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Yellow & Yangtze comes to mobile, Steam
Ever since they announced a bevy of board games being brought to mobile, Dire Wolf has been front & center of our digital board game wishlist. They've already released some incredible ports like Lotus, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, and Raiders of the North Sea. Today they're dropping the next title from their burgeoning portfolio. No, it's not Mage Knight Board Game, instead we're getting a Reiner Knizia gem, Yellow & Yangtze.

Yellow & Yangtze is...well, here's the blurb:

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Found an Empire
Lead your dynasty to victory in the Warring States period of ancient China in the new digital adaptation of the acclaimed board game from Tigris & Euphrates designer Reiner Knizia.

Build & Conquer
Conflict is inevitable as your influence expands. Wage war upon neighboring states to slow their growth, and build spectacular pagodas to increase your own prestige. How will your reign be remembered?

Balance in All Things
Expand your civilization by placing tiles that represent the five facets of a thriving kingdom:

-Governors - Keep the peace and quell revolts with a strong civic leadership!
-Soldiers - Defend your growing empire -- or wage war upon your neighbors!
-Farmers - Cultivate the banks of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers!
-Traders - Acquire the resources your people need to prosper!
-Artisans - Shape the culture of your dynasty and inspire your citizens!

Your legacy will be judged by your weakest category, so a wise leader must maintain harmony to achieve victory!
Yellow & Yangtze is arriving today for iOS, Android, and PC/Mac via Steam. If you're familiar with any of Dire Wolf's previous outings, you know that their apps are right up there with the greats. Wonderful ambiance, great UI, and async online multiplayer that works. I'm assuming Yellow & Yangtze will continue in those footsteps.

- Yellow & Yangtze for iOS Universal, $10 (link not yet up)
- Yellow & Yangtze for Android, $10
- Yellow & Yangtze for PC/Mac via Steam, $15



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App News: Terraforming Mars hits mobile, Asmodee launches three surprise titles, Roll for the Galaxy beta opens and more...

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To quote Led Zeppelin, it's been a long time. Been a long time. Been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Just over 2 months to be exact. So, let me give you a quick update before we jump into the news. First of all, the delay was due to me losing my job at the end of September. I was unceremoniously dumped (along with about 20 other people) from my company in what they lovingly termed a "reduction in force". Thus, my time has been filled with trying to locate another source of income lest my children go hungry (this is a bit of hyperbole, but let me have this one, okay?) and sitting down and playing/writing about games just wasn't in the cards, pun fully intended.

Well, I found a new gig and started this week. So, life is better, but still busy. That said, I can at least start writing again without being inundated by crushing guilt. So, hopefully these get a little more regular. We'll have to see how things go as I get more comfortable at my new job.

Now, on to the news:


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Terraforming Mars Releases for Mobile
This summer the fate of Terraforming Mars on our phones was up in the air due to developer Luckyhammers shuttering their doors. We knew Asmodee Digital had taken over the development reins, but weren't quite sure if we'd ever see mobile Terraforming Mars in the wild.

Well, this week it arrived for both iOS and Android and, if you don't care about online multiplayer, you're in for a treat.

Visually, the game is stunning and I personally like the UI. Solo games against the AI are a relaxing and great way to spend some time.

Multiplayer, however, is riddled with issues. None of them make online async games unplayable; you can still get in full async games of TM on your phone as long as you're willing to put up with some head-scratching issues. Things like notifications sometimes happening, sometimes not. Lack of indication of which game is currently active (if you're in two or more games and get a notification that it's your turn, there's no way to tell which of your games is the one asking for your attention). No names in-game, so you're never sure who's who. No replay of other players' turns (you can look at the log, but I find seeing a replay of their actions much more user-friendly).

There's some more middling things, too. Again, none of these prevent you from playing an online game of TM, they just turn what should be an incredible experience into a somewhat frustrating one.

If you're a TM fan, I would recommend the app. I'm really enjoying solo play much more than I do just about any other board game app. Something about the presentation and interface that make the game fun to play. I'm also enjoying multiplayer, but looking at how great the online system is in games like Through the Ages or anything from Playdek just makes me wish Asmodee could get their stuff together on the online multiplayer side of things.

- Terraforming Mars for iOS Universal, $9
- Terraforming Mars for Android, $9
- Terraforming Mars for Windows PC via Steam, $20



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App News: Aeon's End now on tablets, Cutthroat Caverns heading to mobile, Dire Wolf strikes with Yellow & Yangtze and more...

