Top 2 Kickstarter Games this Week

1. AI War II by Arcen Games

Finally a sequel to the award-winning, genre breaking, asymmetric strategy cult classic. The most sentient AI in gaming.

Funding Goal – $50,000 by Monday 19th December (already funded!)

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2. Balthazar’s Dream by Psilocybe Games

Visit a wonderfully peculiar dog’s dream in a heroic attempt to save your owner in this beautiful pixel art puzzle platformer.

Funding Goal – $3,000 by Friday 23rd December

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Top 5 Kickstarter Games this Week

1. Steam Hammer by Big Way Games

Can You Survive in this Hardcore Sandbox RPG Set in a Dark and Mysterious Steampunk World?

Funding Goal – $50,000 by Friday 16th December

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2. The Station

Join a mission to study a newly discovered sentient alien civilization produced by a team of award winning developer veterans

Funding Goal – $10,000 (Canadian) by Saturday 10th December

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3. Robonauts by Quibic Games

Robonauts is a game reminiscent of the classic arcade games you fell in love with as a kid, designed specifically for PC, Mac and PS4.

Funding Goal – $35,000 by Wednesday 14th December

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4. Jupiter Hell by Chaos Forge Ltd

Jupiter Hell is a turn-based sci-fi roguelike/RPG with modern 3D graphics, by the creator of Doom, the Roguelike.

Funding Goal – £60,000 by Tuesday 13th December

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5. Quick Chess

Help us take QuickChess® digital! Anyone can learn chess & everyone can play. Educational for beginners. Challenging for experts!

Funding Goal – $55,000 by Wednesday 21st December

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5 Best Greenlight Games this Week

1. Steam: Railes to Riches

The official version of one of the best board games – Steam™: Rails to Riches.
Take control of a railway company, issue shares, build railroads, deliver goods along an ever changing network of tracks and stations and make profit to expand.

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2. Nevrosa

You woke up in a strange place — is it a dream or reality? What do you need to do? Are you alone here?

Original puzzles, dark atmosphere and creepy creature locked with you will help you to prepare for the upcoming full experience.

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3. Age of Resurgence

Set in a new and vibrant fantasy world, Age of Resurgence is a real-time strategy game which focuses on presenting classic RTS gameplay while reintroducing the importance of the player as the commander of its forces.

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4. Steel Empire

Steel Empire is a steam punk shoot’em up game featuring a frantic combat filled with powerful enemies and insane obstacles. Enjoy a beautiful world and retro game-play as you dodge and shoot your way through classical stages. Choose one of 4 difficulty settings according to your set of skills and fight the evil empire! See how well you did using the Replay Mode and show your worth by getting all achievements.

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5. Stars of Icarus

Stars of Icarus is a 2D Roguelike Space Shooter with a skill based combat system. Explore, loot, craft and fight your way through a mix of procedural and hand-crafted levels. Upgrade your ship with newfound technology, weapons and items crafted from the resources you gather.

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Top 5 Kickstarter Games this Week

1 Odyssey by Young Socratics

Play an exciting Myst-like puzzle adventure game and learn scientific reasoning!

Funding Goal – $15,000 by Tuesday 6th December (already achieved!)

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2 Rapture at Pale Gate by Gnome de Plume Productions

Rapture at Pale Gate. A satirical RPG where the characters are both aware they’re within a game and are unimpressed by the fact.

Funding Goal – $4,053 (Australian) by Tuesday 6th December

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3 Soviet Humour by Rapscallion Games

Soviet Humour: The new comedy uncensorship game by @JujuAdams and @JackCayless, inspired by The Jackbox and Cards Against Humanity!

Funding Goal – £2,000 by Thursday 8th December

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4 Space Jammers by Spread Shot Studios

1-4 player dimension hopping on PC & Console. Procedural levels, weapons and bosses. Arcade Co-Op Adventure!

Funding Goal – $9,000 by Thursday 8th December

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5 When Our Journey Ends by Afterthought Studios

Follow Mariko as she boards a train to a completely different world – A world of unbelievable beings and happenings.

Funding Goal – $350 (Singapore) by Sunday 4th December (already achieved!)

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Horus Heresy #16-18

After the strong novels of The First Heretic and Prospero Burns, the series doesn’t exactly kick-on, rather it plateaus for a short period.  This series of books are all interesting in their own right, with one of them (Deliverance Lost) kicking-off a major storyline, but none of them are great.

