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Edited: The DLC is now out, and free until July 8! I’ve updated the post with the trailer. Enjoy going back to Pandora!

From the “Worst-kept Secrets” department, news emerged today that Borderlands 2 is getting new DLC to bridge the gap between Borderlands 2 and 3.

I say emerged, but in reality a Steam store page popped up for it and was quickly taken down. It’s likely that this was meant to be an E3 surprise but someone published that page too soon.

However, rumors have been circulating about this for a few weeks now. I normally hesitate to post about anything non-confirmed but this is about as close as you can get.

It looks like this DLC will drop on June 9 for the low cost of $0.00 but that could change. And let me stress that this still could be some bizarre mistake, but people grabbed the screenshots from the store page and they don’t appear to be from any previous content, and SteamDB scraped the info before it was taken down. So we do know for sure that it was published. Again, it’s all but confirmed.

The description, before it was taken down, was as follows:

Return to the award winning shooter-looter for a new adventure that sets the stage for the upcoming Borderlands 3. Sanctuary is under siege, the Vault's map has been stolen and a toxic gas is poisoning Pandora. Fight new bosses, explore new zones, get new loot (including an entirely new tier beyond Legendary) and join up with Lilith and the Crimson Raiders to take on a deranged villain hell-bent on ruling the planet

Returning players can pursue an increased level cap of 80, while newcomers can automatically boost to level 30 and dive straight into the action.

And here’s the gallery of screenshots to further entice you:

I may be most interested in that level 30 boost to try out some different characters quickly. How about you? Excited to return to Pandora a little earlier than planned?

If you don’t have the game but you have PlayStation Plus, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is free this month, is on sale for $6 on Steam right now, and $9 on Xbox One. These are probably strategic moves to get the game in people’s hands when this DLC was near and drum up hype for Borderlands 3, and it’s a damn good plan.

Hat tip to resetera for the info:

And SteamDB for grabbing it before it was taken down:

We are very excited to announce Cheerful Ghost’s first game, Tale of the White Wyvern! Tale of the White Wyvern is a text based, high fantasy, sword and magic adventure mini-MMO that you can play with your friends! We were inspired by old-school BBS/text games such as Legend of the Red Dragon, Adventure, Zork, and Usurper.

We’re going to jump right in and show you about the game starting with the main game hub, the Town Square.

The Town Square

The Town Square is the main area of the Tale of the White Wyvern where you can do anything in game. Do you want to check out the latest armor and weapons, King Frosthelm’s Weaponry and Asadi’s Armor are the places to go! Do you want to take a break from adventuring and chat with friends then head to the Inn to kick up your feet. Are you born to adventure and want to seek out new quests to increase your in-game abilities, then the deep dark of Forkwood Forest is the place!

Forkwood Forest

Forkwood Forest is the main place you go in Tale of the White Wyvern to fight monsters to gain experience, gold and find secrets. Each player starts out at level 1 and can gain experience by way of fighting in the forest or other players to make it all the way to level 12! Each level allows you the ability to fight tougher and tougher enemies with scaling experience and gold rewards to boot. As with all magical forests random encounters abound for explorers to unlock hidden gems and the like that even the most veteran adventures haven’t found yet.

Forkwood Forest is the PvE section of the game and each game day you are awarded a certain number of turns to find monsters and random encounters to gain experience, gold and more.

Fighting in the Fields

Fighting the toughest foes in Forkwood Forest is one of the things you can do in Tale of the White Wyvern, but interacting with other players is much more fun, so that’s why we’ve focused on PvP combat. If you are a brave adventurer or simply running low on gold you can stay in the fields for the night allowing anyone in your level range to challenge you to a fight. If you win you gain quite a lot of experience but if you lose you are only set back a little. Do you fight someone and gain a huge upswing of experience or do you play it safe and stay in the Inn? It’s up to you but the safety staying in the Inn for the night comes with a cost in terms of gold for the room rental and has a huge upside in that your foes have to pay the Inn Keeper to attack you and the person staying in the Inn always gets the first hit.

We kept an eye to make fights fair and as a lower level player you won’t be able to be attacked by people that far out-class you. For instance, players can only attack people that are at the same level or a higher level than they are or one level lower. So for instance as a level 5 player you can attack other level 5 players all the way up to level 12 and and also level 4 players but you can’t attack anyone from level 3 or below. We thought that if you wanted to take the risk to attack a higher level player, you should be able to, but we didn’t want high level players killing people much lower in power to them.

We’re open to hearing what people think of PvP combat and are open to balancing things as the game moves into beta and launch. The goal of the game is to be fun so let us know how it plays!

