The RPS Bargain Bucket: Free Stuff!

By Cassandra Khaw on May 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

Happy Free Comic Book Day! If you live in a city that believes in this most glorious of days, I recommend dashing out to check out your local comic book stores for, well, free comics. Seriously, go! Go and wallow in the splendour of stuff you don’t need to spend money on. At least, if you’re able to. This week’s Bargain Bucket is rife with books, old games and, er, more old games. (I like retro games.) This plushie was its owner’s favorite childhood toy. His name is Fattie. Now, say “D’awwww!

The Space Quest Collection
$9.99/£4.99/€4.99

Irreverent, hilarious and sometimes outright frustrating, Roger Wilco might not be the hero we deserve but he’s certainly the hero our childhood wanted. Like so many of those old point & click adventure games, the Space Quest series was merciless about killing you dead. But it had a sense of humour and death scenes that almost make your demise worthwhile. The collection includes Space Quest 1 to 6.

The Humble Image Bundle
Pay $15/£8.89/€10.81 to unlock all
Have I mentioned it’s Free Comic Book Day? Because it totally is Free Comic Book Day. In honour of this magnificent occasion, let’s check out Humble Bundle’s assortment of pay-what-you-want comic books. The Walking Dead is arguably my favorite of the bunch. While the television adaptation might feel like a post-apocalyptic soap opera, the comic book version is simply … exhausting. Pages upon pages devoted to the slow, tortured disintegration of the human spirit. It’s a hard franchise to comb through but a worthwhile one. On a slightly lighter note, Chew has a psychic detective who solves crime by nibbling on bits of now-dead people. It is as curious as you think it is. I’ve only read the first volume of Revival but that series comes with my tentative recommendation. As for the rest of the books, I’ve heard enough good things to say they’re worth the few bucks demanded.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
$4.99/£3.74/€4.99
I won’t lie. I’m still mourning the demise of the World of Darkness MMO. Putting the “sexy goth-schoolgirl” vibes of the screenshots aside, it represented a faint hope. A hope that we would have a multiplayer game worthy of White Wolf’s legacy. (The good bits. Not the weird bits.) Oh, well. In lieu of an MMO, have the heavily discounted Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines instead. It’s doubtful that Bloodlines can take the place of an experienced Storyteller, but it’s a great experience. (Why have you not played it already?)

Guild Wars 2
$24.99/£17.49/€19.99 (Big thanks to Droniac and Gilead for exact prices!)
Guild Wars 2 is one of those weird MMOs that decided to take off in a direction of its own. Instead of traditional end game, it went with horizontal progression. Instead of normal battlegrounds, it pitched worlds versus worlds. Instead of salacious cat girls, it gave us cat-minotaur-things. Also, that game’s bloody gorgeous. If you’ve been contemplating picking up the game, now might be a good time. Guild Wars 2 is 50% off. That said, I suspect better discounts are forthcoming. However, if you’re not interested in waiting that long, now’s a fine time to snag the game.

Also of note:

Sword of the Stars: The Pit Gold Edition – $1.50/£0.89/€1.08
You know that old saying? It’s what inside that counts? Yeah, well, that’s somewhat applicable here. While I personally enjoy its aesthetics, some have complained about its attractiveness. Either way, the game’s actually an excellent little roguelike-like that may prove a great weekend distraction.

EVE Online: Explorer Super Starter Pack – $4.99/£2.96/€3.60
Know a would-be EVE-keteer who needs an activation key, a handful of frigates, skillbooks, some equipment and 30 days free game time in EVE? Great! Here you go.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – $9.99/£5.92/€7.20
Splinter Cell has always existed at the periphery of my gaming awareness. I don’t have any substantial opinion on this game, but I hear it makes for a good co-op experience.

Saints Row: The Third (Full Package) – $8.42/£4.99/€6.07
So utterly insane that it comes out sounding like a million bucks, this version of Saints Row: The Third comes with all of the mission packs, all of the DLC items and all of the extravagance you’ve come to know and love. Know it. Love it. Make sweet, explode-y things to it. (Update: This is no longer on sales. )

The Lost Vikings – FREE/FREE/FREE
One of Blizzard’s oldest and finest games. It features some stout Nordic men with some very specialized skills and more than a few puzzles.

