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Game News Expeditions: Viking February Newsletter: New Beta Coming March 15th, Spear Abilities

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  1. Make America Great Again Infinitron Trade Master Patron

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    In the latest Expeditions: Viking newsletter, the Logic Artists announce a date for the game's third and final beta session, which we first learned about last month. Newsletter subscribers will receive their beta Steam codes on March 15th:

    Great news! The third and final beta session is kicking off March 15th and if you're reading this newsletter guess what? You're signed up for it. We will send out an email on the 15th where everyone will receive their steam codes and the build will come online in the evening. The beta will run for a few weeks and we hope that you will all join us on steam to try out a whole lot of new content in the second campaign.

    If any of you out there are interested in streaming or making youtube videos during the beta, feel free! But please wait until the second week to start your vids so we have a chance to resolve any prominent bugs or issues before you get started.

    Should you know someone who you think would love to play Expeditions: Viking give them the chance by referring them to our website where they can sign up to our mailing list, which includes the Newsletter and Beta access!
    The newsletter also offers a look at a few more of Viking's combat abilities, this time those related to the humble Spear:

    We thought that this month we'd showcase for you, the skill highlights of another two-handed weapon available in Expeditions: Viking, the Spear.

    Enjoy the benefits of poking people with a sharp object without all the hassle of having to stand close enough for them to poke you back. As with most weapons, investing skill points to level the Spear will reward players with a total of 3 unique combat abilities:

    Extend - at Rank 1, Extend is an attack action which allows battlefield tacticians to go where no melee weapon has gone before, granting players melee attacks with a three hex reach, though at 75% or regular damage.

    Smack - Sometimes despite your best efforts enemies will get inconsiderately close to your charaters. When that happen's those with Spear Rank 3 will be able to gracefully swat an adjacent target up side their head with the blunt end of the spear. This will count as an attack at 50% regular damage and will make the target Concussed (Endurance -3). The player's unit will then take a step one hex back without provoking Attack of Opportunity.

    Distract - at Spear Rank 5 the Distract ability allows a character to draw the attention of an enemy and neutralizes the Attack of Opportunity of that Enemy. It will only work on targets that are exactly two hexes away.
    And it reveals what the additional "special release week gift" for subscribers is - a free upgrade to Digital Deluxe Edition for the released game:

    Remember friends, there's lots more to come with Expeditions: Viking. As the snows thaw and the ices melt, the passages will open and our ships will cross the sea. Our April 27th release date is fast approaching and we're looking to you our trusted friends and allies to join us on this great campaign.

    You will all be rewarded, a share in the spoils to each of you! As a token of our friendship, we'll be sending you all a special bonus code closer to release. You can use this bonus code on Steam to upgrade a purchase of Expeditions: Viking to include the additional items available in the Digital Deluxe Edition. This will include a digital copy of the original game soundtrack, a digital art book, and an ornate in-game sword to get you started on your quest.

    All in all, it was a great month, we hope to see some of you at PAX East this year. Stop by the booth, say hello, and get a sneak peek at the demo build ahead of the Beta!

    As always, stay tuned to the Newsletter for more info on Expeditions: Viking and keep an eye out for beta info on the 15th of March. Until next time! ​

    Also in the newsletter is a recap of the Logic Artists' visit to the PC Gamer Weekender event two weeks ago, during which they were interviewed by a couple of YouTubers. Nothing incredibly interesting, though.
     
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  2. M0RBUS Augur

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    Looking forward to this. It's a shame I can't play their old beta anymore, still have it installed :(
     
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    Should be able to put some time into it, see if I can catch a few cockroaches before release.
     
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  4. Bakunin Barely Literate

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    Hey, not to be a dick or anything, but where are these guys from again? It could be because I'm drunk, or it could be because in my lurking I've grown accustomed to the Codex's hyper-critical / semi-belligerent rhetoric, but there's something about the way this update is written that makes me feel sad deep inside. Things like:

    I'm really liking the way Viking seems to be shaping up, and it's probably a 'week one' purchase for me... but these grammatical mistakes are lodging like bones in my throat.
     
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  5. Bakunin Barely Literate

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    Basically, I'm wondering - do their updates reflect the quality of in-game writing?
     
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  6. Make America Great Again ERYFKRAD Arcane Patron

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    Expeditions Conkywhatsit had good enough writing, also these guys are some Scandinavian blokes, don't remember which place. Denmark, maybe.
     
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  7. ArchAngel Magister

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    Hyped for this game. Expecting an awesome experience.
     
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  8. Bakunin Barely Literate

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    Ok, so it seems like I shouldn't worry then - thanks!
     
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  9. Sensuki Arcane Cuck

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    I quite liked it. Looking forward to seeing if the combat is more challening this beta!
     
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  10. Avonaeon Logic Artists Developer

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    No, the newsletters are not written by the same person as the one who's writing the game. And while we're from Denmark, only about half of us are Danish.
     
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  11. Morality Games Arcane Patron

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    Codex RPG of the Year 2017.

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    Probably true because it is coming out early enough that enough Codexers will play it to increase the voter pool
     
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  12. ArchAngel Magister

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    With No Truce and Copper Dreams coming out this year it will be a tough battle. Maybe even biggest one yet.
     
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  13. Make America Great Again Infinitron Trade Master Patron

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    Sorry indiefags, D:OS 2.

    Also Codex community so far is showing a dispiriting lack of interest in Expeditions: Viking tbh
     
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  14. Lurker King Arcane The Real Fanboy

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    Fuck you, shill. Muh Battle Brothers is going to win this thing!
     
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  15. Sensuki Arcane Cuck

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    I think that will change after release.
     
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  16. Morality Games Arcane Patron

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    This game agrees with most things Codexers think RPGs should be like, so there's no confrontation to stimulate discussion.

    The same could be said of AoD or Underrail, whose sub forums are (and have always been) ghost towns compared to activity in the Bethesda sub forum. If nobody disagrees about anything there's nothing of interest to talk about.

    I forgot about D:OSII, yeah, but depending on the vote system we use it isn't impossible for Vikings to win.
     
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  17. Sensuki Arcane Cuck

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    After what I played of the closed beta, when it comes out the word of mouth will be good and more Codexers will buy it based on that word of mouth, kinda like what happened with Shadowrun Returns and Neo Scavenger. The production value is also significantly higher than Conquistador - the visuals, music and art direction are great and those types of things will impress people.

    The new Baldur's Gate style areas are quite atmospheric, with a lot of VFX and post-processing.

    The content is pretty good too, Britannia may end up being the best part of the game (at least it has the potential to be) but what comes before was pretty good too. The writing isn't loredumpy either :).
     
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  18. pbrand Barely Literate

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    I found Conquistador to be a pretty refreshing experience, but a lot of that enjoyment was from the setting. High hopes for Vikings to marry setting and mechanics as well as Conquistador did.
     
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    Will shill the fuck out of this game once it releases.
     
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    Cannot wait to see what this last beta of Vikings is going to be like.
    Agreed - RPG of the Year will be between Vikings, No Truce and Copper Dreams. Sorry Infinitron, Larian's trash just won't cut it.
     
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