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Aeon's End Comes to Steam and tablets
It's been a while since we posted so I'm a bit behind. As such, here's some news you probably already know. The next digital time sink from Handelabra Games Inc. has arrived! It's a port of the cooperative card game, Aeon's End and it's fantastic.

The game puts you in the boots of a handful of mages tasked with saving the town from a big bad monster and his minions. It's all done with cards and like Handelabra's other big card game port, Sentinels of the Multiverse, seems like it would be too complex to truly enjoy playing in physical form. In digital form, however, it shines.

It's a deck builder at heart, but it has some twists that separate it from the usual formula. Yes, you play cards to earn currency to buy other cards, but turn order is randomly generated each round and, instead of shuffling your deck, cards are played in the order they were discarded adding a whole new layer of strategy and a smart way to set yourself up for big combos a turn or two down the road.

Handelabra wrote:
Aeon’s End is a deck-building game where you create a team of up to 4 mages who will fight cooperatively to defeat whichever Nameless nemesis has come through the breach today. You begin with a starting deck of 10 cards, with 5 in hand. Each turn you play gems to gain aether, which is used to buy new gems and relics, learn new spells, and increase your casting potential by opening additional breaches. You can also play relics to give yourself or your allies a boost. Then prep spells to your opened or focused breaches to be ready to cast them on your subsequent turns.

What makes Aeon’s End unique is how it uses randomness. Unlike other deck-building games, players do not shuffle their deck when it runs out. The order in which you discard is preserved, so plan your discards carefully to set yourself up for subsequent turns.

Instead, randomness in Aeon’s End comes in the order of turns. At the start of each round, the turn order deck is shuffled to determine the order of play. Will the nemesis go twice in a row, pushing back the mages’ defense? Will the mages get 4 turns in a row to set up for the coming onslaught? It can be hard to know what’s coming next when you are deep in the melee!

Finally, there’s the city of Gravehold. The breach mages of Aeon’s End are not just fighting for their own survival, but the survival of all of humanity, and the Nameless know it. If Gravehold is ever reduced to 0 life, the mages have lost and humanity is but a memory.
Aeon's End arrived on Steam back in the middle of September, but just arrived for iPad and Android tablets this past Monday. You can pick it up right now for 10% off as well.

- Aeon's End for iPad, $9
- Aeon's End for Android, $9
- Aeon's End for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $20



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App News: Leaders & Wonders arrives for Through the Ages and Munchkin: Quacked Quest delving this autumn

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Through the Ages gets expansion: Leaders & Wonders
We've known this day was coming, but it's finally here. Today you can download the first expansion for the venerable giant, Through the Ages. It's called Through the Ages: New Leaders and Wonders and it's available right now for Android and PC/Mac, but Apple has their heads firmly shoved up their butt and those within the Apple ecosystem will have to wait until tomorrow at the latest.

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[/company]"]The New Leaders and Wonders digital expansion doubles the amount of leaders and wonders, introduces brand new military cards, thus significantly increasing variability of the game, and adding new mechanisms for a more exciting, edge of your seat experience.
I'm super excited for this, so excited that I had planned on writing a lengthier post detailing all of the new Leaders and Wonders available in the game. That's not really possible now that I can't get the expansion on my phone until tomorrow, so <shrug>

In a very cool move, CGE has made the expansion 'buy once-play everywhere'. Thus, you can buy it on your phone and it will also unlock on any other platforms you log into with your CGE account. Hooray! You can also get the expansion for free if you head to your local FLGS and pre-order the cardboard version that will be arriving in late October. Pre-order the physical version and they'll give you a code to unlock the expansion for free in digital form.

The expansion costs $5 on all platforms and to celebrate CGE has lowered the price of the base game by 40%. Now's the best time to grab TtA on that second platform or buy it for the first time. You won't be disappointed. It's probably the best board game app you'll find in the App Store.

- Through the Ages for PC/Mac via Steam, $9.50
- Through the Ages for PC/Mac via GoG, $9.50
- Through the Ages for Android, $6
- Through the Ages for iOS, $6




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Asmodee Announces new title, Munchkin: Quacked Quest
I know that Munchkin gets a bad rap amongst 'serious' gamers and I haven't played it in years on the tabletop, but I think a digital version of Munchkin is actually a pretty cool idea. Today Asmodee Digital announced that we're getting a new game based on the Steve Jackson Games staple this autumn. It's called Munchkin: Quacked Quest and looks pretty neat.

