Train2Game News Fantasy Grounds free first month


Fantasy Grounds, the premier virtual tabletop, is offering subscriptions to its digital gaming table free for 30 days, with no commitment.

Included with your free subscription or purchased license are the D&D Basic Rules so you can play the original roleplaying game with your friends online. Enhance your games with licensed or compatible content for D&D, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds and more, such as core rulesets, adventures, token packs, map packs and portrait packs, most at 25% off or more until December 1 st at their store: .

“While Fantasy Grounds works well online, in-person games also benefit from the program since you can run it without having a connection to the internet. This is something that you can’t do easily, or at all, with other virtual tabletops.” said Doug Davison, President of Smiteworks, the company behind Fantasy Grounds. Davison continues, “Some Game Masters run Fantasy Grounds on their laptop or desktop and output a view to a TV, projector, or second display to show players hand-outs or battle maps while they play.”

Fantasy Grounds is compatible with Windows 7 or higher and Max OSX. It’s available at the publisher’s website or on Steam

The Fantasy Grounds Autumn Sale includes:

·         Base Software: Core licenses are 25% off.

·         D&D Licensed Content: The modules for the PHB (Complete Core Class Pack) and the MM (Complete Core Monster Pack) are 40% off. The adventures are all also discounted, and some of those are at significant discounts.

·         Pathfinder Compatible Content: We have a host of adventures and content on sale for 25%-80% off from numerous publishers. The PFRPG ruleset comes standard with all licenses

·         Savage Worlds Content: Savage Worlds is a fast-playing, fun and flexible system with custom settings such as Deadlands Reloaded. Settings span the range from fantasy, to horror, to pulp to modern and sci-fi, all on sale from 10% – 25% off.

·         Call of Cthulhu Content: The lore made popular by H.P. Lovecraft is alive and well on the Fantasy Grounds system. You can enjoy these now for 25-33% off, especially on popular modules such as Masks of Nyarlahotep or Shadows of Yog-Sothoth.

·         Token, Map, and Portrait Packs: Tokens are the miniatures of the digital world. Whether you need 1 troll or 13 trolls, you’ll always have the perfect number. Improve your game and support artists at the same time – many now at a discount

Train2Game News Simplygon 3D optimization on MGS 5


Simplygon, the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization solutions for digital content creation, and Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, today announced that Simplygon has been used in the creation of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, available for Playstation, XBox and PC.

Over the course of production, Simplygon was used to process assets for all 42 levels including test data while delivering Level of Detail (LoD) models that optimized the polygon counts to help deliver a stunning visual experience.

Developing what critics have called “greatest stealth game ever“ meant adapting LOD assets to handle a map of massive scope and scale. “We used Simplygon to merge 100-400 assets into a single asset and we used those features to create assets displayed at mid-range from the player” said Konami. “Because we built the automated mid-range asset generation workflow using Simplygon, when we changed the assets layout, we were able to re-create mid-range assets with very low cost.”

“Simplygon saved the labor equivalent of 10 man months” said the development team of Konami. “The benefits are clear as we used the tool to reduce polygons as much as tenfold in models ranging from 5,000 to 100,000 polygons. The best result is that players can’t see the reduction because the models keep their fidelity at all distances which keeps the players immersed.”

“Konami are legends in the games industry and over the past three decades have been at the forefront of high quality games that truly excite players through their gameplay and visuals,” said Martin Ekdal, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Simplygon. “With Simplygon we’re enabling creators to focus more on the creative parts of development while we automate multiple production processes and improve the performance.”

Simplygon is popular amongst developers of mobile games; AAA PC and console games; and large MMOs, and is applicable to any medium where 3D art assets are created or utilized. By automatically generating lower-polygon models that are required for different levels of detail (LOD), an optimization process for making games and visual scenes run smoother, at higher frame-rates, and requiring less data, Simplygon helps digital content creators save important resources where artists would otherwise need to manually re-create large amounts of content.

Train2Game News UKIE on Spending Review


Chancellor George Osborne published the Comprehensive Spending Review today, setting out the government’s spending plans for the next three years.

Several announcements were made which are important for the UK games industry:

Apprenticeship Levy – a 0.5% levy will be applied to the payroll of all businesses with a wage bill above £3 million, and the money raised used to fund apprenticeships

Arts Council funding – the Arts Council will receive an increase in its budget. Ukie are already in discussion with the Arts Council about how they can give further support to games projects, and we will continue this conversation. Details on the additional funding are still forthcoming.

