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App News: Pathfinder Adventures Expands, Ticket to Ride First Journey Imminent, Doomtrooper CCG Now on Kickstarter, and Cahoots! Is Getting Pretty

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It's been over a week since we last chatted. Sorry, but Through the Ages has taken over most of my waking moments. Well, that and XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. I think they've even taken over some of my non-waking moments, as I'm pretty sure I had a dream that Michelangelo was taking cover behind the Hanging Gardens at one point. <shudder>

Anyway, we're back. Don't worry, there hasn't been much news transpiring over the past week (another reason for our absence), so you're not out of the loop. Let's get to it.


Pathfinder Adventures Adds "A Fighter's Tale" and Lowers Prices
We were surprised last night by a sneaky update to one of our favorites, Pathfinder Adventures. Obsidian Entertainment and Asmodee Digital have updated the app to include new content, bug fixes, and have even shaken up the IAP. Let's take a look.

The new content is called "A Fighter's Tale" and involves a side quest you can take if Valeros is in your party during the Rise of the Runelords campaign. The side quest has 5 new scenarios, new henchman, villains, and a bunch of new loot. It also comes with a new character, a gnome fighter.

The bug fixes are legion, but we're used to that in Pathfinder Adventures. Get over it.

As for the price changes, this might be the most interesting part. They've lowered the prices of just about everything in the IAP store for the mobile version, and in some cases removed the option to pay for new content with in-game gold. Why? Because this.

Here's a list of all the changes:



The app is still free to download on mobile, with the Steam version coming in at a crisp $25. Then again, the PC/Mac version comes with the entire Rise of the Runelords campaign in tow.

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



Ticket to Ride: First Journey Release Imminent
Not a lot to talk about with this one, other than the fact that we've learned we can expect it to arrive later this week.

Ticket to Ride: First Journey (U.S.) simplifies the basic game of Ticket to Ride so even the youngest players can play. Instead of choosing between face up cards and the draw deck, you just draw 2 cards each turn. Cities are marked with 3D images instead of names, so kids don't need to read, and you simply get 1 VP for each completed ticket with the winner being the first to get 10. The game is colorful and the city icons are all displayed in 3D and jump around as links are made. Kids should love it. Adults, go play the original TtR.

The app has both a US and Europe map, but doesn't include online play. You can mix/match humans and AI for pass-and-play, but that's it.

We're not sure how much the app will cost when it launches, but it's another title from Asmodee Digital, and their apps all seem to be in that $3-5 range.

Watch for it to land on iOS, Android, and Steam later this week.



Doomtrooper CCG Heads to Kickstarter
Doomtrooper is another one of those games that appears to have a following, yet I haven't heard of. Not surprising in this case, as it appears to have been one of the slew of CCGs launched in the mid-90s trying to cash in on Magic: The Gathering's magic.

Sounds like Doomtrooper was one of the good ones, however. A fan of the game, Justin Reynard, just happens to have himself a development studio and has taken it upon himself to get a digital version of this classic CCG onto our screens.

The Kickstarter is for the PC/Mac versions so there will be no pesky iOS code shenanigans if you plan on backing. That said, mobile platforms are part of their stretch goals, so if you want to see Doomtrooper on your iOS or Android device, give them some money.

They're looking for $15K to get the project rolling and have already pulled in over $12K in one day, so I don't think we have to worry too hard about this one succeeding.

Head over to the Doomtrooper Kickstarter page and take a look at what the game is about and what their campaign has to offer. You can also head over here and sign up for beta access, which is planned to still happen in 2017.



Cahoots! Getting Updated With New Art
Cahoots is a pretty great trick taking game in which has been on the App Store since 2014, but you might only now be hearing about. Why? Because the physical version is getting a facelift courtesy of Mayday Games and an upcoming Kickstarter.

The Kickstarter will be for the physical version of Cahoots, but Josh Edwards, the developer of the iOS version, will also have access to the new artwork, giving him the chance to make the app as shiny as possible.

If the new artwork is like the new cover (and it is), then Cahoots is going to be one pretty card game.



Still not convinced? Take it from our own Brad, who's quoted on the iTunes page as saying, "This is currently my favorite trick taking game, digital or tabletop." What a pull quote! There are a lot more, and the app is currently sporting 4.5 stars on the App Store, which isn't anything to sneeze at.

- Cahoots for iOS Universal, $2
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App Release: Through the Ages (yes, it's on iOS now!)

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Compatibility: iOS Universal, Android
Current Price: $10
Developer/Publisher: Czech Games Edition
Version: 1.0.60
Download Size: 119 MB (iOS)
Multiplayer: Online asynchronous and pass-and-play
AI: Yes, 3 levels
iTunes Link: Through the Ages
Android Link: Through the Ages
BGG Entry: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
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App News: Through the Ages Released...On Android!

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Through the Ages Hits Road Bump With Apple, Android Version Released
If you're like us, you've been checking the App Store every 2-3 minutes today to see if Through the Ages from Czech Games Edition has gone live. You therefore already know that it hasn't.

