Month: March 2020

Terrible Warriors Spire 05

Spire 05: Twelve Coins

Derelictus is in chaos. After the brazen escape of twelve gnolls from the Arena the entire undercity has descended into violence as a bounty has been offered for the escaped prisoners return. At the eye of the storm is Liminal and Lysanna who know that they and they alone can bring order back to Derelictus so that they can continue their work for The Ministry. 

As roaming bands of bounty hunters kick down doors and ransack buildings the Masked has a plan but it will be the Sage who has to make a terrible choice… 

The Spire is published by Rowan, Rook, and Decard and was written by Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor.

Lysanna is played by Cassie Chui
Liminal is played by Joan Morirarity
The GM is Justin Ecock

Music provided by Epidemic Sound

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Gamescom 2020 to Proceed With August Event, Now With Digital Backup Plan

Gamescom 2020 to Proceed With August Event, Now With Digital Backup Plan

Organizers for this year’s postponed Gamescom convention outlined new details into their event, with measures in place to do full-digital shows amid COVID-19 risks. Following other events switching to online formats last month, its annual assembly for video game reveals and keynotes will at least happen in some way between August 25 to 29 unless health officials say otherwise.

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Microsoft Limits Xbox Services as Business Tools Spike Amid COVID-19

Microsoft Limits Xbox Services as Business Tools Spike Amid COVID-19

A report by The Verge shows Microsoft’s tools such as Windows Virtual Desktop and Microsoft Teams have seen a 775 percent increase as companies switch to remote work in the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the company, this also included more activity with the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live services which added weight to cloud servers.

To limit the overload, Xbox stated on their support page it was limiting smaller features such as uploading custom gamepics and club graphics. Despite the changes, the company continued assuring players the online Live activities would keep their normal speeds. Its first party studios are also working with Microsoft to address increased player counts for online games.

“As people look to gaming for social connection, we’re seeing record numbers across Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live and Mixer,” the front support notification wrote before listing the mentioned changes. All of these go towards allocating business solutions implemented for offices worldwide for staff working from home, including studios such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and recently Kojima Productions.

Players with their current pictures can still keep them while those looking for slight makeovers can use the pre-made headers and avatar portraits from default options.

Xbox is the latest company to address increased internet activity after PlayStation announced they were limiting download speeds for Europe and U.S. players.

Pokemon GO Continues Soaring in Revenue During COVID-19 2

Pokemon GO Continues Soaring in Revenue During COVID-19

Outdoor-based AR mobile game Pokemon GO is still generating revenue despite increased social distancing in the COVID-19 pandemic. According to GamesIndustry, developer Niantic has been working to make the game home-friendly with various activities that can be done without travelling. This also gained almost $23 million in gross revenue from last week alone.

Searchable data by Sensor Tower also implied a recent in-game event prompted millions of users to access Pokemon GO as Niantic implemented better indoor tracking and wildlife presence in houses. Raids could also be joined without going to designated real-life locations.

In an online post, the developers announced the app would continue to change with the growing COVID-19 situation across the world while tackling ” the key challenge of making playing indoors as exciting and innovative as our outdoor gameplay.”

“We are adding to our product roadmap so we can enable more ways to play inside and around the home in the coming days and weeks, when the world needs it most,” Niantic wrote, adding more indoor-friendly changes were coming to their Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Ingress Portals AR games as well.

The detailed roadmap from Niantic is as follows:

Exercise: you can track your steps indoor with Adventure Sync so activities like cleaning your house and running on a treadmill count toward game achievements. We’re going to make improvements to Adventure Sync so it works even better with indoor movement and activities.

Social: we’re enhancing our in-game virtual social features to enable players to stay in touch when they can’t meet in real life. You’ll soon be able to team up with friends and take on Raid Battles together in Pokémon GO from the comfort of home.

Explore: we’re also looking into how we can help players virtually visit and share memories about their favorite real-world places, until they can once again visit them in person.

Live Events: we’re re-imagining what it means to participate in a Niantic live event this summer, and putting our creative energy towards bringing the excitement directly to your home. That means we’re working on an entirely new way to enjoy Pokémon GO Fest. More details coming soon!

A major feature includes GO Battle League which lets users play against others online through matchmaking and local servers. Requirements for incense, Pokeballs and other supplies are also given with every three kilometers of steps taken indoors.

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