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It's #E3 soon, so here's a reminder that you don't have to use Steam and its DRM-locked services.

There are DRM-free game stores which let you actually own games you buy without locking you to any app or device:
https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-steam/

#DRMfree #Alternatives #Gaming #PCGaming
 
The #E3 game expo starts today, so with gaming in mind you might want to follow these accounts:

@gamingonlinux Gaming On Linux: News about the latest games for Linux

@GIbiz Games Industry: The web's largest site about the companies behind games

@itchio Itch.io: DRM-free indie games store

@Minetest Minetest: Free open alternative to Minecraft, includes offline and online gameplay

@rpginabox RPG in a Box: Editor for creating your own 3d RPGs

#E32019 #Games #Gaming #Alternatives
 
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It's #E3 soon, so here's a reminder that you don't have to use Steam and its DRM-locked services.

There are DRM-free game stores which let you actually own games you buy without locking you to any app or device:
https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-steam/

#DRMfree #Alternatives #Gaming #PCGaming
 
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#SuperTuxKart is a free open alternative to Super Mario Kart where you play as mascots from libre software projets. The latest version includes online multiplayer :)


It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android:
https://supertuxkart.net

#SuperTuxKart #SuperMarioKart #FLOSS #FOSS #Gaming
 
In honor of the latest finger pointing hate brigade over on Twitter, or as I call it the "Creators who give away content are part of the problem and evil", I have made a decision. All four of my pdfs that I wrote that are up on DrivethruRPG I have set to Pay What You Want. So now I can be evil and part of the problem as well. #ttrpg #roleplaying #gaming
 
In honor of the latest finger pointing hate brigade over on Twitter, or as I call it the "Creators who give away content are part of the problem and evil", I have made a decision. All four of my pdfs that I wrote that are up on DrivethruRPG I have set to Pay What You Want. So now I can be evil and part of the problem as well. #ttrpg #roleplaying #gaming
 
In honor of the latest finger pointing hate brigade over on Twitter, or as I call it the "Creators who give away content are part of the problem and evil", I have made a decision. All four of my pdfs that I wrote that are up on DrivethruRPG I have set to Pay What You Want. So now I can be evil and part of the problem as well. #ttrpg #roleplaying #gaming
 
This weekend was a blur. With the release of the Metahumans Rising PDF, and our trip to Atlanta for Momocon, we are still recovering. We have a full write up of con shenanigans including some completely impromptu games and a look at how the game floor is evolving.

http://housedok.com/house-dok-goes-to-momocon/

#RPG #Gaming #Momocon #TTRPG
House Dok Goes to Momocon
 

Playdate – A New Handheld Gaming System


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19986106
Posted by dombili (karma: 1456)
Post stats: Points: 141 - Comments: 45 - 2019-05-22T22:11:56Z

\#HackerNews #gaming #handheld #new #playdate #system
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Sony and Microsoft set rivalry aside for cloud gaming alliance


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19930955
Posted by jmsflknr (karma: 2753)
Post stats: Points: 115 - Comments: 76 - 2019-05-16T17:27:49Z

\#HackerNews #alliance #and #aside #cloud #for #gaming #microsoft #rivalry #set #sony
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Gameboy.live: A basic Gameboy emulator with terminal “cloud gaming” support


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19894233
Posted by gslin (karma: 60)
Post stats: Points: 136 - Comments: 49 - 2019-05-12T20:09:49Z

\#HackerNews #basic #cloud #emulator #gameboy #gameboylive #gaming #support #terminal #with
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1879 Inspirations 3: Where does this game come from anyway?

Books and documentaries that contributed to the 1879 product line. You want to know where the ideas for FASA's steampunk game come from? Here's some of the sources.
#steampunk #ttrpg #victorian #games #gaming #rpg #althistory #history
https://fasagames.com/1879/1879-inspirations-3/
 
I put out posts for specific blogs for folks to be aware that they exist but I'm not an OSR person myself, but am a TTRPG player when I can and like to stay up on things.

