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Yvonne Strahovski Shows Intimate Moment With Son in First Picture of the Newborn Baby

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 13 hours 27 min ago
Gushing about her baby boy, the 'Handmaid's Tale' star and first-time mom says her 'heart has melted into a billion pieces a thousand times already.'
Categories: Celebrity

Crickets: The food of the future?

BBC Business News - 13 hours 31 min ago
A Vietnamese start-up is betting on crickets as a way of keeping a growing world population fed.
Categories: Business

Crickets: The food of the future?

BBC Business News Feed - 13 hours 31 min ago
A Vietnamese start-up is betting on crickets as a way of keeping a growing world population fed.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Crickets: The food of the future?

Business Now Mag - 13 hours 31 min ago
A Vietnamese start-up is betting on crickets as a way of keeping a growing world population fed.
Categories: Business

Finds Out Why Meghan Trainor Thinks Mailing Wedding Invites Bothersome

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 13 hours 34 min ago
During an appearance on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', the 'Dear Future Husband' singer explains why she prefers texting her friends her wedding invites than sending it via mail.
Categories: Celebrity

Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65

BBC Business News Feed - 16 hours 43 min ago
The billionaire businessman, who also owned the Seattle Seahawks NFL team, died in Seattle on Monday.
Categories: Business

Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65

BBC Business News - 16 hours 43 min ago
The billionaire businessman, who also owned the Seattle Seahawks NFL team, died in Seattle on Monday.
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BBC Business News Feed: Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65

Business Now Mag - 16 hours 43 min ago
The billionaire businessman, who also owned the Seattle Seahawks NFL team, died in Seattle on Monday.
Categories: Business

Armello Review - Nintendo Switch Update

Gamespot News Feed - 16 hours 46 min ago

[Editor's Note: We have updated this review to reflect our experiences with Armello's Nintendo Switch version]

Armello's hybrid of tactics, dice-rolling, and political intrigue has aged better than expected in the three years since its release, and on Nintendo Switch, the game is almost as formidable as it is on PC. Its charming blend of animal kingdom hijinks and turn-based strategy gameplay has yet to be replicated by a newer, flashier title; Armello has definitely held up well, and its uniqueness is undeniable. However, there are a few major differences between PC version and Switch releases, and not all of them are positive.

The most important distinction is the fact that the Switch version includes all of Armello's DLC content. The Complete Edition of the game includes a bunch of morally-grey heroes, seasonal effects, and a whole new clan to contend with. While the base game has a fair amount of material to keep you occupied, a criticism of the launch content was that particular victory styles were incentivized over others. At their core, the DLC packs attempt to address that by expanding your potential champion pool with heroes that operate very differently from the original ones in the base game.

Luckily, the champion pool increase is more than just a numbers game. The Usurpers DLC in particular has heroes which are brimming with devilish personality, along with playstyles that revolve around more than the just original victory avenues of skirmishing and keeping a death grip on the King's coffers. The Bandit Clan DLC adds around 50 new quests specific to this charismatic new faction, along with a thematically-appropriate follower that gives risk-taking players a second chance when taking up arms against their competition. The other DLC packs focus on mostly aesthetic and minor upgrades to dice variety, but they're still notable improvements on the range of material that was initially available.

The unfortunate change to the Switch version is the performance. Unlike the DLC additions that are, on the balance of things, a net positive, Armello doesn't run as nicely on Nintendo's console as it does on other platforms. It's not the sort of frame rate drop that makes the game unplayable by any means, but there's a clear disruption in the smoothness and timeliness of actions and animations that play out on the screen when you're in-game. This isn't something that you can attribute to online connection troubles either; some graphical degradation was experienced in playing against the AI in the Prologue segments, which in itself contained condensed elements of the game's mechanics. If you can put that to one side, then Armello's unique blend of strategy makes it a worthy pick-up on Switch. -- Ginny Woo, 10/16/2018

[Original review text follows below]

When you don't have three friends and some reasonably good beer to keep you engaged, a board game--especially a virtual recreation of one--has to work a lot harder to hold your attention. Armello accomplishes this and then some, and while it could use some fine tuning, it remains one of the best virtual board game experiences available.

At first glance, Armello can feel like a tangle of things--dice and cards and boards and coins and stats--but the quick four-part prologue does a good job of making sense of these pieces. Your primary actions include moving a character around the board to complete quests and avoid hazards. There are eight playable characters, and each character has different strengths, weaknesses, and abilities in addition to items they can equip to skew their stats in a slightly different direction. They also each have great-looking combat animations. Ever wish Disney's Robin Hood had 40% more bears punching each other senseless? Well, this game is for you!

As if you can't tell Brun means business, in a world full of anthropomorphized animals, he's wearingsomeone's head as a belt buckle.

