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Interview: Benjamin Panah, Project Manager of Valnir Rok, a Viking RPG Game

Interview: Benjamin Panah, Project Manager of Valnir Rok, a Viking RPG Game

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Interview: Benjamin Panah, Project Manager of Valnir Rok, a Viking RPG Game

Valnir Rok is an online sandbox survival roleplaying game produced in Cologne in Germany, inspired by Norse mythology. Players will awaken to find themselves on Valnir Island and must do whatever it takes to survive in a land of wild animals, mythical beasts, and violent men. As a hardened Viking warrior, butcher your enemies in bloody combat, build and improve village structures, and form a clan to expand your power and reputation.

What was the original inspiration for launching the Encurio game studio?

The game was founded in 2015. It had always been a dream of the Valentin, Erik and Sebastian to develop a game. The brothers Sebastian Rahmel and Valentin Rahmel (Sarazar) started with a first concept of the game. Erik Range (Gronkh) joined immediately. Inspired by the Viking tv series, Game of Thrones and Survival titles like DayZ and Rust they created a first concept of a game with survival and roleplay elements.

 

RPG games have been one of the most popular genres for many decades now. What differentiates your games from the competition?

Actually, the mythical Viking setting. Still today most survival games are based in the modern days and far less in the medieval time period. And there our studio did decide to go for a Viking setting.

 

You recently launched the game Valnir Rok. What type of player would be attracted to this game?

We are focusing on two types of players. Those who enjoy a challenging survival game where you have to manage your resources, stay healthy and build your own home. But we also cater to those who just want to enjoy a mythical Viking world and experience the story of Valnir Rok as well as the lore behind it.

 

We don’t often come across games that are inspired by Norse mythology, what was the inspiration behind this storyline?

It’s our passion for Viking history and mythology. Many of us are interested in the Scandinavian history from the times when the Vikings were present and some of our developers even visit events and conventions where they can re-enact the dark ages.

 

As the main character you wake wake up on a beach, half-naked and exhausted, what happens to the character next?

Alone and with nothing on you but old and dirty clothes you have to search for other survivors and find out who lured you into this trap and caused your ship to wreck.

 

The game offers the feature of worshipping Gods and being able to win the favor of certain Gods. Could you tell us more about this?

Valnir Rok is based on Norse mythology but we decided to create our own pantheon. There are three gods which rule over the island and each one of them has their own domain. Everything you do in the game can and will change your relationship towards one of the gods and in return they will grant you favors which make you stronger, increase your vitality or increase some of your skills.

 

What are some of the professions and skills that a character can learn?

The players will need a lot of skills to survive in Valnir Rok and those naturally lead to professions. We offer several fields that players can specialize in. Those include for example blacksmithing so you can craft advanced weapons and armor. Or you could become a builder and create everything from single houses to full size cities for you and your companions.

 

Can you tell us about the ability to build houses and fortify them?

Our housing system is based on a modular building system. The players can pick from a large array of building elements such as walls, furniture and decorations to create their own Viking home. As with most survival games you start out with a small wooden shelter and as you progress you will unlock the ability to create more sturdy homes, made out of stone. As a measure of security, we have also added palisades and gates to the builder’s arsenal so that you can protect your homestead against enemies and other players.

 

Fighting in the Arena sounds like one of the most exciting parts of this world. What creatures will we be fighting?

The arena is a proving ground for all players where they can challenge the creatures and beasts of Valnir Rok in a fight to the death. Those who are looking to truly test their skills can also challenge other player in PVP combat.

 

How large is this multi-player world?

The map is about 16km².

 

Is there anything else that you would like to share about Valnir Rok?

We invite everyone to join us in Valnir Rok and experience the world we have created. We are still in Early Access on Steam but our team, together with the community, is working hard behind the scenes to release the full game within the next three months.

To learn more visit Valnir Rok.

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Games on Steam: Ancient Mysteries

Games on Steam: Ancient Mysteries

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Games on Steam

Games on Steam is a weekly installment that tackles the latest and greatest Indie games on this popular platform. Today, we talk about frustrated toys, futuristic racer, awe-inspiring ancient worlds, and one chill monster.

A Monster’s Expedition

To start, we have a relaxing puzzle adventure that puts you in the role of a cute monster eager to learn more about the mythical human race. The game comes from Draknek, a studio that made Cosmic Express and A Good Snowman is Hard to Build. Similarly, A Monster’s Expedition also features smart puzzles that revolve around pushing trees and creating pathways to reach new islands. Furthermore, the game is absolutely huge, and can easily glue you in for hours on end.

