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First Look: 7 Wonders

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Availability: iPad only, Android Tablet release on December 20
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App News: Asmodee Takes over Talisman, Mansions of Mansions Updates, Zach Gage Is An Evil Genius and more...

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Talisman Is Now Being Published By Asmodee Digital
Once we learned that Asmodee Digital was publishing the Nomad Games Ltd (II) developed Smash Up, we should have known it was only a matter of time before Talisman: Digital Edition fell under their domain as well. Earlier today, Talisman became an Asmodee published title.

We've heard of Asmodee Digital publishing games for non-Asmodee titles before, even coming in and taking over publishing duties after the game has already been released, so it doesn't seem like this will affect us, the players, too much other than it will give Nomad some capital and the ability to pump out more content, although how much more they can possibly fit into Talisman remains to be seen.

They're going to try, however, as Asmodee has announced that a new expansions will be released by the end of 2017, Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Harbinger Expansion. This will include 75 Harbinger Cards, 10 new Spell Cards, 10 Terrain Cards, 32 Omen Cards, 2 Alternative Endings, 3 new characters and the Harbinger, a mysterious figure warning of the apocalypse to come. Spooky! It's good news because, unlike a lot of games, Talisman gets better the more stuff you throw at it.

We'll keep an eye out for the Harbinger expansion, and also see if we can poke around in Asmodee's brain to see what else this new collaboration might lead to. Stay tuned.

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



Mansions of Madness App Updates to Include Streets of Arkham
One of the best (if not the best) uses of electronics in a board game comes from Fantasy Flight Games's Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. It's a truly wonderful gaming experience, so when more content lands, we feel it's worth a mention. Last Thursday the latest physical expansion, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Streets of Arkham, landed in your FLGS and, on the same day, the app was updated to include the new expansion's material.

The update includes new investigators, monsters, cards, and everything you'd expect a new expansion to have. It also has a bunch of new tiles and three new scenarios with all new locations to hang out in. One of the new scenarios is a "mystery" in which you have to deduce which artifact is causing all the problems at the museum. They even mention you should have pen and paper along to write down clues. Color me intrigued. Wondering if the artifact changes each go around, making the scenario replayable over and over? It will be a while before I get a chance to give it a go, so if anyone's played it, let us know in the comments.

Besides all the new content, the app was also updated with Czech and Chinese localization of the core scenarios and the ever-present bug fixes.

- Mansions of Madness Companion for iOS Universal, free
- Mansions of Madness Companion for Android, free
- Mansions of Madness for Kindle, free
- Mansions of Madness Companion for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, free



Zach Gage's latest, Flipflop Solitaire, Released
You might not of heard of Zach Gage, but you've probably played (or at least heard of) some of his games. He's incredibly prolific, and just about everything he's released has been critically praised. Games like Ridiculous Fishing, SpellTower, Sage Solitaire, and Really Bad Chess just to name a few. He released his latest title, Flipflop Solitaire, last week and it's just as mind-boggling and addictive as his other titles. Maybe more so.

Flipflop Solitaire takes the Klondike solitaire we all know and either love or hate, and turns it on its head by throwing out all the rules. Cards can be placed onto columns of any other color with the only restriction being that columns of different colors can't be moved whole cloth. Also, the sequence of cards can be either ascending or descending or both. So, you could play a 8 then a 7 then an 8 then a 9 and then an 8 all in the same column. The changes don't seem like much, but they make a game in which winning is predetermined by how the deck was shuffled into a game of skill and tactics where 99% of deals have a solution.

It's tons of fun, and it's free to download with ads. You can unlock the full game via a $3 IAP which I did and haven't regretted a bit. The game has different modes consisting of single-suit games (super easy) all the way up to 5 suit games (impossible) with full recording of win-loss stats and a bunch of other numbers so you can compare how you're doing against the world.

Flipflop Solitaire is available right now for iOS Universal. No word on an Android release.

- Flipflop Solitaire for iOS Universal, free





7 Wonders Coming Tomorrow
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App News: Sad News Regarding 7 Wonders

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Next Week the 7 Wonders Jokes Must Cease
Jokes about the never-imminent release of Antoine Bauza's SdJ winner, 7 Wonders have been a part of iOS Board Games lore for so long that I'm really going to be sad to see them go away. Why are they leaving? Because 7 Wonders is finally, really, for sure arriving on iPad next week on November 14.

Today, Repos Production posted in their latest TestFlight update for beta testers that the beta is ending next week followed by the iPad release on the 14 with the Android version coming on December 20th.

