The Iron Oath crowdfunding effort by Curious Panda looks visually pixel-cool: “A gritty turn-based RPG with a focus on tactics and the management of your guild within a dynamic world.” I saw some of their images on Twitter and ended up checking them out, and just got word their campaign has started.
Sunless Skies from Failbetter Games, which I backed in crowdfunding, sequel to Sunless Sea, which I backed in crowdfunding, inspired by Fallen London, which I’ve played, which followed when The Night Circus ended, which I also played, is coming to early access at Steam and GOG on August 30th.
LONDON HAS TAKEN TO THE STARS! As the captain of a spacefaring locomotive you’ll behold wonders and battle cosmic abominations in the furthest heavens. Stake your claim. Fight to survive. Speak to storms. Murder a sun. Face judgement.
Sunless Skies tells the story of one possible future of the Fallen London Universe. Ten years have passed since Sunless Sea, and Queen Victoria has led an exodus from London to the heavens. There, a revitalised British Empire – ambitious and authoritarian – begins to expand across the skies.
Crowdfunding for Dawn of the Archmage by Dave Killingsworth and SolarFlare Games has started. They created Nightmare Forest: Dead Run and stand-alone sequel Nightmare Forest: Alien Invasion, among others, you may have heard me mention.
Summon Your Power!
Dawn of the Archmage is small unit (miniatures) skirmish game for 2 to 4 players. Each mage will represent a school of magic, summoning powerful monsters to the battlefield. Pitting their fearsome creatures in gladiatorial battle, one mage will reign victorious, ascending to the title of Archmage.
Do you have the strength and strategy to defeat your enemies? Will you become the Archmage?
All Walls Must Fall from inbetweengames, which I backed in crowdfunding, will be in Early Access via itch.io and Steam on Aug 8th.
All Walls Must Fall is a Tech-Noir Tactics game set in Berlin 2089, where the Cold War never ended.
Chad Lewis of Lewtoons posted asking for applications from players who want to start up a new D&D weekly live streaming show, planned to begin in August.
How damned cool would that be, right? Of course, I totally already replied that I’d love to join the campaign!
Extracurricular Activities, a short set in The Machineries of Empire series, by Yoon Ha Lee is a breezily written, as I understand, prequel that tells a bit of backstory about an interesting main character from the other novels in a richly developed future. The language is simple and not at all complex, so this short is an even quicker than expected finish. But, on the whole, the universe in which the story takes place has a beautiful complexity of culture and conception that proves ultimately this is worth more than the sliver of time it took to read.
The cultures of this fiction appear to be based on many social and aesthetic norms within various Asian nations, so if I were more versed in the history and those cultures then I may have recognized more analogy to the real world than I did just well-done fiction. It occurred to me while reading this that my personal immersion in Western and American culture, although I’d certainly claim to be at least cosmopolitan, helped to create a sense of otherness and alienness to the particulars of the story which I might not have felt otherwise. I wondered about the reverse of that experience for readers of sci fi from the East with so much of the science fiction futures that I’ve read have been my Western and American authors. Kinda obvious now that I’ve thought it, but I’m not sure I’d pondered that so specifically before, as I had while reading this. It occurred to me perhaps the world-building might not seem quite as inventive and novel for a reader within those cultures that seem represented in allegory.
It’s short, quick, cheap, and interesting. Plus, after reading this short, I’m certainly more interested than I was to read the full novels in the series. So, well done, author! Well done.
I made 2 highlights.
Originally posted on my personal blog at Extracurricular Activities
Iron Tides by Crash Wave Games, which I supported in crowdfunding, and had a successful Greenlight, is out on Steam in Early Access and currently 15% off.
This “rogue-like Viking simulator” is an adventure at sea with epic tactical battles and dungeon-crawler elements. Conscript your warriors and prepare for a new raiding season!
Community Inc by T4 Interactive, from tinyBuild, is launching on Steam on Aug 3rd.
As a new Manager, build a happy community and trade with other races… for profit. Yes, that’s right, we need their happiness so we can power up our portals. The Lings, your workers, will obey you and help you with your village. But beware, they can cause a lot of problems too. If this is not enough, there are other creatures that will try to do the same, they can trade, fight or help you. Oh, don’t forget about the weather and some unexpected events.
The Darkside Detective has been released 23% off for launch week on Steam, Humble Store, and GOG.
Got a heads up from Harmon Cooper‘s email list that there’s a giant giveaway of signed physical LitRPG books, including several from his own Feedback Loop series. Check out The most Legendary LitRPG Giveaway of all time. Seriously.