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Introducing WarChest, Splash Damage's New Publishing Partner

We’re very excited to introduce WarChest, a brand-new publisher started by Splash Damage founders Paul Wedgwood and Richard Jolly and the final member of our family of companies.

By teaming up with WarChest, we’ll be able to bring Splash Damage gaming goodness directly to you via the magic of digital distribution and the internet. Better yet, all of WarChest’s offerings will be free to download and play, making it easier than ever for you to hop into our upcoming games. We’ll have more information on WarChest in a couple of days – if you’ve got any questions that you’d like to be covered, post them up in the comments.

In the meantime, you can find WarChest’s virtual home at www.warchestgames.com, where you can read more about the company, the people behind it, and, naturally, its games. Don’t forget to give WarChest a follow on Twitter and a like on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and game announcements/releases.

If you’re interested in finding more about the business side of thing, you can find more details in the announcement press release.

Coming Soon: New, Better User Accounts for SplashDamage.com

For the past few months and working closely with the chaps over at Fireteam, we've been tinkering away on a brand-new accounts system for the Splash Damage website to provide greater security, unified game accounts for future releases, beta management, and more. We'll be migrating all of our current Splash Damage forum accounts over to the new system in the coming days, so you'll be able to take advantage of the new features. Here's what you need to know.

Splash Damage is Hiring!

We're curently looking for additional developers to join us at our offices near London, England. We've got a mix of full time and contract positions to fill, including the following:

We're also still taking on additional Production Testers, so if breaking games is your thing, that position is for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Community Question: Gaming Platforms

Gaming comes in many different shapes and sizes. From water-cooled gaming PCs to palm-sized phones, there's a platform to serve nearly every need and situation. With so many choices out there, what we'd like to find out from you this week is this:

Which platforms and devices you regularly use to get your gaming fix?

Share your platforms in this week's multiple choice poll.

As a bonus question for the comments, we'd love to know which one you find yourself spending the most time on these days and why. Is there a particular game you keep coming back for? Is it a matter of convenience? Let us know!

Splash Damage To Un-Endanger Tapirs with Tip Tap Tapir

Here at Splash Damage we've often made use of the noble Tapir. Our previous games have used, some say leveraged, some would allege exploited, the Tapir IP to the very limits of decency and beyond. Well, that time has gone. This time, we’re deadly serious. Tapirs are, unfortunately, in peril: the days of the magnificent Megatapirus augustus are, alas, behind us, both the Brazilian and Malayan species are classified as vulnerable, and the Baird’s Tapir and Mountain Tapir are outright endangered.

We want more Tapirs. That means more Tapir babies. And the only way we know, despite strenuous experimentation on our part, to get more Tapir babies is to have more Tapir hook-ups. So to that noble end we are FEARSOMELY proud to announce

TIP TAP TAPIR!

The first ever, best, awesomest Perissodactyl Dating Sim EVARH! You'll give a Flehmen response!

To find out all about Tip Tap Tapir and its humongously innovative companion app, SNORTLR™, don't delay and check out the Tap Tap Tapir mini-site right now. Get repopulating!

Wolfenstein: ET Master Server Back In Action

Following the outage earlier in the year, the folks over at id Software have rebuilt the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Master Server, and everything is now back online and working. If you've got the game installed, it'll pick up the new Master Server automatically. No changes required on your end.

On a side note, we'd also like to throw a big thank at community member Paul for providing an interim master while the official Master Server was being rebuilt.

See you online!

Community Question: Campaign Rewards and Unlocks

Over the years our games have featured a variety of ways your character could level up and gain new abilities. For example, Enemy Territory featured temporary rewards that would reset at the end of the three-map campagn, while Brink allowed you to permanently unlock abilities as your character gained levels. With this week's Community Question, we want to find out which of various progression systems tickles you the most:

Which unlocking mechanic for gameplay-affecting rewards do you prefer?

Please cast your vote in this week's poll and do let us know in the comments why your chosen system works best for you. We look forward to your replies!

Community Question: Mines and Friendly Fire

All of our games thus far have featured a variety of explosives you can sneakily plant in the world, ranging from mines and satchel charges to outlandish contraptions like the Third Eye Camera in Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. Generally, you'd stick them down somewhere (preferably hidden from direct view) and wait for an unlucky enemy to meet their fate. What has varied over the years is the matter of friendly fire: Do these devices inflict their fiery pain on anyone nearby, or just enemies? That's what we're looking to find out in this week's community question:

Should plantable explosives such as mines have friendly fire by default, or not?

Please cast your vote in this week's poll and, if you have particular reasons for or against, share them in your replies. We look forward to reading your views!

Dive Inside Brink's SMART System at GDC 2012

Gameplay Programmer Arne-Olav Hallingstad will be giving a talk about Brink's SMART system at next month's GDC in San Francisco. Titled 'Vault, Slide, Mantle: Building Brink's SMART System', Arne's session will examine the technical side of the game's iconic freedom of movement system, covering everything from early prototype to a detailed breakdown of the final implementation. This talk is going to be a great way to find out How Stuff Works and is a must-see/hear for anyone interested in bringing more fluid player movement to their games. For those unable to attend, we plan to make Arne's slide available here on the site after the event.

Community Question: V-Says and Automated Communication

Communication has been an important part of all of our games so far and we've used different approaches over the years. This has included everything from manual v-says (pre-recorded voice clips you can play via keyboard shortcuts) tp fully automated systems that let your team know what you're up to based on your actions and your character's status. With these systems having such a fundamental effect on the way you play the game, and what kind of information is passed along and when, we'd like to know the following from you this week:

Which in-game communication/v-say system is your favourite?

Is full control absolutely vital to you? Can you not be bothered to use voice messages at all in the midst of battle? Do you prefer partial automation?

Cast your vote in our latest poll and let us know the reasons behind your choice in the comments.

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