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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Green Man Gaming pays you for Steam achievements!

Green Man Gaming is now paying gamers to earn Steam achievements. You can also earn store credit by writing game reviews, making it possible to earn free games just by being a gamer.

To get started use this link to sign up. You will even get a bonus $2 store credit after your first purchase when the link is used (min purchase of $2). Green Man Gaming's Playfire will have a daily listing of Steam achievements to earn. Once you earn them you will be credited the reward value, think of it like a bounty. There is even a bonus just for signing up. Happy gaming!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

1.1.5e Patch Notes

Version 1.1.5e
  • Added new Forsaken Masters Supporter Packs! Check them out here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

5 Free Games on Steam

The following 5 Steam games are free today. SpaceChem, Dino D-Day, Really Big Sky, Gun Monkeys and GTR Evolution. This is being hosted by PCGamer and Bundle Stars. To claim yours visit this link. Enjoy!

Important Notice on Today's Avast Update

After today's Avast update you may have noticed a new process under task manager named unsecapp.exe which wasn't there before. To check whether this is a virus or caused by Avast follow these simple steps. Go into add/remove programs, locate the Avast program and select change/uninstall. You will be given some options, but select the change option. Deselect the browser cleanup tool and now avast will reinstall without the browser cleanup tool installed. The process unsecapp.exe should no longer be running after you reboot your computer. I hope this was helpful!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters

Since releasing the Sacrifice of the Vaal expansion in March, we've been working hard on our next major update to Path of Exile. Today, we're proud to announce Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters.

Some say that Dominus exiled the dregs of Oriath to the shores of Wraeclast. No, he exiled anyone who was going to give him trouble, who was going to cause ripples in his progressive theocracy.

Seven men and women, masters in their fields, stood against Dominus' tyranny. Some with words, others with steel. Seven masters forsaken, sent to die in a corrupted land. Seven masters who lived, learned, and now thrive in Wraeclast. Seven Forsaken Masters who can train you... if you choose to help them.

We've announced two of the seven Masters and will be revealing the other five over the next few weeks. Along with many unique mission variations, each Master has its own specialised crafting options, a different Hideout tileset and tiers of Hideout decorations to unlock.

Train with the Masters

As you roam the wilderness of Wraeclast, you will sometimes cross paths with the Forsaken Masters. All seven of them have their own unique missions that they either need your help with, or want to train you to handle. Haku asks you to cleanse an ancestral area and recover a lost Karui spirit. Vorici will train you in the art of assassination.

Completing missions for the Masters will increase your reputation with them. As you progress through the eight levels of reputation with each Master, you gain access to more of what they can offer you.

Dozens of Mission Variations

The seven Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways.

The Master Assassin, Vorici, may task you with aiding him in an assassination against one of a number of well-guarded targets, leaving no survivors. The guards may have powerful mods, or be protected by traps or Rogue Exiles. Or he may want to simply send a message by grievously harming his mark, or incapacitating and robbing him, or leaving a witness to the bloodshed. Perhaps you'll have to free and rescue a helpless hostage.

All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.

Customise Your Hideout

In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the seven Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout.

Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options.

Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.

Upgrade Your Crafting Benches

Each master specialises in crafting different types of items. As you gain reputation with your chosen Masters, they train you in their various specialisations. At a Crafting Bench in your Hideout, you can manipulate items in new ways, such as modifying their sockets or crafting special mods.

As you level up your Masters, you gain access to more crafting options and special abilities such as being able to modify the sockets of corrupted items.

New Items and Mods

Not only can the Masters help you craft new mods onto your items, but they also function as vendors that sell you items ranging from Skill Gems to Unique items.

Mods added by Crafting Benches appear in a brighter blue on items (pictured to the right) so that it's clear which mod will be replaced if you craft another mod onto the item.

At higher levels, each Master also sells Magic items with a specific, new, build-defining mod. These can be used as-is or crafted further with either the new Hideout Crafting Benches or the traditional Orb system to create powerful items based around these mods.

