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The Banner Saga: Factions Launching This November
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Stoic recently revealed to Destructoid that The Banner Saga: Factions, a free to play multiplayer combat game featuring assets from the upcoming The Banner Saga strategy RPG, will be coming to Macs and Windows PCs this November.

While Banner Saga Chapter 1 (a full game, not an episode) will arrive early 2013, Stoic is taking the combat and assets from it and making a free-to-play multiplayer game called Banner Saga Factions, which will arrive on PC and Mac in early November. iPad and Ouya releases will follow.

"Basically we are developing the single-player game, and we realized we are doing all this work on the combat and it's really fun to play!" Art Director Arnie Jorgensen said. "Why not just release the combat as we develop the full game?"

Read more at the page listed below.

Destructoid: Banner Saga Factions
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Sword Of Fargoal 2 Aims To Bring C64 Adventure To Modern Era
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Fargoal, LLC recently unveiled a new Kickstarter project for Sword of Fargoal 2. If the developers reach their $50,000 goal they plan to offer a modern update of the classic Commodore 64 dungeon crawler for Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS gamers. Sword of Fargoal 2 will feature improved graphics, new character types, expanded combat options, new spells, new quests, new monsters, and a new dungeon generation system.

Hi, I’m Jeff McCord. Over 25 years ago I created the original Sword of Fargoal for the Commodore 64 (C64). It was an extremely popular “Roguelike” dungeon crawler game with random dungeon generation and tons of replayabily. Like a true retro game, Fargoal had a reputation of being extremely hard, and very few people were known to find the Sword and make it out of the dungeon alive! Computer Gaming World magazine even listed Sword of Fargoal as one of the “Top 150 Best Video Games of All Time.”

A few years ago I teamed up with ace developer Paul Pridham (a developer with 30 years of experience who created Saucelifter and the upcoming Punch Quest), Emmy award-winning animator Charlie Canfield, and noted British composer Daniel Pemberton (LittleBIGPlanet, BBC) to bring the game back for iOS and Mac OS. The remade Sword of Fargoal has won numerous awards, including “Best Retro Game (iPad division)” for the “2010 Best App Ever Awards” (“Sword of Fargoal Legends,” published by Chillingo/EA). Fargoal has even been recognized by the Guinness World Records 2012, Gamer’s Edition as “Most critically acclaimed ‘Roguelike’ for iOS.”

Now, a vocal contingent of Fargoal fans have demanded MORE. A reimagining of the game — with more spells. More monsters. More traps. Better graphics. More music. Animation. New characters types. New quests. A new dungeon-generation system, and much more. Basically to keep the fun and excitement of the original, but reinvent the game for 2012 & 2013, with more depth and rich gameplay; more adventure, exploration, mystery; plus new character classes.

That’s why we’re embarking on this quest to make Sword of Fargoal 2 — all new from the ground up.

With your help, here’s what Sword of Fargoal 2 will be:

  • Mac/PC/Linux plus iOS versions: Sword of Fargoal 2 in all its glory on multiple platforms.
  • Everything rebuilt from the ground up!
  • Over 100 procedural dungeon levels: Different challenges and rewards every time you play.
  • New character types: Fighter, Ranger, Thief, Magic User, plus male and female versions of both.
  • New combat and ranged weapons, armor, magic, and effects.
  • More goodies: Potions, wands, rods, spells, rings, amulets, traps, treasures, and poisons.
  • Everything new about monsters throughout the dungeon: All new intelligent monster behavior, new monster types, and graphics.
  • New quests and side-explorations: You can explore in brand new ways throughout all-new dungeon levels and types.
  • New interactive dungeon environments: You’ll be able to pick locks, break containers, unlock items, burn items, create chain reaction explosions, ‘tinker’ to make your own traps, and change your environment in other cool ways.
  • New unlockable “Ruins of Fargoal” mode: If you manage to free the Sword and win the game, you will be able to return to the dungeon and see how it has changed. Hint: it will be even more dangerous and unstable, with new riches to be found.
  • New “Action Cards”: Cut scene cards to show you when you’ve achieved different elements of the game. You will have the ability to save, export, and re-watch you adventure like a slide show with music.
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Sword Of Fargoal 2

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Shadowrun Video Q&A Released
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Harebrained Schemes has released a new video featuring footage from a recent Q&A at PAX Prime. The Q&A covered topics related to the upcoming Shadowrun Returns RPG, including recently released concept art, and the possibility of user generated content. The role playing game will return players to the Shadowrun universe which features a mixture of cyberpunk tech and high fantasy magic.

According to the Mayan Calendar (and lots of tabloids), the world will end on December 21, 2012. It’s part a 5,200 year cycle of death and rebirth that, in Shadowrun, actually charts the ebb and flow of magic from the Earth. So, on 12/21/12 magic will return, end this world, and wreak holy havoc while starting the next. Aboriginal cultures, who maintained their mystical traditions, are the first to feel the return of magic and use their newfound power to reshape the political, financial, and physical world around them. As the magic increases, Elf and Dwarf babies are born to very surprised parents who carry the right combination of long-dormant genes. But all of these events pale in comparison to the horror of "goblinization", which painfully reshapes the teenage bodies of those unlucky enough to carry dominant Ork or Troll genes. And then the first Great Dragon rises from its 5,200 yearlong hibernation and circles over Tokyo, signaling that the world has truly AWAKENED.

Fast forward two generations, to a world transformed not only by the growth of magic but by the acceleration of cyber technology—a continual effort to improve upon the gifts that nature gave humanity; by the inevitable maturation of the World Wide Web into the Matrix—a network directly accessible by the human brain; and by the near elimination of governments as they are replaced megacorporations—monolithic entities who see only customers, not citizens.

And moving through the dark shadows cast by the gleaming towers of the corps, are Shadowrunners – disposable assets and corporate pawns scratching out a living using a combination of technology, magic, and street smarts. Shadowrunners live between the cracks and operate outside the law, doing the dirty work that corporate wage-slaves won’t soil their hands with and occasionally acting as the only protection the citizenry can turn to.

Welcome to the world of Shadowrun, where man meets magic and machine.

View the new video at the link below.

Shadowrun Returns Video Q&A
Shadowrun Returns

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The Music Of Pandaria
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled some of the music from the upcoming fourth expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria. Titled Watchers on the Wall, the musical track is one of several players will hear while exploring the expansion's new areas. Features of Mists of Pandaria include the introduction of the Pandaren as a playable race, the new martial arts focused Monk class, a level cap increase to 90, and a range of new content to explore.

Composed by Sam Cardon, "Watchers on the Wall" is the third part in a series of tracks that you'll hear while adventuring through Pandaria. Wherever the Shado-Pan Clan are protecting their homeland against the physical manifestations of negative emotions known as the sha, or the swarms of destructive, insect-like mantid, the tension of the taiko drum cadence can be heard building toward majestic, sweeping wind melodies. This music is primarily found in Kun-lai Summit and Townlong Steppes on the continent of Pandaria.
Listen to the new music at the link below.

Youtube: Watchers on the Wall
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World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria

Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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FTL: Faster Than Light Now Available6:00 AM
Mac Version A Possibility For Obsidian's Project Eternity 6:00 AM
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