Innovate UK funding – overall funding provided to businesses by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) will be kept at the same level. However, many of the grants currently offered will instead be offered as loans, reducing the cost to government.

DCMS budget – the operational budget of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be reduced by 20%.

Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, responded to the CSR, saying:

“This spending review has many important announcements for the UK games industry. Getting the Apprenticeship Levy right in particular is crucial, and Ukie will continue to work closely with government and our partners across the creative industries to ensure it provides real benefits for the games industry. There have also been significant changes announced to the way that UKTI and Innovate UK will work, and additional funding for the Arts Council. We have a great relationship with these organisations and will continue to help them reach games sector companies who would benefit from their support. Our goal is to make sure the support government gives the games industry works for all parts of the industry, and our suggested actions are laid out in our Blueprint for Growth report.”

Train2Game News GamesAid Christmas Gifts


Today, GamesAid announces three great ways to give to the games industry charity this Christmas.

As the wisest men and women know, there is no need to travel afar this Christmas to bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children and young people who are supported by the video games industry through GamesAid.

This year, there are three great ways to include GamesAid on your gift list;

Humble Bundle presents Codemasters
We are thrilled that our friends at Codemasters are supporting GamesAid and The Prince’s Trust with their latest Humble Bundle offer, which will run from November 24th, 11:00am PST to December 8th, 11:00am PST
Their terrific line up includes:
GRID 2 Drift Pack
DiRT Showdown
Operation Flashpoint Complete (1&2)
Hospital Tycoon
Colin McRae Rally
GRID Autosport
Grid Autosport Road & Track Car Pack
Overlord II
Overlord Raising Hell (Expansion)
Grid 2 Spa- Francorchamps Track Pack
Coupon: 25% off Overlord: Fellowship of Evil
Coupon: 25% off DiRT Rally
GRID Autosport Season Pass
DiRT 3 Complete Edition
GRID 2: All In DLC Pack

“At Codemasters we have seen the difference GamesAid has made for many children and young people and we are proud to throw our support for them via our Humble Bundle to help GamesAid do good things” said Frank Sagnier, CEO, Codemasters

The Yogscast ‘Jingle Jam 2015’

The Yogscast Jingle Jam is a 24 day live stream marathon, with all your favourite Yogscast presenters playing games live via the Yogscast Twitch channel to raise money for charity.

Since it first launched in 2011, the annual Yogscast Jingle Jam has raised over £1.71M, and GamesAid are excited to be named as one of the charities who will receive money from their 2015 drive.

The Yogscast Jingle Jam 2015 will begin on Tuesday 1st December and will run until 24th December. Viewers can tune-in and choose to donate to charity purely to support the Jam but they can also gain access to a special Jingle Jam Humble Bundle of great PC games.

Games On Song

The games industry choir is back, and is aiming to raise more money than ever with their live Christmas Concert. Nearly 40 members of the games industry will take to the stage at St Stephen’s Church, Rosslyn Hill, London on Wednesday 16th December to sing a seasonal selection of festive tunes for GamesAid.

Tickets are on sale now via Golden Giving, priced £20 / £10 aged 16 and under, with extra surprises, mince pies, and mulled wine on the night.

“The choir have put in so much to make this a great evening of traditional carols, solos and game inspired songs” said Ian Chambers, Musical Director of Games On Song. “Join us to help raise more than ever for GamesAid.”

Make the wise choice! Spread some cheer and help us spread the word this Christmas!

Feel good and follow all the latest news @GamesAid

Train2Game News PLAY Expo Glasgow


Replay Events, the team behind PLAY Expo Manchester and PLAY Expo Blackpool, are bringing their fan favourite gaming show to Scotland next year.

PLAY Expo Glasgow will be a celebration of gaming across the ages designed to unite the game community across Scotland in one huge event that will feature a whole host of video gaming related treats.

From hundreds of retro gaming consoles and computers, classic arcade and pinball machines through to some of the best indie and current generation games, PLAY Expo will bring veteran gamers and newcomers together like never before.

One partnership at next year’s show that reflects this idea perfectly is with ‘Versus Scotland’ the Scottish fighting game specialists who will host a number of prize tournaments over the weekend, challenging the very best fighting game competitors in Scotland.

Versus Scotland’s Russell Williamson said “Versus Scotland are delighted to hear that Replay Events will be bringing their fantastic Play Expo event to Scotland. We look forward to working with Replay Events in bringing together our experience, expertise, and passion, to ensure that the first Scottish PLAY Expo becomes a standout event in 2016.”

For more information visit the website here:

Tickets are now on sale at the following location:

Train2Game News New Batman Arkham Knight DLC


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the next series of add-ons for Batman™: Arkham Knight.

