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Minions of Mirth Updated
8:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Prairie Games has once again updated Minions of Mirth, the company's single and multiplayer online fantasy RPG. Version 1.23 "Yummy Edition" introduces a dragon's hoard of content additions, game improvements, and bug fixes.

Here are few new additions in 1.23:

+ Added Bard Epic: Part 1 (FoL and Monster paths), new items, and new spawns. Thanks to Ganghiss.
+ Added Cooking/Brewing skills. Talk to Barkeeper Meeri (FoL), Barkeeper Nayshar (MoD), or Tachch (Monster) to begin. Added food vendors throughout the land. Thanks to Citrine.
+ Added Twillo the Undead Master quest to Old Man Tim (monster path) and Twillo (MoD path). Thanks to Citrine and Ganghiss.
+ Added new amphibian monster model to the Swamp of Ruin, thanks to Magnus Blikstad of WIT Entertainment.
+ Added several new texture sets, thanks to Christophe Canon. (Blightborn Hide, Earthbound, Dark Elf, and Warling)
+ Added hundreds of new leveled armor pieces and sets with bonuses! (Badger, Eagle, Tiger, Whale, Dolphin, Monkey, Elephant, Albatross, Crane, Gazelle, Bear, Fox, Bison, and Scorpion)
For the full list of changes click on the link below.

Prairie Games: MoM Version 1.23 Update Content
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Pirate Poppers Released
10:22 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story has announced the availability of Pirate Poppers for the Macintosh at the world's most popular Macintosh game store.

Climb aboard for some swashbucklin' pirate popping fun! Aim your cannonballs to clear away menacing chains and unlock trinkets and jewels that rain down from above. Begin as a lowly Landlubber and plunder your way up the ranks! Do you have what it takes to become a Living Legend?

• 3 game modes: Adventure, Puzzle, Arcade, each with 77 levels of swashbuckling fun
• Special cannonballs: Chameleon, Explosive, Super
• 6 power-ups for enhanced gameplay: Prisoner’s Pace, Stern Wind, Drop Anchor, Chain Breaker, Color Bomb, Spyglass
• Collectible treasures including goblets, coins, amulets and more
• Stash all your spoils in your ever expanding Treasure Cove.

System Requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer
• Processor: G4 800 MHz or faster or G5 or Intel.
• 50 MB available disk space
• Minimum Screen Resolution: 800x600

Pirate Poppers is available for $19.95. A free demo is available for download from It requires MacOS X 10.3.9 or later and is a Universal Binary.

Macgamestore: Pirate Poppers

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Inside Mac Games Podcast Episode 4 released
10:19 PM | Michael Yaroshinsky | 10 comments

Today Inside Mac Games released the fourth episode of the new IMG Podcast featuring Michael Yaroshinsky, Jarrod Nettles, and Stefan Langford.

This Weeks News

  • top secret Blue Ray insider info
  • quick fire news
  • Empire at War: Glenda Adams Response
  • Apple and the games market (console?)
  • what next-gen game do you want?
  • Listener comments

    To check out the podcast, follow the link below.

    Inside Mac Games Podcast Episode 4

    Fool's Errand Sequel Misses Ship Date
    12:04 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

    Cliff Johnson, author of the award-winning puzzle games Fool's Errand and 3 in Three, has quietly announced that the release of The Fool and His Money has been delayed once again. The "December 4th, 2006" release date that was posted on the web site has been replaced by a "striving for December" graphics. In all, The Fool and His Money has been delayed almost a year.

    More information about Cliff's classic puzzle games can be found on his website. Fools Errand is available as a free download, and there is a tip for getting this venerable black and white game running under OS X 10.4.

    We'll be sure to keep you posted on The Fool and His Money.

    The Fool and His Money

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    Tribal Trouble 1.3 Released
    11:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Oddlabs recently released version 1.3 of Tribal Trouble. Set on a tropical island, Tribal Trouble pits Vikings against Tribesmen in warfare and is playable either online or against the computer.

    Here's the publisher's announcement:

    To avoid people taking advantage of the preset map feature in
    multiplayer, the starting positions have been randomized. The download size
    has been reduced significantly and the graphics has been refreshed with a new
    menu and load screens. The new update also includes a few bugfixes.
    To download a demo of Tribal Trouble, head over to The full version of the game is available for purchase through as a digital download for $29.95. Tribal Trouble 1.3
    Tribal Trouble
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    Unity To Open San Francisco Office
    11:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

    OTEE today announced that they’re opening an office in San Francisco. The office will be run by Tom Higgins, who until recently was Product Manager of Macromedia Director. Tom Higgins will come on as Product Evangelist for OTEE's interactive 3D content authoring tool, Unity, as well as the browser-based Unity Web Player. The focus of the San Francisco office is to connect with the sizable community of developers of 3D games and other content for the web in San Francisco and the rest of North America.

