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Live Stream: Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City. Watch now!

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Are you ready to watch me lose terribly at Sentinels of the Multiverse? This time we can head to the exotic Rook City in this all new expansion. We’ll challenge a boss or two, and I will do my best not to bring disgrace upon my lineage.

The Rook City expansion hit this week and adds brand new heroes and villains to this popular cooperative game. This update also brings a whole slew of improvements including more battle animations. Be sure to join us for a quick look at this meaty expansion.



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App News: Chainsaw Warrior Sequel Released

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Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night Hits iOS, Maybe Android
The original Chainsaw Warrior was a fine game, but didn't exactly overwhelm Brad when he reviewed it back in 2013. It sounds like the developers were listening, because Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night was just released on iOS Universal and they've mixed things up quite a bit.

The sequel has you defending the world against invaders from another dimension, whereas the first game only had you caring about New York City. That's not the only thing that's changed, though, this one also introduces Aztec Zombies! They could have stopped there--I mean, no one is tired of zombies--but they didn't. No, this game has an entirely new combat system, new weapons, new powers, and all new mini-bosses to battle along the way.

The game is currently available for iOS Universal for $6. It should also be out for Android, but doesn't appear to be on the Google Play servers, yet. Keep checking!

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Weekly Stream: Sentinels of the Multiverse - Rook City Expansion. Join us Thursday at 9pm EST!

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Are you ready to watch me lose terribly at Sentinels of the Multiverse? This time we can head to the exotic Rook City in this all new expansion. We’ll challenge a boss or two, and I will do my best not to bring disgrace upon my lineage.

The Rook City expansion hit this week and adds brand new heroes and villains to this popular cooperative game. This update also brings a whole slew of improvements including more battle animations. Be sure to join us for a quick look at this meaty expansion.

When: Thursday, April 16th, 9:00pm EST
Where: BoardGameGeek on Twitch
Who: Myself and Dave (he’s back!!!)


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App News: Hearthstone Releases for Android phones and iPhone

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Hearthstone Updates to Include iOS Universal and Android Phones
One year after its release on iPad, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is one of the most popular games on tablets. Today it begins to become one of the most popular games on phones as well.



Earlier today, Blizzard updated Hearthstone so that it's playable on both tablets and phones. The game has a slightly altered appearance on phones, but it's pretty much the same look you're used to. The main difference is that cards are now pushed off to the side when you're not looking at your hand. They resume their normal location on the bottom of the screen when you tap your hand. Other difference include the main menu, which has been compacted and opening packs. Instead of cards exploding into a circular pattern, they now simply explode into a line of cards which you can flip over.



As usual, Hearthstone is free to download with packs and solo adventures purchasable within the app. You can nab it for iOS Universal here, Android here, Kindle here, and PC/Mac here.
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App News: Pandemic Moving to iPhone, D&D 5E Coming to Fantasy Grounds and more...

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Pandemic Getting Universal Treatment
It's been a long time since we've mentioned Pandemic: The Board Game on the blog, mainly because it's been over a year since the app was last updated by its developer, F2Z Digital Media. In fact, since the roles and events from Pandemic: On the Brink were added in December of 2013, we haven't seen much of anything happen with the app leading many to assume that F2Z had gone the way of the dinosaur.

Turns out that F2Z isn't quite dead. This Friday, Pandemic will be getting an update which will convert the app from iPad only to a Universal app, so you can now play Pandemic on your iPhone. Starting on that same day, the app will also go on sale for $5 instead of $7. The sale price will last for a week.

While this isn't a huge deal for those of us who already own Pandemic, at least it shows that F2Z hasn't abandoned the project completely. Who knows? Maybe we'll actually see the rest of On the Brink and other expansions for Pandemic someday.

If you don't already own Pandemic on your iPad, you're missing out. It's a fantastic port of the game, and one of the best board game ports available on a digital device. You can pick it up now on iTunes, but I'd wait until Friday if I were you.



Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Available for Fantasy Grounds
Before I begin I should probably list a few disclaimers. Yes, we know this isn't an iOS story. Yes, we know it's not even a mobile gaming story. Yes, we know that the name of our blog doesn't make any sense and is slightly ridiculous. Yes, we remember when BGG was a site about board games. There, I think that's all of them.

Ahem.

Fantasy Grounds: Virtual Tabletop for Pen & Paper Role-Playing Games is a virtual tabletop for playing roleplaying games online with your friends. I've used it a few times and it's pretty incredible. You can pretty much do anything in the game that you could do around a table and, in some cases, do things that you could never do around a table. Fantasy Grounds itself is a functional tool, but it truly shines when you add plugins to it which incorporate rulesets from various RPGs. There are plugins for Savage Worlds and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and many others. Now, there's also a plugin for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition).

