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March 24, 2017

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

March 22, 2017

Widelands

Updated British English language for Build 19

Since the British English translation was causing a problems for Build 19, we have created a repack of the release. So, if you wish to play with British English, please visit our download page.

Everything else remains the same, so you won't have any issues with multiplayer games, and we decided not to change the version number.

March 22, 2017 01:26 PM

Battle for Wesnoth

News • Wesnoth 1.13.7: Development Release

Wesnoth 1.13.7 is now available! This is the seventh development release in the 1.13.x series and it delivers a number of improvements, most notably to the UI, and bug fixes. If you want to know more about it, check out the forum thread with the list of changes in this version.

As on previous occasions, we also offer two versions of the changelog: a trimmed-down players changelog including only those items considered to be relevant in regular gameplay, and a more technical full changelog for enthusiasts and content creators.

The source code and Windows packages are already available on the downloads page. You may also find packages for other platforms there as they become available.

Bear in mind that this is a development version, and one with major internal changes — as such, it is likely to include a lot of new bugs, some of which are already listed in the release notes. If you encounter other issues, make sure to report them to us so they can be fixed for future releases.

You may comment on this release in the forums.

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by vultraz at March 22, 2017 06:52 AM

March 21, 2017

FlightGear

Discover Alaska

Outback flying with the Twin Otter

If you’re looking for a challenge away from busy airports, IFR flight and traffic controllers try flying up in the North for a while. Remote dirt airstrips, spectacular scenery, challenging mountain flights, tricky navigation in rough weather – Alaska offers all of this and more.

In such a sparsely populated region, you need a special kind of plane – easy to maintain, with a short takeoff or landing distance and capable of taking a lot of punishment. Such as the Twin Otter.

Meet the plane

The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter is STOL-capable small passenger turboprop aircraft, ready to carry up to 19 people. The sturdy, non-retractable undercarriage, the short takeoff and the high rate of climb make the aircraft very suitable to serve small airstrips in remote and mountainous areas. In addition, Twin Otters can be fitted with wheels, floats or skies, allowing them to operate even off reinforced runways.

With a cruise speed of 150 kt, a service ceiling of 25.000 ft and a range of about 800 miles, the aircraft does not have the abilities of commercial jets, but its handling qualities more than make up for it.

The Flightgear version of the Twin Otter has a lot to offer – starting from a spectacular 3d cockpit over lots of simulated systems to detailed procedures. When starting in the plane, you find it in secured position, with external power connected.

Every flight starts with the pre-flight inspection, the tiedowns and pitot tube covers have to be removed, the wheels unblocked. Using Flightgear’s walker feature, you can literally get out of the plane and walk around, doing your pre-flight checklist.

Once you climb into the cockpit, you can then start the engines and switch to internal power. The plane makes excellent use of the checklist feature, with the ability to highlight every control that needs to be operated next, so you won’t get lost easily.

The cockpit artwork is simply great, close to photo-realistic, and there are lots of details to discover, from the way the windshield heater has a real function to ‘No Smoking’ signs for the passengers.

The flight dynamics is modeled using YaSim, which doesn’t make it overly realistic at the corners of the operational envelope, but the basics are all there and the simulation nicely captures the STOL and high climb rate of the plane. There’s no simulation of damage due to overstressing the plane done, but callouts of limit violations can be activated (and of course you can crash and destroy the plane).

If you’re in for a real challenge, start with a variant that has either floats or skies – if you have floats, you can actually select starting sites on the water (or get the option to re-position to a nearby site).

Mount Logan

A very nice bit of scenery is East of Valdez (PAVD) following the Bagley Ice Field towards the Seward Glacier at the foot of Mt. Logan, which towers a full 19,501 ft above sea level.

The Twin Otter will be able to take off from almost any small airfield, so we can explore this from Cape Yakataga (PACY). It’s going to be a cold flight, so remember to activate Pitot tube and propeller heaters, otherwise there’ll be nasty surprises later.

Fly north and start climbing over the first mountain ranges at about 10.000 ft – behind the peaks you’ll get your first visual of the Bagley ice field stretching in east-west direction.

Follow the glacier east until you see towering Mount Logan to your left, reaching up to almost 20.000 ft and opposite to it, slightly lower, Mount St. Elias. Then turn towards Mount Logan.

If you have skies equipped and dare to, you can try landing on the Bagley field or on one of Logan’s glaciers – it’s quite a challenge.

The Twin Otter reaches high enough to make the summit of Mount Logan, so start climbing again. If the visibility is good, you can see several other towering peaks over in Canada.

Turn back west and follow the glacier valleys branching north of Bagley field, forming the Logan glacier.

You’ll be rewarded by stunning views deep into ice-carved valleys.

Follow the Logan glacier valley till the ice disappears and mighty watercourses carry the meltwaters of the ice fields. We’re going to end the flight at Jakes Bar, which is a small dirt airstrip in the middle of nowhere. Like many small field in Alaska, it doesn’t come with a radio beacon, so you’ll have to find it by eye – it’s where a meltwater stream coming from the south merges with the water from Logan glacier.

There’s not much space here – but nothing the Twin Otter couldn’t handle.

Juneau and surroundings

Quite different but equally stunning scenery is found in the vicinity of Juneau airport (PAJN). Here the sea meets steep mountains and glaciers and fjords and islands dominate the scene. Equip your Twin Otter with floats to enjoy this best – you can start right in the water, for instance at Tenakee.

Admittedly starting the engines in the water is a bit ticky (expect to spin around while only one engine is running…), but water takeoffs and landings are really great fun (if the winds are not too strong – high surf can definitely ruin your day).

Once in the air, you can expect the flight dynamics to be somewhat different (the floats after all have different drag), but the Twin Otter has very high engine power, so it’s never a problem.

You can fly across forst-covered hills, majestic straits and explore remote bays, or fly over the Taku glacier north of Juneau – there’s plenty to see.

And the best part is – with floats you can land pretty much anywhere you like!

Again, maneuvering on the water can be a bit tricky, differential throttle on both engines, or even putting one engine into reverse thrust works best. And if you want to land on solid ground again, there’s still an operational gear attached to the floats – just don’t forget to extend it!

Save flying!

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by Thorsten R. at March 21, 2017 12:03 PM

March 18, 2017

Free Game News

Liberation Circuit

Liberation Circuit is described as a "rogue A.I. simulator" and is an RTS/programming game where you are tasked with escaping a hostile computer system. It's possible to play the game as an RTS and take control of units or use code to program them to act on their own. A very interesting concept I must say! It looks great too, with colorful abstract worlds.

Various units attacking in Liberation Circuit.

by Imerion (noreply@blogger.com) at March 18, 2017 10:36 AM

March 17, 2017

Free Game News

C-Dogs - 0.6.4

Ever-fun run-and-gunner C-Dogs just got it's new nice walking animations! There is also a new features that lets objects spawn items when destroyed, so now you can get healthpacks by destroying those crates!

Here's the new walking animation in action. Looks fancy!

by Imerion (noreply@blogger.com) at March 17, 2017 06:46 PM

Tank Arena

Tank Arena is an arcade game from 1997 that just got it's source code released, qualifying it for a mention here. :) It's playable against another player on the same computer in either a deathmatch, race, capture the flag or co-op play. There also seems to be a bunch of single-player levels to tackle alone. You can drive tanks, chopper and planes and there are several different ones to use, as well as four different worlds, a complete map editor and joystick support!

A few screens from Tank Arena, showing classic pixel art and splitscreen play!

by Imerion (noreply@blogger.com) at March 17, 2017 06:46 PM