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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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App News: Scythe Finds Its Way to Steam Early Access

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Scythe: Digital Edition Released on Steam Early Access for PC
Of all the board game releases planned for 2018, Terraforming Mars and Scythe: Digital Edition are probably the biggest of the bunch. Not a lot of news concerning the former, but the latter got one step closer to a full release today. Scythe is now available on Steam via Early Access.

Early Access means that you'll basically be playing an unfinished version of the game, but it's yours to keep and you'll own the full game when it releases somewhere down the road.

Scythe is currently only available for PC, but we've been told that other versions (including mobile) are in the works and should be happening in due time as well. Whenever it leaves Early Access, would be my guess.

- Scythe: Digital Edition for PC via Steam Early Access, $20


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App News: Exodus: Proxima Centauri Gets Release Date, Ticket to Ride Heads to PS4, Talisman Adds Another Board and more...

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Exodus: Proxima Centauri Coming to Digital on August 10
The last time we talked about Exodus: Proxima Centauri coming to digital was in March of 2017 and, since then, it's been radio silence. Until this week, that is.

Offworld Games has released a trailer for Exodus: Proxima Centauri that gives it a street date of August 10. That's for the PC/Mac version. If you're more of a mobile gamer, it will be coming to iOS in December.

We'll be keeping an eye on this one as it nears release and be sure to share any and all information we manage to gather. In the meantime, check out the trailer which appears to be more of a cinematic than gameplay.





Ticket to Ride Chugging Over to PlayStation and PlayLink
Of course we can't have a news post without mentioning our dark overlords, Asmodee Digital. Last week we mentioned that they were taking Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics to the Switch. This week it's another classic gateway game, Ticket to Ride and it's heading to PlayStation.

Now, I don't own a PS4 and don't understand words, so I'm just going to post a blurb here and let you figure it out.

Asmodee wrote:
Asmodee Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment are partnering to bring “Ticket to Ride,” the critically-acclaimed railway-themed board game from Days of Wonder, to PlayLink for PS4 later this year.


“Digital board games are a natural fit for Sony PlayLink, and bring the tradition of board game nights to PlayStation gamers,” Pierre Ortolan, Asmodee Digital’s CEO, said. “By casting the game to a phone screen, players can hide their hands and plan their moves without revealing everything to their opponents. PlayLink allows us re-create the traditional board game experience while keeping the benefits of playing digitally. We are honored to have partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment and look forward to sharing ‘Ticket to Ride’ with PlayStation gamers.”


So, it's using something called PlayLink which, apparently lets your mobile devices interact with your PlayStation. That sounds cool as a banana split, and is making me seriously consider interacting with a PS4 the next time I go to Best Buy. Actually buying one is out of the question due to my wife killing me if I spend more money on games, but I can dream.

No release date on TtR's PS4 debut other than "later this year". We'll let you know.





Talisman: Digital Edition Completes the Wraparound with The Woodland
Another week, another Talisman: Digital Edition expansion. Ho hum. But wait! This expansion is a bit more exciting than your standard "add new cards, blah, blah, blah" expansion, especially if you've got mild OCD. The new expansion is Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Woodland Expansion and it adds a new board that wraps around the main board. Yes, this is the fourth such expansion meaning that you can, finally, completely wrap around the entire main board with expansions and my life is now complete.

As with the other big-box Talisman expansions, the board is only part of it. You'll also get a ton of other stuff:

The Woodland Expansion Includes:
Woodland Board
103 Woodland Cards
10 Adventure Cards
20 Path Cards
14 Destiny Cards
5 Spell Cards
5 Characters
3 Alternative Ending Cards
5 Growth Tokens
6 Spider Tokens
3 Portal Tokens
5 Hidden Path Tokens
3 Totem Spirit Tokens


As all the kids are saying these days, wowy zowy. [I was told I'm not funny, but I couldn't resist jumping in here just to comment on how hip Dave is. He's really connected to today's youth. -ed.]

Even better is, now that Asmodee Digital is publishing Talisman, you can buy the expansion on one platform and it will unlock on all platforms! How does Asmodee do it? Obviously, black magic!

