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App News: Lord of the Rings: The Card Game Announced for PC/Mac

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Fantasy Flight Announces Digital Port of Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
It was two Gen Cons ago that Brad and I were introduced to the knowledge that Fantasy Flight Games was working on a digital version of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, but we were sworn to secrecy until today when the newly created Fantasy Flight Interactive announced that, yes, LOTR: TCG is on its way to PC and Mac.



The LOTR:TCG we'll be getting might not be an exact replica of the cardboard version (FFG's two previous "thematic" board game ports, Elder Sign: Omens and Battlelore: Command both differed from their cardboard versions as well), but we do know that it will be following the Living Card Game format of non-random boosters.

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Fantasy Flight Games revolutionized tabletop card games with the highly successful The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. As a Living Card Game, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game relied on a fixed distribution of cards to remove randomness from the purchase model and brought players deeper into The Lord of the Rings universe with a focus on immersive, narrative-driven experiences. Now, Fantasy Flight Interactive brings that same philosophy to the digital card game market with The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game—a completely unique digital card game with a non-randomized approach to card purchasing and a focus on cooperative, story-based gameplay.

“The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game takes what fans love about the physical card game—adventure, lore, and a chance to play using powerful characters and artifacts—and adapts it for an entirely unique interactive experience on the PC,” said Tim Gerritsen, Head of Fantasy Flight Interactive. “For those unfamiliar with the card game, the digital adaptation invites players to become a part of the fantastical world J.R.R. Tolkien created and embark on new adventures.”

As a single-player experience, The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game tasks players with leading a team of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth as they face off against the dark forces of Sauron, controlled by the computer. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their willpower, knowledge, tactics and leadership.


The initial release will be for PC/Mac via Steam, but other platforms are being considered and eagle-eyed viewers will notice the App Store and Google Play icons making an appearance in the trailer. The initial release will also be a single-player experience, with cooperative online multiplayer being introduced after release.

LOTR: TCG will be a free-to-download game with new cards, we're assuming, available via in-game currency or cash and will be arriving on Steam Early Access in the next couple months with a full release later in 2018. We'll stay on top of this one and let you know when any new details emerge.


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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #8 and #7

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we continue with #8 and #7 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 8

Mina



Cottage Garden is one of my favorite games to play when I want to relax after a particularly stressful day and the app is one of my favorite apps to play when I need to relax in a particularly stressful outside situation. The soothing nature-inspired sounds and colors perfectly compliment the garden-arranging puzzle that is the game itself. The AI is challenging enough and the app comes with options for online ranked and casual play, as well as local play with a friend.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



Sometimes, the oldies stay as the goodies and frequent updates and expansions have helped that happen to Ticket to Ride. The smooth, simple and speedy play make it ideal for bite-sized asynchronous plays, especially while travelling on its namesake.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Dave



Agricola was the first "heavy" euro on the App Store that I remember being truly in awe of when it launched. Playdek not only created a brilliant solo title, but implemented async online with features and ease unlike any other board game on the App Store. They also infused the app with life, turning away from recreating a carbon copy of the tabletop game and instead offering a village full of people and animals to pick your action. I know the presentation turned off some purists but, for me, it was a revelation of how board games and digital could blend. I don't play Agricola as much as I used to, but there's no way I'm deleting it off my iPad, either.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play




Brad



Digital board games give me a chance to play things I’ve never seen in physical form. Onirim is a gem I am so glad I found. This solo game sings on mobile because you can quickly pick up and play. This is the go to waiting game and the best part is it’s free

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 7


Mina



This is the second instance of my enjoying the app without enjoying the associated physical game. Spendor is perfection in app form because it's a light card game to begin with and the lightness of it simply doesn't justify all the fiddle-y-ness of it for me. Plus, the app is a dream in challenge mode! I just love trying to beat the AI with all the "variants" of the game. Beautiful, simple, speedy, and full of variety, this app is hard to beat if you're looking for a set collection card game to fill your minutes in an entertainment void.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



The alchemically enhanced hard AI in this app taught me there were more ingredients to the physical version than I'd realised at first. Playing against it offers a stout dram of challenge to an idle five minutes, enhanced by excellent presentation.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play



Dave



Dream Quest is saddled with some of the saddest art on the App Store, which is a shame because the underlying game is quite genius. A roguelike dungeon crawler, there's really nothing else like it on the App Store and, once you get into the gameplay, the art actually becomes somewhat endearing. If you've put off giving Dream Quest a go because of screenshots you've seen, think again. There aren't many (any?) original card games on the App Store with this much gameplay, strategy, and overall fun.