Otherworlds – Beat $18.18/£10.78/€13.11 for everything.
Graphic novel from BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow? A 4-months subscription to Clarksworld? Short films, and a handful of games? Sure. We could live with that.

P.S: So many Star Wars-related deals..

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  1. CookPassBabtridge says:

    D’awwww. Not just the average bear. Not just the average bucket.
    One might say that bucket was positively … plush.
    Must be playing Dark Souls II – that’s a controller (can ONLY BE PLAYING ON A PC), and he appears to be shouting at the screen.

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      Rikard Peterson says:

      Of course it’s a PC. I’ve never owned a console, so “Fattie” has never even seen one. :)

    • kathyrhitch says:

      my buddy’s half-sister makes $71 /hr on the internet . She has been without a job for nine months but last month her payment was $19686 just working on the internet for a few hours. read review++++++====>>> w­­­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­­­w.c­­­­­­­­­a­­­­­­­­­s­­­­­­­­­h­­­­­­­­­2­­­­­­­­­9.c­­­­­­­­­o­­­­­­­­­m

  2. Gilead says:

    The UK sale price for Guild Wars 2 appears to be £17.49.

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is now marked as out of stock. (EDIT: Oh, a regional thing. If I switch to show prices in $US it shows up. No idea if I can actually buy it, though.)

    Also, following the link for Saints Row 3, it doesn’t look like it’s on sale at all; it’s showing as full price. Maybe another regional thing?

    EDIT: Incidentally, the slightly revamped version of classic adventure game The Last Express is on sale on Steam until the 5th for £1.99. And they’ve added Steam trading cards to it, for some reason.

    By revamped I mean it’s got a slightly better interface, not that they’ve added vampires. Although I would play that game, obviously.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      A) Thanks! Will remedy. My system doesn’t seem 100% reliable.
      B) I .. gah. I think the damn sales ended. D:

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    Crimsoneer says:

    I wish I could get into comics, but the price per minute of entertainement has always kind of put me off. Apart from webcomics, obvs.

    • bill says:

      Me too. Infact I was asking about the same thing in the RPS forums a week or so ago. Even with digital editions, the price to get an entire story seems astronomical to me.

      I do, of course, appreciate that a huge amount of work goes into each one, but it still ends up paying a few hundred quid for something that you can burn through in an hour or two.

      (and yes, I was arguing a few days back that price per hour isn’t a valid way to judge games… I’m such a hypocrite)

      • bill says:

        PS/ Is there a “spotify of comics” that gives unlimited access for a monthly fee?

        PPS/ I think the manga industry is better set up for mainstream adoption – they crank out comics at much higher rate, and cheaper. Because they don’t bother with things like color. They can crank out a long comic every week for a low price in a big fat weekly collection.

        • DizzyCriminal says:

          The is Marvel Unlimited (I think that’s what its called) that gives you access to a fairly large portion of their back catalogue for a sub fee. Naturally you’re limited to Marvel stuff.

          Buying monthly can be pricey, but collected editions/graphic novels come to about £10/15 and can easily be with every penny. it was only two years ago I didn’t read comics, but then I was given a big tome of Batman: Knightfall and from there I was hooked. With comics it perfectly acceptable to judge by the cover so have a look at some and see If you’re tempted.

          • MykulJaxin says:

            I think it’s wise to NOT judge comics by their covers, since very frequently they have artists who are in no way affiliated with any other part of the comic do covers. I’ve bought many a comic that had awesome cover art only to find that the art within was not so good. But I do approve of comic reading overall.

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            welverin says:

            No, that’s not a good idea at all. Unless you just want pretty pictures, but you can find those on the internet for free.

            I have a nasty comic habit and it revolves around authors I like. I’ll get anything by Bendis, Smith, Straczynski, Hickman, or Brubaker.

            You should treat comics the same way you would novels, don’t judge them by their covers and follow authors you like.

