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Among the best things in life is playing printed games in person with family and close friends. When those are not convenient we like iOS Board Games. News, reviews, previews, and opinions about board gaming on iPhones, iPads, iPods and even Android devices. (iPhone board games, iPad board games, iPod board games, Android board games)

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Preview: The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game

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The Lords of the Rings: Living Card Game
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- Finally, this unique customizable game is on digital.
- This is a new take but seems to share the heart and soul of the original.

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App News: Noch Mal! Lands on Mobile, Digidiced Info Dumps on Stockpile and Indian Summer and more...

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Noch Mal! Comes to iOS and Android
The summer of 2018 will go down as the Summer of Roll-and-Writes with German Names Coming to Digital. Okay, that doesn't quite roll off the tongue as easily as I'd hoped, so maybe it won't catch on. Anyway, it should because we have another dice game to play on the go to go along with the already released Ganz Schön Clever.

This new digital release is a version of Encore! from Outline Development. This is a game where you roll dice, check off boxes and score points. Or something. I need to watch a 'how-to-play' video because I'm still having issues wrapping my head around it.

What I'm not having problems with is the app itself. Outline has made a shiny, polished dice app that will allow you to play the solitaire game or play a 2-player game by passing your phone to a friend. It will also replace either the dice or the scoring pad, making it a companion app for the physical version.

Noch Mal! is out for both iOS and Android right now.

- Noch Mal! for iOS Universal, $4
- Noch Mal! for Android, $4



Digidiced Drops New Info on Stockpile and Indian Summer
With as often as we mention them, it feels like Digidiced UG is turning into the new Asmodee Digtial (more on them below). We can't go a week without some new info or a new title is announced from the German developer. This week they contacted us with some new info on two of their upcoming games: Stockpile and Indian Summer



Stockpile is wrapping up its beta and should be out on our devices in September. While that's exciting, we also learned that the Stockpile: Continuing Corruption expansion will also be included on launch day and will be included in the main app. That means it's just there with no need to go buy it via IAP. Not only that, but we'll be able to pick and choose which modules from the app we want to use in each game. Not a bad deal. For the rest of what we can expect, read the blurb:

Digidiced wrote:
- True to the board game rules
- The game will feature the expansion Continuing Corruption as a free addon to the main game
- add single or multiple modules of Stockpile: CC to make every game different
- cross platform multiplayer (Android, iOS and Steam Linux, PC and Mac)
- new: dual user interface approach (different for mobile and desktop)
- local pass and play to play with your spouse/kids
- asynchronous ranked games with global ladder
- 3 AI difficulties for beginners and experts alike
- push notifications
- friend list and chat
- tutorial to easily learn the game
- languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian

They had me at cross-platform asynchronous play, the rest is just gravy. Look for Stockpile to land for iOS, Android, PC/Mac/Linux within the next month.

Indian Summer is also on the way and is getting ready to enter beta. I've not played this one at all, so I'm going to blurb the hell out of it right from the get-go:

Digidiced wrote:
Before winter makes its appearance, a particularly warm fall bathes the forest in a golden shimmer. During the Indian Summer, New England blossoms one last time. Treetops are ablaze with countless colors — a living rainbow, from green to orange to red. Slowly the first leaves are starting to fall. Meanwhile, our steps and the diligent squirrels rustle the colorful foliage.

On our walks through the woods, we discover all kinds of little treasures; we collect berries, nuts, mushrooms and feathers. We pause for a moment to watch the shy inhabitants of the forest before we set off towards home once again. There, a good book and a hot tea are already awaiting.



Indian Summer is the second part of Uwe Rosenberg's puzzle trilogy following 2016's Cottage Garden, and this game is firmly geared towards experienced players. At the heart of the game are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.

Features
- True to the board game rules
- Beautiful artwork and design
- cross platform multiplayer (Android, iOS and Steam Linux, PC and Mac)
- languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian
- local pass and play to play with your spouse/kids
- asynchronous ranked games with global ladder
- 3 AI difficulties for beginners and experts alike
- push notifications
- friend list and chat
- tutorial to easily learn the game

Digidiced has done wonders with Uwe Rosenberg's other games, so I have no doubt they'll hit this one out of the park as well. No clue when we might see an actual release, but Digidiced usually doesn't run beta tests for too long, so I'd expect to see this on our iOS, Android, and PC/Mac/Linux machines by year's end.

We'll let you know when they go live and whatever else we learn about from Digidiced (which always seems to be a lot).



