Valheim is INCREDIBLE – Indie Spotlight #10

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Valheim is an incredible, massive, convenient survival game that manages to improve upon concepts that I honestly didn’t even know could be improved. The game is an indie title in a procedurally generated mythological Viking world that will hold thousands of hours of enjoyment for millions of players.

This is a story of success that cannot be ignored.

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Check Luke Smith on Odysee (@Luke).

If you want to start your own Fediverse server:
Get a Domain name: https://www.epik.com/?affid=we2ro7sa6
Get a VPS to host it on: https://www.vultr.com/?ref=8384069-6G

Pleroma (Twitter equivalent) Instances:
List (slow-loading): https://the-federation.info/pleroma
https://blob.cat
https://neckbeard.xyz
https://kawen.space
https://shitposter.club
https://pleroma.soykaf.com
https://kiwifarms.cc
https://stereophonic.space
many, many more

Pleroma Site:
https://pleroma.social/
Install Pleroma on a server:
https://docs-develop.pleroma.social/backend/installation/otp_en/

PeerTube instances:
https://instances.joinpeertube.org/instances
PeerTube site:
https://joinpeertube.org/
Install PeerTube on your own server:
https://docs.joinpeertube.org/install-unofficial

Pixelfed (Instagram/Snapchat equivalent):
https://pixelfed.org/
Instances: https://beta.joinpixelfed.org/
Or install your own: https://docs.pixelfed.org/running-pixelfed/

WriteFreely (Blog software):
https://writefreely.org/

Friendica (Facebook equivalent):
http://friendi.ca/
Instances:
https://dir.friendica.social/servers

Mastodon (also Twitter-like):
https://joinmastodon.org/
Install: https://docs.joinmastodon.org/user/run-your-own/
Instances: https://zipp.live/u/instances (edited to use short URL)

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PRIM looks like an incredible gothic burtonesque adventure with a demo coming soon

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Common Colors are currently creating PRIM, a point and click adventure with traditional frame-by-frame animation and a dark gothic style that’s inspired by Tim Burton.

“Strange things are happening in the Land of the Dead. Instead of reaping souls, Thanatos, the Angel of Death, has to deal with his teenage daughter Prim. Every night, Prim has the same dream: An oddly familiar human boy cries out for her help. Needless to say that our heroine tries to answer the call. There’s just one tiny problem: The Grim Reaper has strictly forbidden her to enter the Land of the Living – she’s not ready for the immense power she‘d develop there, he claims. When Prim finds a way to trick her dad and travel to Earth, it turns out that Thanatos‘s presentiments have been right all along…”

It will be getting a Kickstarter campaign at some point but the developer is doing more of a push before that happens. They’ve announced a demo is going to be launching February 2 with support for Linux, macOS and Windows (and the same for the full release).

Read full article at GamingOnLinux

Dead Cells’ Fatal Falls DLC Launches This Month

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Dead Cells was one of 2018’s best games (and our favorite roguelike), and it has a big DLC arriving in just a couple of weeks. Fatal Falls launches January 26 for consoles and PC, and injects the already stellar experience with deadly new enemies, additional biomes, and, of course, a fresh arsenal of weaponry.

Two mid-game biomes, The Fractured Shrines and The Undying Shores, are parallels to the Stilt Village, Clock Tower, and Time Keeper zones and serve as alternate paths for those areas. That gives players additional routes to help freshen up the middle section of runs.

Players will combat new enemies like the Myopic Crow and Clumsy Swordsman as well as big bad The Scarecrow (who fans may recognize as a certain gardener). To slay these threats, you’ll need one or all of the seven new weapons: Lightning Rod, Ferryman’s Lantern, Scarecrow Sickles, Iron Staff, Snake Fangs, Serenade, and Cocoon. New power skills come in the form of a flying sword that relentlessly slashes foes as well as scythes that follow players and are attracted to enemies. Players also have 10 new outfits to help them dress for the occasion.

Alongside Fatal Falls’ launch is a new bundle, Dead Cells: The Fatal Seed Bundle. It includes the base game, the 20 free updates, and both paid DLC’s. Switch players can pre-order it now and get 33% off. The same discount will apply to other versions of the bundle when Fatal Falls launches on the 26th. That includes 50% off the base game (a nice intro price for newcomers) and 30% off The Bad Seed standalone DLC. These discounts begin January 26 and run into mid-February.

For a full review of Dead Cells check out the full article at GameInformer.

The best games like Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress

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As Charles Caleb Colton said back in the days of the Commodore 64: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. But what must also be remembered is that without imitation we wouldn’t have innovation, and without innovation we wouldn’t have variety.

Dwarf Fortress, iconic for its deep, emergent gameplay and ASCII graphics, actually innovated on games like King of Dragon Pass. That older but just as classic text-based clan manager is near unrecognisable to our modern town-builders, but its influence is still felt. Dwarf Fortress has since gone on to inspire its own new generation of city-builders and narrative management games.

While the free version of Dwarf Fortress is great, it’s arcane UI and losing-is-fun design does turn off a lot of would be players. So the design was innovated and along came Rimworld. But now Rimworld has been around for years and it’s time to see what new innovations have come along since. Let us present to you our top picks of games that are like Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress for those who are wanting more, but are struggling to know where to look.

For a full listing of alternatives to these great games read the full article at PCGamesN.

Capcom now says 390,000 people’s information may be compromised in ransomware attack

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January 12, 2021 Capcom has issued an update on its November data breach.

Capcom confirmed in November that it was the subject of a ransomware attack, which compromised a wide array of the company’s private information. The breach occurred on November 2, and on November 4 Capcom issued a press release which said “at present there is no indication that any customer information was breached”. However, the company said later in November, that some player information was among the compromised data, and today has updated the total number of potentially compromised information affects around 400,000 people.

If you’re reading this English-language news article, however, you can breathe easier. Capcom says it has no evidence that North American Capcom store and esports website information has been even possibly compromised. That was previously the only customer information outside of Japan suspected to be at risk.

However, the company has now confirmed that 16,415 people, including business partners, current employees, former employees, and their family members, have had some sort of data compromised. That’s up from nine data breaches confirmed back in November.

Read full story at PCGamesN