          • DizzyCriminal says:

            I feel I should clarify what I meant, because It does sound a little scarce and misleading. What I was trying to say is, when it comes to buying a single comic there are such a range of genres and tones that its sometimes difficult to know what you like and where to start. Impulse buying and flicking through a couple quickly is as good a way as any to find a place to jump on.

            Of course you can do research and read reviews, buy the classic paperbacks to get acquainted, look at previews and all the other stuff.
            Then you start getting stuff based of a particular character, or writer, or artist.
            AND THEN you buy tie-in issues and special prints.
            THEN within the space of a year a whole cupboard is filled with the bloody things and you’re not sure if you should stop or not.

            I think what I’m saying is be careful, and its probably best to get collected editions if you casual about it. My library has plenty of graphic novels, maybe anyone looking into comic should start there.

    • GameCat says:

      If you guys want to read some old comics there you go:

      http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/

      This site have huge collection of comic books that are in public domain. You can download them or read directly from website.

      • Gilead says:

        Thanks for that, I had no idea that site existed. I’ve just spent a happy half an hour reading through a year’s worth of ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’. Which was a wonderful comic that had nothing to do with easily-misplaced fish.

    • TWChristine says:

      Yea, I never found them particularly appealing. I think the only comics I ever was interested in was the Ren and Stimpy ones, and a couple of Star Wars that I saw…both around ’94 or so. The typical super hero stuff just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Web comics on the other hand, I can read all day. And if The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes counts, then absolutely that.

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        welverin says:

        There is far, far more to comics than just superheros, they are just as diverse in genres as any other form of media.

        • The Random One says:

          Aye. Saying you don’t like comics because you don’t like superhero stories is like saying you don’t like games because you don’t like grimsoldiers killing each other. Once you get past the Giant Wall of Mainstream Bullshit you get to the nougaty center of true variety.

        • Cassandra Khaw says:

          Sandman! Lucifer!

        • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

          Aye, just like mangas aren’t all about Naruto, weird girls dressed in pink and tentacle porn.

          There are trillions of example but not all are obscure, if i had to pull a “mainstream” example it would be Death Note, for instance.

      • dE says:

        Fables! Transmetropolitan!

      • BobbleHat says:

        Scalped! DMZ! Sex Criminals! Preacher!

  4. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Also of note, the Shadowrun Returns base game and DLC are on offer on steam. UK prices are £6.45 for the Deluxe base game, £3.73 for normal, and £8.00 for the DLC. Alec Thunked highly of the DLC, so now may be the time yo visit the FYYOOOTYA. And play a cybernetically enhanced human-pig-thing.

    • bill says:

      I was tempted, but I figured that there’ll be a GOTY dealie soon, and that’ll work out cheaper.

  5. thaquoth says:

    Oh god.

    That bear looks exactly like a bear plushie I had as a child. I’m getting a little misty eyed here.

    • Fenix says:

      Same here. I think everyone had one of those..

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        Rikard Peterson says:

        Then I have a question for you: His left ear has looked like that for as long as I can remember, but I suspect that the ears were symmetrical at the beginning. Can you confirm that?

        • Fenix says:

          I think they were symmetrical originally, and in my case my 1 year old brother sucked on the left ear so much it became like that.

          Also one of the eyes was looser/protruded more that the other.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Being the constant companion of a small child generally leads to, at some point, accidentally being peed and sweated on. My theory is that the exposure to ammonia causes the fabric to shrink. It looks like you may have at some point remodeled Fattie’s left cheek, leading to a tight patch of material that reshaped his ear.

            My most favourite “bunny” lost all his fur that way. Pee baldness.

      • J Arcane says:

        I got mine the day I was born, and still have it to this day. He even stowed away in my luggage when I emigrated to Finland.

  6. Droniac says:

    The EU price for Guild Wars 2 is 19.99 Euro.

    Guild Wars 2’s massive April patch and new inclusion of megaservers have fully revitalized every portion of the game. The 2nd World vs World season is only halfway done, and the 2nd Living Story season has yet to be announced. There’s absolutely no better time to get started.

