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Posts tagged “Raymond Doerr”

Feature: Celebrate an extremely ordinary week

Unknown Pleasures: ’tis not the season

There's a coat in a window on my way home and I want it. Or possibly a blazer, I was in a hurry. It is purple and the shop had put a sign saying "VAMPIRE" over it, but I don't need to use the cover of the worst holiday as an excuse. Which reminds me: when did we agree that Halloween was an entire bloody…

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Feature: Spaghetti masonry and tidy hovels

Herding skeletons and settling scores in Rise To Ruins

The skeletons don't care about the storms I'm lobbing around the place. They're marching onward, through the maze of walls and gates I've constructed, and a little bit of rain isn't going to deter them. I was hoping for skull-splitting bolts of lightning but instead I've just made everyone a bit damp. Rise to Ruins is a village-building simulator that's somewhere between the complexity of…

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Settle For Less: Retro-Pixel Castles

Retro-Pixel Castles [official site] is a game I'd been meaning to play for a long time. It's still moving through Early Access, with regular and meaty updates, and is often described as one of those fabled 'Dwarf Fortress with a neater interface" games, a select group in which Rimworld is the undisputed master (disputes to take place in the comments!). I fired Castles up this…

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Retro-Pixel Castles Is A Roguelike Village Sim

When I was but a boy, I used to draw little top-down worlds on paper and then systematically destroy them with imagined earthquakes and lots of eraser shavings. Now that I am a man, all hair and forgotten hope and sagging flesh, the nearest I get to those innocent joys is turtling up in strategy games and hoping the bigger boys - I mean, men…

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