Cardboard Children – August Boardgame News

Hello youse.

There’s a grand old maid across the sea, so the story was recalled to me. And from dawn to dusk you hear her call down in front of the Wailing Wall. But we’re here to talk about board games, and I want you to forgive the fact that it’s September already, because we’re doing the AUGUST BOARD GAME NEWS! Just pretend today is yesterday. How hard can that be?

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A Metal Gear Virgin’s Phantom Pain Diary, Day 1: What?

What. What?

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Brushing Up: Painters Guild Comes To Steam

Painters Guild [official site] is a charming little management sim where you run a guild of artists. I wrote about it a little while ago thanks to a free demo but it’s out today on Steam so I’m re-mentioning it.

Currently all is not well at the Guild of Pip. My main artist is languishing in a jail cell after brawling because I couldn’t pay his fine leaving my newly recruited trainee to hold the fort and keep a roof over all of our heads. He didn’t do any on-screen brawling. As far as I could tell he was tucked up in bed but the pop-up said otherwise and thus I am in a bit of a pickle.

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Space Friends: Star Citizen’s Social Module Blasts Off

NORM!

Star Citizen [official site] released the first iteration of its chatty Social Module a few days ago in Patch 1.2, with several areas for small numbers of players to wander around and chat together, which makes me wonder: isn’t it time to rename the game Star Citizens?

The Social Module was supposed to launch after the sandbox space ‘em up’s FPS aspect Star Marine but, with that still held up, developers Roberts Space Industries have pushed this social space out first. It’s a virtual chatroom, basically. In space!

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The Phantom Paint & Silent Hills: Layers Of Fear

You may have noticed that Metal Gear Solid V is happening today and, if you’re anything like me, all of this Kojima talk might bring Silent Hills to mind. The cancelled horror game was to combine the talents and imaginations of Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro, and its “playable teaser”, P.T., caused a heck of a stir when it landed on PS4. It’s gone now, cast into the void of unbeing by Konami. but worry not (or ‘worry a great deal’, I guess) because Layers of Fear [official site] is a splendid replacement. It’s an Early Access horror game that feels polished, complete and is so frightening that when I started playing last night, I had to wait until morning to play more.

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RPS Community Update: What You Did in Dirt Rally, Rocket League, Terraria and Others!

Picture from luis.s on the forum.

August was a busy month for the RPS community, with action seen in Dirt Rally [official site], Rocket League [official site], Terraria [official site] and others – including Awesomenauts [official site], Natural Selection 2 [official site] and Killing Floor [official site].

Click on for information about each, along with how you can get involved.

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Eyebeams, Go! Resident Evil 0 HD’s Wesker Mode

EYEBEAMS!

Resident Evil is super goofy, but in a loveable way – when it’s not taking itself too seriously. A new addition to the upcoming revamp of Resident Evil 0 [official site] looks to be on the knowingly silly side, starring the mutated Albert Wesker zapping zombies with his eyebeams.

Wesker Mode is a separate mode with Bertie larking about with Rebecca Chambers and sorta disarming the tension by casually zipping around at superspeed and exploding monsters with his psychic powers. Come see how adorably daft this is:

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Have You Played… Alien Swarm

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Valve have a game even more forgotten than Ricochet. Despite being only five years old, I bet if I’d asked you to write down all their games you’d have missed off Alien Swarm [official site].

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Rocket Jumps And Grappling Hooks In LawBreakers Vid

I lost interest during the announcement of Cliff Bleszinski’s new shooter LawBreakers [official site] when the former Epic chap’s livestreamed reveal-o-rama went into guff about criminals and cops and law-breaking and the future and the moon and… oh, I didn’t care. I closed the stream.

However! Watching its ‘gameplay reveal’ trailer, I discover that the arena FPS has gnarly-looking energy grappling hooks to whip you around levels, rocket jumping, and some other swish gadgets. Aye, I’ll keep an eye on this game all right. Watch this:

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Of Fantasia And The Black Cauldron: Tsioque

I’ve mentioned Fantasia and The Black Cauldron above because there’s something about the combination of dark fantasy and slapstick animation in Tsioque that brought them both to mind. Admittedly, I haven’t seen The Black Cauldron for years and looking at a few screengrabs has convinced me that it might not be quite the film I thought it was, but I’m sticking to my guns here. There’s something of Bluth in Tsioque as well.

Whatever the merits of my references, Tsioque [official site] looks like a delicious slice of fantasy, starring a young girl in a dark castle. You can play a demo right now or read on for more information.

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Bright Lights, Big Cities: Skylines – After Dark

Somehow I ended up thinking Cities: Skylines – After Dark [official site] would be a scuzzy, sleazy, neon affair. I was expecting a rain-soaked trailer with buzzing lights advertising GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS or CHAPS CHAPS CHAPS or something and soundtracked by Electric 6. Maybe Devil Nights off Senor Smoke.

It isn’t. There are streetlights and windowlit office blocks and the soundtrack is perky and plinky plonky as it showcases the expansion’s new nightspots:

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The RPG Scrollbars: Legends Of Valour

Who said epic action and high adventure has to be part of an adventurer’s life? (Checks) Oh, right. Pretty much everyone at least expects it. Still, back in 1992, US Gold and Synthetic Dimensions decided to try something a little different. Specifically, spelling ‘Valour’ correctly. (The sequel might have done the same for ‘Honour’, but we never got to find out.) Also, something to do with life simulation. It’s a little remembered game these days, but one that had a major impact on some of the biggest modern RPGs around. Ever heard of a series called The Elder Scrolls? Bethesda’s Todd Howard has long mentioned this being one of its big inspirations.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Release Date Held To Ransom

One Deus Ex: Human Revolution mission centred around an old friend from the Deus Ex universe, Tracer Tong, was locked off in pre-order DLC (and later sold seperately). It was a bit of a gross move. Apparently not learning from their mistakes – a pretty Deus Ex-y theme, to be fair – publishers Square Enix have announced all the pre-order guff for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [official site].

It’s a big mess, of course, and includes the unpleasant step of saying they’ll release the game four days early if enough people pre-order. How about we not pre-order games any more and Squeenix simply release it when it’s ready, eh?

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