Recommended to try looking for folks using a variety of links in posts:

#Gamers #TTRPG #TTRPGs #Gaming #RPGs #RPG and #Roleplaying #TabletopRPGs
 
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#SuperTuxKart is a free open game similar to Mario Kart, featuring open source mascots as the main characters.


The latest version (1.0) was released a couple of days ago, and introduces online multiplayer 🌐 There’s also a story mode, single player, local multiplayer, various game types and lots of mods.

It’s available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android:

https://supertuxkart.net


Chris Were did a detailed video about it a while ago, which includes gameplay footage:
https://share.tube/videos/watch/fd83f148-ebf2-4573-9973-53f594cd606d

#Gaming #Games #TuxKart #MarioKart #OpenSourceGaming #FLOSS
 
Steam is really useful and popular, but it's not healthy in the long term for a company to be controlling so many people's game collections through DRM. If Steam disappears, it's possible that most PC gamers will lose their libraries overnight.

There are DRM-free alternatives out there which let you actually own your games forever:

https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-steam/

#Steam #Games #Gaming #DRM #DRMfree
 

KS Preview Video for upcoming TFM expansion

The new Terraforming Mars expansion, Turmoil, will hit KS on April 16th. Check out this preview video:


I am, as many of you have probably figured out by now, a huuuuge TFM fan. And, thankfully, so is my wife. So this is pretty much an auto-back for us. Especially given the announcement that the guys start talking about at 2:40.

!Board Games Forum #gaming #terraforming-mars #board-games #kickstarter
Pittsburgh, PA 
Well, I'm #newhere, another G+ refugee checking out this platform. It looks promising; hopefully it can become a robust system and as great a community as I had at G+.

Below is an alphabet soup of hashtags with some of my more frequently visited interest areas. Historically I haven't used hashtags in much of anything I've written online, so I don't know that I'm gonna start doing that here all of a sudden, either. In any case this place looks like it emulates G+ circles (with the aspects thing), and afaic that's an adequate way to track and find my interest groups and like-minded peeps. Guess we'll see how it all works out!

By the way almost all my posts are public unless I'm asking a very specific question to a particular group of people (like asking fellow novelists something about writing craft or marketing). So what you see here is pretty much what you get.

(Btw my profile pic is way overdue to be changed but I'm starting out with it here for the sake of visual recognition for G+ friends.)

My main current interest areas: #3dprinting, #artificialintelligence, #china, #currentevents, #fantasy, #futurism, #gaming, #german, #germany, #history, #miniatures, #petmice, #rpgs, #science, #sciencefiction, #technology, #wargames, #worldbuilding, and #writing.
 
I'm here and have regularly communicated with most of you. I've also done a lot of my "Connecting Up The Gamers" posts and asked folks to respond so that everyone else would see they were here to add them... I know I took a few days off for being sick but I have been posting regularly including lots of things from my #Gaming, #History and related aspects.

If I put up my gamer list it would be spamming... there's 200+ of you at this point, not just here but all over the Diaspora.

I can lead folks to each other and info but you have to talk (Like all of the above) to each other. Set up aspects, they work like circles, and include all the gamers you are sharing with for best results. Even if all you use as a #Gamers tag it will help.
 

Interesting view on the use of the word 'Community' (geared towards gaming)

I've always been hesitant to call myself a member of any community, if only because invariably, there are members of that community that share views that are different than my own, and calling myself a member paints me with that same brush. There are many views- both good and bad- wrapped up in any conglomeration of people. And when you get to online identities, you have to deal with the fact that you might not be looking at someone's true face.

I play Video and Computer Games but am not a member of that community. I play RPGs and Board Games but am not a member of that community. I'm into Mechanical Keyboards but am not a member of that community. And so on, and so on. Dealing with people on an individual level has always been my go to. Not to make assumptions for the good nor the bad.

