Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ten Magicka Tips to survive about fifteen seconds longer

You played Magicka, or plan on buying it? You want to read up a few useful tips to get your bearings around the game, or to help you with your own gaming methods? Look no further. Magicka might be a colorful and funny game but it is also challenging. As you progress to the final stages of the Campaign you will find the need to be a very skilled wizard. Before you get that far though you must learn a few basics which will help you cope in this strange and dangerous world.

Magicka

Let’s be honest. Wizards were never good with swords.

World of Tanks – Public Test of Version 7.5

If you wanted to find out what will Version 7.5 of World of Tanks look like, with its infamous Tier X TDs and Medium tanks now you have the opportunity to do so. Starting today, and lasting for an unknown length of time, you will have an opportunity to test a lot of the new content, as well as check out some other changes that are present in this Public Test Version. There has been some re-balancing, but not only of the Higher Tiers, but also of lower tiers. Also, take note that new maps will also be added, called Seaport, Highway and Quiet Beach.

In order to take part in the Public Test you have to visit the official announcement and follow the instructions there. Download the Test client, install it in a separate location to where your main game is, and then patch it up. You will have access to the different tanks you have on your basic account but you will be unable to pass on any experience or credits gained during the test to your main account (you also do not suffer any costs). On top of that you will receive gold in order to experiment with new tanks/equipment, as well as your overall experience and credit income will be higher.

Check below for the full list of changes. Take note, the test servers are a bit sluggish, so if you want to take part in the Public Test you must be mildly patient! While you are testing do not forget to leave some useful comments and point out any bugs or glitches, so that the final release of Version 7.5 will be as good as it can.

List of changes between 7.4 and 7.5 patches:

  • Added 3 new maps: Seaport, Highway, Quiet Beach.
  • Added new tier X medium tanks: Е-50 Ausf.M, Т-62А, M48A1
  • Added new tier X tank destroyers: JagdPz E-100, Object 268, AMX 50 Foch 155, T110E3, T110E4
  • Added new tier V French light tank: ELC AMX
  • Added new tier VIII German tank destroyer: Jagdpanther II
  • The following French light and medium tanks have moved one tier up: AMX 12t, AMX 13 75, AMX 13 90, Lorraine 40t, Bat Chatillon 25t
  • Credit revenue and repair cost rebalanced for some tanks
  • Reworked Match-Making for the majority of vehicles. Now players won’t normally see vehicles of more than two tiers difference to the tier of his/her own vehicle.
  • All experience from elite Ferdinand transferred to Jagdtiger
  • Rebalanced tier II and III tank destroyers
  • After analysing statistical results, we have made some changes:
    • Rebalanced (mainly nerfed) some parameters of the French TD’s and SPG’s added in version 7.4.
    • Rebalanced (mainly buffed) some parameters of the second USSR Heavy Tank line: Т-150, КV-3, КV-4, SТ-1, IS-4.
    • Rebalanced (mainly buffed) some parameters of Tier 10 German Heavy Tanks: E-100 and Maus.
  • Due to the introduction of tier X Medium tanks, the following tier IX vehicles have been rebalanced: E-50, M46 Patton, Т-54.
  • Fixed icon of the AMX 105 AM French SPG.
  • Fixed the name and parameters for the top suspension of the Lorraine 155 51 French SPG.
  • Reworked ‘ZigZag’ camouflage pattern on M18 Hellcat USA TD.
  • Fixed a bug which made it impossible to buy а M24 Chaffee stock engine after selling it.
  • Fixed some errors in the visual models of the following vehicles: AMX AC Mle 1948, ARL 44, IS-8.
  • Changed IS-8 armouring.
  • Fixed errors in armouring of AMX 50 Foch TD.
  • Fixed name of Somua Sau 40 TD.
  • Rebalanced some Soviet medium tanks and tank destroyers:
    • Т-28: F-30 gun removed, tank rebalanced
    • Т-34-85: 100mm D10T gun removed, 85mm D5T-85BM gun improved, V-54K engine added.
    • Т-43: 100mm D10T gun removed, 85mm D5T-85BM gun improved, V-54K engine added.
    • КV-13 rebalanced
    • SU-85: 107mm ZiS-6S gun removed, 85mm D-5S-85BM added, tank rebalanced.
  • Reworked mechanics for shell-shock crew damage with high-explosive rounds
  • Now a hit to an internal module will still deal damage even if the armour wasn’t penetrated.
  • Fixed the ‘We hit them hard’ voice replay when setting an enemy tank on fire.
  • Fixed a bug causing game crash when leaving battle to garage
  • Added support for Vivox voice chat service.
  • Fixed the density of some bushes.  This influences camouflage level.
  • Fixed the WoT symbol not appearing on the white banner in ‘Encounter’ battle mode.
  • Fixed some rare cases of training room chat not being removed once the room is dismissed.
  • Added and reworked some battle hints.
  • Fixed the login screen not displaying correctly when quickly pressing enter after the client loads.
  • Reworked hint pop-up text on buttons in replays;
  • Added option to restore converted XP to the original vehicle by clicking on the vehicle checkbox in the XP exchange window.
  • Fixed the display of damaged modules when watching an ally vehicle in ‘postmortem’ mode.
  • Fixed suspension repair option when using ‘Ctrl + LMB’ click on the image.
  • Fixed a disparity between the actual state of the scrolling buttons and their display in ‘carousel’ of chat channels.
  • Fixed storage of the platoon window in garage.
  • Made some additions to the battle hint window which pops-up when pressing ‘F1′ in battle.
  • Fixed the shortened names of tanks in the battle loading screen.
  • Fixed the position of vehicle icons in historical description.
  • Added a notification for when Premium Account compensation has been made due to server maintenance.
  • Slightly changed mini-map icon colours.
  • Fixed the description and conditions for obtaining Fadin’s medal.
  • Fixed some errors in chat filter.
  • Fixed the display of durability marker over tanks with all crew wounded.
  • Fixed the functionality of ‘Attention to the sector X’ with max-scaled mini-map.
  • Fixed the pop-up hint for mastery badges.
  • Fixed the change of marker colours when toggling ‘alternative colour scheme’ on and off.
  • Fixed the functionality of alternative colour scheme in training rooms.
  • Fixed the description for ‘Ace Tanker’ mastery badge.
  • Fixed the description of some crew skills and perks.
  • Fixed some errors in the interface training.
  • Fixed some places where it is possible to get ‘stuck’ on ‘Wide Park’ map.
  • Added ‘planes in the sky’ environment effect to ‘Airfield’ map.

