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Welcome to the StrafeRight Newsletter!

Are you all prepared for Trick or Treating next week, getting your home decked out for the Guisers?

In this release we catch up with the new threads in the gaming forum, including a morsel of cute. There's a new long term sR-er in the interview chair, and welcoming a new sR-er and game reviewer for King's Bounty - Warriors of the North. In the GameStore, you'll find a suitably Hallowe'en themed promotion for Alawar titles!

October Threads
Threads posted this month worth checking out include:
  • Steam - had an interesting month with their launch of non game software titles,
  • Primal Carnage Beta - Ever wanted to stomp around as a T-Rex, picking up people with your jaws, or trying the old Raptor pounce?
  • Neocron - GodemodeUK's favourite game ever has now become free to play,
  • Retro City Rampage - Basically a mashup of many fun old games, read what the community thought about it,
  • Modern Toyfare - A new game from Maelstrom116, see below for more info!
  • Pugabull ftw! Your cute input for the day

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It's All About You!
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All About You: CoffeeShark

An unconscious urge to self-volunteer brought CoffeeShark to the interview chair for October's All About You blog post.

Joining StrafeRight in 2004, CoffeeShark explains that he tagged along when Craig & co started the gaming offshoot from notebookforums.

This month has seen CoffeeShark spending most of his time on Torchlight II, but when faced with the choice of taking only one game to a desert island it was another game title in the frame - can you guess what it was?

If you're interested in answering the questions or volunteering someone for the interview chair, just send a pm to Ohmigosh.

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King's Bounty - Early Review!
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Hot off the Press thanks to new member Jake21, we've got an early review of the latest in the King's Bounty series.

Young Olaf, the son of the Northling King, battles to liberate the icy wastelands of the North, dwarven dungeons and Darion, the heart of the Endoria, from the reign of necromancy.

Jake21's a fan of the King's Bounty titles, being a release-day purchaser of the previous two titles and having played computer games "since before doom arrived on the scene".

To assist Jake in providing a review, he was supplied with an early preview copy (think demo), but what did Jake21 think of the game, the mechanics and how it compares against earlier titles? Read his full King's Bounty review in our blogs section.

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Modern Toyfare
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Back in May this year Maelstrom116 shared with us "The Day Ice Cream Stood Still", well he's back with a new game for your pleasure, Modern Toyfare.

This is an FPS mod built on the UDK engine. The game is based on toys from the 80's and 90's, with capture-the-flag gameplay that uses randomly generated events from the Zen-Controller to enhance gameplay.

Check out the link for game images and a link to download the game. Maelstrom116 has also provided a server file if you want to play 4v4 and although it's never been tried, there is talk of it supporting up to 8v8!

Try it out and use the forum to let Maelstrom116 know your thoughts.

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Game Developers!

As you may have spotted with our newsletters and in the forum, we're always eager to hear from game developers and can offer you blog postings, reviews, space in our newsletter and a competitive rate on advertising.

If you want to talk with us about your game, even if you are mid-development just email us at:

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Your Newsletter
Have something to share? Got a review or fancy getting involved in the newsletter?

We're looking for your blog posts, whether it is about security issues, game reviews, industry stories or something that you want to share with the community.

Send a pm to ohmigosh or post in the Community Forum.

Follow us on Twitter @StrafeRight

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Painkiller Hell & Damnation (Collector's Edition)
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Pre-order today to gain beta access.

Painkiller Hell & Damnation is a fast-paced, thrilling modern remake of the all-action shooter classic. Demonic powers are manifesting themselves as a myriad of dark creatures, fighting over the fates of imprisoned souls caught in Purgatory.

Once again, it is up to Daniel Garner, in the unenviable position of being the Curse of Darkness and the Toy of Light, to fight his way past hordes of demons and fiends. Questions remain. "Can he stop the powerful creatures that stand in his way? Will he ever leave the hell of Purgatory and be reunited with his wife Catherine?"

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Alawar Hallowe'en Sale
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Save 50% off Alawar's spookiest, most Hallowe'en-like games! Sale runs from Oct. 25th - Nov. 1st.

Discounted titles include:
  • chilling supernatural mystery Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers Collector's Edition;
  • Natural Threat: Ominous Shores, where you're tasked with saving your friends from genetic aberrations on a Pacific island;
  • the Vampire Saga series;
  • and Sacra Terra: Angelic Night Collector's Edition, which has you defeating the demons of the Seven Deadly Sins.

For a change of pace, play zany time-management game Vampires vs. Zombies, or try Amelie's Cafe: Halloween and serve your costumed guests brain pie and witches brew.

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Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
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The second expansion for the critically praised strategy-RPG, Crusader Kings II focuses on the Byzantine Empire.

In the rich political world of Byzantium, the vassals have been scheming. They have split into factions and they are banding together to revolt against your rule. Legacy of Rome contains a wealth of new features to outsmart them and maintain your empire. The final breaths of the Roman Empire are in your hands.

Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods of world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

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A Game of Dwarves
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A dwarven prince on a quest to reclaim his people's old country takes you on a journey through a continent, uncovering the buried mysteries of the Great War.

The gameplay consists of ordering the inhabitants of a dwarven settlement to dig, build and conduct research in order to strengthen the clan, while defending themselves from the terrible beasts from the depths into which they delve.

A unique world generates each time a new level starts, so you need to dynamically adapt your strategies and tactics during a session. As you advance, the dwarves will level up and gain new skills, progressing from weak dwarflings to near immortal warriors or master craftsmen.

Be careful. The deeper you dig, the more dangerous foes you might unleash...

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