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A convention just for tabletop gaming? Sounds like an adventure to me!

Penny Arcade have just announced a new event, this time aimed at catering solely to the tabletop gaming community. The new convention, named: PAX Unplugged, rides on the success of other PAX events and looks to be rather interesting.

As an avid player of Magic the Gathering, DnD, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and various other tabletop games, I have to admit, the concept of a tabletop convention is rather exciting.

“With the rise of popularity of board games, we wanted to provide a dedicated space where fans can come together,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “We will continue to have tabletop games at every PAX, but Unplugged will focus on stepping away from the TV, monitor and phone to foster face-to-face multiplayer experiences.”

According to the press release, badges for PAX Unplugged will go on sale in the spring. It might be time to start saving, don’t you think?

From card games to tabletop adventures, PAX Unplugged will be sure to have it all!

From card games to tabletop adventures. PAX Unplugged will be sure to have it all!

 

An area that is often neglected at conventions here in the UK, tabletop gaming is, for all intents and purposes, the older sibling of video gaming. I’m glad to see that there is enough interest to dedicate an event to it, even if it is quite a distance from me.

PAX Unplugged is set to take place between November the 17th to November the 19th 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. So, if you live there, or have the money to travel, then you might consider taking a trip to the event. I certainly wish I could, it looks to be rather fun!

What do you all think? Could this be a resounding success? Let me know in the comments section!

I’ve been writing for Dave for a few years now and I love it, there is always something new to research and test! I hope you enjoy my work!

Before writing I worked in IT for around 11 years and have been an avid gamer for much, much longer. I tend to enjoy everything except sports games, but I’m not above testing them if they’ve tried something new. Give me a Space 4x any day of the week!

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ASUS and Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II and X99-E, along with ROG Strix X99 Gaming from the latest ROG Strix Series line-up — four all-new ATX motherboards based on the Intel® X99 chipset and loaded with exclusive technologies to maximize the potential of the new Intel Core™ i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3.

Commenting on the new product line-up, Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit said: “Our X99 motherboards have won awards from many respected publications and editors around the world, with ASUS consistently praised as the number-one motherboard brand. We are keen to offer best-selling, easy-to-use, stable and trusted motherboards — that’s why we call them BEST. And we’re proud to introduce our all-new X99 motherboards allowing users to customize their experience and maximize performance in ways that simply aren’t possible with any other brand of motherboard.”
Pushing boundaries: Advancing award-winning heritage for maximum performance and style

The best-selling and award-winning ASUS X99 Signature motherboard range returns to push the boundaries of PC hardware beyond the accepted limits, while adding many new features and technologies to elevate both performance and aesthetics — enabling PC-builders to create custom rigs on the finest foundations.

The new X99 Signature motherboards features include the pioneering OC Socket to drive CPU and DDR4 performance beyond all expectations, and exclusive 5-Way Optimization for one-click overclocking and cooling. With the newly upgraded Fan Xpert 4, X99 Signature motherboards elevates customized cooling to new heights, with the ability to detect PWM/DC fans on all headers, use high-amperage fans and control water-cooling pumps in both software and the media-acclaimed ASUS UEFI BIOS.

The new boards also feature ASUS Aura, with onboard RGB lighting and a 4-pin LED-strip header to create stunning illumination effects — all easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

The latest-generation X99 Signature motherboards are engineered with ASUS SafeSlot. This reinvented, strengthened PCIe slot uses a new insert-molding process to bind the slot to fortifying metal for superior 1.6X retention and 1.8X shearing resistance.

Next-generation connectivity is also a major theme of the refreshed X99 Signature series, with up to dual U.2 and M.2 slots to tap into 32Gbps of PCIe® bandwidth, 3×3 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C. X99-Deluxe II also includes ASUS ThunderboltEX 3, a quick-to-fit expansion card for blistering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.
ROG Strix X99 Gaming: Join the Republic, release your inner rebel

ROG Strix is the newest recruit into the Republic of Gamers — and ROG Strix X99 Gaming is the first ROG Strix motherboard. ROG Strix X99 Gaming delivers premier performance, innovation, and confident dynamism to release the gamer’s inner rebel, with a bold design and bright, customizable colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming has great gaming aesthetics that enables passionate gamers to illuminate their builds with multicolor magnificence. Ten LED effects can be customized with ASUS Aura, the intuitive lighting control software for the built-in RGB LEDs and attached RGB strips via the integrated 4-pin RGB -strip header, allowing easy custom illumination that can be perfectly synchronized. Included decals allow gamers to color-match lighting effects with their case design and decoration.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming is made for gaming with SupremeFX, Sonic Radar II, Intel Ethernet, and GameFirst technologies. Shielded SupremeFX delivers flawless high-fidelity audio with a remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), so only the very best is heard on gaming headsets or speakers. Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield, while tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor’s workload to free up power for the game. The all-new GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — helping gamers dominate with epic speed and agility.

