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    The Steam Digital Tabletop Fest is now live with sales, streams and more / GamingOnLinux · 4 days ago - 18:05 · 1 minute

Ready to fill your Steam Library full of awesome games once again or perhaps try out a demo or two? You might want to pull up a seat to the digital table then, as the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest is now live. This special event features nearly 40 hours of livestreams, virtual let's plays, panels, talks and so much more.

The idea, done in partnership with Auroch Digital is to show off games that "explore the fusion between physical and digital games".

For this event, they even made a trailer which is pretty unusual and goes to show how much Valve has changed over the years as they continue working with more developers on events like this. This is actually one of the biggest events I believe they've ever done.

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If you're interested in the sales, here's a few that support Linux and their discount:

See the full event page here .

The Steam Digital Tabletop Fest runs right through until Monday, October 26. Do let us know in the comments what you pick up and what you think after playing it a bit. Give over your recommendations to fellow readers.

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    Valve have released the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest schedule, sales and livestreams / GamingOnLinux · Saturday, 17 October - 13:11 · 1 minute

With the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest coming up between October 21st through 26th, Valve have now put up the schedule so you can make space for some fun events.

This is the first ever event of its kind of Steam, dedicated to celebrating games that cross between physical and digital. Valve worked with Auroch Digital, to bring together virtual let’s plays, panels, talks and more streaming activities and of course a nice big sale too.

It was already announced before but now they've put up the main schedule of events, some of them include:

There's plenty of others lined up, like watching let's plays of Slay the Spire, Warhammer 40,000: Gladius and more with the actual developers. Sounds like it's going to be a fun event.

Valve mentioned in a PR that it will also have a Digital Tabletop Sale including downloadable demos and discounts on hundreds of card, board, and tabletop-adjacent titles on Steam.

See the event page here .

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    The Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition is up with fresh demos to play / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 7 October - 18:26 · 1 minute

Another big event is happening on Steam now with the Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition and there's plenty of new and improved demos to check out until October 13.

Long gone are the days where a demo would be a given, as they're often replaced with paid-for Betas where you get access if you pre-order and all sorts like that. Still a few appear but not a whole lot and that's why events like this are so good for us, although it is a lot to take in with such a short amount of time.

There's obviously a lot there and picking what to play in this time is difficult. If you're after titles that will offer Linux support, here's 10 I think are worth keeping an eye on and trying out:

  1. Aloof
  2. Bonfire Peaks
  3. Bots & Belts
  4. Elteria Adventures
  5. Fractal Space
  6. Groove Gunner - VR only
  7. Hadean Tactics
  8. Hybrid Beasts
  9. Tenderfoot Tactics
  10. Unspottable

If any of them really stand out, or we have something to say about them we will let you know across other articles.

The event ends October 13 around 5PM UTC. See the special event page here on Steam , and you can find all the developer livestreams at this link .

Note: currently, the Linux icon is broken on the event page and Valve seems to have removed all platform icons from the demo banner on store pages. We assume that's all unintentional and have let them know.

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    Prison Architect turns 5 and gets two classic editions available to download / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 6 October - 08:37

Today, October 6, Paradox Interactive are celebrating Prison Architect turning 5 years old so they've done something a bit special to mark the occasion. Something of a special case as this is not an original Paradox title. It was originally made by Introversion Software but the rights were purchased by Paradox back in early 2019 .

A game that speaks for itself, you're building and managing prisons. It's changed a lot over the years, through many small and big upgrades and now some paid DLC too.

Sometimes part of what people love gets lost as games are continually tweaked, so what Paradox has done here is quite sweet. They've uploaded the original release version from 2015 and then the last version released by Introversion directly in 2018. Both of which are available as an opt-in Beta on Steam. They also put up a little stats trailer:

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If you wish to buy Prison Architect it's available on Humble Store and Steam , the classic downloads are not on GOG .

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    Debian Linux is planning an gaming-focused event online in November / GamingOnLinux · Saturday, 3 October - 11:45 · 1 minute

With more people using Linux for gaming, certain distributions are waking up to this and making their own plans to improve and it looks like Debian is next.

The planned event is named MiniDebConf Online #2 "Gaming Edition", which is part of a wider event happening across four days in late November (19-22) and it seems the gaming section will be November 21-22. Over these days, they're planning to have various sessions with "broad appeal" that should be interesting for people who want to play and / or create games on Debian Linux. So it may be interesting to gamers and developers alike.

