Gamerati News Update: 28 March 2016

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Curse of Strahd goes like hot cakes, AEG will showcase eight games at GenCon, Plaid Hat Games sets release date for SeaFall (a Legacy game), and rumors of a more powerful Playstation 4 might be true!

Curse of Strahd debuts at 6th place in a bestseller list

Publishers Weekly Hardcover Fiction list shows the D&D 5e scenario in position no. 6, having sold more than 6 thousand copies since it’s release for retail on March 15th. (The list doesn’t include sales from game stores, but from book stores only.)

Curse of Strahd is a standalone campaign for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, the first one not tied with other properties. The 224-page hardcover was written by Chris Perkins and incorporates material from the original Ravenloft adventure as well as new story content created by Tracy and Laura Hickman, Chris Perkins, Adam Lee, Richard Whitters, and Jeremy Crawford. It leads PCs from level 1 all the way to 10 in a mega-adventure of fantasy horror.

There’s a lot of free and payed ad ons to the adventure at the official website, and if you follow the news link in the shownotes, you can get the first chapter, The Death House, for free. WotC also promises that the campaign will be available for purchase for Fantasy Grounds soon.

Source: Purple Pawn

Alderac tweaks Big Game Night for retailers

Alderac Entertainment Group hosts the Big Game Night every GenCon, showcasing upcoming games for hundreds of people each year. This year, they’ll have a retailer level called Big Game Night Box. It’s a box with eight full and demo games, and signs that retailers can use to attract attention to the event.

The content of the box is kind of a secret, because it’s meant to be a surprise, but AEG has revealed the name of at least one game: Eight Epics, a cooperative dice game designed by Seiji Kanai of Love Letter fame.

With eight games in the box I find it poetic that the one game we know it’s in there is called Eight Epics. Kinda nice touch!

Source: ICv2

Prepare yourself for another Legacy game!

Legacy in regard to board gaming is a concept developed by industry veteran Rob Daviau in which the game “remembers” as players play. The game board changes, cards are modified and sealed packs are opened revealing twists and turns weaving a storyline. Players watch as their actions have permanent effects on the game. The first such game was Risk Legacy (2011) followed by Pandemic Legacy Season 1 (2015).

The third game, this time, is an IP designed from the ground up with the concept in mind. It’s called SeaFall and will be published by Plaid Hat Games. SeaFall is 4X game (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) for 3–5 players set in a world just coming into an “age of sail”. Players take on the role of a mainland empire that consults with a consortium of advisors to discover and explore new islands, develop trade, send out raiding parties, take part in ship-to-ship combat, and more.

The game comes out in September. MSRP $80. I can’t wait to see what’s in the box. The concept of permanently changing game pieces and boards… it’s kinda iconoclastic. I like it!

Source: I’m Board!

It seems the Playstation 4.5 is real

Dubbed the Playstation 4K, it’s probably going to have 4K capabilities, though. It’s going to be the same PS4 console with upgrades, including more graphics processing power. According to Digital Foundry, they independently confirmed a report about such console that originally hit the internet on March 18th. It kinda confirms what Sony executive Masayasu Ito said recently, that the company might consider a “high-power” PS4.

There’s speculation on how Sony is going to go about doing such an upgrade. They can make tweaks to existing off-the-shelf hardware to decrease the size of the console’s microprocessor, increasing raw processing power at the same time, which mirrors recent improvements AMD has made to its CPU and GPU technology. They can also “scale up” the existing console chip, which would allow for select 4K features to be added on. Or they can simply release a slim Playstation, something we saw in the past, giving it a small functionality boost using the most current technology overall.

As we reported on GNU on March 7th, Microsoft is also considering mid-generation hardware refresh in the form of an upgradable Xbox, but Xbox head Phil Spencer was talking about something to be implemented in the next generation. Sony is considering such a thing for this gen.

Source: GameSpot

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