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November 14th is the official release date of the application in the Apple Store. The Android version will be available December 20.

This last version is the realisation of long months of work, of testing, of listening to your feedbacks and we hope it will fulfil your expectations.

With your collaboration, we ran more than 37,500 games during more than 5000 hours.


I don't really have a lot more to say. Other than it's a sad, sad day for fans of 7 Wonders-related humor. Great day for fans of 7 Wonders, sure, but I'll be in the corner weeping.
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App News: One Deck Dungeon Digital Heads to Kickstarter, Cottage Garden Arrives on Steam, Isle of Skye Coming in 2018 and more...

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Handelabra Launches Kickstarter for Digital One Deck Dungeon
One Deck Dungeon from Chris Cieslik and Asmadi Games has been on my radar for a long time, mainly because it's a game you can play solo and it's a roguelike. I've even been interested enough to put my money behind the game when it was on Kickstarter earlier this year. Now, I'm putting my money behind another One Deck Dungeon Kickstarter, this time to bring it to my laptop.

Handelabra Games has launched their latest Kickstarter with the goal of bringing a digital version of One Deck Dungeon to PC/Mac/Linux via Steam. Wondering where the iOS/Android version is? Well, they're not dealing with that in this Kickstarter due to the issues involved with getting iOS/Android copies into the hands of backers. They are planning on doing a tablet version, however, as long as the Kickstarter does well. Look for it to be an upcoming stretch goal.

Other than that, the Kickstarter has given us a ton of new info about what we can expect if the digital version does come to life:

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The first retail release of One Deck Dungeon will be $10 (USD) and will include all the content from the base tabletop game. The rules and card effects will be carefully adapted and thoroughly tested by expert players, including the designer, Chris Cieslik.

-Includes 5 heroes, 5 dungeons, and 44 encounter cards
-Solo play with 1 or 2 heroes
-Local co-op play with 2 heroes
-Campaign mode allows you to build up a hero’s power over multiple plays
-Choose your hero & dungeon, or face a randomized challenge
-Learn the game while you play with an interactive tutorial
-Original music for each dungeon by Beatscribe (some tracks adapted from the tabletop soundtrack, others brand new)
-Compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux (system requirements)
-Steam Achievements
-Steam Cloud Saves


Of course, there are different pledge levels with different rewards as well as stretch goals that require you to head over to the Kickstarter to parse for yourself.

The Kickstarter opened yesterday and they're already nearly 60% of the way to their $20K goal. Of course, if we want that mobile version, we'll have to do better than $20K. Head on over to the Kickstarter and see about pledging, remembering that this is Handelabra we're talking about. You know, the makers of some great polished and well-done tabletop conversions, so the odds of this one not being worth the $10 they're asking are slim.

You can find the Kickstarter here. Only 29 days left to go.





Cottage Garden Spreads to Steam
Our friends over at Digidiced UG can't seem to stay out of the news (check out the next news item for an example). Last week they released Cottage Garden for iOS and Android devices and, only a week later, they have released the app now for PC/Mac/Linux on Steam.

Cottage Garden is a...oh, what am I doing? Blurb time!

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Goal of the Game - In Cottage Garden, you compete in the art of gardening. Plant two Flowerbeds with different flowers. Score each Flowerbed when there are no more free spaces visible on it, then exchange it for a new, unplanted one. You receive points for all visible Flower Pots and Garden Cloches on the completed Flowerbed, and you may also receive Flower Pots and Cats that will help you with your gardening. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Features

• True digital conversion of Uwe Rosenbergs famous board game
• 2-4 players locally, online or even cross-platform
• Family friendly - non violent theme
• Worldwide ranked multiplayer and casual play with your friends
• fast real time games or asynchronous games with 24 hour time limit per turn
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with Playback
• 3 different computer opponents
• uses the newest rules of the board game


What makes this even better is that the Steam version is currently on sale for 30% off, making the laptop version under $5 right now. Those are mobile prices on Steam, which doesn't happen too often. No idea how long the sale will last, so don't dawdle if you're looking for a copy you can play at work while your boss thinks you're working.

- Cottage Garden for iOS Universal, $5
- Cottage Garden for Android, $5
- Cottage Garden for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $5





DIGIDICED Announces Digital Port of Isle of Skye
In more DIGIDICED news, they've also announced that a digital version of the 2016 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner, Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, is coming to iOS/Android in Q1 of 2018.