See you on the battlefield!

Alex “WriterX” Bielski

Key to Heaven: The Land of Marovia Relaunches After Hiatus

Key to Heaven: The Land of Marovia (K2H) is a small-scale, two-dimensional massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). It was developed and published by K2H Productions, a one-man Swedish independent, with help from a few collaborators. Operations resumed in May after a server crash caused a six-month long stoppage. Said server has since been relocated in hopes of improved stability.

A safe haven for new players.

Marovia beckons once again

There exists a family of computer game engines built using the defunct Visual Basic 6 programming language. Of the many available engines, K2H Productions specifically employs MSE1 (Mirage Source Engine Build-1), an outdated build modified to suit the needs of the developer. Brief hands-on time revealed little about the story line, only that events take place during the Middle Ages. Custom-made sprites are paired with original audio composed by a musician under the alias of Grant. Expect the learning curve to be minimal as gameplay seems similar to mainstream MMORPGs.

Although free of charge, players may opt for a yearlong paid membership–or purchase features separately–which includes stat point reallocation, cosmetic goodies, access to an exclusive VIP forum section, and a special sub-domain for your guild.

In its current state, the game is considered complete. Incremental updates based on feedback from the community will be implemented as time goes on. As such, suggestions are not only encouraged, but welcome. The latest addition was the introduction of a new inventory system.

A successor is in the works with an emphasis on PVP (player-vs-player) and crafting. According to the official website, visuals of K2H2 (production title) will be more isometric than its predecessor. No release date has been determined.

Source: K2H Productions

Source Filmmaker enters Open Beta

You watched the TF2 “Meet the” videos and hopes to do something similar? Lacked the tools or the money to buy them? Worry no more. Yesterday an Open Beta version of the Source Filmmaker was released on Steam, for free, giving everybody and anybody an opportunity to create their own Source Movies. Like with any such tool, things might be tough at the beginning. Since it is still in Beta there are bound to be bugs and perhaps not everything will work as a person would wish. The fact remains, a lot of people out there will be free to create their own Source Videos, without having to lose their wallets. Although, I expect that just like with other software of this type, it might take a while to learn the basics or advanced tools, properly.