Asmodee wrote:
The digital game is based on Munchkin, the award-winning card game designed by Steve Jackson. The winner of the 2001 Origins Award for Best Traditional Card Game, Munchkin: Quacked Quest captures the essence of the dungeon experience, but with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You compete to kill monsters and grab magic items, and what magic items they are! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm, or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. You may start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon.

Munchkin: Quacked Quest is the first video game based on the hit card game universe designed by Steve Jackson, loaded with:
- Humor: the narrator breaks the fourth wall by commenting on the actions of the players; the silly items, weapons and enemies in the game; and the unique objectives (such as the Golden Duck win).
- Pop culture references: mixing entertainment with RPG parody.
- Cooperate (now) to better betray (later): players need to constantly keep an eye on their friends, as backstabbing your comrades is an efficient road to victory.
We can expect to see Munchkin: Quacked Quest arrive on PS4, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch within the next few months.


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App News: Aeon's End set to arrive next week and Siberian Dawn moves to 2.0

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Board Game: Aeon's End

Aeon's End Comes to Steam Next Week, Tablets later
They started with a humble helper app for Sentinels of the Multiverse but today Handelabra Games Inc. is a powerhouse in the digital board/card game world. Last year's release, One Deck Dungeon, is still my go-to time waster when I have my iPad with me and their port of Sentinels has gone completely epic with all published expansions now available on your touchscreen.

So, when Handelabra announces a new game is in the works, our ears perk up. We know they're currently working on a port of Spirit Island, but today's news involves that other game they're working on, Aeon's End.

Aeon's End is currently in Early Access on Steam but that's going to end very soon. How soon? Next week on Tuesday. That means the PC/Mac/Linux version will be up and live around noon on September 17.

You'd rather play on your iPad or Android tablet? Me too! Don't worry, while it won't arrive in the App Store on the 17th, we only have a couple of weeks to wait. We can expect the tablet version of Aeon's End to go live for iPad and Android tablets on September 30.

Not sure what the hell Aeon's End is? Here's a primer:

Handelabra wrote:
Aeon’s End is a deck-building game where you create a team of up to 4 mages who will fight cooperatively to defeat whichever Nameless nemesis has come through the breach today. You begin with a starting deck of 10 cards, 5 in hand. Each turn you play gems to gain aether, which is used to buy new gems and relics, learn new spells, and increase your casting potential by opening additional breaches. You can also play relics to give yourself or your allies a boost. Then prep spells to your opened or focused breaches to be ready to cast them on your subsequent turns.

What makes Aeon’s End unique is how it uses randomness. Unlike other deck building games, players do not shuffle their deck when it runs out. The order in which you discard is preserved so plan your discards carefully to set yourself up for subsequent turns.

Instead, randomness in Aeon’s End comes in the order of turns. At the start of each round, the turn order deck is shuffled to determine the order of play. Will the nemesis go twice in a row, pushing back the mages’ defense? Will the mages get 4 turns in a row to set up for the coming onslaught? It can be hard to know what’s coming next when you are deep in the melee!
So, it's a tower-defense style game where your mages defend the town of Gravehold from The Nameless and you do so by building decks. What's not to love?

We'll remind you of the release next week and on Sept. 30 when the tablet version arrives.

- Aeon's End for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, arrives Sept. 17




Board Game: Siberian Dawn

Siberian Dawn 2.0 Released
Siberian Dawn is a deck building card game from renaisance man (and reader) Stephen Winterflood. It's a labor of love: he created the game, art, programming, everything. He's basically the Ryan Laukat of the digital game scene.

He's been hard at work on his baby and, just recently released version 2.0. This huge update not only fixes up bugs and whatnot, it also adds a shiny new veneer in the form of HD graphics and a new tutorial system to get new players up to speed.

Stephen Winterflood wrote:
Siberian Dawn is an original, solo, digital card game that combines the core soul of a deck builder with the tactical power of a war game and the strategic challenge of crisis management.

You are an Overseer in the Union, one of the tactical controllers who has to deal with the increasing dangers facing the Union through Objective based Missions. Recruit and deploy Units, enlist the help of the Guilds, and build your Bond with those in the shadows, whilst trying to control the conflict unfolding before you.

