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Black Desert Online is an MMO that combines a few aspects of EVE Online with a gorgeous fantasy world. It features plenty of fluid action combat, but you’d be missing out if you don’t invest in its expansive and robust crafting and production systems. This guide will help you get started, teaching you how to use ‘contribution points’ to build your own business brewing beer.

Before we get started, this is a guide that should be attempted by players around level 15+ who have worked through some of the story quests and have made their way to the town of Velia. Don’t worry, getting there should only take an hour or two. Once you’re there, I’ll take you step by step toward building your first ‘node network’ to begin producing goods that you can craft to make yourself a lot of money. You’re also going to need a total of four contribution points—which I’ll explain how to get in just a few moments.

I will say that thanks in part to Black Desert’s shoddy localization and the obtuse nature of the mechanics, understanding all of the nuances described in this guide might take some time. Just keep at it, follow closely, and don’t hesitate to experiment and see what happens.

Want to simply know more about what’s good and bad about the game? Read the Black Desert Online review instead.

What Are Contribution Points?

In most MMORPGs, your character’s power is measured by their level, and the same is true for Black Desert. However, Black Desert has more to do than kill monsters and run dungeons. You can set up trade routes, build and sell boats or wagons, become a master chef, and plenty more.

Almost all of those pursuits are tied to contribution points, a refundable currency you earn from completing different quests. With enough experience, you’ll earn points that you can spend and refund whenever you please.

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Perhaps the most basic way to invest contribution points is through renting items from various NPCs. As you explore the world, you’ll encounter many characters who will loan you items in exchange for contribution points. Whenever you’re done using the item, like a fence to set up a garden, bring it back to that character and earn your contribution points back in full. Where you’ll spend most of your contribution, however, is setting up sprawling ‘node networks’ to access resources or connect towns together to establish trade routes. Let’s dig into how that works.

How Do Nodes Work?

The world of Black Desert is vast and nonlinear, and you’re free to wander about and discover it as you please. Landmarks and areas of interest are called nodes, and by unlocking them using your contribution points, you can begin to chain them together into a network. Doing this allows you to hire workers who can head out to the nodes and harvest a given resource for you, like the produce we’ll use to make beer.

Looking at the world map, you can see how nodes are connected to one another by white lines that arch between them. All node networks must start at a town (the icon on the map will be blue) which is a node you get for free. That means in order to unlock a given node, you must first unlock any subsequent nodes between it and any town.

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Looking at this image, you can see that, in order to unlock the Imp Cave, I must first unlock the Loggia Farm node.

To discover a node, you need to locate the Node Manager, an NPC somewhere in the area of that node who you can talk to. Many of them will be located along roads, so as you travel keep an eye out and always talk to them if you see one. For this guide, let’s unlock the node manager at Loggia Farm.

Head west of Velia, keeping in sight of the coast until you see the farm buildings and fields of Loggia Farm. As you approach the front gate you’ll see Severo Loggia out front, the Node Manager. Talk to him and select the ‘node management’ option from the conversation window.

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This brings us to the node management screen. In the top left, you can see some basic information about the node as well as the option to invest two contribution points in order to unlock it. There’s a lot of information there, like temperature, that we don’t need to worry about as it mostly relates to gardening. If you already have two contribution points, great. If not, keep reading this guide, but you’re going to want to spend more time questing in order to get more contribution experience.

An immediate benefit to unlocking a node is an increase of drop rate for items in the area, which is very worthwhile if you plan on sticking around to kill monsters or gather resources by hand. If you can, always try to unlock a node that you intend to do any form of grinding in, as the long term benefits of increased item drops can really pay off.

Now that you’ve unlocked the Loggia Farm node, we’re going to need to unlock the sub-node affiliated with it, which will grant us access to Loggia’s potato fields. This will cost an additional contribution point.

Hiring Your First Worker

Now that we’ve unlocked Loggia Farm and its potato fields, let’s start working on our very first production chain. This one will be really simple to set up and won’t require a great deal of contribution points or effort. We’re going to be crafting the most sacred of liquids: beer.

Beer is fantastic for several reasons. One, I’m drinking some right now and it’s delicious. The other reason beer is great is because it restores the stamina of your workers, who will tire after a long day slaving in the fields for you. By getting your workers high on your own supply, you can keep them working longer while selling the excess beer on the market for a tidy profit. You might be wondering how we’re going to turn potatoes into beer. I don’t have an answer for you. It just works.

It’s worth mentioning that you could set out and harvest the potatoes yourself by running through the field and gathering them. By hiring workers to do it for you, you can save your time and energy for more interesting pursuits.

Now, let’s get some workers.

Back in Velia, we’re going to want to talk to Santo Manzi, the Work Supervisor, as he can help us get a worker for the fields. If you’re having trouble finding him, click on the NPC box in the top right of the screen and you can set a waypoint to him by selecting ‘Worker’ from that drop down menu. Once you talk to him, selecting the ‘contract worker’ option in the dialogue window will cost you five energy and will display only one random worker to hire. If you want to search for another, you’ll need to spend another 5 energy.

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Workers have their own skills and characteristics, and they’ll also level up the more you use them, unlocking more skills. Don’t worry about this too much, they’ll be plenty of time to tweak all of this to create a buttery smooth beer operation. For now, just hire whichever worker looks best for you, keeping in mind that their race determines their basic stats. Giants have more stamina and can gather for longer before needing food or beer but they also move quite slow. Goblins are speedy but tire quickly, and humans are right in the middle.

