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Issue 425


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Editorial

Announcements
Fever Events
Fever Jobs
Inside Fever
Fever FNG
P.O.W.
Behind the scenes
Tech News
E-Sports
Game News
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Thank you for reading and have a nice day!
- SunKenRock





Dawn ,and Oswin will be doing a D&D night this coming Wednesday at 630 PM PST, we will be getting characters set up and walking through the story. There will not be any combat the first session. If you are experienced feel free to message me for helping new players getting started.


And a moment of silence ....
"As of January 14, 2020, security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 will no longer be provided. With a shift to Surface and Microsoft 365, your company devices will have security built in and your business will be ready for the future,"





Game Nights:

Events Schedule

Calendar

Please check the forum calendar and #events channel on Discord for up-to-date event times. Also see the suggestions thread for any requests and/or offers to host an event

If you would like to help ensure your game's game nights, events, etc. are listed and want to have the ability to post them on the calendar, or your game nights do not appear on this calendar over the next few days, please contact Aug and he will get them squared away.

To convert the times to your timezone, use the following tool: Time Zone Converter. Please check the Discord Events channel for reminders about events. Also with some game nights being made up for that day due to the people who are on.





Clan Jobs: In and out of gaming

Fever Clan Job Roster Master List


This link will take you to everything Fever and provides a table of contents to direct you to what you may seek. If you do not see anything for a game that you are looking for (or might be interested in starting a group in) contact:

Head of Games - Violet

Deputy Head of Games - Medic739

Misc Commanders -Aisper , daddyoisme



Clan Jobs Forum!

This is a forum dedicated to job adverts where companies and departments can post their available jobs, specify what it would entail, and if it is open to officers and/or enlisted. You are not required to use this forum, but it's here as a means to help you get personnel into your section. When that position is filled, please make a final post that the position was filled and then close your thread (or request to get it closed if you do not have permissions) to further responses.





Overwatch - Patch Notes


Destiny 2 - Any Ps4 players?


Elder Scrolls Online - A New Year, A New Adventure






HeavenTiger . Sphexzor , Pave






Last week's winner was bdoggg - please congratulate him!


This week's nominees are:

McGrover

Target

Wroctaw

Please vote for them here -> PoW-01-20-20












Microsoft’s retooled Edge browser exits preview
Microsoft's Edge browser, retooled to run on Chromium's open source foundation, has shed its beta designation and entered general release on Wednesday, promising performance, productivity, privacy, and value – a word which here means Microsoft Rewards gift card points for using Bing and access to so-called Premium News.

Of these ostensible benefits, Edge's privacy controls should have the most immediate impact. As Joe Belfiore, corporate VP of Windows, notes in a blog post, Edge "comes with our Privacy Promise and we can’t wait for you to try new features like tracking prevention, which is on by default, and provides three levels of control while you browse."

It also comes with a language randomization feature – several people have reported seeing a language other than the expected English upon installation. But evidently this is unintentional.

Microsoft's Privacy Promise sounds suspect because it echoes the same rote words uttered by Facebook and Google after every privacy lapse: "We take your privacy and security seriously." But there's actual substance here: Microsoft Edge, like rival browsers Brave, Firefox, and Safari, blocks third-party cookies by default. Better late than never.

This may not matter two years hence: Google on Tuesday said it plans to phase out support for third-party cookies in 2022. By the time that happens, the search ads biz hopes to have built alternative tracking mechanisms into its Chrome browser. It's not yet clear whether those will be blockable.

But for now, Edge's cookie fast represents a positive step for privacy. The reborn browser also includes a private browsing mode called InPrivate, and malicious website protection, in the form of Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. But those are table stakes for browsers these days.

Edge's tracking prevention offers three levels: Basic, Balanced, and Strict. The default and recommended setting, Balanced, blocks trackers from sites you haven't visited, which results in less ad personalization while striving for compatibility with most websites. Strict goes further, blocking the majority of trackers from all sites, with the caveat that functionality on some websites may break. The Basic setting lets most trackers operate, for those who want behavior-based ads.

And because Edge is built on Chromium, users can install various Chrome Web Store extensions for additional privacy protection, in addition to Edge Addons.

Edge comes with support for Azure Active Directory support, Internet Explorer mode, 4K streaming (for Windows 10), Dolby audio, built-in PDF editing capabilities, and integration with other Microsoft products through enterprise-oriented initiatives like FastTrack and App Assure. It also offers a choice of three visual styles – Focused, Inspirational, or Informational.

Much of what distinguishes Edge is best judged in relation to the differences between the browser and its past self, the legacy version of Edge that's based on the EdgeHTML and Chakra engines.

Eric Lawrence, principal program manager on Microsoft's web platform, detailed many of these changes in a blog post last year. Mostly, these are under-the-hood changes that affect security, like enabling TLS/1.3 by default and blocking navigation to file:// URLs from non-file URLs, or similarly meaningful but non-obvious plumbing changes.