The latest update includes the free 2016 Batman v Superman Batmobile Pack, and will be available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, or PC, and are connected to the Internet. The content can also be purchased separately beginning today on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft and STEAM.

Season Pass holders receive early access to the 2016 Batman v. Superman Batmobile Pack, which includes the Batsuit and Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Owners of the game who do not have the Season Pass can download the pack beginning 1st December.

Also available today are two new Arkham Episodes, which give players the ability to control two of Gotham City’s most well-known characters, Catwoman and Robin.   Catwoman’s Revenge takes place after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight and puts players under the cover of darkness as they seek revenge on the Riddler. Flip of a Coin lets players take control of Robin as he looks to take down Two-Face’s lucrative money laundering operation.  Both Arkham Episodes also include two AR challenge maps.

To view the new Batman: Arkham Knight November Update Trailer, please visit the WB Games UK Youtube Channel at

Additional downloadable content available today:
·         Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #4: Get this Crime Fighter Challenge Pack to receive various challenge and invisible predator maps featuring Batman, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman and Azrael. This expansive challenge pack allows focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
·         Arkham Episodes AR Challenges: a collection of six new AR challenges including Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator, taking place in environments from the Arkham Episodes GCPD Lockdown, Catwoman’s Revenge, and Flip of a Coin.
·         WayneTech Track Pack: Test your skills behind the wheel with these two cutting edge WayneTech themed racetracks.
·         Robin and Batmobile Skins Packs: Get this Robin and Batmobile skins pack to don the Original Tim Drake Robin costume and speed through Gotham City with the Robin Themed Batmobile Skin.
·         Riddler Themed Batmobile Skin: Puzzle your enemies with this Riddler themed Batmobile skin.
·         Free Update: Character Selection in AR Invisible Predator Challenges.

Train2Game News Team17 2016 Line Up


QAward-winning games label Team17 have today released details of its exciting 2016 line-up.

2015 has been quite the year for the games industry veterans who this month have seen its Worms franchise enter its 21st year whilst the company is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary in December.

Team17 have also released a new video that takes a look ahead at the label’s exciting 2016 releases featuring:

Yooka-Laylee – An all-new 3D platformer from the creative talent behind the  Banjo-Kazooie and  Donkey Kong Country games. Featuring new heroes, Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with big nose) players will be able to utilise an arsenal of special moves like Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s tactical sonar blast, whilst exploring – and expanding – the gorgeous 3D world.

Worms W.M.D – Worms W.M.D features a fresh, brand new look 2D cartoon-inspired worm as well as gorgeous hand drawn landscapes. For the first time ever players will be able to use exciting new vehicles and even enter buildings which will add new strategic elements of gameplay to the traditional wormy warfare.

Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE – A charming yet brutal 3D fighter/brawler. Brimming with old school attitude, Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE is the kind of game you BEAT instead of finish. Playing as the mighty War Golem you will engage in tactical and skill based combat as Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE pits you against multiple deadly enemies at once and includes epic boss battles!

Sheltered – A post-apocalyptic disaster management game that gives a whole new meaning to the term “nuclear family”.

With all hope lost, how will you cope in this bleak new world? How you handle the many moral choices you’ll encounter on a daily basis could be the difference between your family surviving or dying. Combat claustrophobia, radiation and mental exhaustion as you cling desperately to life in the cramp, cold and scary underground shelter. You’ll have to leave the scant protection the shelter offers behind as you’re forced to venture outside into the dangerous desolate wasteland to scavenge for vital supplies which could ensure your families survival for just one more day.

Allison Road – You wake up one night without any recollection of prior events. Now it is your turn to uncover what happened to your family and face off against the horrors that await in the house…

What would you do if you could feel something stalking you in the dark, in the safety of your own home? If you couldn’t tell what’s real and what’s not?

Allison Road is a narrative-driven survival horror game developed entertainment industry veterans and life-long game enthusiasts Lilith.

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Train2Game News EGX Returning in 2016


Gamer Network, leaders in games media and events, is proud to announce that EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, will return to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 22nd-25th September 2016.

Now entering its ninth year, EGX has cemented its status as the number one venue for publishers and developers to exhibit their pre-release games in the UK. In recent years the event has grown to encompass all aspects of gaming culture including eSports, VR, YouTube talent, indie games, cosplay and retro gaming.

Meanwhile the Career Fair offers advice to students, helping to bring through the next generation of game development talent.

