Stan Smith / December 03,2019

Dead Cells Paid Expansion Coming to Steam in Q1 2020


Dead Cells developer Motion Twin announced a new expansion for the game coming to Steam on PC in early 2020.

Called The Bad Seed, the DLC will feature two new levels, the Arboretum and Swamp, accessible in the early game and one new boss.

The Bad Seed DLC will be a paid expansion costing $4.99, marking the first time that post-launch content will carry a price for the game. Developer Motion Twin has been supporting Dead Cells with free post-launch content since August 2018.

“Paid content will help support the development of the game, allowing the team to go forward with all of the ideas that we’ve got in our heads, continuing to produce free content, fixes and updates, while also ensuring that Motion Twin have the time to build their next game at the level you’ve come to expect from them,” the developer said in the DLC announcement post.

Motion Twin said it plans to continue updating the game with free content updates for the next two years “at least” if “this DLC thing goes according to plan.” Some early ideas include new weapons, creatures, secret areas, and lore.

The developer also teased an update coming to the game around the holiday season.

Stan Smith / November 29,2019

Bays, Schaab identify with ‘Elf’ roles at Civic

Bays, Schaab identify with ‘Elf’ roles at Civic

For Matt Bays, his role could be considered a slight bit of typecasting.

On a personal note, Bays relates to his character Buddy in “Elf The Musical.”

“He’s a happy-go-lucky person and so am I,” Bays said

Bays plays Buddy in Civic Theatre’s production of “Elf The Musical,” which runs from Dec. 6 to Dec. 28 at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

Bays, Schaab identify with ‘Elf’ roles at Civic

From left, Nate Schlabach, Ben Boyce, Matt Bays and Emily Schaab appear in “Elf The Musical.” (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

The story centers on a young orphan, who accidentally climbs into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf by Santa’s elves.

“I thought maybe I was too old for the part, but it worked out,” said Bays, a 49-year-old Westfield resident.

Bays said he was familiar with the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell as Buddy but had never seen the 2010 Broadway musical, which was inspired by the movie.

“It’s one of our staples I watch every year with my two daughters,” Bays said of the movie. “Buddy is spontaneous. He’s loving and he’s little naive, a trusting individual.”

The show is Bays’ second with Civic. He was in “Anything Goes” in 2018.


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