Devices: iOS, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Steam


Brad



Talisman is still one of my go to play games. Nomad has continued to drop expansion after expansion making the experience massive (and a bit confusing). I don’t play this game for deep strategy or epic multiplayer. Talisman is a blast of a silly single player experience. Each game is a story.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
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5.
4.
3.
2.
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Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
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5.
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #10 and #9

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we start with #10 and #9 from our lists. Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 10

Mina



Galaxy Trucker is a BOMB game and this is a BOMB app! Literally! This game is a hoot to play in physical form, but the app makes it even better! It is filled with hilarious animations and stories and campaigns and all manner of crazy spaceship-exploding wonder! This app is a true work of art!

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Matt



The original game is sprawling and random but it is a fantastic generator of fantastic tales. Shoehorning the lot into an app means you can jettison all the baggage and just sit back to enjoy the wild ride.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Dave



Xenoshyft is the little app that could, a game I should hate but keep finding reasons to go back and give it another go. Released in the summer of 2015 it was ugly and unintuitive with a UI that made iTunes look almost usable. Over the next two years it's transformed into a slick title with victory conditions that are nearly impossible (I cannot remember winning a game, ever) and yet draws you back with the feeling that, somehow, you'll pull it off the next time you fire up the app.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam




Brad



Age of Rivals is a drafting game created with digital in mind. It borrow elements from games like 7 Wonders but manages to transcend them. This is a digital original but is also one of the best digital board games I’ve ever played.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Price: Free(ish)
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 9


Mina



I bought the physical version of Jaipur when it was first released and loved it so much that I took it on a few trips to Japan to play with my partner on the plane. Yes, we fiddled with all the chits and cards on those tiny, flimsy airplane trays. Lucky for us, the app has eliminated the need to fiddle with anything to play this great card game for two on the go. In fact, the app is so beautiful and multi-functional that it is one of my top go-to games. With solo, pass-and-play, and online duel options, as well as a great campaign mode, the Jaipur app gives players much to explore and is suitable to resolving many boredom binds. With gorgeous, vibrant illustrations and bouncy background music, this app is a ray of sunshine in a cloudy situation. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a simple and quick playing, and yet somewhat thinky, app card game for two.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Matt



It took a decade but with the blast-off on to mobile, Race for the Galaxy finally found a justification for its wretched iconography. With the symbols helping you follow the game on a phone screen you can now build your own galactic empire in record speed and time.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Dave



When Handelabra released Sentinels of the Multiverse back in 2014 they did the unthinkable: they made Sentinels playable. I mean, you could play it on the table, but it was such a fiddly mess that 5 minutes in I'd rather be playing Container (which is saying a lot for me). Simply by handling all the conditions, multipliers, additions, etc., the app became a must have for fans of the genre. Handelabra did even better by making the UI intuitive and adding multiplayer, not to mention staying on top of all the expansions and making sure everything works together in a way that I'm still surprised by. Much like Xenoshyft, it's a game I never win, but mixing and matching from the seemingly endless amount of heroes and villains always makes each game feel different and the losses hurt a little less.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Brad



Tsuro is a game that took a while to grow on me. With introduction of the AR feature this year, it really went over the top for me. It is a unique take on what a digital board game adaptation can be and has become the perfect way to demo the concept for people. This light family game is a prefect fit for any collection.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8.
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6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
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App News: Brink of War Coming to RftG Next Week, Tokaido Slowly Walks Over to Steam and more...

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Race for the Galaxy Set to Expand with Brink of War
While we're putting together our Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own, I can't imagine that Temple Gates' fantastic port of Rio Grande Games' classic Race for the Galaxy isn't going to make everyone's list. It's nearly perfect in its execution and gets a fantastic card game into the hands of anyone with a smartphone. While the game shipped with the Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm and Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium expansions ready to go, next week it will get its third major addition, Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War.

The Brink of War expansion is big enough that it deserves its own blurb. Here goes:

Temple Gates wrote:
...The third expansion for Race for the Galaxy. Brink of War will be available on December 14th. This expansion includes four new starting worlds, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and prestige. Prestige adds a new way to earn victory and gain the advantage against opponents. A powerful new action, Search, lets players find particular types of cards to compliment their galactic strategies.