To win in Armello, you have to either kill the king or have the highest prestige when the monarch dies due to a disease called the rot. Every full day--one turn for day and one turn for night--the King's health dwindles lower while his rot creeps higher, so no matter how things shake out, there are a finite number of turns that can be taken before the King will keel over on his own. It's also possible to defeat the King in combat, either by gathering four spirit stones from quests or tiles, or gaining a higher rot level than him. If a would-be assassin fails, the victory will automatically be handed to the prestige leader. Unless you're playing against clever friends, a prestige victory is almost always the easiest way to win. This can make the game feel unbalanced, especially when playing against AI opponents that frequently make ill-advised assassination attempts. That said, if you can resist the siren song of an easy victory or have other players wanting to spoil your plans, the varied win conditions provide enough variety to accommodate different play styles and keep things spicy through multiple sessions of playing with friends.

You also have a hand of cards--which are as well-animated as the characters themselves--that can be anything from equippable items and followers to spells and tricks that can be applied to yourself, other actors on the board, or specific tiles. Imagine if you could slam your Hearthstone deck down on a Clue board and swarm Professor Plum with Murlocs, and you have an accurate idea of just how neat this is in practice. Cards all have different costs to play, and crucially, they can be played regardless of whose turn it is. This allows for some tense moments and sharp twists in matches with other human players. On the other hand, when it comes to the A.I. opponents, the game tends to jump around a bit too fast to take full advantage of that ability unless you're particularly quick on the draw.

Long live the king!

What Armello suffers from most is a lack of customization options, something it could have stood to learn from more-traditional strategy games. There's no way to define whether you want a quick or a long game, A.I. skill levels are static, and when you're playing with friends, you're bound to a move timer whether you like it or not. Graphics controls are also somewhat limited, which means that you won't be able to turn off the haze of clouds in the sky, which would be dlightful if you didn't have to look down through them when you zoom out to see the full board.

Armello picks and chooses a variety of elements from board, card, 4X, and role-playing games without demanding either a familiarity with or a fondness for any genre. It also leaves a lot of room to engage as deeply as you want with the game's guts without feeling like you're floundering if you don't. Whether you're bumbling your way to the top or playing all your cards right, Armello makes regicide ridiculously entertaining.

Categories: Games

Apple Hides A Sneaky Price Rise Inside Your New iPhone

Forbes News Feed - 17 hours 36 min ago
As the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR were revealed to the public last month, Apple cut the price of the older iPhone models to move them down the portfolio and make them more attractive entry points into the iOS ecosystem. But there is a sting in the tail.
Categories: Business

Why you shouldn't hug your colleagues

BBC Business News - 17 hours 39 min ago
Whatever happened to the simple handshake at work? asks author Alison Green.
Categories: Business

Why you shouldn't hug your colleagues

BBC Business News Feed - 17 hours 39 min ago
Whatever happened to the simple handshake at work? asks author Alison Green.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Why you shouldn't hug your colleagues

Business Now Mag - 17 hours 39 min ago
Whatever happened to the simple handshake at work? asks author Alison Green.
Categories: Business

Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?

BBC Business News - 17 hours 39 min ago
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?
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Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?

BBC Business News Feed - 17 hours 39 min ago
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?

Business Now Mag - 17 hours 39 min ago
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?
Categories: Business

2019 Ford Ranger Will Offer a Ton of Accessories

Motortrend News Feed - 17 hours 47 min ago

Since August, buyers have been able to go online and configure their own 2019 Ford Ranger before it heads to dealerships early next year. Now, leaked documents reveal a host of accessories that will be available on the truck, from bed products to body graphics and kayak carriers.

The folks at Ranger5G.com say they received a list of accessories from a dealer source, and it’s quite an extensive list. Some of the goodies include Bushwacker fender flares, exterior trim kit hood lettering, a bull bar, and custom exterior graphics, of which prices have not yet been determined. Buyers can choose black or chrome step bars, priced at $399 to $529, respectively. Black 18-inch wheels are on the list, priced at $999. Also look for bed mats, bed liners, and chrome exhaust tips.

Midsize trucks often serve as recreational vehicles, so Ford is offering a host of racks and carriers for your sports equipment. Kayak carriers range from $199-$219, and a paddleboard carrier will put you out $150. There are also ski and snowboard carriers available for $199.

Ford is offering a decent number of interior accessories, including chrome door sill plates and cargo organizers. An interior lighting kit goes for $249, while a rear seat entertainment system is priced at $995.

Check out the full list of accessories over on Ranger5G.com.

Source: Ranger5G.com

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Categories: Property

UK's railway stations with most train delays revealed

BBC Business News Feed - 17 hours 47 min ago
Ten of Britain's busiest stations have seen more than half of all trains in 2018 delayed, research finds.
Categories: Business

UK's railway stations with most train delays revealed

BBC Business News - 17 hours 47 min ago
Ten of Britain's busiest stations have seen more than half of all trains in 2018 delayed, research finds.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: UK's railway stations with most train delays revealed

Business Now Mag - 17 hours 47 min ago
Ten of Britain's busiest stations have seen more than half of all trains in 2018 delayed, research finds.
Categories: Business

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