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Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ Mirrors of Mystery Would Have Made Great Seasonal Events or Minor DLC


Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has proven to be a big success, and for good reason. Gearbox’s new franchise delivered an entertaining story mode full of colorful locations, hilarious dialogue, and addictive gameplay. Fans loved the Dungeons and Dragons-inspired character creator and Overworld, with spells also being a big hit with the Borderlands community.

Despite all the goodwill Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands had at launch, though, the game’s season pass has been heavily criticized by even the biggest fans of the main game. Many have pointed out that the Mirrors of Mystery are overpriced at $10, with each one only offering a replayable thirty-minute mission. However, while many may have preferred Borderlands’ major expansions over these pricey additions, the Mirrors themselves are not bad – they just take on the wrong format.


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Mirrors of Mystery Could Have Made Perfect Seasonal Events

With nothing announced by Gearbox thus far, it seems unlikely that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will get seasonal events like Borderlands 3. In that game, players were able to enjoy special, limited time missions for the Halloween-themed Bloody Harvest and Revenge of the Cartels. Revenge of the Cartels in particular provided about the same level of content as a Mirror of Mystery, with players able to explore different wings of the visually appealing Villa Ultraviolet before battling a final boss.

The puzzle room of Villa Ultraviolet can be easily compared to the side objectives players get for the Mirrors of Mystery, like destroying all the elemental barrels in every room. Despite the similarities, players need to spend $10 for each Mirror of Mystery or buy the $30 Season Pass – a far cry from the free admission to Revenge of the Cartels. This is a shame, as if one Mirror of Mystery dropped for free every month, Gearbox would likely be getting extreme praise for top-notch support. Despite the Glutton’s Gamble DLC being a perfect fit for a Thanksgiving event, it is instead paid content, leading fans to view it in a negative light.

Mirrors of Mystery Would Have Been Fun Mini-DLCs Like Headhunter Packs

Still, since Gearbox is adding a new boss and fresh areas with each Mirror of Mystery, it is understandable that the developer would want to make some profit off the content. After all, the unique rooms and enemies would have taken time and resources to create. The main issue comes with the price of the DLC and the fact that the Mirrors are treated as the main post-launch content for the game.

Borderlands 2’s headhunter packs would have been a perfect example to follow, as if the Mirrors of Mystery were priced at $3 (or even $5) the community likely would not complain. Each one of the Mirrors could be introduced between a proper expansion, too, making sure that fans always have something new to do in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. The decision to replace major DLCs like Assault on Dragon Keep with the expensive Mirrors of Mystery is ultimately where the controversy comes from, as if the Season Pass included one or two proper expansions as well as some cheaper Mirrors, fans would likely be thrilled.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ Mirrors of Mystery are fun, and the decision to add the content to the Chaos Chamber once it is completed was a great move that ensures the endgame mode remains fresh over time. Had they been priced more fairly or made into seasonal events, the discussion around them would likely be far more positive. Unfortunately, this was not the case, with the community remaining disappointed in this approach to DLC and wanting to see traditional expansions added instead.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Climate change is altering the seasonal rhythm of plant life-cycle events

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Author: Roberto Silvestro, PhD candidate, biology, Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi (UQAC) and Sergio Rossi, Professor, Departement des Sciences Fondamentales, Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi (UQAC)

“Si sta come d’autunno sugli alberi le foglie.”

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“We are like autumn leaves on branches,” Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti wrote in his 1918 poem Soldati (Soldiers), on the tragedy of human life and war.

If the popular image of autumn is decadence and nostalgia after the summer heat, spring is the season of rebirth after the darkness and cold of winter. The transformative passing of seasons has historically represented a powerful mental image, rich in symbolism. The seasonal timings of biological events are also an essential aspect of plant adaptation and can also be of crucial economic relevance.

However, as forest ecologists, we have observed that climate change has been modifying the timing of recurrent plant life-cycle events, thus critically affecting the ecosystem.

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The plant’s clock

In spring, flowers bloom. In summer, fruits ripen. In autumn, leaves change colour and fall. In winter, plants rest. This is phenology — the study of the timing of recurring life-cycle events.

So how do plants recognize the passage of time and the right moment to accomplish growth and reproduction? Like people, plants have their own calendar. A plant’s clock is represented by cycles in the environmental conditions, and the timing of phenological events is controlled by climate.

