Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Kent Sutherland)

Brogue was created by one person. Rogue was created by two. Dwarf Fortress? Two people. Caves of Qud three people. Desktop Dungeons: five. Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup has had two hundred and fifty three contributors. Of these, fifty have been core developers. In the sixteen-year history of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, there has never been a lead. No design lead, no engineering lead, no art lead, no producer.

I spoke with David Ploog (dpeg) and Corin Buchanan-Howard (Lasty), two of the most prominent developers on the team, about how and why they make a game with such a sprawl of people. How many are working on the game right now? That s impossible to answer, I m afraid, David told me, laughing. Corin said, almost certainly less than twenty, almost certainly more than five.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

A hack ‘n’ slash adaptation of Warhammer Fantasy Battle is in development at Eko Software, the French studio known for their How to Survive action-RPGs. That’s about all I can tell you. Fantasy Battle, set in the Old World, multiple playable races, and that’s about it. Hacking and slashing through the grim dark future of Warhammer 40,000 was a lark in Relic Entertainment’s Space Marine — a perfectly average 7/10 action game to be celebrated, Alec will tell you — but what might this be? Heck, what would you want? … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Infamy! Infamy! They ve all got it infamy! is one of the best jokes of all time. It is also what I screamed as I was repeatedly gunned down in World War II shooter Day of Infamy [official site] while playing the early access version.

Fans of murdering me from afar with a scoped rifle will rejoice that the game has just now busted out into a proper release, fully baked and ready to storm some beaches. You can see what kind of terrible conflict you can create in the trailer below. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

A Light In Chorus

This week we’ll be taking a closer look at what’s going to be in the RPS Cave of Wonders at Rezzed! Let’s take a peek at the sparkling, magical landscape of A Light in Chorus! … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

In its early access mission to seek out new features and new civilizations, Endless Space 2 [official site] today encountered some corkers. Multiplayer is now in, supporting up to eight players, and a new faction has entered the 4X scrap too. The Riftborn are a lifeform from another dimension forced into ours, packing mighty time-manipulation powers and some natty threads. Here, meet ’em in this video: … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Joe Donnelly)

Crusader Kings 2 [official site] is (somehow) now five years old. Adam raised a glass to its humour and humanity last month in celebration of its half-decade anniversary, so I thought I’d delve into its modding community to mark the occasion too.

Much like the digital empires depicted in-game, many of its mods have risen and fallen since my last visit, however the following list sends the best into battle. Given how involved CK 2 can be at times, I’ve tried my best to link videos where possible so as to properly showcase each mod’s worth. Enjoy! … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Oh, Sega, your cunning knows no bounds. Recognising, no doubt, that many football fans are itching for some excitement during the doldrums of an international break, they’ve only gone and made Football Manager 2017 [official site] free for the weekend on Steam. And that weekend starts now, but please don’t miss work or school tomorrow and blame “that man at RPS”. Blame Sega.

Download the game now and you can play with no limitations until 8pm on Sunday (UK time) and even though I don’t think Football Manager is perfect, I guarantee you’ll have more fun than you would watching a World Cup qualifier. Especially if you’re English because let’s face it, if the despair doesn’t end us, the hope just might. Merry Footmas!

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

After kicking off with a two-parter in December, Telltale’s shambling story ’em up The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier [official site] will continue with Episode 3: Above The Law on Tuesday. If you’re expecting a cheery episode with Clem riding around on the shoulders of police officers and judges, you might be disappointed. Going by the trailer announcing this launch date, Above the Law is all drama and distrust. See: … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

I’ll always be excited when a new Dave Gilbert game is on the horizon. Since I first played The Shivah [official site] in 2006, a murder mystery more concerned with the Jewish faith than gangsters and gumshoes, I’ve felt I’m in safe hands with almost anything Gilbert puts out under his Wadjet Eye label. That includes games that he publishes as well as those he creates, and while I haven’t adored every single release, I’ve always found something to admire. With Unavowed [official site], his next game, Gilbert is incorporating ideas from the RPG world into a point and click adventure, and the combination could lead to his most interesting release to date.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Do you want a homecoming tale but don t want to put up with those deplorably cute animals of Night In The Woods? No worries, here s Norco: Faraway Lights [itch.io page], a neon text adventure of conspiracy theorists in a cyberpunk New Orleans. Or more accurately, here s a demo for the opening chapter. The story is: You ve come back home because your mum has died and your brother has gone missing. Why are brothers so rubbish?> … [visit site to read more]

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