This blog post summarizes a lot of thoughts that I'd had more eloquently than I could ever have written them.

#Gaming #TTRPGs #VideoGames #MechanicalKeyboards #Community

On the Uses and Abuses of 'Community'
For a long time, even before the "Zaklash", I was thinking about writing a post about the so-called "OSR Community" and my suspicions about that way of thinking about online groupings. But somebody has pre-empted me and so it seems like a good time to marshal my half-formed thoughts on the matter.

"Community" is a much-abused term in the English language. There are two nefarious ways in which it is used, both of them related.

The first is when somebody uses the word to speak about large groups of people in an abstract, monolithic way which does not remotely reflect the variety of viewpoints within them: thus you will hear people talking about "the Polish community", "communities in North Yorkshire", "the black community", the "trans community", "working-class communities", and so on and what those "communities" are purported to think. (The black community thinks [X], communities in North Yorkshire are opposed to [Y], working-class communities are worried about [Z], and so on: well, okay, which black people, which people in North Yorkshire, which working-class people, and are they all of the same mind?)

The second is when it is used by somebody who is setting him- or herself up as being an authoritative voice for speaking on behalf of a group that he or she belongs to - usually on the basis of nothing other than a trumped-up ego. Thus you will encounter people in the public sphere who like to say that they speak on behalf of the Polish community, the trans community, working-class communities, or whatever, without any sort of legitimate justification for doing so.

You saw both of the abuses of that poor benighted word during the "Zaklash" thing, I am sure. I don't think there's much to be gained from naming names, but if you were following the blogs, reddit and G+ during that time you will I am sure have noticed that the air was thick with hot air about what "our community thinks" (as though an amorphous grouping of tens of thousands of people can "think" any one thing) and also will have observed a large number of people coming out of the woodwork to set themselves up as community spokespeople ("Here I am to tell everybody what we all think").

This is all completely awful and stupid. Let's think about "community" seriously.

Where I live, there is a community. I know my neighbours in the eight or so houses that are within shouting distance. We're not great mates or anything, but we say "hello" to each other, take each other's bins out each Tuesday morning to be collected, and watch out for each other. Ian, an old gent who lives opposite, occasionally pops over to warn us that he's heard about a burglary in the next street over or whatever. Now and again we'll chat about politics - he used to be a local councilor. Another neighbour is a guitarist and sometimes we'll swap CDs (yes, some people still do this!). There's a frail old widow who we all keep an eye on and help with gardening and the like. It's nice: there is what I would call an appropriate, common-sense level of interaction - we know each other, we interact where it would be helpful, but none of use gives a fuck if we happen to share different views and nobody pries. What's even better is that we're all pretty different. There are old people, young families, and middle-aged unmarried couples, all with our varying perspectives on life, and that makes it actually interesting to chat to them. Life is more richly textured having them around.

What are the characteristics of this community? First, we're grouped together by accident. Nobody chose his or her neighbours. We're neighbours because we happen to live near each other. Second, we "commune" in the sense that we help one another when it is needed and are available to each other for those purposes. Third, we do not universally "think" anything or much care what each other thinks, certainly not when it comes to politics. And fourth, we didn't come together for a purpose - we are I suppose what Michael Oakeshott would have called a "civil association", meaning that we share a sense of loyalty to each other and to certain (unwritten) rules of conduct - like not spying on each other and not insulting each other and making sure to say "hello" - but have no specific goal or objective other than rubbing along.

One good thing about real communities like this is that we all actually know who each other is and can interact physically. What this means is that if somebody from outside (a local politician or policeman or whatever) did actually want to find out what we "think", we could get together and ask each other and come up with a consensus view. We're not reliant on bogus spokespersons claiming to know what we think and putting words in our mouths.

Another good thing about real communities like this is that you don't get anonymous outsiders coming and going and claiming to be part of "the community" one second before disappearing, or claiming to be part of "the community" and then trashing its social norms. The community is what it is. You can only join it or leave it with difficulty and with an act of serious commitment.