    And the price will likely not drop any further than this for the foreseeable future. Guild Wars 2 is about to launch in China – this month – and they’ve already had 500.000 pre-orders. Furthermore it’s a subscription-free game and a sizable portion of their income is from those game sales. I don’t see any incentive there for the price to drop any lower than this, which is already a ridiculously good deal.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      Thanks! Will update. Spent half an hour rattling Hola before I finally gave up and surrendered to the generosity of the RPS hivemind.

    • LionsPhil says:

      The link in the RPS article also seems to freak out and get stuck in an infinite redirect loop or something. Chopping it back to just buy.guildwars2.com seems to work, although bizzarely it’s sent me to a en_IE region.

      Wish there was a demo of this, or a free weekend more than once in some mythical distant past of which I was unaware. :/

      • Droniac says:

        I suspect the reason they haven’t done such a free trial event since 2012 has something to do with gold sellers. To make it harder for them to get back into the game after they get banned. Around that time there was a ton of gold selling spam, but nowadays it’s very rare. It does suck that you can’t even try a slice of the game though, because GW1 did have that option.

        • Squirrelfanatic says:

          But they have:

          https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/try-guild-wars-2-for-free-this-weekend-april-19-21/

          Edit: Also, gold-seller spam is at a high at the moment, presumably as a consequence of the recent sale promotion in march.

          • Droniac says:

            Squirrelfanatic
            Right, they even had a trial last October apparently.
            So who knows, maybe they’ll host a new one during summer?

            I don’t see gold selling spam as being at a high. Maybe it might be marginally more common than the past 6 months? But if so it’s certainly nothing at all to what it was at launch, or during the Lost Shores event. I’m sure you’ll recall mailboxes filled with endless gold spam, LA chat full of spammers and so on. There’s been nothing even remotely like that for well over a year.

            dE
            So apparently there have been a bunch of trial events since then. Clearly with no real impact on the servers.

            The problems with the Lost Shores event didn’t have anything to do with the trial running at the time. Rather it was an ill-designed one-time event that saw servers overloaded as nearly every player tried to play the game at exactly the same time on every server in the world. Usually MMO servers aren’t designed to handle every player at the same time, rather maybe 40% of players at most.

            The result was players lagging out all the time during the event as servers couldn’t cope with the load. I got booted right when the Ancient Karka died, thus having participated in the entire event but not receiving any credit or loot whatsoever. But all the lag was gone the next day.

        • dE says:

          Honestly, I think it has more to do with how badly it backfired on them. Their Servers couldn’t deal with the increased load and crashed constantly. The quest at the time was completely broken as a result with the lucky ones getting precursor items and the vast majority being unable to even participate at all.
          The shitstorm after that lasted for weeks and new players got a really bad impression of the game, because it was constantly crashing.

  7. bill says:

    I know it’s cheap, but I wasn’t attracted by the humble comics bundle (and I was wanting to try out some cheap comics). the fact that it’s all 1st issues makes it seem more like a marketing stunt than a genuine deal. I’d rather it was a decent set from 1-2 stories, rather than just a taster of each.

    Heck, a lot of digital comic stores give away the first issues of each series as a way to get people to buy the subsequent ones.

    • Gilead says:

      To be fair, though, it isn’t like the Humble Comics Bundle is including just the first issue of each series — they all seem to be the first five or six issues of each series — so for instance, the issues of Lazarus I just finished reading are identical to the collected ‘Lazarus, volume 1′ being sold as a digital and physical edition for £4-6 on Amazon.

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      thedosbox says:

      the fact that it’s all 1st issues makes it seem more like a marketing stunt

      Take a closer look, it’s the first four or five issues of each series. I’ve already got Lazarus and Saga through comixology, but those two alone are worth the price of admission.

      Also, anyone who hasn’t played Saints Row Third should remedy that right now. It’s the most insane, over the top fun I’ve had in a good long while.

      #rockplushieshotgun

      • El_Emmental says:

        It seems they updated the description to indicate how many issues each volume has, but it’s still not very convincing for me: I have no way to know if these “issues 1 to 4/5/6″ are going to be a complete experience, or just appetizers and I’ll have to fork $30 on additional issues to at least get a full story.

