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ICS Unveils New UKSR Airsoft Sniper Stock

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May 26, 2016 – It is exciting to let you know we are ready to release our new “Sniper Stock”, UKSR. When it comes to sniper stock, it should provide the adjustable cheek piece and adjustable length. ICS UKSR offers 12 levels to be adjusted for the snipers. Additionally, UKSR has the large battery space that you can put 11.1V Lipo easily. Especially, you can remove the UKSR butt pad quickly and easily, the important thing for Airsoft players; Only with one coin, you can change the battery without any tool. Moreover, UKSR is compatible with M4 stock tubes from most of the brands in the market. ICS UKSR offers a fine-tuned and customized touch to every Airsoft player.

 

Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha 2 Now Available

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Cambridge, UK. 25 May 2016. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has launched the second phase of Planet Coaster’s Early-Bird Alpha for PC, putting the most powerful creative tools ever designed for a simulation game in the hands of the Planet Coaster Alpha community.

Planet Coaster is the next great leap for creative gaming and coaster park simulation, building on a decade of experience from the studio behind the genre’s benchmark. At launch, Planet Coaster will deliver the most powerful creative tools, the deepest coaster park simulation, the most expressive and believable crowds, and the most comprehensive sharing and community features. All in the world’s most authentic coaster park game.

Planet Coaster’s Early-Bird Alpha launched in March, allowing players to build rides, lay paths, place scenery and explore the revolutionary modular construction system. The extraordinary success of the first Alpha has seen YouTube flooded with spectacular creations from the incredible Planet Coaster Alpha community.

Planet Coaster Alpha 2 takes another major step towards launch. Alpha 2’s new Terrain Sculpting toolset lets players reshape the earth itself, forging hills, mountains, craters and caverns to create something truly unique. Whether building the coaster park of your dreams, re-creating a natural wonder or crafting impossible floating islands in the sky,Planet Coaster lets you bring any creative vision to life.

And Alpha 2 players can now build their own rollercoasters with Planet Coaster’s advanced construction toolset. Planet Coaster Alpha 2 lets players build high into the sky, tunnel below ground and even carve through mountains as they build without limits.Alpha 2 introduces more authentic coaster types, new stations and all-new paint options to offer unprecedented opportunities for customization and creativity.

Planet Coaster Alpha 2 also adds dozens of new features to make construction easier than ever before. Advanced controls allow for precision editing of scenery, all-new building pieces unlock new design options, and new curved elevated paths let guests explore your parks from every angle.

This summer, Phase 3 of the Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha will add further features on the road to Planet Coaster’s launch in Q4 2016.

We hope you’ll join us for the ride.

Planet Coaster’s Early Bird Alpha is available to play now at FrontierStore.net for £49.99 ($74.99, €67.99, 3,750 RUB).

Planet Coaster will be available at launch in Q4 for £29.99 ($49.99, €39.99, 2,250 RUB), and is available to pre-order today at the discounted price of £19.99 ($29.99, €26.99, 1,500 RUB).

See the Planet Coaster trailer, pre-order, get early access and even become part of the game at PlanetCoaster.com. Join Planet Coaster on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram all @PlanetCoaster.

Tru-Spec TRU SS 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt Review

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If you play enough airsoft games out in warm climates, you will no doubt wonder why there is such a lack of quality combat shirts in short sleeve varieties. Most companies opt for long sleeve combat shirts, which are more protective – especially ones designed for actual soldiers. However, that protection comes at the cost of higher heat levels. In airsoft, we are obviously not in any mortal danger or situations which would absolutely require a longer length sleeve. That is why when I saw that Tru-Spec had released a short sleeve 1/4 zip combat shirt, I had to get one to review.

The Tru-Spec Short Sleeve 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt comes in four color varieties: Black, Navy, MultiCam-Coyote, and Olive Drab. The torso fabric is soft and allows for a lot of air flow through its fabric. This softer torso material is made from a blend of 60/40 cotton nylon CORDURA. The sleeves are thicker and made from a 65/35 polyester cotton vat rip-stop material. The sleeves also feature shoulder pockets and patch space, both of which are excellent things to have available to you for airsoft play. I can’t count the number of times I have thrown my keys or ID into one of the shoulder pockets for safe keeping so that it doesn’t get tangle up with all the rest of the gear I wear out to airsoft events.