The other good thing about real communities like this is that you can engage in corrective behaviour to a certain extent. Got a noisy neighbour? You can have a chat with the neighbour on the other side, go and see the offender, and ask him to get back in line. If he does, no hard feelings. If he doesn't, he gets shunned until he does. You don't want to idealise this, of course. If a gang of crack dealers moved into a house nearby and started running all-night parties, an external force like the police would have to get involved. Similarly, one spouse might be physically abusing the other behind closed doors, unbeknownst to the rest of us. But to a significant extent the community is self-managing in a humane and forgiving way; somebody does something to push the tolerance of the rest of the group, and they get politely, gently brought back into compliance with the social norms.

Online "communities" lack most of these features and shouldn't be mistaken for the real thing. In particular, they shouldn't be seen as a substitute for being part of a real-world physical community - the kind of thing that makes your life richer through exposure to people from different age groups, backgrounds and walks of life, and which gives you a sense of having something useful to contribute (even if it's just taking the old widow's dog for a walk).

Even more importantly, they shouldn't be seen as having the consensual characteristics of the relatively small, physical, closed community that exists in a street or village square or whatever. No one person or even group of people can speak for an online community because nobody knows who is in that "community" or what they all think, and there is no way to accurately find out. I can ask my neighbours what they think and represent the diversity of their views to an outsider if required to do so. I cannot do the same for readers of this blog and I most certainly cannot do so for the so-called "community" surrounding the OSR. And if I ever do appear to be trying to do this, you are well within my rights to tell me to go fuck myself, because nobody appointed me to do it.
http://monstersandmanuals.blogspot.com/2019/03/on-uses-and-abuses-of-community.html
 

Google unveils Stadia cloud gaming service


Stadia is here.
Article word count: 994

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19432957
Posted by valgaze (karma: 1706)
Post stats: Points: 274 - Comments: 302 - 2019-03-19T17:15:34Z

\#HackerNews #cloud #gaming #google #service #stadia #unveils
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Google is launching its Stadia cloud gaming service at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who says he plays FIFA 19 “quite a bit,” introduced the Stadia service during a special keynote at GDC this morning. Describing it as a platform for everyone, Pichai talked up Google’s ambitions to stream games to all types of devices. Stadia will stream games from the cloud to the Chrome browser, Chromecast, and Pixel devices, and it will launch at some point in 2019 in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe.

Phil Harrison, a former Sony and Microsoft executive, joined Pichai onstage to fully unveil Stadia in [1]his role at Google. Harrison says Google will amplify this game streaming service by using YouTube and the many creators that already create game clips on the service. Google previously tested this service as [2]Project Stream in recent months, allowing Chrome users to stream games in their browser. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the first and only game to be tested publicly using Google’s service, and the public tests finished in January.

Of course, Google won’t limit Stadia to just one game. Google demonstrated a new feature in YouTube that lets you view a game clip from a creator and then hit “play now” to instantly stream the title. “Stadia offers instant access to play,” says Harrison, without the need to download or install any games. At launch, games will be streamable across laptops, desktops, TVs, tablets, and phones.

"Google will leverage YouTube for Stadia"

Google demonstrated moving gameplay seamlessly from a phone to a tablet and then to a TV, all using Google-powered devices. While existing USB controllers will work on a laptop or PC, Google is also launching a new Stadia Controller that will power the game streaming service. It looks like a cross between an Xbox and PS4 controller, and it will work with the Stadia service by connecting directly through Wi-Fi to link it to a game session in the cloud. This will presumably help with latency and moving a game from one device to another. You can also use a button to capture and share clips straight to YouTube, or use another button to access the Google Assistant.

To power all of this cloud streaming, Google is leveraging its global infrastructure of data centers to ensure servers are as close to players around the world as possible. That’s a key part of Stadia, as lower latency is a necessity to stream games effectively across the internet. Google will support up to 4K at 60 fps at launch, and it’s planning to support up to 8K resolutions and 120 fps in the future.