The basic Training Run Mission is available for free with the base game, to give you a taste for how the game works, and the first Mission Pack available as DLC adds the full Core game and first 3 Missions of the Siberian Dawn story.
Considering that most of the negative reviews on Steam are about the huge learning curve and rules complexity, the new tutorial should be just the trick to make Siberian Dawn playable. If you haven't tried it--or did and had no idea what was going on--you might want to give it another shot.

- Siberian Dawn 2.0 for PC via Steam, free
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App News EXTRA: Bezier Games Unleashes Silver

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Bezier Games Releases Silver on Mobile
As always happens when I'm gone for a long time and have to do a mega-post (as I did earlier today), I miss something. This time I missed something that was actually #2 on my list of news to share this week. How did I miss it? I don't know. My brain works [or doesn't work -ed.] in mysterious ways.

Anyway, consider this an addendum to my main post today. Thanks!

I should get to it, so here goes. Bézier Games has created an app for their new card game Silver and it's available right now for iOS and Android. Even better, it's completely free.

Silver is a card game, but the first of what will be a string of games.

Bezier wrote:
In Silver, your village is overrun by savage werewolves and it is up to you to deter as many as fast as you can! In this 2-4 player traditional card game, each player starts with five face down cards, which make up their village. Each card shows a resident, their unique ability, and a number - which is how many werewolves that resident attracts.

The game begins with everyone peeking at two of their five cards. On each turn the player chooses a card, and then decides to either replace high valued residents or to take advantage of the new resident’s special abilities. Silver contains fourteen different abilities, allowing you to view face down cards, trade cards with neighboring villages, protect your best cards, and more. Once you believe your village has fewer werewolves sniffing about than the neighboring villages, call for a vote! Your neighbors each have one more chance to save themselves before all is revealed. If you are correct, you receive a score of zero for the round, but if you are wrong, you get the sum of the cards in your village plus an additional ten points! All other players receive points totaling the sum of their cards. The winner of each round is awarded the glorious silver amulet (an actual metal token that comes with the game), granting them an additional source of protection in the next round. After four intense rounds, the player with the lowest score wins!
The second game in the series will be out around Essen and is called Silver Bullet. No word on whether that will be coming in app form or not, so let's focus on the first game, Silver.

Silver is currently available and has only a 2-player mode (the physical game is 2-4 players) vs. an AI. So, it's a great way to learn the game or be a fun timewaster. Hey, it's free!

The app shipped with several bugs, but it's been updated quite a bit since its release in early August and it seems to be rather polished at this point. Head over to the App Store of your choice and pick it up before the price is no longer free. Yep, that's going to happen at some point, so don't dawdle.

- Silver for iOS Universal, free
- Silver for Android, free


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App News: Evolution coming to Switch, Stonemaier games exploding (digitally speaking), More Talisman and more...

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Evolution coming to Switch
When North Star Games released Evolution (2019) back in February its polish pushed it into the upper echelon of digital board games with one exception: no asynchronous play. Well, we know that async play is coming at some point, but today we learned that's not the only thing being worked on behind closed doors. It's also coming to Nintnedo Switch.

The Switch version will have all the features of the current version including online multiplayer and pass-and-play. We're not sure of a release date, but we're told to expect it in early 2020.

Even more good news! For those who haven't taken the Evolution plunge, North Star is celebrating the Switch announcement with a 40% off sale on all current platforms. So, if you haven't tried Evolution yet or just want it on another platform, now's the time to grab it.

- Evolution for PC/Mac via Steam, $9
- Evolution for iOS Universal, free to download ($6 full unlock)
- Evolution for Android, free to download($6 full unlock)




Board Game: Wingspan

Stonemaier Games bringing Wingspan, Viticulture and more to digital
This is old news, but when I looked back to check it appears I never fully covered it. Well, we kind of covered it. We mentioned that Charterstone was headed to your favorite screen at some point but it appears that's just the tip of what Stonemaier Games has in store.

First of all, we can expect the Kennerspiel des Jahres winner, Wingspan. It's being developed by Monster Couch and is currently on Steam, not for purchase but you can wishlist it now. No mention of a release date or other platforms at this time, but we'll let you know when more news drops (probably a month after it drops, but <shrug>.

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The other game coming is Viticulture and that's coming via digital board game veterans, Digidiced UG.