Microsoft's work on Edge is also having an impact on web standards through various initiatives to improve accessibility and other aspects of the web experience.

Edge's conversion to Chromium is just the beginning. Promising features like Collections, a form of data-rich bookmarking, should soon emerge from beta testing.

Microsoft may love Linux these days, but it isn't yet shipping a Linux build. Edge is currently available for macOS, Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10), iOS and Android. Windows consumer users can expect to get the latest Edge via Windows Update, eventually.

Link:theregister





Esports One to launch fantasy platform E1 Fantasy

Esports data startup Esports One has announced the closed beta for its fantasy esports platform, E1 Fantasy.

Due to go live on January 24th, E1 Fantasy will provide a fantasy league for the duration of Riot Games‘ LCS and LEC Spring Splits.

10,000 users will gain early access to the platform, with places and shares given to those who refer the most people to signup. Upon launch of the beta, users will become a part of a “Founders League,” competing for a share of a prize pool valued at $100,000 (£77,000). Winnings from the prize pool will be distributed weekly to users, with a larger portion being awarded to overall season winners. Shares in Esports One are also on offer to the winners, with 50,000 shares going to 1st place, and places 2nd-10th receiving 5,000 shares each.

On the back-end, E1 Fantasy appears to use deep machine learning and complex data projections to assess and determine the value of players and in-game actions among other elements. This data is then aggregated into the platform’s points system and subsequent E1 Fantasy Elo Rating.

The platform also appears to mesh elements from past draft and fantasy style platforms. There’s a mixture of daily fantasy, much like Draft Kings, as well as season-long fantasy competitions similar to Riot Games’ own fantasy competition from the early days of the LCS and LEC.

E1 Fantasy features a data hub for users to conduct their own analysis and inform their choices, and a content hub with guides, power rankings, and other information dedicated to users.

Link:esportsinsider



Cloud9 establishing new identity without Sneaky for LCS spring 2020

The League of Legends Championship Series has existed since 2013. It has gone through multiple format changes, franchising and the slow transition into new branding as longtime veterans change teams or gracefully exit into management and streaming roles.

At the forefront of this transition for the 2020 spring split is LCS legacy organization, Cloud9. Former Cloud9 bot laner Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi was the face of C9 when all of the other members of the original 2013 lineup -- An "Balls" Le, William "Meteos" Hartman, Hai "Hai" Du Lam and Daerek "LemonNation" Hart -- had left the team or retired. This past offseason he stepped down as C9's starting bot laner, and although he hasn't ruled out a return to professional play, it probably won't be on the team where he made his name.

"He was there for so long, there were so many things that were built around him, so we just have to figure out how to play and how we want to interact with each other," C9 top laner Eric "Licorice" Ritchie said. "It's very fresh, and I think it's really good to have any time together just bootcamping and work things out as a team."

Over the past two years, Licorice has gone from fresh-faced rookie to seasoned veteran. On this new C9 lineup, Licorice is one of the most experienced players due to two world championship appearances and two LCS finals appearances.

"It's something that, it's very new to me, this idea of leadership and being a leader on the team," Licorice said. "I was a rookie and it was like, 'OK, I'm a rookie, I'll do what people tell me to do,' and now it's like, 'OK, I should be a leader now.' So it's something I'm working on a lot. It's something that's not very easy for me right now, but I feel that personally I can be good at it, so I'm pretty happy that I'm being put in this position and I have a lot of room to grow."

Link:espn





Every Video Game Got Delayed This Week
2020 has just started and it already promises to be a crazy year for video games. That’s what happens when two brand new consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, are slated for the end of the year. But before that hardware even arrives, publishers are keen to get out that their last wave of big games that squeeze every last drop out of these current boxes.

With time running out, tons of huge titles are slated to launch right on top of each other. Doom Eternal got delayed to the exact same day as Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And the not-so surprising remake of Resident Evil 3 is soon after that. The lineup was getting stacked to the point of daunting, which is why we’re honestly more relieved than disappointed about the various game delays that got announced this week.

After a lifetime of baiting fans with the promise of a next-gen Final Fantasy VII remake, pushing the game back from March 3 to April 10 honestly isn’t so bad. The similarly long-gestating Final Fantasy XV got a similar final delay. And besides, this is just the first episode. Fans of this game are going to have to get used to waiting.

Square Enix also delayed its biggest game from its Western studios. Marvel’s Avengers was previously slated for the summer blockbuster slot of May. But now we won’t be able to play as these bootleg superheroes in this melee-focused Destiny clone until September. Here’s hoping they fix the faces.

