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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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Hybrid Lab: Clank! with the Renegade Studios App

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With this post, I'm formalizing our coverage of hybrid board games with this semi-regular feature: the Hybrid Lab.

Clank!
Availability: iOS, Android
Price: Free
Store Links: iOS, Android

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App Release: Fighting Fantasy Legends

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Nomad Games Ltd (II), the developers behind Talisman and the Smash Up for digital platforms just released their latest game: Fighting Fantasy Legends.

We've seen this classic books series visited before with Sorcery! from Inkle and The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (2016) from Tin Man Games, but Nomad seems to be taking a new approach.

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Nomad Games has released its latest game Fighting Fantasy Legends, based on three of the classic gamebooks City of Thieves, Citadel of Chaos and The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. The objective of the game is to explore the dangerous continent of Allansia, facing rogues and monsters and piecing together cryptic clues to complete perilous quests.

Will you help lift the curse on the village of Silverton and defeat Zanbar Bone, or choose first to journey to Firetop Mountain to defeat Zagor the Warlock. Your quest will not be complete without the assassination of Balthus Dire, who is protected by mythical monsters and dangerous fiends in the Citadel.


You can pick up the game now on iOS, Android, and Steam.

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App News: Warhammer Quest 2 First Trailer, Onirim Comes to Steam and Expands, Miracle Merchant Coming Soon, and More

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Warhammer Quest 2
Perchang Games reached out this week to share with us a brand new trailer for Warhammer Quest 2. The original Warhammer Quest is, in my opinion, one of the greatest digital board games. These new version looks better than ever. Check out the trailer:





Onirim Arrives on Steam and the Oniverse Expansion Drops
It appears the team at Asmodee Digital never sleeps, choosing instead to continue to update and released new digital board games. Onirim has already received numerous expansions and now we’ve got the Oniverse expansion available today on iOS and Android for $0.99.

On top of that, the game is available on Steam with all the current expansions available for $0.99 each.

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Miracle Merchant Coming 8/3
TinyTouchTales is the team behind some of our favorite digital original games such as Card Thief and Card Crawl. Dave has been tracking their latest game, Miracle Merchant, over on Stately Play.

The good news is this game is arriving in just one week. On August 3rd, we’ll be able to take a look at this game. For now, check out this trailer:





Elder Scrolls Legends Now on iPhone
Elder Scrolls Legends is a digital collectible card game set in the universe of Skyrim and the other Elder Scrolls games. For the first time, the game is now available on phones. You can try out the game on today on iOS and Android.
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App News: New Pathfinder Content Coming Next Week and Nomads Brings Free Stuff to Talisman

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Pathfinder Adventures Getting Rise of the Goblins Next Week
Even despite all the bugs that have plagued Pathfinder Adventures since its release last year, it still sits right at the top of my favorite board games on my iPad. Unfortunately, since they wrapped up the Rise of the Runelords campaign last year, there hasn't been much news on the new content front.

Now that Asmodee Digital has taken over the publishing duties, it seems like we can expect more content out of Obsidian Entertainment. Today they announced the next content update is called Rise of the Goblins and it's coming to Pathfinder next week.



Rise of the Goblins is a 5 scenario adventure deck that puts you in the filthy shoes of the goblins leading up to the events that take place in the Rise of the Runelords campaign. That's right, you'll see some of the same events happen, although this time you'll be the bad guys. They're including two new Goblin "heroes" to play and, because you'll need a party of baddies, they're also converting all the iconic characters we've been playing with since launch into goblins as well, complete with new abilities. Besides using the goblin characters in the Rise of the Goblins campaign, you can also bring them in and play with them in the regular Rise of the Runelords campaign as well.



The other change in the new goblin campaign is several of the henchman and boss cards. They'll no longer be adversaries and, instead, you'll be able to hire them as allies.



There is also a new set of Goblin Dice that will be available in the expansion, which will be $9 and available for iOS, Android, and PC/Mac next week. If you buy the expansion on one platform, it will be available to play on any device you have linked to your account.

Apart from the Rise of the Goblins campaign, the Obsidian announcement also talks about upcoming character specific campaigns.

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The next content after our goblin deck is still being designed (and possibly named something else) but it is currently being called a Side Quest and is going to be character specific. Meaning you can do them with different sized parties but it requires the character of focus to be in the party.

While this is subject to change, we plan on opening up with a series of five scenarios that explore some events that befall Valeros (he does have an interesting backstory) and culminate in unique rewards and a new character added to the roster.

Who that character is has been currently narrowed down to one of two choices but they will be coming from the Fighter Class Deck and it isn't another version of Valeros, so that's your hint.


Hmmm...we're going to have to keep our eyes open. Unfortunately, the announcement is notable for what it doesn't mention: Skull & Shackles or Wrath of the Righteous.