Now that you have your worker, open up the map, click on the Loggia Farm node and then on the potato fields sub-node and that will bring up a window of your workers where you can see their stats and how long a single trip to gather potatoes will take. You can also change how many times they’ll repeat the gathering process to a maximum of their total stamina points as each trip will cost one point. It’s also worth noting that workers won’t continue to gather while you’re logged off, so keeping Black Desert Online running even if you’re away from the computer is ideal.

Once you’re ready, press ‘start work’. You’ll immediately see your worker represented on the map, slowly making their way to the farm. If you want, you can even follow him as all the workers owned by you and your guild are actual NPCs that move about in the world.

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Go little guy, go!

Alright, gathering all those potatoes is going to take some time, probably around an hour depending on what race your worker is. While they’re toiling away for us, let’s move on to the next step.

On page two, how to buy your first house, brew beer with the fruits (and veg) of your (NPC’s) labour, and more.

What Are We All Playing This Weekend? – collectionfifatips.com

What Are We All Playing This Weekend? - collectionfifatips.com

Alice is at GDC, which is why it falls to me to ask in her place: WATYPWPATWPAWAPTPYPWAWPAPTPTP this weekend? If you need time to think about it, you can peruse our own selections below, with Joe and Medoly kindly standing in for Adam and Pip as they have done all week.

What Are We All Playing This Weekend? - collectionfifatips.comJoe: This weekend I’m heading to the Isle of Mull for a rescheduled trip that Storm Gertrude made impossible back in January. I’ve never been before, but I’ve heard it’s lovely. I can’t wait to relax in a tranquil setting, converse with some of the friendly locals, cook some delicious meals, do a spot of fishing, and perhaps even a little bit of farming. Of course I’ll be doing all of this in Stardew Valley on my laptop, while the real world outside passes me by.
What Are We All Playing This Weekend? - collectionfifatips.comAlec: I’m still bludgeoning my way (and tearing up my shins, as I had to trick the system into thinking I have more space than I do in order to use it) through Vive games and demos. It’s time to stop drawing massive neon space-cocks in Tilt Brush and try out Fantastic Contraptions physics oddities, for instance. I’m also told that Universe Sandbox ² has a rudimentary but mighty impressive VR mode. Haven’t tried out Elite Dangerous on a VR headset with a usable resolution yet, either. There’s a ton of stuff to dabble with even before this thing is released to the world: I guess I’m going to be overwhelmed come April.
What Are We All Playing This Weekend? - collectionfifatips.comMelody: I help run a guild in Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll surely spend at least a couple of hours being a catgirl. For me it’s as much a game as it is a place to hang out with friends so it doesn’t really get tiring even after months. I’ve also rediscovered the joy of jolly cooperation in Orcs Must Die 2, but this annoying debuff called “Getting a degree in Philosophy” is severely limiting my time.
What Are We All Playing This Weekend? - collectionfifatips.comGraham: I installed Black Desert Online five days ago and have yet to boot it up; I haven’t been back to The Division since last week and I’m craving it; and I’m pretty sure that Stardew Valley will be playable remotely over Chrome Remote Desktop, so I’m keen to give that a shot. But in all likelihood I won’t play anything because I’ll be too busy mucking around in Game Maker.
What Are We All Playing This Weekend? - collectionfifatips.comJohn: [Last week reader lowprices heard tell of John’s activities. “I heard a rumour that John was at GDC, roaming the halls in a coat made of skin, picking his teeth with his favourite gutting knife and bellowing “I HUNGER” at passers-by.” Is it true? Is John now headed east at a terrifying pace, headed who-knows-where? Sound the alarm and warn us of your sightings below.]

But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?

Black Desert Online’s Free Mediah Expansion Launched – collectionfifatips.com

Black Desert Online’s Free Mediah Expansion Launched - collectionfifatips.com

When we sent Steven Messner into Black Desert Online [official site], he came out gushing about the MMORPG… then telling us how to build a production empire. It was not a small game, and it quickly became even bigger only a month after launch. Last week saw the release of the ‘Mediah’ expansion, a huge free update adding the eponymous new region to make the world about 30% larger – with all the new quests, bosses, items, and so on you’d expect from that.

The Mediah expansion’s headline additions are that whole dang new region, “over 1,000” new quests, a huge boss which publishers Daum Games say “can take on hundreds of players at a time”, 40v40 PvP skirmishes on the Crimson Battlefield, mighty new weapons and armour, and craftable ‘alchemy stones’ to socket weapons. Hit the patch notes if you want to see more, including details on balance tweaks.

I’m never a long-term MMORPG player but I do always enjoy having new lands to explore, and Mediah looks pretty nice:

Black Desert Online has been out in other parts of the world since as early as 2014, remember, so the recent European and North American release is tapping into – and catching up with – those. This wasn’t something they quickly knocked out.

collectionfifatips – Managing And Upgrading Gear In Black Desert Online

collectionfifatips - Managing And Upgrading Gear In Black Desert Online

In case I haven’t said this enough, Black Desert Online ain’t your average MMO. And one of the places that is more apparent is when gearing your character. It can be a confusing process thanks to BDO’s not-so-great localization and how different it is from typical MMORPGs. I’m going to spell it all out for you in this guide, showing you how to upgrade equipment while demystifying some of the more obtuse concepts—like what the hell a ‘fail stack’ is.