 

Book 16 – Age of Darkness (Edited by Christian Dunn)

Age of Darkness is the second short-story anthology in the series and it is by far superior to Tales of Heresy.  The stories in summary are:

  • Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill – A series of tactical simulations run by the Ultramarines using the new codex astartes, focussing on the character of Remus Ventanus
  • Liar’s Due by James Swallow – An Alpha Legion operative plays with the minds of the populations of a backward world, causing mayhem in his wake
  • Forgotten Sons by Nick Kyme – An Ultramarine and a Salammander try to convince a world to choose the Emperor over Horus
  • The Last Remembrancer by John French – The greatest rememberencer appears on a ship on the edge of the Solar system – what is Rogal Dorne to do with him?
  • Rebirth by Chris Wraight – A Thousand Son finds himself a prisoner in the ruins of Prospero, but who is his tormentor?
  • The Face of Treachery by Gav Throrpe – The Raven Guard are saved from destruction on Istvaan V, but why does a World Eaters battle barge not attack them as they escape?
  • Little Horus by Dan Abnett – Little Horus has been having haunting dreams, what do they mean? At the same time the Sons of Horus assault the world of Dwell
  • The Iron Within by Rob Sanders – Strife between Iron Warriors in a brilliant siege story
  • Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden – The Lion and Curze face off on the ruins of a dead world

Favourite Story – The Iron Within

Best character – Little Horus

Best fighting story – Savage Weapons – two primarchs going at each other

Best non-fighting story – The Last Remembrancer

Primarch count:

  • Rules of Engagement – 1 – Guilliman
  • The Last Remembrancer – 1 – Rogal Dorn
  • The Face of Treachery – 1 – Corax
  • Little Horus – 1 – Horus
  • Savage Weapons – 2 – The Lion and Konrad Curze

 

Book 17 – The Outcast Dead by Graham McNeill

The Outcast Dead is one of the strangest novels in the series, though the lore it offers up to fans makes it a worthwhile read.  Some people have criticised the book for inconsistencies in the chronology, though I can explain this away to myself with the warp bending space and time.

The premise centres on an astropath, Kai, who has suffered from the loss of a ship he was on and the horrors he had to witness/listen to. He is being re-trained on Terra when Magnus’ attempt to communicate with the Emperor occurs and disrupts all those with a psychic gift on the planet.  During the incident, Kai ends up with a war-changing secret implanted in his head that everyone wants to get out of him.

Concurrently a group of space marines known as the ‘Crusader Host’ have been incarcerated in a maximum security prison. It is never explained what the Crusader Host his but I assume it is a group of legionaries from all legions left to represent the interests of their legion on Terra.  Anyway the legionaries manage to break out from the prison and take Kai with them (who was also in the prison).  What follows is a hunt for both Kai and the legionaries.

If my synopsis sounds far-fetched then unfortunately that is part of what the novel suffers from.  There are too many unexplained events and characters that it left my quite frustrated. The first two-thirds of the novel for me became quite a struggle to get through.

On the plus side though, parts of Terra are explained like never before and then of course there are the Thunder Warriors…

Overall the book is average and it really isn’t necessary in the grand scheme of the series. Read if you enjoy McNeill’s work or really want to be a completionist.

Best Character – Kai

Best fighting part – the final battle with all 3 factions

Best non-fighting part – Kai’s conversations with a mysterious hooded figure

Primarch count – 1 – Rogal Dorn

 

Book 18 – Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe

Deliverance Lost picks up the story from The Face of Teachery (from book 16) and the Raven’s Flight audiobook.  Corax is saved from the face of Istvaan V and is determined to take the fight back to Horus.

The Primarch takes himself to Terra to speak to the Emperor, though unsurprisingly the Emperor is indisposed for various reasons. Corax does though find the secrets of ‘making’ new legionaries and take this secret back to the Raven Guard’s homeworld.  Here he sets about re-building his legion, though with outcomes that he had not expected.

Alongside this, the Raven Guard who fought on Istvaan V and those who didn’t are struggling to gel back together, causing significant tensions.  In addition the Alpha Legion are up to their tricks, trying to steal the secret Corax has acquired.

The story is very interesting and we get to see the Raven Guard properly for the first time, albeit after they have been signficantly reduced after Istvaan V. I found Corax a fascinating character and he had a real depth and humanity to him. I also enjoyed the Alpha Legion element, but then I always enjoy the Alpha Legion in any of these books. The book also begins a major storyline that will be revisited in later novels, with Corax and his Raven Guard at the forefront.

Worth a read!

Best Character – Corax himself

Best fighting part – Strangely none really stood out for me

Best non-fighting part – Corax’s reminiscense’s of his past

Primarch count – 4(5) – Corax, Rogal Dorn, Horus, Alpharius/Omegon

Horus Heresy #13-15

With Book 12 (A Thousand Sons) the heresy series finally kicked-off properly and the next three continue to get in to the real heart of the background and ever-expanding story.

 

Book 13 – Nemesis by James Swallow

Despite what I’ve said above, Nemesis does take us somewhat off the beaten track again.  It is a very interesting book but in the grand scheme of the overall storyline it is of limited value.

The premise is for Horus to be assassinated by a an elite kill-team comprising assassins from all of the major temples. Simultaneously Erebus has set loose his own assassin to steal an artifact with a drop of the Emperor’s blood on it.  Events then play out on an unfortunate planet that the Sons of Horus are forced to bring back to compliance after the assassins stoke up rebel resistance to a Horus-turned world.

