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Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 14 - your quick weekly round-up

Sunday 26th of May 2019 09:38:02 PM

Tags: GOL Podcast

The weekend is almost over, it's time to get back up to speed on some interesting topics that appeared this week with the Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 14.


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Hell is Other Demons

Tank Maniacs

Dota Auto Chess

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS

Dicey Dungeons

Eagle Island

ZED

A Linux version of the mind-bending multi-dimensional 'Unbound: Worlds Apart' will come at release

Sunday 26th of May 2019 06:43:55 PM

Tags: Crowdfunding, Indie Game, Puzzle, Platformer

Unbound: Worlds Apart from Alien Pixel Studios is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, this hand-crafted puzzler looks like it could melt my mind with the portal system.

Unbound is an atmospheric 2D Puzzle-Platformer where the main character, Soli, can conjure magic portals to travel between different realities in order to learn more about the catastrophe that ravaged his world. Inside certain portals, the physical properties of the character or world elements can change, offering new gameplay possibilities.

Take a look at their trailer:


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got curious about this one, as while it does look good and it states it will support Linux at release there's only a demo for Windows. As it turns out, it's just a case of timing, with the developer telling me they just haven't had time to bring the demo to Linux. They told me it absolutely will support Linux for the full release but possibly not earlier than that (so possibly no alpha/beta access). Naturally I've suggested to them not to leave it until the last minute, too many developers end up doing that and tripping up on various issues.

As for the Kickstarter, it's managed to get fully funded with 10 days still to go against their $25K goal, so that's good news.

You can find it on Kickstarter and wishlist/follow it on Steam for release. The developer also confirmed they will look to other stores as well like GOG and Humble Store.

Railway Empire has another update and it's off to France in the latest DLC out now

Sunday 26th of May 2019 06:21:04 PM

Tags: Simulation, Strategy, Humble Store, GOG, Steam, Update, DLC

There appears to be no stopping this train, Railway Empire continues to see plenty of post-release support and extra optional content.

Firstly, the latest "Community Update" is out taking feedback from (you guessed it) the community of players. They've introduced modding support to DLC scenarios, increased the total number of trains and stations you can have, new tooltips, you can skip the current music track using the new "P" hotkey, the train list will actually show problems employees have, new train list filtering options, train speed reduced if they're missing supplies and lots of other nice quality of life updates.

As for the DLC, France is the latest destination, check out the trailer:


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DLC highlights:

  • New scenario – Into a new time (1874-1890)
  • Map expansion: France (available in Free Game and Sandbox modes)
  • 10 historical engines such as the Coupe Vent (4-4-0) and Forquenot (2-4-2)
  • More than 12 new tradeable goods (e.g. wine and soft cheese) and 31 new cities
  • ‘Concession’ feature: The map is divided into sections. Buy concessions to gain access to new building grounds (also available on the full North American map)
  • New songs and updated characters

You can get Railway Empire and various DLC on Humble Store (on sale!), GOG and Steam.

FOSS game engine 'CorsixTH' for Theme Hospital update 0.63 is out

Sunday 26th of May 2019 05:48:50 PM

Tags: Open Source, Game Engine

The first major release for the FOSS game engine in some time, CorsixTH 0.63 is out following the recent release candidate build. CorsixTH might not be "finished" but it's incredibly playable and does provide a better experience (mostly) over running the original Theme Hospital.

With this release the game music now supports more file formats like ogg, flac, wav, aiff, voc in addition to mp3 and midi. Additionally, you can now save your camera position to easily jump back to it, announcements don't overlap and use a queue system now, hotkeys can be configured making it much nicer for different keyboard layouts, you can adjust the scroll and zoom speed and there's of course the usual assorted bug fixes. You can find the full release notes here.

As a reminder again, CorsixTH requires you have the original data files which can be grabbed easily enough from GOG.

For those interested in helping out, it seems they need a hand getting it supported via Flatpak packages. There's various other issues open on the GitHub for those with a bit of free time.

MidBoss, the unique body-snatching roguelike turns 2 with a big sale and future plans details

Sunday 26th of May 2019 12:21:35 PM

Tags: Roguelike, Humble Store, Steam, Itch.io, DLC, Game Sale, Indie Game

MidBoss is a game we've covered here numerous times, mainly due to how unique it is. You take down enemies, take their body and it's pretty amusing.

