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App News: Brass Blog, Pandemic on Android, and Battle of the Bulge Rebirth

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Brass Digital Developer Blog
What should appear in my Inbox this fair day but a message from developer PHALANX. Turns out they have an update on the digital version of Brass. The developers have started a blog so you can follow along throughout development.




Pandemic Infects Android on Friday
F2Z just let us know that Pandemic will be coming to Android this Friday. The price point will be $6.99 and reportedly features a new shuffling algorithm that makes the game even better.

Here is a trailer for the game:



Battle of the Bulge Goes Multiplatform on 9/17
Full disclosure, I worked at Shenandoah Studio a few years ago.

A new version of Battle of the Bulge will be coming to iOS on 9/17 along with PC and Mac. This version also includes a few additions including improved AI and access to the new Slitherine Tournament Mode. I for one am excited to see the rebirth of a game that is close to my heart.

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PAX Prime News in Pictures: PACG, Banner Saga, Armello, Playsets, and more

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set Coming Fall
When we spoke to the Obsidian Team at PAX and learned that the game has a rough release date, Fall 2015! From one of the games developers I was told "soon" with a wink, so who knows!




Banner Saga the Board Game
Stumbled upon this beautiful prototype. It sounds like the game will be a cooperative affair and features pretty cool minis. Each player takes on a role in the caravan and must work together while protecting their own interests.




Gala Collider Kickstarter Live
Ok, I forgot a picture of this one. I ran into the Gala Collider team and they let me know that the Kickstarter is now live. This was one of our highlights of GenCon, so be sure to check out the Kickstarter page.




Armello on PS4
Before I got distracted by the Star Wars: Battlefront station behind it, I had a chance to check out Armello on PS4. It was really beautiful. This launches tomorrow on both PS4 and PC. I highly recommend checking it out even before it comes to mobile.




Playsets Discovered
Alright, I am not sure when this was released but it was new to me at PAX. This is basically a playset generator for an RPG campaign. It does not have any rulesets baked in so you are free to use it for whatever you like. It is available on iOS and Android.




GalakZ Mobile Variant Looks Great
I was able to go hands on with Galak-Z Mobile Variant at PAX. The game looks amazing though the control were a little challenging in the convention set up. This looks like it could be another FTL for me...help.
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App News: Magic the Gathering Puzzle Quest Announced, Tin Man Heads to Warhammer 40k

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Magic the Gathering - Puzzle Quest Announced

Word of a new mobile game from Wizards of the Coast has been rumored for a while and...it's a Puzzle Quest licensed product. Disappointed. Or perhaps not.

Before we cry foul and accuse people of selling out, it must be noted that Puzzle Quest has quite the pedigree and has been known to treat licenses well. The style of gameplay does seem like a great fit on mobile. So, while not the great Magic mobile app we have all been waiting for, we'll hold out hope for a great Puzzle Quest game!







Tin Man Games Working on Warhammer 40k: Path to Victory Gamebooks

Hat tip to TouchArcade for this awesome news.

The prolific gamebook developers Tin Man Games are back at it again. This time they are taking on the Warhammer 40k: Path to Victory series. This will be a new trilogy of digital gamebooks, starting with Herald of Oblivion. As usual it looks like they are taking a cool style in presenting these books. We will keep you posted as the release nears.

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App News: This Week's New Releases and Release Dates for Normandie on PC and the Grand Tournament

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This Week's New Releases

Notable new releases for this week include:

Galactic Keep
This space focused RPG seems like a great blend of mechanics and style.
Available on the App Store

Final Fantasy VII
This classic RPG has finally found its way to iOS. Overrated or a masterpiece? You decide.
Available on the App Store

Dungeon of the Endless
This interesting rogue-like comes from a respected pedigree and was great on PC.
Available on the App Store




Release Dates Revealed

The Grand Tournament
Minutes after my post this morning, Blizzard revealed that the latest expansion will be coming on August 24th. Get ready for Monday!

Heroes of Normandie
This stylish WW2 strategy game has been our radar for a while. The PC version just received a release date of September 22nd. This is great to hear and hopefully the tablet version is not far behind.
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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.