A monster's expedition gameplay

A warm and inviting world is filled with smart puzzles Steam

Angry Toys

You came to your grandmother’s house for a visit. In it, you find your childhood toys, although they are not as innocent as they once seemed. Unfortunately, they become erratic at night, and you will have to monitor them through toy cameras to keep a safe distance. This is a basic premise of Angry Toys, a horror game with a vibe that’s very similar to 5 Nights at Freddy’s. If you are a fan of survival games that rely on jump scares and creepy toys, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Angry Toys gameplay

Shhhh…. go to sleep Steam

Inertial Drift

Inertial Drift is not your typical arcade racer. For one, developers decided to completely reimagine the usual mechanics by bringing in twin-stick control mechanics. It’s fairly easy to pick up, but mastering it will prove to be challenging. Especially considering each car handles differently. Inertial Drift also has a distinct, retro/comic visual style that looks very cool. If you are at all interested in cars, you won’t be disappointed with this baby.

Games on Steam: Inertial Drift

A badass and refreshing arcade racer Steam

Omno: Prologue

Next, we have a prologue of a promising upcoming adventure. Omno is a vivid ancient world full of mystery. You will explore it as a small kid, and on your way, you will befriend strange creatures and solve various puzzles. Although it is fairly short, Omno immersed me immediately and it’s has a great potential.

Omno gameplay

Prologue introduces a rich magical universe  Youtube

Fantasy of Expedition

Lastly, here’s an action-adventure roguelike Indie called Fantasy Expedition. In it, you are ordered from Heavens to go on an important expedition. To survive, you will have to carefully build a powerful army by combining the unique skills of each follower. Also, the game lets you decide if you want to micromanage your army or let AI take care of everything, which is cool. All in all, Fantasy of Expedition mashes elements of Slay the Spire and auto chess successfully and can easily be enjoyed.

Games on Steam: Fantasy of ExpeditionSteam

Games on Steam is out every week. Previous edition featured a badass murder mystery you don’t want to miss.

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League of Legends: Details of Patch Notes 10.19

League of Legends: Details of Patch Notes 10.19

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League of Legends (LoL) receives champion Samira. The game had the official Patch Notes 10.19 released by Riot Games. The update is of great importance to the esports scene, as it will be used in the 2020 LoL World Championship. The highlight was the confirmation of the newest shooter Samira. It is scheduled for release on September 21, 2020 along with its secondary PsyOps skin. As well as the already video standards demonstrating the operation of each one of them in LoL. Next, check out more details about the new champion.

League of Legends: Details of Patch Notes 10.19

Samira is new to this Patch Notes 10.19 in League of Legends. (Image: Riot Games)

Samira’s skills

So far, Samira’s skills had been shown quite superficially in her official trailer. With the skills summary, you can now get a better sense of your potential in Summoner’s Rift. Below, check out the passive and skills that the new shooter has:

Passive – Audacious Boost

Sequential and unrepeated skills increase Samira’s Style score by one letter, ranging from ‘E’ to ‘S’. Each Style score grants her additional Movement Speed. Samira can deal damage from a distance with his pistols or melee with his sword. The sword deals additional magic damage. In addition, the champion can toss enemies whose movements have been weakened by her allies into the air, prolonging the displacement effect.

Natural Talent (Q)

Samira fires directly with his pistols at a distant enemy. Opponents within melee range take a sword strike instead of a shot.

Sharp Maelstrom (W)

Samira spins the sword around her, dealing damage twice to nearby enemies, in addition to destroying opposing projectiles that are within the area and that enter the area during the skill.

Indomitable Momentum (E)

Samira advances and cuts through enemies (and allies) dealing magic damage and gaining additional Attack Speed for a period. Eliminating enemy champions resets the cooldown of the ability.

Infernal Trigger (R)

Samira fires a volley of shots, hitting all surrounding enemies ten times over the duration. Each shot deals Physical Damage, applies Life Theft and can cause Critical Strike. She can only cast the ability if her Style score is ‘S’ (maximum).

Samira PsyOps

Riot Games says the new PsyOps-themed skins will be released in this update. While Kayle, Zed, Pyke and Viktor received their PsyOps skins this Thursday (17th). Along with the LeBlanc Championship skin, Samira wins the skin on its launch, on September 21, this being its secondary skin. It is a military style outfit with several futuristic and technological elements. The other champions who already own their PsyOps outfits are Ezreal, Sona, Shen, Vi and Master Yi.