The developer, Kitsune Games, has supported Linux rather nicely and now that MidBoss is over two years old they've decided to put it on a big sale. Not just that, they've also announced a fancy sounding DLC that's coming along with a free update for everyone. The DLC will have brand new pixel-art for all of the monsters, which will include idle animations for them too so the DLC should make the game look a lot more interesting. Also being added in the DLC is a "randomizer mode", to make repeated runs in the game vastly different.

Hold on, you've never seen MidBoss before? Take a look at the original trailer below:


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As for the free update that's planned, it's going to add in Diablo-styled special monsters with special unique buffs you can grab if you manage to defeat them and snatch their body. They're also going to be adding in rank badges, for those who can defeat MidBoss on the New Game+ mode with increasing difficulty.

For those that missed it, our contributor Scaine also wrote up some of their own thoughts on MidBoss last year. Seems like Scaine was a pretty big fan of it, as am I! So we're absolutely going to be checking out the DLC when it's up, there's no current date set for the DLC or update release so we will let you know when we know.

Want to begin taking over the bodies of your slain foes? You can pick MidBoss up on sale from Humble Store, itch.io and Steam.

The RPG 'Pathfinder: Kingmaker' is getting a free Enhanced Edition update next month + new DLC

Sunday 26th of May 2019 11:59:28 AM

Tags: RPG, Humble Store, Steam, GOG, Update, DLC, Coming Soon

Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the party-based RPG from Owlcat Games and Deep Silver is going to expand with a free Enhanced Edition and another DLC.

They say it's going to include plenty of "gameplay-enriching content additions" along with the usual quality of life improvements to existing features, new abilities and ways to build your character, a new Slayer class, new items and weapons, improved balance especially in the beginning and last two chapters, an improved kingdom management system, an increased variety to the random encounters on the map and so on.

Also, releasing at the same time is the new Beneath The Stolen Lands DLC which will include a massive dungeon to explore, available for new characters and it will be inserted into the main campaign too. Sounds interesting, they say in this DLC that death is only the beginning as you unlock stuff for your next attempt. Both the update and the DLC will be live on June 6th.

I've still yet to give it a go, after it launched with major flaws in the Linux version and so the Linux build was delayed on GOG I just completely forgot to ever go back to it. Quite luckily really then, since this free Enhanced Edition sounds like it might actually be worth the wait. To be clear though, the major launch problems were since fixed.

You can pick up your own copy of Pathfinder: Kingmaker on Humble Store (on sale!), GOG and Steam.

Honeycomb CRUNCH releases, an example Godot game with sources

Saturday 25th of May 2019 06:53:11 PM

Tags: Arcade, Godot Engine, Open Source

Hi people!

Earlier today (it's still today if you haven't gone to bed yet, right?) I released a small arcade game that I've been working on for the past couple of days called Honeycomb CRUNCH.


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The game itself might not knock your socks off (or maybe it will - I think it's fun!), but I've also released the source code with the intention that it might be inspirational or educational to anybody considering learning the open source Godot engine.

You can find builds of the game on itch, and the sources up on GitLab. If Honeycomb CRUNCH inspires you to make something of your own or make something based on it, I'd love to hear about it. If you just enjoy playing the game, I'd love to see your scores - 2310 is my current best!

Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates

Saturday 25th of May 2019 10:31:54 AM

Tags: Site Info, Survey

This is your once a month reminder to make sure your PC information is correct on your user profiles. A fresh batch of statistics is generated on the 1st of each month.

You can see the statistics any time on this page.

If you want your details to actually be included in the monthly survey, be sure to head here and tick the box labelled "Include your PC details in our Monthly User Statistics?" and hit the "Update" button at the bottom, it's opt-in and you can uncheck it at any time not to be included in future statistics gathering.

PC Info is automatically purged if it hasn't been updated, or if you don't click the link to remain in for 2 years. This way we prevent too much stale data and don't hold onto your data for longer than required. If this is still correct and it has been a long time since you updated, you can simply click here to continue to be included. If this isn't correct, click here to go to your User Control Panel to update it!

