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Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft Accepting Beta Applications
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recenty started accepting beta applications for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Planned for release "soon" on Mac, Windows, and iPad, the free-to-play virtual card game will allow players to build decks centered around one of the nine Warcraft character classes. Duelists will go head to head in card battles for the chance to win new cards.

Q: What is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft?
A: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital collectible strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft® heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks. Players are able to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons and abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent.

Q: Why is Blizzard making Hearthstone?
A: We looooooove collectible card games and have been playing them since our Silicon & Synapse days. Creating a digital strategy card game felt like a natural next step for us, so we put together a small team and have been hammering away at Hearthstone for a while now. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and we’re excited to be working on something different from our other games. Same goes for creating a game for iPad in addition to PC. It’s been a thrill to work on Hearthstone, and we hope everyone has as much fun playing it as we’ve had building it.

Q: Do I need to know anything about card games or Warcraft to play?
A: Not at all! We’ve designed Hearthstone so that anyone can get into it, no matter how familiar they are with the Warcraft universe or collectible card games. The game will teach you everything you need to know as you play it.

Read the full post at the link below.

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Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft

Save Up To 50% On Games At MGS
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Mac Game Store has unveiled a new list of game discounts available for a limited time, with savings of up to 50% off. Some of the titles available include Sid Meier's Pirates!, Sid Meier's Railroads!, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Here's a list of titles available:

Sid Meier's Pirates! for $10! Normally $19.99.
Sid Meier's Railroads! for $12.50! Normally $24.99.

Lilly Looking Through for $8.99! Normally $9.99.
King Arthur II for $14.99! Normally $19.99.
Type:Rider for $8.99! Normally $9.99.
Cultures: 8th Wonder of the World for $14.99! Normally $19.99.
Doorways: Chapter 1 & 2 for $8.99! Normally $9.99.

Call of Duty 2 for $10! Normally $19.99.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for $9.99! Normally $19.99.
Call of Duty Deluxe Edition for $14.98! Normally $29.95.
Call of Duty: Black Ops for $25! Normally $49.99.
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Annihilation & Escalation Content Pack for $12.50! Normally $24.99.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection Content Pack for $7.50! Normally $14.99.
Journey of a Roach for $13.49! Normally $14.99.

Also save on pre-order discounts:
The Walking Dead: Season 2 for $22.49! Normally $24.99.
Learn more at the links below.

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Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars Mac Beta Testers Sought
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Slitherine is currently looking for a few Mac users interested in beta testing Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars. The turn-based wargame features a traditional hex map, with a wide variety of terrain and units available. Players select, move, fight, and analyze units on the battlefield or in the headquarters using a simple point-and-click system.

Fantasy Kommander-Eukarion Wars is a turn based wargame with a setting inspired by european fantasy and medieval tradition. The gameplay is based on a traditional hex map, with a wide variety of terrains and units available. The Battle System is very detailed and is based on several Combat Tables, which include, among others: the strength ratio between the Attacker and Defender, the state of health and morale of the units, tactical maneuvers.

Fantasy Kommander-Eukarion Wars is an operational-level game: units approximate squads, with most of them consisting of about hundred soldiers, though some (e.g. heroes, dragons) represent single entities. Every unit is like a rpg character with its own characteristics and special abilities that you can increase as soon as it reaches a higher XP level.

The plot develops during the single player campaigns, on and off the battlefields. There are 4 campaigns available, all connected by a common plot. Three of them take place in the great Empire of Adamantia, invaded by the forces of Kaos, and one in mysterious and unknown lands.

Players will play a Kommander at the beginning of their military careers, thrown into a titanic battle that is devastating the entire continent of Eukarion. Successive events, dialogues, and plot twists are carried on through the messages that Emperor Karl and the Great Council of Mages send  to the young general who will have to find out, fighting hard battles, the final objective of the Abyss.

Players won't be alone in facing this incredible war adventure. Three great Heroes of Humans, Elves, and Dwarves, will follow and assist them in their trials, challenges, victories and defeats.