Some of what they have planned includes:

  • Talk to upstream game developers about their experiences, how they develop, how they fund their projects or keep it sustainable
  • Cover some great free game engines and game creation tools
  • Look at the tools we have available to create graphics and music for games
  • Fix bugs in game packages and work on game related issues
  • Showcasing great games already packaged, as well as DFSG free games that needs packaging

It appears they're still taking on people for talks too, you can find what they're after and submit here if you wish to get involved in the event.

You can follow on their official site here .

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    Steam has a Digital Tabletop Festival starting October 21 / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 1 October - 09:18 · 1 minute

Love your digital adaptions of board games, or those that got turned into some form of real-life board game? Well, Valve are going to run a festival dedicated to all that.

Starting on October 21 and running until October 26 there will be all sorts going on. Talks, sales and more. Here's some of the panels they've mentioned:

  • Plague Inc: Evolved - Where James Vaughan, game designer of the digital and physical version plays the digital game's boardgame scenario while discussing the design of both versions.
  • Othercide - The tactical-RPG blending strong art style, unique lore and challenging tactical gameplay, presented by its Art Director and Lead Game Designer.
  • Gloomhaven - llivestream, featuring the developers, will discuss the upcoming content for the next major update of Gloomhaven’s Early Access on Steam.
  • Virtual panel on games about Mars - Where game creators will be joined by actual space agency staff and scientists to ask what games get right and wrong about Mars.
  • Virtual panel on Cthulhu games - Where some of the most notable Cthulhu-themed designers from digital and physical ask about the cultural impact of such titles and more.

This event is being done in collaboration with Auroch Digital and Valve confirmed that games involved in the event and sale will include those that "run across the lines between digital and physical games; this can be a digital port of a physical game, a game which has produced a physical version from the digital one, a game that simulates the physical play experience, or a digital game whose aesthetics are inspired by tabletop games" - so it sounds like that's a pretty broad definition of what will be in.

Anyway, you can follow it on the dedicated page here .

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    SkateBIRD gets a demo for Tokyo Game Show 2020 try it now / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 25 September - 10:33 · 1 minute

Megan Fox of Glass Bottom Games announced that SkateBIRD has a demo up again, to celebrate being included in the Tokyo Game Show 2020 and you can play until September 28.

SkateBIRD is a game that doesn't need much of an introduction. It's skateboarding, with birds. Funded on Kickstarter in July 2019 with thanks to 2,526 backers giving the team $67,220 it's not actually due to release until later in 2021, so this small slice gives a quick look at what to expect from it.

What's different to the original demo? According to Fox, quite a lot behind the scenes. It's the same map but they've given it all new skating physics, "We iterated on momentum, top speed, pushing behavior, and grind friction. It's also a new iteration of the camera. Goal was to address prior feedback and see how folks felt about it now." and they also improved the balancing behaviour and lots of other little things.

A very unique take on skateboarding of course, a little silly but adorable at the same time. There's even a button in the menu that gives you a new random bird with a different little outfit and it's a bit hilarious.


There's a few birds scattered around which give you little quests to do too. Otherwise, just skate around and enjoy sweet little birds doing tricks.

You can try the SkateBIRD demo on Steam . Live until September 28.

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    Arch Conf 2020 confirmed for October, has a talk on the SteamOS-like GamerOS / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 24 September - 08:59 · 1 minute

Want to learn more about Arch Linux? In October they've confirmed Arch Conf 2020 is happened and there's going to be plenty of interesting talks. All of which will be online of course, especially with COVID19 still raging on.

The dates set for it are between October 10-11 and the talks will be quite varied starting with a talk about the past, present and future of Arch Linux as the first which starts on October 10, 10:00am UTC.

For Linux gaming enthusiasts, a lot of this won't be all that interesting unless you really want to know the ins and outs of Arch Linux and the ecosystem surrounding it. However, one talk in particular did manage to catch my eye and it could prove to be interesting. On October 11, 15:00 UTC there's a talk from Alesh Slovak , the founder of the Arch-based and SteamOS-like distribution GamerOS which we've written about a few times . This talk will cover:

An overview of GamerOS, an Arch Linux based distro that provides an out of the box couch gaming experience. Find out what GamerOS is, how it came to be, and what makes it unique.

Since currently GamerOS is probably the best out of the box experience for a big-screen console-like setup, especially as Valve aren't currently doing anything with SteamOS (they may return to it though ), GamerOS a Linux distribution that's certainly worth keeping an eye on.

We'll be watching it and highlighting anything interesting.

You can find the full event info here . The first revision of the talk schedule can be found here .

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