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‘Fantasy Grounds Unity’ Now On Sale Offers More Official Licenses Than Any Other Virtual Tabletop Worldwide

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Indie developer and publisher SmiteWorks USA, LLC is proud to offer their market-leading Fantasy Grounds Unity Virtual Tabletop at a discounted price in a promotion running through January 4th, 2023. Fantasy Grounds Unity is the latest version of Fantasy Grounds, rebuilt from the ground up in Unity3D® to provide enhanced functionality for sound, map making, images, FX, and networking. Additionally, it maintains backward compatibility with content for Fantasy Grounds.
 
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPdCDbAF1kE
 
Fantasy Grounds Unity is designed to perform many of the things you can do while playing at a conventional gaming table while automating many laborious elements. Run games as the gamemaster or participate as a player, the application provides all the necessary tools to communicate, manage campaign information and perform tasks such as rolling the dice or moving tokens around a battle map. With Fantasy Grounds Unity, you prep less and play better; it offers a dynamic system for playing a host of different roleplaying games online and is used by hundreds of thousands of gamers worldwide to connect and play popular games such as D&D™, Pathfinder™, Savage Worlds™, Call of Cthulhu™, Fallout™, Star Trek™, Traveller™, and Vampire™  RPGs among others.
 
Fantasy Grounds Unity was successfully Kickstarted in May 2019. It launched an Alpha in October 2019 and a Closed Beta in November 2019. Finally, it launched in Early Access on March 15th, 2020, and version 1.0 was released on November 5th, 2020. Today, it is used by more than 400k players worldwide and has established itself as the top Virtual Tabletop for classic entertainment.
 
KEY FEATURES

  • 64-bit support to allow for more content (quality and quantity)
  • 3D Dice and Particle Effects that can be keyed to different damage types per player
  • A Self-publishing platform called the FG Forge (forge.fantasygrounds.com) where creators can share and sell content
  • Native support for Mac, Linux, and Windows PC
  • Network lobby for easy hosting and joining of games (no port forwarding required)
  • Tile-based map building with built-in support for dynamic Line of Sight
  • Enhanced Drawing Tools
  • Additional Dice Macros support
  • A new FGU-only skin
  • Dynamic Line of Sight with enhanced toggle blockers
  • Paint with images, such as walls
  • Animated image effects
  • Locally stored Asset Library for use in campaigns
  • Backward compatibility with all existing campaigns and DLC from FGC

 
Fantasy Grounds Unity is available via STEAM™
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1196310/Fantasy_Grounds_Unity/
Hub for downloadable content:
https://store.steampowered.com/dlc/1196310/Fantasy_Grounds_Unity/

​​​​​​​‘The One Where our Heroes Hit Replay’ Episode 44 of the Wired Unplugged Podcast Live Now

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 Publisher Wired Productions have released the first ever ‘Wired Unwrapped’ episode of the Wired Unplugged podcast, the weekly gaming podcast which breaks the third wall and lifts the lids on the secrets of publishing and the gaming industry. Like every good series, this is a filler episode. 

Join our hosts Jake Kulkowski and Aaron Cooper as they ‘Michael J Fox’ it and head back in time. Featuring the greatest highlights of the year from Wired Unplugged, our favourite guests, funny moments and general Wired shenanigans. For newcomers, this is the one episode to watch if you have never seen or heard of the podcast before! 

See you in 2023, where Wired will release all of the games that we announced and thought would launch a year ago! Who could have predicted a lockdown, and the knock-on effect?! Happy Holidays! 

Follow Wired: 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5WNwhKbIzfqwTBaSrD1XW1

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/wired-unplugged/id1608216710

Eximius: Seize the Frontline Season 3 Update Revamps Graphics with Unreal Engine 5, Overhauls Units

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 Eximius: Seize the Frontline, the strategy shooter hybrid from Ammobox Studios seamlessly blending FPS and RTS action, marches onto the battlefield with Season 3, “The Breakthrough,” update alongside an official launch on Epic Game Store with full cross-platform multiplayer tomorrow, Dec. 29, 2022.

