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New Smite Goddess: Morgan Le Fay Conjures Dark Magic Over the Battleground

Morgan Le Fay, the Dark Enchantress arrives in Smite in the latest update – available now.

Arthurian legends tell of the Queen of Avalon. She is a powerful enchantress, once a healer and ally to King Arthur and a disciple of Merlin. However, as those tales were told throughout different times and places, the enchantress became more sinister, fueled by revenge.

Morgan Le Fay is an expert of dark magic and as her powers grew, so did her desire for control. She turned against the Pendragon family, and with magic that could manipulate one’s body and mind she became a fearsome enemy who could slay any knight.

Smite Goddess: Morgan Le Fay

Morgan Le Fay has been watching as Arthur and Merlin rise among the ranks of the Olympians, and she is not about to let them gain more followers without a challenge. The time has come for Morgan Le Fay to take the throne.

Morgan Le Fay is a ranged mage with some unique gameplay features that stem from her lore — with a few twists. First and foremost, she is a dark magic caster – etching powerful sigils to damage and suffer her enemies. Much like her teacher Merlin, Morgan Le Fay has an ability that allows for casting three different kinds of magic: Mind, Body, and Soul. This ability pairs with skills of conjuring wildfire and summoning a dragon apparition, just as you’d expect from a talented sorceress.

Then we added a twist. Instead of a more stereotyped design, we added heavier armor and a magical sword to make sure Morgan Le Fay was battle(ground) ready. In her mythology, there is a story where Morgan Le Fay tried to steal Excalibur. In our interpretation, she wields the evil twin to Excalibur. This magical sword that floats, or can be wielded by hand, has multiple different empowered states: creating a weapon worthy of standing against Excalibur while fitting Morgan Le Fay’s style of dark, emblazoned magic.

Smite Goddess: Morgan Le Fay

This update also includes the final chapters of the Talons of Tyranny Event, the Independence Chest featuring Dread President Cthulhu and The Eagle’s Elbow Camazotz, and the Gecko Guardian Bundle. Connect with nature in mind and soul with the meditative Gecko Guardian Ymir Skin. Plus: unlock the Gecko Guardian Avatar and 400 Gems.

We hope that you enjoy the newest Goddess in Smite as well as all the other great content that the team has worked on. See you on the battleground!

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Enter the Battleground of the Gods Join 35+ million players in SMITE, the world’s most popular action multiplayer online battle arena. Become a legend of myth, enter the Battleground of the Gods, and play FREE now! 100+ Gods Unleash each deity’s unique strategies, legendary weapons, and earth-shattering powers. Rain lightning down upon your foes as Zeus, assassinate from the shadows as Loki, or transform and trick your foes as the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. Which God will you choose? Unique Perspective Unlike other MOBAs, SMITE puts you directly onto the battlefield with a third-person action viewpoint. From blind-side ambushes to aimed shots, a new pantheon of strategic possibilities awaits. Become Godlike Never played a battle arena before? Don’t worry. Auto-buy, auto-level, and the deathmatch-like Arena mode let you jump right into divine MOBA action. Aspiring pro? Top the ladders, join a competitive team, and you too could be playing at the SMITE World Championship. © 2012 – 2021 Hi-Rez Studios, Inc. “SMITE”, “Battleground of the Gods”, “Titan Forge Games”, and “Hi-Rez Studios” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hi-Rez Studios, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All trademarks and copyright material are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Author: A.J. ‘TitanAjax’ Walker, Lead Designer, Smite
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share ‘magic’ 5p hack to clean dirty oven dishes

Fans of cleaning expert Mrs Hinch have shared their tips on social media once again, this time regarding roasting dishes. Oven dishes, roasting dishes and glass ovenware can often gather grease over time which can turn black if exposed to the heat from the oven multiple times. Now, fans of Mrs Hinch, whose real name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared a 5p hack for removing grease and old food from oven dishes.
Dishwasher tablets cost around £2 to £3 in most supermarkets.