Specifically, plants use a set of triggers to synchronize the timings of growth and reproduction with favourable environmental conditions.

Depending on the species, phenological events are triggered by temperature (autumn and winter chilling and spring warming), photoperiod (length of day), precipitation or, often, a combination of these.

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If climate changes, phenology changes

Phenology is one of the most sensitive biological indicators of the changing climate. Under the progressive rise in temperature experienced in the last century and the variations in seasonal distribution of rainfall events, the environmental triggers usually occur earlier and earlier.

This is why phenological shifts have been observed worldwide, and contextually, it seems that phenological events are occuring earlier year by year.

Japan’s Sakura or cherry blossom season is one of the most evident proofs of this shift. Dating back to the ninth century, the date of flowering, which defines the festival’s timing, has been anticipated in the last century by the rise in average temperatures.

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What is the problem? Spring is cool, right?

American poet Anne Bradstreet said, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” While this is hyperbolic, we still need to consider that the timings of flowers blooming, fruits ripening and other such phenological events result from a long-lasting adaptation of each species to its surrounding environment.

The timing of phenological events are calibrated to ensure the perfect environmental condition needed to accomplish the annual cycles of a plant’s life while minimizing the risk of damage. Changes in these conditions can have ecological as well as economic consequences as they can affect the quantity and quality of agriculture and forestry products.

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At the end of the growing season, plants develop dormant buds to protect the sensitive meristematic cell layer — tissue in which cells maintain the ability to divide throughout the life of the plant — and suspend activity. Dormancy is an adaptation mechanism evolved in climates with seasons to escape harsh winter conditions.

Warm spring temperatures (called forcing), the increase in day length during spring (photoperiod), and the length and intensity of winter temperatures (chilling) reactivate the growth of the apical buds — the buds located at the top of the plant — in the spring. Clearly, temperature has a central and leading role in this process. For this reason, warming can trigger an earlier reactivation in spring and a delayed cessation in autumn, or both, lengthening the growing season.

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Some believe that a longer growing season could enhance carbon uptake and, therefore, the productivity of forests. In some places, such as regions in the northern latitudes or elevated altitudes, trees have profited from a longer growing season and, more generally, more favourable climatic conditions under global warming.

However, an earlier growth reactivation increases the risk of damage due to late spring frosts, and lengthening of the growing season increases the risk of damage by early autumn frosts.

If trees cannot adapt, or re-adapt, their phenology with the new climatic conditions, the fitness and growth performance of local populations could be dramatically affected.

If phenology changes, species interaction changes

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Ecosystems are generally complex and the species within them interact with each other as well as their surrounding environment. Different species can react differently to the changing climatic conditions, potentially leading to dangerous new phenological matches or mismatches.

For example, current climatic conditions create new phenological matches between prey and predators. Black spruce may become a key host for the spruce budworm given that the timing of maximum larvae activity could be better synchonized with the timing of yearly shoots development, which increases the risk of severe defoliations for one of the most profitable boreal species in North America.

Climate change can also cause mismatches between plants and their pollinators. Bumblebees represent one of the most important pollinators for several wild species and many varieties of enormous agricultural interest. Bumblebees, given their low heat and cold tolerance, are particularly sensitive to environmental conditions. For this reason, the projected climatic risk for this species is extremely high.

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The mutually beneficial plant-pollinator relationship is an essential ecosystem service, specially considering that the pollination done by insects contributes to 9.5 per cent of global food production.

Action must be taken

As the climate continues to change, affecting all kinds of ecosystems in the process, we need to be aware of plant phenology and think about how these shifts may directly affect our lives and businesses.

Scientists, today, use observational data to determine how species, populations and communities are vulnerable to these ongoing and projected future changes in climate. This research can be the foundation for essential human intervention, which may influence plant distribution through assisted migration, which is the human-assisted movement of species to areas far outside their established range. This will help tree species resynchronize their phenology to the current climatic condition.

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Plant phenology is the result of an adaptation. However, adaptation requires time, an amount of time we do not have given the magnitude and rate at which we are observing climate changes. Constantly monitoring the phenological shifts worldwide will allow us to develop sound strategies to protect the most vulnerable ecosystems as well as our businesses.

