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Pantheon - New Website Updates
Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:20 am by RPGWatch

The Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen website has a few more updates from last month.

New Interview with Joppa and Montreseur
We are happy to release another interview with Sam Skatch - WASD Radio featuring our very own Chris Perkins (Joppa) and John Diasparra (Monty) speaking about new Environment Art and World Building plus other Pantheon related discussion, so head on over to WASD Radio and check it out!
Developer Round Table
I had the honour of speaking with the team and asking them your questions, we had really good discussions on multiple topics that I think you will all enjoy a lot. We had a few extra members of the team join us for the Developer Round Table this time around so I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you all!
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Unbended - Crafting Information Part #2
Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:20 am by RPGWatch

Here is the promised second crafting update from Developer Impressum this week.
The second part on Crafting is now online here.
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Darkest Dungeon - Hands-on @ Examiner
Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:20 am by RPGWatch

Bryan Edge-Salois of the Examiner published a new hands-on preview for Darkest Dungeon, and he calls the game a very bright spot in gaming for 2015.
Darkest Dungeon certainly teaches you the value of lowered expectations. Forget killing-all-the-evil-and-saving-the-kingdom happy endings. In Darkest Dungeon, you'll learn to love surviving with a 50% sanity ratio, although as the game progresses you may have to go even lower.

Thankfully, you can continue to expand your roster of characters and mount short 'Skirmish' expeditions to earn money and loot, which is used to fund supplies for each foray as well as upgrade the town and your heroes. You can't completely screw yourself out of the ability to continue the game, although you can certainly suffer setbacks, and (permanently) lose beloved characters.

The war is long, and you must be practical-if a bit clinical-in your choices. There is no room for idealism here. You will order more than a few heroes to their deaths and others to an asylum in a very Machiavellian fashion.
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The CRPG Book Project - Dungeon Master Review
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Felipe Pepe posted a preview for his CRPG Book Project this week with the review for a classic RPG game called Dungeon Master on his Twitter page.
And now, Dungeon Master review! One of the most important RPGs in gaming history, it was revolutionary at the time.
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Blackguards 2 - A New Verdict Trailer
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Daedalic Entertainment released a new video about review scores for Blackguards 2.

This is our cinematic verdict trailer for Blackguards 2.
Thanks to all reviewers and gamers who made this happen.

Blackguards 2 is the sequel of the turn-based strategy-RPG and will deliver more hexfield battles and an even grittier story filled with violence and crime. Enjoy!
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Elder Scrolls Online - Patch 1.6.5 Released
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

A new post on the Elder Scrolls Online forums has infomation about a new patch.
Welcome to The Elder Scrolls Online v1.6.5, our sixth and largest major content update thus far! We have many significant new features in store for you.

In this update, we've added the first phase of the Justice System. This will allow you to commit criminal actions throughout Tamriel such as theft, burglary, pickpocketing and murdering NPCs. We've also implemented the third phase of the Champion System, which introduces Champion Points and an entirely new UI where you can use these points to unlock passive abilities. We encourage you to check out the details below to learn how both these systems will work.

Accompanying the Champion System are gameplay improvements, fixes, and rebalancing. This will alter the way you've previously played as every ability has been amended in some fashion, differences in armor are more pronounced, critical attack and defense are handled differently, and the scale of numbers across the board has changed. Due to these changes, we will be resetting all skill and attribute points.

You will also notice that there is a new notification when you first log on asking which country you're playing the game in. If you're in a non-PEGI country, you will go straight to the game. If you're in a PEGI country, there will be new legal text explaining that the rating for the game has changed, and you will need to either accept or decline this change to continue.

Additional new features include the highly-anticipated Provisioning revamp, plus the new Collections UI, improved combat animations, and changes to the Trials Leaderboards. In addition, we have tons of fixes and improvements to all other aspects of the game. Please note that while there is UI for the upcoming Crown Store, it will be disabled until March 17th when we release Tamriel Unlimited.

This patch will be approximately 20-25GB, depending on your language selection. We hope you enjoy this latest update!
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Wave of Darkness - Blessed & Cursed Items
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

The third Kickstarter update for Wave of Darkness has news the game is now 40% funded, and goes into detail about the game's Empowered, Blessed and Cursed items.
Hi all! We have big news for you. Wave of Darkness is 40% funded, which is a fantastic achievement so far!

Wave of Darkness is our biggest and certainly the most ambitious project to date and we need all the support we can get. And you guys have been just incredible!

So in order to properly thank you, we are going to share more info regarding Wave of Darkness features, and for tonight's special we have (*drum roll*):

Empowered, Blessed and Cursed items! First of all, what are those?
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Harebrained Schemes - Interview @ US Gamer
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Harebrained Schemes was interviewed on US Gamer to talk about how to have a successful Kickstarter by putting your ego aside, and communicating with backers.
Kickstarter is just a service. Sometimes amid all the doom and gloom, people forget that. Kickstarter is meant to connect creative people to fans who are willing to fund interesting projects. Two weeks ago, problems with that service were highlighted when veteran developer Peter Molyneux was called out on the mishandling of his first Kickstarted title, Godus. The Godus situation showed many of the ways that Kickstarter projects can go wrong. Kickstarter drives over-promise, over-estimate, get delayed, and get cancelled all of the time.

What about when Kickstarter works?

Seattle-based developer Harebrained Schemes is rather good with Kickstarter. The studio has Kickstarted three gaming projects, two of which they've released. The small team of around 20 developers has delivered on the promise of the service consistently. Their first title was Shadowrun Returns, a game adaptation of the popular pen-and-paper RPG series. That funding drive closed at $1.8 million, far above its original $400,000 goal. The studio followed that a year later with Golem Arcana, a tablet-enhanced miniatures board game. Last week, Harebrained finished the Kickstarter for Returns sequel, Shadowrun: Hong Kong. Like the first Shadowrun drive, they finished far above their intended goal.

