Free and easy: no-cost games on Steam

Later Levels

There’s a good chance you’re crying inside now that this year’s Steam summer sale has finished. Either you’ve just checked your bank balance and realised you’ve no money left for the rest of the month; you’ve added a few more titles to your never-ending backlog and have given yourself an even higher list to get through; or you showed great restraint and didn’t buy anything at all, but are now lamenting over all the great games you possibly missed out on.

Well, don’t worry: I’m here to ease the pain. While my other-half has taken over the living-room to cope with another bout of The Division obsession in preparation for the sequel, I’ve been using the laptop to check out a bunch of free titles. That means you can have even more games despite having spent all your cash during the past few weeks – or for those worried about…

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Ruins at the Three Pillars of Ssa-Tun

Dyson's Dodecahedron

Along the blighted coast, beyond the lands of snow and ice and the adventurers’ boom-town of Gravelthorpe there is an old white stone pier on a quiet lonely shore. In the right seasons you can sometimes find the ruined road that leads into the hills from there and eventually to the valley of the Three Pillars of Ssa-Tun.

Ruins at the Three Pillars of Ssa-Tun Ruins at the Three Pillars of Ssa-Tun

The three pillars of Ssa-Tun are massive spires of marbled white and purple stone that reach up over a hundred feet from the ground and descend to unknown depths. Leading to these pillars are a few old ruins reduced to small mounds of rubble, and a much more intact set of ruins built up around the pillars themselves.

And of course, these ruins are inhabited by something unpleasant, alien, and milky white in colour. For the pillars of Ssa-Tun are used, when the stars are…

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QOTM – A Video Game Wedding

That Green Dude

QOTM Wedding

It’s that time of the month again where I give my answer for the Question of the Month. This month’s question comes from The Gaming Diaries who is a brilliant blogger and is a delight to talk to. Please read and follow her blog.

The Question of the Month for July is a fun one, so let’s answer it.

The question –

It is coming into wedding season, if the shops and people I know are anything to go by. So in that spirit, you and a plus-one are attending the gaming wedding of the year. Which video game character do you take to the wedding and which character gives you advice on what to wear?

First of all which video game characters are getting married? There are so many video game characters that could get married. Mario and Princess Peach. Link and Zelda. Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong. Sonic…

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From the DM’s Chair: Creating a Setting


feats-feats-of-eberron Whether classic fantasy or a steampunk style like Eberron pictured above, every campaign needs a setting. Artwork from D&D Eberron 5e.

You’ve gotten your game group together and, now you’ve got your group of friends all set up, it’s time to start prepping for the actual game. The only issue is you, perhaps like me originally, might not have thought that far ahead.

Welcome to From the DM’s Chair, I’m Shadowonthewall and today, we’ll be looking at the setting of your Dungeons and Dragons game: some possible suggestions for setting, a few world-building exercises and an example of the world I built for my players for the new weekly game.

When I agreed to run a campaign, I soon realised I didn’t really have any ideas with what I wanted to do. There was one thing I did know, which is the same thing I consider every time I come…

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Grit and Persistence – An awesome lesson one can learn from games

Plant Powered Gamers

I received a text while I was at work from Grant today.  He was incredibly excited and wanted to let me know that he had finally defeated the “Yellow Devil” from Mega Man for the NES.  If one is not familiar with that game or the lore of older NES classics in general that could be easily passed over as a “that’s nice..” moment, but the amount of effort and practice and persistence it took for him to topple that monstrosity was enormous.  That doesn’t come naturally, grit and persistence is a learned skill and you better believe you can grow and improve that skill just like any other.  The cool “thing” about persistence is that it can help in learning and mastering other skills.

So let me take a moment to brag on my boy here.  I’ve been gaming since I first saw an Atari around age 6.  It…

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There’s No Escaping the Backlog


It wasn’t too long ago that I used to be a different kind of gamer. The kind of gamer who spent every moment of free time they had on finishing their next game. The kind of gamer who would play games through multiple times, and then revisit them every year to relive the experience. I was the kind of gamer who scoffed at those who had backlogs and didn’t finish the games they played. “How foolish!” I’d say, “How can they spend their money on a game only to never finish it. How wasteful!” I’d think. Oh if the old me could see me now. I’ve become almost the opposite of how I used to be, and the change was probably inevitable.

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Raids week 81

Micki's Delirium

Last week on Saturday I was quite late for raids, because I had put an add up to sell my car, and people wanted to come look at it right away. I hadn’t expected things to happen that fast. After selling the car, and taking care of the degus, I logged on at about 10.30 pm my time. Since it was late, and most of my regulars weren’t on I didn’t feel like posting for EE/R1, but switched to Maidae and posted for baba’s hard. Interest was high and I barely got the lfm up before people started joining, even had to reserv the last spot for Gaijya. As for the run I suggested our two mass frog chars go to different sides during puzzles, other than that I told people to split up evenly. Puzzles went well and I felt like people listened this time when I said to…

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Top 10 NES Games: Part 1

Ghosts of the Stratosphere

So similar to my other Top Ten Video Game lists such as my Top 5 Sega Master System games orTop 5 Super NES games, I figured it was time to give a list that was more universally known: Greatest NES games.

Growing up, it was my older brother, Dave, who had the NES. It was his, unlike the Master System which belonged to the family. He bought it with his own college boy money about a year after we got the SMS, when it became apparrent that all the Big release games like Castlevania and Mega Man weren’t ever going to be released for the Sega.

As such I didn’t really play the NES a whole heck of a lot. It was there during holidays and summer time when Dave would bring it home from IUP. And that was of course only when Dave wasn’t…

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The Delren Street Sewers

Dyson's Dodecahedron

While much of the city is served by “surface sewers” to move waste and water, in parts of the old town there exist proper underground sewers that date back to the previous empire’s attempts to clean up the city as a whole. Basements in these neighbourhoods occasionally incorporate parts of the sewer construction, or vice versa. And of course, in the trope of D&D sewers, they have become home to wererats and other foul creatures that represent the decay and seedy side of civilization.

Delren Street Sewers Delren Street Sewers

This map focuses on one of the more interesting parts of the sewers under Delren Street. The central location (top centre of the map) is an old basement that is no longer connected to the structure above it and that is linked into the sewers by a secret door. This basement is currently in use by Skittler, an old wererat sorcerer who maintains…

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No Place Like (The Party’s) Home

Cannibal Halfling Gaming

When someone says the word ‘adventurer’, the picture of a steady home life is not often one of the images called to mind. The dusty road, the shadows between the megascrapers, the space between the stars, these are most often the places that adventurers spend their time and make their fortune – or lose everything. While being an adventurer, or really any type of player character. almost universally involves going where others won’t either physically or mentally, I think there’s something to be said for breaking the mold and giving them a tavern, a ship, a base, a business, a home. While it might not be the one they were all born to, a party of adventurers with a place of their own can certainly turn it into a place that makes them feel like they belong.

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