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App News: The Harbinger Expansion Arrives for Talisman, Brink of War Comes to Race for the Galaxy and Legends of Andor Coming to Mobile (I think?)

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Talisman: Digital Edition Expands Again with The Harbinger
Nomad Games Ltd (II) has been rocking our iPads with Talisman: Digital Edition for over four years now and have provided so many different expansions and characters that I can't keep track of all of them. Yesterday they released another expansion, but not really. That is, their new publisher, Asmodee Digital, released a new expansion: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Harbinger Expansion.

This expansion is a small-box expansion, so you know it's board-free, but contains enough cards to choke a unicorn. The theme revolves around the mysterious Harbinger, an NPC that wanders the board, who is a sign of the end of days. To ease the apocalypse there are four Omen decks, each with its own theme, and if seven Omens are played, that's all folks! Each of the Omen cards changes something in the game, and not for the better. Some of them even change the layout of the Talisman board, and there are Terrain cards to shake things up a bit.

There are also Harbinger cards which replace Event cards if you land on the space containing the Harbinger. These cards are much worse than the Event cards ever thought of being, so you probably don't want to do this too often.

Of course, there are also the obligatory new endings, new spells, and three new characters. The new characters are the Celestial (good), the Divine Ascendent (neutral), and the Possessed (super evil!).

The Harbinger is available via IAP on all platforms right now.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Kindle, $3
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $8





Brink of War Expansion Comes to Race for the Galaxy
One of 2017's best, Race for the Galaxy from Temple Gates Games LLC, was upgraded yesterday with more content, specifically Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War.

Brink of War adds four new start worlds and 36 new planets and developments. It also introduces two new mechanisms, Prestige and Search. The Search mechanism is easy. Once per game you can spend Prestige to search the deck for a card matching certain criteria. Prestige itself is a little more complicated.

Prestige is another resource you can spend or hoard, with the latter directly earning you VPs. If you're not a packrat, you can spend your Prestige to upgrade your actions, making them more powerful. For example, you can spend Prestige on the Settle action to make planets cheaper or to add some Military.

The Brink of War is available on all platforms via a $4 IAP.

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



Legends of Andor Coming to Mobile (Maybe)
I awoke this morning to a press release in my inbox that was from the folks at United Soft Media (USM) and was written completely in German. Now, I took German back in high school, but that was many years and beers ago and the press release was a bit beyond my skill level. That's where the "Maybe" from the title comes in. I've passed the release through Google Translate, and it is definitely announcing a mobile version of Legends of Andor, but the details are a bit fuzzy. Let me quote Google Translate for you:

USM wrote:
The cooperative fantasy board game, which was published by KOSMOS Verlag and won the prestigious "Kennerspiel des Jahres" award in 2013, is already enthusing millions of fans around the world. The players take on the role of different heroes and together defend the land Andor from the attack of evil creatures. In addition to the five legends of Andor, which are included in the more than 300,000-selling base game, players expect numerous additions to brand new exciting and fantastic stories.

So also in the mobile version, because the game arranges itself into the history of the board game and tells a Nebenplot to the main action of the basis play. There is much to discover for Andor fans as well as for newcomers. Well-known characters are waiting for the players to face a new threat. The player controls a group of heroes and must use the different strengths and abilities of his character as well as his companions optimally to avert the terrible fate that threatens Andor.

With the version for smartphones and tablets, the favorite game is always and everywhere, even if no other players are present. The mobile game is strongly based on the board game and also uses the possibilities of the digital media to bring the world of Andor to life.


So, it's coming to smartphones and tablets, that much is clear. I will be pinging USM to see if I can get more information and, hopefully, can fill in some of the details.