As well as explaining how all of this works, this article should demonstrate, to those who aren’t convinced, that BDO is worth a look even if you’re burnt out on traditional entries in the genre.

How Equipment Differs From Most MMOs

In most MMOs, players are used to being handed a steady stream of marginally better gear as they work towards max level, but Black Desert treats its equipment system quite differently.

For starters, gear doesn’t have level restrictions, meaning a level one character can be decked out in the most powerful endgame gear. Don’t worry though, they won’t have the skills to make good use of it so you won’t get your ass kicked by a brand new player in sweet gear. There’s also quite a small selection of equipment to choose from, and you’ll typically only swap pieces a few times on your journey to level 50.

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Finding gear can also be a bit challenging. With only a few options to choose from, tracking down where each piece resides can be a headache. By and large, the easiest way is to earn as much silver as you can and purchase everything from the player marketplace. There are a few valuable pieces that can be purchased from certain NPC merchants, and others that you’ll find grinding certain monsters or bosses. But by putting crafting skills to good use, you can make more than enough money to cover your equipment costs.

How to Upgrade Your Gear

Because gear isn’t level restricted, even the pieces considered valuable for endgame will start out relatively weak. In order to make them stronger, you need to upgrade them through three methods: transfusion, enhancing, and quality upgrading. Let’s explore each.

Transfusion

A pretty familiar concept to any RPG player. Using crystals with specific stat bonuses (like +1 attack speed), you slot them into sockets on a given piece of equipment and gain that stat bonus. In order to do this, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘transfusion’ option from his dialogue.

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Starting out, focus on increasing your accuracy, which will help you to hit high level monsters easier and make leveling a breeze. Later, transfusion will play a crucial step in rounding out your character’s stats. You can read the recommended crystals to use for each class over on Black Desert Foundry in their class guides section.

Enhancing

Enhancing is the most important way to upgrade your gear. Around level 27, your black spirit companion will give you a series of quests that walk you through the steps, but you’re more than able to get started early if you have all the materials. To enhance your equipment, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘enhance’ option.

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Using black stones, which can be found on level 25+ monsters or purchased on the marketplace, you can increase the base stats on a piece of gear up to 15 times, adding +1 to the name of the item for each success. Enhancing any item up to a certain point is pretty easy, but beyond that can become very resource intensive. Let’s break it down.

For armor, enhancing it up to +5 has a 100% chance of succeeding. Beyond that, your chances decrease significantly. Weapons can be safely enchanted up to +7 before risking failure.

Accessories are a bit different in that you don’t enhance them using black stones but another version of that same accessory. They always have a high chance of failure, but they’re also not as crucial to upgrade and can only go up to +5. Once you’ve successfully combined two, you’ll create a +1 version of that accessory. To increase your odds of getting a +2, use another +1 instead of the +0 version of an item. Just keep in mind that if you fail the enhancement, both accessories will be destroyed.

Failing an enhancement for weapons and armor doesn’t have the same consequence, thankfully. The black stone you used will be destroyed, and the equipment you tried to enhance will lose maximum durability. Fail enough times and that item’s maximum durability will fall so low that you’ll be unable to use it. The only way to restore that item’s durability is to acquire another version of that same item and take both to a blacksmith to be repaired. When you’ve dropped a few million silver on getting one piece of equipment, having to buy another one can really add up.

Fortunately, there’s a silver lining to this in that, for each successive failure while enhancing, you earn what’s called a ‘fail stack’. Fail stacks are a hidden bonus that increases your chances of a successful enhance, and for every failure that chance gets higher.

Now let’s say we’re trying to enhance a weapon from +14 to +15. That comes with a massively reduced chance to succeed, around 20%. You could throw away a ton of black stones and lower the item’s durability trying to luck out, or you can use a much smarter method by exploiting fail stacks.

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Remember how I said accessories have a really high chance to fail when enhancing? That’s a good thing because some early-game accessories are also dirt cheap. By purchasing several dozen of the same kind, we can combine them together and hope that they fail. Each time that they do the next enhancement has a better chance to succeed. To maximize our odds, create several +1 accessories and then try and combine them with their weaker +0 versions. The odds are so low that you should easily acquire a dozen fail stacks. Once you have as many as you think you can manage without accidentally succeeding, you can use that increased chance to succeed on the item you’re actually trying to enhance — often saving some precious silver instead of wasting it on destroyed black stones or sacrificial equipment to repair lost durability.

Getting all of your gear to +15 will take a long time, but it’s also not something you need to fret about unless you aim to be one of the top PVPers in the game. Once you’re around level 30 and start finding black stones while killing monsters, consider purchasing whatever best-in-slot equipment you can for your class. An entry level endgame set will cost you just under a million silver, which isn’t a great deal if you’ve been investing in your crafting skills or grinding monsters and selling loot drops.

Quality Upgrading

The final step in the process should only be completed once you’ve already achieved +15 on a piece of equipment, as doing so will significantly increase the costs of repairing max durability. Upgrading the quality will essentially transform the rarity of your equipment, taking it from a common green to rare blue to the coveted yellow. Doing so will also unlock extra stats, which can make that piece of gear all the more powerful.

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To do this, you’re going to need to purchase special workshops located within cities while also acquiring some special materials needed for the upgrade. To find out more about purchasing homes, you can reference our production guide. which goes through the process, though if you’ve upgraded your equipment to +15 and haven’t bought a house at this point, I’d be amazed.

