1GB RAM

LiquidSky enhancements coming February 2017:

New Payment Options: The new ad-supported Free Plan will join the current premium LiquidSky Pay-As-You-Go. While Monthly payment plans, will become even more affordable.

More Bang for the Buck: Existing Gamer and Pro Performance Plans will double the current plans’ GPU power. Hence the all-new Elite Performance Plan for the most discerning gamers. This will add four times the hardware performance previously offered during LiquidSky’s beta. Subscribers can now unleash up to 8GB of GPU vRAM, 32GB of RAM and 12 vCPU Cores.

Intuitive New Dashboard: A complete interface redesign will deliver powerful new functionality. Hence giving gamers direct access to their game libraries on any of their digital storefronts of choice.  Either Steam, BattleNet, Uplay, Origin, GoG, etc. As well as the LiquidSky community chat and community Twitch streams.

Full DirectX 12 Support: LiquidSky now supports DirectX 12 compatible Windows 10 PC titles. And Windows Store games.

Support for USB Accessories: Complete USB pass-through support allows any USB 2.0 (or newer) device. Including controllers, headsets, mice, etc. All connecting seamlessly to a user’s SkyComputer.

Expanded Developer and Publisher Support: Strict anti-piracy measures enforce legitimate purchases made through existing storefronts, while the new free-to-play LiquidSky access model dramatically boosts the potential reach of AAA titles that many gamers cannot currently enjoy due to hardware constraints.

Future Support for Additional Devices and Platforms: LiquidSky unveiled its early concepts of low-cost thin clients to be introduced later in 2017 that will make it possible to play more games on more platforms.

LiquidSky’s co-founder and CEO:

“From the beginning, LiquidSky has committed itself to changing the gaming status quo. By delivering the power of an ultra gaming PC to nearly any device for free, with the convenience and simplicity of consoles, we’ve made gaming more accessible than ever. Gamers across the world can finally enjoy experiences previously unavailable to them at home or on-the-go through the power of LiquidSky.”

“High-end PC gaming, as well as console gaming, is a luxury still out of reach for many,” noted Jason Kirby, LiquidSky’s Chief Marketing Officer. “LiquidSky is changing that through our F2P access model — already popular in mobile and online gaming — allowing gamers to turn their existing devices effectively into a high-end PC gaming system.” He added,”Developers and publishers will also benefit from LiquidSky, as their legitimately purchased games can now be enjoyed securely by significantly more gamers, including those that previously couldn’t afford the hardware required to enjoy full-performance PC games on optimum settings.“

So there you have it. This is LiquidSky Gaming-as-a-Service (GaaS). If you want a further breakdown on how things works, check out the LiquidSky PDF.

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Raft a unique survival crafting game available on Itch

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So thanks to HexDSL for the indirect notice. We found out about Raft a survival crafting game on the Itch.io store. Since release, the game has already seen a couple of updates before the end of 2016.

So #gameplay is straight forward, you take the role of a character in middle of the #ocean. While starting off with a hook and a very small raft. The player needs to catch drifting debris floating by to build somthing bigger.

The Raft trailer for Linux, Mac, PC:

“Survive the harsh life of being stuck on a raft in the middle of the ocean! Gather debris from the water in order to craft equipment necessary for your survival. Expand your raft in order to create a more comfortable living for yourself, but be wary of the dangers of the ocean!

Currently in very early production. This is a prototype which purpose is to show the player what the game could be. If this is a game you would like to see being finished, please tell us so in this form!

Hence there is work to be done to develop the game further. But the gameplay is well worth exploring and we hope to see Raft make a Steam debut. There is a great deal of potential, seeing we have not seen a game like it. But even in the current state, a tutorial would be fantastic.

Although, I’m a bit curious why a shark would attack my wooden structure? Dietary Fiber?
There has to be something we can craft to keep the beast away.

Try Raft for yourself, which is free to try at the moment. So either download the standalone build on itch.io or just use the Itch Client to keep the game up to date.

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