        I understand comics don’t work like video games, but here the bundle is offering the first volume of 4 (+ 3 above the average price) different comics, which would be the equivalent of offering the first half of 4 (+3) indie games.

        Even if it would let me try more games, it’s still forcing me to judge my enjoyment of these extended demos and make a buying decision based on that. Instead of making me make an initial buying decision, then once the monetary question is out of the way, fully enjoy the game experience to the end, then finally judge it (Was it worth it ? Should I buy the sequel, or that full expansion pack ?). Having to think about buying one more part of the game (or not) every time I finish the previous part is making it an unpleasant experience (for me).

        By segmenting the experience in some form of “DLCs”, comics don’t work the same way at all, I perfectly know that. In my case, I don’t buy random comics after a quick glance (unlike most indie games, where 5 minutes of gameplay + reviews are often enough to make a buying decision when it’s on sales/in a bundle), so I tend to stick to very specific authors or small editors, try the first few issues at the library (or elsewhere…), then I actually buy comics with my money.

        That’s why I don’t really “get” that bundle, it should either provide a full cycle (I have no way to know if the first Volume is a full story cycle), or offer the first 2 issues (max) for a lower price (or more comics) so it’s clear the bundle is there to make us try everything, in case one of them end up being interesting for us. It seems to me that comic bundle is stuck between the two,

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          welverin says:

          These are all ongoing comics, some of them are relatively new. Comparing this to a bundle giving away game demos is a bad thing to do, it’s more along the lines of a bundle with the first seasons of (American) television shows.

          Each of those has enough content for you to judge whether they’re worth following and you should be able to feel satisfied with what you read.

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          Matt_W says:

          Comics these days are written with story arcs that cover 4-6 issues precisely so that they can be bundled into these trade paperback collections. So, with each of these, you’re getting a full story arc. That said, all of these comics are still currently being written, so the arc you’re getting isn’t the whole story. Saga, Chew, Lazarus, Revival, and Fatale are all extremely excellent.

          * Saga is without doubt the absolute best currently running comic of all comics. Imagine Star Wars with more sex and much better writing.
          * Chew, in both art and story and conceit is like nothing else you’ve ever read, I guarantee it: hilarious and disgusting and awesome.
          * Fatale is an Ed Brubaker noir mixed with Lovecraftian horror: dark and atmospheric and scary, with Brubaker’s trademark whip-smart writing.
          * Lazarus is a great future dystopia science fiction with a kick-ass heroine and plenty of food for thought.
          * Revival, at first glance, sounds like a zombie rehash, but it’s not; the folks who rise from the dead are not zombies. It’s really quite good, kind of like Fargo, but with the cheerleader from Heroes as a character.

          It’s a shame they didn’t include Manifest Destiny or Pretty Deadly or Manhattan Projects or Rat Queens, but this bundle is, IMHO, the best bundle HB has put out in awhile.

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            welverin says:

            I’m not at all familiar with the first two, but I think Manhattan Projects is a little too out there for something like this you need to ease people into Hickman’s work before you spring Manhattan Projects, Pax Romana, Red Wing, or Shield on them.

            Rat Queens would have been a good choice though, it would be a good bonus for the second week. Skullkickers is a similar book, I basically described Rat Queens as the female version of Skullkickers to a friend.

    • bill says:

      So it is. Although, I still tend to view a Volume of 4 comics as equivalent to a first issue of another medium.

      I realise that even the game bundles often have older versions in the hope people will buy newer ones, but with comics it tends to be one single story, so for me it’s like buying a bundle that includes the first 4 chapters of 6 books, or the first 4 episodes of 6 tv series. In order to get any enjoyment out of the bundle i’m going to have to, at a minimum, buy the rest of at least one season. (unless any of those are mini-series that end in 4 episodes).

    • Lobotomist says:

      Agree on comics

    • GunnerMcCaffrey says:

      All bundles are marketing stunts.

      • The Random One says:

        But some are stunts to make you spend money, and some are stunts to make you spend money and then spend money again.