There are three D&D packs you can purchase: Monsters, Classes, and an adventure pack. The Monsters and Classes packs will run you $50 a piece, however. That's on top of your $40 FG license (or more if, like me, you have to buy copies for all your players as well). That's the same price as the hardcover Monster Manual (D&D 5e) and Player's Handbook (D&D 5e). Yeah, it's going to cost you a ton of cash to get up and running. That said, the packs include everything including official art and all the mechanisms to play the game. If you are on a budget, you can just purchase individual classes or monster types for anywhere from $3 to $9.

If you want to check out Fantasy Grounds for PC/Mac you can head over to Steam and see all the options. If your group has separated and can't physically get together anymore, Fantasy Grounds is pretty close to the real thing.




BattleRex: Genghis Khan Coming in June
I have no idea what to make of BattleRex: Genghis Khan other than the first screenshot we received made me do this:



Seriously, look at this thing:



Holy bland! So, so bland. My eyes! Other screenshots didn't look much better:



You could say I was a bit skeptical. Then again, it is a wargame about the Mongols, so I figure that has to have some interest to you guys, right? Seriously, am I right?

If it makes it any better, the last screen we received looked like this, which made us feel much better:



We don't know much about the game other than it sometimes looks fine and other times as bland as an 80's sitcom credits sequence. Oh, I guess we know that it will be out for both Android and iOS and should be arriving in June.



Cheese Chasers out for Android
In what is becoming a disturbing trend, today we have another board game port that is Android only. Oh the humanity!

Today it's Cheese Chasers, a web-published card game about, you guessed it, mice and cheese. The game is a solitaire game in which you play cards trying to surround the cheese with your mice while trying to avoid cats, mousetraps, etc.

The app is completely free with no ads, so it wouldn't hurt to give it a try and tell us how it is in the comments. You can pick up Cheese Chasers right now on Google Play.
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App News: Rook City Ready to Open Its Gates, Galaxy Trucker on Windows, and Zombie In My Pocket Comes to Android

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Sentinels of the Multiverse Travels to Rook City Tomorrow
One of the most asked questions--right after the obligatory 7 Wonders one--we get is about the Rook City expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse. Back in January Handelabra Games laid out their plan for the year and Rook City was slated for a March release. March has come and gone, but only two weeks later and the Rook City expansion is on its way. Look for it to land sometime tomorrow on all platforms.

Rook City is a full expansion consisting of two new heroes, two new environments, and four new villains. The heroes are a fun pair, with my hero of choice being the gun-toting Expatriette. Mr. Fixer is the other hero, but I haven't quite gotten the hang of his martial arts/gadget mashup yet. The environments include Rook City and Pike Industrial Complex, and the villains are Plague Rat, The Chairman, The Matriarch, and Spite. You get a ton of stuff in this package.

The expansion will cost $5, or can be purchased via the Season Pass which will nab you everything that's been released as well as everything else on the docket for 2015.

I've been gone on vacation for the last couple weeks, so I just got my chance to play around in Rook City last night and I think everyone is going to be very, very happy here. Apart from the new content, they've really put effort into making the game more and more polished with every update. You can nab Sentinels for iPad here, Android here, Kindle here, PC/Mac here.





Galaxy Trucker Leaps to Windows Phone
For many of you, myself included, the most interesting part of that headline is that there is such a thing as Windows Phone. Who knew, right? I even checked Snopes and it turns out it wasn't a hoax, Windows Phone really exists. What's next, Sasquatch?

All snark aside, last week Czech Games Edition released their award-winning board game, Galaxy Trucker on Windows Phone. Not only that, but it's on sale this week for only $3. If that's not enough, I even found a link for you guys.

For the rest of us on iPad, iPhone, or Android devices, I guess you're out of luck. Or could download from those links. Whatever.



Zombie In My Pocket Comes to Android
Zombie in my Pocket is a solo print-and-play game from 2007 that I never got around to playing, mainly because I'm a lazy piece of human garbage (Brad's words, not mine). From what I heard, it was a pretty great little solo game and definitely worth the time and effort.

Well, now you don't have to buy new ink for your printer because you can play Zombie in my Pocket on your Android device. Have something with an apple on the back of it, and you should start saving for more printer cartridges because we're left out in the cold.