Upgrading from green to blue will always succeed, while blue to yellow has a random chance of success. Don’t worry though, all you’ll lose is some maximum durability and your materials if you fail, not the equipment itself. Unfortunately, fail stacks don’t seem to apply here, so you’ll just need to try your luck.

Final Thoughts and Some Quick Tips

With all of this spelled out, you should be able to start hunting down some nice pieces of gear and working towards a killer endgame set of equipment. Each class has their own preferences for which stats they should prioritize. However, just about every class flourishes using the Grunil armor set along with Yuria weapons and Bares accessories. Rangers are the only ones who work better with the Heve armor set instead, but still use the same Bares accessories and Yuria weapons.

Fortunately, all of those items are readily available on the marketplace for reasonable amounts of money. Even better, Yuria weapons can be purchased directly from an NPC named Ronatz in Calpheon City (use the NPC search button to find him!). You’ll need to befriend him first using the conversation minigame, but he’ll sell Yuria weapons for 90,000 silver, which is quite a steal.

For more advanced gear choices, you can reference your class on Black Desert Foundry, which will also show you where to find the ultra rare gear for building the ultimate warrior.

Now go forth and enhance!

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 – collectionfifatips.com

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 - collectionfifatips.com

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol’ breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months.

Below is the full, hundred-strong roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks.

They’ve got a few extra categories to browse over on Steam, including top new releases by month, the top-selling VR games (no comment) and the best-peforming graduates from the early access programme. The one we’re most interested in, though, is ‘top sellers’, which covers the games with the most gross revenue – i.e. including DLC sales, which is why there are a fair few free-to-play entries. This gives us a pretty clear sense of what people were most keen to play last year.

Valve don’t provide individual ranks for these games – so we don’t know, for instance, if Plunkbat ultimately sold more copies than CSGO did – but instead has arranged them into olden hit record-themed categories. Without knowing exactly what the criteria for each of these is, my guess is ‘owns a mansion on every continent’ – ‘takes regular private helicopter rides’ – ‘has live-in staff’ – ‘owns a Tesla’.

Without further ado, here we go. At the end of it all, I’ve rounded it up into a few key info-stats that give us a better sense of the shape of PC gaming in 2017.

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‘Platinum’

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The latest incarnation of Valve’s deathless team shooter.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft’s military shooter continues to do the business two years after release.

H1Z1

The sometime DayZ-rivalling survivo-multiplayer game from Daybreak Studios.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Open-world tactical shooting, again from the house of Ubi.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projeckt’s sprawling, beautiful, dirty fantasy RPG.

Rocket League

Instantly accessible car-football fun from Psyonix.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

Never heard of it.

ARK: Survival Evolved

Online dinosaur-bothering and survival.

Dota 2 (F2P)

Valve’s own take on the Warcraft III-derived moba.

Divinity: Original Sin II

Larian Studios hit big again with this traditional but expansive fantasy RPG.

Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar can spare a dime or two.

Waframe (F2P)

Digital Extreme’s free-to-play sci-fi MMO shooter, which saw some big updates over 2017.

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‘Gold’

Fallout 4

Bethesda’s sandbox, combat-heavy post-apocalyptic RPG.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

The latest bout of turn-based world-ruling from Firaxis.

NieR: Automata

Square Enix’s heartstring-tugging and reflex-testing robo-everything game.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Bethesda take the series that gave us Skyrim online – last year it returned to Morrowind, too.

Arma 3

Tactical military simulation at a huge scale from Bohemia Interactive.

Stellaris

Sci-fi 4X from Paradox.

Assaassin’s Creed Origins

Egypt-set shenanigans from Ubisoft’s parkour and daggers series.

For Honor

Vikings vs Samurai vs knights in this online brawler from Ubisoft.

Call of Duty: WWII

Activision and Sledgehammer return COD to its ’40s roots.

Total War: Warhammer

Sega/Creative Assembly meld the historical strategy series with Games Workshop goblins et al.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Sequel to Warner and Monolith’s Shadow of Mordor, a Lord of the Rings game about vengeful orcs.

Dark Souls III

The final bow for From Software’s peerless RPG/metroidvania.

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‘Silver’

Final Fantasy XIV Online

MMO spin-off of Square Enix’s JRPG monolith.

Total War: Warhammer II

The recent sequel – earning less than its predecessor, interestingly.

Cuphead

Vintage animation-themed hardcore platform action game.

War Thunder (F2P)

Gaijin Entertainment’s free to play military vehicle MMO.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Capcom’s cabin in the woods-themed reinvention of the age-old Resi series.

Team Fortress 2 (F2P)

Valve’s stalwart online team shooter/hat collection simulator.

Black Desert Online

Big ol’ fantasy MMORPG with tons of living world stuff in addition to monster-bothering.

Path of Exile (F2P)

Hardcore, microtransacted ARPG in the Diablo vein.

Conan Exiles

Big pecs and swinging dicks in Funcom’s second bite of the Conan MMO cherry – this time as a survival affair.

Dead By Daylight

Serial killer-themed multiplayer/co-op survival game.

Cities: Skylines

Paradox and Collossal out-SimCity SimCity with their own town-building sim.

Euro Truck Simulator 2

Surprisingly zen-like haulage game/road trip bonanza.

Rust

The folk behind Garry’s Mod continue to make hay with their own online survival’n’sadism game.

Sniper Elite 4

Rebellion’s stealthy, slightly sandboxy World War II shooter.