There's not much to talk about at this point, with the only news coming from the intrepid Suzanne who seems to be everywhere, all the time.



As usual, we'll try to pick the DIGIDICED minds and see if we can come up with any other info. At this point, I would count on the usual polish we get in DIGIDICED apps: solo play vs. AI, online asynchronous multiplayer, etc. More info coming!



Cublo Games Bringing Among the Stars to iOS/Android
Another digital game announcement occurred earlier this week. Cublo, makers of the very nice digital version of Brass, have teamed up with Artipia Games to bring a digital version of Among the Stars to our phones and tablets.

Much like the Isle of Skye announcement above, information on this one is hard to come by. In fact, all we have is Cublo teasing it with this:



We're already bugging Cublo about it and will get back to you guys as soon as we have some more info.



Neuroshima Hex Gets Makeover from Portal
The digital version of Neuroshima Hex! was one of the first digital board games that revealed just how good digital board games could be. Developed by Big Daddy's Creations, it was extremely polished and, at least at first, was supported with more and more armies.

It looks as if BDC has gone the way of the dodo, however, and Portal Games has taken over the digital duties now. As such, they just released their first version of Neuroshima Hex as an update to the existing version.

The main addition are the graphics from the latest version of the cardboard version, bringing the app in-line with what you'd expect if you have the latest version. Other than that, however, additions seem to be slim.

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Long awaited update, catch up with application support.
Tile graphics updated to look exactly like their board's counterpart.

New Uranopolis army available through In-App Purchase.

New bundles of armies - all armies available as a Bundle of Ten Armies (Neojungle, New York, Smart, Vegas, Steel Police, Dancer, DoomsDay Machine, Mississippi, Sharrash, Uranopolis) and the Second Bundle of Five Armies (Dancer, DoomsDay Machine, Mississippi, Sharrash, Uranopolis) to fit the previous Five Armies Bundle.


I haven't played NH in ages, not because the app is shabby but because I truly, truly suck at it. As such, I'm not familiar with any smaller changes they might have made to the app. If you're a longtime NH player who has updated to the new version, let us know in the comments if there are any other changes and how the new management seems to be doing. (FYI, the update appears to only be available for the iOS version. The Android version was last updated in 2016)

- Neuroshima Hex for iOS Universal, $5
- Neuroshima Hex for Android, $3
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We continune our coverage of hybrid board games with this semi-regular feature: the Hybrid Lab.

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App Availability: iOS, Android
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TwitchCon 2017 Report

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I had the chance again this year to attend TwitchCon as part of my day job. We had a booth as well as a panel which you can watch if you are so inclined. Amidst my work, I had a chance to check out some of the tabletop stuff going on at the show.

Last year, the tabletop area was a small corner tucked away on the second floor. At TwitchCon this year, there was a large area for open play on the show floor as well as tabletop live streaming. It was awesome to see the growth!





A few steps away, the team from Lightseekers Awakening was demoing this AR card game at the show. We spoke to them at Gen Con and got the full scoop on the game. Elsewhere at the convention, Sega was showing off Total War: Warhammer 2. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but the first game was a digital love letter to this miniatures games and here the sequel continues that.





The show did not have a big tabletop focus but there were a few other titles in our wheelhouse. Battle Jack had a small presence at the booth. This Black Jack driven RPG is quite fun and is a great use of that game mechanic. Shadowverse had a huge presence at the show. To my memory this game is quite a few years old, not sure why it was having a big push, but there you have it.





It was a great show this year and one that really captures an important part of the gaming hobby.
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Bohnanza The Duel Released for iOS/Android
One of the glaring omissions on my gaming-cred chart is the fact that I've never played Bohnanza. I know it's a classic and whatever, but it has just never found its way to a table that I've been sitting at. So, I'm excited about Digidiced UG's latest release for a couple reasons. First, it's DIGIDICED, and their titles are all pretty great. Secondly, it's Bohnanza: The Duel, and I'll finally have a chance to play bean farmer.

Bohnanza The Duel is a 2-player version of Bohnanza in which...aw, let me just cut/paste this one:

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In the two-player-version Bohnanza – The duel, the two bean farmers offer each other gifts of beans they don‘t want for themselves, ideally ones that their opponent can‘t make use of, either. Cleverly combining the types of beans on the fields allows them to fulfil bonus tasks. The player who manages to earn the most bean dollars wins the game.

Face off against different AI opponents, or challenge hobby gardeners from all over the world! Find your place on the Bohnanza leaderboard!