So what does Harebrained Schemes do differently? That question led me to this conversation with Harebrained Schemes co-founder Mitch Gitelman about the developer's success on Kickstarter. I ask him about what a developer needs to have a successful Kickstarter project.
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Pillars of Eternity - Raedric's Hold Screenshots
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Mikey Dowling of Obsidian posted three new screenshots on the game's forum.
Today we have some information and screen shots on Raedric's Hold for you all!

The Raedric line has held dominion over the lands surrounding Gilded Vale for generations, and its formidable keep stands as a bulwark against the dangers of the Dyrwood. Despite their lofty position as Aedyran nobility, the Raedrics joined in the fighting for independence from the Empire during the War of Defiance. In the wake of the Dyrwood's victory, they retained both their stronghold and their stature. Raedric VII now carries the title of Thayn, pledged to Gilded Vale's defense against all threats - both physical and spiritual in nature. Raedric's iron-fisted rule has seen his people through many hardships, but in the aftermath of the Saint's War, new threats have arisen - threats Raedric has sworn to scour from his lands and reclaim some of Gilded Vale's past glory. At his invitation, new settlers have braved long distances to settle within Gilded Vale, tempted by the offer of land and opportunity.
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Shadowrun Online - Renamed & New Release Date
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Nordic Games & Cliffhanger Productions sent another press release this week with news that the game is now called Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown.
Co-op, tactical turn-based team combat in the Shadowrun universe coming to PC/MAC(Steam)/Linux(Steam) on April 28 2015
Vienna/AUSTRIA, 3rd of March 2015- After recently announcing their partnership, Nordic Games and Cliffhanger Productions have now fixed an April 28th 2015 launch date for their tactical turn-based RPG Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown.
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Tahira - 400 Backers & Media Round-Up
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Whale Hammer Games' next update has information that Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire now has 400 backers and links to a few new articles about the game.
There are 400 of you lovely people! Thank you all so much for getting on board and believing in Tahira. We've got a long way to go, but it means so much to us to have you along for the ride.

We have two new press articles to share with you. The first is an interview we did with Only Single Player and the second is an article on Kill Screen Daily.
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Age of Decadence - More Beta Updates
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

Two more updates for the Age of Decadence Ganezzar beta have been posted.

The first beta patch was posted on February 20th.
This week's changelog:
  • Added House Crassus questline
  • Added the ruins of Al-Akia (first pass, will be developed further in the upcoming updates)
  • Added two NPCs in Ganezzar (a guard and a local guide)
  • Added descriptions in Lowtown
  • Added several new Dodge animations
  • Fixed Critical Strike's bleeding effect
  • Minor interface improvements (new talk icon, fade on dialogue start, AoO/IA tooltips on tiles, etc)
The latest beta patch was released on March 1st.
We started working on the combat AI. Step 1 - more regular and power attacks (before the enemies switched to fast attacks too eagerly, so now they will hit less often as their THC will go down but it would hurt more). Step 2 - aimed attacks, already working on our end, will be added in the next update. Step 3 - special attacks and alchemy.

Also, we're working on an exciting (well, I'm excited!) armor change. If all goes well (i.e. we test it and it would actually work well and not just on paper), you would be able to damage enemy's armor DR and since we're all about equal opportunities, the enemies would be able to damage your armor.

Anyway, for next week we're planning to add an option to break the siege using the ship, so get your saves ready. You'll need the jellyfish artefact (it's a must) and either the mantra from Antidas' treasure room or high lore.
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Bomb Shell - Official Gameplay Trailer
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

3D Realms released a new Gameplay Trailer for their A-RPG game Bombshell.

Here it is! The REAL debut for Bombshell. She's robot-armed and dangerous, has a tri-pistol named Loverboy.
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Underworld Ascendant - Humble Beginnings
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

OtherSide Entertainment posted one more Kickstarter update this week for Underworld Ascendant. The update talks about the game's humble beginnings.

As we head into the final days of the Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter campaign, a few of us were reminiscing about what it was like when we first got OtherSide underway, a little over a half year ago. The studio began with little tangible; no office, no desks, no computers. But we had our skills and experience, and passion and perseverance, to chase our vision. We didn't know for certain what lay in store for us in the months ahead, but we knew it would be an adventure.
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Lords of the Fallen - Ancient Labyrinth Released
Posted: March 4, 2015, 6:12 am by RPGWatch

CI Games announced today that the first major downloadable content for Lords of the Fallen called Ancient Labyrinth is now available for download on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth DLC Now Available
Join Harkyn in his fight for redemption as Lords of the Fallen takes on the Ancient Labyrinth in the hit action-adventure's first major content expansion

WARSAW, Poland - March 3, 2015 - Internationally acclaimed game developer, publisher, and distributor CI Games today announced that the first major downloadable content for their hit title Lords of the Fallen is now available for download on PC, PS4, and Xbox One for $7.99. Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline of the popular action-RPG. Players can expect the same challenging gameplay that made the original release a fan-favorite, but with more rewards for playing through multiple times and exploring every dark corner of the Ancient Labyrinth.
They also released a new patch on Steam.
We would like to announce that patch 1.5 has been released.

The following issues have been fixed with the patch:
  • Mana regeneration issue
  • Improper Infiltrator's behaviour
  • Cutscene with the two monks being triggered incorrectly
  • Crafter's VO
  • Overlapping texts in the Rune Screen in French language
  • VO synchronization issue in German
  • The Quake spell damage issue
  • Antanas' Dark Experiments ending being played incorrectly
  • Missing Chinese translations
The patch also provides a support for the Ancient Labyrinth DLC.
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