Demons by Daylight

Most of the narrative in the stories collected in Demons by Daylight by Ramsey Campbell occurs at night. Daylight, my ass. That’s about the level of quality here, with a few brief but truly good creepy spots that shine, in this rather mediocre repetitive-feeling collection not really worth the light needed to read the pages. I ended up finishing this out of spite, not because I cared at all for it. Publishers Weekly, with glowing blurb on the cover, was smoking crack in a gutter, if they saw any stars at all. Keep this in the dark where unpurchased things lurk, and don’t bother.

I made 11 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at Demons by Daylight

TUNIC

TUNIC is a spiffy looking new game in development by Finji.

TUNIC is an upcoming action-adventure game from solo developer Andrew Shouldice about a little fox in a big world where you do not belong. Coming to Windows, Mac, Linux, and consoles in 2018.

I’m a bohemian killing it with this rhapsody in Bohemian Killing

Trying out Bohemian Killing by The Moonwalls, from IQ Publishing. I was given a courtesy copy of this game to play.

Bohemian Killing by The Moonwalls.

Rigaroga is a technologist lost in the wilderness, having adventures in geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

The Odd Order is a place for Rigaroga, friends and acquaintances to gather online.

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Cultist Simulator

Cultist Simulator by Alexis Kennedy, will begin crowdfunding on Sept 1st.

Become a scholar of the unseen arts. Search your dreams for sanity-twisting rituals. Craft tools and summon spirits. Indoctrinate innocents. Seize your place as the herald of a new age.

Cultist Simulator is a narrative game that lets you play a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories. Perhaps you’re looking for knowledge, or power, or beauty, or revenge. Perhaps you just want the colours beneath the skin of the world.

What you find may transform you forever. Every choice you make, from moment to moment, doesn’t just advance the narrative – it also shapes it.

Vignettes

Check out this new trailer for Overland from Finji, which I backed in crowdfunding quite a while ago, but is still super cool.

Overland is a turn-based survival game with procedurally generated levels set in post-apocalyptic North America. Every random level is full of close calls and hard choices, even though the interface is approachable and easy to learn. Manage your squad, fuel supplies, medkits and weapons by making the right choices on the procedural roadmaps. A road trip straight into the heart of the cataclysmic event that changed the Earth forever.

The Grey Hill Fire Trial

This is a play session of The Grey Hill Fire, a solitaire Trial from Index Card RPG Core. I play Take, a Small Folk Shadow, in this short scenario of three challenges.

Index Card RPG Core Set from Runehammer Games

Rigaroga is a technologist lost in the wilderness, having adventures in geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

The Odd Order is a place for Rigaroga, friends and acquaintances to gather online.

If you’d like to pitch in, add a buck to the tip jar.

Or become an ongoing Patron, get gratis music downloads, and help me geek out!

Deep Sky Derelicts

Deep Sky Derelicts, in development by Snow Hound Games, looks cool. It’s listed on Steam, and is coming in 2018.

Deep Sky Derelicts is an original indie game about exploration of ancient spaceships full of startling encounters, incredible loot and danger awaiting behind every corner. The game will immerse you in a grim world of dystopian future where mankind has split into two distinct classes. Privileged citizens who live on beautiful planets and poor stateless who are forced to live off scraps on derelict stations and ships.

You will assume the role of an adept stateless scavenger. Your task is to find a fabled alien derelict somewhere within the Deep Sky sector in exchange for a citizenship and a cozy life on a natural planet. Will this daunting adventure lead to your doom or a long-awaited deliverance from the hardships of a stateless existence? It’s your call!

Deep Sky Derelicts represents an unique blend of turn-based strategy and RPG enriched with a remarkable tactical card combat and popular rogue-like elements. In essence, the game can be described as a mix of Darkest Dungeon and XCOM with a pinch of Hearthstone and FTL: Faster Than Light added on top. Drawn in a distinctive retro-futuristic comic book aesthetic, Deep Sky Derelicts will offer an exceptional gaming experience.

Heat Signature

Wow. I haven’t checked in on Heat Signature, in development by Tom Francis, for a while and there’s been insane progress. It’s looking crazy interesting and deeply complex now.

Fly around a procedurally generated galaxy in a tiny defenceless ship, cut your thrusters to cruise past heat sensors, dock with an enemy ship’s airlock, and sneak inside. Once you’re in, you creep through their corridors, ambushing guards, hiding bodies, stealing new weapons, blowing them up from the inside, or hijacking their turrets and even the whole ship.

The Philosophy of Kreia

The Philosophy of Kreia: A Critical Examination of Star Wars is a pretty darned epic examination of strengths and weaknesses in the philosophical and ideological story of the Force in Star Wars, and those dependent upon it, the Jedi and Sith. TL;DR – to bring real harmony to the Force: don’t be a tool of the Force, use the Force as a tool to become your best self.

The character Kreia from the game Knights of the Old Republic 2 is arguably one of the greatest female characters in gaming. However, despite her fame, much of her philosophy has been misunderstood due to the puzzling manner in which the game presents her backstory and motives. This video will serve both as an examination of Kreia’s philosophy, and her criticism of the Star Wars universe as a whole.

Chris Avellone famously said in an interview that Knights of the Old Republic 2 was meant to question everything there had to be questioned about Star Wars. This video will be answering all those questions.

This video has been five months in the making.

OGRE

OGRE by Steve Jackson Games comes to Steam, developed by Auroch Digital, on October 5th, 2017!

Ogre is a turn-based strategy game of mechanized warfare, requiring tactical decision-making and strategic thinking. It’s the official video game adaptation of the legendary tabletop wargame from Steve Jackson Games, developed by the award-winning Auroch Digital.

Set in the near future, hovercraft, tanks, infantry, and giant cybernetic tanks called Ogres take part in a seemingly endless world war. You take command and vie for supremacy upon the irradiated battlefields of The Last War.