Get the lay of the land in a whole new light with fully revamped graphics and optimization systems courtesy of Unreal Engine 5. Recruit freshly reworked units from Support Crawler, APC, Specialist, Armory and Deployed Mule, and Service Ironguard to round out a capable team of commandos. Unite the squadron with seven distinct skins, including two premium options, and enjoy newly implemented key remapping potentials in addition to other exciting updates.

Rival security contractors compete for total control over a devolving dystopian world. The field is dominated by two forces, the Axeron Corporation, a private research organization known as AXR, and the Global Security Force, a peacekeeping organization known as GSF. Both sides hold the irrevocable belief that their status quo will pull society from its downfall, and will stop at nothing to achieve complete authority.

Skillfully meld tactical gameplay with real-time strategy and assemble a powerful team of hand-picked units to engage in 5v5 squad-based combat. Set up camp and train an unstoppable battalion of soldiers as acting Commander on the RTS side. Then, switch into the first-person shooter role to neutralize combatants and gather resources to upgrade forces for the next skirmish. 

Eximius: Seize the Frontline continues to expand with even more opportunities for growth and experimentation, and we at Ammobox couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Jeremy Choo, Director, Ammobox Studios. “We strive to offer commanders ample choice in how they play between real-time strategy and first-person shooter styles. We’re proud to bring Eximius’ fully upgraded systems to fans today, and look forward to introducing new divisions to the AXR and GSF forces in the very near future!”

Eximius: Seize the Frontline is available now, including the Season 3 update, on Epic Game Store for free as a part of their weekly giveaway as well as Windows PC via Steam and the Humble Store at a 75% launch-week discount for $7.49. Following the conclusion of the sale, the permanent price will be lowered to $19.99. Eximius features English, German, Russian, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) language support.

To learn more, visit the official site and join the community on TwitterFacebook, and Discord.

About Ammobox Studios

Ammobox Studios is an independent developer based in Malaysia. Founded on the core concepts of innovation and a people-first studio culture, they seek to deliver memorable experiences by innovating on classic mechanics. Eximius: Seize the Frontline is their debut title.

For more on Ammobox Studios, please visit the official website.

Avolteha View (iOS) Brand new in the Appstore Playable for free

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Avolteha View contains the first chapter of Avolteha. Now available for free in the AppStore. The game controls, The iCloud connection, The hand drawn help – all available without limitation in this version.

AppStore – Avolteha View
[https://apps.apple.com/us/app/avolteha-view/id1659920163&mt=8]

Avolteha
Big update
What ´s new in version 1.04?
Hand drawn help for the entire game now available. Tap the new button if you get stuck. The first page always shows you the way. Then follows the solution.
The update is available now

ABOUT THE GAME
Avolteha is a fantastic point & click adventure game for the whole family.

GAME CONTROLS
Paul can easily pick up items along the way and take them with him on his journey. Find out where these items can be used. Therefore many tricky puzzles are waiting to be solved. If Paul gets stuck, he still has his friends. Maybe they will give him a decisive clue. The game offers an interactive game experience by touch.

NO BORING TEXTS
No endless dialogues! Conversations can be followed through hand-drawn speech bubbles without any text. Avolteha overcomes language barriers and can be played by anyone.

iCLOUD CONNECTION
Avolteha is playable with 4 players simultaneously. The game states can be easily changed with the slots. In addition, all 4 slots are synchronised via iCloud.

FOR NUMEROUS DEVICES
The game is playable on iPad as well as iPhone. Lowest requirement: iPad Air or iPhone 6s or higher. All newer devices are supported.

ZOOM FOR THE IPHONE
Constantly zoom in with two fingers, move a section and then zoom out again with two fingers? Not with Avolteha! With only one finger, you can intuitively zoom in, move and zoom out again. Discover all the details in the magnificently designed graphics!

The Story

AVOLTEHA
The extraordinary planet where Paul embarks on his greatest adventure. Avolteha is covered by landscapes full of sand, rocks and volcanoes. One element is looked for in vain here. Water – the source of all life. The only water is found in the clouds that pass over Avolteha. The only way to get this precious commodity is a type of mushroom that can extract the water.