Whew, am I right? And that's not even everything we're getting when the app updates on the 14th:

Temple Gates wrote:
Beyond the expansion, this update will include for all players:
- Updated tutorial
- Better phase tooltips
- More language support
- Duplicate card treatment


The Brink of War expansion will be $4 when it launches on the 14th. If you haven't picked up RftG for mobile or PC yet, I'm really not sure what you're waiting for.

- Race for the Galaxy for iOS Universal, $7
- Race for the Galaxy for Android, $7
- Race for the Galaxy for PC via Steam, $7





Tokaido Meanders Onto Steam
Tokaido from Funforge was probably the prettiest board game app to ever grace the App Store when it released earlier this year. The art and sound combined to create a truly relaxing experience, which is what Tokaido is all about. That was on mobile, it's now on Steam for PC/Mac and Funforge has upped the ambiance.

That's right, everyone's favorite game about being a tourist is now on Steam, and Funforge didn't just release a sloppy port of the mobile version. Heck, no! The Steam version has updated graphics to take advantage of PCs better graphics capabilities.

The Steam version also has cross-platform play with the iOS and Android version, so you can play all your friends if you're the kind of person who's into that kind of thing. I mean online play, not friends. I hope everyone's into friends. Not the TV show, either. I mean real friends. Like people who you enjoy hanging out with. Am I talking too much?

Apart from cross-platform online play, the Steam version of Tokaido also has solo play vs. AI and hotseat play. They also hint at a new "advanced" online mode coming soon. We can only guess what that means, but we're hoping for asynchronous.

Check out the video below for a preview of how the PC/Mac versions differ in the graphics department and then head to Steam and pick up Tokaido.

- Tokaido for iOS Universal, $3
- Tokaido for Android, $3.50
- Tokaido for PC/Mac via Steam, $10





Asmodee Digital Releases Abalone for iOS, Android, and Steam
We just couldn't go a day with news and not mention Asmodee Digital because soon they will control the world and we're aiming for a cabinet position. Today they released abstract favorite, Abalone, that one game you've seen with the black and white marbles. You know the one I'm talking about.

The goal of Abalone is to push your opponent's marbles off the board, sumo style, and that's about it. Like all good abstracts, it has a simple ruleset but some deep strategic choices.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
In Abalone, players are challenged to push six of their opponent’s 14 marbles off the edge of the board. Only a longer line of marbles can push a shorter one, and with six sides flanking each game piece, players will have to toe the delicate line between defensive and offensive play to come out on top.


In true Asmodee fashion, it's no bare bones port, either:

Asmodee Digital wrote:
Main features:

Solo:
- Three levels of difficulty against the AI (Easy, Medium, Hard)
- Solo campaign with unique challenges
- Game mode lets you create your own game, your own rules, and place the first marbles

Multiplayer:
- Pass & Play Mode
- Online Mode


There was another version of Abalone on the App Store, so I'm not sure if this is a free update for previous owners (I wasn't one) or an entire new app you'll have to repurchase. If any owners of the app could let everyone else know in the comments, we'd appreciate it. [Yes, Dave is too lazy to send Asmodee an email and ask them himself. Someone remind me why we keep him on staff? Oh, right, he works for free. -ed.]

- Abalone for iOS Universal, $3
- Abalone for Android, $3
- Abalone for PC via Steam, $5


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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own AND Community List Nominations

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.


The 4 of us have created top 10 lists and will share two ranks each day with you. It all starts tomorrow!

Community Top 10 List

By request from last year, we are going to do a top 10 list voted on by the community. The first step is to submit games that you think should be nominated as one of the Top 10 Digital Board Games of All Time.

You can submit games you think should be on the list via this Google form. The cut off will be 12am PDT Tuesday 12/12: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQ1yn7cmadIUtkE_sv...

Rules for game submissions:
- Currently playable on iOS, Android, or PC/Mac
- Based on an existing board game or presented as an original digital board game (interactive fiction that has tabletop roots also works, like gamebooks)

The staff of iOS Board Games on BGG reserve the right to not feature a game in the final listing for any reason.