Zombie in my Pocket involves creating a map while searching for the temple that will destroy the zombies taking over the world. Graphically, this game looks really sharp and I want it on my iPad. Yes, I'm going to complain about a game not coming out for iOS.

You can pick up Zombie in my Pocket for Android for the low, low price of $1.
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Review Roundup: Boss Monster and Pickomino

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Boss Monster
Availability: iPad, Android
Price: Free to Try
App Store Links: App Store, Google Play

Playing the villain in a board game or video game is not a new concept, but Boss Monster has managed to imbue this genre with an extra dose of nostalgia. Featuring an 8-bit inspired aesthetic that is sure to turn your head, Boss Monster invites players to take on the role of video game bosses and setup their own dungeon to ensnare heroes. In some sort of unholy ritual, this video game inspired card game has now returned to its video game roots on iOS and Android.

Each round you will be building a new room in your dungeon. You can add a new room or upgrade/replace an existing room. Each room features a damage indicator showing how much it will damage a hero that enters, a special ability, and one or more loot symbols. Loot symbols are key to attracting heroes to your dungeon. Each turn heroes are revealed from the deck and will venture into dungeon with the most loot of their type. Once a hero is at your dungeon, they will go through room by room until they either are killed (take too much damage) or reach the boss. If they reach you, you take a wound, if they don’t you receive a soul. The goal is to earn 10 souls to win or be the last boss standing.

The rules go deeper than that, but those are the basics. As for the game itself, there are are varying opinions but most agree that it relies heavily on luck of the draw. Sure, there are important choices throughout, but you will often feel like you lack full control. For a light, fun game like this, however, it is not really an issue. Also, the easy play with the app makes it even better, delivering all the fun with no math to be done. Dang that was cheesy.

Boss Monster fits pretty well on iPad. The game features single player play against pretty smart AI and both local and online multiplayer. The only seems to be working pretty well, thought it is near impossible to find a live opponent. Because the game relies heavily on reaction cards, it is real time for the online play. These sort of reaction cards also affect the single-player experience. Currently, even when playing against AI, you must wait through a timer for each room in a dungeon when a hero ventures through, or any other time a card is played. This is skippable in some cases, but just feels out of place. The team has said they are working on this, but I can tell you, it won’t be a quick fix.

One fun part about playing Boss Monster is the ability to bring the video game nature to life. The game features really great 8 bit style art throughout both in the backgrounds and gameplay. One nice touch is that the heroes actually hop off the cards to venture into your dungeon. Overall, the screen layout works pretty well on iPad. You always see your dungeon and can toggle between your opponents dungeons. Even on a full sized iPad, a lot of the text can be challenging to read. I often find myself misreading a 8 as a 6 or something similar. The UI also leaves a lot to be desired in terms of consistency. It can be tricky to play certain types of cards and abilities and you will often find yourself missing an opportunity because you were fighting the interface.

Overall, Boss Monster is a fun game that could use some polish in a few specific areas. It really allows you to play this game in a quick, enjoyable way. The presentation is well done and really feels at home on the platform. While opinions vary on Boss Monster on the tabletop, for the digital version I really recommend checking out the free version. If you enjoy it, you can then upgrade to the full content. Definitely give this one a try.



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Pickomino
Availability: iOS Universal
Price: $2.99
App Store Links: App Store

We received the press release about the release of Pickomino about 5 days after it was available in the App Store, so let’s just say this one was a total surprise. Pickomino is a push your luck dice game from the venerable Reiner Knizia. While it appears similar to Chicken Cha Cha Cha, this is actually from USM, the folks behind Catan and more.

Pickomino has players take the role of birds vying for the most worms at a BBQ (but premise ever!). Each portion of worms on the grill has a target number that must be reached in order to claim it. On each of your turns you will roll all of the dice and choose one number to keep all of each roll. You can keep rolling until all the dice or locked or you can stop and claim a portion if you have the appropriate number. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to keep any dice then you are forced to put one of your portions back and the highest value portion remaining becomes burned (un-claimable). A round ends when all the portions have been claimed, and they player with the most worms is the winner.

Overall, this app is a model of great design. All the features you’d expect including AI, local, and online play, polished UI, and plenty of settings are present. While this may not be a game that will grab you constantly, what is there is highly polished and worked. The game is simple enough that this can work for both kids and adults. There are some important choices to be made, but a lot relies on the dice so it can even the playing the field across ages.

I’ve really enjoyed my time with Pickomino so far and highly recommend it. It will not be a go to strategy staple, but it is a quick brain teaser that perfect in short bursts.



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Live Stream: Boss Monster. Come Watch Live!