Therefore, many years ago, the inhabitants of Avolteha began to build their settlement around those mushrooms. Over time, however, the mushrooms began to sprout their roots higher and higher.
To restore the water supply, Paul and his friends built a connection from the new cloud city downward.
In the meantime, Paul no longer lives in the city. Now, however, he received a letter. His friends needed his help. The water source had gone out once again.

What happened?
Paul’s greatest adventure is ahead of him. The great riddle of Avolteha is waiting for him and wants to be solved. It must be solved – for the good of all the inhabitants of this wonderful planet.

The game will be available in the, Apple App Store for 6.99 USD. Pre-ordering is available now.

AppStore – Avolteha
[https://apps.apple.com/app/avolteha/id1383713838]

History of the development of Avolteha
In 2012 the idea came up to develop a point and click adventure game. At that time, nobody would have guessed that this would take more than 10 years. The first concept of Avolteha was a game completely without writing. Based on this, the story, puzzles and first design ideas were created.

Over the next few years, the first rooms, graphics, backgrounds and game characters were developed. This was an extremely lengthy process, because all graphics and animations were created with the help of a 3D program. Complex landscape scenes sometimes took several months to create. This resulted in over 20000 individual images for the character animations, objects, backgrounds and speech bubbles. All speech bubbles were drawn by hand.

Though, the high demands on the graphics came at a price. With the vast amounts of data, images and animations, a smooth gameplay experience had to be ensured. This was no easy task. Many solutions were tried out before the actual programming began.

Parallel to the programming, the sound and music design was done. More than 500 different sounds were recorded and mixed to provide a unique sound experience. Moreover, all the background music was produced especially for Avolteha.

However, the most difficult thing was something completely different. The implementation of the iCloud connection blew up the schedule several times. It took almost 2 years to get the iCloud connection working reliably.

Now after almost 10 years of development, Avolteha is ready for what it was designed for – gaming!

Broken Ranks – a new update with a boss and a PvP rework

Whitemoon Games is preparing to introduce another update that will close the current year. The update will feature the Holiday Event, a PvP rework, and a new instance with the boss Aqua Regis together with an introductory quest that will give players more information about the Laboratory and the experiments of the past. Date of update: December 21st.

“The Aqua Regis location is the fourth boss instance introduced since the release. It’ll be the last update in the current year, but we aren’t slowing down – we still have a lot of ideas and plans to implement. Thank you all for your support and we wish you all the best in the coming New Year!”, says the founder of the studio, Krzysztof Danilewicz.

The instance is meant for characters ca. level 70 and it features four legendary items (Tsunami, Aquenirs, Aquariuses, Current) that players can get by defeating the main boss – Aqua Regis. The instance has an introductory quest that provides background information about the Laboratory and the horrible experiments conducted therein, meant to develop the ultimate weapon against Haligard.

“Together with the update, we’re also making some changes to the current PvP system to make it more consensual. We are aware of the fact that PvP preferences in the genre have shifted over the years and our current system doesn’t fit in. We want everyone to find something for themselves in our game and be able to enjoy it no matter their style. That’s why we decided to move some things from this quarter and focus our strength on the PvP rework. We’re also adding some extra elements that were originally planned to be introduced much later on. We believe that the changes will let players who do not enjoy PvP have a more peaceful experience and that the new system will be more engaging for our PvP fans.”, adds Danilewicz.

The update introduces the faction system (Unionists, Free Spirits, Rogues) with seasonal competitions, rankings, ranks, daily activities, and rewards. Every season will last four weeks. Players will also be able to enable peaceful mode. If a player does not join a faction or enables peaceful mode, they will not be able to attack or be attacked by other playes in any area other than white.

More information about the PvP rework can be found on the Broken Ranks website: https://brokenranks.com/en/news/aqua-regis-update

The last update of this year also introduces the Holiday Event. It will begin on December 23rd at 6 PM and end on January 2nd at 10 AM. Players will be able to join one side of the Holiday conflict, complete activities, and collect hats and stars that can be exchanged for gifts. The event is divided into several level ranges. The event, long-awaited by the community, is a great opportunity to get a lot of experience, gold, other currencies, boss entry tickets, and other utility items.

More information about the Holiday Event can be found on the website of the game.