Voting for the top 10 will start on Wednesday 12/13.
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App News: Asmodee Releases New Carcassonne for Android/PC While Also Taking Over Digital Gloom and Tim Fowers Goes to Steam

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Asmodee Releases Carcassonne for Android/PC
Have you heard of Carcassonne? It's this pretty neat game about lazy farmers that was all the rage back before my kids were born. You might have seen it on the App Store. The Coding Monkeys made a really nice version of the game for iOS a while back, but they don't deal with other platforms so Android users were basically up Carcassonne: The River without a paddle.

As luck would have it, our digital overlords at Asmodee Digital have yet to achieve full world domination, so they're still publishing apps and the lack of a decent Carcassonne on Android or PC was an opportunity they couldn't pass up. Thus, this week we have a shiny, new version of Carcassonne for all you Android and PC users out there.

The new Carcassonne is fully 3D and has cross-platform online asynchronous play between Android and PC, iOS users need not apply.

Asmodee wrote:
In addition, Asmodee Digital’s new Android version of Carcassonne has been released with exciting new features, including beautiful new artwork, 2D and 3D perspective, pass-and-play mode, updated AI (three different AI behaviors thoroughly tested by Hans im Glück: Easy Neighbor, Fierce Egoist, and Risk-Taker) and asynchronous online play (cross-platform compatible with Android and Steam), including ranked games and leaderboards. It will be available at the discounted price of $1.99 for the first 30 days after launch and comes with the The Abbot expansion.


They've also let us know that expansions like Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders, Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals, and Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon should be available via IAP in the not too distant future. They're also adding via a free update "champion-level" AI which they promise will challenge even the most Carcassonne-y of you.

- Carcassonne for Android, $2
- Carcassonne for PC via Steam, $10





Gloom Coming in 2018 From, You Guessed It, Asmodee Digital
We've been hearing about a digital version of Gloom for a while now, but it was only yesterday we learned that the tentacles of Asmodee Digital were now involved with bringing it to life.

Gloom is being developed by Sky Ship Studios and published by Asmodee and will be released for PC in March of 2018. For those of us on mobile, don't worry, it's coming to tablets after its release on Steam.

The PC release sounds like it will have all the Asmodee polish we've come to expect, although there is no mention of asynchronous play in the press release. I haven't played Gloom since...never, so I'm not sure if it's suited to asynchronous play or not.

Asmodee wrote:
-Friends List: Asmodee knows that misery loves company, so they’ve enabled players to build a list of friends within the Gloom platform and chat with prospective opponents before a session.
-Single Player: Misanthropes who prefer to languish alone can compete against bots.
-Immediate Bot Replacement: When online players grow too sad to go on, Gloom will instantaneously swap in AI opponents.
-Karma System: Gloom will use Asmodee Digital’s Karma system to reward good behavior (not leaving games in the middle of a match, etc.), allowing players to set a minimum Karma requirement for players joining their match.
-Cross Platform Play (Coming Soon): With cross-platform compatibility between devices, Gloom players will be able to suffer on any system when the game expands to tablets in 2018.


I'm sure we'll find out more about Gloom as we get closer and closer to release. We'll stay on top of it.



Tim Fowers Takes Paperback and Burgle Bros. to Steam
A prolific board game designer, Tim Fowers is also a prolific app designer. Actually, I'm not sure it's Tim literally sitting and making these apps on his own, but it could be and that's good journalism.

Both Paperback and Burgle Bros have been on mobile for a bit, but yesterday they made the jump to the big screen, otherwise known as your laptop. Yesterday, both of them arrived on Steam.

The Steam versions seem to be identical to the mobile versions, but if you want to play in Windows, now you can. They're also just as cheap as the mobile versions, so picking the games up on multiple platforms won't break the bank.

You can pick both games up for iOS, Android, and PC at the links below. No, there aren't Mac versions so I'll just stick to my iPad, thank you very much.

- Paperback for iOS Universal, $4
- Paperback for Android, $4
- Paperback for PC via Steam, $5
- Burgle Bros. for iOS Universal, $5
- Burgle Bros. for Android, $5
- Burgle Bros. for PC via Steam, $5
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App News: Metro Arrives for iOS/Android and Through the Ages Beta For Steam Now Open

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Queen Games Delivers Metro to the App Store
Dirk Henn's track-building tile-layer, Metro - The Board Game, was released back in 1997 and it only took Queen Games 20 years to bring it to mobile. Okay, they probably didn't start working on it until recently, but I liked the joke so I stuck with it. Sue me.