Pandemic Makes It to the Big Screen
When we visited with Asmodee Digital at Gen Con, we noticed an icon for Pandemic: The Board Game listed as an upcoming release. This seemed odd because we've been playing Pandemic on our iPad since 2013. Today we figured out what it was there for. Pandemic has gone live on Steam for PC/Mac.

I haven't tried it on my laptop yet, but from the video it doesn't appear to be much changed from its mobile predecessor. There's still no online multiplayer and no AI, so you're stuck with playing solo or hotseat with multiple characters. I don't mind--I prefer my coops solo--but it remains to be seen how the Steam community will respond to that.

You can pick up Pandemic on Steam right now for $10.

- Pandemic: The Board Game for iOS Universal, $5
- Pandemic: The Board Game for Android, $5
- Pandemic: The Board Game for PC/Mac via Steam, $10
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First Look: King and Assassins

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- Visually amazing and great UI execution
- Needs an online community.

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Let's find a time to breathe some life into this online community. Coordinate below and lets play!
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First Look: The Draugr

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App News: Exodus: Proxima Centauri Prepares for Launch, Asmodee Surprises with King and Assassins, a Few More Gen Con Tidbits We Forgot and more...

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Exodus: Proxima Centauri Arrives on Steam Tomorrow
Offworld Games, best known for their Tolkien-less take on Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation (which worked despite the dearth of Gandalf, much to their credit), has announced that their next board game port, Exodus: Proxima Centauri is set to arrive on Steam tomorrow.

This is one I haven't played, but sounds like it's right up my alley. A 4X sci-fi game? Yep, sign me up. Here's the blurb:

Offworld wrote:
Fight for dominance in the epic, empire-building game of Exodus: Proxima Centauri.

Exodus: Proxima Centauri is a 4X board game by NSKN games, featuring an original universe where players eXplore new planets using ships and technologies, eXpand their empires via research and colonization, eXploit their opponents tactically and politically, and eXterminate anyone who stands in your way. Each decision has lasting effects on game play, making every match unique and challenging.

Offworld Games has taken this classic title and adapted it for all channels of digital game play. Every piece of the game has been formed into a seamless and intuitive design, easy to use and learn for both desktop and mobile players. We aim to not only provide the awesome board game experience of Exodus: Proxima Centauri, but to expand upon it in ways only the digital medium allows. We want playing Exodus to feel immersive, like players are commanding from the bridge of their capital ships or debating in the High Council chambers, with access to all the tools they’ll needs to make informed decisions while subverting their opponents.

The game features original artwork and scenery, boasting fully-rendered ships and interiors with beautiful spacescapes for an immersive player experience. Customizable skins and characters allow players to show off their accomplishments throughout the game and highlight their skills as fleet admirals to politicians.

I told you it sounded awesome. The digital version will have AI for solo play as well as asynchronous online multiplayer. Online multiplayer will also be cross-platform, which is important because it's coming to both PC and Mac tomorrow, but will also be heading to iOS and Android later this year.

The price on Steam will be $15 and you'll be able to buy it at the link below once it goes on sale, sometime tomorrow.

- Exodus: Proxima Centauri for PC/Mac via Steam, $15




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App News: Handelabra Tackling Aeon's End and Spirit Island, Nomad Working on Quartermaster General, Gem Rush Arrives on Steam, The Draugr Hits the App Store and more...

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Handelabra's Next Two Projects Revealed
While Handelabra Games Inc. has been busy of late with updating One Deck Dungeon with the Forest of Shadows expansion, don't think they're planning on getting rest any time soon. In fact, with their upcoming projects they'll be busier than ever. Today we learned that Handelabra is currently working on a port of Indie Boards & Cards' cooperative deck-builder, Aeon's End, and should have a digital version released in 2019.

That's not all, however. We also learned that they've signed a licensing deal with Greater Than Games to bring Spirit Island to our touchscreens. They haven't even started work on Spirit Island yet, but still plan on releasing it before 2019 gives up the ghost.

Both projects are still in their infancy (Spirit Island is still just a twinkle in Handelabra's eye), but we'll stay on top of this and keep you in the loop if/when any new news about these two projects goes live.



Nomad Games Bringing Quartermaster General to Digital
Last we heard from Nomad Games Ltd (II), they were shaking the dust of Talisman: Digital Edition off and were planning on seeing the world! In blog terms that means they're bringing Mystic Vale, Cat Lady, and Space Base to digital. That's not the end of what Nomad has up their sleeve, however, as today we learned that they're also bringing Quartermaster General from Griggling Games, Inc. to digital as well.

Having not played Quartermaster General, it's blurb time:

Nomad Games wrote:
Quartermaster General is a fast-paced game that puts YOU in command of the major powers of the Second World War. In Quartermaster General, supply is crucial to keep your armies and navies fighting; destroy your enemies' supply lines and their forces will surrender!