The expansion also includes 16 new Unique Items, some of which are exclusive and may only be found in one or the other of the new Challenge Leagues.

New Support and Skill Gems

Tornado Shot fires a piercing arrow that fires arrows in all directions upon impact.

Herald of Ice and Herald of Ash are self-buff skills that reserve some of your mana pool to add elemental bonuses to your attacks.

We've also overhauled many of Path of Exile's Curses and added some new ones such as Poacher's Mark.

The new Support Gem, Generosity, increases the effect of your auras on party members but prevents them affecting you.

New Challenge Leagues

With the release of Forsaken Masters, we're starting a pair of new Challenge Leagues - Rampage and Beyond. These leagues are self-contained economies and provide an opportunity for players to demonstrate their mastery of Path of Exile.

The new leagues contain eight difficult challenges. Players who complete five of these challenges will be rewarded with an exclusive microtransaction effect. Completing all eight challenges rewards you with another, different, exclusive microtransaction effect. The first 50 players to complete all of the challenges will receive a Rampage/Beyond t-shirt.

These challenge leagues last for three months. We'll be starting a second set of challenge leagues in December.

Rampage Challenge League

Rampage is the upcoming standard Challenge League. Full details of the Rampage League will be unveiled in the news update on August 8!

Beyond Challenge League

Beyond is the upcoming hardcore Challenge League. Full details of the Beyond League will be unveiled in the news update on August 15!

Updated Passive Skill Tree

We've redesigned large portions of the Passive Skill Tree - mostly focusing on the Witch, Shadow and outer Ranger areas.

We've also made extensive balance improvements to the core game that are supported by these changes.

All players will receive an optional one-off passive tree reset so that they can adjust their characters to these changes.

Revamped Existing Content

During the development of Forsaken Masters, we've revamped many of the existing boss fights in Path of Exile. Encounters with Merveil, Brutus, Captain Fairgraves and other bosses have been made more intense and surprising.

We've also added more lore for you to discover as you explore Wraeclast. Snippets of Wraeclast's history can be unveiled as you discover lore scattered around the existing acts.

Coming on August 20!

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters will be released at 3pm on August 20 (US Pacific Time). This is midnight in the CEST timezone and 10am on August 21 in New Zealand.

This article is not the full patch notes for Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters. We'll be releasing those patch notes a day or two before the expansion is released. There are dozens of other changes included such as a new Quest Tracker, Tutorials and PvP Spectator Mode.

We're so proud of this expansion and can't wait to share it with you. There are so many interesting mission variations to explore and powerful new possibilities with crafting. Half of our development team is addicted to building custom Hideouts! Over the next three weeks we'll be updating this article with reveals of unannounced Masters and other content. Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

1.1.5d Patch Notes

Version 1.1.5d
  • Enabled a timer that counts down until the release of our August mini-expansion.
  • Added microtransactions for an upcoming promotion related to the Path of Exile comic.
  • Fixed a bug where the Curse on Hit support gem would prevent Spell Echo from working.

1.1.5c Patch Notes

Version 1.1.5c
  • We've added some new cosmetic microtransactions: Vampiric Body Armour Skin, Vampiric Helmet Skin, Vampiric Boots Skin and Vampiric Gloves Skin, Badge of Anguish Shield Skin and Badge of Mirth Shield Skin. There's also a bundle that contains all four Vampiric skins.
  • We have prevented league and map mods from being displayed in towns. This is to prevent confusion in leagues that change mods over time while old towns are still open.
  • Fixed a bug where minions dominated by Dominating Blow did not have their spells echoed by the Spell Echo support.
  • Fixed a bug where the 40% quality total recipe was treated as higher priority than the single 20% quality item recipe.
  • Fixed a bug where occasionally Fairgraves, Neverdying never dies.
  • Fixed a bug where Dominating Blow minions persisted past the character's death when the player opted to return to a checkpoint.
  • Fixed a bug with the interaction of the death of Shield Crabs and the Pyre unique ring.