- Pathfinder Adventures for iOS Universal, free
- Pathfinder Adventures for Android, free
- Pathfinder Adventures for PC/Mac via Steam, $25



Free Content for Talisman and Talisman: Horus Heresy Arrives, Plus a New T:HH Expansion
This weekend Games Workshop Ltd. is having a huge event on Steam called Skulls for the Skull Throne, and I'm assuming they only stopped there because Steam has rules about using the word "skull" three times in a sentence. During the event, all of Games Workshop's digital titles on Steam are on sale from 25-90% off, so if you're interested in any of them, check out their Steam page here.

While that's all great and everything, we want to focus on Nomad Games Ltd (II) two fantastic Talisman titles, Talisman: Digital Edition and Talisman: The Horus Heresy. To celebrate the Skulls for Skully Skull Skull thingamabob, they are giving away free content! For Talisman owners, you can log in and will get a new character, the Witch Doctor. He does all sorts of Witch Doctor things like cursing other players, casting spells, and healing.

For Talisman: Horus Heresy players, you get two free warlords, Sanguinius, Primarch of the Blood Angels Legion and Ka’Bahandha the mightiest of Khorne's servants. You also get a few new encounters and four new game endings.

All you need to do to get these free characters is log in and claim them. If you want some more content for T:HH, Nomad has also released a new expansion today, The Shadow Crusade. This expansion isn't free, but it brings six new warlords, new Stratagems, Places, Strangers, and Events to mix things up quite a bit.

Nomad wrote:
For the Traitors:
Lorgar Aurelian - The Golden Son, Master of the Word Bearers.
Zardu Layak- The Crimson Apostle.

For the Loyalists:
Captain Remus Ventanus - The Saviour of Calth.
Tylos Rubio - Knight Errant, former Codicer of the Ultramarines.

Both Loyalist and Traitor may also play as a Legion Forge Lord, or the Legion Primus Medicae.


If you never picked up either Talisman game, or still have some DLC you've been wanting to get, you should do that during the Skulls for Skully Skulls and More Skull for Skull event as well. The base games are both on sale for 80% off, and all expansion content is also on sale for up to 60% off.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $2
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $1.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Kindle, $3
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $1.60

- Talisman: Horus Heresy for iOS Universal, $2
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for Android, $2.50
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for PC/Mac via Steam, $3


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App News: Digidiced Announces Two More Board Game Ports and...that's really all I have today

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DIGIDICED Developing Two More Uwe Rosenberg Games for Mobile
Earlier this morning I was talking with the folks at Digidiced UG to see if they had any Gen Con plans this year when they dropped a little nugget of information on us. I felt a bit like Indiana Jones when he replaces the golden idol with a bag of sand and everything looks like it's going to work out.

A mere few minutes later, I discovered this:



It was at this point that I felt like Indiana Jones when the bag of sand begins descending into the altar and everything goes to hell. Yes, I'm comparing Suzanne to Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark; there is no news story we can possess that she cannot take away!

So, the two games in development are Uwe Rosenberg's Cottage Garden and Bohnanza: The Duel. We don't know much other than they're being worked on...oh, wait...hold on...what's this?



Okay, she's ahead of us on that one, too. Still, that's not too big of a story...we kind of expect DIGIDICED to give us full-featured, polished apps, so I can't really say Suzanne beat us...wait, what?



OH, C'MON!

Ok, so it looks like Patchwork is getting some new AI work as well. Turns out it's not being done by Uwe Rosenberg, however, but actually being created by the AI programmer. Oh, I didn't find that news on my own, either...you guessed it....



That's it, I'm done for the day. Well, at least until Suzanne tweets something else.
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App News: Triple Agent Coming This Week, Maquis on Sale, Runescape Mobile Beta

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Triple Agent Party Game Releases July 20th
Triple Agent is an original party game coming to mobile this week. You can play with 5 to 9 people and there are hidden roles, bluffing and more.

The style looks great and the gameplay sounds awesome. Be on the lookout for it later this week.





Maquis and Constantinople on Sale
Boardnaut Games have put Maquis and Constantinople on sale. These are both great game so pick them up now while you can:

Maquis iOS - $0.99
Constantinople iOS - $0.99
Maquis Android - Free
Constantinople Android - $1.49



Runescape Mobile Versions Enters Beta
Runescape has been rumored to be coming to Mobile for a while now and it seems like it is finally on its way. Today Jagex announced that this classic MMO is making is coming to Beta on Mobile soon.



If you want to sign up for this beta, check out their tweet:
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App News: More 7 Wonders Beta Info, Burgle Bros. Enters Beta, New Content Coming to Card Thief and more...

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7 Wonders Beta Updates
As we all know, the 2nd beta for 7 Wonders launched back on July 7. Over the weekend, the beta was updated with the usual bug fixes and whatnot, but the patch notes stated something we hadn't seen before. Namely, a release date.

