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The Monday AAR - Recovery Edition

Recovery, you ask? Could it possibly be from the great deals and unparalleled savings from the recently-ended Steam Summer Sale, aka GAEBSAEL SUMMER 2012, aka the bottomless money-chomping pit fiend that is Valve Software's bi-annual seasonal money-burning marathon?

Dare I bore you with the nitty gritty of what I purchased for myself during this trying time -- this span of days every year when I wake up at one or two in the morning to check what fabulous sales have gone up while I was asleep? I DO DARE. YES, I DO.

What I bought and how much it cost me:

ITEM COST
Crusader Kings II African Units Pack, Crusader Kings II Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II Sword of Islam $3.47
Binding of Isaac Wrath of the Lamb $0.74
Dead Island (RoW), Dead Island: Ryder White DLC $13.58
The Walking Dead $14.99
Dear Esther $2.49
Stacking $3.74
FarCry 2 $2.49
TOTAL $41.50

And here I thought I haven't even gone past 30 bucks yet. God damnit. Anyway, updates!

    • Since a lot of you are probably swimming in your own Steam Summer Sale swag, why don't we put those games to good use? We're looking to play some Shogun 2, and of course, some Crusader Kings as well. Visit the linked forum threads for more details.
    • We're also gearing up for a game giveaway, despite the fact that it's been a busy month and I haven't had the time to put up a nice raffle-related banner! Just stay tuned, because tomorrow, we're raffling off a shiny new copy of Crusader Kings II! If you haven't donated yet this month, perhaps this is a good time to support our community and maybe win a highly entertaining (and lordly) grand strategy game as a bonus?

The Monday AAR: Tribal Disputes

First it was a minor little war over a small piece of land, and then it was a slightly bigger war that saw four counties change hands all at once. In the end, we were looking at the combined might of our Muslim neighbors, all banded together and eager to spill Christian blood all over northern Hispania. At that point, we noticed that Barcelona was already a Muslim emirate.

At that point, we figured we were screwed.

We had a good time playing Crusader Kings II last night, but that wasn't the only game the community has been playing of late. Here's a recap of this week's games:

    • I've noticed a lot of OMGeeks getting into Tribes: Ascend, and for good reason. I downloaded and installed the game just this weekend, and played an epic CTF game with INQUE last Saturday morning where our team went from a 1-4 score to a match win. I don't think I've felt such a rush of intensity from a sci-fi themed shooter since the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo came out almost a decade ago. Check it out if you haven't, and if you have, post in this thread so we can organize a game together!

    • We'll be going medieval again very soon in Crusader Kings II -- as soon as this evening, in fact! Chat us up in the Steam chat room or post in the forum thread to join the fun! If you have any well-informed ideas of a good region or dynasty for us to play, let us know. Spain feels just a tad too hot for a bunch of newcomers to the game.

    • Another game that has been making the rounds is the free to play FPS Blacklight: Retribution. I've only played the training mission where I learned that I can use the mouse to look at things and I can click it to shoot my gun, and the cyberpunk setting and general feel left quite a good taste in my mouth. We'll be focusing more on organizing Tribes games for now, but we'll be sure to give Blacklight a go one of these days. Share your thoughts on the game here!

    • The op may be complete, but the war continues! Be here for our regularly-scheduled ArmA II games on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

    • Lastly, I have good news for the Minecraft faithful: we will be organizing a new event to coincide with the release of the latest Minecraft update! Keep checking and keep asking about it: it's coming next month.

The Monday AAR: Rogue Thunder news, some block talk, some lordly talk

Happy Monday, everyone! I'll just be updating you on what's been happening with the community this past week. Games got played and things meant to explode got exploded, naturally, but off the record, I also spent a good amount of time appeasing my nephew with playing Lego Harry Potter (Years 1-4) with my nephew. Harry is officially shit tier because he apparently never learns how to cast the Riddikulus spell in year 3. Yeah. And Hermione just got a huge level up with Crookshanks, who can dig stuff up just like Hagrid's dog does. That's pretty awesome stuff.

ANYWAY:

    • It looks like Operation: Rogue Thunder has concluded ahead of schedule! Congratulations and thank you to all the players who participated in the extended operation. Further details shall be released by INQUE soon, so stand by for a proper debriefing, souljah!

    • I know I haven't been holding regular Minecraft games lately, and I apologize. The server itself is still alive and well, however. I may be too tied up to play Minecraft some evenings in the coming days, but please remember that our server is open to all decent folk who will abide by the rules of common sense and decency. Bring your Minecraft-playing friends and family to play! I'll make up for the lost time once I'm able.

    • Four of us recently played a short game of Crusader Kings II, and we had a blast. We had little idea of what we were doing, and the game ended with my troops decimated by the army of my own vassal, but it was great fun and we would play it again. Check out our CKII thread here if you're even remotely interested!

The Monday AAR: The Week After

E3 has come and gone, gamerfriends, and I'm left feeling mostly empty and jaded after all the slick, overproduced, samey content I sat through. Some games they showed excited me, sure, but I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that gaming as a whole is moving in the wrong direction. It's the 90s gamer in me, talking about the good old days of autoexec.bat and config.sys. Don't mind that guy.

Anyway, some points of interest for you:

    • blitzio put up a thread about the stand-out videos from E3 here. GailExodus and Matrix374 were kind enough to help him out. If you'd like to strike up an E3 discussion a week after the fact, drop by and share your thoughts.

    • In ArmA II news, INQUE is taking sign-ups for participants in a basic training course to be held this week. If you'd like to learn the finer points of the ACE and ACRE mods as they are used in our ArmA II server, simply leave a message announcing your intent to join in the thread. The final schedule shall be posted shortly.

    • Minecraft Wednesday is this Wednesday, as always! Prepare to gear up for a creepy expedition as we head out into the nether to find stuff. And things. Also, it's time for you to claim a little plot of land to call your own if you want to build a house for yourself. Stand by for more details tomorrow!

    • Allow me to toot on my own horn for a brief spell: I've begun writing a series of articles about horror games aimed primarily towards people who don't play horror games. The first part can be found here, with each succeeding entry in my planned five-part series going up here on the blog every Wednesday. Stay tuned, and I highly encourage you to join in the discussion! Thanks for reading.

    • I don't usually post about deals here on the AAR, but I do the AARs and I deserve a little self-interesting plugging every now and then! Crusader Kings II and all its DLC are currently on sale on Steam at 75% off! You can get the base game for 10 USD, or go big time and grab the game and all currently released DLC for 13 USD.

      The game highly interests me, as its almost like Medieval II: Total War without the RTS Total War part. Politics, courtier assassinations, crusades, land grabbing, and more await! The deal only runs for one day only, so if you're interested, get it now!

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