Morrisons Savers Lemon Dishwasher tablets cost just £2 for a packet of 40.

This works out at just 5p per tablet, making it an affordable option cleaning enthusiasts.

Some other suggestions from cleaning fans were to use soda crystals or washing powder, scrunched up tin foil, Bar Keepers Friend and the Pink Stuff paste.

“Next morning cut bag away, hose off any spills, your dish will be like new. Just wash and use.”

Another individual suggested: “Soda crystals, tea bag and boiling water to the brim, leave for as long as possible then use a scourer.”

Mrs Hinch garnered popularity after sharing her cleaning advice and recommendations on social media and TV.

She is now an author and has over 4.1 million followers on Instagram.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Ghostbusters and Studios Pack Bring Movie Magic to Planet Coaster: Console Edition

Author: Andrew Marshall, Product Manager, Planet Coaster
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Ghostbusters and Studios Pack Bring Movie Magic


  • Bring cinematic spectacle to Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Charge your Proton Packs! The Ghostbusters are coming to Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Be the director! Inspire movie magic with the Studios Pack

We’re delighted to be sharing exciting news on the Planet Coaster: Console Edition‘s upcoming DLC. We’re bringing not one, but two incredible packs to Planet Coaster, both fit to burst with amazing new rides, stunning new scenery, blueprints, props, sound effects, and so much more.

Ghostbusters is our love letter to the 1984 hit movie, and the Studios Pack is a spectacular tribute to the silver screen. Ahead of their launch later this week across Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, we’re here to give you all the must know details.

First, let’s talk Ghostbusters. We’ve put all of our love, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the franchise into this pack, and we really think it shows. Put simply, this is utterly authentic Ghostbusters action anyone can enjoy. Whether you’re familiar with the exploits of Raymond “Ray” Stantz and co., or completely new to the spectre-sucking thrills, you’re in for a treat.

Ghostbusters features one new flat ride, one new coaster, and an array of construction pieces and decorations for you to build your very own official Ghostbusters-themed areas. We’re particularly proud of the Ghostbusters Experience, a unique dark ride in which guests quite literally bust ghosts using their very own Proton Packs. Score points and aim for the high score table in this interactive experience as you or your guests ride the ECTO-1, clearing haunted locations.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

The brand new coaster is equally unmissable. It’s called the RollerGhoster, a kiddie coaster helmed by Slimer himself. The goo-green ghost leads train carts around a moderately high-speed track that twists and turns – perfect for some of your park’s younger guests. Of course, you’ll want to make the areas around these rides as eye-catching as possible, and for that we’ve got just the thing: hundreds of scenery pieces and sounds straight from the movie, including the Ghostbusters HQ, Spook Central, and ECTO-1.

Build haunted hotels where colourfully translucent spirits lurk; introduce a towering Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to greet visitors; and even play through a brand new narrative campaign. The campaign employs the talents of Dan Aykroyd and William Atherton, who voice their roles as iconic Ghostbusters’ co-founder, Raymond Stantz, and Special Agent Walter Peck. Spearhead heroic efforts to free your attractions from ghosts and protect guests from paranormal phenomena.  So be ready to answer the call – the Ghostbusters need your help.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

Next, let’s talk the Studios Pack. It contains everything you need to build epic sets, blockbuster set-pieces, and awesome tours your guests will adore. We’ve encompassed multiple genres here, so we’ve got Wild West props to help you design old-school shootouts, zombie animatronics for intense horror vibes, and rigged vehicles that flip and crash so you can make chaotic downtown areas. My personal favourite is the train we’ve designed to careen straight off its tracks – that’ll shock everyone at the food court.

