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Beginner's Guide to Tabletop Co-Op

Five great board and card games for newbies

It has been just under five years since we started the Tabletop Co-Op column here at Co-Optimus. Even before we looked at Space Hulk Death Angel the card game back in September 2011, we had covered other co-op tabletop games like Pandemic and Castle Panic in the now-retired Co-Op Casual Fridays column. We’ve taken a closer look at more than forty different board and card games that feature cooperative mechanics since we started.

 
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I spy with my big eye a beholder!

Behold! The Sword Coast Legends Launch Trailer and Screens

Sword Coast Legends saw a recent delay, but those that pre-ordered the upcoming D&D RPG will be able to obtain early access on the PC. Starting September 11th those who ordered via Steam and the Official website should be able to dig into the game with access to multiplayer content and a few of the built in tools with the single player access coming towards the end.  

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Nostalgia - The Silent Killer

Our Weekend In Gaming: Back To Basics Edition

Sometimes, you've just gotta get back to your roots.  Whether it's (virtual) toy soldiers, weekends in nature, or spiritual successors, at least a few of us want to hop a bit backwards in time and rediscover what really makes us happy.  The rest of the crew seems to already have this "happiness" thing figured out, though, so they're exploring metroidvanias and anime games galore.  Check it out:

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Including A Special Th.A.L.C.O. Thursday Edition!

F.A.L.C.O. Episodes 4 And 5 Are Ready for Consumption

Friday Awesomely Live Co-Op took some interesting twists the past few weeks. If you haven't noticed, the three of us are super dads, and sometimes dad duties or other family things get in the way of F.A.L.C.O., but the show must go on! I found myself with no co-hosts a couple weeks ago, and that would be fine if this were So-Loptimus, but alas, we are Co-Optimus, so I did what every super dad does in this type of situation: con their kids into work.

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Luckily, Chester was able to guide him to the field using an open bag of Sour Patch Kids.

Shrimpers Forever Volume Twelve: In Which Jack Payne Gets Lost At The Emirates

Ryan Leonard glumly scanned the dressing room walls surrounding him.  Celta de Vigo's facilities were undoubtedly nicer than the converted boat repair shop that his former team used, but they lacked character.  Where were the mold-emblazoned ceiling tiles?  Where was the pile of discarded Wild Cherry Capri Suns that marked Jack's domain?  Where was the plaque dictating his friend Han Kook's Thirteen Standards For Polite Social Interaction?

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Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Kirk.

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime Brings Romance To The Final Frontier This September

Space is such a stressful place.  When you're hurtling through the infinite void and encountering who-knows-what every half hour, odds are pretty good that things will eventually get dicey.  That's why you need a partner, someone to stick by your side no matter who you piss off or how many alien chainsaw guns you have to dodge.  Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime crystalizes this idea in game form, giving you and a galactic comrade the chance to guide your circular spacecraft through somehow increasingly dangerous situations.

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I can finally make use of that nine-way Best Friends Forever heart I bought at Six Flags.

Gather Your Posse, A Fistful Of Gun Hits September 24th

Of all the settings (both real and fictional) to justify the use of the terms "Bullet Hell" and "Shoot Em Up", I'd say the Wild West ranks pretty high.  Though A Fistful of Gun doesn't seem to map directly onto either of those genres, its combination of the two makes me wonder if there's even another contender for "Most Viable Setting".  Of course, these types of games have begun flooding the market as of late, so what makes AFoG so enticing?

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The Unlikeliest of Chums

Shaggy Impresses Batman In LEGO Dimensions Teaser; New Location Screens

You can take just about any franchise in history and devolve its characters into itty bitty lego folk, and the LEGO games have been wildly successful at doing just that exact thing. Of course, LEGO Dimensions takes that one step further and slaps a bunch of those worlds and characters into some of the most awkward pairings in the history of time.

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Nothing says "zombie apocalypse" like "dune buggy racing"

Feast Upon Gameplay of Dying Light "The Following" DLC; New Co-Op Demo Out

Dying Light is doubtless worth your attention if you're a fan of parkouring around ruined buildings and love zombies. Or maybe you hate zombies. Zombies are weird like that. Maybe you yearn only to crack them open wide with a police baton or, in the case of "The Following" DLC, a suped-up dune buggy. Two Techland Devs recently plopped down in front of a TV camera and recorded themselves watching some pals play the new Dying Light DLC, noting some of the new features added to the game.

