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Besiege – medieval siege engines to lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets

image So I found this on Steam last night and jumped at the chance to get a copy. Seriously, who doesn’t want to build siege weapons and lay waste to buildings and troops? You had me at medieval siege engine.

(As an aside, the Ballista, Trebuchet, and Siege Engine were my favorite parts of Age of Empires)

Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets. Build a machine which can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else the desperate enemies have at their disposal.

I was only able to give this a quick once over, but it was wickedly good fun. As stated, the goal is make siege weapons to take out troops and towers. The first couple of levels are simply driving your machine into a building and knocking it over. Anyone can drive in a straight line and hit a target right? However, you will quickly have to master steering and other mechanics as things get complicated. And let’s not forget there are plenty of sheep barring your way. Silly little animals seem to find themselves under my wheels far too often.

The third level was quite a feat as I tried to steer between land mines and not only did I blow my siege engine all to hell, I set both the forest and the sheep on fire, but who knows in which order. I just remember the sheep running and trees catching on fire behind them.

I clearly need more time with this game, but so far it’s most impressive. The graphics are simple, but they look good. The siege engine is easy to construct but hard to master. You get wood blocks for the frame, wheels, cogs, pistons, steering, suspension, armor, and plenty of weapons such as spiked balls and flamethrowers. From this toolbox, it’s time to get creative and build some weapons of medieval destruction.

Besiege is Early Access so don’t expect a complete game with hundreds of levels. The first "map" is done and it looks pretty good. I’m sure the lads at Spiderling Studios are back in the lab dreaming up all sorts of new levels and dastardly puzzles as we speak. The core of the game is looking really good so I’m sure a lot more content will be coming soon.

And since it’s only $7, I could hardly say no. I’m looking forward to seeing what else these guys come up with. Check it out and have some fun!

Besiege on Steam Early Access

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IMDisk Ram Drive and SteamTool Library Manager

There’s quite a bit of information about Ram Drives out there, but it seems somewhat dated. I found one combination that looks kind of interesting. It’s a free Ram Drive tool called IMDisk and a manager for Steam games called SteamTool Library Manager.

I haven’t actually worked with these yet, but from what I can gather, the process works a little something like this.

You first make and mount a new Ram Drive with IMDisk. This will carve out a portion of your memory and make it appear as a hard drive with drive letter.

Next, the SteamTool Library Manager allows you to copy games from your Steam library over to the ram drive.

It all seems pretty straightforward doesn’t it? Some of this information is kind of old so who knows how reliable any of this is. I might be inclined to give this a try, since it doesn’t seem that hard. It’s not quite the automated set up of DimmDrive nor does it have the fail safe mechanism, but it might be worth a look. It doesn’t save anything or have recovery features so if power goes off or the computer reboots, the data is gone. Could be dicey, so not sure if I’m ready to stick Grid in there.

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You really need to get over to Steam and check out the sales

Oh my goodness, would you look at all the stuff on sale at Steam! I thought the previous sales were outrageous!

You can pick up Grid: Autosport for $13. You can snag SpinTires for $10. You can get Rise of Nations for $5. You can get the Age of Empires II HD bundle for $8.50. And there is all sorts of DLC and Expansion Packs on sale. It makes me dizzy scrolling through the list!

Just about everything is on sale. If you need some new games to play, jump over there and load up that cart! Hell, I just picked up the Golf Club for a fraction of the release price!

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It’s time to break out your wallets and head over to the Steam Holiday Sale

Don’t put that wallet away just yet, Steam has kicked off their holiday sale and there is an enormous selection of games on sale. This will run through the New Year (Jan 2) and already includes hundreds of games and will rotate through a huge part of their catalog.

Lots of games in my Wishlist are on sale like Gauntlet, Flockers, The Golf Club, Life is Feudal just to name a few. And on the main page games like Next Car Game, Grid Autosport and all the DLC, Road Redemption, SpinTires, Batman, the Total War series, Nancy Drew titles, Kerbal Space Program, Terreria and Assetto Corsa just to hit a couple of highlights.

The amount of titles on sale is pretty damn staggering. I don’t really need anymore games, since I’ve mainly switched over to playing Shroud of the Avatar these days, but some of these titles really have my interest. You can even pick up casual titles like Dead Man’s Draw and The Room.

I think I’m going to swoop in and grab some of the DLC for Grid Autosport. Then I might get a new game called Frontiers that has my interest, or I might just go all in and get Life is Feudal. Honestly, there is so much to pick from I have to pace myself or I might go broke.

There’s some great deals out there so head over to Steam and keep checking back for more games on sale.

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Big Game Sale Going On at Steam!

If you haven’t checked it out, head over to Steam and check out some of the big sales they have going on. If you’re into racing now is the time to buy with Grid Autosport on sale for $13.59 and Next Car Game Wreckfest for $14.99 and the mud-slinging, gear grinding adventures of SpinTires for $10.19.

There are tons of others on sale as well. From the look of things, damn near 5,800 games have a discount going right now. If you’re looking for something new, head over there before prices jump around again.

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