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App News: Isle of Skye Released for Android; iOS Still On the Way

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Isle of Skye Released for Mobile
Yesterday we learned that Digidiced UG had added another game to their growing list of "games under development", Stockpile. At the time we wondered how they'd pull it off while still developing both The Castles of Burgundy for next year and Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King for later this year. Turns out they had already cleaned their plate of one of those titles and today we get a shiny new app to show for it.

The Isle of Skye released today for Android where you can currently download it for $5. The iOS version appears to either be stuck in Apple gauntlet hell or maybe is just taking a little longer to percolate through their servers. In other words, it's not out for iOS yet. Here's the mandatory blurb:

Five clans are fighting to rule over the Isle of Skye. Only the chieftain who develops the best clan territory and trades wisely will be king!

When leaving your castle, build up the Isle of Skye by adding green hills, perfect beaches and mountain ranges. Raise livestock, produce precious whisky, build forts and ships... Expand your territory tile by tile, pay to keep hold of your tiles or sell them to an opponent for the price you've set... Tile price setting, purchases, sales, and structures are the key to becoming the ruler of the Isle of Skye!

Every game is different and will see you developing different strategies and tactics! With changeability and easy to learn rules, Isle of Skye is the perfect game for all types of players.

Features:
• Both simple and tactical game mechanics, adapted from the award-winning Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King board game by Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister
• 1 to 5 players
• Play in single-player with challenging computer opponents, against your friends in local multiplayer, or face clans from all over the world in online mode!
• Choice of objectives: Select 4 of 16 different objectives for a unique gameplay that changes every time
• Learn the rules with our Interactive tutorial or even watch games of the top players on your device!
• Take your time in asynchronous game mode with push notifications and never miss a turn.
• See fabulous illustrations by Klemens Franz, which make for a true Scottish atmosphere!


Sounds good to me! [This is what Dave writes when he hasn't played the game and has no idea how to comment -ed.]

You can nab it for Android at the link below and I'll try to remember to update this post when the iOS link goes live.

- Isle of Skye for iOS Universal, $5
- Isle of Skye: The Tactical Board Game for Android, $5


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App News: Stockpile coming to digital via Digidiced

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Sorry I've been away for so long, folks. Started a new job and still trying to get used to the new schedule. Also, it's been fairly slow. That ends today and, hopefully, we'll be getting all sorts of fun news through Gen Con. Stay tuned!


Stockpile Coming to Digital
The last time I posted we talked about Digidiced UG bringing the Stefan Feld classic, The Castles of Burgundy to digital in 2019. Of course, we're still waiting for their digital version of Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King which is currently in beta. Today we learned that those aren't the only two games they've been working on. They've also been hard at work to bring the Nauvoo Games' economic gem, Stockpile to life.

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In Stockpile, players act as stock market investors at the end of the 20th century hoping to strike it rich, and the investor with the most money at the end of the game is the winner. Stockpile centers on the idea that nobody knows everything about the stock market, but everyone does know something. In the game, this philosophy manifests in two ways: insider information and the stockpile.

First, players are given insider information each round. This information dictates how a stock’s value will change at the end of the round. By privately learning if a stock is going to move up or down, each player has a chance to act ahead of the market by buying or selling at the right time.

Second, players purchase their stocks by bidding on piles of cards called stockpiles. These stockpiles will contain a mixture of face-up and face-down cards placed by other players in the game. In this way, nobody will know all of the cards in the stockpiles. Not all cards are good either. Trading fees can poison the piles by making players pay more than they bid. By putting stocks and other cards up for auction, Stockpile catalyzes player interaction, especially when potential profits from insider information are on the line.

Both of these mechanisms are combined with some stock market elements to make players consider multiple factors when selling a stock. Do you hold onto a stock in hopes of catching a lucrative stock split or do you sell now to avoid the potential company bankruptcy? Can you hold onto your stock until the end of the game to become the majority shareholder, or do you need the liquidity of cash now for future bidding? Do you risk it all by investing heavily into one company, or do you mitigate your risk by diversifying your portfolio?


It's a really fun and quick game of stock market mayhem that doesn't take itself too seriously. Here's what we know so far. It's coming for iOS, Android, and PC/Mac/Linux. It will have both online and pass-and-play multiplayer as well as 3 levels of AI for solo play. It will also have the ability to replay games so you can see just where you screwed up.



We also know that the beta will be starting at Gen Con, but you can sign up now. Head this way and see if you can be one of the lucky ones. I'll be at Gen Con and will try to get some hands-on time with the app there and, hopefully, get some video of it in action. We'll see!
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App News: Castles of Burgundy Heading to Digital and One Deck Dungeon Gets More Content

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Digidiced Announces Next Project, The Castles of Burgundy
It's July 4th here in the US which means I have beer to drink and at least 12 more hamburgers to shove into my facehole, so I'm going to keep this post short. That said, the following Tweet from Digidiced UG was big enough that I felt the need to pull my chin out of the potato salad.



While we know that Digidiced is currently working on porting Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King to our touchscreens, it looks like we can count on their next title to be Stefan Feld's The Castles of Burgundy. Not a lot of details yet, but just getting the announcement out there is pretty sweet.