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Go go go!

Serellan Announces Epsilon, Tactical Combat with Pre-Planning

If you ever played the original Rainbow Six titles (the PC ones from the 90s) - you know the best part about them was the planning phase. It was here you'd pick your team, equip them with gear, and then plan out a strategy that included routes, timing, and takedowns from a little top down tactical map. You could even run these plays without directly controlling your squad to see how well your plan would work. The recent indie game Door Kickers captured this feeling, but it missed the option to go in direct control.

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Bring Democracy into the cold, dark reaches of space, once more.

Defend the Universe With Helldivers: Super-Earth Ultimate Edition; Out Now

Greetings, Citizen of Super Earth. If you've ignored the call of the Helldivers for this long, your blood must run yellow with cowardice. Democracy triumphed over Tyranny (and bug-kind) in the 5th Galactic War, while you relied on real heroes to die on alien planets. You, and your families, should be ashamed that you have not yet donned the mantle of the Helldivers, and done your part to ensure humanity's freedom. 

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Heartbreak at the Loading Dock

Shrimpers Forever Volume Eleven: The Price of Povertyball

Chester McSlappy is a man at wits end. Whatever used to constitute a full head of strong, North Irish hair, has since withered into a morose frock of tufts. He's not balding-- not naturally, at least. Perhaps some eldritch force scorched his locks into translucent swaths. Or, perhaps the stress of the last few weeks have scoured almost every follicle from his once majestic mane. 

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I'm still holding out for competitive bandana folding.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Everything Is eSports Edition

Welcome back to the weekend, fellow co-op enthusiasts!  This time around, the Co-opticrew is quickly realizing that nearly anything can be eSports if you try hard enough: jetpack shooting, car soccer, furniture packing, even wedding photos!  I actually lettered in wedding photos my senior year of high school.  Would've gotten a scholarship too, if I hadn't sprained my index finger at a particularly raucous reception.

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Two top selling Steam indie titles gets up to 25% off

Co-Op Indie Deals: Rocket League Price Falls to $16, ARK: Survival Evolved to $23

Even though Rocket League has remained in the top 10 seller list on Steam since its July 7th debut, the price has been firmly in the list price range since release. Today it finally showed up for sale at third party retailer GMG, where you can take advantage of a site-wide 20% off coupon code and chop $4 off - the first significant discount on Rocket League from a authorized digital retailer. Accompanying it is ARK: Survival Evolved another indie title which has also strongly planted itself on the top charts.

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Time to bust out the aluminum foil hats

Ally Becomes Foe Thanks to the Mind Flayer in Sword Coast Legends

You would never think that your best friend, your compatriot who has been with you through thick and thin, would suddenly turn on you and kill you; until they suddenly do. Perhaps their actions are not of their own design, however. Perhaps the terrible Mind Flayer has enthralled them. This is but one of the foes you will face in Sword Coast Legends next month.

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We speak with Jesse Attard about Immortal Empire and free-to-play models

Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Tactic Studios Interview

The free-to-play model of games has risen alongside the surge of mobile games and it often (at times, quite rightly) gets a bad name. However, not all free-to-play games are quite so onerous. In some cases, this model provides smaller developers an opportunity to get their title out the door and in the hands of gamers. Immortal Empire is one s...

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Some men just want to watch a very small portion of the Parisien streets burn.

Take A Gander At The Fiery New Killing Floor 2 Update, "Incinerate 'N Detonate"

Ah, it's that time of year again.  Can you smell it in the air?  The burnt flesh.  The gunpowder.  The musk of a freshly slain zed.  That's right, folks, it's time for another Killing Floor 2 update!  The appropriately titled "Incinerate 'N Detonate" patch brings to us a slew of new conte...

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Following in its predecessor's footsteps

Divinity: Original Sin Sequel to be Funded via Kickstarter

Divinity: Original Sin is getting a sequel everyone! Well, it will if you fund it. Which you will, right? I mean, after all, you all voted for it as the Best Indie Co-Op Game of 2014. That's what I thought. So go ahead and get your financials squared away so that you're all prepared to start throwing money at your computer screen next Wednesday, August 26.