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Features of Tru-Spec Nylon / Cotton 1/4 Zip Short Sleeve Combat Shirt

  • 65% polyester / 35% cotton vat ripstop sleeves
  • 60% cotton / 40% nylon Cordura Baselayer body
  • 6.5 oz. fabric
  • Tactical Response Uniform short sleeves
  • Dual shoulder pockets
  • Loop fields on pockets for patch attachment
  • Quarter zip front
  • Mandarin collar

The fit is comfortable and similar to the fit of the Tru-Spec full sleeve combat shirt. I usually wear a large t-shirt and a large size fit very well. Also helping with this was that there were no sleeves to have to worry about, which can often be cut too narrow for your arm to get through – well, mine anyway. Obviously, each person has different proportions.

Overall, Tru-Spec has done a fantastic job with their Short Sleeve 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt. They are available now and range in price between $50 and $85 dollars depending on the length of the shirt and the retailer you go through.

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The Technomancer – Companions Trailer

May 19, 2016 – The Technomancer, the sci-fi RPG set on Mars, releases on June 28 and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A few days ago the Gameplay Trailer unveiled deep RPG mechanics – character evolution, dynamic combat, crafting, equipment customization, multiple ways to solve quests – as well as a captivating story where all your choices will have a direct impact on the destiny of Mars.

Today, the Companions Trailer unveils how all these gameplay mechanics are enriched by the interactions and relationships you will create with the companions who will follow you in your journey through the Red Planet.

Each companion has his own story. Get to know them because some will join out of loyalty, others out of mere opportunity… or as a result of a chain of unfortunate events. When you are out there, exploring or fighting, you may select up to 2 companions in your party to come with you. Choose carefully, as they all have their own unique fighting styles that should complement your own, including special talents useful for utility, such as crafting, knowledge in science, or lockpicking. Picking one companion over another thus has a significant impact on the way you play The Technomancer, as well as there is an impact on the story you are living.

Your companions all have their agenda or preoccupations. They regularly ask you for help or for favors. Should you decide to accept their requests, you will trigger a special series of missions that let you learn more about their past. These quests follow their unique scenario that enriches the main story. Completing these side quests will add numerous hours of gameplay, and will improve your relationship with your companions…

Your companions level up alongside you. Each one gets his own inventory from where you can modify their gear at any time. Equip them with new weapons and armour that you can upgrade with your crafting talents. Make sure to provide them with the best equipment, you will drastically increase their survivability and lethality. And, you can also make sure they look appropriately badass as they run with you around the deadly place that is Mars.

Each of your companions has his/her own behavior, opinions, and moral code. If you act too much against their beliefs, they might get so upset that they would go so far as to leave your group. On the contrary, shine and prove worthy of their trust, and you’ll nurture friendships… or even romances. All your decisions will have irreversible consequences on Mars and its inhabitants!

This is perfectly illustrated in today’s 3 minute-long Companions Trailer!

Forge the destiny of Mars in this epic sci-fi RPG, available June 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

NadoProducts KP Support Review

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If you have played airsoft for any length of time and worn knee pads while doing so, you will undoubtedly have experience with knee pad droop. Over the course of an active game day, the motion of walking/running/sliding coupled with the harsh mistress we call “gravity” will pull your pads down towards your ankles, reducing their effectiveness over time and forcing you to periodically stop to pull them back into place. The solution, it seems, would be to somehow keep the knee pads up. Well, someone made this! Enter: The NadoProducts KP Support.

The KP Support military edition is a brace that attaches itself to the bottom of your knee pad and to the area around the top of your high top boots. The brace material is flexible, without being painful in case you put the weight of your leg onto it. The leg strap is comfortable, but able to be tightened down to your preference.

In order to attach the KP Support to your knee pad, you simply loosen a screw on one end of the support, then feed the bottom of the knee pad into it. After that, you just tighten down the screw and it is all set. The support seems compatible with just about any external knee pad solution. I tried it with both “turtle shell” style pads as well as the “knee cap” style pads. The knee cap style pads did require a bit more working with to install, just because they don’t have the same amount of fringe material on their bottom side.

The support is very lightweight and I played several games over the course of a weekend with them – never once did they fail to do their job or get in the way of my playing. In fact, they helped my gameplay because my knee pads stayed put! You should not be at the mercy of your knee pads, and NadoProducts would seem to agree.

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Overall, the KP Support from NadoProducts is an extremely effective and cost-effective way to keep your knee pads in place while playing even the toughest airsoft games. They retail for for $54.99 and are available now at NadoProducts’ official website.