"Stadia has more teraflops of power than an Xbox One X"

Google is partnering with AMD to build a custom GPU for its datacenters. It’s a chip that Google claims will deliver 10.7 teraflops of power, which is more than the 4.2 teraflops of the PS4 Pro and the 6 teraflops of power on the Xbox One X. Each Stadia instance will also be powered by a custom 2.7GHz x86 processor with 16GB of RAM.

One of the first games to launch on Google’s Stadia service will be Doom Eternal, which will support 4K resolution, HDR, and 60 fps game play. Doom Eternal doesn’t have a firm launch date just yet, but it will also be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Stadia will also embrace full cross-platform play, so developers can enable cross-platform multiplayer and game saves and progression.

Focusing on developers, Google also unveiled an impressive way for game developers to apply their own design style to titles on Stadia. It’s a machine learning-based style transfer tool that developers can use to simply drop an image into the video frames of games and have it mimic the style throughout. Google is also using something called State Share to let players easily share moments, so you can even share an exact link to a part of a game, changing the way games are typically shared. Q-Games founder Dylan Cuthbert is even building an entire game all around this new State Share feature.

YouTube is a giant part of Stadia, and Google appears to be relying on it to push gamers to its cloud service. More than 50 billion hours of gaming content was watched on YouTube during 2018, so Google is letting Stadia users highlight, capture, and share straight to YouTube or even let viewers play alongside creators. A Crowd Play feature of Stadia is designed to facilitate this, and it includes a lobby system to let you match up with YouTube content creators.

"Google launches its own game dev studio"

Google is even creating its own game studio for Stadia-exclusive titles, Stadia Games and Entertainment. Jade Raymond, who recently joined Google as a VP is leading Google’s push for its own games. Raymond is an industry veteran who has previously worked at Sony, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft. Google says more than 100 studios already have dev kits for Stadia, and more than 1,000 creatives and engineers are already working on titles that will work on the service.

While Google unveiled Stadia today, it had no details on exactly when the service will be available other than 2019. Google didn’t reveal pricing or even how many games the service will have at launch, but is promising more details in the summer.

Google will naturally face competition from a number of rivals that you’d typically associate with games and gaming services. Microsoft is planning its own [3]xCloud game streaming service, which it [4]demonstrated recently, with public trials set to start later this year. [5]Amazon also appears to be readying a similar service, and both Nvidia and Sony are already streaming games over the internet. Even Valve is [6]expanding its Steam Link game-streaming feature to allow you to stream your Steam games from a PC to anywhere through the Steam Link hardware or the Steam Link app.

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1. https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/22/16921214/phil-harrison-google-games
2. https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/8/17950998/google-project-stream-gaming-assasins-creed-odyssey-first-impression
3. https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/8/17950878/microsoft-xcloud-game-streaming-xbox-games-features
4. https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/13/18263405/microsoft-xcloud-game-streaming-demo-video
5. https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/10/18177253/amazon-cloud-gaming-service-rumor-job-posting
6. https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/14/18265818/valve-steam-link-anywhere-personal-cloud-service-gaming-pc-gdc-2019

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Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m checking this out to see if it's a good replacement for Google+. I'm interested in #boardgames, #games, #gaming, #rpg, #rpggames, and #rpgs. Any other relevant tags I should like? There already are a few that should be merged, it seems.
 

Looks Like Google Is Getting More Anti-Social Networking


Now is the time to get your online gaming groups over to Discord or other available platforms before the rush. The other piece of Google's Social Networking Systems is the next to go after Googleplus shuts down.

Google Hangouts Likely Shutting Down 2020

#google #news #technology #hangouts #googlehangouts #onlinegaming #gaming #gamers #gamer
#rpgs #socialnetworking
 

This is a game, and you’re invited to play!


