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.

First Sample Zendo Pieces

Andy Looney posted some pictures of the First Sample Zendo Pieces for the upcoming new release and … they aren’t all pyramids! What is this black magic?!

We’ve just passed a major milestone in the production of our new edition of Zendo: the first samples of actual pieces have arrived from the factory, and they look terrific!

Here are a bunch of photos, showing the pieces in various different arrangements. For size reference, the pyramid is the same size as a 2-pip piece from Pyramid Arcade.

I’m so excited to have these pieces in hand. After years of pondering options and trying out 3-D printed prototypes, it’s kind of amazing to have actual finished pieces in hand. They look so good, and they’re so much fun to stack up and play with!

The other elements of the game (box design, cards, rulebooks, etc.) are all done, so with the approval of the pieces, Zendo is officially at the printer. Woo-Hoo!

Also, consider that new shapes mean, wait for it … new game design options for Looney Pyramids! I’ll have a fully functional Sleestak pylon control panel now, for sure!

The Iron Oath

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

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.

Dawn of the Archmage

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?

Iron Tides

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

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.