 

Note: Some people still have Ubuntu-GNOME and Antergos set as their distribution, since neither actually exist any more with Ubuntu-GNOME now just being Ubuntu and Antergos announcing their shut-down both will be removed soon as options.

What a grape day, Wine 4.9 is officially out

Friday 24th of May 2019 09:03:18 PM

Tags: Wine, Update

I know, that pun attempt hurt my head too. You try and keep this going for months! Today, the Wine team have put out the Wine 4.9 development release as expected with new features and assorted bug fixes.

Release highlights:

  • Initial support for installing Plug and Play drivers.
  • Support for building 16-bit modules in PE format.
  • A lot of code moved to the new KernelBase DLL.
  • Various game controller fixes.
  • Use higher performance system clocks if available.

As for bug fixes, this time around they noted 24 now marked as solved. As per usual, some may be bugs fixed in previous releases only now being found. These include World of Tanks, Osmos, Grand Prix Legends, Spellforce 3, Rogue Squadron 3D and more.

You can see the full release notes here.

The Linux demo for 'Eagle Island', a very slick action-adventure rogue-lite is out and it's extremely impressive

Friday 24th of May 2019 01:27:36 PM

Tags: Rogue-lite, Action, Adventure, Steam, Demo, Coming Soon, Metroidvania

Ever since I first heard of Eagle Island I was basically in love, with super slick pixel-art and an owl you throw as your weapon? Sign me up.

The demo just recently went live on Steam, including for Linux and after giving it a go I've come away from it extremely impressed. It works beautifully and it looks gorgeous, probably one of the best demos I've played for some time. I even joked about the demo splash-screen missing a Linux icon with the developer on Twitter, which they took it rather well as they just haven't yet found a good one to use.


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Features:

  • Story, Roguelite, and Speedrun modes
  • Fully procedurally generated worlds
  • 85 different perk abilities to mix up the gameplay each run
  • Magical feathers transform your owl into elemental forms
  • 16 beautiful environments to explore
  • 12 huge boss battles

If you enjoy Metroidvania-like games, this needs to be on your radar. The action is seriously slick, especially the way you pause mid-air to throw your little feathered friend. As you explore, you can find upgrades for both yourself and your owl and defeat an assortment of different enemies which fill-up your Monster Log so you can see how many of each you've taken down too. Everything about it is simply lush, the music and the atmosphere is awesome too. Can you tell I'm excited about this one?

It was funded on Kickstarter back in 2017, with over £25K pledged from backers so it looks like we will see another crowdfunding success story here.

Check out Eagle Island and the demo on Steam, releasing later this year.

Very cool deck-building roguelike Dicey Dungeons alpha ending soon, last chance for early price + updated

Friday 24th of May 2019 12:36:17 PM

Tags: Strategy, Roguelike, Alpha, Itch.io, Update

Dicey Dungeons might just be one of my favourite indie games this year, a unique blend of an usual roguelike with an ability system powered by cards and dice rolls.

Note: This was a personal purchase.

For those who haven't seen my previous articles it's a dungeon crawler from Terry Cavanagh (Super Hexagon, VVVVVV), Chipzel, and Marlowe Dobbe. Like a lot of other roguelikes the combat is turn-based, with cards you use a little like Slay the Spire. However, the way your abilities and equipment work is where it differs a lot. Each card requires you to roll the dice to certain numbers to activate and it's really compelling.

Video of the latest version on Ubuntu 19.04:


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A big update landed recently adding in lots of new goodies to play with. This includes a new episode called Parallel Universe for the Warrior. In this mode, all the status effects of equipment have been changed like Poison locking up your gear behind a countdown, Freeze reducing the value of every single dice by 1 and more. It makes it play very differently and Cavanagh liked it so much, that for the release every character class will be getting a Parallel Universe.

On top of that, the hard mode has been redesigned into what's now called the Elimination Round which will be available for each character too. In this mode, enemies have better equipment and more health so it's quite a challenge. There's also new enemies (with more planned for launch), lots of art and audio improvements, more modding support and translation updates.

I certainly will be interested to see what fancy mods people can come up with, even though the gameplay on offer is already fun modders always end up doing something extra fun.

