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Join Us as We Play Curse of Naxxramas Live, Now!

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Hearthstone is hands down the biggest release this year so far. For that reason, we here are all excited for the launch of Curse of Naxxramas. Join us as we play through the first wing of this single player dungeon.

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We will be playing for about an hour, trying to see how far we can make it in this first wing of the dungeon. Be sure to tune in and relish the hype machine that is Hearthstone.

Leave us a question or comments below and we will answer them live.
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App News: Naxxramas is Live, Star Realms Update and more....

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Curse of Naxxramas on the App Store
We knew the first expansion for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft would go live today, but weren't sure of the time. Looks like it happened about an hour ago! That's right, the first wing of Curse of Naxxramas is now available with an update to Hearthstone.

The expansion wasn't the only thing added in this update. Here's the iTunes blurb for the whole list:
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App News: Dungeon Lords Anniversary Edition and iOS, Ghost Blitz Submitted, SolForge World Championships and more...

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Dungeon Lords Kickstarter Includes iOS Puzzle App Stretch Goal
The past few weeks, Czech Games Edition has been pushing the Kickstarter campaign for an anniversary edition of Vlaada Chvátil's dungeon-builder, Dungeon Lords.

While it's mighty impressive, it really has no place in an iOS blog...or does it?

Turns out that they've added a stretch goal at $222K that will involve CGE hiring some developers to create a Dungeon Lords puzzle app for iOS and they promise to have it ready for us in 2015. I'm guessing this would be something akin to the combat tutorials/puzzles in the rulebook, which are awesome, so we need to make this happen. Unfortunately, they're only at about $180K with just over 2 days left in the campaign.

Anyone have $42K they can drop on this for me, please? I'll be extra good.

If you want to check out the campaign and help out, head over here. Not only is the cardboard version pretty fantastic, an iOS version would be pretty cool as well.

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Join Us as We Play Curse of Naxxramas Live! This Wednesday, 7/23 at 9:00pm EDT

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Hearthstone is hands down the biggest release this year so far. For that reason, we here are all excited for the launch of Curse of Naxxramas. Join us as we play through the first wing of this single player dungeon.


Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, July 23rd, 9:00pm EDT
Where: Google Hangout
Who: Myself, Dave, and Gray
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We will be playing for about an hour, trying to see how far we can make it in this first wing of the dungeon. Be sure to tune in and relish the hype machine that is Hearthstone.

A note on streaming:
Streaming digital board games has been something I have wanted to do for a while. This will be an attempt to get that started.
Do you like the idea of streaming? What would you like us to play or do in a future streaming session? Let us know below!
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Magic 2015 - Video App Review

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Compatibility: iPad, Android
Reviewed On: iPad Air, iPad 2
Current Price: Free (with IAP)
Version: 1.0.1
App Size: 798 MB
Developer/Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Multiplayer: Yes, online.
AI: Yes.
Itunes link: Magic 2015




The best version of Magic on tablets yet.

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Join Us as We Play Magic 2015 Live, Now!

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Magic 2015 was released last week and brings another great installment of the annual series. In our live stream we will be playing the game and shedding some light on the elusive IAP system.

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We will be playing a few matches of the new set and talking about the strengths and weaknesses of this version. Be sure to join in.

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App News: Hearthstone Getting Cursed Next Week

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Curse of Naxxramas Arriving Next Tuesday
The one game on my iPad that I still play at least a few times every day is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. I simply can't get enough of the game, and keep finding myself trying new decks or failing at Arena play.

Starting Tuesday, we'll all have a little more to do in Hearthstone, as the first wing of the Curse of Naxxramas expansion will go live on July 22.

The first wing, the Arachnid Quarter, will be free to download if you pick it up in the first month or so. Each of the other 4 quarters will be released over the following four weeks, and each will cost $7 or 700 in-game gold. We covered all the pricing decisions last week.



Curse of Naxxramas is the first expansion for Hearthstone, and promises 30 new cards that can be gained by defeating each of the wing's bosses. You can also earn class-specific cards by completing class challenges or card backs by beating the wings in Heroic mode, which pits you against some powered-up bosses.
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Unraveling the Magic 2015 In-App Purchases

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While Hearthstone still has my undying love and attention, I have to admit, I was excited to check out Magic 2015. It promised to be a new evolution of the series, introducing heavy deck-building into the Duel of the Planeswalkers formula.

While it didn't occur to me at PAX East, the introduction of free-range deck-building must have posed a rethink of the usual monetization formula for Wizards. With previous annual installments, decks are unlocked by playing and you can unlock certain cards for those decks by winning games. If you were impatient you were given the option to pay a small fee to unlock every card for a certain deck. You could also pay to unlock the foil version of those cards.

With Magic 2014, the formula was modified slightly adding in a freemium model (try for free and $10 to jump into the full content) and the ability to buy endless sealed games. Magic 2015 has taken that even further.