These patch notes state that we can expect the iPad version to launch in September with the Android version to follow in December. If true, we only have 2 more months before the serpentine tale of mobile 7 Wonders comes to an end. How many days is that, Morgansilver?

They've also told us that we can report all we want on the beta, so I'm hoping to have some sort of report later this week with screenshots and more. Stay tuned.



Burgle Bros. Beta Begins
As I was perusing the 7 Wonders beta this weekend, a surprise email arrived inviting me into another beta. This one was from designer Tim Fowers and it was for Burgle Bros., a game that I've not yet played on the tabletop.

I don't have much to say at this point because, frankly, there are simply too many really good games (and betas) out right now and getting to them all is a struggle. A huge struggle. Seriously, cry for me. At this point, I just really wanted to let you know that the beta has started, so it won't be too long before Burgle Bros. shows up on our devices. I'm also going to contact Tim Fowers and see if it's okay to share screenshots at this point. If so, I'll write up a report on the Burgle Bros. beta as well.



New Card Thief Content Enters Beta
In the Burgle Bros. blurb above, I mentioned how great a year it's been for mobile gaming. As proof, I offer you Card Thief. Any other year, Card Thief would be my #1 go-to game. This year, I haven't played Card Thief in over a month because of other games that keep getting released and taking up my time. I'll be honest...it's Race for the Galaxy's fault.

Tinytouchtales is too great of a developer to not be mentioned in Game of the Year arguments, however, and to push Card Thief back into the forefront, they're adding a ton of new content. That content has just landed in beta form (yes, it's the day of beta news), and should be coming to the released version soon.

The new content offers different thieves you can hire to your guild with your stolen swag, as well as a contract merchant who offers daily contracts you can take and compare your scores against others. These contracts will shake things up a bit by changing the rules slightly for each run, with different goals and challenges in each contract.

The new thieves each have different abilities which will completely alter the way you play Card Thief. I haven't played the beta a lot yet (again, damn you RftG!), but what I've seen looks pretty amazing. More on all this as the beta goes forward!



HexWar and Lordz Bring Lightning: D-Day to Mobile
HexWar and The Lordz Games Studio have formed a working relationship that we first found out about when we heard they were collaborating on the digital version of Commands & Colors: Ancients. Turns out that's not the only title they're teaming up on, as last week they released Dan Verssen's card game, Lightning: D-Day.

Lightning: D-Day is a 2-player card game that tackles the first day of Operation Overlord with a 110-card deck.

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This 1 on 1 card game recreates the drama of the day Allied soldiers went ashore in occupied France, 6 June 1944. Each of the historic landing beaches - Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah - is represented by its own card, as are the defending German divisions and attacking Allied units. The Allies must marshal their resources to gain and secure control of as many beaches as they can by day's end: a run-through of the 110-card deck.

However, the Axis has the starting advantage; the Allies need to avoid being caught dead in the water. Although most units are preassigned to a beach, each game is won or lost by the placement of cards that provide additional forces or support. Not only is the state of each beach important to consider for these decisions, but also the geography of the coastline - after a beach has been won, the victorious forces can flank adjacent beaches. Both players must always be thinking ahead, looking for ways to best utilise their cards down the line.


The app is available for iOS Universal, Android, PC, and Mac. It offers solo play vs. AI as well as cross-platform multiplayer (not sure if asynchronous or not), and hotseat multiplayer.

- Lightning: D-Day for iOS Universal, $5
- Lightning: D-Day for Android, $6.50
- Lightning: D-Day for PC/Mac, $9 (on sale. Use code DDAYLAUNCH when checking out for the discount)



Antihero Released for PC/Mac, Coming to Mobile
Antihero is an original board game that was released last week for PC/Mac and is going to be making its way to mobile later this year. The game plops you in the sneaky shoes of a master thief whose guild wants full control of a foggy, Victorian metropolis. Unfortunately, there are other guilds in the city with the same goal. Conflict ensues.

The backbone of the game is resource gathering and management, as you need to collect enough gold and "lanterns" to hire more thieves and unlock new advances in your guild. New thieves can be urchins, who you can use to infiltrate banks and churches, offering you new resources each turn. You can hire thugs to block your opponent's minions, or bosses who lead gangs of thugs about town, causing trouble and removing your enemies from locations.

There's more. The game has a lot of other mechanisms such as blackmail and assassinations which are doled out piecemeal in a solo campaign that acts as a tutorial. Apart from the campaign, there is also a skirmish mode for games against the AI, or online multiplayer for games against living, breathing thieves. The online play can be either asynchronous or real-time, you choose.

- Antihero for PC/Mac via Steam, $13.50 (on sale)
- Antihero for PC/Mac via GoG, $13.50 (on sale)





Don't Starve Updated with "No Sweat" Mode
There are two types of people in this world: those that think Don't Starve is incredibly difficult, and those who haven't played Don't Starve.

