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Mirage: Arcane Warfare adds bots to make up numbers

First person hack-and-slash-and-magic ’em up Mirage: Arcane Warfare [official site] this week received its first major update since launching in May, with new weapons, maps, and abilities added to the game. Most importantly, the Gladiator Update added bot-assisted servers in which AI combatants will make up the numbers if players don’t fill all the slots. The reason that’s important […]

Sandbox MMO Albion Online rides out

The fantasy sandbox MMORPG Albion Online [official site] launched this week. It draws inspiration from MMOs like EVE Online and Ultima Online, with headline features including an economy where every item is crafted by players and PvP where people might yoink everything from your corpse. Albion does have PvE with monsters to bash but PvP […]

Communal Combat Mission: Turn 9

Every year The Flare Path runs a communal Combat Mission skirmish in which RPS readers attempt to outwit and outfight CM’s decidedly dangerous AI. Turns span 60 seconds and rarely go according to plan. Late-war and Eastern Front, this year’s scrap takes place in a German-held Baltic port. Eight turns after leaving their deployment zone, […]

Space Hulk: Deathwing’s new class revives dead Marines

A new class of Space Marine has just dropped into Space Hulk: Deathwing [official site], the Warhammer 40,000 FPS. The new update adds a staff-wielding Interrogator Chaplain – the first class that can revive his teammates. Clearly, he likes skulls. There’s skulls on his weapon, skulls on his shoulders and, er, a skull where his head should […]

Planetoid Pioneers gets a simpler, cheaper edition

If you were balking at the £30/$40 price tag for the Early Access physics-based building game Planetoid Pioneers [official site] then balk no more. Previously you could only buy a Contributor Edition of the game that gave you developers’ tools to craft some of the game’s world, but now you can buy a ‘Game-Only Edition’ that […]

Pretty city builder Kingdoms and Castles is out now

I’m a sucker for oldie-worldie town builders. Banished, Anno 1401, The Settlers – I’ll take them all. So Kingdoms and Castles [official site], which released this week, has got my tower watchman interested. You build a town and then defend your citizens from Viking raids, dragon attacks, and harsh winters. Simple enough. What appeals to me, really, […]

Day of Infamy adds two free maps, including Dunkirk

You might have heard that a little film called Dunkirk has just come out. The folk at New World Interactive certainly have: they’ve updated their hardcore WW2 shooter Day of Infamy [official site] with two new maps, one of which is – you guessed it – the beaches of Dunkirk. The Dunkirk map fights from the fields, […]

Pyre sizzles in new trailer ahead of next week’s launch

Pyre [official site], the party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor, is out next week, and there’s a fiery new trailer out to celebrate the launch. You control a party of exiles trying to escape from a pretty purgatory by taking part in ancient competitions, called Rites, which are 3v3 real-time arena battles. You’ve got to […]

[Tales of a GM] – Villa Catacombs, Part 1: Brainstorming Background

Villa Catacombs, Part 1: Brainstorming Background Phil Nicholls blogs at Tales of a GM, where he writes about narrative gaming, faster prep and more story. He is currently running a HeroQuest Glorantha campaign in a home-brew setting. Phil has written for Johnn Four’s Roleplaying Tips newsletter and has a selection of self-published pdfs. This essay […]

Slime Rancher: A tour round Pip’s home

It sounded like people enjoyed looking round my Subnautica base a while back so I decided to make a video tour of my Slime Rancher [official site] base as well! It’s absolutely full of creatures and resources you won’t discover for ages as well as the more basic parts of the game so SPOILERS AHOY. […]

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