Features
- True-to-the-original, digital port of the two-player-version of Uwe Rosenberg‘s popular game Bohnanza
- The easy interactive tutorial makes for a quick entry to the game
- Featuring AI opponents of various levels of difficulty
- Play platform-independent duels against the best players in the world


Bohnanza The Duel is another 2-player Uwe Rosenberg title, which seems to be DIGIDICED's wheelhouse. It's out now for iOS Universal and Android, and will be coming to Steam soon.

- Bohnanza The Duel for iOS Universal, $3
- Bohnanza The Duel for Android, $3



Companion App for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Arrives on iOS/Android
From the "out of nowhere" files comes a little app for fans of the brilliant and beloved deduction game, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. The app is simply a collection of audio tracks for each of the cases in both Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, so you can simply sit back and listen to each case introduction.

The app only includes the lengthy introductions for each case, so it includes no spoilers, but will allow you to sit and get your brain ready for the marathon it's about to run. It will also allow you to pour an extra glass of brandy while you ponder leads in the intro.

The app is free for both iOS and Android, so it's kind of a no brainer if you're a fan of the Sherlock games.

- SH Consulting Detective for iOS Universal, free
- SH Consulting Detective for Android, free



Asmodee Digital's Essen Announcements
From our time at Gen Con, we know what we can expect from Asmodee Digital over the next year or so. They showed off some new trailers and also revealed a title we didn't know they were working on. Let's get started.

While there are only two months left in 2017, Asmodee has a lot planned before 2018 rolls around. Still coming this year are their Android and Steam version of Carcassonne, an iOS/Android/Steam version of Abalone, and an iOS/Android/Steam version of the racing classic, Mille Bornes.

2017 will also see the release of a couple new Catan titles as well. The first is Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers, which is an all-new text adventure set in the Catan-verse. Yep, I'm as confused as you are. Luckily, we have a trailer for this one.



We can also expect a VR version of Catan creatively called Catan VR. Being old and prone to motion sickness, VR does nothing for me. That said, if you have an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR and want to play Catan, this is for you. Trailer for this one as well and it's pretty cool to swing the camera around. Still not sure I could play like this without heaving, though.



Next year is when things get interesting. First of all, we have Scythe coming for iOS/Android/Steam which just got a brand new teaser trailer which is about as teaser-y as you can get while still showing a few seconds of in-game graphics:



That's just the beginning, however. Bananagrams and Zombicide are both coming to iOS and Android, while a little game you might have heard of, Terraforming Mars, is coming to iOS/Android/Steam.

We've known about all that since Gen Con, but one that we didn't know about is Arcane Wonders' fantastic 2-player abstract, Onitama which is coming to iOS and Android next year.

As usual, we'll be keeping both eyes on Asmodee and will let you know when apps release or any new news pops up.



Portal Games at Essen
Portal Games has less stuff to talk about than Asmodee, but the first topic is much more time sensitive. Their cardboard/digital hybrid, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet, is out in the wild now and next week will be having a Halloween-themed event. You can log into the app and play the Probe on the Loose scenario next week and participate with Halloween goodies being spread all over Mars. Thematic!

That's not all! They're also working on a companion app for Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island which will do...things. Not a lot of details on this yet, but they did mention it will include new events and adventures. We'll keep an eye out for more info on that as it's developed.



Summoner's Fate Now on Kickstarter
I'm not much of a CCG player. Take's too much time to learn and you really need to dedicate yourself unlike any other tabletop experience. That said, I do tend to like card games with a CCG feel, especially if there's more to the game than simple card play. Something like Dream Quest comes to mind.

Summoner's Fate looks to have that same kind of feel. It's central mechanism is card play, but the game is an RPG/dungeon crawler and looks like a lot of fun. My favorite part is wondering how bad the crick in everyone's neck is going to be from starting up at the player like that. Honestly, it looks like there's a lot going on in this one.

In fact, there might be too much going on for me to accurately explain anything to you here. You might want to just jump on over to the Kickstarter and see for yourselves.

The game will be free-to-download, following a CCG model, so the Kickstarter isn't doling out copies of the game. Instead, there are a bunch of different types of loot you can snag. The game is planned for iOS, Android, as well as PC/Mac on Steam, so everyone can take a look regardless of your platform of choice.

The Kickstarter is going on now and will run for another 21 days. They're only looking for $10K and already have more than $6K in the bank, so it's not a huge leap to get this thing funded. Head over here to take a look.


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