The main appeal of the book for me was that story delved in to each of the assassin temples; a first for me to read. There is also an excellent sub-plot involving Erebus’ assassin that is more like a murder mystery plot for a while. The story also looks at the real cost of the war for the ‘normal’ people and you can empathise with the fear and the struggles that they face.

Overall I enjoyed it, I just don’t think that the story was necessary as a full-blown novel within the series.

Best Character – Iesta Veracrux

Best fighting part – most of the assassins trying to subdue an Eversor

Best non-fighting part – Intrigue on Terra between Valdor the Custodian and Rogal Dorn

Primarch count – 2 – Rogal Dorn and Horus

 

Book 14 – The First Heretic by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

The First Heretic was Dembski-Bowden’s first full-length foray in to the series and it has set him up as one of the series and Black Library’s premier authors. Without doubt it is one of the best books in the series and tells a much needed story to fill in a lot of gaps from previous novels.

The book tells the story of the Word Bearers fall in to damnation, all the way from well before the heresy starts to the Battle of Istvaan V.  It is told mainly through the eyes of the Word Bearer Argel Tal, a sometimes reluctant particpant in events. Argel Tal is a brilliant character and it is a testimant to the author that he is such a sympathetic character! His friendship and inevitable betrayal of the Custodians was heart-breakingly written.

As well as the brilliant writing, as mentioned previously the books fills in many gaps and is crucial to understanding why the Heresy happened.  It shows why the Word Bearers turned from the Emperor and how they were secretly the first to fall in to heresy.  As well as Argel Tal, the characters of Lorgar, Erebus and Kor Phaeron are well-written. Lorgar in particular is one of the most complex and interesting characters in the series.

This is a must-read book within the series!

Best Character – Argel Tal

Best fighting part – Lorgar vs Corax

Best non-fighting part – Argel Tal’s many conversations with Cyrene

Primarch count – 7 (!) – Lorgar, Gulliman, Magnus, Corax, Perturabo, Ferrus Manus, Konrad Curze

 

Book 15 – Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett

I know I said the last book was one of my favourites but this one is as well! Abnett got some very undeserved criticism for the book but I think it is well-written and tells the story from a very interesting perspective. For me, the Space Wolves have never been better understood than through this book and I think that is because we look at them from an outsider’s perspective. In a way, the story reminds me of the film The 13th Warrior (obscure film reference!).

The story’s ultimate focus is the Space Wolves ending up on Prospero to complete the story from A Thousand Sons. It does this in a roundabout way though with the story being told through the eyes of Kasper Hawser. Hawser is a conservator and pseudo-archaeologist who rose to a position of influence on Terra but ended up coming to Fenris to document the wolves. Due to a misunderstanding his ship is shot down and the story then comprises of his experiences with the wolves as a Skald, with in-between sequences of flashbacks to his past and how he came to be there. Events bring Hawser close to the Wolves as they fight through compliances, as well as the Council of Nikea and ultimately the razing of Prospero.

The twists in the tale thoughout the story are very well done and the first time I read it, I hadn’t guessed what Hawser really was. As mentioned above, I think seeing the story through the eyes of Hawser gave a really good perspective and understanding of the wolves.  They are not simply savages but a legion with a specific purpose that they will always undertake, now matter how much they may not want to.

Even as a standalone novel I think this book is excellent and Abnett has once again shown he is the best writer the Black Library have.

Best Character – Kasper Hawser

Best fighting part – On Prospero with Bear vs Chaos

Best non-fighting part – The Council of Nikea

Primarch count – 3 – Russ, Magnus, Fulgrim

Top 5 Kickstarter Games this Week

Massive competition this year with no fewer than 12 possible entries but I’ve tried to distill it down to the best 5.

1 Orion by Trek Industries

ORION is a Sci-Fi MMORPG Shooter featuring Cooperative, Competitive, Social, Exploration, Trading, Racing, Dueling and Dog-fighting!

Funding Goal – $40,000 by Tuesday 27th December

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2 Hellhunter by Ballistic Interactive

Investigate and hunt supernatural phenomena, in this dark RPG.

Funding Goal – $50,000 (Australian) by Sunday 27th November

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3 Agony by PlayWay

Survival Horror game set in Hell. Take a trip into madness in the most terrifying vision of hell in the history of gaming!

Funding Goal – $66,666 (Canadian) by Saturday 10th December

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4 Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King by Redlock Studio

Follow the Wanderer on his journey to find memories of his past, and crack the secrets of Hypnos…

Funding Goal – €80,000 by Tuesday 6th December

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5 Ancient Frontier by Fair Weather Studios

Ancient Frontier is a PC turn-based strategy game with RPG elements set in the far future. Command fleets of star ships in deep space.

Funding Goal – $5,000 by Tuesday 29th November

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