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Magic 101: Casting Spells In The Broken Hourglass
9:03 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Planewalker Games' latest lore update for The Broken Hourglass, their upcoming fantasy RPG, focuses on the game's unique spell system. Stepping away from the more common RPG methods for handling magic use, Hourglass will make use of what Planewalker describes as a "mana potential" system.

Here's a bit of explanation from the article:

The amount of mana possessed by each character represents how much magical energy they can divide up among one or many tasks at a given time. Any effect which has a long duration is considered a standing enchantment, and standing enchantments tie up mana until they are released. A mage with 15 mana points who invests five mana points in a damage-protection spell is reduced to having 10 mana left to spend. When he releases the armor spell, he will once again have 15 mana available. Beneficial standing enchantments typically remain in play until party members choose to drop them. Deleterious standing enchantments, such as an attribute penalty or a spell to lower resistance to damage, typically remain in play until the end of combat, or until the party rests.

Some spells are not standing enchantments--most notably, direct damage spells. These spells are considered instantaneous rather than lasting in nature, so mana is not "held up" by a direct damage spell. A mage with 15 mana points who invests five in an armor spell is left with 10 mana points, which he can then use to shoot 10-mana damage bolts at enemies for as long as he wishes (or at least, as long as his enemies don't force him to change tactics by rushing him.)
To read the full article head over to the Planewalker Games site listed below.

The Broken Hourglass: Principles of Magic
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Macgamestore: Civilization IV Warlords Now In Stock
2:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Warlords is now available through Macgamestore.com for $29.95.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Warlords is the first expansion pack for the Firaxis Games’ award-winning title, Civilization IV. Paying homage to some of history’s greatest military leaders, the expansion delivers eight unique and interesting scenarios, giving players the chance to change the course of history with the help of their new powerful “warlord” unit. Civilization IV: Warlords includes new civilizations, leaders, units, and wonders that offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization’s military power as they strive for world domination.

For more on Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Warlords, follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Poker Superstars II
2:37 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Poker Superstars II. Here's a clip from the review:

The game’s graphics are adequate but not fancy. Each Superstar is represented by a photo that changes according to what the player is doing: looking their cards over, placing a bet, or winning a hand. The feature that allows you to import your own photo to represent you at the table is a nice touch. Other than that, the graphics give the game a casino feel without getting in the way.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Poker Superstars II
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Optimus Keyboard Preorders Soon
9:09 AM | David Chochla | 19 comments

The highly anticipated Optimus OLED Keyboard is getting closer to reality, with Endgadget reporting that Optimus will be taking pre-orders midway through December. No word yet on pricing or availability for Christmas.

The latest piece of news from the Optimus project is an announcement that the company will be taking pre-orders for the Optimus-103 on December 12. That will hopefully also mean an unveiling of the price, and if we're lucky, some specifications for the keyboard. We're not getting our hopes up though, because these guys could reveal nothing and still fill their pre-order slots.
Can this type of keyboard stand up to the beating of a power gamer? Oh, who cares, it's just too cool anyways.

Link to the Endgadget Article



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Pangea Arcade Reviewed
9:09 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently posted a review of Pangea Arcade, a compilation of three arcade action games from Pangea Software. Pangea Arcade includes Nucleus, Firefall, and Warheads; three games which recreate the classic arcade action of Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. Applelinks gave the compilation a score of 3 out of 5.

Also cool to see is Nucleus, which is Asteroids with a purpose. Yes, you're a little ship against an ever expanding universe of space debris, but there's more than that. Here, you're not blowing up asteroids just to blow up asteroids, you're doing it to clear the way for the electrons you have to collect and take back to the nucleus. And why do you do this? To create a black hole, of course, which will suck up everything within reach, including your ship if you're too close. Complete the task, and guess what? Time to gather even more electrons to take back to the nucleus to create another black hole. And here you thought interstellar travel was going to be glamorous.

The asteroids are quickly replaced with objects that are much more deadly and harder to destroy, offset by the power-ups floating about. You're also assisted by a handy arrow that indicates which way you should go to achieve your objective, as well as a radar indicator that pinpoints the various objects.

The gameplay is simple, but the added objectives give it a bit more staying power than the others in this collection. And, as with Warheads, the graphics are amazing. I don't mean PlayStation 3 amazing, I mean fireworks display amazing. It's all explosions and color and intensity and exactly what you want an arcade game to be.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Applelinks: Pangea Arcade Review
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Pangea Arcade
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Episode 2 of the IMG Podcast Released
9:07 AM | Michael Yaroshinsky | 5 comments

Today Inside Mac Games released the second episode of the IMG Podcast Featuring Michael Yaroshinsky, Jarrod Nettles, and Stefan Langford.

This Weeks News

  • Age of Empires III goes Gold
  • Legion Arena News
  • Civ. Four News
  • The IMG Podcast Team discusses what happened on the Freeverse "Big Week"

    -The IMG Podcast Crew

    IMG Podcast Episode 2
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