During a game of Quartermaster General, you will play one or more countries on either the Axis or Allied team, and try to score as many Victory Points for your team as you can. After 20 rounds of play, the team with the most Victory Points wins the game. You earn Victory Points by occupying the starred Supply Spaces on the board, or as indicated on the cards.

Quartermaster General plays 2-6 and games last 90 mins on the tabletop. I'll assume they're much shorter on a tablet. One thing we're not sure of is the online multiplayer. I'm assuming it will be there, but not sure if Quartermaster General is well suited to asynchronous play or if Nomad will implement it, something they haven't done with their flagship title, Talisman.

We'll have a bit of time to figure all that out, as development is just getting underway and we shouldn't even expect any more news about the game until early 2019. We do know that they're targeting iOS, Android, and Steam. We'll pass along anything else we dig up.



Gem Rush Arrives on Steam
The past couple years I've kind of fallen in love with Victory Point Games. Where, once, I would have not played a VPG game poo-pooing the subpar components, now I've come to realize that their library has the best collection of cooperative/solitaire games on the market. Not only that, but over the past few years they've gone from clam shell pizza boxes and paper maps to some of the prettiest games you'll find.

My love for VPG has reared its head by backing just about everything they've thrown on Kickstarter for the past couple of years. One of their latest was a game I knew nothing about but backed solely because I could play it solitaire and it had the VPG label on it. That game is Gem Rush (Second Edition), a game about tunnel digging dwarves.

VPG wrote:
You are a dwarf and dwarves dig; it is a matter of pride and honor. But very few can join you among the ranks of the best. In a magical mine, pickaxe in hand, you race together or separately to claim the prestige your skills can earn.

Since its discovery, the King has been anxious to delve ever further and explore the magical properties in this mountain's incredibly gem-rich region. Answering the call, the best among the dwarves are ready to explore them. This is what Dwarves thrive on -- an absolute Gem Rush!

You alone, or with up to six of your friends, can play Gem Rush as competing or cooperating dwarves in a magical mine. Using your special skill to advantage and through the clever positioning of the rooms you clear and claim for the King, you must navigate each room's special ability through the clever acquisition and use of Gem cards.

While this is all exciting, you're not here for cardboard, but digital and that's when I drop the news that Gem Rush is now available for PC/Mac/Linux on Steam.

The digital version of Gem Rush is a fairly faithful recreation of the cardboard version, right down to the graphics. It even fails to provide AI for solo play, but you can still use the solitaire rules to play just as you would at your lonely game table.

There is both asynchronous online and hotseat multiplayer and more:

VPG wrote:
Features
-Leverage more than 60 room abilities
-20 unique player skills adorned with dwarven poetry
-Competitive, cooperative, and solitaire game modes (1-7 players)
-Online and hotseat multiplayer options
-Play a quick game and watch the action unfold, or play an asynchronous game where you only need to take one turn per day
-Faithful adaptation of the Gem Rush board game, programmed by the designer

The game is currently on sale through August 13, so you can pick it up until then for $9.

- Gem Rush for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $9




Solitaire Title, The Draugr, Comes to iOS
The Draugr is a print-and-play game from Todd Sanders that you can find as Micro Game #2 on the Geek Store. You can also find it on the App Store for iOS Universal.

BGG wrote:
The Draugr, reanimated dead imbued with magical powers, have come to the region of Trøndelag seeking to corrupt the town of Stjørdal. Only you, a lone revenant hunter, can protect the town and slay they who walk again.

Armed with limited supply of holy water and iron spikes you enter the town square and prepare for the coming onslaught.

The Draugr is a solitaire game, designed by Todd Sanders, playing in about 20 minutes.

To win, you must slay 4 of the 6 Draugr. If at anytime during Phase 1 all 7 Townspeople, or more than 7 of the cards (a combination of Townspeople and Locations) are corrupted you lose.

Creepy, eh? The digital version also includes an expansion, a suggested card layout for first time players, as well as 3 optional rules to make the game even harder to win. It also has creepy music, but you were expecting that, right?

The Draugr is available right now for iOS Universal.

- The Draugr for iOS Universal, $2



Feudum Possibly Making Way to Digital in 2019
Feudum recently wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign and is currently available for preorder, but we're more interested in what the creators mentioned back in July. Basically, they're looking to find someone who can bring Feudum to iOS, Android, and PC/Mac/Linux in 2019.

Blurb time!

Blimey! You and your blokes have been banished and stripped of everything but a few shillings and table scraps. Undaunted, you journey to a strange land to reinvent yourself and reclaim your honor. Will you farm the earth, fight as knights or finagle your own feudums?

