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The Monday AAR - New games to play + RAFFLE UPDATE

What, Tuesday already? AGAIN? I'm late! I can't even say it's Tuesday somewhere because unfortunately for me, it isn't. That doesn't change the fact, though, that I have a slew of updates to share. Here we go!

    • Raffle update: The raffle has been slightly delayed, but it's gonna push through! A Steam copy of Crusader Kings II is waiting for a new owner of high and noble birth. Fortunately, anyone could be of high and noble birth, as long as fate says so! I'm going to need some help confirming the list of donors, however. If you donated to support OMGeek this month, please send me a PM soon. Check this post for some details. Thanks!

    • ArmA II server issues: INQUE is the resident caretaker of the ArmA II server, but while he's away, please direct any server-related issues to me or blitzio. We'll give the server the swift kick it needs to get back in line. Alternatively, we can bang some coconut husks together and chant nonsensically until something gets fixed. The bottom line? Something will get fixed.

    • Zombies and samurai: Not all in the same game, I'm afraid. Some of us got together to play some Left 4 Dead 2 last Sunday, and I finally got to sacrifice myself as Bill in The Sacrifice! Blitzio and I also played a coop campaign game of Shogun 2, which had the expected amount of one-sided fights, snooty diplomats, prolonged sieges, and the sweet, sweet feeling of watching a cavalry charge decimate a whole lot of archers. We'll be doing a short impressions report on that game soon.

      Hey, I'm up for a quick game of L4D2 almost anytime, so let me know if you feel like playing!

    • Blood Bowl: Fantasy football fans, we need one more entrant to the league to make four. Blood Bowl is an awesome game about football teams of orks and dwarves pummelling each other into mush over a leather ball. It's turn-based, and it's based on the Games Workshop Warhammer-themed board game of the same name. If you have a copy, please post in this thread and be our fourth man. 8)

    • Minecraft: The update is coming, and we're poised to do a major community update for MInecraft ourselves. More information soon!

    • Source Filmmaker: Anyone else messing around with SFM? I just put up a 100% self-serving post in the video forum. Post and share your own creations with us!

The Monday AAR: The Tactical Update

Has it been that long since the year began?

We're almost at the halfway point of 2012, and the community has been going strong, all things considered: we've evolved and fine-tuned our ArmA II server to suit the community's preferences, and Minecraft continues to enjoy a steady stream of visitors. A DayZ group has sprung up among the OMGeeks, along with some Diablo 3 and Frozen Synapse as well. Between all these games, we're exploring the gamut of the online pc gaming experience, from shooting men in first person, to shooting zombies and men in first person, to shooting men in third person with rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, and grenade launchers, to slicing demons open with axes and pikes, to riddling them full of explosive arrows, to building cute little shacks made of wood and bricks.

What more could a gamer ask for?

    • The details for ArmA II's Operation: Rogue Thunder will be announced here and on the forums soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. It's going to feature all the things you love about OMGeek's ArmA, and then some.

    • Do you by any chance own a copy of Frozen Synapse lying around? Visit our thread and leave your game handle with us! If you've bought the expansion, even better, because you can start cooperative games with other OMGeeks. See you in... what are they calling the Matrix or the cyberverse in this one again? The shape? Yeah, see you in the shape.

    • Care for a free copy of Bastion? jedi304 -- OMGeek member, contributor, and all-around heroic good guy -- has a copy up for raffle in this thread. All you have to do is tell him why you love OMGeek, and you'll be entered into his random drawing for a copy of Bastion. Get to it!

    • And for purely selfish reasons because I happen to love the game, here's a thread LYH started to gauge if anyone's interested in playing Jagged Alliance 2 online. Jagged Alliance 2 strikes the sweet spot for intricacy and accessibility, and is an awesome alternative to the phased turns of Frozen Synapse. I should also mention that after the major fan patch, which is v1.13, there are more than 300 guns in the game. LYH had this to say about it:

      Oh, and there are 300 guns. That's three hundred assorted rocket launchers, heavy machine guns, light machine guns, snipers, assault rifles, rifles, SMGs and pistols. And that's not counting the various grenades, types of ammo and misc. equipment, including armour, that you can buy for your specific needs. Whereas in vanilla JA2 there was only Hollow Point, Armour Piercing and normal rounds, now there are tracer rounds, cold rounds etc. It's pretty much gun porn.

      I like the sound of that. Check it out, and post here to join!

Raffle extended to May 21, 2012

Comrades, we have decided to enact a short extension on the deadline of this month's game raffle. We'd hate to, you know, not give it away because everyone's been busy with Diablo 3 and we're merely one man short from the raffle activation!

We will announce the winner of a Steam copy of Wargame: European Escalation on May 21, 2012. That's Monday. In the meantime, go easy on all the Diablo, guys.

The Monday AAR - Light waves, cubes, orcs, and OH NO. 2. IS. DOWN.

Hi, gamerfriends! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a very restful weekend, whether they spent it with friends and family, or by shooting commies and insurgents in the head with high-caliber rifles. I didn't get to do much of the latter, but either way, it's been a very eventful week for OMGeek.

Here's what's been happening:

    • Waveform, the light-manipulating wave-dragging action game from Eden Industries, is now slated to come out on March 20. If you haven't been following up on the game, we posted a preview of it here last week. Stay tuned for more news about this very promising title.

