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Spiderweb Reveals Avernum: Escape From The Pit
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Spiderweb Software has officially announced Avernum: Escape From the Pit as its next major release. Currently in development, the game is a "ground-up rewrite of Avernum" which will include a new engine and new graphics. As in the original, Avernum: Escape From the Pit follows the adventures of individuals exiled to a mysterous underground realm.

Spiderweb Software returns to its epic creation, to tell a story of imprisonment, rebellion, and the struggle for freedom against overwhelming odds. Avernum: Escape From the Pit is the first chapter in an Indie fantasy role-playing saga, the tale of desperate exiles and their battle for survival and a land to call their own.

Avernum: Escape From the Pit features:

  • Epic fantasy adventure in an enormous underworld.
  • Huge outdoors and eighty towns and dungeons.
  • Three separate game-winning quests. Seek safety, escape or revenge. Do just one of them or all three!
  • Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any adventure out there.
  • Dozens of side quests and hundreds of magical artifacts.
  • Rich game system with over 50 spells and battle disciplines and a multitude of beneficial character traits to choose from.

You have been banished to the underworld, never to see the light of day again.

The surface is ruled by the cruel Emperor Hawthorne, master of the Empire. All of the known lands are subject to his brutal command. Everyone who speaks out, who misbehaves, who doesn’t fit in is cast into the dark, volcanic pits of Avernum, far below the surface. There, you are expected to die, a victim of starvation, horrible monsters, or simple despair.

But not all of the Avernites have surrendered. With magic and steel, they are forging a new nation deep underground. You can join them and fight for safety. Or freedom. Or even, if you dare, revenge on the surface-worlders who tried to destroy you.

Avernum: Escape From the Pit is scheduled for release later this year. Those who have purchased either the original Avernum or Exile: Escape From the Pit will receive a discount on the price of the new game.

Check out the page below for more information.

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The Sims 3: Outdoor Living & High End Loft Stuff Now At MGS
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Macgamestore.com has added two new Stuff Packs for The Sims 3 to its webstore. The Outdoor Living pack include new items, new furniture, new hair, and new clothing options for those looking to jazz up their Sim's outdoor lifestyle. The High End Loft pack adds a variety of new items to the popular sim title including three items returning from the previous two Sims titles: the heart-shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.

Outdoor Living Stuff Pack:
This game requires The Sims 3 to play.

For the first time ever, your Sims can get the best in outdoor luxury for their homes. Whether they're decorating the perfect patio, setting the mood with a cool new hot tub, or firing up a state-of-the-art grill for the ultimate BBQ, your Sims' outdoor decor is getting a boost. Give your Sims everything they need for a stylish and comfortable outdoor living space with The Sims 3 Outdoor Living!


  • Build the perfect al fresco setting for your Sims with stylish furnishings, outdoor electronics, and cosy fire pits and fireplaces.
  • Give your Sims several uniquely styled hot tubs where they can relax with friends or get romantic with someone special.
  • Turn up the heat with an all-new built-in countertop grill as part of your Sims’ outdoor kitchen and take their cooking to a whole new level.
  • Choose from two new styles. "Garden Terrace" features elegant wrought-iron pieces, while "Sunset on the Veranda" embraces the warmth of outdoors.
  • Dress your Sims in an array of chic but casual attire for a great day in the sun or a relaxing evening under the stars.
High End Loft Stuff Pack:
This game requires The Sims 3 to play.

Transform your Sims' homes into sleek, edgy apartments with The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff. There's a host of new items for your most lived-in rooms, including slick gadgets for your high-tech study, a next-gen gaming system for the killer game room and modern furniture for the most contemporary living room. Now your Sims can give their homes an ultra-modern makeover!


  • Add a sleek, high-end, tech-inspired look to your Sims bedroom, living room, bathroom, office and den.
  • Upgrade your Sims' wardrobes with forward looking apparel, tailored suits and sophisticated outerwear.
  • Transform your Sims' homes into cutting edge spaces with contemporary inspired furnishings, eclectic art and modern designs.
  • Give your Sims coveted electronics including high-tech, ultra-slim TVs, video game systems, stereos and more.
  • As a special 10th Anniversary gift this pack includes three coveted items from The Sims and The Sims 2 games: The heart shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.
The Sims 3 Stuff Packs are available for $19.95 (USD) each at the links below.

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The Weapons And Armor Of The Baconing Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hothead Games has revealed some new information about its upcoming addition to the DeathSpank saga, The Baconing. The update offers information about some of the weapons and armor players will encounter in the game. In The Baconing players must help DeathSpank confront the AntiSpank, his evil twin.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Bob from Marketing, DeathSpank’s new co-op character in Hothead Games’ next action RPG, The Baconing, and I’ve come all the way from Spanktopia to impart a marketing message or two about my good friend’s almighty armaments – The Weapons of Justice.

Of course, these are no ordinary weapons – they are fueled by justice itself! When DeathSpank fills his Justice Meter, the weapons are capable of unleashing destruction like none the world has ever seen. You will not be disappointed as the game’s battle component improvements and all the expected USPs will deliver the added value as per the creator’s blue-sky vision!

The latest and greatest is the Drill of Justice, the ultimate in drilling technology. With a five-speed all metal transmission generating over 10,000 rpm, this baby is guaranteed to screw your enemies full of justice and major injury.

For long-range killing nothing can beat the Mobile Nuker, weapon of the future. Besides being able to bash evil in its smirking evil face, the Mobile Nuker has the ability to call in air support, raining destruction down upon DeathSpank’s enemies.

To keep you all on the hook, I also have some other armor images and Hero poses just to whet your media appetite! Exciting, extravagant, fierce, and full of synergy, DeathSpank will be ready for evil as he struts his stuff in confidence.

The Technocrat Armor is a high-tech armor set for your high-tech life. This is one of DeathSpank’s twenty armor sets, but remains of my favorites. Inspired from robotic policemen and 1950s cars, the Technocrat Armor set is truly remarkable at protecting your valued inside from the harsh outside.

The Pinstripe Platemail Armor outfits a protected hero in the latest gangster fashion. This set is complete with a fully functional felt fedora and fool’s gold coated in real gold and then another layer of fool’s gold. His accessories are the Perfectly Legal Bat and the Lucky Crossbow, which can shoot seven rapid-fire shots when fully charged.

With these trusty Weapons of Justice (and five spectacular others) plus an extensive wardrobe of armor, you can help DeathSpank and I vanquish the evil AntiSpank, and bring harmony back to Spanktopia!

Head over to the site below for more information.

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City Of Heroes Double XP Weekend Delayed Until August
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paragon Studios has announced a delay for its Summer Double XP weekend for the super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Originally planned for July 28, the weekend will now begin on August 11 and continue until August 14. During the event both villain and hero characters will receive double the usual experience points for their accomplishments.

An issue has cropped up that prevents us from activating Double XP on the live servers this week between July 28 and July 31. The good news is that we've identified the problem that has caused this delay, and will be putting a build up on the Training Room soon that should resolve the issue. We will also be hosting EU and NA Training Room events later this week in order to ensure the stability of the new build. Please be sure to watch for information regarding these events.

We understand this is will be a great disappointment for some of you and appreciate your understanding in this matter. We wouldn't be resorting to postponing this popular event at such short notice if we could at all avoid it, you can be sure of that.

To learn more check out the link below.

City Of Heroes Double XP Weekend Delayed
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