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Pillars of Eternity

4 years ago

Pillars Of Eternity Expansion Out, More Pillars Coming

The second part of the Pillars of Eternity [official site] expansion The White March is out today, as promised, and developers Obsidian Entertainment are continuing to tease that more fantasy RPG fun may be still to come. Another expansion, maybe? A sequel? They're not saying. But for now, hey, the expansion is out and so is that big patch. You've got plenty of Pillars to…

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Pillars Of Eternity Big Update Due Alongside Expansion

The second part of the Pillars of Eternity [official site] expansion The White March is due on February 16th, and so is Update 3.00. That free patch will bring new features and content for everyone, whether they've got White March or not. "What sorts of things?" you may ask, if you haven't been read forum posts and whatnot. I'm glad you asked, because this post…

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Pillar Of Eternity: White March Part 2 Coming In Feb

If your January is shaping up anything like mine - and I assume everyone is a less-good version of me, so you certainly aspire to follow my life - you'll be spending a large part of it wavering between despair and bloody fury. So hey, good news: this mood needn't sour your first taste of The White March Part 2, the second half of the…

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Feature: Return Trip

The Joy Of Expansions And Enhanced Editions

As the year draws toward its final frosty furlong, I'm slightly surprised that one of the games I'm most looking forward to playing is also one of my favourite games from 2014. It's Divinity: Original Sin, a game that I adored when I played it last year and that I expect to lose myself in again when the Enhanced Edition comes out next week. It's…

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Feature: Live from the Halls of Celebration

The RPG Scrollbars: The Scrolls of Honour – 2015

As the dragons finally return to their nests to hibernate and the ghosts don their chains to help remind misers of the meaning of the season, we approach the end of another year. As is tradition, that is time for we at the guild-house to award both quests and questers the ceremonial Scrolls of Honour™. (Chorus of affordable angels) Scribed upon only the finest vellum…

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Pillars of Eternity: White March – Part 2 Coming January

Lawks a lummy, I swear everything's episodic today! I tell you, not one word of a lie, I bought a Bounty bar the other day only to find even they're now episodic - one half (Bounty: Episode 2) comes in a tough photodegrading wrapper so it cannot be eaten until a couple of months after you first open the wrapper. In this topsy-turvy world, it's…

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Feature: Frosty Reception

Pillars Of Eternity – The White March Part 1 review

It's been nearly half a year since we devoured Pillars Of Eternity. Now Obsidian are back with another great big chunk, in the form of the first half of The White March [official site]. Does the expansion give good reason to return to the Dyrwood? Here's wot I think.

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Striding Forth – Pillars Of Eternity: The White March Out

It's been five months since Pillars of Eternity [official site] was released, which is categorical proof that the wheel of time has spun completely off its axis and is careering down a hill toward a cliff edge. Before we're all plunged into the abyss, there's another big chunk of RPG from Obsidian to delve into, in The White March Part 1, a snowy expansion for…

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Pillars Of Eternity’s White March Improves As Well As Expanding

Pillars of Eternity is a big game. Enormous might be the right word, actually. Gigantic. Sprawling. Obsidian don't think it's quite large enough, however, so they'll be adding new everything with the upcoming White March expansion. I spoke with lead designer Josh Sawyer at Gamescom and he explained that the studio has created so many new things - from companions and spells to quests and…

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Hope Springs: Pillars Of Eternity Expansion Out This Month

A few months ago, Obsidian Entertainment teased out a total non-release date for its first expansion to the RPG Pillars of Eternity [official site]. With only a "Coming Soon" label tagged on to the end of its announcement trailer in June, things have been fairly quiet in the time since. Until now, anyhow. The White March - Part I will be coming out on August…

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Feature: Gather party, venture forth

The RPG Scrollbars: Exciting Upcoming Updates

One of the most gratifying things about the recent-ish RPG revival is that they've almost all done well enough to warrant developer interest after release. (Oh, if only the adventure one had been as... no, no. Wrong column.) Call them Enhanced Editions, Director's Cuts or whatever else, they give their creators a second chance to fix mistakes or expand their worlds - and that's pretty…

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Pillars Of Eternity 2.0: Better AI, Less Rubbish Stealth

The main reason I stopped playing Pillars of Eternity is because I'd need a month-long holiday to make meaningful progress through it, but though I liked it, a host of minor annoyances played their part too. Retro-for-retro's sake UI, a conscious aversion to brevity which I felt sometimes undermined rather than supported its world-building, overly micro-managey combat, and most of all, janky stealth. I always…

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Feature: Imagine what you could do with a whole week of deals!

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 7

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 7 of the sale.

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The White March Is Pillars Of Eternity’s First Expansion

Pillars Of Eternity [official site] looks set to live up to its name with even more playable hours being added to the game in the near future. An expansion, titled The White March: Part 1 is "coming soon" according to its announcement trailer, was revealed last night. Set after the events of the first game, it not only begins a new storyline but also includes…

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Go It Alone: Chris Avellone Has Left Obsidian

RPG maestro and human stretch goal Chris Avellone probably isn't planning to go solo but earlier today he confirmed that he'll be leaving Obsidian. The studio's most recent title was the superb Pillars of Eternity, on which Avellone worked as a narrative designer, but both he and Obsidian, the company that he co-founded, have a proud back catalogue. Obsidian is still home to some of…

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Feature: The Book Of Gripes

The RPG Scrollbars: The Worst Parts Of RPGs, Vol I

As wonderful as RPGs are, some tropes and cliches and just general bloody annoyances really do spoil the fun. Some of them might only crop up occasionally, others just won't go away. Some, you might think, are just petty irritations. But no! All these incontrovertible sins must be destroyed at once! Here's a few of my least favourite offenders. What others would you add to…

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5 years ago

Feature: Rock And Paper

Swinging A Stick: How Landscape And Childhood Are Key To The Continued Popularity Of Fantasy Fiction

Once at primary school I tried to convince my teacher that we needed a new word - or at least that we needed one that might exist already, but that we’d somehow forgotten. This is going to be a piece partly about words, and “fantasy” was one that I was never totally happy with. It lacked, as I saw it, the generic precision of “science-fiction,”…

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Feature: Who do you want to be?

Collaborative Storytelling In Pillars Of Eternity

I take roleplaying seriously. That's not to say I have a cupboard full of lucky dice or a handcrafted elven tunic - what I mean to say is that when I play an RPG, I try to make all of my decisions based on my character rather than the systems. I'll pass up a huge pile of loot if I don't think that taking it…

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Feature: Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)

The Definitive Guide To The RPG Inn

Pillars of Eternity is out. You might have noticed. I'm not terribly far into it myself yet, but in between a spot of bear-bashing and wolf-wounding, I was struck by how very RPG Inn the first inn I visited was. Truly, the Black Hound Inn in the town of Gilded Vale is the archetypal RPG inn. I knew, the second I stepped foot in it,…

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