If you're looking for a strategy game with a complex battle system, a deep storyline, and a huge setting, you probably don't want to miss this game.


  • Turn-based Fantasy Wargame;
  • A complex and detailed Battle System that considers the strength ratio between the Attacker and Defender, the state of health and morale of the units, the terrain and many other tactical factors;
  • A deep and involving Storyline set in a world inspired by the European Middle Age and enriched by the Fantasy narrative tradition;
  • 4 Single Player Camapaigns with 25 Epic Battles, 3 Heroes, Powerful Enemy Generals, and multiple Side Quests;
  • Over 70 different Units to enroll, upgrade and unleash in Battle;
  • Every Unit is like a Rpg charater with many stats and abilities that you can manage and upgrade;
  • Incredible spells;
  • Hordes of Enemies;
  • Hours and Hours of pure Strategy and Rpg fun!
Min Spec:
  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X v10.6, Mac OS X v10.5, Mac OS X v10.4 (Intel)
  • Processor: Intel Coreâ„¢ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Graphics Memory: 256MB of RAM (ATI Rage 128 GPU does not support full-screen mode with hardware scaling.)
  • Hard disk space: 500 MB

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Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars

Quake Live Leaving Browsers And Mac Support Behind
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

id Software recently announced plans to move its Quake Live browser based first person shooter to a new stand alone app, citing a reduction in support for browser plug-ins in recent years as reason for the change. One of the results of the shift will be a loss of Mac OS X and Linux support, requiring the use of emulation or virtualization software to keep using Quake Live on those platforms.

Over the past few years, browser support for plugins such as QUAKE LIVE have dropped off significantly, causing problems for plugins to operate in a consistent and working manner. With the recent announcement of Google Chrome's roadmap to turning off plugin support and the upcoming changes in Firefox, it seems that now is the time to make the transition.

Once we go live with this change, you will log in to the site as you normally would. From there you will be presented with a prompt to download the new QUAKE LIVE Launcher. The launcher will automatically keep your game up to date before loading. Once inside, you’ll will be greeted with the website, embedded directly into the game itself. From here, the interface will look and operate similarly to how it does today, but the game will already be running and ready to connect to a match.

This change will allow us to have greater control over the game environment, and more tightly integrate the game with the online components going forward. Some of these benefits will be apparent from day one: getting in and out of games is a smoother experience, and you will be able to view server pings from the match browser before joining the game to better judge connection quality.

When will this update be released?
While we don't have a specific date yet, we expect to release before the end of the year. More specific dates will be given as we get closer to release.

Will there be Mac/Linux support?
We will be unable to support Mac and Linux clients with this transition. While we have reports from our testers that the game works through emulation or virtualization software, we are unable to support native Mac and Linux versions. If you’re using Mac and Linux and have a paid subscription, you will only be able to access the game using emulation or virtualization software.

Click over to the link below for more information.

Quake Live Going Standalone
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The Chaos Engine Available Now
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The Chaos Engine from Mastertronic and Abstraction Games is available for purchase and download now at Mac Game Store. Originally developed for the Amiga computer by The Bitmap Brothers, the classic top-down shooter gives one or two players the chance to battle the hostile creations of the Chaos Engine.

Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a steampunk Victorian age in which one or two players must fight the hostile creations of the Chaos Engine across four dynamic landscapes and take part in the ultimate battle.

Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries each with their own unique weapons and skills.

Those who have the strength and skill to overturn the Chaos Engine will be remembered.

Game Features:

  • Battle through four unique worlds in single player or online and local co-op modes.
  • Play in ‘Enhanced mode’ or ‘Classic mode’ with its original graphics and controls for the true Amiga experience.
  • Gamepad support with optional 16-directional movement.
  • Steam achievements to test the mettle of both new players and old fans.
  • Relive the classic 90’s Richard Joseph soundtrack.
  • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
The Chaos Engine is available now $9.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 12, 2013

King Arthur II Reigns At MGS6:00 AM
Star Trek Online Mac Beta Begins6:00 AM
Wasteland 1 Relaunches Today6:00 AM
World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor Announced6:00 AM
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