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The time is come, the time is now, we will stream Boss Monster, I don’t care how! After hoping to stream this game for weeks, it is finally available on iPad.

We’ll take a look at this interesting retro-gaming inspired card game. We’ve got a review in the works as well, so this will be a good chance to discuss the finer points of this fresh port. Be sure to join us live.



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Weekly Stream: Boss Monster. Join use Thursday 4/9 at 9pm EST.

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The time is come, the time is now, we will stream Boss Monster, I don’t care how! After hoping to stream this game for weeks, it is finally available on iPad.

We’ll take a look at this interesting retro-gaming inspired card game. We’ve got a review in the works as well, so this will be a good chance to discuss the finer points of this fresh port. Be sure to join us live.

When: Thursday, April 9th, 9:00pm EST
Where: BoardGameGeek on Twitch
Who: Myself and Brett Nolan


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App News: Hearthstone iPhone Hints, Sorcery 3 Coming, Pickomino Release, Quarriors Free, and more

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Hearthstone Coming to iPhone Soon?
Computer people with l33t skills have been poking around the latest Hearthstone patch. Within it they found several strings that point to playing the game on an iPhone. There is even an achievement for playing on this new platform.

It’s hard to know exactly what this means, they could just be prepping for the future or starting limited Beta testing. It could mean that we may see Hearthstone on iPhone next week!

My money is on the former. Eric Dodds mentioned in their PAX presentation that Beta testing was starting this month. So, as much as I would love the game in this ultra portable format, I think we have a bit longer to wait.




Sorcery! 3 Coming April 16th
Inkle is back with the penultimate entry in the Sorcery! saga. This entry will find us making our way through the Kakhabad wastelands. It promises time travel and seven deadly serpents that will stalk you throughout the adventure. What more could we ask for?

While we’ve been following Inkle for years, they are of course now most well known for the amazing 80 Days. The team has taken cues from there success and added it into the Sorcery! 3. You will have the ability to plot your own path across the map and really define your own adventure. As with Sorcery! 2, this installment will have thousands of branching story paths based on your decision not just in this game but also in the previous games. Time also plays a bigger role with a dynamic day/night cycle and two time periods to explore.

Sorcery! 3 will be available for both iOS and Android on April 16th.




Warhammer: Arcane Magic Announced
Turbo Tape Games announced Warhammer: Arcane Magic last week. This new game set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe appears to be a card based TBS game where you play as wizards. According to the press release you will take on the role of famous wizards from the Warhammer universe. Admittedly, I didn’t know there were any famous wizards, but I would not call myself a lore expert.

The game appears to be single player focused with a long campaign across this fantasy world. The screenshots show cards being used to cast spells, etc, but you will also have the ability to capture and use monsters in battle. It does sound pretty interesting and we be on the look at for this later in the year.

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Final Fantasy VIII’s Triple Triads Hits the App Store in Japan
Final Fantasy VIII featured an interesting card based mini-game called Triple Triads back at its release. Now that game has been pulled out and release as a standalone on iOS in Japan. Much like Star Trek Rivals, this game is all about positioning cards so they have a chance to beat other cards.

We’ll have to wait and see if this makes its way to the US. If it does, it should be a nice shot of Final Fantasy nostalgia with a board game twist (if you somehow managed to resists Final Fantasy Record Keepers).




Battle Academy 2 Kursk Expansion Released
Have you made your way through the lengthy Battle Academy 2 campaigns? I know I still have a long way to go. But for those that are a ready, the Kursk campaign expansion is now available on iPad (PC/Mac as well).

The Kursk expansion is a XXX IAP and comes with several new features including two brand new campaigns. One of the coolest additions here is a carryover system that takes your forces from battle to battle. This means you need to really watch you resources. A daring victory in an early battle will turn into a defeat later on.

You can pick up the Kursk expansion and Battle Academy 2 on the App Store today.




Pickomino Released from USM
The domino dice game from Reiner Knizia, Pickomino appeared on iOS this week. It is a universal app and available for $2.99. I’ve yet to play the game but it looks like a push your luck dice game about trying to grab as many worms as you can. The art seems to invoke Chicken Cha Cha Cha, but the gameplay does seem much more complex.

The app features six AI opponents, hotseat multiplayer, and online play versus AI. It is on the app store now.




Quarriors Free This Weekend
Have you been waiting to pick up Quarriors for iOS? Now is your chance. For the next week the game will be free to pick up. While perhaps not the most beautiful of iOS ports, this does do a great job of capturing the magic o fate game in a portable format. Be sure to pick it up while you can!
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