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Evil Twin Studios Announces No Haunted House for 2016

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May 6, 2016 – Thanks for all your messages asking about what’s next for Evil Twin Studios! Your enthusiasm and support has provided us the inspiration to create such award-winning haunted attractions as Theater of Terror, Raymond Hill Mortuary, and WARD 13.

Unfortunately, it is with heavy hearts (heavy, blood-oozing hearts) that we formally announce that we will not be creating a haunted attraction for 2016.  After three very successful years in a row, we have hit the wall that every haunt eventually hits: we haven’t been able to secure a suitable location for this Fall. Normally, at this point in the year, we have already decided on our theme, mapped out our haunt, and started pre-building props.  Without that kind of lead time, we can’t create the amazing, horrifying experiences our fans expect and deserve.  So even if we discovered the perfect location tomorrow, it’s safe to say there will be no haunt this year.

On the positive side, that means the creators, builders, and actors of Evil Twin Studios will finally have a chance to get out and enjoy all of the other haunted attractions that Southern California has to offer.  Undoubtedly this will get our creative juices flowing to bring you an even more thrilling experience for the 2017 Halloween season! Until then, keep making nightmares come true!

The Evil Twin Studios Team

PS – Follow us on social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) @EvilTwinStudios to see the spooky things we’re up to throughout the year.

Special Tactics Launch Trailer

April 26th 2016 – US indie developer Beast Mode Games is proud to announce that their debut PC game, Special Tactics, has been extracted from Early Access and has fully infiltrated the Steam Store today priced at $9.99/£6.99.

Super refined combat mechanics, streamlined controls and killer AI drive the core of Special Tactics. Built around the core gameplay are three main modes: Campaign, Survival and Multiplayer, all delivering a balanced and deep tactical action experience with various objectives including assassination, hostage rescue and bomb defusal.

Select from five main classes including Sniper, Shotgun, SMG, Assault and Shield and choose your custom loadouts. Lay out your strategies ensuring the balance between offensive and defensive tactics will give you the best chance of success. Achieve your mission objectives and earn gold and trophies to unlock custom weapons, attachments and equipment.

Featuring full Steam integration including Friends lists, Achievements, Trading Cards and Leader boards, Special Tactics also features eight strategically designed maps at launch with more to follow.

The official Special Tactics launch trailer can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O3Bf4GbQEc&feature=youtu.be

KEY FEATURES

  • Single Player story driven campaign mode – missions include puzzle based take-down missions, hostage rescue, assassination, hostage escort and stealth
  • PC exclusive Squad Based Multiplayer – 2 vs. 1 or 2 vs. 2 – select your specific weapon for each class, choose your soldier classes then either plant the bomb or defuse it
  • Epic 1 vs. 1 PvP and Survival modes
  • Custom Match Rules such as Snipers only or Hardcore Mode
  • Five Main Classes – Sniper, Shotgun, Assault, SMG and Shield
  • Six Equipment Types – Smoke, Frag, Flash and Fire/Incendiary Grenades, Sonar Detector, Throwing Axe
  • Custom Weapons and Attachments – Silencers, Scopes, Foregrips and rare finishes
  • Replay Analysis System – Review your strategic successes and failures after every mission
  • Four Boosters – Armor, Range, Damage and Speed. Select one person per turn to give to a soldier

Special Tactics on Steam – http://store.steampowered.com/app/432870/

For more information please visit the official Special Tactics website at http://beastmodegames.com

Master of Orion Early Access Launch

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April 25, 2016 — Two new races are looking to shake up the galaxy in the next round of Early Access for Master of Orion: the Darloks and the Silicoids. These newcomers aren’t arriving empty handed either; they’re bringing the ways of Espionage with them, revealing Independent Planets, as well as granting a new victory condition: Economic. Along with Windows and Mac OS X, Master of Orion is also now available on Linux and Steam OS.

The arrival of the Darloks and the Silicoids means that NGD Studios has fully assembled the 10 original races from the first Master of Orion. Joined by the Terran, who are only available in the Master of Orion Collector’s Edition, 11 races are all ready to conquer the stars.

The conniving and sneaky Darloks are master spies, trusted by none in the galaxy. Using their superior Espionage skills, you can hoard information, cripple industry and research, steal technology, contaminate food—havoc is the name of the Darloks’ game. However, all races have access to Espionage, so anyone can wage war in the shadows.

