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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: 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: Codenames Coming to Mobile?, New Steam Screens, Exodus: Proxima Centauri Going Digital and more...

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Codenames From CGE Going Digital? Maybe!
My most anticipated game of the entire Gen Con crop is probably Vlaada Chvátil's brand new Codenames. I've already ordered a copy, and expect to pick it up at the Con. While Czech Games Edition will have a few copies of Codenames at Gen Con, it's official US release isn't until later in the year. That's where things get interesting.

I was scanning through my subscriptions when I came upon this gem from CGE bigwig, Petr Murmak:

Petr Murmak wrote:
But official app is in the development and will be out before official US release.


Wait, what's this now? You're supposed to be working on Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization! I'm so confused!

I haven't heard anything from the guys at CGE about this yet, so they're playing it close to the vest.

We're hoping to meet up with CGE at Gen Con, so hopefully we'll have an answer for you in just over a week.


New Screenshots for Steam Pull Into the Station
Mayfair Games is close to bringing Martin Wallace's classic Steam to iOS and Android. Last week they announced that the beta was nearly underway, and today they sent me a load of new screenshots. I don't have a lot to say, other than it's really looking fantastic.

Take a look, and enjoy!





Exodus: Proxima Centauri Coming to iOS
NSKN Games and Offworld Games have announced that Exodus: Proxima Centauri is coming to PC/Mac and iOS. That's all that the announcement said, so I don't have any more information at this time other than a Kickstarter will be starting in October.

One other thing we know is that a board game companion app is also on the table and should be released on iOS in September.

We'll see what else we can dig up and let you know as soon as we have something.



One Man Left Creating Original Board Game, Space Food Truck
One Man Left Studios is known for their turn-based battler, Outwitters but now they're running a Kickstarter for an entirely original board game called Space Food Truck.

Space Food Truck is a cooperative game in which up to four players each take a different role in the ship: Chef, Captain, Engineer, and Scientist. Each role has its own deck of cards that you'll add to over the course of the game. The goal is to travel the galaxy searching for ingredients to make a dish and then deliver it to the planet that demands that recipe. This all needs to be done before the ship explodes, as food trucks are wont to do.

The Kickstarter is about $25K short of its goal with only 14 days to go. The game is nearly completed, but the Kickstarter will help to add "polish" to the game. Music, sound effects, and online multiplayer.

Originally, the game was only to be for PC/Mac, but this week they announced that iPad and Android tablets were also target platforms.

Head over to the Kickstarter and check out all the game info over there. I've also included an alpha gameplay video below.





Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr Aims to Have Longest Warhammer Title Ever
Just this week, Neocore Games announced another Warhammer 40,000 game, this one an action-RPG. It also has a title with both a colon and a dash which is, frankly, incredible. It's Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, which I love and can't wait to have to keep typing over and over.

We don't know much at this point, other than it will be dark. Warhammer dark, if that's a thing. Oh, and it's coming in 2016 to PC/Mac. No mention of a mobile version, but, hey, we're open-minded here! Check out the trailer and wonder why you just spent 30 seconds watching it, and if that guy's voice is really that deep.





Pirates War Now on Kickstarter
Pirates King is an original game being created for iOS, Android, and Steam. It mixes board game tropes with a CCG and is currently on Kickstarter.

Sadly, it's a roll-and-move game but it looks like it has a bit of polish and maybe won't suck?

Check out the Kickstarter and see what they're offering. They have the guts to start their trailer with "In a world...", so I'm willing to at least give them a look.





Quest Heroes Looking to Satisfy the Dungeon Crawl Itch
Quest Heroes is a big game from a small developer. In fact, from what I can tell, it's a three-man operation. Basically, they love the old school dungeon crawls but found games like Warhammer Quest and Hunters 2 weren't tripping their triggers. So, they decided to make their own dungeon crawl with a definite WHQ vibe.

Quest Heroes is a top-down, party-based dungeon crawler but it hews closer to a board game than the digital version of WHQ from Rodeo Games did. Sounds like a good time for a blurb:

Quest Heroes wrote:

-A rule set totally compatible with real life board-gaming. We will release a free print-and-play version at some point of the development process.
-A not-so-serious medieval fantasy world in which, for instance, the mayors are exploiting zombies to clean out their sewers and sending adventurers to teach them a lesson when they go on strike (even the dead feel entitled to at least one day off per week).
-You manage a pool of heroes: before each quest, you select the members of the party.
-Ultimate party-building freedom. If you'd rather have an adventuring party made up of three wizards and a thief instead of the traditional warrior-archer-dwarf-wizard combo, then go for it! It's totally up to you.
-No frustrating class-based gear limitations. Characters can equip and use any weapon or equipment as soon as they have the required stats, regardless of their class.
-Permadeath. However, there are resurrection scrolls (extremely rare, and usable only right after the death) and you can pick up a dead character's gear, so nothing is ever completely lost.
-Heaps of magic, monsters, missions, skills and items... indeed.
-Randomly generated quests.
-Special rooms with their special tricks, traps, rules and puzzles.
-Monster's AI using different kind of group-strategies depending on the situation, and a different individual AI for each kind of monster/foe.
-And of course bosses, traps, secret passages, different environments, multiple victory conditions...