Metro is a path-building game in which players are trying to lead their cars to stations, earning points for every tile they cross and double points if they manage to hook up to stations located in the middle of the board. What separates it from other path-building games like Tsuro is the sheer number of starting points you have in Metro. Players encircle the board with their trains, making good tile placement a lot harder than what you'd expect in a game like this.

The digital version is okay, particularly if you enjoy single player vs. AI. There is online multiplayer, but I still haven't been able to get an online game working and I've been trying since black Friday. I've written a short review of Metro over at Stately Play which you can find here if you want more detail or just want another place on the internet where you can call me an idiot.

Metro is available for both iOS Universal and Android and runs $5. You can pick it up at the links below:

- Metro - The Board Game for iOS Universal, $5
- Metro - The Board Game for Android, $5
- Metro - The Board Game for Kindle, $5



Czech Games Edition Looking for PC/Mac Beta Testers for Through the Ages
Not to spoil our upcoming end of year awards/lists-thing that we do, but Through the Ages from Czech Games Edition is my 2017 #1. I pretty much love everything about it and spend way too much time staring at it on my phone. I'm hoping, however, that soon I can stop staring at it on my phone and start staring at it on my laptop. We knew CGE was bringing TtA to Steam at some point, and the beta for doing that is starting soon. More importantly, you can sign up if you want to help bring this gem to Steam.

The signups are for folks who want to test TtA on their PC or Mac. Linux isn't an option (at least not yet). You don't even have to have played the mobile version to get accepted, in fact they're looking for players without a strong TtA background to give it the once-over.

Sound interesting? Of course it does! Then, what are you waiting for? Follow the link below and sign up today.

- Through the Ages Steam beta application

- Through the Ages for iOS Universal, $10
- Through the Ages for Android, $10
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App News: Imperial Assault Companion App Imminent and Mysterium Starts Telling Secrets & Lies

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Imperial Assault Companion App, Legends of the Alliance, On the Way
Ever since Fantasy Flight Games launched their automated GM app for Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition), Road to Legend, people have been clamoring for news of a similar app for FFG's Star Wars based dungeon crawler, Star Wars: Imperial Assault. We knew it was being worked on, but that was about it until yesterday when FFG revealed that the app would be called Legends of the Alliance and that it will be coming very soon.

The app is similar to the Road to Legend app in that it removes the need for a GM, so all players can play cooperatively on the same side. It will tell you what tiles to lay, where to place baddies, and even control the bad guys when it's their turn. It can even track your characters through a campaign, keeping track of their earned abilities and equipment from session to session. That last part will be necessary because the app will also come with a new five mission campaign that begins right after the first Death Star goes kaboom at the end of A New Hope (spoilers!).

Much like the Descent and Mansions of Madness: Second Edition apps before it, Legends of the Alliance will scale based on which physical sets you own. The more cardboard you own, the more missions unlock. That said, you can play the new five mission campaign using only the materials found in the base game of Imperial Assault.

No word on when Legends of the Alliance will actually land on the App Store, but we have been told we can expect it for iOS, Android, and Steam very soon. We'll let you know when it hits.



Mysterium Expands With Secrets & Lies
Of all the digital board games published in the last year by Asmodee Digital, the weirdest choice was probably Mysterium (2017 / Mobile). A cooperative, real-time game that relies on player communication and discussion just seemed like an odd fit for mobile. That said, it ended up working pretty well and the multiplayer experience is actually quite fun. Last night Mysterium became an even bigger draw when the Mysterium: Secrets & Lies expansion arrived.

Secrets and Lies adds a bunch of new cards including 18 new "story" cards which let the investigators search for a Why the ghost was offed in addition to the Where and Who.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
- New expansion "Secrets & Lies" available:
Discover 6 new suspects (including Count Warwick himself), 6 new locations and 6 new items. And for the first time, experience a brand new game mode, thanks to the 19 story cards which are able to replace items for ever more mystery-filled games!
- AI improvements based on analytics of users decisions
- Tweaking psychic AI in story mode when the player is the ghost
- Various Bug fixes


The new expansion is available now on iOS, Android, and Steam and costs $2 via IAP.

- Mysterium for iOS Universal, $5
- Mysterium for Android, $5
- Mysterium for PC, $10
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