Cavanagh has also announced the the alpha you can purchase currently for $7.99 on itch.io will be stopping soon and no one will be able to then purchase it until the full release sometime in the Summer. The price will be going up to $14.99 then too, so act now if you want it cheaper. If it's not clear already, I think it's excellent and you should check it out. The full release will be on both itch.io (DRM-free + Steam key when live) and Steam.

A look at what's on sale ahead of the weekend once again, come find your next game

Friday 24th of May 2019 10:48:17 AM

Tags: Game Sale

The weekend is almost upon us and you're in the market for a fresh new game, I've got you covered with what deals are going currently.

I will start with a remind about the Humble tinyBuild Bundle 2019, it's a fantastic deal with Punch Club, The Final Station, Speedrunners, Streets of Rogue (a favourite!) and a few more good games.

Humble have also extended their Spring Sale with an encore so it now ends on May 27th at 5PM UTC. Tons of Linux gaming deals going there (and some good Steam Play picks too) like:

Over on GOG, they also have multiple deals going! Their Plug In Digital & Dear Villagers sale is on which has top deals on some good Linux games like:

Also, GOG's current Midweek Sale that's ending in around 35 hours has a bunch of retro DOSBox games on sale and Railway Empire is quite cheap with 60% off (Humble has the same deal). Their Weekly Sale also has the top price currently on Unepic at 65% off.

Finally, for those interested Humble Store are giving out DRM-free copies of Jalopy and if you grab it before May 25th at 5PM UTC you will also get a coupon to get a Steam key for $1. Looking at ProtonDB, it seems to run well with Steam Play.

For those also wondering, it looks like the next big Steam sale is on June 25th going by the leaks.

Cardlings looks to be an interesting turn-based strategy with an unusual gameplay style

Friday 24th of May 2019 10:04:24 AM

Tags: Coming Soon, Indie Game, Steam, Strategy

Cardlings caught my attention recently, a unique turn-based strategy game from Clockwork Chilli that's confirmed to be releasing for Linux on June 5th.

What's interesting about it, is the way the turns work. While one player is doing combat and movement, the other player has the chance to get building and gathering resources. To make it even more unique, only the player doing movement and combat can end the turn and then it's reversed. So this means the player doing the movement, will want to end the turn quickly so the other player doesn't get tons of resources and buildings set up. The developer said this "results in very intense, fast-paced games that still preserve all the depth of more traditional turn-based strategy titles".


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It's going to have cross-platform online multiplayer, with mobile versions coming soon after release too and it sounds like multiplayer will be compatible across PC and mobile which sounds fun. It will have AI too, so you're not forced to play against other real people.

Your ultimate goal in each randomly generated map, is to either destroy the enemy castle through various means or fully upgrade your own. Thanks to the turn system, there should be no waiting around and I think the idea sounds great.

You can follow it on Steam for release on June 5th.

Here's another bit of info for you: it's being made with their own free to use HTML5 game engine "Wade Game Engine", which you can find more information about on the official site. They say the game engine is "open source" but it's a custom license with an EULA so not technically true to the real definition of open source. Either way, some of you might find that interesting.

Incredibly weird comedy point and click adventure 'Clam Man' is out

Friday 24th of May 2019 09:49:21 AM

Tags: Adventure, Steam, Indie Game, Unity, Comedy

Clam Man from Team Clam is a new comedy adventure game, it just recently released with Linux support. It's a point and click adventure, although it has a focus on the story rather than pushing you through puzzles.

This is the story of a man, recently promoted to junior sales representative, enjoying the comforts and leisure of lower-mid-level office work. However, things suddenly take a turn for the worse, and the Clam Man is cast into an adventure full of danger, suspicion, and mystery. Join him, as he unravels the conspiracy behind the tragic event that befalls him, and fight to restore CLAMMY JUSTICE to the world of Snacky Bay.

Note: The developer provided a key to our Steam Curator, give us a follow.


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It's supposed to be a rather absurd comedy game, so you need a certain kind of strange humour to appreciate it. Some of it is quite amusing though, I will admit. The way the song ended at the start made me chuckle for sure. Every scene has a number of objects you can interact with, often they're ridiculous references to other media too. It's very short, some of the jokes don't really work but overall it has a good amount of charm to it I think.