We also know it's being developed by USM and Klonk with the guidance of designer, Michael Menzel. It's still in the prototyping phase, so we're a long, long way from seeing it live on our phones, giving us lots of time to figure this whole thing out!
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  1st & Goal 7 Wonders 8 Minute Empire A Brief History of the World Age of Rivals Agricola Agricola: all creatures big and small Alhambra Alien Frontiers Armello Ascension Chronicle of the Godslayer Bang! Banner Saga Baseball Highlights 2045 Battle Academy Battle for Hill 219 Battle Line Battlelore Blood Bowl Board Game Stats Bohnanza Duel Bottom of the 9th Brass Burgle Bros Cafe International Carcassonne Card City Nights 2 Card Crawl Card Thief Castles of Mad King Ludwig Catan Universe Caylus Chess (chess.com app) Clank! In Space Clash Royale Colt Express Cottage Garden Coup iOS Cthulhu Realms Descent 2nd ed Dominant Species Dominion webapp Dream Quest Eclipse Elder Sign Omens Exploding Kittens Fighting Fantasy Legends Flipflop Solitaire Forbidden Desert Forbidden Island Forget.Me.Not Friday Frost FTL Galaxy Trucker Gems of War Grimrock Guild of Dungeoneering Haggis Harald Hearthstone Heroes of Normandie Hive Horus Heresy Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance Jaipur Keltis Kingdom Builder Lanterns the Harvest Festival Le havre Le Havre: the Inland Port Legendary DXP Lone Wolf Saga Lords of Waterdeep Lost Cities Lost Portal Magic duels Mansions of Madness Second Edition Maquis Modern Art: The Card Game Mr Jack Pocket Mu Mysterium Neuroshima Hex OGRE Onirim Pandemic Paperback Patchwork Pathfinder Adventures Pickomino Plants vs. Zombies Heroes Police Precinct Polytopia Potion Explosion Puerto Rico Puzzle Strike Quarriors Qwixx Ra Race for the Galaxy Really Bad Chess Reiner Knizia’s Razzia - The Mafia Board Game RosenKoenig San Juan Scrabble Sentinels of the Multiverse Shephy Slay Small World 2 SmartGo Pro Smash Up Social Chess Solforge Solitairica Sorcery! Series Space Hulk Spaceteam Splendor Star Realms Steam: Rails to Riches Suburbia Summoner Wars Sushi Go Tabletop Simulator Talisman Talisman: The Horus Heresy Terra Mystica The Game The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire The Witcher Adventure Game Through the Ages Tichu Ticket to Ride Tigris & Euphrates Tikal Titan Tokaido Treasure Hunter Tsuro Twilight Struggle Underhand War on Terror Warbands Bushido Warhammer Quest Warlock of Firetop Mountain XenoShyft Yomi
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With over 600 hundred nominations received, we have a list of over 120 nominees. Thank you for everyone who submitted games!

It's now time to vote for the Top 10 Digital Board Games Every Board Gamer Should Own. UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we are doing a new poll allowing you to vote for many games as you think should be on the list. The top 10 games with the most votes will be the list.

Voting closes Friday 12/15 at 11:59pm CDT.

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7 Wonders
8 Minute Empire
A Brief History of the World
Age of Rivals
Agricola
Agricola: all creatures big and small
Alhambra
Alien Frontiers
Armello
Ascension Chronicle of the Godslayer
Bang!
Banner Saga
Baseball Highlights 2045
Battle Academy
Battle for Hill 219
Battle Line
Battlelore
Blood Bowl
Board Game Stats
Bohnanza Duel
Bottom of the 9th
Brass
Burgle Bros
Cafe International
Carcassonne
Card City Nights 2
Card Crawl
Card Thief
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Catan Universe
Caylus
Chess (chess.com app)
Clank! In Space
Clash Royale
Colt Express
Cottage Garden
Coup iOS
Cthulhu Realms
Descent 2nd ed
Dominant Species
Dominion webapp
Dream Quest
Eclipse
Elder Sign Omens
Exploding Kittens
Fighting Fantasy Legends
Flipflop Solitaire
Forbidden Desert
Forbidden Island
Forget.Me.Not
Friday
Frost
FTL
Galaxy Trucker
Gems of War
Grimrock
Guild of Dungeoneering
Haggis
Harald
Hearthstone
Heroes of Normandie
Hive
Horus Heresy
Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance
Jaipur
Keltis
Kingdom Builder
Lanterns the Harvest Festival
Le havre
Le Havre: the Inland Port
Legendary DXP
Lone Wolf Saga
Lords of Waterdeep
Lost Cities
Lost Portal
Magic duels
Mansions of Madness Second Edition
Maquis
Modern Art: The Card Game
Mr Jack Pocket
Mu
Mysterium
Neuroshima Hex
OGRE
Onirim
Pandemic
Paperback
Patchwork
Pathfinder Adventures
Pickomino
Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Police Precinct
Polytopia
Potion Explosion
Puerto Rico
Puzzle Strike
Quarriors
Qwixx
Ra
Race for the Galaxy
Really Bad Chess
Reiner Knizia’s Razzia - The Mafia Board Game
RosenKoenig
San Juan
Scrabble
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Shephy
Slay
Small World 2
SmartGo Pro
Smash Up
Social Chess
Solforge
Solitairica
Sorcery! Series
Space Hulk
Spaceteam
Splendor
Star Realms
Steam: Rails to Riches
Suburbia
Summoner Wars
Sushi Go
Tabletop Simulator
Talisman
Talisman: The Horus Heresy
Terra Mystica
The Game
The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
The Witcher Adventure Game
Through the Ages
Tichu
Ticket to Ride
Tigris & Euphrates
Tikal
Titan
Tokaido
Treasure Hunter
Tsuro
Twilight Struggle
Underhand
War on Terror
Warbands Bushido
Warhammer Quest
Warlock of Firetop Mountain
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #2 and #1