Handelabra Adds Two New DLC to Digital Version of One Deck Dungeon
News about the wonderful One Deck Dungeon from Handelabra Games Inc. and Asmadi Games seems to come almost as often as news from our dark, yet benevolent, overlords, Asmodee. There isn't a week where we don't get some news about new content or fixes or just reminding us how good the game is. I'm okay with that.

Today we got a couple more new DLC to go along with the Pheonix Den, Caliana, and The Fantatic. One of the new DLC is a new hero, The Witch.



Handelabra wrote:
More anarchic than Mages, and more chaotic than Alchemists, Witches hail from the fiery volcanic city of Inanidec. Their strongest magic users earn the full title of Witch only after completing a deadly ritual known as "The Burning". Syvir left Inanidec after completing her ascension and is ready to put her red-hot skills to the test. Her tactical balance makes her a jack of all trades, having studied equally in hand-to-hand combat and high level magic.

She seeks power and knowledge from the vaults of The Guild, although her reasoning is unknown. Flagged in The Council's files for a lack of empathy, Syvir does whatever is necessary to win, especially if it means striking an enemy when they're already down. Her teamwork leaves much to be desired; she'll mock her own partners for any show of weakness.


The other DLC is a new dungeon called Cinder Plains:

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You're thirsty. So thirsty. Why did you come here? So thirsty... You open a potion bottle to drink it, but it evaporates before your eyes. You must press on, despite the flames. You tread carefully, but somehow your clothes are burning. The terrible Hellhound awaits, eager to consume your very heroism with its fiery maw. Best of luck, adventurer...




The Cinder Plains are a very hard dungeon with The Hellhound waiting for you on the 4th floor. Good luck!

Both new DLC are available right now for all platforms and come in at $1/each.

-One Deck Dungeon for iPad, $10
-One Deck Dungeon for Android tablets, $10
-One Deck Dungeon for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $10


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App News: HardBack Arrives on iOS and Android

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Tim Fowers' HardBack Released for iOS/Android
Tim Fowers and his publishing company, Fowers Games, are no stranger to the App Store. Both Paperback and Burgle Bros have made successful leaps to our touchscreens. Over the weekend another gem joined that list, Hardback.

Hardback follows the basic premise of Paperback, making it a sequel (or prequel) of sorts. You build words with letter-bearing cards that earn you cash, allowing you to buy more cards and build better words and earn more cash. In other words, it's a deck-building word game.

While its main mechanism is straight from its predecesor, it has enough changes to make it a completely different game from Paperback. Paperback had scoring like Dominion where you had to spend coins to buy VP cards and the game went to the highest total when a certain number of piles were emptied. HardBack allows you to set a VP number and it's a race to see who can get there first. Some letters have Victory Point values on them which you'll earn when you add them to your words.

Wild cards in Paperback were bought. In HardBack, any card can be changed into a wildcard which makes piecing together a word easier than ever. Of course, cards flipped to their wildcard side lose their benefits, unless you can mitigate that with another card's special ability.

Those are only two of the changes, but there are a lot more. There are genres, making certain letters give a bigger benefit if used with other cards of the same genre. There are letters that stay in play after being used, giving you their benefit each turn until your opponent uses them in a word of their own. There's probably more that I'm forgetting, but the bottom line is that you'll find more than enough to separate this from Paperback to warrant owning both.

Hardback is currently available for both iOS Universal and Android at the links below:

-HardBack for iOS Universal, $5
-HardBack for Android, $5


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Digital Board Game Sale Roundup

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The summer Steam Sale has begun and has inspired all sorts of digital board game sales. Here are those we’ve found so far:


MOBILE

Tokaido
Down to $0.99
iOS, Android

Jaipur
Down to $1.99 ($2.99 Android)
iOS, Android

Patchwork
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Potion Explosion
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Ticket to Ride
Down to $3.99
Android

Agricola All Creatures
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Le Havre The Inland Port
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Small World 2
Down to $2.99
iOS, Android

Fighting Fantasy Legends
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Smash Up
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Ascension
DLC discounts
iOS, Android

Talisman
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android

Pathfinder Adventures
DLC discounts
iOS, Android

FTL
DLC discounts
iOS

Sentinels of the Multiverse
Down to $2.99
iOS, Android

Bottom of the 9th
Down to $1.99
iOS, Android



STEAM

Tokaido
Save 50%
Steam

Patchwork
Save 60%
Steam

Potion Explosion
Save 60%
Steam

Ticket to Ride
Save 60%
Steam

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Save 60%
Steam

Le Havre: The Inland Port
Save 57%
Steam

Small World 2
Save 60%
Steam

Fighting Fantasy Legends
Save 60%
Steam

Smash Up
Save 63%
Steam

Ascension
Save 60%
Steam

Talisman
Save 70%
Steam

Pathfinder Adventure
Save 67%
Steam

FTL
Save 75%
Steam

Sentinels of the Multiverse
Save 70%
Steam

Bottom of the 9th
Save 60%
Steam

There are so many more Steam deals, that’s it’s nearly impossible to list them all. Find a wider list on Steam.
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App News: Nomad and AEG Bringing More Tabletop Goodness to Digital, Rivals for Catan Moves on Mobile and more...

