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Posts tagged “Gaslamp Games”

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Clockwork Empires review

Could it be that Clockwork Empires [official site], a town management sim concerning a life of toil and struggle against nightmarish entities on a strange new frontier, is so dedicated to its theme that is has deliberately conspired to drive me mad? The thought occurred to me often, as I gibbered and bellowed at my screen in frustration. Was I, too, becoming like one of…

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Clockwork Empires Springs Out Of Early Access Today

Clockwork Empires [official site], the Lovecraftian colony management game from the creators of Dungeons of Dredmor, has been swelling like a fungal bloom in the cellar of Early Access. Today, it's ready to emerge. It's the kind of game I'm surprised to realise I haven't already spent fifty hours playing but I haven't touched it at all yet. This weekend looks like the right time…

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Clockwork Empires Leaving Early Access This Month

Dungeons of Dredmor devs Gaslamp Games are almost ready to launch their next game, Clockwork Empires [official site]. I see you turn to your pal and tap your temple in a crude "the old dear's off her nut" gesture, because you remember it came out years ago, but nah that's all been 'earliest access' then early access. Come October 26th, it'll be properly out, ready…

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Clockwork Empires Enters Beta, Nearing Proper Release

After two years in early access, Lovecraftian colonybuilding/survival sim Clockwork Empires [official site] has released its first beta version. Changes like "New Event Arc system to chain interesting events together to produce Interesting Times" sound quite delightful until you realise this is a nice way to say "Now there's an arc to how frontier struggles murder your colonies and eldritch horrors megamurder them!" Beta status…

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Clockwork Empires Fixes Corpses, Hunger, Fishpeople

It's a good day for lovers of silly patch notes. First, Dwarf Fortress - ever the best source for strange bugs and changes - tweeted to say that you no longer needed to soap your eyes. Then an update for Clockwork Empires - a Lovecraftian town management sim with more than a little Dwarf Fortress in its DNA - came with tales of angry fishpeople.…

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Impressions: Lovecraftian Citybuilder Clockwork Empires

Clockwork Empires is a citybuilding/Lovecraftian survival sim from Gaslamp Games, they of the splendid Dungeons of Dredmor, in which you manage and protect Imperial colonists attempting to build a life on a new frontier. A new frontier which just so happens to contain Other Creatures. While it might be a dramatic departure from the successful roguelike that went before it, it does retain the horror-comedy…

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Grinding Gears: Clockwork Empires Doing ‘Earliest Access’

The whole idea of Steam Early Access is that games on it aren't finished, but people rightly expect certain (and sometimes unreasonable) levels of completeness, workingness, and polish. If a game is a bit too wonky when it hits Early Access, it may struggle massively to overcome spreading word that it's a garbage scam. Needing time and more testers to give Clockwork Empires a going-over…

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Just Like: Clockwork Empires Coming To Early Access

John got to play Clockwork Empires during GDC, and he became instantly and irrevocably reviled by the rest of the RPS Hivemind. We might have evolved beyond such base pursuits as love, non-telepathic word-o-mancy, and ever doing anything other than playing games and furiously scribbling about them long ago, but boy do we do jealousy well. I daresay we do jealousy at a 14 millionth…

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Feature: City building gets personal

It’s Time To Get Excited About Clockwork Empires

Imagine if so much of the bullshit Peter Molyneux has talked over the years was actually in a game. A simulation game where each tiny human lived their own lives, had their own thoughts and feelings and memories, and behaved accordingly. It's a claim we've heard so often that it's hard not to dismiss it out of hand. So much so that when Dungeons Of…

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Clockwork Empires Offers Endless Laughs, Ageless Demons

If you place some kind of weird one-trailer-per-day restriction on yourself and are currently fretting about finding Mr or Ms Right: The Extremely Brief Videogame Preview, then look no further. Clockwork Empires, the latest ball of bits and bytes from Dungeons of Dredmor developer Gaslamp Games, just got its first trailer, and it's sending RPS' hyper-sensitive Delight-O-Meter into a tizzy. The game is a 19th…

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Like Clockwork: Gaslamp Announces Clockwork Empires

Gaslamp "Dungeons Of Dredmor" Games have just revealed their new game, Clockwork Empires. It's a 3D sandbox building game with a 19th century colonial/Steampunk theme. That sounds exciting enough on its own, but, really, check out this paraphrased feature-list: "New “procedural extrusion” technology lets you design your colony the way you want! Buildings are procedurally generated and extruded directly from the aether to your specifications!…

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Dungeons Of Dredmor Heading To The Wizardlands

I went back to Dungeons Of Dredmor recently, having realised it had expanded twice since I'd last played. The good news is it's still as brilliant as ever. The bad news is, I'm still just as terrible at it. The brilliant news is, Kieron's still just as cross that we're all playing Rogue-likes now, after having ignored him about them for years. And the news…

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Dungeons Of Dredmor: The Game With No Name

Suicidally deciding to launch during E3 - don't they realise we have to post all the trailers, until such time as we are dead? - is a free expansion for the lovely (if divisive) Dungeons of Dredmor. Despite the devs coming up with all manner of "new items, enemies, rooms, skills, and things to generally make your life Better and/or More Full of Death", the…

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More Like Dungeons Of DredMOD

I'd gladly welcome another expansion pack for Dungeons of Dredmor and I gladly shall when the next one arrives in the near future. To add to the glad, it'll be free as well, having been constructed with "the cooperation of a handful of the Dredmor community’s top modders". It's not slight and full details of the contents are below. Not content with welcoming the mod…

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Diggle Deities: Dungeons Of Dredmor DLC

It was announced in the recently expired month of November and now, on what should be the day before release, Dungeons of Dredmor's first expansion has been trailerised. As well as containing graphic closeups of the most formidable eyebrows in gaming, the video provides details on the contents of Realm of the Diggle Gods. New enemies, areas and equipment are present, as one would expect,…

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Vegans of Virtue: Dungeons of Dredmor(e)

Not all dungeons require a cross-country trek or a cheeky spot of fast-travel to access. Dungeons of Dredmor was a light but appropriately vicious roguelike which charmed both John and I earlier this year, and creators Gaslamp Games have not left it to fester away on a darkened corner of Steam. As well as a steady trickle of patches, they've announced some real-money DLC is…

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Feature: A roguelike to like

Dungeons of Dredmor review

Indie roguelike Dungeons of Dredmor arrived on Steam late last week, quickly summoning a swarm of interest around it despite coming pretty much out of nowhere. More proof, perhaps, that big publishers' claims that the age of turn-based gaming is done and dusted are wanton foolishness. Anyway! I've been playing Dredmor pretty much constantly since release. I couldn't pretend to have beaten it - and…

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Impressions: Dungeons of Dredmor

Bloody typical. I've only just kicked my Realm of the Mad God habit, and then another permadeath RPG comes along and imprisons my mind with compulsion, combat and crits. Dungeons of Dredmor, released yesterday, is far closer to the traditional roguelike model, though it's left behind the complicated controls and key combinations of the genre's steelier-eyed denizens in favour of something altogether more accessible. But…

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