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War of the Roses First Gameplay Trailer

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Paradox has unveiled the first bits of gameplay footage for War of the Roses, the company’s upcoming online medieval battle sim. This looks incredibly Mount & Bladey, eh?

Todd got a hands on look at this one when he flew out to Sweden for the Big Paradox Convention (party). He had this to say then:

An online-focused game of authentic medieval combat set in the dynastic civil war era of 15th century England in which the houses of Lancaster and York fought for the country’s throne. It features over 60 faithfully rendered weapons spread among 15 weapon classes. Armors, including light, medium, and heavy variants, are highly modable to give each player a unique look. Horses, both armored and unarmored, are included and require strategy adjustments on the battlefield. A five category perk system lets players specialized in specific combat roles (offensive, defensive, support, etc.).

Paradox producer and director of business development, Shams Jorjani, without hesitation, said this game is “going to be one of the best online combat multiplayer games ever released.” And, certainly, it fulfills Paradox’s stated goal of not trying to out-feature other games, but instead focus on one gameplay component and execute on it. In that vein, this is the dream game for fans of the multiplayer piece of Mount & Blade: Warband.

The Crusader Kings II No High Scores Giveaway Extravaganza!

It’s been a long time since we held a contest here at NoHS and I cannot think of a better game to kick off the new design than Crusader Kings II. I have written extensively about the game here and just published my take over at GameShark. Even with its faults and quirks I remain completely hooked on CK2 and I’d like to get more people on the Crusading bandwagon.

So here’s what I’ve got: 10 (ten) freshly baked Steam codes which I am more than happy to simply give away because I am such a great person.

To enter:

Method #1: Simply leave your Steam user ID in the comment section below. If you really want to be a peach you can leave a comment about the new design and any features you’d like us to implement. We have a lot of stuff “in the hopper” but we’re always open to feedback from you guys.

Method #2: Follow the link to Twitter and give us a retweet. Note that using the Twitter button on the left, handy though it may be, will not enter you in the contest.

Winners will be drawn at random.*

The contest will run until Sunday evening when I write this week’s Sunday Time Waster where I will announce the winners.

Good luck!

*As always, I accept bribes.