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By Brad Grier | Games | Culture | Development

Video game developer protects 7,000-acre tract in N.C. foothills

A 7,000-acre tract in the foothills south of Marion has been permanently protected under one of North Carolina’s largest conservation easements …

American South

How to be a Better Roleplayer | Player Tips

A Player’s Guide to Building on the Flow<p>Image by Boxiness<p>Recently at Nerd Sourced, we released a series on DM fundamentals for 5th edition, but this …

RPGs

Five Reasons Why I Play Modern Board Games, and Why You Should Too

As I sit here at a café writing this article, a lovely scent of coffee of permeates the air. There are voices softly chattering around me, a couple …

After mastering Go, these computers are learning to play StarCraft

Earlier this year, researchers' artificial intelligence beat a human in the dazzlingly complex board game known as Go. Not just once, but four times. It was a milestone in machine learning.<p>Now, the same Google-backed researchers who designed AlphaGo have their sights set on dominating a new game: …

Computer Science

Get your ass to Mars !

Presque coup sur coup, voici trois grosses boites ocres et carrées qui nous proposent de partir pour la planète rouge. Je suis assez fier de <b>Mission</b> …

A Step by Step for Painting Tartan Patterns

<i>PRELUDE</i><p>54mm example piece showing the end result of this step by step.<p>If painting designs on your figures makes you nervous, taking on a tartan might …

How-To's

Videogame publishers launch website attacking voice actors' union over strike

A coalition of videogame companies including Activision, Disney, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two have launched a website at sagaftravideogames.com …

Gaming

Teaching a Game | The Best Games Are Yet To Be Made

You know this game, inside and out. It’s easy to learn, but as you’re talking you see the wrinkle forming in between their eyes. Another’s eyebrow …

Take the Trobil to Teach Your Game Right | The Best Games Are Yet To Be Made

Chris Strain wrote one of my favorite pieces on the League, called <b>Teaching a Game</b>. I’ve referred to it several times, because I believe it is an art …

Splendor, Multiplayer Culture and Digital/Physical Boardgames

Tabletop adaptation <i>Splendor</i> earned itself four stars here when it released in 2015. That's a big score for a game without an online play option. …

Board Games

Cinemaware’s Year in the Desert The Digital Antiquarian

The last year of the 1980s was also the last that the Commodore Amiga would enjoy as the ultimate American game machine. Even as the low-end …

The “Board Game of the Year” winners have been announced

Codenames and Isle of Skye take top prizes.<p>Every summer, a jury of board game critics from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria announces its pick for …

Board Games

Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Man's Sky for false advertisement

After the active player count for No Man's Sky dropped below 1,000 players on Steam, it's safe to say that the highly anticipated game had a rather …

The rise and rise of tabletop gaming

Gentler designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales. Why, in the golden age of video games, are we choosing to play with counters round a table? Below, the best of the new wave<p>It’s a bright Thursday morning in Oxford, and the Thirsty Meeples cafe on Gloucester Green …

Booting the Final GameCube Game

Every single GameCube game can at least boot in Dolphin 5.0. Except one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its complex way of using the PowerPC Memory …

Gaming

Sierra Gets Creative

Coming out of Sierra On-Line’s 1984 near-death experience, Ken Williams made a prognostication from which he would never waver: that the real future …

Gaming

After 13 years, Eve Online will become free to play

Internet spaceship MMO Eve Online will be free to play from this November via a new offering similar to World of Warcraft's free offering.The change …

MMOGs

World of Warcraft may have just had its best expansion launch ever

Legion makes a stellar first impression<p>Last night at around 11:50 p.m. PT — 10 minutes or so earlier than expected — <i>World of Warcraft</i>’s new <i>Legion</i> expansion went live.<p>For those in-game in those first moments, the process was surprisingly seamless. Players at the pre-<i>Legion</i> level cap of 100 knew the …

No Mario's Sky Is Exactly the Game You Think It Is

A team of four designed a mash-up of 2D Mario and No Man's Sky in 72 hours, and you can play it now (provided Nintendo hasn't pulled it down).<p>No …

Gaming

Sci-fi MMO Firefall is offline and may finally be dead (update: it's back)

Players can’t log in and the developer’s website is gone<p>Red 5 Studios’ massively multiplayer online shooter <i>Firefall</i> may be down for the count. Players of the free-to-play MMO are reporting that they’re no longer able to log into the game, and both the game and studio’s websites are no longer …

The Digital Side of Board Gaming

<i>Tabletop games and video games have long held special places</i> i<i>n the hearts of gamers, but for most of their lifespans, these two formats were</i> …

Gaming

No Man’s Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration game

At Recode’s annual Code Conference in June, venture capitalist Elon Musk made the provocative argument that reality is not reality at all, but a massive simulation built on top of some other reality.<p>“There’s a billion-to-one chance we’re living in base reality,” he said.<p>Musk’s idea isn’t a new one: …

/u/amg on Where's the No Man's Sky we were sold on? A BIG list of things that are missing with sources, links and quotes. Also, dubious advertisement (x-post from r/nomansskythegame)

He's still working on it though. I'm not sure it'll ever be released, but I'm sure he's still tinkering.Sometimes I don't mind loosing out on money …

Indie Gaming

Patch The Process

No Man’s Sky didn’t send out review builds because the game wasn’t done. No Man’s Sky gets leaked by resellers breaking street date. Polygon, Kotaku, …

Certification

One Player’s Nine-Year Journey to Open a Locked, Secret Door - Waypoint

There's a Fan-Made 'StarCraft' MMO, and Blizzard Isn't Going to Shut It Down | Motherboard

It's been a fascinating year for Blizzard Entertainment as regards player creations using its properties. Earlier this year the celebrated gamemaker ended up looking like a big, bad bully when it forced the closure of the popular <i>World of Warcraft</i> private server <i>Nostalrius Begins</i>, and there was much …

World of Warcraft

Scythe review: The most-hyped board game of 2016 delivers

Burn your brain with dieselpunk mech-fueled strategy.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …

Board Games

Scythe v1

You love that which you can lose, yourself, a woman, a country.<i>Scythe:</i> a remarkable, beautiful game. Here’s the rules summary and reference.No doubt …

Design

Disney Infinity closure will render PC and mobile versions completely unplayable

Back in May Disney Interactive noted that it would be shutting down its toys-to-life series Disney Infinity. Now we have the details regarding how …

Walt Disney Company