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App News: Sentinels of the Multiverse Multiplayer Goes Beta

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Multiplayer in Sentinels of the Multiverse Gets Closer
If you were around last fall, you might remember the great wail of frustration that erupted when Sentinels of the Multiverse was released. No one complained that the game was a poor implementation, in fact it's one of the better board game ports ever done for tablets. No, the complaint was about the lack of online multiplayer. Now, some people didn't care about such things, but a great many more people did.

From the beginning, Handelabra Games said that multiplayer was on the table, but weren't sure how long it would take to implement, especially with the rapid pace that expansion content has been rolling out. At Gen Con this year, we talked with the Handelabra guys and multiplayer was being shown off at the show. On Friday, we learned that online multiplayer is in beta and anyone who has Sentinels on Steam can participate. Here's how:

Handelabra Games wrote:
Using Steam to participate in the beta:
To access the Multiplayer Public Beta, do the following:
Quit and restart Steam, then open the Library tab.
Right-click on Sentinels of the Multiverse and select Properties.
Click the BETAS tab and choose “mpbeta - Multiplayer Public Beta” from the dropdown list.
Steam will update the game automatically.

You can switch back to the non-beta version of the game at any time. To restore the regular version of the game, do the following:
Right-click on Sentinels of the Multiverse and select Properties.
Click the BETAS tab and choose “NONE - Opt out of all beta programs” from the dropdown list.
Steam will update the game automatically.


That's not all! Here's more info about how multiplayer is going to handle:

Handelabra Games wrote:
General Multiplayer Information:
Online games are synchronous (live) and support between 2 and 5 players. Each player must control at least one hero, and may control more than one hero.

Each game has a Team Leader denoted by the crown icon. Team Leaders can change game settings, reassign heroes if players leave, and kick players.

During gameplay, there are decisions that the team must agree upon before proceeding. Instead of directly making the decision you will cast a vote, and when enough votes are in, the decision will be made.

You can chat with your team members before, during, and after the game by clicking the chat icon.


I'll admit, I was skeptical of needing a multiplayer interface for Sentinels--I love playing solo games--but this sounds pretty amazing. If you own the game on Steam, head over and give it a shot. I'm currently on vacation and traversing the wilds of Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, but once I get back to a reliable Internet connection, you can bet I'll be spending some time playing Sentinels.
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App News: First Twilight Struggle Screenshot Emerges, Preview The Grand Tournament in Tavern Brawl, and Skylanders F2P Card Game Coming

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Twilight Struggle Screenshot Emerges
Twilight Struggle is one of the most popular games on BGG, and we are all excited for the digital version from Playdek. News has been hard to come by, but today we have the first screenshot of the game from a recent Kickstarter Update. It also sounds like the PC beta will start soon so stay tuned!

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Try Hearthstone's The Grand Tournament in this Week's Tavern Brawl
Much like they did with Goblins vs. Gnomes, Blizzard is previewing this next expansion in a side mode. Starting tomorrow the Tavern Brawl will feature two set decks from The Grand Tournament. With this preview on the way, it is likely we will see this expansion the week of the 24th.

Here is the description from Blizzard:
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Wednesday’s Grand Tournament Match features a thrilling Brawl between two potent forces. One, led by that mysterious master of magic, Medivh, will be packed with minions eager to heed your call to battle and power up with Inspire. Standing against them will be the mistress of the hunt, Alleria, along with a full cadre of master jousters who are poised to grow mighty with each contest won.





Skylanders Battlecast Announced
Despite spreading like a noxious cancer, Skylanders seems to be a great combination of toys and video games for kids. The property has found a lot of success on many platforms.

This latest outing is a free to play card game coming to mobile. The game will combine both physical and digital cards and offer single player and multiplayer modes. While this may not hit our core demo, if you have kids that are into the Skylanders world, this may be a great way to bring board gaming into the mix!

Here is the first trailer:

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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 5.

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This will be the final Gen Con roundup from us this year, so starting tomorrow we can get back to our regular format. Thanks for sticking with us this year!

Arcane Wonders Talks Companion Apps and More
Arcane Wonders has created a few apps thus far, both companion apps for their cardboard games. The first was last year's app for Sheriff of Nottingham which is a timer/scoring app. There is also a Mage Wars Arena which acts as a spell book builder and status tracker. Not much else in the digital realm, but we did manage to play a game of their upcoming 2-player abstract, Onitama. It was a great game and would fit well in the digital space. They're in early talks to bring it there, but nothing firm at this point.
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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 4.

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Bezier Games Takes Us to the Castles of Mad King Ludwig
We met with designer Ted Alspach at the Bezier Games, Inc. booth to see how the app for Castles of Mad King Ludwig was coming along. Turns out it's coming along very nicely, and we even got a chance to see it in action.

The camera ape wishes to apologize for the weird angles and such, but both Ted Alspach and Brad are quite tall, and the camera guy was burdened with a rather short monopole for his camera. That's the story I'm he's sticking to.
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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 3.

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More Gen Con! Hooray for us!