After successfully transitioning to a new venue in the heart of the country in 2015, EGX 2016 is expected to welcome 80,000 attendees, 1,500+ screens of interactive entertainment and many of the world’s leading game developers through its doors. 2016 will see EGX expand to take more floor space within the NEC, offering exhibitors further opportunities and attendees even more content to enjoy.

“In 2015 we established key new features of the show with Gfinity, YouTube and others, broadening the event’s appeal and expanding our consumer offering. EGX 2016 will see us build on this year’s success and grow even further” said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “2016 will be a landmark year for the industry with the next generation of consoles firmly established and virtual reality set to transform the gaming landscape. EGX is perfectly placed to demonstrate the flourishing nature of the industry”.

Tickets for EGX are expected to go on sale during early 2016 and will be available via

Tickets for EGX’s sister event EGX Rezzed, taking place at Tobacco Dock in London on the 7th-9th April, are available now at

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 23.11.15

wpid-2848826-star_wars_battlefront_key_art.jpgIn the lead up to Christmas another of the years highest anticipated games has reached number one, Star Wars: Battlefront. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is still second and last weeks number one, Fallout 4, is now third.

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Week ending 21 November 2015

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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News Commando Kiwi looking for artists


Professional Studio wants Train2Game Artists to help complete project.

Studio seeking artists to work on Valour: Shadow of Grimdark
Commando Kiwi is reaching out to the Train2Game student community to help complete its new title set to be released 2016.

The team are close to completing the project and need help to create 3D assets. They are looking for a couple of artists to come on board for the final stages of the build. The Artists chosen will receive a credit on a shipped title, which will be a huge endorsement as they embark on their professional games development careers.

Commando Kiwi is an independent studio and the majority of the members are current or former Train2Game students. They are hugely popular in the Train2Game community and won the Make Something Unreal Live Competition in association with Epic Games a few years ago. The team is relatively large for an Indie studio, with ten team members plus outsourced audio support.

The team want to create a game that all team members can use in their portfolios, showing off their work with a project that out shines the average indie title. The first release will be used to get feedback from community and if it’s a success Commando Kiwi may take the title to Kickstarter to gather funding for a full enhanced version.

The additional team members will not need to be available full time, but enough to make a decent contribution to the project. Commando Kiwi are aware most Train2Gamer’s have other commitments. If the artists that join the team are successful, they could be asked to join the team permanently.

Adam Sherratt, Commando Kiwi, ‘The game is called Valour: Shadow of Grimdark, as the name implies the game Valour could in the future be made up of several chapters, which we have already have back story planned for.’

‘The game is 3D action adventure game with RPG elements and is massively updated version of a project we showed November last year at Apps World and Platform Expo. The player must explore and fight their way through the game world, gaining new weapons, equipment and skills as they go to realise their destiny and save the land from the impending war and destruction.’

‘We are aiming to have the first part completed and on the App Store by the end of the Quarter one of 2016. Of course this really depends on whether we are able to get the help we need on the Art front as the project is being held up by this at the moment. Code wise the game is essentially complete and just requires a little more polish / bug fixes’

‘If the Artists who work with us do well then we would certainly look to integrate them into the team for the foreseeable future. This first release is non-commercial and is designed to be an outstanding portfolio piece for all of us that we can also use to get feedback from the community. If it is well received we plan to go on and seek crowd funding to extend and enhance the game and produce a paid version for the App Store.’

‘I personally have completed all of the T2G Developer course material and just have coursework projects to complete. The knowledge gained from the course has been a huge help getting me this far and all my original contacts were from taking part in the T2G game jams and events. However my current priority is to get the first release of this game completed. We are still doing all our work in our spare time in addition to our main jobs so we don’t require people to be able to put in silly hours just a reasonable contribution.’

Main studio members currently working on the project are:

Adam Sherratt (Originally T2G Developer Course)
Andrew Smallwood (Originally T2G Design Course)
Danny Welch (Originally T2G Developer Course)
Erolle Del Rosario (Originally T2G Art Course)
Martyn Whittel (Originally T2G Design Course)
Malik Razik (Originally T2G Art Course)
Tom Constable (From University background – met at Epic Game Jam)

We are currently also trailing a couple of new Artists:
Liam Sell (From University background – met at Platform Expo)
David Vickery (Originally T2G Art Course)

Adam Sherratt, Commando Kiwi, ‘In additional to this we have an outside company called Undercurrent Audio doing some of the scores and sound effects for us.’

‘If anyone is interested can they please email me at along with their portfolio or a sample of any work they have done. Obviously once they have signed our NDA we can answer any questions and show them more of the project.’

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