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Nomad Bringing AEG Titles Mystic Vale, Cat Lady, and Space Base to Digital
We all know Nomad Games Ltd (II) from their odd obsession with creating at least 17 expansions for Talisman: Digital Edition every week. You might not remember that they teamed up with Alderac Entertainment Group to bring their card game hit, Smash Up to digital as well. Well, now they've teamed up again and it appears that Nomad is bringing three of AEG's titles to life on our phones/tablets: Mystic Vale, Cat Lady, and Space Base.

We don't have any idea when these titles will be making their way, only that they're in the works. We also know that it's a new team working on these titles, so we'll still be getting our fair share of new Talisman content as well. Whew!

As usual, we'll tell you more as the info available to us begins to grow.



Rivals for Catan Now Available in Catan World
Catan Universe was United Soft Media (USM)'s solution to bring their entire digital Catan-verse under one umbrella. Was it successful? How would I know, I haven't played Catan in ages. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but if a game doesn't include trains or money as a victory point condition, then my group ain't touching it. Also, my favorite Catan game wasn't the titular title with a robber and little roads made of sticks, it was the two-player gem, Rivals for Catan.

Looks like I'll be checking out Catan Universe later today. USM has announced that Rivals for Catan is coming to Catan Universe today. In fact, it's already there.

Version 1.5, released today, brings Rivals for Catan under the digital Catan umbrella. It will cost you 500 Catan Gold which is inconvenient because I'd rather just spend money, but whatever. 500 gold comes out to $5, it just takes a couple of extra steps to purchase.

USM wrote:
By placing cards in a strategically skillful way, players build settlements, roads and Cities – just like they do in the board game version Catan. But they also construct the buildings where their subjects work, hire heroes to make their opponent's life difficult, and build ships to boost their trade. Players submerge themselves into the bustling life on Catan to decide on the fate of its settlers as prince or princess of Catan. The big variety makes the game a popular addition to the board game.

The digital version can be played with Catan fans world-wide, online with friends, or against the AI. Besides the basic game, up to three theme sets can be used in one game to get a big action variety and make the game even more exciting.

In the theme set “The Era of Gold”, the struggle for the trade advantage becomes more intense, and the resource gold gains in importance. In “The Era of Turmoil”, Traitors, Archers, and Arsonists make the competition tougher. If the players rely on the University in the set “The Era of Progress”, cards such as building crane allow them to lead their principality into a bright future and leave their opponent behind.

The introductory game of “Rivals for Catan” can be played for free. Furthermore, the card game is part of the “Arrival on Catan” which introduces the new version to the players in a game against the AI. The complete game can be downloaded as an in-game purchase within the Catan Universe store.


Catan Universe is available wherever you want to game: PC/Mac, iOS, or Android.

- Catan Universe for iOS Universal, free
- Catan Universe for Android, free
- Catan Universe for PC/Mac via Steam, free



Tropico Heading to iPad
One genre that is horribly neglected on the App Store is the city-builder. All we have are cheap F2P nonsense with no really great examples on the platform at all. In a perfect world we'd get someone to port the old Impressions Games's titles like Pharaoh and Zeus: Master of Olympus to iPad, but that doesn't appear to be happening. Heck, I can't even get those on Mac. A close second, however, would be the Tropico franchise.

Looks like things are about to get better!

Today, Feral Interactive announced that they're bringing Tropico to iPad later this year. It will be completely redone for a touchscreen and will be a premium title with no IAP. Feral recently brought Rome: Total War to iPad and it was a smashing success, so here's hoping we get the first great city builder on our iPads later this year!


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App News: E3 Bits 2

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It’s been a wild few days at E3 and we’ve got a few more items of news to share.

Asmodee Digital is Headed to Console
As we’ve reported, two Asmodee titles are making their way to console this year: Ticket to Ride on PS4 and Carcassonne on Switch.

In the Nintendo Direct at E3 we caught a brief glimpse of the game. Check it out in this video featuring Nintendo’s 2018 lineup. It lists the release as Holiday 2018.




Super Mario Party
On Tuesday, Nintendo revealed Super Mario Party, the next in their long running digital board game series.

It looks like they’ve walked back a lot of the poor choices they made in the last installment. It also appears they’ve added one of the most interesting modes from the latest 3DS version that gives players more control on their turn.

Check out the trailer from E3




A Few More Nintendo Tidbits
The Nintendo presentation included a few more interesting games.

One user in my last E3 post wanted to make sure we mentioned Killer Queen Black. This competitive multiplayer game has a bit of cult following and several win conditions, which is unique for the genre.



Fire Emblem is a strategy series that will feel just like home for any board game player. A version of the Nintendo Switch is in the works and it looks like its bring a bunch of new changes. Check out the trailer:



Octopath Traveler was announced when the Switch was first revealed. It is a Square Enix RPG that features a classic style with a twist. On top of the look, it is adopting an interesting structure following one of 8 unique characters. I’ve been skeptical on this title in the past, but the latest showing has me wanting to give it another shot. Check out the latest trailer.

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