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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 #4 and #3 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 2

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This is one of two instances on this list of my enjoying the app and not the associated physical game. The app itself is relatively basic looking compared to the splendor of Asmodee's releases, but it is highly functional, intuitive and clear. If you want a fast-paced and slightly more cerebral (as compared to some of my other selections) hand management, tableau-building game on the go, this is my recommendation.

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


Matt



Occasionally impossible things are proven to exist, such as a mobile game that somehow squeezes a card row, four player boards and a million tiny wooden discs into a phone screen. That it offers humour, a staggering AI and a wealth of game modes on top is little short of a miracle.

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


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I've loved Pathfinder Adventures from the moment it arrived until today, where I still rev it up from time to time to make a new party and start out on the Rise of the Runelords campaign one more time. I know that the game has been filled with bugs and strange choices by Obsidian, but I don't care. It's still one of the most absorbing mobile games I've played and one of the few where I can lose track of time and realize I'm still playing at 3am. The only bad thing about Pathfinder is that it doesn't appear to be making Obsidian any money, which means I'm not sure we'll ever see Skull & Shackles or Wrath of the Righteous which would be a huge bummer.

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




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Despite its age, this is still the definitive digital board game for me. The iOS version is really one of the main reasons this blog even exists. The new version on PC and Android has really evened the playing field and provided a great digital implementation of this game to everyone!

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



Number 1


Mina



I have a somewhat complicated relationship with Small World. I don't actually love the game because I find it to be too aggressive and random and it doesn't make me feel like I've accomplished much of anything at the end (I tend to prefer games of building rather than destroying), but I adore the artwork and find it very relaxing to look at. The app is, like all other Asmodee releases beautiful to look at and with several maps to conquer and various AI's to defeat, it presents all kinds of challenges! I just wish I could play with my favorite expansion for the game - Tales and Legends.

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


Matt



It's hard not to love an adaptation that invents a whole new way to play, just for mobile, and still implements the old version with style and panache. But if that doesn't do it for you, it still deserves to win for the best solitaire version of any mobile board game, ever.

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


Dave



Surprise! You're shocked, right? Much like Galaxy Trucker, CGE has taken an incredible tabletop game and turned it into an even better digital game. We waited a long time for TtA, but it was worth it. The UI is fantastic, the AI is tough, the online multiplayer is flawless, and the single-player challenges are maddening. It's everything we could have hoped for back when a digital version of TtA was announced back around 2010 and, somehow, more.

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


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This is the only game to appear on all four of our lists this year. It is also #1 on two our lists. Galaxy Trucker redefines what a digital board game can be. If Carcassonne is the start of the revolution, Galaxy Trucker is the next level of disruption. The lengthy single player campaign and custom expansion just for the digital version really push this one to the top.

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


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4. Hanafunda
3. Le Havre: The Inland Port
2. San Juan
1. Small World 2

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10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4. Hearthstone
3. Twilight Struggle
2. Through the Ages
1. Galaxy Trucker

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6. Twilight Struggle
5. Race for the Galaxy
4. Galaxy Trucker
3. Elder Sign: Omens
2. Pathfinder Adventures
1. Through the Ages

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4. Race for the Galaxy
3. Hearthstone
2. Carcassonne
1. Galaxy Trucker
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #4 and #3

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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 #4 and #3 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 4

Mina



Hanafuda is a relatively simple traditional Japanese card game I got into during my time in Japan. There are several apps that provide this game, but my favorite has been Hanafuda Koi Koi Free. It's relatively basic, but free and fully functional. If you're a fan of traditional card games, why not try one from another country!?

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


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Last year this would have been number one, but it's been a poor year for expansions and the game is less fun than it used to be. It's still hella fun, though, and I'm still completely addicted.

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


Dave



Galaxy Trucker was CGE's first foray on the App Store, and it wasn't just a great version of the starship builder/destroyer, it literally upped the bar of what we can expect in a digital game. Not only did it have a full single-player campaign, but Vlaada Chvátil even created a new version of the game so you could play in real-time or asynchronously. All that topped with polish and humor showed that CGE loved Galaxy Trucker just as much as we did, and I can't imagine ever deleting it off my iPad.