Besides, we are like autumn leaves on branches, but at least we should try not to fall!


Roberto Silvestro received the Merit scholarship for international PhD students (PBEEE) assigned by the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec – Nature et Technologies (FRQNT).

Sergio Rossi receives funding from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche du Quebec – Nature et technologie, Ministere des Forets, de la Faune et des Parcs du Quebec


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10 seasonal events that will put a spring in your step

10 seasonal events that will put a spring in your step

Spring is the least trustworthy season in Maine; sometimes it snows in April, sometimes you can go to the beach in May. But even if we won’t sugarcoat it, we can pour maple syrup all over it because it all kicks off with Maine Maple Sunday Weekend, which is back in full swing this year.

Also returning is the All Roads Music Festival in Belfast with a sensational lineup. A couple of our mountain ski resorts have plenty of spring merriment scheduled, and let’s not forget our Portland Sea Dogs who can’t wait to run out to that diamond at Hadlock Field.

The previous two springs were challenging because of the many pandemic-related cancellations, but this year, you can choose from a bouquet of spring events and start getting back out there.

Visitors tour the sugar shack and buy maple products at Hidden Roots Maple Farm in Limington as part of Maine Maple Sunday in 2018. Joel Page/Staff Photographer

Maine Maple Sunday Weekend
Saturday and Sunday. Statewide.
Sweet dreams are made of this! Scott Dunn, president of the board of directors of the Maine Maple Producers and owner of Dunn Family Maple in Buxton agrees. Although it’s not a banner year for sap flow, he said, there will certainly be plenty of syrup to go around and more than 100 sugarhouses will be opening their doors so you can see maple syrup production up close. Many houses also have farm animals to visit with, and they’ll all be selling maple syrup. At Dunn’s farm, they’ll be firing up the doughnut maker, and you can also expect some sugarhouses to be serving Maine wild blueberry pancakes as Wyman’s is an official partner this year. Check with individual sugarhouses for schedules and details. How sweet it is!

Maine Garden + Marketplace
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Brick South at Thompson’s Point, Portland, $17, $12 seniors and veterans, free for under 12.
If your green thumb is looking a little pale, head to the Maine Garden + Marketplace to give it a massive recharge. More than 100 garden and landscape exhibits will be set up at Brick South for you to peruse. As you roam around, you’ll discover the latest gardening and arbor tools and supplies. You can also partake of tasty local food, craft beer and spirits. Best of all, you can get expert advice from the pros to discuss plans for everything from small gardens to big yardscaping projects. Think of this as one-stop shopping in a gardener’s paradise.

Competitor in a previous year’s Pond-A-Palooza at Sunday River Resort. Photo by Nick Lambert

Sunday River Spring Fest Weekend & Pond-A-Palooza
April 1-3 and April 9. Sunday River, 15 S. Ridge Road, Newry.
Sunday River Resort has two fun reasons to venture to their slopes in April. First up is the Spring Fest Weekend from April 1-3. Picture a mountainside party with a very beachy theme. The return of spring is celebrated with live music, painkiller cocktails, barbecues and, of course, spring skiing. Make a day of it or book a room for the whole shebang.  Pond-A-Palooza is on April 9, and the annual pond skimming contest draws up to 100 participants, maybe including you! You’ll don a costume as you ski down a hill and skim your way across a chilly pond hoping to stay upright as long as possible.

Reggae Fest at Sugarloaf. Photo by Jamie Walter/Courtesy of Sugarloaf

Reggae Fest 
April 7-10. Sugarloaf, 5092 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley.
Baxter Outdoors invites you to bask in the glow of the Sugarloaf Reggae Festival. Over the course of four days, there will be multiple parties with two nights of live music in the King Pine room, three nights in The Widowmaker and plenty of outside entertainment on the temporary yet terrific “beach.” Reggae DJs will be spinning at Bullwinkle’s, and you’ll be feeling the vibe all weekend long. Head back to The Loaf on April 16 for the East Coast Pond Skimming championship, where you can either participate or cheer on skiers who skim their way across a not-so-frozen pond.