League of Legends: Details of Patch Notes 10.19

Samira PsyOps will be available at the champion’s launch. (Image: Riot Games)

All changes to Patch Notes 10.19

  • Ahri: Fox Fire (W) mana cost and cooldown reduced. Mana cost was fixed from 55 to 40 and the cooldown went from 10/9/8/7/6 to 9/8/7/6/5 seconds.
  • Akali: Base damage and multiplier of Five Point Strike (Q) ability power reduced. The ability now causes 30/55/80/105/130 (+0.6 ability power) and no longer 35/60/85/110/135 (+0.65 ability power).
  • Aphelios: Base attack damage growth increased from 2 to 2.4.
  • Azir: Surja’s (W) additional attack speed reduced from 20/30/40/50/60% to 15/25/35/45/55%.
  • Caitlyn: Base attack damage and reduced attack speed growth. Base damage went from 64 to 62 and the attack speed increased from 4% to 3.5%.
  • Irelia: Base damage to the dam and the perimeter of the Vanguard Blade (R) increased in the last levels – both went from 125/225/325 to 125/250/375.
  • Ivern: Sluggish Seed (E) increased from 40/45/50/55/60% to 50/55/60/65/70%.
  • Lucian: Base attack damage growth reduced from 2.75 to 2.3.
  • Senna: Chance of appearance of Specters of the Mist (passive) reduced in troop kills – 8.33% in troops that Senna kills (approximately once every 2 waves) to 4.166% in troops that Senna kills (approximately once every 4 waves).
  • Sivir: Lightfoot (passive) additional movement speed increased from 30 – 50 to 35 – 55 (levels 1 to 18).
  • Sylas: Usurpar (R) cooldown reduced at last levels. The skill has now gone from 100/80 / 60s to 100/70 / 40s.
  • Twisted Fate: Base movement speed reduced from 335 to 330.
  • Udyr: Phoenix Posture cone-shaped damage (R) increased from 50/95/140/185/230/275 (+0.6 ability power) to 60/110/160/210/260/310 ( +0.7 ability power).
  • Vayne: Increased Final Hour (R) attack damage increased from 25/40/55 to 35/50/65.

 

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League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

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League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

Faker, Uzi, Rookie and other big names in the League of Legends scene will not be present at Worlds 2020. This is the main event on the Riot Games calendar. The championship, which this year will take place in a bubble system due to the coronavirus pandemic. You will surely miss several names that ended up being left behind, either because they did not qualify, for retirement, bad time, among other cases.

Faker (T1)

After lifting the Worlds trophy for the last time in 2016, Faker will once again not compete in the world championship. The only time he was out was in 2018, one of T1’s darkest years. After the redesign, the team reached the semifinals of the event in 2019, but did not go beyond.

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

Faker will once again not compete in the world championship of League of Legends. (Image: T1)

Teddy (T1)

Even with an unstable T1 year, Teddy is still one of the best snipers in the world and will be missed at Worlds of League of Legends.. Despite the team not having a good time, Faker’s teammate managed to make some good presentations during the last two stages of LCK, including one of the highlights of the 1st Split, when T1 lifted the trophy.

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

Teddy is still one of the best snipers in the world and will be missed at Worlds of League of Legends. (Image: T1)

Doinb (FunPlus Phoenix)

Current champion of the world, the FunPlus Phoenix team failed to qualify for the Worlds in 2020 of League of Legends. Consequently, it will be a year without Doinb in the middle route. One of the highlights of last year, the player and his teammates had a lower than expected performance in the LPL this year and in the last Split they fell to V5 by 3 to 1 in the first bracket.

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

FunPlus Phoenix team failed to qualify for the Worlds in 2020 of League of Legends. (Image: FunPlus Phoenix)

Rookie (Invictus Gaming)

Rookie is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the world. However, the year was not the best for Invictus Gaming. Although it was decisive at various times in the LPL, the medium was not able to “load” the team. Not being able to change the unstable scenario in time to get the spot for Worlds of League of Legends. The IG ended up eliminated after the 3-0 against LGD in the quarterfinals of the Chinese league and lost the chance to qualify.

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

Rookie is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the world of League of Legends. (Image: Invictus Gaming)

TheShy (Invictus Gaming)

TheShy’s exotic choices on the top route will not be present at Worlds 2020. Like Rookie, the player failed to qualify and fell behind after a season of underperforming personal performance.

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

Another great League of Legends player outside Worlds 2020. (Image: Invictus Gaming)

Uzi (Retired)

Uzi’s retirement was one of the most memorable moments of the League of Legends in 2020. The sniper arrived as one of the big names for the title in all editions of the tournament he played in, but unfortunately he couldn’t keep up until, in fact, lifting the trophy of the championship.

League of Legends: 10 Players Who Will Be Missed at Worlds 2020

Uzi’s retirement was one of the most memorable moments in the League of Legends in 2020. (Image: LPL)

Blaber (Cloud9)

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