The Rose and Locket demo... makes me look forward to the full course game!

I've had experiences with games that feature an on-screen aim, and I wasn't particularly fond of them because they felt awkward (and wonky gets annoying after awhile). I mention this to express my satisfaction in giving the Rose and Locket Demo a chance, as it is one of those titles that gets it right.

It serves as a reminder from the ole SDGT playbook to never make assumptions. If it weren't for the captivating art style, it might have taken me longer to try out this game (another reason why demos can help a game). The art style has a Southwestern Aztec vibe with a hint of Day of the Dead. Additionally, the slanted images and graphics remind me of what we'll do here at SDGT (I likes).

This game also incorporates comic style elements, creating a feeling of playing through a graphic novel, reminiscent of Comix Zone to some extent. However, it's important to note that observing gameplay and actually playing the game are two different experiences. I encourage you to check it out for yourself and see if the gameplay entices you to add it to your wish list. Let the games begin!

 + Sophima 

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FTS: "The Hexadome: Aristeia Showdown" Reveals 1v1 Tactics Gameplay, Upcoming Closed Beta (PC)

Check Out the Official Gameplay Trailer for The Hexadome: Aristeia Showdown

Sign up today to experience the competitive turn-based tactics game for yourself when closed beta drops next month

MONTREAL – March 27, 2024 – Blindspot Games, the indie studio founded by veteran developers from online tactical multiplayer titles like Blood Bowl and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, today released the official gameplay trailer for its upcoming turn-based strategy game: The Hexadome: Aristeia Showdown. Lead a team of four champions with unique abilities and synergies in this deep 1v1 tactical action spectacle that’s XCOM meets Overwatch with a dash of Blood Bowl.

Blindspot Games has also revealed that The Hexadome’s first closed beta test will run from April 4-9 on Steam and will be part of TurnBasedThursdayFest, a celebration of turn-based games happening at the same time. Starting today, players can sign up for the beta on the game’s Steam page under “Join The Hexadome: Playtest." Click to request access and be notified when it begins next week.

The Hexadome is based on Aristeia, the brutal sports-show board game set in Corvus Belli’s Infinity Universe. On the galaxy’s most popular entertainment program, mighty sci-fi gladiators battle it out with live weapons to win the love of the fans, make money, and become victorious.

Pick your champions and fight in merciless 1v1 turn-based matches. Strategically position your fighters in the arena, create synergies, and give the crowd an epic show. Unlock your ultimate attacks, manipulate the course of the game to your advantage, and dominate The Hexadome!

Key Features

  • Turn-based Tactics PvP: Compete in 1v1 matches with tons of strategic depth. Climb the ladder to become the ultimate tactician over multiple seasons and events!
  • Assemble Your Team: Create a squad of champions from a vibrant roster of characters with their own unique abilities. Mix and match champions to create different synergies!
  • Thrill the Crowd: Win the crowd’s favor by giving them what they came for: a brutal spectacle! Chain dazzling attacks, tackle opponents with style, and frag them with epic shots. The more the fans love you, the faster you can unleash your ultimate ability!
  • Manipulate the RNG: Improve your odds by hacking the arena, collecting drops and promoting sponsors!

Players can wishlist The Hexadome and sign up for the closed beta, running April 4-9, on Steam starting today.

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FTS: Are You Ready For A New Super Hero Team-Based PVP Shooter starring the Marvel Universe?

NetEase Games and Marvel Games Reveal Marvel Rivals, A New Super Hero Team-Based PVP Shooter Featuring a Deep Roster Across the Marvel Universe

  • Assemble an all-star Marvel squad and fight in team-based, third-person 6v6 battles in the new, free-to-play, and continually evolving universe of Marvel Rivals!
  • Experience an unstoppable lineup of the most popular and iconic Super Heroes and Super Villains the Marvel universe has to offer.
  • Devise countless strategies by combining powers to form unique Team-Up skills and decimating obstacles in your path via destructible environments.

Guangzhou, China and Los Angeles, United States, March 27, 2024 – NetEase Games and Marvel Games are excited to announce their latest collaboration: Marvel Rivals, a cooperative, Super Hero Team-Based PVP Shooter that lets players assemble an ever-evolving all-star squad of Super Heroes and Super Villains while battling with unique super powers across a dynamic lineup of destructible maps from across the Marvel Multiverse. Marvel Rivals is in development for PC by a NetEase team composed of global talent who previously worked on hit franchises such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.

“We are overjoyed to bring Marvel Rivals to players around the world. We have always loved Marvel’s universe and its characters, and we are so excited to develop this game,” said the Marvel Rivals Producer, Stephen Wu. “This is the game we want to make, and we feel very lucky to be the team who made all of this come true.”