No issues with the Linux version, worked great. You can find Clam Man on Steam and itch.io.

Comedy adventure Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD is now out with Linux support

Friday 24th of May 2019 09:13:33 AM

Tags: Adventure, Steam, Comedy

Originally released in 2007, Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD revamps the experience to make it less painful to play on modern systems with full Linux support.

Nelly Cootalot, fearsome pirate and lover of tiny and adorable creatures, is charged by the spirit of a dead buccaneer to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a fleet of birds known as spoonbeaks. Her adventure will bring her face to face with the nefarious Baron Widebeard as she uncovers corruption and wanton punning in the Barony of Meeth.

This updated edition includes higher resolution support, a streamlined interface and "extremely cheap voice acting by Alasdair Beckett-King, real Nelly and literally no one else".

One thing I will note, is that it's another game using the problematic Adventure Game Studio. For me, the mouse was very laggy (unplayable) and the fullscreen support with two monitors was poor with it sitting in the middle of them both. I tried going over the various possible configuration file tweaks, but nothing seemed to make it playable. I've let the publisher, Application Systems Heidelberg, know about this. It's near the middle of 2019, something as basic as mouse movement shouldn't be an issue.

As a reminder, the developer has decided to give all revenue (after fees and taxes are deducted) to the RSPB. A lovely British charity that takes care of the birds. It's super cheap too at only £1.69/$1.99/€1.99.

You can find Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD on Steam. If you enjoy it, you should also check out Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (a stand-alone story, not a sequel) which also has Linux support on Humble Store and Steam.

Unique gravity-defying metroidvania 'Dandara' finally sees an update to the Linux version

Friday 24th of May 2019 08:47:47 AM

Tags: Steam, Humble Store, Update, Metroidvania, Action

Dandara, a very unique take on the action metroidvania genre took me by surprise with the fun gameplay last month and now the Linux version is actually up to date.

The main problem, as noted in the previous article, was that the Linux version of Dandara hadn't seen any updates since release. The developer, Long Hat House, actually emailed in last night to note that the whole game has been updated and they've managed to now get the Linux version on equal footing too.


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Fantastic to hear, since I very much enjoyed it but the updates we were missing did include various enhancements. So now Linux gamers can expect to find the New Game+/Challenge mode, more difficulty options adjustments to make it easier if you need it to be and various other improvements from the latest update. Additionally, from previous updates we were missing quality of life updates like some enhancements to the level design, improvements to the map to prevent you getting lost and so on.

Testing it out again today, it seems Valve's recent fix in the Steam Client Beta gets Rumble working with Dandara and the Steam Controller too—sweet!

Really happy to see the Linux version get some proper support again, fantastic. Better late than never of course and I still consider it a game that's absolutely worth a look.

You can grab a copy from Humble Store and Steam.

Steam Play updated again to 4.2-5 to include newer DXVK, networking and controller fixes

Friday 24th of May 2019 08:35:32 AM

Tags: Steam, Steam Play, Update, Valve

Valve have pushed out the latest smaller update to Steam Play, this time including an updated DXVK and a bunch of fixes for various games.

Full changelog:

  • Update DXVK to 1.2.1.
  • Support for new Steam networking APIs. Should fix some newer titles, including A Hat in Time.
  • Many controller layout fixes. Should fix controller layout in many Unity-based titles, including Subnautica, and some Ubisoft titles.

While smaller than previous updates, obviously it's still a pretty good one. Moving from DXVK 1.1.1 to 1.2.1 alone should benefit a number of games and improve GPU utilization. The networking and controller layout fixes are also very welcome, as the better we can get various games working the more likely people are to try out Linux.

What have you been testing with Steam Play lately? I'm still hooked on Deep Rock Galactic, while our livestreamer Sin has been checking out Rage 2 on our Twitch Channel and it looks great.

Surreal adventure game 'ZED' about an artist suffering from dementia is releasing in June

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 06:48:57 PM

Tags: Adventure, Coming Soon, Steam

ZED, a game that will tell the story of an artist suffering from dementia from Eagre Games and Cyan Ventures now has a release date and it's quite soon.

The Windows version is now scheduled in for June 4th, with the Linux (and Mac) version to be "later in June". Great to see it continue to be confirmed and although there is a delay, it's not going to be long it seems. Good thing too, as I'm damn excited for this one.