While it's one of my favorite games on my iPad, starting a new game always feels a bit like work. I know I'm in for a long, hard game that will test me and, eventually, make me very, very sad. Sounds great, doesn't it? It is! Then again, it would be nice to, every now and then, maybe have is a little easier. Klei Entertainment feels the same way, apparently, as they have updated the iOS Universal version of Don't Starve with a new mode called "No Sweat" which lowers the difficulty and makes surviving in the brave new world a little more likely.

If you were turned off by Don't Starve due to it's difficulty and roguelike permadeath, now might be the time to reinstall and see why Don't Starve is one of the best PC games ever to find its way to your mobile device. It's also only $1, which is kind of insane. Getting all this content for $1 is as close to stealing as you're going to find. Unfortunately, the new update only appears to have landed on the iOS version. We'll let you know if we see it pop up on the Android version.

- Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for iOS Universal, $1
- Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for Android, $5
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First Look: Shephy...on Switch!

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Price: Free ($3.99 to unlock all, $4.99 on Switch)
Store Links: iOS, Android, Switch

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App News: 7 Wonders Announcement, Another Hearthstone Expansion Incoming and Clank Companion Expands

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It's 7/7/17, So What's That 7 Wonders Announcement?
Back in May Repos Production teased us saying that something big was coming in regards to 7 Wonders on July 7, 2017. That's 7/7/17, so there are a lot of sevens, get it? Depending on how much you've been drinking this week, you might not have realized that TODAY is July 7, 2017. So, have we heard any big announcements?

Turns out today is the 7th anniversary of the release of 7 Wonders and they're planning on all sorts of little updates throughout the day. The one we've been waiting for is here, however:



That's right, 7 Wonders has entered beta! Oh, wait...didn't they do that way back in 2015? Yep, they did. Turns out they had to scrap the program and restart from scratch in 2016, so this is a new beta. They also need people to sign up for the beta, which you can do right here. The subscription appears to not be working right now (well, I'm getting an error when I try to sign up, at least), so keep trying.

As for when we might see the game actually appear on our tablets? 2017!




Hearthstone Expanding Again with Knights of the Frozen Throne
As I think I've mentioned in the past, I stopped playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft a while back when I just couldn't keep track of all the new cards and what meta was THE meta. It just started to make me feel old, like most CCGs do as they inevitably get larger and larger. As such, I stopped paying too much attention to new expansions as they launched, but this latest one has me thinking I might get back in. Titled Knights of the Frozen Throne, it tackles my favorite content from World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and offers up new mechanisms that we haven't seen in Hearthstone before.

Knights of the Frozen Throne will offer up 135 new cards, which is pretty standard for a Hearthstone expansion. The cool stuff involves more single-player content and a new class...kind of.

Blizzard had originally alternated expansions between large 140 card expansions and small, single-player expansions. I loved the single-player expansions which forced you to play weird decks to beat bosses that broke the regular rules of Hearthstone. Last year, Blizzard Entertainment announced that they wouldn't be producing the single-player adventures anymore, but Knights of the Frozen Throne includes single-player content! Better yet, unlike the old expansions which you had to pay for each "wing", this new content is free. There are 8 single-player missions, culminating in a battle with Arthas, The Lich King himself. Woohoo!

The other cool addition is the inclusion of the Death Knight class. Ever since Hearthstone was launched, it was assumed a new class would join the original nine classes, with Death Knight being the obvious choice. This expansion finally comes through on that promise, but only kind of. Instead of being a completely new class that you can play from scratch, any class can "become" a Death Knight by playing something called a Hero Card.

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Hero cards are an entirely new card type that are neither spell, minion, nor weapon. When played, each Death Knight Hero card replaces your hero, casts a Battlecry, dons some hefty armor, AND provides a new Hero Power. While each Death Knight hero is different, they all offer possibilities that can transform the way you play Hearthstone.


I have to admit, that sounds pretty great.

They haven't announced a launch date yet (that I can find), but VentureBeat is saying that it will be here in August.





Clank! Companion App Gets Sunken Treasures
High on the list of games to buy when I have any money is Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure. I think my kids would really dig it, and it has a cool companion app that doesn't just help you play the cardboard version, but adds new content to it.

Yesterday, the Renegade Game Studios app was updated to include the Clank!: Sunken Treasures expansion content as well, making me want to buy this darn game even more. I really need a job if anyone's looking to hire a crappy writer who knows a lot about board and video games. Yeah, that's a huge market.

The Renegade Companion app is pretty cool and works with a bunch of their games including FUSE and Flatline: A FUSE Aftershock Game as well as the aforementioned Clank!. Oh, and it's free which is always a bonus.

- Renegade Game Studios Companion App for iOS Universal, free
- Renegade Game Studios Companion App for Android, free
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