Portland Sea Dogs fans bundle up for an early-season game at Hadlock Field in 2019. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Portland Sea Dogs Opening Day
6 p.m. April 8. Hadlock Field, Portland, $8 to $16.
One moment that signifies spring in Maine better than most others is the first pitch at Hadlock Field. Is it cold in April? You bet! But us Mainers will bundle up and cheer on the boys of summer as they face the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for a weekend series. The hot dogs will be sizzling, the pretzels will be hot, and the beer will be flowing as the innings go by. Swing batter, batter, swing!

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will open for the season in May. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

Opening Day at Maine Botanical Gardens
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 205 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, $22, $18 seniors and vets, $15 students, $10 kids, under three free.
Another hallmark of spring in Maine is the annual opening of Maine Botanical Gardens. Inhale the fresh air as you roam its many paths and keep an eye out for the Guardians of the Seeds giant trolls who are hidden throughout the vast wooded areas. Find spots like the Vayo meditation garden, fairy house village, arbor garden, Burpee kitchen garden and Slater Forest Pond, among other lovely elements of the gardens’ more than 300 acres. Also, calling all artists! The garden is hosting plein air days May 14-17, and you’re invited to set up your easel to paint or sketch with free entry for artists.

Caribbean Night
7 p.m. May 7. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $10 in advance, $15 day of show.
They had to put it on ice the past two years, but Caribbean Night is back in Boothbay Harbor. Put on your favorite beachwear and head out for a night of dancing to the drumming of Pan Fried Steel. The Opera House will be transformed into a sandy island for the night, and the special drink will be the Pan Fried Punch. Flip-flops are encouraged, and no matter what the early May evening throws at you outside, it will be hot, hot, hot inside.

All Roads Music Festival
May 20 & 21. Downtown locations, Belfast, $25 to $75.
After a painful two-year pandemic hiatus, the All Roads Music Festival is back in a huge way. The annual Belfast indie  music extravaganza kicks off on Friday night with opening performances held at the Steamboat Landing. Then on Saturday, it’s a full-throttle schedule of curated showcases, panel discussions and the Maine Songwriter’s Circle. Venues include the Belfast Free Library, the American Legion Hall, Waterfall Arts with more to be announced. This year’s lineup is stacked with Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, The Mallett Brothers Band, Sunny War, Love By Numb3rs, Drive By Todd, Crystal Canyon, Toby McCallister and a gazillion other bands who can’t wait to play for you.

The Mallett Brothers Band will be part of the All Roads Music Festival in Belfast and the Sandy River Music Festival in Farmington. Photo by Dennis Welsh

Sandy River Music Festival
May 28 & 29. Maine Narrow Gauge Cinema, 123 Narrow Gauge Square, Farmington, $30 for Saturday or Sunday, $50 for two-day pass.
The Whistlestop Concert Series presents a sensational and musical way to spend part of your Memorial Day weekend. The two-day outdoor Sandy River Music Festival features performances by Maine acts Mallett Brothers Band, GoldenOak, Jason Spooner Band, Pete Kilpatrick Band, Love By Numb3rs, David Mallett Band, Eleanor Buckland, Juke Joint Devils, The Only Hope and Brent Laflin. You’ll hear a wide range of styles including Americana, roots, blues, folk and alternative rock. The music starts at 2 p.m. on both days, and for a more immersive experience, you can reserve a camping site that’s 100 yards away from where the music is and a five-minute walk to Sandy River and downtown Farmington. Bring your own gear or rent a tent. Sites are also available for recreational vehicles.

The Astrosphere at Funtown Splashtown USA. in Saco. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Opening weekend at Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-30. Funtown Splashtown USA, 774 Portland Road, Saco, $25 to $50.
With the last day of school drawing close, here’s a chance to give your kids – or yourself – a proper sneak peak of summer, courtesy of Funtown Splashtown USA. They open for the season on Memorial Day weekend, then weekday hours kick in starting on June 22. From bumper boats, Dragon’s Descent, the Exalibur roller coaster and the quintessential Funtown ride, Astrosphere, there’s something for every fun- and thrill-seeker out there. Need something a little more chill? Try the antique cars or the classic carousel. The youngest in your crew will love Cactus Canyon, the Frog Hopper and Red Baron Planes, among other attractions. Unleash your inner child, but keep an eye on your actual one.

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