Steamy Steam Hardware

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November 16, 2015

Hello, fair readers!  Sorry for the radio silence lately, but I have had a busy, busy top half of November.  Between birthdays, anniversaries, my birthday, my anniversary, and a deluge of new games and gaming toys, it has been a delectable mess.  I have so much to tell you all, but let’s start first with some show-and-tell. Valve, a company held near and dear to my heart, dove face first…

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Bang! The Dice Game: Bang Bang, You’re Dead

September 18, 2015

  One of the first college classes I took centered on the study of Westerns in film. The Searchers, Shane, and High Noon filled up the screen and … I fell asleep during most of them. It wasn’t that those movies are boring; on the contrary, those movies are really great. I was just so tired from PARTYING SO HARD, BRO. Those days are behind me, but now I’ve found…

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Coconuts Duo: Flinging Drupe

September 9, 2015

  As a kid, if I ever got a toy armed with spring-loaded missiles, those missiles would soon be lost in target practice against cups and other action figures. It was so cool to knock something over from a distance, even if it took fifty tries to make it happen. The flying projectile and the clatter of plastic brought lots of joy to what would otherwise be boring afternoons. But…

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MINI REVIEW: Strategy Game Plague Inc. For Windows Phone

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August 27, 2015

  We Windows Phone users are a rare breed. We are like the die hard fans that will forever root for the team that hasn’t had a winning season in 20 years. All of us have our reasons, most of them are not necessarily rational but that doesn’t matter. So when a major game  spreads to Windows Phone from Android and iOS, it is cause to celebrate. Enter Plague, Inc….

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“The Grand Tournament” Hearthstone’s New Expansion and Our First Impressions

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August 24, 2015

Today Hearthstone released a free expansion called the “Grand Tournament” containing a whole new set of cards as well as a card ability called inspire. The Grand Tournament expansion is centered on the heroes as the new card ability called “inspire” is activated through the use of hero powers.  So just how well does this new aspect of Hearthstone play into the existing game? In a game as strategic as…

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Deep Sea Adventure: Blub Blub Blub

August 11, 2015

How long can you hold your breath? My record is four minutes, but that was above water and I was super bored. Now imagine you are a deep sea diver and your air runs out. How long do you think you could hold your breath then? Deep Sea Adventure will help you answer that question, but believe me, the answer is a lot shorter than you’d like it to be….

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Hotline Miami 2: The Original Traumatized Me. This One Is Worse, In the Best Possible Way

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March 19, 2015

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a twitch shooter created by Dennaton games and published by Devolver Digital. It is a skill based game in which you will look for the positions of your enemies, die, learn from your mistakes, and repeat the process until you have mastered the level. The game then grades you on how well you did, usually quite poorly unless you are very good at these…

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Your Game, ‘Made In America,’ and Manufactured by Hasbro … by Hasbro?

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March 16, 2015

Global manufacturing is migrating away from China, and closer to your customers We are living in an era of the beginnings of a massive sea-change. On the one hand, it is widely recognized that we are in the middle of a renaissance, or a ‘golden age’ of tabletop board games. But not everyone who sees that understands why it is so, or how it came to be. Let alone, what…

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GCSF Column: What is a “Patreon”?

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March 9, 2015

Hey there and this is Thomas Novosel and today I am writing about Patreon for the Game Creators’ Social Forum. So what is a Patreon anyways? Patreon is a way for content creators (be that artists, musicians and writers) to put out content and receive compensation for their work upon completion. This means that creators can work hard to put out quality content and creations, so put in the time…

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Isle of Trains: I Choo Choo Choose You

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February 4, 2015

Choo choo! All aboard! Isle of Trains is ready to whisk you away to a land that loves trains so much, that they named their entire island after these steaming behemoths. If you are looking for route building, picking up things and delivering them across a continent, then you might want to go to the Isle of Other Train Games. But if you are looking for a big game in…

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