Digidiced wrote:
Features:
• 1 to 6 players
• Play in single-player with challenging computer opponents, against your friends in local multiplayer, or face players from all over the world in online mode!
• Learn the rules with our Interactive tutorial or even watch games of the top players on your device!
• Take your time in asynchronous game mode with push notifications and never miss a turn.
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• 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
No word on when Viticulture is going live either, but I think we can safely assume that Digidiced will follow their previous releases and we'll see it on both mobile and Steam.


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In news that surprises no one, Talisman gets more content
Ah, Talisman. We can't go a month without posting without some new Talisman expansion news, can we? No, we cannot. In fact, I'm shocked that we only have three expansions to mention in this update, especially considering that we have two Talisman games to worry about.

First, Nomad Games Ltd (II) has updated Talisman: Digital Edition with a new expansion, The Clockwork Kingdom. This expansion adds something we've never seen in Talisman before: the ability to craft your own items. You will have all sorts of different crafting combinations that will allow you to build thousands of different items.

Nomad wrote:
The Clockwork Expansion includes:
● 41 New Adventure Cards
● 8 New Spells
● 30 New Material Cards
● 3 New Characters
● 2 New Alternative Endings
That's not all!

We also have Talisman: Origins, the solo version of Talisman that tells stories from the history of Talisman.

There are two expansions for Talisman: Origins: The Legend of Pandora's Box and The Assassin's Tale. The Pandora's Box expansion will cost you a little bit of coin to unlock, but the Assassin's Tale addition is free for owners of Talisman: Origins.

Nomad wrote:
Talisman: Origins - The Legend of Pandora’s Box adds a new book to the Origins Library with a whole new five chapters to play through. This book isn’t for the faint-hearted, as the challenging Nether Realm creatures are some of the strongest in the history of Talisman. Featuring 5-10 hours of new content, The Legend of Pandora’s Box adds new challenges and achievements in which you have to use your wits to survive.

The Assassin’s Tale is the 4th free DLC to be added into the Talisman: Origins Library. Featuring 3 new chapters, this free content update tells the tale of the Assassin proving his worth and becoming the feared character players know in Talisman. Will he be able to remove the bounty on his head?
All of these expansions are out now for iOS, Android, and Steam.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $7

- Talisman: Origins for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Origins for Android, $4
- Talisman: Origins for PC/Mac via Steam, $7


Board Game: Dixit

Dixit coming (again?) to digital
Way back in 2011, when Dixit was still the shiny new kid on the block, there was a mobile version that kind of flopped. I mean, the app itself wasn't terrible but there were massive bugs at launch that ruined online play and it just never recovered. Then again, maybe the fact that Dixit is a social game and playing alone staring at your screen isn't the best way to play it? Maybe?

That's not stopping Libellud Digital from trying! They're working on something called Dixit World and it's currently in beta. In fact, you can head to their site right now and sign up to beta test this thing and let us them know what you think.

Here's what we know: It's coming to iOS/Android, will have both offline and online play, and will be free to download with the ability to buy more cards inside the game.

Head over and see if you can get in the beta...I'm curious to hear how they're going to pull this one off.

- Dixit World for iOS/Android beta signup page


Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game now live
It released back on August 29, but we were indisposed so we weren't' able to share it with you. If you haven't seen it yet, The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game is now live on Steam from Fantasy Flight Games and Asmodee Digital.

Asmodee wrote:
The first adventure card game set in the quintessential fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game lets players face epic challenges during solo and cooperative adventures. The game is inspired by the cooperative Living Card Game®, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Combining a strong immersive narrative experience with rich deck-building strategies, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will put players’ skills to the test.

-Adventure card gaming: Players can experience the only card card game that lets them play an adventurer in Middle-earth. They will craft their own stories in the rich world of J.R.R. Tolkien by engaging in solo card-based battles or in collaborative campaigns with a friend in co-op mode.

-A new story in Middle-earth: Gamers can develop and discover new stories in the world depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. They can build a Fellowship of heroes from some of the most iconic characters and wage battle in the most famous locations of the Third Age of Middle-earth.

-A unique way of delivering new content: Players can obtain full expansion packs that provide both campaigns with new quests and hero packs with thematic cards, forging their adventures in Middle-earth.