XCOM 2

Firaxis’ turn-based, alien-battlin’ strategy sequel, which had a huge expansion in 2017’s War of the Chosen.

Planet Coaster

Elite studio Frontier take a break from space with this theme park building game.

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‘Bronze’

Europa Universalis IV

Empire-building grand strategy from Paradox.

Oxygen Not Included

Space colony sim from Klei.

Stardew Valley

Tranquil farm’n’trade game in which you can pretend real life is not absolutely horrible.

Garry’s Mod

Half-Life 2 engine-powered DIY tomfoolery.

Hearts of Iron IV

WW2 grand strategy from Paradox.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Ubisoft’s post-apocalyptic, sandbox online game.

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth

Twin-stick roguelike themed around gore and twisted religion.

Terraria

Procgen build-o-survival.

Age of Empires II: HD Edition

Remake of Microsoft’s vintage historical RTS.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamic’s latest Lara.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Olden COD, with a near-future theme.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse II

Anime-adapting multiplayer battler.

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Just Cause 3

Sandbox, grappling hook-heavy carnage from Avalanche and Square Enix.

Don’t Starve Together

Klei take their scratchy survival game online.

Subnautica

Deep-sea survival and building from the makers of Natural Selection.

Rimworld

Colony management game with a million stories.

Hitman

IO Interactive’s glorious redemption song for Agent 47.

Tekken 7

Namco’s latest, glossiest version of the beloved fighting game series, now with even more absurd costumes.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Bethesda and Machine Games’ half-soulful, half-frenzied alt-history FPS.

7 Days To Die

Surviving and crafting mid-zombie apocalypse.

Doom

Another ancient FPS reinvention from Bethesda, high-speed in a very different way to its revered predecessor.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V

2010-vintage empire-building turn-based strategy from Firaxis.

Grim Dawn

Classical action RPG, which left early access in 2017.

The Forest

Murderous cannibal-themed surivo-craft ’em up.

Smite (F2P)

Free-to-play moba from Hi-Rez Studios.

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Left 4 Dead 2

Valve’s co-op zombie-shooter, from way back when in 2009.

Payday 2

Overkill and Starbreeze’s co-op, heist-themed shooter.

Dishonored 2

Bethesda and Arkane’s delectable follow-up to the choose-your-path, stealth-or-chaos whalepunk classic.

Football Manager 2017

The version before last of Sports Interactive’s sheepskin coat sim.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory’s beautiful and dark, dark, very dark third-person fighter.

Paladins (F2P)

Free to play, toonish, Overwatch-rivalling team shooter from Hi-Rez.

Tales Of Berseria

Story-heavy JRPG from Bandai Namco, making its first bow on PC.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Ubisoft’s comedy’n’controversy RPG, based on the show.

theHunter: Call of the Wild

Wildlife murder simulator.

Northgard

Jolly, viking-themed RTS.

Football Manager 2018

And this is the newest Allardyce simulator.

Wallpaper Engine

Mysteriously successful desktop wallpaper-finding and-creating application.

Farming Simulator 17

Mad Skill | No Plow | 360 Crop Rotation |

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The older, same say stronger LOTR battler from Warner.

Dying Light

Sandboxy single-player zombie survival game from Techland.

NBA 2K17

Basket-to-ball, this being the 2016 release.

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Borderlands 2

Gearbox and 2K’s cell-shaded FPS-ARPG mash-up.

Shadowverse CCG (F2P)

An anime-style collectible card game that we have never actually posted about before now.

Watch_Dogs 2

Ubisoft’s more light-hearted sandbox hacking and killing sequel.

Prey

Bethesda and Arkane’s latter-day System Shocklike.

Crusader Kings II

Olden monarchy-themed historical strategy from Paradox.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Much-anticipated but divisive sequel to Relic’s 40K RTS classics.

The Sims 3

EA are literally burning money by not putting The Sims 4 on Steam.

NBA 2K18

And here’s the 2017 release of 2K’s basketball series.

Factorio

Impossible machine-building that changes the way you think.

Hollow Knight

Beautifully-animated Metroidvania/action-platformer.

Endless Space 2

Sega and Amplitude’s sci-fi Civlike sequel.

Astroneer

Proc-gen space exploration and construction.

Killing Floor 2

Co-op, high-gore zombie-slaying.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Realism-focused historical multiplayer shooter.

Friday The 13th: The Game

Jason Vorhees in a surprisingly good, though buggy, asynchronous online game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Will 2018 be the year of Elder Scrolls VI?

Elite Dangerous

Frontier’s sprawling sandbox spaceship MMO.

Darkest Dungeon

Madness and perversion abide in this squad-based roguelite.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 - collectionfifatips.com

Right, let’s do some maths.

Most successful publishers*:
Ubisoft – 7
Bethesda – 7
Sega – 6
Paradox – 5
Valve – 4

*Purely based on number of entries. Total monies earned is an entirely different matter, which we have not been given data for.

Big publisher vs ‘indie’ split:

67:33

Note – this ratio could vary by up to 10 titles in either direction depending on your definition of the increasingly useless term ‘indie’, so let’s use it only as a working approximation.

Games primarily about killing things vs games not primarily about killing things

74:26

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 - collectionfifatips.com

Well, those are the games that made the most money, but a slightly different and arguably more meaningful metric is which games most people are playing. I won’t do so many entries here or I’ll go mad, but here’s the top ten. No new names from the above in there, but these offer a good insight into how the Steam playerbase en masse tends to think. Guns/online/hats, in the main. The only game here that isn’t a shooter is Dota 2.