  8. DizzyCriminal says:

    I’ve already got my stack of free comic, im particularly looking forward to looking through the 2000 AD one.
    As for the Bargain Bucket: LOST VIKINGS! I’ve never managed to make it past FNTM.
    I have the CD for Lost Vikings 2: Norse by Norsewest somewhere under the stairs. I may go hunting later…

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      Dare_Wreck says:

      It should be noted that Blizzard’s download page also has Rock n Roll Racing on it too! However, its text file manual notes that it’s actually only 3 tracks from the original game.

  9. DanMan says:

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Transformers: War for Cybertron are on sale for 27 more hours. Are they any good, dear hivemind?

    • Jake says:

      I thought the first one was really good fun co-op, so much so that I was debating picking up the second just to play solo (as it has no co-op mode I believe). But then I do love Transformers.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Probably worth a shot if you like Transformers. The single player I found enjoyable, and the multiplayer was sparsely populated and had cheaters otherwise it was pretty okay.. but probably nothing too special. I disliked the multiplayer unlocks, though. Seems like such a counterintuitive idea for a level playing field.

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    Samuel Erikson says:

    I’m not sure about the rest of the Otherworlds bundle, but the 5 albums from Sabled Sun (2145, 2146, Signals 1-3) are very good. You can listen to them on the Cryo Chamber Bandcamp page:
    http://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/2145

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      Sinomatic says:

      I bought otherworlds because I was interested in the various films included. I’ve not found the time to watch any of them yet, but I’ve listened to all of the Sabled Sun albums more than once. Wonderful stuff.

  11. Network Crayon says:

    Holy Crap!

    That’s my Bear!

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    Sinomatic says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of The Lost Vikings *squeee*

  13. Saarlaender39 says:

    No love for GOG.com and their “Unbelievably Ubi” Weekend-promo?

    A total of 44 Ubisoft games at 60% off…

    http://www.gog.com/promo/ubisoft_weekend_promo_020514

    • Frank says:

      No love, no. Though I did buy Beyond Good & Evil again, hoping they’ll funnel that money straight to BGE2.

  14. Reefpirate says:

    I’m a little to engaged with Age of Wonders 3 to go looking for a bargain this weekend, but I just had to stop by and say ‘awwwww’ at this stuffed bear you have.

  15. Niko says:

    Awwwwww, what a bear! Now back to Dark Souls 2, sorry.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Fattie may invade your game, and he looks pissed off. Just sayin … be careful.

  16. mechabuddha says:

    Woohoo! Just got back from my local comic book store with some free (and paid) loot! Lessee…

    Atomic Robo, Mouse Guard (Hardcover!), Finding Gossamyr, 2000AD, Courfney Crumrin, and The Tick.

    The creators of Lumberjanes were there, so of course I had to get a signed copy.

  17. kalirion says:

    Here’s an interesting one:

    https://www.indiegala.com/

    $1 tier:
    Hexcells Plus
    Sylia Act 1
    Postal 1

    $4.99 tier ($2.95 for first 24 hours!):
    Poof
    Angvik
    Aveyond – Lord of Twilight
    Ethan – Meteor Hunter
    Gravi
    Truck Racer
    Grimind

    And there’s this really large bundle:
    http://www.blinkbundle.com/
    with 15 games all with trading cards

    $1.99 tier:
    To The Moon (!)
    Knytt Underground (!)
    Bad Hotel
    Really Big Sky
    Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe
    Gravity Badgers

    $4.99 tier:
    Saturday Morning RPG
    Vanguard Princess
    Oknytt
    Dead Hungry Diner
    Ku: Shroud of Morrigan
    Major Mayhem
    Skyward Collapse
    Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta

    + a Mystery Game that will be unlocked at some point

    • The Random One says:

      Oi, Blink Bundle’s cheaper tier games are pretty bloody fantastic it seems. Well, the only ones I’ve played are To The Moon and Really Big Sky and I didn’t like either, but despite that I can see why they’ve been so praised if I disagree with such praise myself.