-Unique game mechanics: Players build custom decks, each based around three heroes with unique abilities. They draw upon an ever-growing pool of cards based on the distinctive spheres of the selected heroes. Players can then challenge themselves along with friends to complete Quests. They progress through their story by defeating the forces of Sauron in combat, and by using Willpower to resolve Objectives. Willpower can also be added to the Fate Pool, used to trigger contextual abilities during a Quest. In turn, the Threat Meter displays the increasing danger from Sauron, triggering roadblocks that can disrupt player strategies.
While I think the general consensus was a little negative when we heard it wasn't a 1:1 remake of the card game in digital form, everything I've heard about the game as it currently stands has been positive. Like really positive. People seem to really like this new version and I'm looking forward to taking the plunge myself.

It's currently available for PC/Mac, but we can expect it to land on Xbox, PS4, and Switch this autumn.

- Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game for PC/Mac via Steam, $20


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App News-a-palooza: Raiders of the North Sea released, Leaders and Wonders gets release date, The Captain is Dead going digital, Pandemic infecting consoles and more...

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Raiders of the North Sea Released
Earlier this year Dire Wolf alerted us to a bevy of board game licenses they were working on including games such as Raiders of the North Sea and Mage Knight Board Game. Considering the ultra-high quality of their previous releases (Lotus and Lanterns: The Harvest Festival) this was pretty exciting news. This week they released the first game on that list, Raiders of the North Sea and early reports are saying that it's really darn good.

Dire Wolf wrote:
It's Raiding Season! Plunder your way to Viking adventure in the digital adaptation of the award-winning worker-placement board game!

In Raiders of the North Sea, players assemble a crew and outfit a longboat to raid settlements for gold and fame. Impress your Chieftain in glorious battle and win your place among the legends of the North Sea!

It's Raiding Season!

Assemble a crew and outfit a longboat to raid settlements for gold and fame! Impress your Chieftain in glorious battle and win your place among the legends of the North Sea in this digital adaptation of the award-winning board game!

The Official Digital Adaptation of the Award-Winning Board Game!

Plunder your way to adventure as Raiders of the North Sea brings the strategy and fun of the hit tabletop game to digital life!

Deep Worker Placement Strategy!
-Each turn you'll harvest resources twice: first by placing one worker, and then by recovering a different one!
-Use your resources to hire a Viking crew and outfit your longboat!
-Send your crew on daring raids to win gold and glory!
-Survive battles with the legendary Valkyrie...or honor your Chieftain in a glorious death!
-Amass Plunder and make sacrificial Offerings to win!

Many Ways to Raid!
-Turn-Based Strategy lets you play at your own pace!
-Learn the Oars in a full tutorial that teaches you the strategy of the game!
-Lead Your People in single-player games against AI opponents!
-Rise to Greatness in multiplayer battles!
The game has cross-platform asynchronous play as well as AI for solo play. It's available right now for iOS Universal, Android, PC/Mac, and Switch at the links below:

- Raiders of the North Sea for iOS Universal, $10
- Raiders of the North Sea for Android, $10
- Raiders of the North Sea for PC/Mac via Steam, $15
- Raiders of the North Sea for Switch, $20



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App News: Pandemic coming to Xbox & Switch, Asmodee spells Bananagrams, Gloomhaven opens its Early Release doors, and Terraforming Mars dev shutters their doors

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Pandemic coming to Xbox and Switch
Pandemic: The Board Game arrived on our iPads well before Asmodee Digital was even a thing. It remains one of the best examples of how to port a board game to mobile with its only flaw being a lack of new content. The original app released in 2013 and we received some content from Pandemic: On the Brink later that year, but that's it.

Today we learned some news about Pandemic, but, no, it's not about new content coming. Instead, it's about new platforms. Asmodee is bringing Pandemic to both Xbox and Switch!

Asmodee wrote:
Pandemic differs from a lot of games as it rewards cooperation rather than competition. Players must join their efforts, using their complementary skill sets, in order to discover the cures before it’s too late for mankind. The game can be experienced as a single player, by managing multiple characters, or with friends, using local multiplayer.

During September, additional content will be added on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™:
-On the Brink - Virulent Strain will spread a new kind of virus into the world.
-On the Brink - Roles & Events will offer players new roles add new events to help save mankind.

Cooperative multiplayer, up to 5 players: couch cooperative mode for both Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™.
You can look for Pandemic to appear on your console this August 1st and it will run you $20. Until then, it's still out there for your phone, tablet, and laptop (at links below).

- Pandemic for iOS Universal, $5
- Pandemic for Android, $5
- Pandemic for PC/Mac via Steam, $10



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App News: Santorini released, Eight-Minute Empire heading to Switch, Columbia block games heading to PC/Mac

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Santorini arrives for iOS/Android
The folks at Roxley have made the transition from cardboard-only to publishing digital versions of their games on iOS/Android. Their first digital release is the Greek god building extravaganza, Santorini.