Games with over 100,000 simultaneous players

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Warframe
  • Dota 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • H1Z1
  • Payday 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

You can find a few more, in the 50,000/25,000/15,000 cateogries here, and those do house a few games that aren’t in the bestselling list. To save you a click, those are Absolver, Total War RoMe II, Clicker Heroes, Elex, No Man’s Sky, World of Tanks, Portal 2, Mount and Blade Warband, Deceit, Yi Gi Oh!, Life Is Strange: Before The Storm and Starbound.

Which leaves me with just one last piece of extremely important information to share with you before we get on with 2018 in earnest:

Happy new year, chums.

VAR experiment discussed at The IFAB ABM – collectionfifatips.com

  • The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of The IFAB took place in Zurich on Monday
  • Main focus of the meeting was on the experiment with Video Assistant Referee (VAR)
  • Items related to football development and the quality and fairness of the game were also discussed

The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday. Chaired by FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General, Zvonimir Boban, the meeting covered an extensive list of important items related to the development of football and how best to improve the quality and fairness of the game.

The main focus of the ABM was on the experiment with Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which has been taking place in more than 20 football competitions around the world over the last two years. This has included the use of VAR in over 800 competitive matches. Full analysis of the VAR experiment can be found here.

The IFAB were encouraged by the positive and thorough results of the VAR experiment and agreed that a proposal to ensure consistency in using VAR would be made for approval at The 132nd IFAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zurich, Switzerland, on 3 March 2018.

Among the other items discussed during Monday’s ABM was a detailed report on the two-year experiment of allowing an additional substitution in extra time, which has been conducted in various competitions around the world, and proposed changes to the Laws of the Game for 2018/19.

Further details on the items discussed at Monday’s ABM can be found here.

Warmane The Dungeon Finder And Heirlooms Basic Guide

Dungeon Finder:
Dungeon Finder is often a tool for finding groups for 5-player dungeons, at the same time as a signifies of directly entering those situations. Dungeon Finder is usually accessed by way of the Group Finder, found through a button on the micro menu in the bottom of the user interface. Dungeon Finder is unlocked at level 15.
Dungeon Finder selects players to type a party from all servers inside the battlegroup, so there need to have not been a complete group of players on one particular realm. Note that it truly is not doable to queue for dungeons outdoors on the player’s level bracket or expansion level; e.g. level 80 players can’t queue for classic or Burning Crusade dungeons.

The first screen players see shows the role choice toggles and also the sort of dungeon preferred. By default, the selection is to get a random dungeon. This can be changed via the Form dropdown to such options as Random Lich King Heroic, Random Burning Crusade Dungeon, or Random Classic Dungeon. Operating a random dungeon confers further rewards in the form of emblems and gold.
Deciding on a precise dungeon or dungeons could be accomplished by picking the quite initially choice in the Variety dropdown. The UI adjustments to show a list of dungeons, all of which are selected. To narrow the list, click the checkbox next to the category line to select/deselect all dungeons in that category. Players can also collapse categories of dungeons by clicking the +/- box simply to the left with the category checkbox.

Heirloom:
Snuggled in-between the Toy Box and Appearances within your Collections, the Heirloom Tab is property to a one of a kind choice of gear in contrast to any other inside the game. This guide is committed to the Heirloom Collection, what they are, where to find them, and ways to receive them.

Heirloom gear is different from each and every other kind of gear that is definitely obtainable in Planet of Warcraft. There are three distinctive qualities about Heirlooms that tends to make them so appealing to quite a few players:

1. Collections Tab – Once an heirloom is obtained, it can be added to the Heirloom Tab below “Collections”, the same spot as Mounts, Pets, the Toy Box, and Appearances. It doesn’t matter which character obtains the heirloom when any piece is added, any other character on that account can open up the tab at any time and develop new copies. Heirlooms are automatically added to the Heirloom Tab the moment they’re bought or obtained. For any heirlooms acquired prior to 6.1, log onto the characters that have these heirlooms equipped, or in their bags or bank for them to be added towards the tab. As soon as an heirloom is within the collection, simply clicking on it creates a new one particular and it really is placed in their bags. If a class can dual-wield two of your same weapon (or two with the exact same trinket), they only need to be purchased as soon as, as an additional one could be designed in the tab. Mailing heirlooms in between characters are no longer important (but still feasible, if preferred).

2. Experience Boost – Some heirlooms (but not all) present an XP boost, everything you earn by questing, killing monsters, running dungeons, and so on, is increased in many amounts whilst these pieces of gear are equipped. Some heirlooms only raise XP gains when in PvP Battlegrounds. The XP enhance offered by distinctive pieces of gear stack with each other. By way of example – if a character is wearing both Burnished Helm of Might (+10% raise) and Ripped Sandstorm Cloak (+5% boost), they get a combined total of +15% encounter gained.