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




Brad



Digital games have the ability to breath new life into a tabletop game. Race for the Galaxy is made better by digital translation. The ability to quickly reference the use of each card and how they connect makes gameplay quicker and easy to understand.

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



Number 3


Mina



I'm a great fan of all things Uwe Rosenberg, so it's no surprise that not one, but two of his lighter games made my list. This app is actually how I learned to play the game, so I can definitely attest to the efficacy of its tutorial. I can also attest to the quality of the game because I did end up buying the physical game immediately after playing the app. It features a captivating combination of resource management and Uwe's signature wheel track that changes the values of actions.

The app looks very nice (if you're as into Klemens Franz artwork as I am), has a most intuitive interface given the amount of stuff that is going on in the game, gives you a variety of online and offline play options, and is super easy to learn with the in-game tutorial. So what are you waiting for!? GO GET IT ALREADY!

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


Matt



I don't care what you think about the price or the AI or Pandemic: Legacy. This is still the best board game and you should be sending Christmas cards to Playdek, thanking them that it exists in mobile form.

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


Dave



When Fantasy Flight released Elder Sign way back when separate iPhone and iPad apps were a thing, they created an app that not only brought the gameplay mechanisms to digital, but also doubled-down on how to bring a game's theme to life. Let's face it, the tabletop version of Elder Sign is fun but it's hard to feel existential dread via a dice chucking mechanism. Adding music, sound, bringing the game's images to digital, along with adding some cool campaign-like mechanisms changed that and really brought the creepiness. One of my favorite digital experiences, and another one that will always live in the "Games" folder on my home page.

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


Brad



In all fairness, Matt wrote his thoughts on Hearthstone before Kobolds and Catacombs dropped. In my opinion, this latest expansion has put Hearthstone back on top. The multiplayer is doing well but the new single player content is amazing. The new dungeon run mode really takes things to the next level and rumor is it was designed in part by the Dream Quest designer.

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


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4. Hanafunda
3. Le Havre: The Inland Port
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4. Hearthstone
3. Twilight Struggle
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6. Twilight Struggle
5. Race for the Galaxy
4. Galaxy Trucker
3. Elder Sign: Omens
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4. Race for the Galaxy
3. Hearthstone
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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 #6 and #5 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 6

Mina



Potion Explosion is yet another one of those games that I would never play in physical form because there is just too much STUFF (admittedly fun, cute stuff) involved for the payoff. This app is so beautiful that it makes up for the lack of clanky marbles. The dynamic graphics are delightful and engaging and the tutorial is very quick and effective. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a simple puzzle to play on their own or with friends online.

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


Matt



Camels. It's all about those filthy, shaggy bad tempered camels. When your hand is full of them, you don't need them, and when you don't have any they're critical to your strategy. Having a fun, high admin 2-player game shoehorned on to mobile with a great solo mode has nothing to do with it. Camels.

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


Dave



It's Twilight Struggle and it's on my iPad. What's not to like?

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




Brad



I believe this may be the most recent game on my list. Warhammer Quest 2 perfects the board game based dungeon crawling of the first game. The depth and breadth of the adventure is pretty amazing. If you want to journey to the land of Warhammer Fantasy, this is a great way to do it.

Devices: iOS
Purchase Links: App Store



Number 5


Mina



I adore Ticket to Ride in all its forms at this point, so it's no surprise this app is on my list. If you love Ticket to Ride, give this a shot, as it reproduces the physical game perfectly, even allowing you to play most of the existing expansion maps! You can play with one to four AI opponents or with friends online! A must for Ticket to Ride fans like me!

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


Matt



If there's a whole genre that works better on mobile than in real life, it's deck builders with their endless soul-crushing, finger-splitting shuffling. And Paperback is a revelation, a simple, skilful blend of hobby game and classic word puzzle that makes a perfect bridge for family fun.

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


Dave



The release of Race for the Galaxy this year was a huge surprise, not only because after the Goko mess we assumed we wouldn't get a mobile version of RftG, but because it was so damn good. The app does everything it needs to make a medium/heavy card game accessible, from its great UI to its fantastic asynchronous multiplayer. Temple Gates made a great first impression with RftG and I can't wait to see what they do with Roll for the Galaxy next year.

Devices: iOS, Steam, Android
Purchase Links: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/race-for-the-galaxy/id119067..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">App Store, Google Play, Steam


Brad



Lords of Waterdeep is one of my favorite games, in any format. The digital version allows for rapid replay and really let me explore the game’s depth. It is truly one of Playdek’s crowning achievements.

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
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4.
3.
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4.
3.
2.
1.

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

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4.
3.
2.
1.
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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.

Fantasy Flight Interactive wrote:
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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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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Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
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Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
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Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
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