    • Minecraft 1.2 (.2) is finally out! We're just waiting for the corresponding Bukkit release before we put up the new server, but it's going to happen very, very soon. I hope you guys have gotten into the pioneering spirit again, because soon we're going to go forth once again to tame new cuboid lands!

    • The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is OMGeek's raffle prize for the month of March! This comes in real handy if you're in the mood to hunt some orc. Support OMGeek for a chance to win a Steam copy! Remember, a minimum of ten donors are required for the raffle to push through.

    • ArmA II madness continues this week and indeed, this month! ArmA players, watch out for an ArmA II-related announcement very soon.

Our raffle for the month of March - The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Hello, OMGeeks! As you may have noticed up there on the header banner, we are giving away a Steam copy of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North to a lucky OMGeek supporter, provided that we get the requisite number of ten donors this month! The monthly raffle is OMGeek's way of saying thanks to all the members who chip in to keep the community alive.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Snowblind Studios is in the unique position of drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to world of Middle-earth, allowing players to bloody their axes on a wide range of deadly enemies and traverse both established and never-before-seen locations. The result is a journey that is both epic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected.

Co-optimus has a very positive review of the game here.

If you're interested in the game and you've been having a good time with the OMGeek community, show your support and get a raffle entry for your trouble! Good luck, everyone, and thank you for your continued support!

Congraturations are in Order

This month's draw was very brief. We printed out the names on a sheet of paper, we cut the sheet to pieces with a pair of kiddie scissors, we tossed the pieces in a box, and the first one we fished out was the lucky winner. At this point, if it were 1996, I would then use the phrase "Wham, bam, thank you Ma'am" in a non-ironic and totally cool sort of manner.

Polite and gentlemanly felicitations to Bobthekillerpenguin, who will get a Steam copy of Serious Sam 3: BFE! Golf claps and tennis claps all around.

While we're here, let me express my gratitude once again to everyone who supported OMGeek this month! Thanks not only for chipping in, but also for your continued presence in the forums and in the chatroom. We're here to play games and make new friends, and not necessarily in that order. Thanks, guys. Be ready again next month for the next big raffle draw!

The Late Monday AAR: It's Tuesday

Yeah, I know. Between an increased work load at my day job, a resumption of requests for my freelance animation work, and playing all the lovely games I got during the holidays with you guys, I haven't had much time to sit down and write about what's been going on. Let me rectify this now:

    • Battlefield 3 scheduled games resume - OMGeeks who were around last Sunday know this already. The mobilization for our weekly Battlefield 3 Skirmish Sunday is in full swing! We played our first match of 2012 last Sunday with a uniquely debilitating handicap: the OMGeek Mumble server picked the perfect time to go down right when the event started. Instead of piling into Steam chat or Battlelog party chat and clogging up the radio waves with everybody screaming into a single channel, we simply decided to go in mute.

      I was hoping for the online equivalent of a perfectly executed flash mob. If flash mobs consisted of mimes. With guns. And SOFLAMs and Javelins and fighter jets performing surgical strikes. What we got was a liiiitle bit less than that, but we did have fun, as always. Good game, guys, and be back next week when we all rediscover our vocal chords!

    • World of Tanks tank company begins to take shape - A handful of you have discovered the wonders and joys of driving around in a 50-year-old war machine and shooting gigantic hunks of metal at each other at fairly murderous velocities. Most of our current World of Tanks players are just beginning to go through the first three tank tiers, although some of us did have a little head start in the grind. Gentlemen, prepare to say goodbye to your cute little Cunninghams, MS-1s, and Leichttraktors as we proceed on up the ladder of Treaded Death Machines. With the latest update, you can now even be the proud owner of a French tank. French. Tank.

      If you still haven't joined us in our quest for, well, bigger tanks and bigger guns, please visit the World of Tanks thread in the forums to find out how you too can putter around in a metal coffin, flattening picket fences and low hedges like the Angel of Death that you truly are.

    • Hearts of Iron 3 recruitment very soon - Thanks to Paradox Interactive, you too can have the full Hitler finds out about experience as you watch your troops get ground into the dust because that dummkopf General Steiner was unable to mobilize his forces in time. Hearts of Iron 3 is a grand strategy game set in World War II which puts you in control of a nation of your choice and its military, economic, political, and technological development from the mid-30s to the late 40s.

      OMGeek is going to organize a grand strategy session very soon, and our Hearts of Iron 3 thread is open to anyone interested in learning, playing, and even teaching the game. We're all newbies here, about the embark upon the Great Crusade.

    • Hey! You! Get Serious! - Today is Raffle Announcement Day, and yes, we have announced what the raffle prize is going to be this month. If you can't see it yet, please take the time to hit the refresh key to load up the new banner. We'll still be here when you get back.

      Yes! It's Serious Sam 3: BFE! The raffle, as always, is our way of saying thanks to the generous OMGeeks who have gone out of their way to help support the community. Each supporter gets an entry (or two!) in the raffle. To find out how you can help support OMGeek, please visit the Support Us page.

2012 is going to be great year! Stick around because we have events and contents planned as the year progresses. Thanks, OMGeeks!

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