3. Level Scaling – the statistics on the gear will scale up or down, based on the level of the character currently wearing them. Say, as an example, a warrior includes a two-handed heirloom axe equipped, how highly effective that axe is going to be is directly related to what level that character is at present:
Level 1 +3    Strength
Level 20 +7    Strength
Level 60 +17    Strength
Level 80 +27    Strength
Level 100 +133    Strength

Heirlooms do have their limitations, even though, so there are some points to keep in mind:

1. Heirlooms possess a cap to how higher they will scale having a character. This cap is level 60, level 90, level 100, or level 110, based on what level upgrade the heirloom has. Once a character reaches this cap, they no longer benefit from an expertise enhance plus the stats no longer enhanced. (I.e. the moment a character dings level 60 with Tattered Dreadmist Robe equipped (and with no upgrades on it), all knowledge gains cease and the stats will remain at that level regardless of how many additional levels they get.)

2. When upgraded heirlooms reach the level cap of an older expansion they still have stats that are relative to that expansion. In some cases, there’s a sharp increase in mob difficulty from 1 expansion to the subsequent, so it may be essential to decide involving stronger gear for 1 level or an XP boost. As an example, the heirloom weapons at level 80 will be substantially significantly less effective than your initially green quest reward weapon in Cataclysm content.

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World football's dates for your diary in 2018 on collectionfifatips

  • We round up the key footballing dates for 2018
  • FIFA World Cup on the horizon in June and July
  • Two women’s football tournaments later in the year

Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us and is set to feature fantastic football aplenty. To make sure that you do not miss any of the must-see events in store, FIFA.com has rounded up the highlights on the horizon. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your brand new diary and note down the following key dates.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
Undoubtedly the main footballing event already marked in the calendar of most football fans around the world is the global showpiece at Russia 2018. On Thursday 14 June, the first of 64 games will kick-off with the hosts against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, with the 2018 World Cup Final taking place at the same venue on Sunday 15 July.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018
Less than a month after the final whistle is blown in Moscow at Russia 2018, focus shifts to the women’s game. With the picturesque region of Brittany set to host this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the tournament will begin in Vannes on Sunday 5 August, with the final to be played at the same venue on Friday 24 August.

Fans keen to learn the fate of the qualified teams will also need to note down Thursday 8 March, the date on which the draw will be held to split the 16 teams into four groups.

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018
South America has not hosted a global women’s youth finals for a decade, since Chile played host to the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008, and so fans of women’s football across the world will be turning a keen eye to Uruguay later in the year. The tournament will begin on Tuesday 13 November, and conclude on Saturday 1 December.

When all the teams are known, the draw will take place in Zurich on Wednesday 30 May.

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018
It seems a little hasty to already be thinking ahead to the next edition, after Real Madrid retained the trophy just a few weeks ago, but it is always worth keeping ahead of the game. UAE 2018 will begin on Wednesday 12 December, with the final set to be played on Saturday 22 December.

Planet football will also see other huge events, such as the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on 1213 June and the 2018 edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards™, with a venue and date for the latter to be confirmed later in the year.

Of course, we cannot forget the steady supply of club football all year round, from leagues to domestic cups and continental competitions, which you can keep track of as they happen with our Live Scores section.

Too much information to take in all at once? Fear not, simply stay tuned to FIFA.com or the FIFA App and follow our accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep on top of everything during what promises to be another fantastic year in football.

Path of exile 3.1 Build for Marauder Chieftain

The Path of exile Chieftain focuses on dealing fire damage. Chieftain can do that either by himself or by way of totems which benefit from the defensive nodes within this tree. Within this Post PoeCurerncybuy List Path of Exile, 3.1 Marauder Chieftain Build With Flame Totem, Raise Zombie, Righteous Fire, Shockwave Totem Gems Skills for you,  PoeCurrencyBuy as an expert Poe Currency site, gives safe, rapid and low-priced Poe Orbs for you. With more than ten years of excellence, we’ve got served a considerable number of customers. In the event you are hesitating where to buy Poe Exalted Orb, PoeCurrencyBuy will likely be a good option.


[poe 3.1 Flame Totem] FLAME TOTEM CHIEFTAIN, MOM BM EB, All the things VIABLE budget + wealthy version 300k+ DPS

-MOM EB BM due to the fact This Build have ES on my mana counting as effective life pool, however, it can recharge since This Build use life to cast skills
-6 hyperlink priority : Flame Totem – Controlled Destruction – Elemental Focus – Fire Penetration – Inc Crits – Empower
-and superior enough can beat out Yokohama in clear speed, having said that not in single target DPS (wand provides more totem range should you choose to possess another one with Proj speed, also far more crit)
-try to prevent obtaining yet another element than fire on the wand; totems will kill themselves to reflect

MANDATORY UNIQUES: INFERNAL MANTLE (+1 fire gems and crit likelihood is so gg, also has superior es) charges like two alchemy if you would like to possess a single Require spent ~40 Poe Exalted Orb on it this league 😀

Pros:
+ can do double reflect, no leech/regen at as soon as
+ our totems are taunting, outstanding lab runner
+ newbie friendly
+ secure playstyle, spot symbols and run around
+ crits make playing this build insanely satisfying, BOOM BOOM BOOM
+ totems leech life for themselves and us
+ totally out of meta build

Cons:
– mediocre defenses, even so, I’ve seen people in my guild obtaining level one hundred with this build, so it’s attainable
– totems are vulnerable to freezes and Poe chaos orb damage
– symbols are usually not instant action, so evident speed is not prime tier
– possess a self-cast that curse you lazy [Removed by Support]

Link: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2032247

 
[poe 3.1 Raise Zombie] The Dancing Avatar – AoF IW GC/The Baron/12 Zombies/The Dancing Dervish(1200+ Str)

This build revolves about the Marauder’s Chieftain Ascendancy with its capability to efficiently stack Strength to buff himself’s full fire conversion Glacial Cascade also like his 12 Zombies although utilizing “The Dancing Dervish” (TDD) in it is manifested type as useful clearing tool. Since Strength stacking provides Life and there’s the leech around the Ascendancy tree along with the Zombies by way of The Baron, it’s also reasonably secure to utilize.