I, the Magnificent Duke Arbold, am wandering the world with you, my guides and scouts and burden-bearers. And also Podrick. I have in my possession this sketch of a map, which we shall flesh out as we travel; I hear tell that this is a land of endless war, terrible sorcery, and grim oppression. We will proceed by question and answer. I, naturally, shall ask you questions. And you, my good servants, shall inform me of what lies about me, by answering my questions.

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The Rules

  • I rarely risk my precious self on my travels; I rely on you. When I ask a question, please answer it. Usually, but not always, I’ll say anyone can answer.
  • I consider speed the essence of truth. If there are multiple answers, the first will be taken as true; others will only be accepted if they work well with the first one received.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, you may answer me with rumors, things you have heard but cannot confirm, and so on. Where appropriate, tell me especially of the endless war, terrible sorcery, and grim oppression I mentioned before, and of like matters.
  • Some answers, of course, will be impossible to countenance. If your answer is disruptive, I’m allowed to ignore it.
  • When I ask “What was that, Podrick?” or a similar question, anyone may answer as Podrick. Podrick is my most loyal and infuriating scribe, and she always replies with an observation about something I’ve overlooked in the setting or the situation. This observation will, without fail, demonstrate how I’ve misunderstood what’s going on (or how I’ve been grandstanding to boost my self-image, or will otherwise put me in a bad light). Podrick has no fear and neither should you when you speak as her.
  • At times, I will tell Podrick to rewrite her account with what I have decided must become the truth. You are all ordered to forget what your eyes saw and only ever repeat what I have had Podrick record. Naturally, you are also ordered never to question my integrity in such matters.
  • If you wish to subscribe the thread, please use the phrase, “At your service, your Magnificence!”, or otherwise report for duty in some quick but respectful fashion.
  • I’ll make the first comment.

Tagging in: @Mischa Krilov, @Eric Nieudan, @Josh McGraw, @Mark Krawec, @Jonas Richter, @[email protected]
Hashtagging for visibility: #Gaming #RPG #PlayByPost #Gazetteer #Writing-Prompts
 
These are some good questions for coming up with a campaign, for for general World Building if you're trying to write a story. Definitely saving this for future #GamingReference. #rpg #worldbuilding #gaming
 
These are some good questions for coming up with a campaign, for for general World Building if you're trying to write a story. Definitely saving this for future #GamingReference. #rpg #worldbuilding #gaming
 
:flan_wave: Welcome to my #introduction

I'm a pretty "run of the mill" geek. I'm an operations engineer by trade and don't talk much about work here unless i'm having one of those days. But work and my hobbies intersect often 😂

You'll find me posting about:
- #crypto
- #privacy
- #devops / #docker / #kubernetes
- #infosec
- #opsec
- #books
- #cyberpunk
- #gaming
- #DND
- #selfhosting
- #linux / #bsd

I'm notorious for leaving follow requests on hold. good things come to those who wait. 😉
 
#gaming #dailyprompt #pileofshame

What's the next game you want to get off of your Pile of Shame?

(Sorry this is so late today, I've been in training all day at work.)
 
So I'm thinking until we get this community a little more up and running, I may just figure out one of these for each weekday and cycle them. If you have suggestions for topics, you can message them to this account.

("I," for those who don't know, am @Trevor Schadt, the creator of the community. Welcome all!)

So, today's prompt:
What upcoming game are you most looking forward to and/or What is the next game you're planning to acquire?

#gaming #dailyprompt #discussion #boardgames
 

New Forum

#forums #gaming #boardgames #cardgames

In an attempt to stem the tide of #gplusrefugees flocking over to MeWe or some other siloed site because "OMG there are communities!!" I figured let's start building up the forum presence here in an attempt to drive some traffic this way.

Thus: I have created a Board Games Forum for discussion of all things Board and Card Games. Join now!

@Board Games Forum
Pittsburgh, PA 
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