I’m pretty sure back-to-back conventions were the Grim Reaper’s finest invention. I feel like death. I feel like death gently warmed over, to be fair, rather than death squirming with maggots. So it could be worse. But it isn’t an amazing day. (P.S: Sorry for this being an out-of-season Bargain Bucket. I was squished by meetings last night. Boo.) While I endeavor to make myself into a coherent human being again, enjoy this bucket of bargains. This very strange plushie is from Ross. (And apologies for a very short Bargain Bucket. I’m wilting from bacteria.)
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World
Civilization V is a dangerous predator, capable of stalking down and devouring even the most resilient prey. It is a subtle danger too. It doesn’t announce its desire to swallow your time. It simply sips at it, turn by turn, moment by moment, until the dusk has turned to dawn and you’re very late for work. Sadly, this deal isn’t about the core game itself. But it does concern the expansion, which introduces new civilizations, new wonders, new scenarios, new gameplay systems, and a cacaphony of new units. (Given that this is Amazon, you’re going to need a US mailing address.)
Is there anything better than free things? Disrobed of price tags, even the most mediocre product becomes something mildly interesting. Happily, OpenXCom appears to more than fractionally fascinating. An open-source clone, the game’s been in development for years now and it looks like the developers aren’t prepared to stop at. (It’s also apparently more of a replacement engine than anything else, according to Alice.) But still. Still. It looks neat, and it appears as though you’d have a veritable platoon of mods to choose from. Don’t be shy. Go poke at something.
I remember when Starbound first came out. It was sci-fi Terraria. It was two-dimensional No Man’s Sky. It was space travel, flattened into a world of side-scrolling cute. I was excited. But the actual product didn’t quite turn out the way I would have liked it too. Freedom, no matter its medium, is ultimately a limited idea. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Starbound tremendously, and the latest volley of improvements is slowly enticing me back into its pixelated arms. If you’ve ever been curious about it, now might be a good time to check it out. (Don’t forget the SAVE23-WITHGM-GAUG15 code.)
Blind Griffin – Pay What You Want
Since I’m feeling miserable, you’re going to get a profusion of off-beat instead of the usual deals. Blind Griffin is an absolutely lovely-looking otome game with some pretty heavy themes. It also sounds interesting. Set in the roaring 20’s, the game will have you exploring the eponymous speakeasy, while interacting with its family of magicians. There is a wonderful amount of diversity present, although it seems like you’d be restricted to courting the male characters. Oh, well. Free with a pay-what-you-want model, Blind Griffin seems like a great weekend diversion.
The Down Under Bundle – Pay $3.19/£2.04/€2.87
I could be wrong, but I suspect the Down Under bundle might feature Australian developers. It could entirely be a salacious remark instead. One never knows. Featuring titles like Deadnaut and Curse of the Assassin, this bundle’s a strange conglomeration of ideas and genres. But it is very cheap.