Like I said above, this new deck-building focused system has brought new types of IAPs and a new purchase model Sadly, in my opinion, this has been presented in a confusing way. Many like me were shocked by the $35 IAP available front and center in Magic 2015 and were confused about exactly what it all meant. Did you have to unlock the cardpools to earn cards from that set? What was the difference between a premium booster and a booster I earn by playing?

I shot a quick email to Wizards PR team with these and other questions and received a great response (Disclaimer: I was given a iTunes gift card to use to unlock the IAPs). With their answers and having purchased some of the items myself, here is a handy guide about the IAPs and what they unlock:

1. Chapters
Much like DOTP games in the past, the single-player campaign is split into a series of planes. Each plane features a series of preset opponents to defeat as well as an "explore this plane" feature which has you face off against a random opponent. As you face off against this opponents you will also unlock boosters of cards specific to that plane. The AI is programed to always give you some cards you need in your current color combo, but also some you don't. It also prioritizes cards you are not maxed out on.
Prices: $10 Bundle, $2.99 Each

You Should Buy This If:
- You want the full Magic 2015 experience. You will be stopped at the Innistrad campaign if you do not purchase this. This one is not really optional if you want to really play the game.


2. Card Pools
This one was my main point of confusion. I was under the impression that you could only get boosters from card pools you had paid to unlock, but the purpose of these is very different.

Think of paying to unlock a card pool like paying to unlock all the cards in a Magic 2014 deck (without have to play and win games). If you want all the deck-building options possible, unlocking a card pool will give you every card from a specific plane. Unlocking the bundle will give you all cards from all the planes.
Prices: $20 Bundle, $4.99 each plane

You Should Buy This If:
- You want to save the time it would take to earn all of these cards by playing the game.
- You want a lot of deck-building options upfront. If you are looking to really dive into the multiplayer (which is pretty basic compared to something like SolForge or Hearthstone) then this is a great option for you.


3. Premium Boosters
Aside from the plane specific card pools, there is a separate pool that can only be obtained by purchasing premium boosters. Each booster contains a random assortment of cards. You can purchase up to ten at a time, but there is no discount.
Price: $1.99 each

You Should Buy This If:
- You want to get the full collection. There are cards that can only be obtained through boosters.
- You just love opening blind packs (I admit, I do).


4. Foils
This is pretty straight forward. You can pay to turn a certain number of cards into foil versions. I personally don't find this appealing, but, hey, if this floats your boat, the option is there.
Price: $7.99 for 300, $2.99 for 100, $0.99 for 30

You Should Buy This If:
- You like shiny things.
- You have more money than sense. Joking aside, if this floats your boat, go for it.


5. The Complete Bundle
This bundle suffers from being worded very badly. Basically, you get everything in numbers 1, 2, and 4. For this one price you unlock all the single player content as well as the full card collection. It is not exactly a deal, though you are getting some foil cards for free.
Price: $35

You Should Buy This If:
- You have more money than sense. Seriously, this bundle is giving you $2 off the 300 foils, that is it. You can get the real content (chapters and card collections) for $30 all together.
- You want a quick and easy way to get everything. My whining aside, if you just want to click one button, this is the way to do that.



I hope this guide helps. I know I was confused, and I assume I was not alone. I really have been enjoying the game and while pricey, the unlocked card collections have presented a lot of fun options.

You can pick up Magic 2015 on the App Store
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Join Us as We Play Magic 2015 Live! This Thursday, 7/17 at 9:00pm EDT

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Magic 2015 was released last week and brings another great installment of the annual series. In our live stream we will be playing the game and shedding some light on the elusive IAP system.


Here are the details:

When: Thursday, July 17th, 9:00pm EDT
Where: Google Hangout
Who: Myself, Aldie, and TBD
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We will be playing a few matches of the new set and talking about the strengths and weaknesses of this version. Be sure to join in.

A note on streaming:
Streaming digital board games has been something I have wanted to do for a while. This will be an attempt to get that started.
Do you like the idea of streaming? What would you like us to play or do in a future streaming session? Let us know below!
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App News: Victory Point Games Gets Partner and more...

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Victory Point Games Partners with Hunted Cow Studios
We've mentioned Hunted Cow Studios Ltd. a few times on the blog, mainly for their original iOS war games, but for other genres as well.

Yesterday, they announced they've partnered up with Victory Point Games to bring some of VPG's games to iOS. The first games that will be coming are all solitaire games: Astra Titanus, Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition), Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp, and Legions of Darkness. It also sounds like these are only the first games being worked on, and that others in the VPG stable will eventually move to digital as well.

This is huge story for a couple reasons. First, VPG has created a couple of decent iOS games on their own (Zulus on the Ramparts! and Levee en Masse) but earlier this year announced that they were stopping digital development. Second, Hunted Cow does a pretty great job with their games, so it looks like we can expect more high-quality board game ports for our iPads.

We'll let you know more about each game as they get closer to release.

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