The Woodland is available right now on all platforms.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $5
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $8





Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal Heads to iPhone
Our favorite little hex-and-counter wargame that could, Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal, just keeps getting better and better. Not only has it added a ton of new features with its latest update, but it has also become a Universal app. That's right, now you can slide the Japanese fleet into your pocket and, no, that's not a euphemism for anything.

As usual, the list of new features and fixes is impressive:

Game balance:
- Midway 2P game: starting from Day 2 12:00, the US player scores 1 VP at the beginning of each TURN as long as Midway remains operational and is not captured by then
- Midway: More fuel available on Midway
- Coral Sea: the Japanese player needs to unload more troops to capture Port Moresby
- Brismark Sea 2P Game: Japanese CVE isadded
- Japanese carrier air units worth double the VP than land-based units
- 2 runways for Lae in year 1943
- in 2P Game: Sunk Japanese Carrier/BB/CA/CL/DD are worth 50% more VP
- in 2P Game: Less aircraft started at Rabaul during Aug-Dec 1942
- AA factor on Guadalcanal has been doubled

Miscellaneous changes:
- It is possible to rebase damaged air units about to land on an inoperative airbase
- SBD endurance is now 20 for search mission
- Under air attack, the light AA of each US carrier is increased by the light AA of the best operative escort ship
- CAP ammunition depletion is depending on the CAP/attackers ratio
- Seaplanes are not launched before 06:20 and IJN carrier TF use them in 2P games
- If the attacking naval force is defeated in a surface battle, it must retreat to its previous hex
- The IJN AI is more inclined to withdraw after taking severe losses


If you're a wargamer or want to become one, CB4G is a perfect fit. This isn't a watered down, simplistic wargame. On the contrary, it's rather complex and feels like a classic hex-and-counter title. Oh, and it's only $6. Completely worth the price and more considering all the work that the developer keeps pumping into it.

- Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal for iOS Universal, $6
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App News: E3 Bits

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We’ve compiled a few news bits from E3 that may be interesting to board games fans. E3 is the premiere video game convention of the year.

Bethesda Reveals Elder Scrolls Blades
Turns out that the jokes of Skyrim on phones was not 100% just a joke. At Bethesda’s press conference they revealed a new Elder Scrolls games only for phones called Elder Scrolls Blades.

They boast console quality graphics and interesting gesture based combat. You can check out more details in this reveal video:




Command and Conquer Rivals
At the EA press conference on Saturday, they revealed a new Command and Conquer game coming to mobile.

It appears to be inspired by games like Clash Royale but features some classic RTS elements like harvesting. Check out full details in this video:




Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong DLC
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the best strategy games of recent memory. It is a real highlight of the Switch library and must play for any digital board game fan.

A new DLC featuring Donkey Kong arrives later this month. Check out the latest trailer from the show.




That’s it for now but we’ll be back with additional E3 bits if anything pops up later this week.
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App News: Six Ages Coming Soon, 7 Wonders Cities Expansion Released, Out of the Loop Coming Soon

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Six Ages Coming June 28th
Six Ages, the sequel to the classic Kind of Dragon Pass, is set to release on June 28th on iOS. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. You can pre-order starting June 21st at a price of $9.99.

If you’ve never played King of Dragon Pass, this combination of grand strategy game and choose your own adventure has become a cult classic. It is truly something special with the ability to capture a complex story in a unique package. Released almost 20 years ago, it also has a really unique world view that tackled many social issues. This is one not to be missed.

Six Ages looks to continue that legacy. Here is a description from the team:
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Producer David Dunham said, “I was really happy to be able to get so many of the original team back together. Our goal was to capture the magic of King of Dragon Pass, and make something that wasn’t just a simple sequel. So we jumped back in time about two thousand years.”


Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind takes the elements that made KoDP unique (the mythic setting where you can visit the gods, multiple-choice decisions with consequences, advisors with personality, a generation-spanning story, story elements that recombine for replayability) and remixes them. Play is both simpler and richer (for example, you’ll get to make more decisions in combat), and the UI was designed with attention to mobile devices (the menu puts more information at your fingertips, and all artwork is high resolution).