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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: Warhammer 40k Deathwatch Goes Multiplayer, HexWar's Nuts Gets a Trailer, XenoShyft Released

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Warhammer 40k Gets Multiplayer Expansion
Ben of Rodeo Games reached out to let us know that a multiplayer expansion will be coming free to Warhammer 40,0000 Deathwatch in "a couple weeks."

This mode will allow players to face off against other players either synchronously or asynchronously. To celebrate this expansion, the game will be on sale for 50% for the rest of the week.




HexWar's Nuts Gets a Trailer
Developer HexWar is back with another board game port, bringing NUTS! to digital platforms later this year. Nuts! is a card game representation of the Battle of the Bulge and the port looks great so far.

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XenoShyft Released
This one slipped out during the post Gen Con haze. XenoShyft: Onslaught is a card game from Cool Mini or Not. The digital version is a pretty faithful adaptation. From my limited time with the game, it seems like a pretty fun deck-building game with a tower defense vibe. You can get it on the App Store now.

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App News: Chainsaw Warrior Design Contest, Earthcore Comes to Android, Loots and Legends Submitted

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Chainsaw Warrior Design Contest Announced

Chainsaw Warrior is a campy card game from the 90s that has been revived in excellent form for digital platforms. We recently got the release of the expanded game, Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night.

Now Auroch Digital is holding a special design competition. I'll let them give you the details:

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They are looking for your best idea for a weapon, item of equipment, zombie, monster or trap. The best idea chosen from the entries will actually get added to the game and the creator be given a special design credit on the game!

If there was one weapon or item you could equip him with to aid him in his mission, or a trap or monster to slow him down, what would it be? Chainsaw Warrior relies heavily on his kit when he's off saving the world. From his trusty 'saw, devices like the Heat Detector warning him of approaching threats, all the way to the bullet-spewing chaos of the Reaper, his loadout has saved what skin he has left more than once. Perhaps you want to make this tough game even tougher? Can you design a new opponent or trap to mash, stab or eviscerate Chainsaw Warrior?

Whether you choose to design an aid or an obstacle, it has to be fair so that the challenging and entertaining balance of Chainsaw Warrior is not disturbed. In the same way that the powerful Laser Lance only has limited ammo, we want your entries to enhance the gameplay in a plausible and unbiased manner (so no Laser-Reapers!)

Get creative, send us some sketches if you have an idea of how you would like it to appear, and we will design and implement the card into the game! It can be a hand-to-hand, light or heavy weapon, an item such as a piece of technology or transport, an item of clothing or armour, a trap card, or a new enemy for Chainsaw Warrior to overcome.

To apply simply submit your design work to gtn@aurochdigital.com before the 31st August. This competition applies to 'Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night' only.


So there you go, looks like quite the task, so get those creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with.


Earthcore Comes to Android

Earthcore, the collectible card game co-designed by Michał Oracz has now been released for Android. Along with this update comes many improvements to both versions of the game. If you missed this one when it was iOS only, be sure to check out on Android. At launch we praised the game for its unique take on lane-based card play.

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Loot and Legends Submitted to Apple

We first heard about Card Hunter at PAX Prime 2012. How young I was back then and free of care. The game has been available on PC for a while now and is amazing fun if you have not tried it.

The mobile version has been mentioned several times over the past year and has finally been submitted to Apple! We have not word yet on a release date, but usually submission marks just a short wait before the game is available. We will be sure to let you know as soon as the release date arrives!


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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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App News: Heroes of Normandie Enters Beta, Blood Bowl II Available for Pre-order

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Heroes of Normandie Enter Beta Test

Last year at the HOW convention put on by Slitherine, we got the first look at Heroes of Normandie digital. This token based wargame looked really great on tablet and kept a tabletop feel with interesting animations.

We just received word that the game is ready to enter beta test. You can apply to test the game right now.










Blood Bowl 2 Open for Pre-order

The original Blood Bowl video game recently came to tablets with some mixed results. Frankly, it was an older game with some funky controls on top. Not to mention an obtuse online system. Coming on September 22, Blood Bowl II seems to modernize everything from visuals to gameplay.

While not slated for tablet, Blood Bowl II will be coming to PS4 Xbox One and Steam. We just received word about a pre-order bonus of an additional race, depending on the platform you order on. The game looks pretty beautiful. Check out some gameplay in the trailer below:

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