To maximize performance, ROG Strix X99 Gaming also has 5-Way Optimization for one-click auto tuning, including Fan Xpert 4 for ultimate cooling and control, plus OC Socket for maxed-out DDR4 and processor performance.

Gamer’s Guardian offers real-world protection for ROG Strix X99 builds, including the all-new ASUS SafeSlot and loads of brilliant defenses, highly-durable components and smart DIY features. ROG Strix X99 also delivers great data transfers, with onboard U.2, USB 3.1 Type-A and C, M.2, 2×2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO. Uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology effectively caches an entire storage device to launch favorite games and apps at breakneck speeds.
Ultra-fast transfers: ThunderboltEX 3 add-on card drives blistering speeds of up to 40Gbps

The new ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II, X99-E and ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboards all support ThunderboltEX 3, an Intel-certified Thunderbolt™ 3 card that enables breathtaking bi-directional speeds up to 40Gbps — four-times faster than other PC data-transfer cables with twice the video bandwidth for the latest 60Hz 4K UHD displays. Thunderbolt 3 also supports daisy-chaining of up to six devices, and has a reversible USB Type-C connector for compatibility with the latest USB 3.1 Type-C devices. It also supports the USB Power Delivery specification for fast, high-power charging of up to 36W. ThunderboltEX 3 is included with X99-Deluxe II.
EZ DIY Kit: For hassle-free DIY experiences

ASUS encourages DIYers and cares deeply about giving them the very best experience when assembling their rigs. The EZ DIY Kit includes a 45-in-1 screwdriver with ergonomic, slip-resistant handles that is suitable for a wide range of fastenings. The kit also includes a retractable and pneumatic ASUS VGA holder that provides support for up to three heavy graphics cards to prevent slot damage and motherboard bending. The holder has a smooth finish and multiple height adjustments for easy installation. The EZ DIY Kit is available to purchase separately worldwide.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II and X99-E, and ROG Strix X99 will be available from mid/end May in the UK. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

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Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (NYSE: IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital’s existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.

“This agreement reflects our continued focus on innovation and sets the stage for even more rapid advancement and commercialization of new data storage solutions,” said Mike Cordano, president and chief operating officer, Western Digital. “We are building on Western Digital and IBM’s long-standing relationship and look forward to future collaborations and business opportunities.”

“This agreement with Western Digital illustrates the value of patented IBM inventions and demonstrates our leadership in licensing access to our broad patent portfolio. We look forward to a productive relationship with Western Digital,” said William LaFontaine, general manager, intellectual property for IBM.

IBM has led the annual list of U.S. patent recipients for 23 consecutive years. More information about IBM’s patent leadership is available at: http://ibm.co/1hLSj8W.

About Western Digital

Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading developer and manufacturer of storage solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with effective technology deployment, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com and www.wd.com.

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Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC hardware and components, is pleased to announce the global availability of its fastest ever Vengeance LPX 128GB, 64GB and 32GB DDR4 kits. Boasting frequencies of up to 3,600MHz, these new XMP 2.0 kits bring high-frequency performance to even the largest capacity DDR4 modules.

Corsair’s fastest 128GB DDR4 kit ever, the Vengeance LPX 128GB (4x16GB) 3,000MHz is designed to push Intel’s X99 quad-channel platform to the next level, reaching frequencies of 3,000MHz or higher. With full XMP 2.0 support and running at 1.35V with CL16-18-18-36 low latency timings, the kit offers both the massive capacity and high-frequency DDR4 performance required by top-end work stations running the most demanding applications.

Also joining the Corsair DDR4 lineup are the new Vengeance LPX 64GB (4x16GB) 3,333MHz and Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) 3,600MHz kits, the highest frequency 64GB and 32GB DDR4 kits Corsair has ever produced. Both are optimized for Intel’s Z170 dual-channel platform, with the Vengeance LPX 64GB (4x16GB) 3,333MHz kit running at 1.35V with CL16-18-18-36 timings, while the Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) 3,600MHz kit runs at 1.35V with CL16-19-19-39 timings. The result is great looking, fully-matched memory offering both high-capacity and high-frequencies, and with XMP 2.0 a single BIOS setting is all that’s required to unlock their full performance potential.

All three new high-speed kits are clad in Corsair’s black Vengeance LPX heat spreader to improve thermal transfer, with the 64GB and 32GB kits also available with red heat spreaders.  All three kits also include Corsair’s Vengeance Airflow cooling system, a removable 40mm fan cooling bracket fitted to each bank of DIMMs that provides reliable airflow to ensure modules remain cool and stable regardless of load.

Be it video editing, 3D rendering, 4K gaming or content creation, these 128GB, 64GB and 32GB kits offer extensive compatibility, huge capacity and high-frequency performance to suit even the most demanding applications.

All three kits are available immediately through Corsair’s worldwide network of retailers and distributors.

