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Battle for Wesnoth 1.0 Released
8:00 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

The Battle for Wesnoth was recently updated to version 1.0, adding a wide array of new content. The Battle for Wesnoth is a fantasy-themed turn-based strategy game. From the Wesnoth website:

The road to Battle for Wesnoth 1.0 has been a long one, since lead programmer David White released the first development version 0.1 on 18 June 2003. The 1.0 release not only includes code, scenarios, images and music, but also embodies time, effort and talent from David and dozens of contributors. The Battle for Wesnoth development team hopes that Wesnoth can be an example of success for other aspiring Open Source game developers.
The Battle for Wesnoth is open-source and available to download from the Wesnoth website. To visit the website, or see the release notes, click the links below.

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Battle for Wesnoth 1.0 Release Notes

First Star Online 2 Released
8:00 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

uFun Games has released the classic MMORPG First Star Online 2 for Mac OS X and PC. In First Star Online 2 you can become a number of characters such as a lumberjack by day and battle against monsters by night. In addition, this MMORPG does not have monthly subscriptions, and is free with a few features missing which can be unlocked by paying a one time fee of $25 for the full version.

After a lenghy beta, the newest MMORPG from unFun Games has finally been released. Mac OS X and PC users can now continue the advertures they started with the original First Star Online. This new game contains all of the fast-paced action of the original, but now with a greater depth to character building and improved visuals.
Please follow the links below for more information.

First Star Online 2

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Defense Alliance 2
8:00 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Macologist brings news on the current status of Defense Alliance 2, an UT 2004 mod. The upcoming release has finished internal testing and there is more information about the bots in the mod.

Team member aBsOlUt said that they have focused quite considerably on bots in this release. The bots in Defence Alliance are not the typical bots found in UT2004,

"Bots will respond to normal UT200x commands such as "Cover me" etc. However, they will always attack the current active objective so you will frequently see them running and going towards that. Defending bots on the other side follow some scripts to choose defensive positions.

Please follow the links below to read the news and to learn more information.

Macologist: Defense Alliance 2
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Little Gods Reviewed
8:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room recently examined Little Gods, Grim Interactive's new spin on the classic brickbashing game concept. The game takes the familiar ball and paddle mechanics of games like Pong and Breakout and re-imagines them with two player game play, constantly shifting bricks, and the use of a mana system for powerups. Grim Interactive's reinvention of the ball and paddle earned Little Gods four out of five mice from The Game Room.

From the review:

Itís said that every story is based on just a few basic archetypesóman versus man, man versus nature, and so on. The same can be said for computer games. Despite improved graphics, new characters, and special embellishments, you mainly end up playing the same basic game over and over again. Little Gods, an arcade action game by Grim Inventions, embraces this fact by taking a couple of basic ideas that go back to the dawn of video games and giving them a unique twist thatís both challenging and entertaining.
To read the full review and learn more about the game follow the links below.

Macworld Game Room: Little Gods Reviewed
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Luxtoberfest In Progress
8:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sillysoft began their second annual Luxtoberfest event on October 1. Throughout the month the company will be hosting tournaments in celebration of its strategy based world domination game, Lux. The contests enlist players to face off against one another in a war to win prizes for best maps, strategies, and more.

Here's the Luxtoberfest schedule:

- Saturday 1st - Luxtoberfest 2005 opening Tournament of Champions.
- Sunday 2nd - Team-play tournament.
- Saturday 8th - Luxtoberfest map review: play the best maps of 2005.
- Sunday 9th - Twitch Lux tournament: 8 second turn time games.
- Saturday 15th - Team-play tournament.
- Sunday 16th - Hexathon tournament: featuring all your favorite hex maps.
- Saturday 22nd - Memory Lux tournament: all players have the same color.
- Sunday 23rd - History night: a journey through the historically based maps of Lux.
- Saturday 29th - Tournament of Champions.
- Sunday 30th - Luxtoberfest 2005 closing award ceremonies.
All events will take place at 9PM GMT (4PM Eastern/ 1PM Pacific time) in a public network game of Lux marked with the title Luxtoberfest. Companies contributing prizes include Rogue Amoeba, Bare Bones, Mystik Media, and Delicious Monster.

For more information about the event check out the site listed below.


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Hidden Worlds Of Warcraft
8:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

While many players have scoured every inch of the lands available in World of Warcraft they might be surprised to learn what lurks beneath the digital surface of their favorite MMORPG. With "the right tools and a little curiosity" 1UP.com examined the forbidden zones contained within the game's client. While it is uncertain whether these currently unused portions of the game are remnants of abandoned ideas or a taste of things to come, 1UP.com explores the areas and lets the readers make their own decision.

In the story of WoW, the Emerald Dream is an ever-changing spirit world, tied to the World Tree by Ysera the Dreamer. The Night Elf druids were bound here as part of their pact, and their spirits wandered the dream for centuries while they slept.

Another one of the more unfinished areas, the Emerald Dream is clearly far from complete, but is home to some fascinating models. Jade dream-catcher like artifacts are scattered around the landscape, as well as statue of a not at all jolly looking green giant.

For the full article and a handful of screenshots follow the link below.

1UP.com: Hidden Worlds Of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Neverwinter Nights Community Tileset Project Screenshots
8:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A handful of screenshots were recently released for the upcoming Community Tileset Project for Neverwinter Nights. Following in the footsteps of the Community Expansion Project (which provides a host of items, creatures, portraits, and other NWN content) the CTP's compilation of 40 community made tilesets will offer a single source of landscapes for both builders and players.

From the description:

The CTP is NOT one big hak. It will never be one big hak. The purpose of the CTP project is to make all of these different tilesets work well together, but not at the same time in the same area. IE, you can have a Black Desert area in your mod and you can have a Bioware Desert area in your mod. These will NOT conflict with each other. Each of those tilesets contain their own, individual tiles. The do NOT conflict but they also can not be placed into the same area.
To check out the latest screenshots follow the link below.

CTP Screenshots
Neverwinter Nights
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Mac Games News for Monday, October 3, 2005

IMG Reviews Zuma Deluxe1:28 PM
Fable: The Lost Chapters Reviews7:33 AM
First Neverwinter Nights 2 Screens Hit The Net6:37 AM
Gates Of Troy Released6:37 AM
Myst V Reviewed6:37 AM
Stubbs the Zombie Preview6:37 AM
Stubbs the Zombie Q&A6:37 AM
System 7 On A PSP?6:37 AM
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