Broken Ranks is a successor to the MMORPG The Pride of Taern. It boasts a unique, turn-based combat system and a grim, low-fantasy world seen from an isometric view. The title is reminiscent of such classics as the HoM&M series or Baldur’s Gate. Adventurers will be able to find a lot of story-driven quests and a vast, interesting world ready to be explored alone, in a group, or with guildmates.

Broken Ranks is available on PCs through a client.

Useful links:
PressPack (Screenshots, logo, etc): https://brokenranks.com/dla-prasy/
FB:  https://www.facebook.com/BrokenRanks
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Whitemoon_Games
WWW: https://brokenranks.com
Discord: https://discord.gg/brokenranks
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/BrokenRanksOfficial/

CRSED: Cuisine Royale brings a console-grade online shooter experience to mobile

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Darkflow Software and Gaijin Entertainment are excited to announce the worldwide release of CRSED: Cuisine Royale for Android devices. This mobile version of the brutal online shooter CRSED: F.O.A.D. brings the intensity and excitement of a console-grade online game to the palm of your hand. The game is available for free with optional purchases of cosmetic items and other content that does not influence the performance of players in battles.    

In CRSED, players will engage in intense, last-man-standing battles with a diverse cast of Champions, each boasting unique supernatural abilities like time manipulation and transformation into a beast. In addition to a vast array of realistic weapons and melee options, players can also collect the souls of their fallen opponents and use them to cast mystical spells, summoning zombies and setting traps to gain the upper hand.    

Originally debuting as a parody of the battle royale genre in 2018, CRSED quickly gained a devoted following thanks to its content-rich, visually stunning gameplay. Today, the game has evolved to focus on mystical powers and supernatural abilities, while still maintaining its fun and wacky spirit. With over 8 million registered users on PC and consoles, CRSED is now poised to bring its high-quality gameplay and console-level graphics to mobile devices everywhere.  

The game uses a proprietary Dagor engine that adapts to the performance of each platform. Mobile version developers have already ported the game to Nintendo Switch and are using this experience to make the mobile version look as good as possible, providing console level graphics.  

About CRSED
CRSED is a brutal online shooter featuring melee weapons, firearms, magic rituals and supernatural powers. Fight on the most picturesque corners of earth against the odds and be the last man standing. The game receives regular updates and is available for free on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Official website: https://crsed.net

About Darkflow Software
Darkflow Software is a game studio founded in 2016 by video game industry veterans and is located in Riga, Latvia. Currently, the company is working on the squad based multiplayer WW2 shooter Enlisted and online shooter CRSED: F.O.A.D.About Gaijin Entertainment
Gaijin Entertainment is the developer and publisher of the online games War Thunder, Crossout, Enlisted, Cuisine Royale and Star Conflict as well as PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, iOS and Android titles across several genres. The company’s diverse portfolio has received a range of mass media and game industry awards including such as Gamescom Award and many more. Official website: http://gaijinent.com/

Smile For Me Available on Switch, Xbox and PlayStation

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Serenity Forge (Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!) and LimboLane today announced during Nintendo’s Inside the House of Indies: Holiday Event that Smile For Me is launching across Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in Spring 2023. Also revealed is the game’s brand-new Physical and Collector’s Editions coming to Switch, PS4 and PS5: https://youtu.be/M4H5ZWy_IsI

In this offbeat point-and-click adventure, you don’t speak a single word. Instead, you nod and shake your head through various situations. Make friends, help them solve their problems to make them happy and… prepare for “The Big Event?”

Not all is as it seems in this abstract world called the Habitat. If you hope to make it in this mysterious place, you must de-mask the mysterious Doctor Habit before all is lost…

Originally released on Steam in 2019, Smile For Me’s 2023 release will be accompanied by new features including a remastered soundtrack, controller support, motion controls on Switch and PlayStation consoles, easter eggs, UI updates and new languages. Smile For Me’s Steam release has now been updated to include the above features save for new languages, which will launch in tandem with the console release. 

Alongside the digital release, Serenity Forge will also be releasing Physical and Collector’s Editions of Smile For Me.

