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Have You Played… Griftlands?

Word is Dano spends her downtime knitting and her uptime hitting. Best to approach her when her hands are empty, either way. Whenever you meet someone new during a playthrough of Griftlands, Klei Entertainment’s masterful deckbuilder, the first thing you get is a short box of flavour text that often summarises their demeanour, their line of work, and their attitude towards you all at once, and rarely ever resorts to actually stating those things outright. It’s so much easier said than done to write one of these sentences, and yet Klei makes it look effortless. It’s little things like this…

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Klei’s sci-fi deckbuilder Griftlands has left early access

Exploring backwater planets, recruiting pals and making important decisions that could come back to haunt you – I could be talking about Mass Effect, but I promise I’m not (this time). These are the sorts of things you can get up to in Klei Entertainment’s Griftlands, which has now left early access. It’s a brilliant deckbuilding roguelite that pits you against enemies in battles of the mind (to negotiate tough situations) or battles of the, uh, body (shooty shooty), as you follow the stories of three characters on a dingy sci-fi world. Read more

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Have You Played… Don’t Starve Together?

I hadn’t played Don’t Starve before, despite it being a thing I knew about for quite some time. I just never fancied getting into it as I often get frustrated with survival games I’m not immediately good at (read: all of them). When some Stardew Valley bug problems ruined some lockdown date nights though, Don’t Starve Together was recommended to me on some internet list as one to try out, and what a recommendation it was. Read more

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Tencent acquires majority stake in Don’t Starve studio Klei Entertainment

China-based company Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Don’t Starve developer Klei Entertainment.According to a Klei Entertainment forum post, the Candian studio’s founder Jamie Cheng said the partnership will help the studio “navigate a changing industry,” and allow it to “focus on what we want to do best” (thanks, Gematsu).As part of this agreement, Klei will retain full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more. There are no plans for Cheng to step down, nor will there be changes to staff, projects, or other operations.“Klei has been around for 15…

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Tencent have bought a majority stake in Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment

Klei Entertainment, developers of indie hits Don’t Starve and Oxygen Not Included have announced today that they’ve agreed for Tencent, the media conglomerate that’s been doing quite a lot of buying, to purchase a majority stake in the company. Klei founders say that they will keep “full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio”. (more…)

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Have you played… Don’t Starve?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. What am I thinking? Of course you’ve played Don’t Starve. Some days it feels like the ratio of “people who have played Don’t Starve at least once” to “people on planet Earth” is somehow greater than one. So you can imagine my shock when I found out that no one has written a HYP on Don’t Starve before now. (more…)