Product SKUs

Model

Part number

MSRP

Black Vengeance LPX 128GB (8x16GB) 3,000MHz

CMK128GX4M8B3000C16

$1,174.99 Exc. Tax

Black Vengeance LPX 64GB (4x16GB) 3,333MHz

CMK64GX4M4B3333C16

$549.99 Exc. Tax

Red Vengeance LPX 64GB (4x16GB) 3,333MHz

CMK64GX4M4B3333C16R

$549.99 Exc. Tax

Black Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) 3,600MHz

CMK32GX4M4B3600C18

$349.99 Exc. Tax

Red Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) 3,600MHz

CMK32GX4M4B3600C18R

$349.99 Exc. Tax

 

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For more information on the Corsair’s range of Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory, please visit

http://www.corsair.com/memory/vengeance-lpx-series

For more information on the Corsair DDR4, please visit

http://www.corsair.com/DDR4

 

About Corsair

Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high-performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company’s award-winning products include DDR3 and DDR4 memory, computer cases, PC cooling products, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, gaming mice, power supply units, USB flash drives, solid-state drives and system monitoring and control devices.

Copyright © 2016 Corsair Components, Inc. All rights reserved. Corsair, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of Corsair in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Today, Oculus announce that pre-orders for Rift will open on Oculus.com at 8am Pacific Time on January 6! They will be sharing everything you need to know to order your Rift on Wednesday when pre-orders go live.

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As a reminder, every Rift comes bundled with Lucky’s Tale by Playful, and we’re also including CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie for free with every pre-order!

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This is going to be an exciting week for VR, so Oculus founder Palmer Luckey will be answering all your questions during a Reddit AMA this Wednesday, January 6 at 6pm Pacific Time. We look forward to hearing from you.

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SEE, TRY AND BUY THE TECH OF TOMORROW TODAY AT GADGET SHOW LIVE 2016

Gadget Show Live returns for its 8th year, 31 March – 3 April 2016, NEC, Birmingham
Tickets on sale now at www.gadgetshowlive.net

Britain’s biggest consumer tech show – Gadget Show Live – returns to Birmingham’s NEC this Easter from Thursday 31 March to Sunday 3 April and 75,000 tech fans are expected to flood through its doors. Tickets are on sale now at gadgetshowlive.net and start at under £10.

The show features four fantastic new areas this year – Better Life, Power Up, The Lab and The Arcade – making it the perfect day out for everyone from early adopters to silver surfers and tech-fanatic families.

Better Life – visitors to Better Life will discover tech that’s been engineered to enhance their everyday lives, whether that’s tech that seamlessly integrates different areas of their lives, or aesthetically irresistible products to beautify the home.

Sitting at the heart of Better Life is the House of Sound and Vision. Playing host to a truly cinematic experience, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the latest home cinema technology on the market. They can test out a cinema style experience in a purpose built living room kitted out with the latest audio, TV and surround sound tech to try before they buy.

Power Up – visitors will find technology with the power to drive their lives forward, everything from mobiles to wearables, fitness devices and in-car kit. Test drive very cool cars in the Car Experience and the latest personal transport devices on the Gadget Wheels Test Track.

The Lab – concept and innovation are integral to modern day tech and at Gadget Show Live visitors can discover inspirational tech for the future as well as advice and education on how the tech of tomorrow can change their lives.

In The Lab, visitors can hear gadget reviews from our experts in the Connect Theatre, see the tech of the future in the British Inventors’ Project and Innovation Theatre, and make their own gadgets in Engineer Your Future.

The Arcade – this is the place for gamers to become truly immersed in the very latest titles on the market, compete against friends (and even against the pros) in the Competition Zone and Minecraft Zone, check out innovative?? in the Indie Mobile & Gaming Pod and take a trip down memory lane with some fine vintage flashbacks.

Of course, everyone’s favourite, The Super Theatre will also make a powerful return featuring all four Gadget Show presenters – Jason Bradbury, Jon Bentley, Ortis Deley and Amy Williams – in a brand new, never before seen, hour long performance overflowing with tech and treats. It’s an unmissable experience teeming with first class stunts, audience participation and the chance to win the latest, most sought after technology on the high street.

For the first time ever, the Super Theatre will be filmed live for The Gadget Show television programme and visitors will be surprised by some very special guests.

(Friday 1st April 2016 9:00 – 18:00

Saturday 2nd April 2016 9:00 – 18:00

Sunday 3rd April 2016 9:00 – 18:00

* please note new opening times

VIP – What’s in my VIP package? £160

Child (Thurs) £9.99

Adult (Thurs) £16.99

Child (Fri, Sat, Sun) £11.99

Adult (Friday, Sat, Sun) £18.99

Get social

Follow Gadget Show Live on Twitter @gadgetshowlive, Facebook at /Gadgetshowlive, YouTube

/gadgetshowlivetv and Instagram @gadgetshowlive for regular updates.

Buy your ticket: http://www.gadgetshowlive.net/

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