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Announcing ‘The Outpost Issue’.

Even though the site here looks as though its been left alone, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Outpost Show has been growing faster than I thought it would, and I’m currently in the midsts of finishing off a post about the Tomb Raider Suite Reception from April.

But for a while, I’ve been wanting to do a newsletter of short thoughts, but also with contributors.

Which is why The Outpost Issue is here!

It will be a fortnightly e-mail on a Friday, which will go to your e-mail of choice.

The main themes will be what Outpost has always been.

  • Games.
  • Tech.
  • Gin.

Alongside guest columns from great writers. At least I think so.

Subscribe right here, and you will receive the issue, until you decide its too much to take.

Games Done Quick is Live with Harvey Relief Done Quick.

I follow Games Done Quick every January and July with their ‘AGDQ’ & ‘SGDQ’ events since 2013. Due to the recent catastrophe in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey, they have quickly set up a weekend stream to donate towards the residents who have been severely affected by it.

An amazing idea, and very impressive that it’s already raised over fifty thousand dollars since it was decided on Wednesday that the stream would occur.

You can watch and donate right here.

‘All Walls Must Fall’ Launches Today.

Today a game that’s been in Kickstarter has launched on Steam Early Access and Itch.io.

Priced for £10.79 until the 15th August, it’s available on Windows, macOS and Linux.

I’ve been playing it the past week and impressions are incoming.

Think of it as if ‘Syndicate’ and ‘Rez’ had a dance-off one day.
The scene from The Matrix where Neo first meets Trinity also reminds me of it.

But so far, impressions are good.

Steam Page
Itch.io Page

Short Thoughts: Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor.

After what seemed like a farce waiting for the announcement as Roger Federer won Wimbledon with no obvious set time, a woman is taking over the role in the name of Jodie Whittaker.

It’s a show I started watching in Christmas of 2006 with ‘The Runaway Bride’, and was a great watch. Unfortunately along the way it suffered by being too ‘knowing’, and a companion that was annoying and forgettable, no matter how much Steven Moffat tried to force her upon us. After Series 9 ended with a flying Diner and my least favourite companion flying it, I wasn’t keen.

But the recent series seemed to be getting good again, with a great finale and a great Christmas Special it seems for when Capaldi regenerates.

I had hoped for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star of Fleabag to take up the role, as I thought she would be great for the part. But Whittaker is just as good, especially from her Broadchurch role. Sometimes you get an idea of who would fit best for the role, and this time no actors seemed to stand out, only a lot of actresses, which showed a lot of potential.

In a weird way for me, it reminds me of my previous job. I had always seen it a bit like Doctor Who. A role that stays the same but changes to whoever takes on the mantle next. I had always said I wanted ‘The Third Guru’ to be a woman, as that’s what I believed the store needed, and I was incredibly glad when it did happen in April.

Looks as though art is imitating life!

BBC have released a press page with some questions that Jodie answered here.

Short Thoughts: Weekend Sites.

Throughout the weekdays, you check the sites and the tweets, almost like clockwork, on a schedule. Just so you’re up to date on your interests, ready to have your own thoughts assembled in time.

But on the weekends, you come across sites that you’ll check every weekend, to have a Gin alongside, and read the posts that have been written thoughout the week on said sites.

Chris Wilmshurst’s recently launched site is the definition of that. It also helps we’ve known one another for five (!) years now, and when he sets his mind to something, the result is something you keep watch of.

The first post is a particular highlight.

So crack open a favourite beverage, and have a read.


Short Thoughts: Lois and Clark Soundtrack.

It’s well known that if you ask me who my Superman is, and the music that reminds me of the character most, it’s the 90’s series ‘Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’.

I even wrote something about it last year, one that Dean Cain found insightful!

I’ve been wanting to find the soundtrack for years. The one released twenty years ago on disk had tracks that you couldn’t pinpoint, it wouldn’t remind you of a certain episode, only the theme song.

But tonight I came across the composer Jay Gruska’s site, and he has uploaded new, clean tracks from the series!

First Flight‘, ‘Main Theme Teaser‘ and ‘What’s Brewing‘ are my highlights, as they are all from pivotal points from the Pilot episode. Still incredible to hear twenty years on.

I hope more tracks get released soon. They’re far too good to be kept away.

Short Thoughts: Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Launched.

The Kickstarter is now live. Click here to support the cause.
The target is £160,000, and as of posting, it’s already past ten percent in the fourteen hours it’s been live.
I’ve pledged for the £120 reward level, which includes a digital download, the CD, and the vinyl.
Everyone needs the vinyl as they kick back with a Gin one evening I figure.

I do love the reward names; from the Dagger of Xian, to a Gold Key and an Infada Stone.

I will be keeping track of this, and do spread the word.

Short Thoughts: iOS 11 Wishlist.

As an upcoming iOS release beckons once again, Federico Viticci of MacStories released the latest in his iOS Wishlist series on Friday, focusing solely on the iPad.
Even before reading his wishes, I agree completely that the iPhone has reached its point with new features. To me, a lot can be focused on refinement. Managing iMessage sticker apps are currently a mess for example.
With the iPad, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit to obtain, with a lot taken care of in the video him and Sam have created.

Short Thoughts: Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Launch Date.

As you are probably aware, I’m fond of the first three Tomb Raider games and the music, and loved my time at the Tomb Raider Suite back in December.
Today, Nathan has announced the launch of the Kickstarter, as May 26th.

Only a week on Friday.

I’m curious to see what the pledge rewards are, alongside how Crystal Dynamics markets it. It was great to see a live Instagram video a few weeks ago, hopefully more of this appears through Facebook Live, or even a Reddit AMA.