“It’s exciting to release ZED as the first, in what we hope is, a series of artisan indie titles.'' said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan. “Cyan Ventures was created to connect our amazingly supportive Myst fan base to inspiring artists like Chuck at Eagre Games. We hope that ZED, with its graphically mesmerizing narrative, will resonate with our fans and audiences worldwide.”


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“I am thrilled to be working with Cyan Ventures” said Chuck Carter, founder of Eagre Games. “It is awesome to be working with a publisher as vested in the visual fidelity and compelling story as us. They believed in our vision and helped us move ZED across the finish line, from its Kickstarter inception to a deeply moving story of an unexamined life.”

Everything about it looks and sounds like it's going to be an awesome experience. Possibly a confusing one with the theme, since your character will be desperately trying to reconnect fragmented memories. The way you do this, will be through the dreams of the artist's deteriorating mind. They say it "blends adventure, a rich narrative, stirring sentiment, and fanciful world exploration" which sounds pretty fancy. I'm a sucker for a good story, so I hope the writing holds up.

I will let you know when we're provided with an update on the exact date of the Linux release. For now, you can wishlist/follow it on Steam ready. From the info I was given, it will also be releasing on GOG.

art of rally is bringing a stylized racing experience to Linux later this year

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 02:27:04 PM

Tags: Indie Game, Steam, Coming Soon, Racing

Funselektor Labs, the developer of Absolute Drift has announced their latest game, art of rally. It might look stylish but it's not just a pretty face, as the developer is also focused on how the cars handle too.

While we have a few racing games now like Grid Autosport, DiRT Rally/4 and some F1 games (plus a few that work with Steam Play), they're all quite serious business. art of rally looks to be taking a slightly less realistic focus while still providing a challenge, especially with the top-down view you get a better picture of what's up ahead.


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The developer, Dune Casu from Funselektor Labs, has said they've overhauled the handling model over what was found in Absolute Drift. They've actually driven WRC cars from the 1990s, as well as attending the DirtFish rally school, so they can "gain a better understanding of rally cars and also the learning process that goes into learning how to rally".

Features:

  • Progress through the golden years of rally in Career Mode
  • 30+ iconic rally cars from the 60s, 70s, 80s, Group B and Group S
  • Completely overhauled handling from the car physics system of Absolute Drift
  • 50 rally stages in Finland, Sardinia, Norway, Japan and Germany
  • Repair performance damage between stages
  • Daily and weekly challenges with leaderboards
  • Original soundtrack by Tatreal

Speaking to the developer on Twitter, they confirmed Linux support as long as Unity is in good shape (which it mostly is now). Will be keeping an eye on it as it looks like a lot of fun, might even be a Rally game that I'm not completely atrocious at.

You can follow it on Steam.

Roguelike fantasy adventure 'Vambrace: Cold Soul' has a new feature trailer ahead of release next week

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 01:42:35 PM

Tags: Adventure, RPG, Roguelike, GOG, Steam, Coming Soon

The release of Vambrace: Cold Soul on May 28th is getting close now, it's quite an impressive looking game that I've been playing and they have a new feature trailer. I won't say too much on it myself before release but since I've had access for a while, I can say it works great on Linux.

This trailer should give you a little more insight into what to expect from it before release:


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As mentioned before when writing briefly about it, the artwork and feel of the combat certainly does give off a Darkest Dungeon vibe and that's because it's one of the games that inspired it.

Features:

  • Embark on an epic fantasy-adventure spanning 7 intriguing chapters.
  • Complete sub-quests to unlock up to 26 new, thematic character skins.
  • Assemble your party from 5 races and 10 unique classes of recruits.
  • Craft items and armor from precious materials gathered on your trips.
  • Make crucial decisions where one wrong turn can seal your party's fate.
  • Prepare well or condemn your comrades to permanent death.
  • Find codex pages to expand upon Ethera's history and mythical lore.

At release on May 28th, the Linux version will be available on GOG and Steam.