The Silicoids may look like hulking stone goliaths, but they are by no means as dumb as a bunch of rocks. They are skillful engineers, trained in capturing colonies and amassing a large fleet. Slow to grow as a population, the Silicoids have an ultra-rich home world brimming with rare minerals that, in the right hands, can send your campaign into overdrive.

The new victory condition “Economic” is for bringing out the tycoon in you. You can corner the galactic market on the Interstellar Stock Exchange to win the game. Just think of how a few Spies will come in handy here—sabotage a structure or make the populace go on strike to stop enemies building up their economy, letting you get ahead. You can also track your economic progress against other players and purchase shares in universe productivity as investments, or to win the game.

Races on Independent Planets have decided forge a life for themselves, away from the rule of larger civilizations. Unlike you and your adversaries, they have no ambitions of expanding in interstellar space. So why are they useful? Independent Planets could hold the key to victory. You can complete missions for them, such as fending off hostiles, and donate credits to get them on your side. Plus, these planets are part of the Galactic Council, and their vote can be critical in achieving a Diplomatic victory.

The NGD Studios crew has been hard at work listening to player feedback and improving the game experience. There are new advanced gameplay settings, a revised technology tree, an integrated tutorial, and lots of bug fixes. This doesn’t mean feedback has to stop; the team still need your help in taking Master of Orion out of this world.

To learn about the creation of Master of Orion’s galaxies and more, watch the latest episode of Early Access Developer Diaries:

The Master of Orion Collector’s Edition grants immediate access to the game:

Hauppauge’s Chamber of Horrors NY Announces 2016 Season

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Hauppauge, NY (April, 2016) — Having grossed over 10,000 visitors with last year’s attractions that saw fear take on a whole new meaning, Hauppauge’s Chamber of Horrors NY is gearing up for another fright filled season in 2016! With an Opening Weekend scheduled for September 23rd-24th, dates are set for September 30th-October 2nd, 7th-9th, 14th-16th, 21st-23rd, and 26th straight through Halloween night with additional dates and special events coming in November at 1745 Express Drive North, in Hauppauge!

Chamber of Horrors NY is Long Island’s Premier Haunted Attraction. In a dark collection of mazes and rooms, the attraction combines lights and sound with a cast unequaled in imagination and talent, not to mention bloodlust. Owned, built and staffed by industry veterans, they can proudly say that they are “Where fear lives…”!

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During the Trilogy of Fear taking place Fridays and Saturdays, brave visitors will have an incredible experience exploring three live scare attractions. Fright fans get three haunts for the price of one!  Visitors can wander the chilling labyrinth of Maniac Manor, navigate the terrifying lunacy of Ward 9 and finally, stagger through the horror of Murderers’ Row.

On Sundays, the lights go out for one of the Chamber’s most terrifying events- “Kill the Light”. After turning off every light source in the haunt, visitors are sent through in groups of five in complete darkness with only a single glow stick to light their way- backwards. Remember when you used to be scared of the dark? You will be again! Returning this year as well (Dates TBA) will also be the “Nightmare Gallery”- an interactive art show/haunt in which local artists exhibit their work amidst the chaos. Watch out…while you’re critiquing some of the spooky works of art, there’s a scare waiting for you around every corner! And for our smaller fans, Kids Day (Dates TBA) will bring family friendly fun for all as a few select ghouls guide the whole gang on a Trick or Treat through The Chamber, teaching the kids how to scare their parents along the way.

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For the third year in a row, Chamber of Horrors NY will also present its Holiday Haunt,

A Very Scary X-Mas, in December. Naughty or Nice no longer matters as Santa has had just about enough! The lists have gotten longer, the kids are ungrateful and somewhere along the way they took the sugar out of the cookies and put almonds in the milk! Its enough to drive an elf crazy…matter of fact, drive ALL the elves crazy!

With all of these events taking your breath away with every scare, Chamber of Horrors NY also plans to give back- supporting charitable organizations with special events including a Military Service night TBA.

PRICING:

  • Basic Burial $25 (Standard Admission)

  • R.I.P PASS $35 (Front-of-Line Access, Minimal Wait)

($40 at Box Office, buy online and save!)

There will be plenty of fear to go around this fall in Hauppauge, as well as plenty of Holiday Chills and Thrills, so you won’t want to miss what Chamber of Horrors NY has in store for 2016!