This is one to keep an on. Here is a look at the release trailer:


Full disclosure, David Dunham, producer of Six Age, is a former co-worker and good friend of mine.



7 Wonders Cities Releases
The 7 Wonders app has been making steady improvement since its release. This week we get the release of the latest expansion: Cities.

This expansion introduces new black cards and additional leaders. There are also two new wonders to explore.

You can pick up the app the expansion on iOS and Android here.


Out of the Loop Party Game Coming Soon
The team behind Sumer and Triple Agent is releasing a new mobile party game next week.

This one appears to be similar to Spyfall and can be played on a single or multiple devices. Like Spyfall, you play with a group where one person is secretly the spy. The rest of the group has a secret word that the spy is trying to figure it out. The app serves up suggested questions to help players keep things moving.

The release date is aimed at June 14th so look out for this soon. Check out this preview from GDC from the folks at Touch Arcade:

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App News: Hardback Coming to Mobile, Beta Testers Needed for Quarto, Carcassonne Switching to Greener Pastures, Talisman Gets Free Expansion, and One Deck Dungeon Heads to Phoenix

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Hey everyone! I've been gone for a bit on a lengthy 3-week trek across Europe with my father, but I'm back now and ready for business. Sorry for the dearth of content the past couple weeks. I will try to pick it up and bring you the all the goodies in a timely manner from now on. On to the news!


Hardback Enters Beta for iOS/Android
Proving that App Store reviews are a joke, Paperback from Fowers Games is sitting at 3-stars right now on Apple's Free-to-Play, Crappy Game-apalooza [Dave is trying to be clever here. He's talking about the App Store -ed.]. Paperback is a brilliant card game and the digital version does everything you want in a digital port. Why is it at 3-stars? Don't know. I couldn't bear to actually read any reviews because reading is hard and I've been blessed with a very small brain, prone to Hulk-out when I read something that aggravates me. Thus, the world may never know.

Anyway, this is all a clunky lead-in for the fact that Fowers Games is heading to the App Store with another digital port of one of their titles, and it just happens to be another word game, very much in the vein of the previously mentioned Paperback. It's Hardback, otherwise known as Paperback: The Complex Edition.

While Paperback hewed close to the mechanisms of Dominion, even including books to replace lands for scoring, Hardback adds a whole lot of new stuff to shake the word game landscape up. You still draw five cards each turn and buy cards from a card row, but now letters have different themes such as "horror" or "romance" and you get more benefits from them if you use multiple cards of the same theme in a word.



There are no separate wild cards in Hardback, either. Instead any card you draw can be wild simply by flipping it over. Of course, it loses all benefits if you do so. Also, cards themselves are worth points and you score them only when you play them into a word. Thus, a card can score multiple times over the course of a game, but that "Z" worth 4 points might only make it into a word or two. Worth it? It is if you have a lot of pizzazz.

Instead of end-game scoring, the game is a race to a predetermined amount of victory points which you can set before the game begins. This gives the ability to set up a game for extremely short or long games, or leaving it as-is as a race to 60.

There are other more complicated rules as well, such as Ink and cards that remain permanently in play, but you can find out about those yourself. What am I, a library?

Hardback is currently in beta for iOS and Android, but we don't have any hint of a release date yet. The beta is fairly polished with online multiplayer, 3 levels of AI, and variants already included. For now, go play Paperback and let's get that score on the App Store at least up to 3.5 stars.

- Paperback for iOS Universal, $4
- Paperback for Android, $4


Abstract game, Quarto, Entering Beta
I've been gone too long to not have a story about Asmodee Digital. Today's blurb about Quarto comes thanks to a Tweet posted earlier this afternoon:



As usual, if you want to sign up, head to the Asmodee site and log into your account, then look for the "Beta" tab on the left side. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeasy.



Carcassonne Heading to Switch
More news from Asmodee Digital, this time concerning their port of Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics which is currently available for Android and PC via Steam. They're bringing it to a new platform not known for board games: the Nintendo Switch.