The Physical Edition includes:

  • A copy of the game
  • Eight stylized random Habitician trading cards
  • A high-quality 13-Sticker Sheet featuring characters and items from the game
  • A soundtrack download card for all those remastered tunes

The Collector’s Edition includes:

  • A copy of the game
  • Four Acrylic Standees
  • A soundtrack download card for all those remastered tunes
  • Happiness Fakts full-fledged desk calendar
  • Two inked stamps
  • Smile For Me branded microfiber cloth
  • All 24 Habitician Trading Cards
  • Nine unique window cling stickers
  • A high-quality 13-Sticker Sheet featuring characters and items from the game
  • Double-sided acrylic charm of Kamal
  • A gorgeous lenticular art card
  • A stand-out Collector’s Edition box

Stay in the loop on all things Serenity Forge by visiting the team’s website and Twitter page.

Melatonin is available today on the Nintendo Switch

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Announced today as part of Nintendo’s House of Indies: Holiday Event, Melatonin is available today on the Nintendo Switch for $14.99 USD with a 10% launch discount. Melatonin was released last week on December 15 on Steam and the Epic Games Store.  

Melatonin takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete.

About Melatonin
Melatonin is a rhythm game about dreams and reality merging together. Harmonize through a variety of dreamy levels containing surprising challenges, hand-drawn art, and vibrant music without any intimidating overlays or interfaces. 

Melatonin explores the relationship between the dreams we have when we’re asleep and the experiences we go through when we’re awake, through unique rhythm game levels. Hand-drawn in a colorful and detailed visual style, with music produced to flow hand-in-hand with the gameplay and visuals, you will piece together elements about the main character’s life as you dive deeper and deeper into their dreams at night. 

Features: 

  • Discover over 20 dreamy levels spread across 5 chapters, with every level introducing a new way to follow the rhythm.  
  • Unlock Challenge Modes that will test your rhythm reflexes and skill.
  • Experience Melatonin from a new perspective by unlocking fun level Mashups.
  • Make the rhythm game level of your dreams with an easy to use Level Editor.
  • Use Practice Mode to guide you through each level.
  • Try out plenty of assist features if you’re feeling lost.



For more information on Melatonin, visit https://www.halfasleep.games/melatonin/
Follow them on Twitter.

Explore the stunning, hand-drawn world of Afterimage this April

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Modus Games and Aurogon Shanghai revealed today during the Nintendo’s Inside the House of Indies: Holiday Event the release date for the gorgeous, fully hand-drawn AfterimageThe 2D action-adventure title is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch on April 25, 2023. The news was accompanied with a brand-new trailer showcasing the world of Engardin and the array of fantastical creatures that inhabit it:

Years after the cataclysm called “The Razing” nearly brought an end to human civilization, mystic forces suddenly assaulted mankind’s remaining settlements. Seeking to investigate these attacks, an amnesiac girl named Renee bid farewell to her destroyed village and embarked on her journey to discover the truth, inexplicably setting into motion a series of events that will determine the fate of the new world.

Afterimage combines its unique, hand-drawn aesthetic with deep RPG elements and a Metroidvania-like world to challenge its players to explore and traverse the land of Engardin. Explore treacherous environments, defeat challenging bosses, and uncover the secrets holding Engardin and its various inhabitants together.

The non-linear world of Engardin allows players to explore at their own pace. With over 200 pieces of equipment to collect, 6 different weapon classes to master and talent points to invest in multiple diverse skills, Afterimage allows players to take control of their own journey. 

For more information on Afterimage and Modus Games, visit www.modusgames.com or follow @modusgames on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Discord

About Modus Games
Modus Games is one of the fastest-growing video game publishers in the world. The label prides itself on providing AAA publishing services to talented developers across the globe. Modus Studios is a full-service development studio supporting creators of inspired interactive entertainment. For more information, visit www.modusgames.com.

About Aurogon Shanghai
Founded in 2007, Aurogon Shanghai is a video game developer headquartered in Shanghai, China, and a subsidiary of Wangyuan Shengtang. It is known for the Swords of Legends franchise.

The Afterimage team is a small indie team of Aurogon Shanghai, formed by Metroidvania lovers, passionate retro gamers, and anime and movie fanatics.