Sounds pretty cool. The screenshots look pretty cool, too, but I've got you one better and have a little gameplay video ready to roll. Oh, and don't keep turning up your volume, the video has no sound. Yet. From what I gather, they're working on it. Quest Heroes is planned for PC, Mac, iOS and Android but they haven't announced a release date yet.

Anyway, it looks pretty cool and who doesn't love a good dungeon crawl?


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App News: Ascension Gets Dawn of Champions

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Dawn of Champions Expansion Arrives for Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
Last week we got some new Summoner Wars factions, and this week new material for Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. Whatever's in the water over at Playdek seems to be working. Can we get more of it added, please?

Earlier today the Ascension: Dawn of Champions was released for both iOS and Android versions of the game. Dawn of Champions lets you play as a faction leader, which is kind of like a hero or champion character. You'll have your own powers and cards to unlock and it sounds pretty damn cool. I haven't played Ascension in a while, but I might pick it back up to check this out.

That's not the only news coming from Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment about Ascension, though. In an update, Stone Blade also mentioned that all the iOS expansions that Kickstarter backers haven't yet received should now be available.

Stone Blade wrote:
With the release of Dawn of Champions, we will finally address the number one concern amongst our many of our backers- iOS purchase unlocks. With the upcoming release, Ascension Online backers will finally have their reward content unlocked on iOS. Thus, all backers at the apprentice tier and above will receive all expansions up to Immortal Heroes (also including the bonus of Darkness Unleashed) unlocked on their iOS account, and all backers at the Ascension Online for Life! tier will receive all expansions unlocked!

IMPORTANT!- In order to properly unlock these rewards, you must have a Playdek account that matches the email we have on record for you from this kickstarter. If your email has changed or does not sync with your Playdek account, please email Playdek at support@playdekgames.com


With all this recent Playdek news, maybe some tidbits about Twilight Struggle are around the corner? We can only hope.

You can pick up Ascension for iOS Universal or Android for free.


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App News: Slitherine Brings Legions of Steel to Tablets

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Legions of Steel Arrives on iPad, Coming Soon to Android
When we think of turn-based, squad level games that use miniatures the first game that probably pops into your brain is Space Hulk. Legions of Steel isn't Space Hulk, however. It was created back in 1992 and while the similarities to the Games Workshop Ltd. classic are there, it stands as its own game.

Today, Slitherine Software has released a digital version of Legions of Steel for iPad with an Android version on the way.

I could write about this, but that's what blurbs are for:

Slitherine wrote:
Turn-based tactical firefights

Each unit has its own skills and characteristics. It comes with its own set of weapons and abilities making the game deep and complex for experienced players, yet simple and approachable for novices.

Electronic Warfare (Fog of War)

A game mode on its own, Electronic Warfare is an option players decide to activate and which completely changes the game into a whole different experience. All maps are playable in Electronic Ware mode

Tactical Options

Players can choose from a host of available firing options
The Advanced Covering Fire options allow for very precise control on what your units do during opponent’s turn
Grenades! Used to unlock gridlocked situations, players can throw them around corners without getting exposed. These are also used by the Machines to create smoke cover
Leadership points are a very limited resource used to “break” the common rules. Players will use them to add more actions (movement, fire), increase the odds when firing, or even dodge bullets during opponent’s turn.

Initiative Roll

Each map calls for an initiative roll at the beginning of the turn. Leadership can be spent to influence the roll. The winner of the roll chooses who starts to play the turn. This system breaks the linearity of turn-by-turn games. Which player is going first is always unknown.

Suspense above all

Radar detection and echoes add suspense to the gameplay. Every move is a thrill

More numbers!

2 playable factions with their own units and equipment
2 Single player campaigns in an immersive setting
15 scenarios for single player or multiplayer

Multiplayer

Play with friends online through asynchronous, cross-platform multiplayer using Slitherine’s PBEM++ server or offline using familiar hotseat mode.


The game costs $10 and is available on the App Store.


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