“NetEase Games is excited to collaborate with Marvel Games to deliver a thrilling, fast-paced cooperative gameplay experience featuring all of your favorite Super Heroes,” said Ethan Wang, Senior Vice President, NetEase, Inc. “This partnership with Marvel Games continues our commitment to build world-class development teams and reach global audiences with cutting edge experiences.”

Marvel Rivals is one of our most ambitious game development projects. Since the conceptualization of the game and throughout our collaboration, our Marvel team has poured our hearts and souls into this project, and we are thrilled to work with the incredible team at NetEase Games to help deliver the ultimate Super Hero Team-Based PVP Shooter,” says Jay Ong, EVP and Head of Marvel Games.

Marvel Rivals will feature the following:

A Deep and Varied Marvel Roster: Choose from a vast array of fan-favorite and cult-classic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from across the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and many more from across the Marvel Multiverse. With the Alpha Test in May, players will have access to more than a dozen playable Super Heroes and Super Villains, including iconic characters such as Black Panther, Spider-Man, Magneto, and Magik.

Fast and Fun 6v6 Action with Ever-Changing Game Dynamics: With intricate environments, fast-paced gameplay, and ever-changing battlefields, there's never a dull moment in Marvel Rivals! Battle as Super Heroes and Super Villains with incredible abilities and combine your powers to bring unexpected fun to the battlefield in a matter of seconds.

Dynamic Hero Synergy: Coordinate unique combinations between characters to ignite surprising Team-Up Skills! Unleash the synergy of combined superpowers and invent new tactics that can turn the tide of combat. Ride on Groot’s back as Rocket Raccoon to take on your enemies as a dangerous duo, unleash Gamma energy as Hulk to charge Iron Man’s armor for massive damage, and so much more!

Creative Environment Destruction: Tear your way through iconic Marvel worlds across destructible environments! From Asgard to the Tokyo of 2099, use superpowers to alter these environments, reshape the terrain, and craft a strategic advantage on the battlefield. Take cover to dodge attacks or use makeshift weapons to strike down enemies. Players will find countless ways to utilize the environment to claim victory!

Continually Evolving Universe and Robust Post-Launch Updates: The Marvel Multiverse brings infinite possibilities! Each seasonal drop will introduce new Super Heroes to the battlefield along with challenging and diverse maps! Unlock new content to implement across various gameplay strategies while experiencing thrilling action and endless possibilities in these adventurous team battles!

Marvel Rivals features a storyline crafted by the NetEase writing team where the merciless clash between the tyrannical dictator Doctor Doom and his future counterpart from the year 2099 has forced countless universes to collide in the Timestream Entanglement, creating new worlds and crises still unknown. Now, Super Heroes and Super Villains from across the multiverse must fight together and against one another as disparate groups seek to defeat both Dooms before one achieves domination of these realities. Familiar faces become newfound foes while former enemies become the greatest of allies in Marvel Rivals!

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Universal Hardware Industrial Kick Plate... Mini Review!


The  Universal Hardware kick plate  may be industrial, but don't shy away from it in the home setting. If you have children that tend to be a bit rowdy and run in/out of the house a ton, then you probably have a door that looks like it has some form of gradient thanks to the dirt accumulated at the bottom of the door. The same applies to motorized wheelchairs and scooters that can do some serious damage to a door or nearby wall. 

The kick plate  multiple uses  beyond lining the bottom of an industrial door to keep things cleaner and intact. Think of the area where your garbage can and recycling bin are. If that is the designated area, spare the paint and place product like this in that area to prevent the sides of the bins from scratching the wall or food from being plastered on it. I've seen similar in industrial settings, even much larger plates... but this is a tamed size.

I can understand someone not wanting the clinical look in some spaces, but in others where it just makes sense... I'd use it. I placed one on the security door as seen in the image. I'm constantly kicking this door open (by mistake) or bumping it with something that needs to be carried out. So rather than chipping the door, this product and it's full lifetime warranty will do the trick. All I have to do is wipe this off if something spills.

I would also use this o
n the wall in back of appliances to prevent them from scratching the wall, and even wood planks if I want to define a specific area to walk on.

The  installation  is simple if you're able to get down and install it. I recommend starting with the top two screws after hammering in starting points so that it doesn't take a lot effort to get them in. This also allows you to properly level the kick plate. From there, make holes with the nail and then finish screwing in the rest. My biggest challenge was taking off the plastic wrap, and that was easy.

You can get the Universal Hardware Industrial 8" x 34" kickplate for $24.98, which is a good  price  (I've seen them for $44 on Uline and even $90 on Houzz at this size). You're saving a nice amount of coin with one, and it's not flimsy, while other competitors like Rockwood are just a few bucks more at $28.50 on the low end... I don't see anywhere that the competitor offers a full lifetime warranty the way the reviewed option does.

I give this kick plate a 5 out of 5. There's nothing to it but to install it and benefit by protecting what the kickplate shields.

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