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Alrik Fassbauer

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Why are you so negative about every damn thing? Along comes a game that doesn't focus on (or even have) combat, something you supposedly want more of, and your first instinct is to shit on it.

My mother comes from Bavaria. I have roots there.
I can almost say that I grew up there - what I at least can say is that I was there during a LOT of vacations - and spent quite some time with my grand-grandparents.

Well, in today's (southern) Germany interesting stuff was going on in the 16th century. Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation and also the German Peasants' War. So… why not Bavaria?

I don't think so. Just check the announcement trailer. It looks pretty decent.

Frankenstein comes to my mind. Takes place in Bavaria. As far as I know.

Circus Electrique a Steampunk Tactical RPG to release later this year on PC

Creative idea. I'll follow that, I'm curious now.
 
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I have roots there.

I assumed as much, but that doesn't explain the negative reaction.

For my part, I don't really know any cliches about Bavarians, and I definitely don't know any about 16th century Bavarians. I just think it sounds like an interesting and different setting for a narrative.

I don't have the aversion to war, violence, etc. in gaming that you do, but I share an interest in gaming activities that don't involve them, so I'm drawn to interesting attempts to make different sorts of games.
 
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Larian Studios next Panel from Hell is on July 7th - Twitter

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Larian Studios on the Steam Deck

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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader - Theodora Von Valancius: Of Power And Glory
It is a rare breed of human that dares to leave the confines of Imperial territory and brave the still-uncharted void of the galaxy. Unwavering courage, devious cunning, even outright recklessness – all of these traits and more help ensure the survival and prosperity of those who are granted a Warrant of Trade and vested with a mission to roam the unknown depths of the void in search of profit and plunder. They are Rogue Traders, unique individuals empowered by the Emperor’s authority to serve Humanity in the most unorthodox way possible – by crossing the boundaries of the Imperium and committing deeds otherwise considered heretical.
 
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For my part, I don't really know any cliches about Bavarians, and I definitely don't know any about 16th century Bavarians. I just think it sounds like an interesting and different setting for a narrative.

Oktoberfest, eating sausage and leather trousers called Lederhose :biggrin:

Oktoberfest started in the 17th century so that is out but I think there is a better than average chance of the other two being in the game, especially the pants since this is Josh we are talking about :)
 
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All well and good but this is a thread about RPG news. So stop going off-topic.:)
 
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Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin's 1st DLC on July 20th - Epic

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Redfall Official Welcome to Redfall Trailer

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Songs of Conquest Roadmap Revealed - Steam
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Knights of the Chalice 2 - Bug Fixes and Accelerated Gameplay - Kickstarter
Hello everyone! The latest version of KotC 2 is version 1.41. It can be downloaded here for both Windows and macOS. It can also be downloaded on Steam and GOG. In the past month, I've been focusing on bug fixing. I've also been replying to posts on the main forum, GOG forum and Steam forum.
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Check Out - Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms

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The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- short Trailer

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AMD FSR 2.0 now available in Dying Light 2 - Github
Basically, this mod replaces DLSS with FSR 2.0. By using this mod, PC gamers from all camps (Intel, AMD and NVIDIA) can select DLSS via the in-game settings and use AMD's latest upscaling technique.
 
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Oktoberfest, eating sausage and leather trousers called Lederhose :biggrin:

Oktoberfest started in the 17th century so that is out but I think there is a better than average chance of the other two being in the game, especially the pants since this is Josh we are talking about :)

I don't like Oktoberfest. And I've never been there, too.

My mother comes from the rural side of Bavaria. Where there are small towns and only villages. And more mountains. North of Munich.

There's a reason why Munich is called "the secret second capital of Germany", because it is very well developed in every aspect.

But I know the countryside, and it is different there, although the development of industry is something every Bavarian is proud of. But also of the nature side.

Maximilian I of Bavaria was a huge driver of the "30 Years' War". He was so stubborn that he did not want any peace, and he drove the war on and on.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_I,_Elector_of_Bavaria
Unfortunately, the English-language article is only that short and it doesn't actually show his whole role like the German-language article does.

This war created some kind of "national trauma", even even today, if people say this war's name, there is an undercurrent of fear within this word. It was even worse that just "worse", according to Wikipedia and other sources. The soldiers not just plundered everything, they completely destroyed so many small villages and emptied the land.

An example would be the "Sacl of Antwerp" , which is also called "The Spanish Fury" : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Fury

More here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Thirty_Years'_War

The social impact of the war must have been horrible : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years'_War#Social_and_cultural_impact

As a setting for a combat-heavy RPG, this war would be attractive, I guess.

In the next bigger town to the village where my mother was born, there are still underground caverns, of which people speculate that ghey might have held refugees and food during the wars as well.
They are currently explored and restorated, but in the past they were also definitively used for cooling food during the summer months.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erdstall
 
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Speaking of boxes, Couch, has there been any word yet on physical copy of Baldurs Gate 3?

Oh and great to hear KotC2 is up to 1.41 already! Can't wait to play this one.
 
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Speaking of boxes, Couch, has there been any word yet on physical copy of Baldurs Gate 3?
No info I can find. My guess is they are either waiting or it will just be a digital only release on PC. The eventual console editions will probably be physical though.
 
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Dunno about a regular physical copy, but it would be pretty weird if there isn't at least a physical collectors edition? D:OS2's CE (at least the one I got from KS) with the Fane statue was one of the most amazing collectors editions I've ever gotten. Gonna be very disappointing if there isn't one.
 
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Ubisoft Games Ending Online Services - Ubisoft

OK Ubisoft, you don't wanna support multiplayer modes and/or online features forever because of server costs, maintenance etc, I get you. But this shouldn't affect the DLCs your customers bought in good fatih (at leasd not the single-player DLCs, when you say "Additionally, the installation and access to downloadable content (DLC) will be unavailable").

One of the less consumer-friendly gaming enterprises around, perhaps they're even worse than EA.
 
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"After years of hype, speculation and waiting, finally the gaslighting has arrived. Starfield is coming out next year apparently, and so far it looks like No Mans Sky crossed with a woke walking simulator. I will let you be the judge. Just make sure to wait a few weeks after launch before buying it."

This is quite a paragraph. They don't know what gaslighting means (my guess is that someone made that accusation of them and they are mindlessly parroting it), they have someone decided that Starfield is "woke" without knowing jack shit about it, and they've proclaimed it a "walking simulator" (?) because you, uh, move around in it? I've rarely seen more effective advertising for a Youtube channel, assuming the goal is to ensure that I never watch it.
 
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Meh it's a slow news day and it's just a game. It's just a click bait video headline to get views and that's not a new concept. I've watched hundreds for amusement.
OK Ubisoft, you don't wanna support multiplayer modes and/or online features forever because of server costs, maintenance etc, I get you. But this shouldn't affect the DLCs your customers bought in good fatih (at leasd not the single-player DLCs, when you say "Additionally, the installation and access to downloadable content (DLC) will be unavailable").

One of the less consumer-friendly gaming enterprises around, perhaps they're even worse than EA.
I'd say both EA and Ubisoft are the same, As both are large publishers who want to maximize profits at any cost, and both shut down online service for older games.
 
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and they've proclaimed it a "walking simulator" (?) because you, uh, move around in it?
The rest of the stuff you cited does sound dumb, but in many RPG circles, "walking simulator" simply refers to the type of game where you spend most of your game time literally walking around in 1st/3rd person in some big/open world to get from place-to-place, and with nothing all that exciting happening very often. Maybe you don't like the phrase, but it's a decently safe bet that Starfield will be one - Bethesda doesn't really make anything else.
 
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