Primal Carnage – “Pyro” and “Headbutt Dino” Video

We have some new footage from Primal Carnage. This time we get a glimpse at two different classes/characters, one for the Mercs and one for the Dinos. First we will have an opportunity to see the Pyromaniac, who uses grenades and an awesome Flamethrower-Chainsaw. How come nobody ever thought of combining the Chainsaw with a Flamethrower? I can see such a weapon both in Fallout and Team Fortress (for the Pyro), yet nobody thought it up before! The second character/class is what I call the “Headbutt Dino” (Carnotaurus). I call it the Headbutt Dino for one simple reason. It headbutts everything. In the video you will see it headbutt its way through Mercs with incredible ease.  Its first proper appearance in the video made me laugh, because it rammed into a tightly packed group of survivors, making them fly off in different directions, as if it was a bowling track.

Valve Announces Steam Greenlight

Yesterday (9th July 2012) Valve announced Steam Greenlight, to be available to the public at the end of August (30th August 2012). The aim of Steam Greenlight is to give developers an opportunity to promote and sell their games on Steam. How does it work exactly? Let us say you were an up-start Developer with a game in your hand. You know you have a player base, but you want to try to shine in the bigger spotlight. Most online Stores pick at their own leisure what is and isn’t sold. After all, they have to make money, and accepting a new studio into their store could cost them more than the profits you could offer.

Steam Greenlight is meant to change how this will look, on Steam at least.

Steam Greenlight

Steam Greenlight, coming soon.

Magicka Review – Fireballs, Frostbite, and Friendly Fire

What is Magicka? Is it a satire of the Fantasy setting? A collection of numerous Easter eggs and nods toward Movies and other Video Games? Or is it an intense Action Game, best played with friends? It is most certainly all of the above. It has fun, it has wit, and it has challenge. You can play it alone, or with friends. You can download bonus content which will allow you to use more characters, and host more varied games. If you do not want to spend more money than you wish, you can always join games hosted by players with the bonus content, and then you can use all manner of cool gear! Aside from this fact, how good, or bad, is Magicka?

Magicka

In Magicka you are better off feeding the troll.

Cooking with Pierre – Grilled Cheese Sandwich in PZ Video

When life gives you Gouda and Bread, you usually go to a store and buy some ham. A cheese sandwich? That seems a little plain. Do not be worried though! We can spice things up a bit, and sizzle the generic cheese sandwich on a frying pan to produce a Grilled Cheese Sandwich… In Project Zomboid.

Making the Cheese Sandwich is very simple. All you have to do is combine Bread and Cheese. If this is not enough you can then combine the Cheese Sandwich with a Frying Pan and Butter in order to make a Uncooked Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

In the current version (0.2.0R) the Cheese Sandwich burns up faster, when cooking, than a zombie in Napalm, so I do not recommend cooking it just yet. Once they have a reasonable cooking time though, they will most likely be worth your time. If the Uncooked version of the meal reduces hunger by 100, then the cooked version should reduce a total of 200. Overall, an excellent and easy to make meal. What else can you make with all that bread? On the other hand, Cheese and Butter have other uses, so this meal is situational.

I just wish I could add some meat to that sandwich…

War of the Roses Pre-Beta Sign Up!

Did you ever feel like grabbing a claymore and cleaving your friends, in a friendly manner, in half? Perhaps you wanted to remind Knights why riding on horseback does not save them from a bolt to the head? Maybe you just want to experience some intense medieval combat, using all manner of weapons and techniques to defeat your opponents in style? This, and much more in War of the Roses! While we wait for the full release, why not try signing up for the Beta and help in ironing out the game?

War of the Roses

“I see the Beta approaching.”

Twelve Sky 2 Summer Giveaway!

The sun is scorching this year. I am sitting in my swimming shorts with a makeshift pool right next to me, to jump in before I completely melt into a puddle. To say the least, Summer is harsh this year. Imagine what your Twelve Sky 2 characters must be feeling. Would you want to walk around in a full set of metal armor or tight leathers? Did not think so. Take part in the Twelve Sky 2 Summer Giveaway and give your character a pair of shades and a swim suit to cool off during the summer. How to get your Summer Pack? Check below.

Edit: This Giveaway has already ended. :(

Twelve Sky 2

Get a tan, enjoy the sun and those drinks with little umbrellas.