Digital Board Games Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne Free on Epic Games Store

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This week, from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13, you can get two excellent digital board game adaptations for free on the Epic Games Store: Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne: The Official Board Game.

“We leverage our board game DNA, combined with our specific digital expertise to immerse players into amazing stories. Combining the two most thriving categories of entertainment, board and video games, our titles are intellectually rewarding, driven by player choices and set in awe-inspiring universes,” said Pierre Ortolan, CEO, Asmodee Digital. “Because we love to play, craft and publish these kinds of games, we aim to get more and more people on board with our passion. That’s why we’re so excited by our partnership with the Epic Games Store as it enables us to introduce new audiences to the genres we love. For the launch we have selected major iconic digital board game adaptations, offering a premium experience for free.”

To nab the free games, you’ll need go login with your Epic Games account. Then simply scroll down on the store page to the Free Games section. Both games also feature optional paid DLC.

In Ticket to Ride, players take turns drawing train tickets to complete their destination goals, forming routes along the US map. It’s considered a popular gateway game with its simple gameplay and family-friendly theme. You can play single player with bots, or multiplayer online and locally.

Carcassonne is the original tile-laying game where players collectively build up a French countryside, using their meeples to score points off of completed roads, cities, and monasteries. Carcassonne also features single player as well as local and online multiplayer.

The press release also announced Pandemic: The Board Game as a third offering, but it has since been removed, and can no longer be found on the Epic Games Store at all.

The Asmodee Digital version of Carcassonne is also available on Steam PC, Android, and Nintendo Switch. Ticket to Ride is available on iOs, Android, Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


Download Free Ubisoft Games on PC for the Holidays

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Ubisoft is celebrating the holiday season, called Happy Playdays, with two free game giveaways on PC (Uplay). Both games, World in Conflict and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, will be available to download for free for a limited time.

The first free game giveaway is 2007’s World in Conflict. World in Conflict is a real time strategy game set in an alternate world where the Cold War turned into a direct clash between the US and Soviet Union. The RTS features a single-player campaign and 16-player multiplayer. The giveaway includes the 2009 expansion, Soviet Assault.

World in Conflict is available to download from now until December 11.

The second giveaway is Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. This edition of the blockbuster historical-action series is set during the age of sail, 1715. You live the life of a pirate in the Caribbean, commanding ships, searching for buried treasure, and assaulting fortresses. It’s widely considered one of the best Assassin’s Creed games (and I can personally attest to that).

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will be free from December 11 to December 18.

The Happy Playdays giveaways are only available for PC. Downloading the free games requires an Ubisoft account and Uplay (both free).


Lapsed Final Fantasy XIV Players Can Play For Free in December

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Lapsed Final Fantasy XIV players can go back to the game for free for 96 hours during December. Did you think you could escape? (You can never escape.)

Square Enix is launching a “Free Login Campaign” along with Patch 3.1. users whose accounts have lapsed can come back at no cost for 96 hours between now and December 31. Anyone who has purchased and registered the game, but whose account has been inactive for at least 30 days, can partake in the free period. It will begin as soon as you’ve logged back in. Square Enix cautions that if you log in less than 96 hours before the December deadline, you won’t be able to play through the whole 96 hours–it will end on the 31 no matter what.

It’s worth noting that it seems like the log-in period, while technically lasting four days, will end at 11:59 pm on the 4th day regardless of when you started. The wording is a bit unclear, but be aware that starting your 96-hour session in the evening might cut your time short. The specific wording can be found on the website, so you can take a look and decide for yourself if you want to risk it.

The 3.1 patch also includes new raids and dungeons, as well as a new mini-game. FFXIV’s latest release was the Heavensward expansion, which came out last summer.