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Alexis Kennedy, co-founder of Failbetter and writer and designer on Fallen London, Sunless Sea and Cultist Simulator, has been accused of being an abuser and “well-known predator” by several prominent women in the games industry, including an allegation from a former colleague at Failbetter. The allegations came as part of a recent wave of similar stories shared on Twitter, among them allegations made against composer Jeremy Soule and developer Alec Holowka. Kennedy has denied the allegations on Twitter and via a statement given to RPS, while Failbetter say they “believe and stand with everyone who has come forward.”
Humble Bundle has launched a DRM-Freedom sale where you can get up to 96 per cent off a huge list of well-known and cult indie hits.
The list of available games is vast and overwhelming, so do go have a browse through the entire DRM-Freedom sale page to see if there's anything that catches your eye. To help narrow it down a bit, though, I've gone through and picked out a few particular highlights that you might be interested in.
Let's go for something a little arcane and peculiar to start us off. How tempted are you by Cultist Simulator for 10.04? Even with its minimalist presentation, the enigmatic card game has scratched the back of my brain through repeated descents into the occult as more secrets are unlocked.
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT: TRANSLATION
Now that we have the full English content of Cultist Simulator, we'll be able to finish off our in-progress Russian and simplified Chinese localisations of the game.
We'll announce their release dates as soon as we can. Keep your eyes peeled!
Enthralling and maddening in equal measure, card-juggling eldritch life sim Cultist Simulator is celebrating its first birthday today, and there’s gifts for the devoted. Developer Weather Factory are rolling out the final two planned bits of DLC for the game today, each adding a new playable character, new ways to run your cult, and many more ways to lose. They’ve also announced Book Of Hours, the next game in the series. A spin-off tasking players with running and organising a forbidden library, and ensuring the clientele find what they seek without getting too badly cursed.
Cultist Simulator developer Weather Factory has unveiled Book of Hours, its "elegant, melancholy" RPG follow-up set in an occult library - alongside the two remaining pieces of its planned Cultist Simulator DLC, releasing today.
Book of Hours is notable for the fact that it started life as a bit of a throwaway joke on Twitter before taking on a life of its own. Back in January, Weather Factory's Alexis Kennedy posted an idea for an "extremely relaxed Cultist Simulator expandalone" in which players would adopt the role of occult librarian, examining, cataloguing, and arranging books for its visitors. "Very low challenge," wrote Kennedy, "lots of careful board organisation".
That early germ of an idea is now much more substantial, with Weather Factory's official Book of Hours announcement properly setting the scene: "Shutter the windows against the sea. Bank the fire against the cold. Listen to the rain rattle on the roof, while you slide books one by one into their ancient nests. For five centuries, the library of Hush House was a fortress of knowledge... until the fire. The collection is ruined, and the Librarian is dead. Your unique talents make you fit to rebuild the collection."