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News Bits: Musket Smoke & Grognards, Orions 2 Released, Tix Delayed, Carcassonne Updated, Horse Fever Coming, Justin Gary in Wired, Modern Art Card Game Released, Haggis Needs Developer

Gabe Alvaro
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• Snowpunch Working on Two More Hex and Counter Games
• Orions 2 Released
• Tix Release Delayed
• Carcassonne Updated
• Horse Fever Coming Soon
• Wired Interview with Justin Gary of Gary Games
• Skotos Releases Modern Art: The Card Game
• Indie Boards and Cards Looking for Haggis Developer

• Snowpunch Developing Musket Smoke and Grognards - May 17
If you didn't take them seriously with their hex and counter beer brawl, Keg Bearer, perhaps you should look again. Snowpunch has two more games Musket Smoke and Grognards, in the pipeline and they're starting to look more like actual war games.

Musket Smoke -
Snowpunch wrote:
will be a very progressive new school hex war game designed around various visual obstructions, destructible terrain and tactical action. Focus of this game will be - insanely easy - yet totally engaging.

This game is currently under development.

Grognards -
Snowpunch wrote:
will be a deeply enjoyable hex war game designed mostly around morale, formations and chaos. Old school styles meet new school technology and the result will be a symphony of fun.

This game is currently under development.

More pics of Musket Smoke and Grognards

• Orions 2: The Deckmasters Released - May 18
Orions 2: The Deckmasters, the hotly anticipated sequel to Moregames Entertainment's card-based battle game, Orions: Legend of Wizards, has finally released. It's made for iPhone and priced at $2.99 with a "mini" version available for free. To celebrate it's release, Moregames has dropped the price of Orions: Legend of Wizards from $4.99 to $0.99, an historic price drop to an all-time low.

• Tix Release Delayed Slightly
We've been informed that the release of the iOS app of Tix has been delayed slightly due to reasons both personal and private. They're now planning to submit the app with Apple today, and hopefully have it in the App Store this Thursday.

• Carcassonne Updated to Version 2.20
The Coding Monkeys have updated one of the best iOS board games on the planet. Now with Game Center support, achievements and more. Unfortunately it looks like there will be a longer wait for game expansions, but that's just Coding Monkey style. Take your time, do it right. Check it out:
Coding Monkeys wrote:
What's New in Version 2.20

• Use Game Center to play against your friends
• 43 Achievements that can be unlocked
• A variety of new Leaderboards
• Share scores on Twitter and Facebook
• Invite previous opponents
• Easier account switching via Game Center

• Corrected a rare ELO scoring bug
• Improved stability
• Improved chat reliability
• Show chat time stamps
• Improved power consumption
• Sync progress overlay

We have made good progress laying the foundations for all expansions and getting the game to a point were it can be played in a more modular fashion to support cherry-picking rules and features of expansions in the future. The first two, that we are polishing right now, will be “Inns and Cathedrals” and “The River II”. It will still take us a few months to make them as good as we want them to be, however.

Yeah, it sure takes us a lot of time to get these things done. We're sorry for making you wait. We love the game and think it deserves the time to make it truly great, instead of doing a quick but sloppy port, like it unfortunately happens so often on other platforms and to others of our favorite board games. We want to do better. Thanks for having the patience to let us do so.

(Note: The Coding Monkeys released v.2.21 soon after to quickly fix the crash on launch some users were getting with 2.20 update.)

• Horse Fever Coming Soon to Your iPad - May 19
Italian publisher Cranio Creations has posted a screen shot of their upcoming iPad version for the corruption-horse racing themed game, Horse Fever set in the 1930s. They will release a second edition of its initial 2009 release Horse Fever in June 2011. No date other than "soon" has yet been posted for the release of the app.

• Wired Q + A with Justin Gary of Gary Games - May 20
Wired magazine has posted a Q + A with Just Gary of Gary Games and designer of the hotly anticipated iOS version of Ascension: Deckbuilding Game expected to be out in June now.

• Skotos Releases Modern Art: The Card Game - May 20
Again seeming to come from nowhere, Skotos has released their 4th Knizia app and 5th card game app for iOS overall, Reiner Knizia's Modern Art: The Card Game. The app is for iOS Universal and priced at $2.99.

• Indie Boards and Cards Seeking Developer for Haggis - May 20
Travis Worthington of Indie Boards and Cards, and also a friend from my local game group, dropped me a line this weekend to see if we could help his search for an iDevice developer for Haggis. He is particularly interested in a developer who can meet the challenge of developing an AI for this game that is tricky to play well.
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