The most heartbreaking, if unsurprising, delay into September is Cyberpunk 2077. Originally planned for April, CD Projekt Red needs more time to perfect its Keanu Reeves paradise. And that’s not even counting the multiplayer not coming until, like, 2022. Witcher 3 was also delayed and that turned out pretty okay. In fact, we suspect the extra sales of Witcher 3 following the Switch port and Netflix popularity helped make this Cyberpunk delay possible.

And speaking of cyberpunk, Iron Man VR seems like one of the most promising combinations of franchise and technology based on our hands-on demo. Marvel’s virtual reality high-tech superhero adventure was supposed to release in February. But now it’s flying away from Half-Life: Alyx VR and into the vacant May slot Avengers left behind. At least we can play as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Link:geek



Path of Exile Will Get Four Expansions This Year

Grinding Gear Games revealed plans for the next twelve months. It turns out that this year we can count on as much as four expansion for Path of Exile, the popular action RPG based on the free-to-play model with microtransactions.

The expansions will be released one per quarter, under updates 3.10.0, 3.11.0, 3.12.0 and 3.13.0. The first addition will be released in late February this year. The releases should take place at dates similar to those at previous years, but there may be one- or two-week differences if there is a need to test the patches.

At the same time, work is underway on the 4.0.0 update. So far, not much is known about it, but the devs plan to reveal a great deal of new details in the middle of this year, it is possible that this will happen at the E3. The tests will start at the earliest at the end of the year.

Maintaining a high pace of development of the expansions is surprising as Grinding Gear Games is already working on a continuation in the form of Path of Exile 2. The second part, however, is to offer all the content of the first PoE, so further development of the original makes sense.

This year's plans also include an increase in the number of teams dealing with console versions, which will allow Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users to receive new features with less delay compared to the PC release. Path of Exile: Mobile is also constantly being developed.

Link:gamepressure



Slay the Spire's massive 2.0 update introduces a new character and loads more

Slay the Spire just got bigger with the official roll out of patch 2.0, which finally adds a new character, the Watcher, after months of beta testing. New relics and potions have also been added, in addition to a new Potion Lab.

The Watcher has been in testing since September, and naturally has her own cards and relics. According to Fraser writing last year she's "a blind ascetic who is paying the Spire a visit so she can 'evaluate' it". She's fond of miracles and peeping at cards in her draw pile.

A long list of balance changes are recorded over on the Steam community blog, and there's a bunch of quality of life improvements and bug fixes to look forward to. Modding support has been "improved", though it may cause conflicts for mods designed for version 1.1 - if you're a modder, it may be time to update

Finally, there's a new Potion Lab, providing an easy-to-access resource on all spells available in the game. Which there are a lot of: this patch alone adds an addition 14.Check out the full patch notes here. Evan loved Slay the Spire, writing in his review that it's "a strategically deep deckbuilder that, with any luck, has spawned a brilliant new subgenre". It won our 2019 award for Best Design.

Link:pcgamer



Xbox Game Pass For PC Is Adding Three More Acclaimed Games
Microsoft has announced another batch of titles coming to Xbox Game Pass on PC. Three more acclaimed games will be added to the Game Pass library soon, the company revealed via Xbox Wire, and if you've yet to sign up for the service, you can get your first three months for practically nothing.

Joining Xbox Game Pass on PC over the next few weeks are the roguelike dungeon crawler Children of Morta, the beautiful meditative platformer Gris, and the unsettling A Plague Tale: Innocence. All three titles were very well-received on their initial launches, particularly A Plague Tale, which we thought was one of the best games of 2019.

Xbox Game Pass is an all-you-can-play service that lets you try out a library of more than 100 titles for as long as you have a subscription. Game Pass is available for both PC and Xbox One, and while there is some overlap between them, the PC version of the service generally offers a different selection of games to play. You can see the full list of available titles on the Xbox website.

If you're not yet a subscriber, Microsoft is offering a great deal on the PC service. Right now, you can get three months of Xbox Game Pass on PC for only $1. The company warns that the deal "won't last forever," so if you're interested in trying Game Pass, you'll want to take advantage of the offer.

Link:gamespot



Sekiro's prequel manga is getting a complete edition next month
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's manga spin-off is getting a complete published edition this February. Sekiro: Side Story of Hanbei the Undying initially began last May as Sekiro Gaiden: Shinazu Hanbei, and followed the story of Hanbei Undying, a friendly, immortal NPC in the game that let you practice combat against him in a risk-free environment. Now it's being released as a complete edition on February 27 in Japan.

As US Gamer points out, the manga hasn't been officially translated into English or released in the West yet. Fortunately, there are fan translations available online, and collectors will likely want to get a printed copy of the manga regardless of its language.

Hanbei and his side story in Sekiro were one of the more popular of FromSoftware's latest title, and the manga goes further into his past to provide some much-needed context for his character. It explores how he came to be involved in the events of Sekiro, while also unveiling more about his past and family in the process.

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