Pros:
+ Rampage.
+ Fairly Inexpensive.
+ Enjoyable to play.
+ Defense=Offense.
+ 12 life leeching Zombies acting as meatshields.
+ The satisfying visual of an excellent Cycloning Sword.

Coins:
– You shed defenses as you cannot put on a shield. You do possess a great deal of leech plus a wall of zombies although.
– In case you fail to start a rampage, you might be missing many harm, defenses, and apparent speed.
– Build only genuinely begins at level 59 because you’ll be able just then to equip TDD.
– Stacking Strength at first is easy, but knocking through the 1K mark is hardish as you may need to juggle res, str, and life on gear which may be high-priced.

 
[poe 3.1 Righteous Fire] Demi’s PURE STRENGTH Righteous Fire Chieftain! SUPER Price range, UBER LAB/Atziri/T16 VIABLE

For those who take a look at This build gear, you’ll notice I’ve “added cold damage to attacks” crafted on This build amulet. This Build indicates every time I Shield Charge into a pack of mobs, they all get +25% cold resistance and -50% fire/lightning resistance, boosting This build RF damage. Righteous Fire can be a degeneration effect, which suggests it by no means “hits” to proc EE on enemies.

You possibly do not have adequate life regen or maybe an adequate high-level Purity of Fire, or some mixture of both. RF burns us for 90% of our maximum life per second, which can be then mitigated by our Fire Resist. So for example, for those who managed to get 90% fire res and 10% max life regeneration per second, you would have the ability to activate RF and not lose any life. This build aims way much more regen than 10%, so we overkill around the regen and can heal ourselves passively with RF active.

It provides you a suitable quantity of elevated fire harm, but pretty small life and not a lot inside the way of stats/resists. I’d as an alternative use a well-rolled Marble amulet or maybe a stupid high life amulet generally, with 40+ Strength.

Link: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1729087

 

 

[poe 3.1 Shockwave Totem] HC/SC Shockwave symbol more than – 300+DPS every single totem Good for Starter

This build made in Turmoil and hit 90lvl reasonably rapidly and smoothly. This guy doesn’t require many Poe currency to kick hard-ass bosses and clear maps safety and speedy. The principle Notion of it to convert all Phys damage from shockwave totem and severe harm from hatred to fire. This Build is two variation of build and both of it stong.

Why not ancestral Warchief totems
That’s not much better than Warchief but not worst. Key constructive – ST functions in the significant station – Warchief demands you keep close to symbols. Also with ST you will not need high DPS Weapons

Why not correct fire totems
Righteous fire totems are excellent. But ST with Chieftain leeches you and taunt the enemies.

Shaper viable
This Build reasonably sure that ST can kill all guardians quite secure. That’s also a superb uber lab farmer.
Why chieftain over berserk
ST hits quite difficult. With chieftain nodes, totems leech us exceptionally quickly. Also, that taunt enemies – it is superb survivability bonus.

The way to leveling this build
This Build utilized beneath at low levels. Then ancestral Warchief. Soon after obtaining Cauteriser – shockwave totem

Hyperlink: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2031889

collectionfifatips – Everton hope to hire Sam Allardyce as manager imminently – sources

The Exploding Heads wrap up a wild matchday 16 in England with Premier League in 90 seconds (plus stoppages).
The FC crew react to reports Sam Allardyce is set to take over an Everton side bracing for a potential relegation fight.
The FC guys answer your tweets on whether PSG or Man City will make the UCL final and if Sam Allardyce can save Everton.

Everton are hoping to conclude a deal to hire Sam Allardyce as manager in time for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with West Ham United, sources have told ESPN FC.

Discussions between Everton and Allardyce’s representatives have taken place since Monday, with further talks planned on Tuesday, and sources have said there is a growing confidence within Goodison Park that the club’s six-week search for a replacement for the sacked Ronald Koeman is close to an end.

The talks come as sources told ESPN FC’s Peter O’Rourke that Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca has turned down the Everton job to stay with the Ukrainian giants.

Allardyce, who had publicly ruled himself out of the Everton job earlier this month due to the Merseyside club’s desire to recruit Watford manager Marco Silva, is now ready to accept the challenge of steering Everton away from the threat of relegation, however, and could be in charge for the visit of David Moyes’s West Ham on Wednesday.

The 63-year-old has been out of work since resigning as Crystal Palace manager at the end of last season, with the former England boss claiming at the time that he had retired from management.

Sam Allardyce has been out of management since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

But after expressing an interest in the United States job following the departure of Bruce Arena in the wake of the country’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Allardyce admitted he was open to a return to Premier League management after Koeman’s departure last month.

With Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri favouring Silva, Allardyce insisted he would not pursue the chance to manage the club.

But Everton’s dismal run of form under caretaker-manager David Unsworth — they have suffered five defeats in seven games in all competitions — and their failure to prise Silva from Watford has forced Moshiri to accept the need to look elsewhere and turn to Allardyce.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Allardyce is keen to appoint former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, who worked under the 63-year-old during his brief spell as England manager, as his assistant at Everton.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_

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