More in Tux Machines

Running Deep Learning Models On Intel Hardware? It's Time To Consider A Different OS

Firstly, Intel has done extensive work to make the Xeon family of processors highly optimized for AI. The Intel Xeon Scalable processors outsmart GPUs in accelerating the training on large datasets. Intel is telling its customers that they don’t need expensive GPUs until they meet a threshold. Most of the deep learning training can be effectively done on CPUs that cost a fraction of their GPU counterparts. Beyond the marketing messages and claims, Intel went onto prove that their deep learning stack performs better than NVIDIA GPU-based stack. Recently, Intel published a benchmark to show its leadership in deep learning. Intel Xeon Scalable processers trained a deep learning network with 7878 images per second on ResNet-50 outperforming 7844 images per second on NVIDIA Tesla V100. Intel’s performance optimization doesn’t come just from its CPUs. It is delivered by a purpose-built software stack that is highly optimized at various levels. From the operating system to the TensorFlow framework, Intel has tweaked multiple layers of software to deliver unmatched performance. To ease the process of running this end-to-end stack, Intel has turned to one of its open source projects called Clear Linux OS. Clear Linux project was started as a purpose-built, container-optimized, and lightweight operating system. It was started with the premise that the OS running a container doesn’t need to perform all the functions of a traditional OS. Container Linux, the OS developed by CoreOS (now a part of Red Hat) followed the same philosophy. Within a short span, Clear Linux gained popularity among open source developers. Intel kept improving the OS, making it relevant to run modern workloads such as machine learning training jobs, AI inferencing, analytics and edge computing. Read more Also: Intel Core i9 9900KS Allowing 5.0GHz All-Core, Icelake News Coming This Week

Games: Pathfinder: Kingmaker, MidBoss, CorsixTH, Railway Empire and Unbound: Worlds Apart

  • The RPG 'Pathfinder: Kingmaker' is getting a free Enhanced Edition update next month + new DLC
    Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the party-based RPG from Owlcat Games and Deep Silver is going to expand with a free Enhanced Edition and another DLC. They say it's going to include plenty of "gameplay-enriching content additions" along with the usual quality of life improvements to existing features, new abilities and ways to build your character, a new Slayer class, new items and weapons, improved balance especially in the beginning and last two chapters, an improved kingdom management system, an increased variety to the random encounters on the map and so on.
  • MidBoss, the unique body-snatching roguelike turns 2 with a big sale and future plans details
    MidBoss is a game we've covered here numerous times, mainly due to how unique it is. You take down enemies, take their body and it's pretty amusing. The developer, Kitsune Games, has supported Linux rather nicely and now that MidBoss is over two years old they've decided to put it on a big sale. Not just that, they've also announced a fancy sounding DLC that's coming along with a free update for everyone. The DLC will have brand new pixel-art for all of the monsters, which will include idle animations for them too so the DLC should make the game look a lot more interesting. Also being added in the DLC is a "randomizer mode", to make repeated runs in the game vastly different.
  • FOSS game engine 'CorsixTH' for Theme Hospital update 0.63 is out
    The first major release for the FOSS game engine in some time, CorsixTH 0.63 is out following the recent release candidate build. CorsixTH might not be "finished" but it's incredibly playable and does provide a better experience (mostly) over running the original Theme Hospital.
  • Railway Empire has another update and it's off to France in the latest DLC out now
    There appears to be no stopping this train, Railway Empire continues to see plenty of post-release support and extra optional content. Firstly, the latest "Community Update" is out taking feedback from (you guessed it) the community of players. They've introduced modding support to DLC scenarios, increased the total number of trains and stations you can have, new tooltips, you can skip the current music track using the new "P" hotkey, the train list will actually show problems employees have, new train list filtering options, train speed reduced if they're missing supplies and lots of other nice quality of life updates.
  • A Linux version of the mind-bending multi-dimensional 'Unbound: Worlds Apart' will come at release
    Unbound: Worlds Apart from Alien Pixel Studios is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, this hand-crafted puzzler looks like it could melt my mind with the portal system.

Linux 5.2-rc2

Hey, what's to say? Fairly normal rc2, no real highlights - I think most of the diff is the SPDX updates. Who am I kidding? The highlight of the week was clearly Finland winning the ice hockey world championships. So once you sober up from the celebration, go test, Linus Read more Also: Linux 5.2-rc2 Kernel Released As The "Golden Lions"

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