Feudum (latin for fiefdom) is an economic medieval game of hand and resource management for 2-5 players. With many strategies at their disposal, players optimize four actions per turn in attempt to score the most victory points over five epochs.

Each player controls several medieval characters that roam the countryside tending farms, taxing towns and taking outposts in effort to rise in power.

But that’s only the tip of the behemoth's horn! You will also compete to acquire coveted feudums, which increase your membership status in one of six guilds. But beware! Feudum owners must pay homage to the king through military service or face the charge of disloyalty.

Once a guild member, you will dutifully play your part in a progressive economic cycle, whereby the farmer ships goods to the merchant who equips the alchemist, who invents black powder, which arms the knight, and so on.

If you run your guilds wisely, maintain control of key locations and adapt best to changing events, you will be victorious. Unless, of course, you starve, get sidetracked by sea serpents or develop an unhealthy interest in fermented grapes. Long live the King!

Sounds good to me, but the digital plans are still just that: plans.

3. Feudum App development in 2019 is a real possibility. I am in talks with a major app development firm that would make Feudum playable on any iOS, Android, PC, Mac or Linux device across every platform. Stay tuned!

Still, that's better than nothing. As usual, we'll let you know if we hear anything going forward.





Czech Games Confirms Leaders & Wonders Expansion for Cardboard and Digital
Not a lot to say about this one because, at this point, there just isn't much news. That said, Through the Ages is, by far, my most played board game app ever, so any news about it is big news (to me).

Designer Vlaada Chvátil wasn't at Gen Con this year, but I did manage to talk to Czech Games Edition head honcho, Petr Murmak instead. He mentioned that they're currently working on fine tuning the long-awaited Leaders & Wonders expansion for Through the Ages and are planning on bringing it to both our tabletops and touchscreens in 2019. They're currently using the app to playtest new cards, which is pretty cool.

Petr said we won't have any more info until early 2019, but it's good to know that there's more TtA goodness on the way.

- Through the Ages for iOS Universal, $10
- Through the Ages for Android, $10
- Through the Ages for PC/Mac via Steam, $15
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Gen Con App News: Asmodee Digital, FFG, and More

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Gen Con is underway and for the first time in more than half a decade, I am not there.

Dave is still on the scene though and giving me news as he gets it. Let’s get into what we learned last night and today.




FFG had a few things in their in-flight report last night.

Mansions of Madness Mother’s Embrace
While this was announced previously, a new trailer was released at Gen Con. It was also announced that it will be on Steam in Q1 2019.

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KeyForage Announced
KeyForge is a new card game form FFG and designed by Richard Garfield. Details are still forthcoming but it seems like this will be a unique on the competitive card game. Not collectible but an interesting experience.

It also appears to have a pretty robust digital component to track cards and meta.



They also released this full trailer:






Asmodee digital lead off with a bombshell:

Gloomhaven is Coming to Digital
Asmodee digital has teamed up with Cephalofair Games to bring Gloomhaven to digital platforms. This version will share a lot with the board game while providing a unique rouge like experience.

From the press release:
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Developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, Gloomhaven is a dungeon-crawling RPG featuring tactical turn-based combat, and for the first time, an infinitely replayable roguelike mode that will be available during Early Access launch and beyond. Set in a medieval fantasy world, players will struggle to survive through procedurally generated dungeons filled with deadly enemies, equipment to find, and powerful abilities to unlock, with much more in the works for the full launch.

They also provided a pretty interesting teaser trailer:


They also announced a bunch of new games some of which are coming this year:

Bang! - Q3 2018
Bananagrams - Q3 2018
Five Tribes - Q3 2018

This is an top of a bunch of already announced stuff including Gloom, Munchkin, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Onitama, Terrafomring Mars, Scythe, etc. It is going to be a crazy 2018 for games from Asmodee digital.


Dire Wolf Digital
Dave had a chance to chat with Dire Wolf. They didn’t have anything to announce except to say that there will be new announcements later this year. This includes both Renegade and other titles.


One Deck Dungeon Forest of Shadows Released
It seems that releases don’t even stop for Gen Con. Handelabra dropped the latest One Deck Dungeon expansion, Forest of Shadows.

This expansion includes 5 new dungeons, 5 new heroes, 44 new encounters and more. This is available on all platforms right now. Come check it out.




That’s it for now, but I am sure I will be back tomorrow with more.
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Preview: Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions
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This is a unique video for us. We got an early look at a physical product that will be coming to digital later this month.

Also my daughter really wanted to help out so catch some bloopers at the end of the video.
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