As well as serving up movie vibes, we’ve also got an array of items perfect for constructing behind-the-scenes stuff: green screens, cameras, clapperboards, and even crew members in a variety of poses. These are great on their own, but they’re even better when used in conjunction with Big Screen Tour, one of three theatrical new rides in the Studios Pack. Big Screen Tour is the Hollywood backlot tour experience brought to life, as powered buses with adjustable lengths bring guests face to face with elements from the silver screen. This would be a good place to use our new giant shark animatronic…

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

And let’s not forget our other two rides. Re-Motion is an advanced simulator that seats guests in pods controlled by an adjustable robotic arm. This lets you tilt and turn them in any direction, giving them 360 degrees of movie mayhem.

Finally, there’s Horror Heights, a classic drop tower ride that’s designed to work within buildings, plunging guests multiple storeys in seconds. What’s even better is, you can set up several drops – just when they think the ride’s over, drop them again! The blueprint included with the pack is set inside an office block overrun with undead. Here, riders are situated in an out-of-control elevator that takes them from the rooftop fire escape to a zombie-filled underground car park. You can choose to use this template wholesale, or create your custom riffs on the format using all of the quick and easy building tools available to you in Planet Coaster: Console Edition.

As an added bonus, we’re thrilled to announce that for a limited time only to celebrate the launch of these new packs, if you purchase any Planet Coaster: Console Edition DLC and a “Ghostbusters” movie between 4/29 and 5/12 from the Microsoft Store you’ll receive a $ 5 Xbox Gift Card! (US/CA Only).

Both the Studios Pack and Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters arrive April 29 on the Microsoft Store.

Six Flags Magic Mountain reopens to visitors April 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — On the first day theme parks are permitted to reopen in California, Six Flags Magic Mountain will fire up its roller coasters and begin welcoming back visitors Thursday.

The park will reopen for members and pass holders Thursday and Friday, then welcome the general public starting Saturday.

Because of coronavirus concerns, tickets and reservations will be available online to California residents only.

Capacity will be limited to 15%, but will be allowed to increase to 25% on Monday, when Los Angeles County enacts loosened restrictions under the orange tier of the state’s economic reopening blueprint.

Visitors will also be limited to groups 10 or fewer, and from no more than three households. No indoor dining is permitted.

Los Angeles County’s other major theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood, will be reopening April 16. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks in Anaheim are set to reopen April 30. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park will reopen in May.

Six Flags Magic Mountain to reopen on April 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Six Flags Magic Mountain will reopen to visitors on April 1, park officials announced on Twitter Thursday. It’s the first day that theme parks are allowed to open under guidelines of the “red” tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening rules.

The park will be open for members and passholders on April 1 and 2, and then open to the general public on April 3, officials said.

Because of coronavirus concerns, tickets and reservations will be available online to California Residents only, officials said.

The move comes one day after Disneyland and California Adventure announced an April 30 reopening, more than one year after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney announced Thursday.

State health officials announced earlier this month that theme parks can reopen beginning April 1 in counties that have reached the red tier of the state’s four-level Blueprint for a Safer Economy. L.A County moved into the red tier on Monday.

Andrea Bocelli calls ‘extremely shy’ son Matteo on stage to sing at 18 and magic happens

On stage, David told the crowd: “I was at Andrae and Veronica’s house last night and Andrea’ soon Matteo, who is 18, sang so unbelievably great and I just asked Andrea if he would get Matteo to sing tonight and Andrea said ‘no’. So I don’t know, I’m gonna go ask him. ok?”

Andrea added; “David is crazy, absolutely crazy, everyone knows it. OK, Matteo you have two minutes… to think if you want to sing or not.”

In the documentary, David also says: “I’ve watched this child grow up since he was a baby and I’ve seen the influence his father Andrea has had on him. And what a good student he is and how much he absorbed just by being in the house of Andrea Bocelli. 

“Plus his own work ethic and the way he was raised by his mum, and by Andrea and Veronica. Three parents that have done such a great job.”

The documentary also reveals that Matteo suspected the pair were up to something that night.