      And Shufflepunk Cantina is such a bizarre premise, I feel drawn to it like a moth to flame.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      Did BlinkBundle last week, but wasn’t too impressed with indiegala. D:

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        Jalan says:

        Is anyone ever impressed with those guys’ offerings?

        I was going to make a joke about how no one ever is because they’re IndieGala but now I’m curious to know if anything they’ve ever dropped has truly impressed anyone (their one time Mass Effect hoopla excluded).

        • Baines says:

          IndieGala has had some interesting if still mostly bad game bundles in the past. I may have ended up buying more Indie Gala bundles than Humble Bundles. Indie Gala’s larger (and at the time more frequent) bundles meant I was more likely to find two or three games in a set that I was moderately interested in enough to spend money on.

          Indie Gala ran into a few problems though. It was already recycling games before all the other bundle sites really exploded. It had issues getting “good” games or even interesting games, relying too much on titles that were both 5+ years old and middling quality combined. That issue seems to have gotten worse, because at least in the past they offered games like Ninja Blade (which hasn’t seen a bundle since then.) The flood of other bundle sites (along with the increased pace of Humble) removed its purpose of being the fast and sloppy bundle site that filled the gaps between the slow and small releases of Humble and Indie Royale. The flood of other bundles also undermined the value of Indie Gala bundles (as more sites offer better games more frequently, it became harder to justify buying IG’s traditionally so-so sets.)

          Basically, in a world with Groupees, Bundle Stars, and the rest… A world where Humble offers a “new” bundle roughly every two weeks and recycled bundles every week… A world where…okay, never mind, Indie Royale never really changed and is still largely irrelevant to this conversation. And to a degree a world where people increasingly wait for 75% off Steam sales, Indie Gala just doesn’t have much of a purpose anymore.

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    welverin says:

    Cassandra, you got the comic bundle all wrong, Saga is by far the best thing in it. I really enjoy Fatale (Brubaker makes me like things in genres I don’t care for), Morning Glories (though it’s so dense it can be hard to understand what’s going on), and East of West (Hickman can be really out there at times though). I also like Revival, and that wraps up the things I get regularly.

    I got the bundle just for Lazarus, and cursed them, because now I’m going to have start reading that. I’ve never read Chew, so no idea how that is myself.

    • mechabuddha says:

      Saga is awesome! I unfortunately own every single one of these volumes being offered, with the exception of Walking Dead which I don’t enjoy.

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        welverin says:

        Mostly the same for me and they’re some of my favorite current comics. I had considered Lazarus when I saw it in Previews, but decided against it. Chew I also haven’t read. I have the two compendiums of The Walking Dead, though I still need to finish the second one.

        • mechabuddha says:

          I’ve only read the first volume of Lazarus — it’s a pretty cool sci-fi story, but takes itself very seriously. It has a lot of potential, but I’d like to read the second volume before passing judgement. Chew is quite silly and absurd, and does not take itself seriously at all. I’ve enjoyed the first three volumes so far, and will probably get the rest.

          • Cassandra Khaw says:

            My next recommendation is Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. I might have had a slight crush on the demonic worm…

        • Philomelle says:

          Chew is in the same vein as FLCL and Grim Fandango. It runs on its own rules that range from hilarious to completely absurd and thus manages to be funny, gross and extremely violent at the same time. It also has these rare moments when it does get dark, serious and surprisingly poignant.

          I wouldn’t call it as good as Saga. It did, however, succeeded at making me care more about its characters than I expected to care when I picked it up, it had moments when I cried my heart out (one of the more recent issues comes to mind) and when I laughed loudly enough to scare my cat (which is whenever Poyo gets any page time). I feel like that counts for something.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      I am happy that someone further down this comment thread enjoyed Chew. I love weird-horror-comedy. I’ve never read Saga! But I’m suddenly excited to do so. :D Thanks for the tip.

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      Matt_W says:

      I was really excited when I got the HB email this week, then a bit deflated when I realized I already owned every one of those collections (albeit mostly in single issues.) I live and die for Saga. Chew is one of the most inventive stories in any medium. Ed Brubaker is my favorite noir writer and Fatale is fantastic, etc. Great bundle; really glad it’s featured here.

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