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We're giving away 60 booster packs for the new Might & Magic: Duel of Champions expansion

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Duel of Champions: the CCG of cha- yeah, you know.

There’s more than one sort of Magic in the sphere of online card games, you know. Duel of Champions has enjoyed a strong first year since its showing at DreamHack Winter, thanks to some dedicated community service and a gentle approach to monetisation.

It’s with that spirit in mind that we usher in new expansion Sins of Betrayal - not with a whimper, but with a big ol’ giveaway. We've got 60 booster packs that fell off the back of a lorry joining the information superhighway. Would you like one?

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The Flame in the Flood is a survivalist raft adventure from ex-Bioshock devs

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Rafting down a forested river is considered a nice relaxing way to spend a summer. Set up camp each night and cook yourself something over the fire, maybe even break out the guitar for a few songs.

The Flame in the Flood paints a different picture.

The old America is dead, overgrown, and fast being forgotten, you must stay ahead of the changing seasons and the coming rainfall by rafting down a procedurally generated river, crafting equipment and foraging supplies as best you can.

If you die you have start all over again.

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Kerbal Space Program update 0.25 lets you crush unpaid interns with bits of rocket ship

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Kerbal Space Program 0.25 Economic Boom

I’ve never paid too much care for where my rockets fall in Kerbal Space Program. Sure, what comes up must come down but, so long as it doesn’t fall on my crew as they fly into space, I’m good. Update 0.25, otherwise known as Economic Boom, changes all that by placing your space program facilities onto the surface of Kerbin.

If you’re not careful your falling fuel booster can take out the top floor of your administrative building and 20 unpaid interns with it. Think of the paperwork!

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Biggest Age of Empires 2 tournament ever has $120,000 prize pool

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It’s been 15 years since the release of Age of Empires 2 but it still has one of the most active, loyal fan bases of any RTS. The lobbies are still filled (and when the official lobbies went down the fans made their own multiplayer system), they coded their own mega balance patch, and they even created their own expansion pack in lieu of official support.

It’s no wonder then that the World Series of Video Games are funding a $120,000 prize pot for the Age of Empires 2 Championship, the biggest tournament in the game’s history.

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Next Car Game shakes off its old name and becomes Wreckfest

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Wreckfest

Next Car Game teeters somewhere between being a brilliant title for a game and a really terrible one. It’s sillier than plain old Forza Motorsport, and less like it was devised by an amped up teenage boy, like Need for Speed. Lamentably, there is no such game as Next Car Game anymore. 

The name was temporary, and the demolition racing game is now going by a new handle, which the community helped developer Bugbear pick: Wreckfest. Oh dear.

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The Black Glove, ex-BioShock devs' surreal narrative game, gets a Kickstarter

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The Black Glove

After Ken Levine decided to “wind down” Irrational Games, a bunch of BioShock and BioShock Infinite devs banded together to create Day For Night Games and their first project, The Black Glove. Announced earlier this year, The Black Glove sounded like a tantalising game, where players are called on to alter the pasts of three artists in attempt to improve their works in the future. 

Unsurprisingly, it’s ended up on Kickstarter. A strong pitch reveals more about the game, and I find my interest piqued even more, where experimentation, art and even arcade games have been squeezed together to create something utterly bizarre. 

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Costume Quest 2 launches today, pitting time-travelling scamps against an evil dentist from the future

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Costume Quest 2

The last time I checked, Double Fine’s Halloween-themed Costume Quest 2 was set to launch some time in October, but what day it would pop into existence wasn’t clear. It turns out that day is today, October 7th. 

You can now reacquaint yourselves with the precocious duo of Wren and Reynold as they once again attempt to save Halloween, but this time in the future. Expect time travel, evil dentists and costumes that are more than meets the eye. 

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CD Projekt: There Will Be No Downgrade For The Witcher 3

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Even though CD Projekt enjoyed a full fledged honeymoon with both the press and the community so far, the last few days have sparked somewhat of a commotion in the community, particularly on the official forums and on Neogaf board. This was directly related to last week’s release of the latest...

League of Legends' Sion has been taken apart and put back together again

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League of Legends Sion

I like to think that there’s a retirement home for old League of Legends characters, where they are tossed when new and improved versions get added to the game. Sion’s probably in there, confusing his fellow residents by being a gigantic mage with an axe and smelling of rotting flesh. He’s in there because Riot have put together a new Sion, an unstoppable undead general. 

The new version of the old champion was revealed a couple of weeks ago, and now you can take a look at him in action with the latest Champion Spotlight. 

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The return of Heroes of the Storm's technical alpha will introduce custom games, observer mode and replays

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Heroes of the Storm

Update: The technical alpha is live once more.

Heroes of the Storm’s technical alpha took a break last week, but it’s set to return soon with a whole bunch of new features that Blizzard want players to put through their paces. Today, the studio introduces three big ones: custom games, observer mode and replays. 

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"Every star in the night sky exists in Elite: Dangerous" — Braben on recreating a galaxy all over again

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Elite: Dangerous

Last week Elite: Dangerous reached a milestone update, boosting the number of star systems by about a factor of ten, introducing new weapons, stations and planetary rings made of massive chunks of floating ice. With the ever expanding galaxy map comes the option to explore and scan distant frontier worlds for profit, with mapmakers now racing across the sky to be the first to log their findings with the board of stellar cartography. It's all terribly exciting.

I sat down with David Braben to discuss how Beta 2 is unfolding, what all this extra space means for players, when we can expect to start landing on planets and astronomy in general. Lovely, lovely astronomy. You can read our conversation below. And here's why Elite matters.

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Australian consumer rights regulator sues Valve over Steam refund policy

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Earth: Year 2066 was removed from sale by Valve after player complaints.

Valve’s refund policy is easily summarised: they don’t do ‘em. And while they have been known to reach into their own pockets to recompense, for instance, Earth: Year 2066 players, the blanket ban has often rubbed consumer watchdogs the wrong way - so that all their watchdoghair stands on end.

Enter the Australian Competition and Consumer Authority, who last week began proceedings in the country’s federal court against Valve. They allege that Valve have made “false or misleading representations” to their Australian customers.

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Crytek are finding it "increasingly difficult to wow people" with graphics

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Ryse: Son of Rome, Spawn of Crytek.

There won’t ever be a time your PC’s bits aren’t squeezed for all of their juice - a new console generation and the VRAM apocalypse will see to that. But it’s going to be harder to find that quintessential benchmark game.

Crytek are happy with the work they've done for the imminent PC release of Ryse, but they know they’ll never again make jaws drop like they did with Crysis.

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Massive Chalice Steam beta open to some from October 21

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Massive Chalice beta footage from December.

Once upon a time, a game named Massive Chalice was Kickstarted to the tune of $1,229,015.

Double Fine’s community capital might have diminished a little in the wake of Spacebase DF-9’s early exit and the overscoping of Broken Age - but that second Kickstarter win remains a very compelling turn-based tactics concept in the hands of a deeply capable studio. So it’s a pleasure to know it’ll be on Steam in some form by the end of the month - even if access is fairly tightly restricted for now.

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