It won't be available until Winter of 2018, but the good news is that Asmodee has confirmed that this is only the first of many more board games to make their way to the platform.

That's all we have right now, but if we stumble onto any more news about Carcassonne or other board games on Switch you'll be the first to know.

- Carcassonne for iOS Universal, $10 (different developer)
- Carcassonne for Android, $8
- Carcassonne for PC via Steam, $15



Talisman and Talisman: Horus Heresy Get Free Expansions
Announcing that Talisman: Digital Edition has a new expansion is a bit like posting when it's cloudy in London. Hard to get too excited about it these days. That said, when the expansion is free, then we can still do our little Talisman dance.

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Last week, Nomad Games Ltd (II) released Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Deep Realms Expansion as a free expansion that you can log in and download right now. There's a catch, however, because the expansion does nothing unless you own both Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The City Expansion and Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Dungeon Expansion. Thus, you need to spend money in order to get your free expansion. Hooray!

Talisman: The Horus Heresy also got a free expansion: 2 new characters. No special things to buy for these additions:

Nomad Games wrote:
Rogal Dorn joins the Loyalists - a being of thunderous zeal and stone made manifest. To him there is no higher purpose to the ‘Legiones Astartes’ than the illumination of the Imperium’s ideals. His unyielding nature make Rogal Dorn both a master of defence in war, and an indomitable fighter on the attack.

Battling against the loyalists is the traitor Samus, a terrifying Daemon Prince of the Ruinstorm, whose ghostly whispers can destroy anyone in his path. As billions are slaughtered across countless worlds, the power of the Daemon waxes strong.

This character pack comes with new Custom Legion Data-slates and Encounter Data-slates.


They were both on sale last week as well, too, but I was too busy to tell everyone so I understand you may be upset. Please send all complaints to Brad Cummings. He loves to read them.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $5
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $8

- Talisman: Horus Heresy for iOS Universal, $5
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for Android, $5.50
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for PC/Mac via Steam, $15



One Deck Dungeon Adds Phoenix Den and More
It's been a slow year thus far for digital board games, but that all started turning around when Handelabra Games Inc. released One Deck Dungeon back in May. Last week they sent out a press release indicating that the app has been updated with some cool new features, one of them including a new boss/dungeon: The Phoenix Den.

Handelabra wrote:
This update has various bug fixes and improvements, including:

• Added options to skip Explore, Open Door, and Roll Dice animations.
• Added a sound effect when revealing the Phoenix.
• Optimized disk and memory usage, improving performance and reducing the size of the game.
• Fixed a bug where using Undo after revealing the boss could cause the game to get stuck.
• Potions can no longer be used during animations, which could cause problems.
• Dice are longer be affected by clicks/taps when you have other dialogs open on top of them.
• Fixed a bug where the game could get stuck in the Claim Loot phase in certain situations.
• Fixed a problem where you could not bring up two-hero full size cards in the New Game screen.


So, there you have it. More reasons to download One Deck Dungeon on the tablet or laptop of your choice.

- 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: Paradox Goes Paper, Cranio Thinks Digital, and Roll For It Goes AR

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Paradox on Paper
Paradox is famous for crunchy strategy games such as City Skylines and Stellaris on PC. At PDX Con last week they announced that they will be starting to publish tabletop games based on their properties. The first will be based on Crusader Kings which is on Kickstarter now.

They put together this trailer to breakdown more of the details:




Cranio Thinks Digitally
Cranio Creations, an Italian based board game publisher, announced earlier this month that they are starting Cranio digital. They did not announce any specific titles but did say it would include their own IP as well as those of third-parties.

Looks like they are shooting for the moon on platforms, including: iOS, Android, Steam, PC, Mac, and VR. Here’s hoping for a new version of Sheepland...




Roll For It! in AR
Thunderbox Entertainment always seems to be pushing the technical boundaries when it comes to digital board games. Last week they followed the lead they set with Tsuro and brought Roll For It! to AR. You can access this mode from within the game. Come check it out.

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