The Hype Train To Launch

Tale of the White Wyvern is a free to play sword and magic game that will never be pay to win. We have some fun text-based cosmetic items coming for Cheerful Ghost Patreon Members and as the game gets closer to launch we’ll talk more about that. With that, we wanted everyone a chance to get some in-game awesomeness at launch so when the game launches if you retweet our launch post and reply to the tweet chain with your Cheerful Ghost profile URL you will be rewarded with some awesome in-game rewards. You will be rewarded with the “Original Hype” Tale of the White Wyvern player title as well as 400 in game gold and 2 gems! This Hype Train pack will only be available to people that help share the news of the game at launch and will be available to any new players that do so six months after the game launch. If you’re not on Twitter just send us a screenshot of your social media post and your Cheerful Ghost profile URL and you will get the Hype Train pack!

Even if you share the news of the game multiple times you can only get the Hype Train pack once per account!

There are many more fun parts to Tale of the White Wyvern that we haven’t written about today so expect to hear more about the game as we get closer to launch. Feel free to hit us with questions and if there are things you want to hear more about, let us know.

We’ve recorded a special episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio where we talk a lot more about the game so if you are interested you can listen to that episode on this post or subscribe to us on the Podcast client of your choice.

Tale of the White Wyvern is in development and will launch sometime this summer and for more information on the upcoming beta come back to Cheerful Ghost and follow us on Twitter.

We also have the White Wyvern game site up at the URL below so check it out and I urge you to let the game hype flow!

Death Stranding, the weird-ass game from Kojima that had many people scratching their heads a few years ago at E3, has a new trailer and I gotta say... I'm still scratching my head.

Not in a bad way. At least now there's something more concrete. This game looks absolutely stunning and the cast is phenomenal. Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Guillermo de Toro, Troy Baker... I'd watch that movie. Instead, we get to play it.

Kojima tweeted some info about it to further clarify:

People have built "Walls" and become accustomed to living in isolation.

"DEATH STRANDING" is a completely new type of action game, where the player's goal is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. All elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of "Strand", or connection.

As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to "Bridge" these divisions, and in doing so, create new bonds or "Strands" with other players around the globe.

Through your experience playing the game, I hope you'll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others.

Now please enjoy the latest Death Stranding trailer.

Hideo Kojima

So yeah, I'm interested. I'm going to hold my enthusiasm until we get some reviews in I think because I barely know what the gameplay will even be like at this point, but I'm far beyond intrigued.

In this episode, we talk about what we've played and watched over the last month, the new decision from the WHO to recognize Gaming Disorder as an illness, the new details Nintendo dropped about Super Mario Maker 2, and Jon and Travis share their first thoughts on Rage 2.

If you think you may be affected by Gaming Disorder, please see the WHO's description:

If you need help finding treatment, please see the SAMHSA National Helpline:

And if you feel like you are a danger to yourself, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Travis gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Travis gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Much like the Power Glove, this episode is so bad. Hopefully you'll think it's "bad" like the 90s slang, not like... actually bad. Come join us as we discuss one of the greatest games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3, and the legacy it has left, including visual media like The Wizard and Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3!

Avengers: Endgame is thrilling MCU fans and dusting box office records. In this episode we review the conclusion to the Infinity Saga, make some ludicrous Star Wars Episode IX predictions, and talk about what we've been playing and watching over the past month.

Since this episode is a big one, if you want to skip around here's how to find each section:

0:00 - Intro
1:00 - What we've been playing and watching
17:08 - Star Wars Episode IX trailer reactions and predictions
34:01 - Avengers: Endgame spoiler-free thoughts
41:26 - Avengers: Endgame super-spoilery thoughts
1:03:48 - Predictions we had for Avengers: Endgame and how right we were (Thanks Will and Adam for submitting yours!)
1:12:29 - Questions and issues we had about Avengers: Endgame
1:20:53 - Our Ghost Scale review of Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame releases this weekend, and I don't know about you, but I can't stop thinking about the possibilities. We have over ten years of movies that are all culminating in this one major event. So let's talk, what do you think is going to happen in the big finish?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, and it probably goes without saying but just in case: NO SPOILERS OR LEAKS OF ANY KIND! This is just for nerding out over our predictions.

We will be recording our review episode Sunday evening, and we will have a section of the episode where we talk about any predictions you share, so come be a part of Cheerful Ghost Radio and tell us what's going to happen!

Looking forward to Avengers: Endgame, and need some Marvel talk while you wait? Look no further, because we're wearing flannel and blasting No Doubt while aliens invade Earth in this review of Captain Mar-vell... er... Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Recently Jon was going through some old boxes in his attic and came across a very special tape, a recording of RADICAL VIDEO GAME REVIEWS WITH FRIENDS EXTREME from April 1992 where we review Super Mario World on the SNES!

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