    "I'm convinced that Unity is the future of 3D authoring, and I’m excited to join the talented team behind it," said Tom Higgins.

    The new office is OTEE's first expansion outside of Denmark and is a demonstration of the company's ongoing commitment to providing a premiere game development platform as well as their desire to serve the rapidly growing base of 3D content developers around the world.

    For more on Unity, follow the link below.

    Unity 3D

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    Inside Mac Games Reviews Ocean Express
    11:05 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Ocean Express. Here's a clip from the review

    I admit, I spent some time in the Navy during the nineties. The sailor’s life wasn’t for me. Ocean Express, developed by Hipsoft and ported to OSX by Red Marble games tried to bring out the efficient packer in me with Tetris pieces and the pre-planning of where to put irregular packages that I thought I had lost almost a decade ago. Is this game engaging enough for for you, the discriminating Macintosh gaming enthusiast to drop your hard earned bucks on?
    To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

    Inside Mac Games Review: Ocean Express
    Red Marble Games
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    Apple Posts Newest Hot Deals
    10:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz

    MacMall has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: The Sims 2 Pets expansion pack from Aspyr for only $35.99!; Viewsonic ViewDock 19" LCD display with built-n iPod dock for only $299.99!; iF2 portable speakers for the iPod from Sonic Impact for only $139.99!; MacCase Silver Sling laptop backpack for only $64.95!; Canon PowerShot SD900 10-megapixel compact digital camera for only $499.99!; Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR black body kit for only $799.00!; EyeTV 250 digital TV recorder for the Mac from Elgato for only $189.99!; Toshiba GigaShot GSC-R60 60 GB hard disc drive camcorder for only $484.99; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

    O'Reilly Media, Inc. has Hot Deals exclusive pricing on Mac related books including: AppleScript: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed. for only $27
    99!; Adobe Creative Suite 2 Workflow for only $34.97!;; Photoshop Workflow Setups for only $20.99; Inside .Mac for only $13.97!; Learning Cocoa with Objective-C for only $24.97! Mac OS X Tiger Server Administration for only $13.99!; GarageBand2: The Missing Manual for only $17.47!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

    PowerMax has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: Dr. Bodelin's Silicon cover for the 60GB iPod for only $5.77!; USB wired optical mouse from Dr. Bodelin for only $9.99!; Blogger laptop bag from Timbuk2 for only $45.88; TuneTalk Stereo for 5th gen. iPod from Belkin for only $54.88!; EyeTV-Hybrid 2-in-1 TV for your Mac for only $134.88!; Shure E4c Sound Isolating Earphones for only $228.88!; Fantom Network Disk 500GB Ethernet/USB 2.0 network hard drive for only $264.88!; Inuos 6"8" USB tablet with wireless pen and mouse from Wacom for only $284.88!;  and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

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    HOMM V Developers Discuss Might And Magic
    8:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Celestial Heavens has posted a new interview with Ubisoft's Jeff Spock and Richard Dansky about Might and Magic. Among other things the article covers Heroes of Might and Magic V and the lore behind the new setting of Ashan. HoMM V is the latest in the long running turn based strategy series.

    With Heroes V, Ubisoft created a new universe for the M&M series: Ashan. As the writer for Heroes V and Dark Messiah, did you take part to the conception of this setting?

    [RD] I was very much a part of the re-imagining of the world, which was really tremendously fun to do. The goal that we had from the beginning was to create a universe that could support a wide range of stories and games, one that felt like a real world instead of a color-by-numbers map. We really looked to more mature fantasy as our inspiration - George R.R. Martin, P.C. Hodgell, Michael Moorcock - and worked hard to come up with a world where everyone had a believable agenda. In Ashan, orcs and elves have rational self-interest - they're not just generically "good" or "evil".

    [JS] When I came on board Richard and Erwan (Le Breton) had already done quite a bit of the world building. They had some exceptional ideas and created a strong backbone with the world timeline. Since then we have been filling in the details, deepening the histories and cultures of the different factions, etc. I hope to end up giving the players a world that has both wit and weight, along the lines of tales by Neil Gaiman, Jack Vance, and Roger Zelazny as well as the "pure" high fantasy authors that Richard mentioned.
    HoMM V for Mac is in development at Freeverse Software.

    Click on the link below for the rest of the interview.

    Celestial Heavens: M&M Interview
    Heroes of Might & Magic V
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    Mac Games News for Thursday, December 14, 2006

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