For More Information CALL: (855) 227-6384 (In-Season) // (516) 710-1845 (Off-Season), or VISIT: http://chamberofhorrorsny.com/

Review of the Garmin tactix Bravo Smartwatch

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Recently, we got the chance to check out Garmin’s newest iteration of their tactix smartwatch, the tactix Bravo. Featuring carbon-coated, stainless steel construction and a highly scratch-resistant sapphire lens, it will take a lot to damage this watch during those MilSim airsoft games in rugged terrain. Additionally, the watch was designed to be as non-reflective as possible, as to not inadvertently give away your position to opposing players. The tactix Bravo is available in two flavors: One with a silicone watch band and another that includes two nylon watch bands (one in olive drab and the other in black). Either of these options are fine, but depend more on your personal needs. If you plan to wear the watch in a personal, outdoorsman style of operation, you might want to consider going with the silicone band. If you are wearing the tactix Bravo on top or underneath your combat shirts and gear, you may consider the nylon band option. Measuring 2 inches by 2 inches, with a depth of 0.6 inches, the tactix Bravo is a rather large watch.

The tactix Bravo features a host of sensors designed to be of benefit to those of you in the field – whether it be for real world tactical operations or multi-day airsoft games in rugged territory. By hitting the down page button on the tactix Bravo, you can get to a compass, barometer, and altimeter – all of which seemed particularly accurate while I trekked across Southern California. The compass features both the degree of the direction you’re facing as well as the general direction (e.g. “NW”, “N”, NE”) for ease of use.

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Pairing up with your smartphone via the Garmin Connect app is very simple, thanks to the tactix Bravo’s built-in ANT+and Bluetooth connectivity. Once paired, the Garmin Connect app will keep track of your activity levels on a daily basis, as well as have the ability to interface with other fitness apps on the app store – like My Fitness Pal. The information is extremely valuable – whether you are on a regimented diet and exercise plan or just curious about how many calories you burn doing your daily activities.

Of course, the tactix Bravo can receive your texts, emails, and app notifications as you like, and the Garmin Chroma Display is refreshingly crisp and can even be seen clearly in daylight! For those of you who do airsoft night games with night vision goggles, you will be happy to know that the tactix Bravo has a night vision mode! This enables a change in the display’s color scheme and light output to be optimized for your night vision equipment. As a fun additional feature, the tactix Bravo can even control a Garmin VIRB XE action camera, but I couldn’t test that feature as I don’t have a VIRB XE camera on-hand.

One of the coolest parts of the tactix Bravo’s feature set is its built-in GPS receiver. Similar to the Garmin Foretrex series, the tactix Bravo will display your current path and also display waypoint information and leave a trail of virtual “breadcrumbs” along your path. Furthermore, it will also display your current location in MGRS, Degrees Minutes Seconds and more. MGRS is extremely important for those of you in the military, being the geo-coordinate system standard for NATO. According to the specs of the tactix Bravo, it features an omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna, with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception. I am not sure what that means in terms of the technical side of things, but I can tell you I was able to get GPS satellite reception inside my apartment just as fast as outdoors – so it means better reception all around!

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At Garmin’s Connect IQ website, you can download additional pages for the tactix Bravo, with choices for speedometers, watch faces, navigation data, and more. It is really interesting to see the expandability that has been created for the watch from independent developers. Going down that road, if any of you are developers interested in creating new data pages for Garmin devices, checkout the Connect IQ developer portal.

Navigating around the various screens and pages of the tactix Bravo interface is very simple. The watch has a small array of buttons: Up, down, back, action, and backlight. These all do pretty much what you would expect. After selecting whatever option you prefer, you press the action button to proceed into that option. Hitting the action button from the main display will bring up the list of activities you can perform. There is a wide variety of choices – with the tactix Bravo even having Jumpmaster and Tactical sport modes! The Jumpmaster will help you if you ever decide to jump out of a perfectly good airplane while the tactical mode enables the GPS and sensor logging and is great for when you are actually playing your airsoft games. The jumpmaster mode can be used for HAHO, HALO, or Static line jumps. Of course, for those of you looking to be active people sans airsoft or military/tactical needs, you can also choose from things such as swimming, hiking, and trail running – to name just a brief few.

Overall, the Garmin tactix Bravo smartwatch is an excellent activity tracker and wearable watch that will provide some essential navigational capabilities during your stints in rugged terrain – whether you are playing in an airsoft game, camping, or in the field. The tactix Bravo retails for $699.99 and is available now on a variety of online stores as well as Garmin’s official website.

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