Now, I have no idea what the hell I'm supposed to be doing in Santorini because the in-app tutorials are nothing but links to videos showing you what's up. I guess this might be okay unless you're trying to learn the game while lying in bed and can't turn the volume up or you'll get an elbow in your ribs. Thus, I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing, so I'm going to blurb this out for your viewing pleasure:

Roxley wrote:
Santorini is a highly accessible pure strategy game where you build your way to victory!

How to play:
1) MOVE one of your Workers. You can move up a maximum of one level.
2) BUILD a block with your moved Worker. Build domes on the third level.
3) WIN if your Worker reaches the third level!

Features:
• Game altering variable player powers completely change how you play, bringing massive replayability.
• Beautifully rendered 3D play area
• Adventure through the land of Santorini in the single-player Odyssey mode
• Play with a friend in pass-and-play or online game modes
• Already own the boardgame? Use the "Helper" to select gods to play in the physical board game, and log your matches
• Dare to challenge the insanely skilled "Godlike" AI level
• Watch tutorials on all the god powers!
• Fully orchestrated sound track
So there.

The current online implementation appears to be synchronous, or at least you seem to be unable to leave the lobby until your games are joined. Again, I haven't yet played, but I'm going off of reports I'm hearing over at Stately Play.

The app is $5, which gets you a lot of material, but there are also a slew of other gods you can purchase via IAP. You can buy them in packs of 5 each or save some money and for $8 just buy everything in one fell swoop.

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




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Eight-Minute Empire coming to Switch
After a short hiatus last year (or was it two years ago?) the folks at Acram Digital have been killing it. Their port of Istanbul: Digital Edition is one of the best board game ports out there, and they surprised us all earlier this year when it arrived for Switch.

Now they're bringing one of their older titles to Nintendo's handheld as well. It's Ryan Laukat's tiny area-control gem, Eight-Minute Empire and it's arriving on August 27.

Acram wrote:
Eight-Minute Empire, by Ryan Laukat, is a quick Civilization/Exploration game using card-driven area control.

In Eight-Minute Empire, 2-5 players take turns selecting a card from the six displayed. This card gives the player a resource and also has an action which the player takes immediately. Actions help players take over the map, but the resources are worth points at the end of the game, so players have to balance the two aspects. Players spread across the map in order to collect points at the end of the game by having majority control in regions and continents.

• Recruit troops to strengthen your army
• Command your forces to acquire new provinces
• Challenge your friends all over the world
• Sail across the seas & build castles to expand your empire
• Eliminate enemy troops to weaken your adversaries
• Collect goods to increase your advantage
The game is well done on iOS/Android already, and the Switch version will be more of the same, albeit with some changes to multiplayer to bring it into line with the more robust Istanbul. It will offer both sync and async online modes, and online games can be cross-platform with their mobile brethren.

Look for the Switch version of Eight-Minute Empire to arrive in late August. You can always nab it now for your phone at the links below, or check out the Nintendo Switch page (link also below).

- Eight-Minute Empire for iOS Universal, $5
- Eight-Minute Empire for Android, $5
- Eight-Minute Empire for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $6
- Eight-Minute Empire for Switch, $15 (available on Aug 27)


Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses

Columbia block game, Richard III, coming to PC/Mac
This one's still at the Kickstarter phase, but Avalon Digital is planning to bring the block games from Columbia Games to our laptops starting with Richard III: The Wars of the Roses.

While still in Kickstarter, the app has been fully funded and is currently looking for stretch goals to open up more content. They're also relatively far along with an expected release date of October 2019 which is only 3+ months away.

The Kickstarter talks up the AI quite a bit but doesn't mention any online traits, making me think that Richard III will be a solo vs. AI-only affair. Perhaps online multiplayer is something that can be added down the road. We'll find out, I guess.

If you're a fan of the block games series, there's even more good news. Avalon intends to release other block games such as Hammer of the Scots, Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War, and Crusader Rex. Each will be via a new Kickstarter, so head to Avalon Digita's page and sign up for their newsletter to stay on top of when they might be launching.

So, go check out their Kickstarter (found at the link below). You can even download a demo of the game and check it out for yourself right now.

- Blocks: Richard III for PC/Mac, Kickstarter page
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