Mayfair Blows Off a Little Steam
One of my most anticipated games of the remaining 2015 lot is Martin Wallace's Steam. Getting a demonstration from Mayfair Games' Alex Yeager didn't help to ease my longing. Wow, does this game look good. Check it out in action in the video and then watch for the app to hit tablets sometime in Q3 of this year.
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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 2.

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I'm writing this from the wilds of northern Wisconsin, where the Internet is like molasses, only not as quick. I'm going to keep the word count low today so I can finish posting before I lose my connection to civilization. The slow speed also means that I'm not really able to proofread this thing much before posting. Please mock all typos as much as is humanly possible.

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Czech Games Edition Has Huge Digital Plans
It's no secret that the 4th edition of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is on the way, and it's also not a big secret that the upcoming TtA app will be using the new 4th edition rules. What is a surprise is just about everything else that Petr Murmak from Czech Games Edition wanted to talk about. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of info, and check out the video.
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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 1.

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On Monday, we posted a general overview of what we saw at Gen Con 2015 with each section basically stating, "wait for the video". Well, here are those videos! Brad's been working overtime to get these edited and ready. I have six videos for you today, and should have another six for you tomorrow and Friday. If all goes well--and Brad doesn't burn out--we'll finish up the videos next week Monday.

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7 Wonders Makes an Appearance
This is probably the most anticipated video of the entire con, and was definitely one of the games I was really eager to get a look at (it didn't hurt that we were going to get to meet Antoine Bauza). As you'll see, the game looks as polished as anything out there on the App Store, so hopefully we're not too far away from having this on our iPads.

The video begins with some pretty terrible glare from the obnoxious lights on the convention hall ceiling. We'd like you to know that the camera monkey responsible has been sacked. Keep watching, as he figures out how to get the glare off the screen, mostly, about 2 minutes into the demonstration.
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App News: Gen Con Short Takes

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Gen Con 2015 Short Takes
Brad and I were lucky enough to attend Gen Con last weekend in lovely, and hot, Indianapolis. The show was incredible and we took a lot of great video footage, some of it incorporating my thumb going over the lens, of just about everything we saw. Of course, videos take a long time to edit and get in front of your eyeballs, so I thought it would be cool to just do a quick run down of what we saw and what you can expect to see more about in the coming week or so.

Everything below is coming directly from my memory, so if I can't remember something perfectly, I'll give you only what I can remember or skip it. Also, all pictures were taken with my phone while I was trying to record Brad with the video camera, so the quality on many of the shots might be a bit subpar. Heck, that's being a little too generous, some of them outright suck.

If you'd rather just wait for each video to arrive and don't want to be spoiled, don't continue reading. Leave now. Seriously. I'm going to begin...now.

Mayfair Games
Mayfair had but one thing to show us this year and it's a biggie. Steam is into beta now and Alex Yeager showed us a little bit of it on his iPad. Not just some screenshots, he played the game and it looked fantastic. It hews very close to the cardboard version not just visually, but in how you play. Lots more detail in the video on what we can expect when Steam lands later this year.


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App News: Armello Coming to PC and PS4, King of Dragon Pass for Steam, Warhammer: Arcane Magic Coming and more

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Armello Coming to PC and PS4 on Sept. 1st

Perennial favorite Armello has been in Steam early access for a while now and if you watched our past streams, you can see it is coming along nicely. With each update the gameplay gets tighter and the balance gets better. It's been really fun as a player to see this board game evolve before my eyes.

Update: League of Geeks announced this morning that the mobile version is coming on March 2016. If you are interested in checking out Armello in early access on Steam, purchase it before July 31st. From that date the game will be unavailable until September.

In addition to the release news, two new characters have been revealed which you can see here:





King of Dragon Pass on Steam Now

King of Dragon Pass is a classic adventure, story, and strategy game from designer David Dunham. It has been on iOS in an excellent port for a while and is now on Steam.

As we announced earlier this year, the developer is currently hard at work on a spiritual successor called Six Ages. If you have not already played King of Dragon Pass and prefer to play on Steam, this is a perfect chance to grab the game.

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Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Available Now

Had enough Warhammer mobile games yet? Of course not and this one is even set in the Fantasy universe, which is the rarer variety. Warhammer: Arcane Magic is billed as a card-based board game set in the Warhammer world.

The game features two campaigns and the gameplay centers around controlling wizards using cards and dice. We will have a full report once we can dive in. You can get it on the App Store now.

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Elder Scroll: Legends to Take Us by Surprise

Bethesda recently announced the Elder Scroll: Legends will be a surprise release, much like previous hit Fallout Shelter. This digital card game is poised to take another beloved fantasy franchise in to the digital realm.

Polygon has a pretty in-depth interview that provides some interesting if sparse details on the game. Otherwise, we'll just keep watching and waiting for this surprise game to drop.
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App News: The Grand Tournament Hearthstone Expansion Announced

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Just announced on the Hearthstone Twitch Channel, the next Hearthstone expansion is coming next month and is called the Grand Tournament. As with all expansions, there is a brand new board:



Some of the key features of this expansion mentioned are:

- A new set of more than 130 cards.
- Lots of cards will affect hero powers.
- New Inspire keyword will activate each time you use your hero power.
- Pre-purchase of 50 packs at a discount is available next week.

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And here are captures of the cards revealed thus far:

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