Earlier today, CGE tweeted this:



So, it seemed like a good chance that we'd be seeing it go live on both iOS and Android at about 1pm EDT. That time has passed, and it was released, but only for Android. Where is the iOS version? Turns out the app was rejected, as CGE has explained on their site:

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Allow us to update you on the release of the Through the Ages app for Android and iOS, mainly answering the question: "Why isn't it available RIGHT NOW?!"

CGE digital completed the app already a few days ago, but before we can put it up on the App Store it has to go through an approval-process by Apple. This process usually takes up to two days (which we counted on in our schedule), but a short while ago Apple decided to reject the app for minor problems. We had to change some things and the whole approval-process started over.

Long story short: If everything goes smoothly (especially at Apple), we will release on both platforms today at 5 pm GMT. If not, only Android will go live and the iOS version later.

Fun Fact: The reason of the rejection by Apple is quite humorous, even though the app is available only in English and Czech, the key problem was the inability to write Chinese characters.

We are really sorry for those who took a break from work and also those who already have broken their F5 key. Don't worry, soon you'll be able to enjoy building civilizations on your mobile devices.


So, Apple rejected the app because you couldn't write Chinese letters in their in-game chat, but the app is only available in English and Czech, so, huh? Does this mean that iOS won't be out until tomorrow or later, or will it still release later today? We don't know at this point, but you can probably stop smashing that refresh button until further notice.

For everyone on an Android device, what are you waiting for? Link below!

- Through the Ages for Android, $10


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App News: Evolution Heads to Kickstarter, Codito Lays Out 64-bit Plans, House Arrest on Android and more...

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The Next Stage of Evolution is Kickstarter
We've been talking about digital Evolution for longer than it actually took critters to crawl out of the sea and start breathing air, so it feels 7 Wonders-ish to be talking about it again and not bringing up a release date.

Instead, we're talking about a Kickstarter and a whole bunch of work that North Star Games wants to still put into the game to make it the standard by which all other board game ports are measured. Fair enough!

North Star launched the Kickstarter for Evolution: The Video Game only yesterday and they're already nearly 75% of the way to their funding goal of $40K. Don't worry, if they cross that threshold, there are stretch goals galore, most of which would be really, really cool to have in the digital version.

The folks at North Star sent us a little note that they asked us to pass along about this Kickstarter and the Evolution VG, so here goes:

North Star wrote:
Some of you have been waiting a long time for this: Evolution: The Video Game is now live on Kickstarter. It's based on our hit game Evolution, but it's also more than that. This Kickstarter campaign is your only chance to get a copy of the beta-version of the game until the game launches in Spring of next year.

We've built an internal team of 7 experienced developers that have been working for 2.5 years towards the goal of crafting the best digital tabletop game ever made.

Key features:
-fully cross-platform for Steam, iOS, and Android
-fast and fluid: you can play a game in 10 minutes
-beautiful animations that enhance gameplay instead of slowing it down
-online multiplayer that matches you with similarly skilled players
-campaigns offering new ways to play that don't exist in the physical version of the game.
-a learn-by-playing tutorial that makes learning effortless

Because we've done so much work on it, backers will have access to the beta the day the campaign ends. The rewards are loaded with in-game content only for backers. But we absolutely need your help to get us over the finish line. Back Evolution: The Video Game now.

With Gratitude,
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There you have it. There's a ton of info about the game as well as videos and whatnot, including the new trailer which you can see below. Head over to the Kickstarter and give it a gander. You might even want to click on one of those pledge buttons on the right side of the screen.





Codito Updates Le Havre and Brief History of the World, Details Plans for iOS 11
Last week Codito Development updated Le Havre (The Harbor) with 64-bit support, saving it from the iOS 11 App-ocalypse. Yesterday they did the same with their version of A Brief History of the World. If you're worried about Tigris and Euphrates or Tikal, ease your mind. They'll be coming along shortly.

Yesterday we spoke with Chris Ewington of Codito who laid out his plans for the entire Codito library. Reiner Knizia's Ra, Le Havre, and Brief History of the World have already been converted and Reiner Knizia's Tigris and Euphrates and Tikal are next on the list, and should be updated shortly. The final game in the pantheon is Medici which is old enough that Chris said it's going to take him a little longer to get it converted to 64-bits. It will get there, just down the road a bit.

On top of all the great news concerning the Codito apps surviving, Chris has also put their entire library on sale. You can currently pick up any Codito title for only $1, so if you're missing any now's the time to buy.

If you're wondering, Chris is a one-man operation and he's doing this out of loyalty to his customers who purchased the games. It's costing him a heck of a lot of time and money to convert all these titles, so even if you're not sure you'll play one of their titles, it wouldn't hurt to toss him a buck or two. If you'd like to donate any cash as a thank you to Codito's dedication, you can send a geekmail to:

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- Medici for iOS Universal, $1
- Le Havre for iOS Universal, $1
- Brief History of the World for iOS Universal, $1
- Ra for iOS Universal, $1
- Tikal for iOS Universal, $1
- Tigris & Euphrates for iOS Universal, $1
- Tigris & Euphrates for Android, $1.50



Inspector Moss: House Arrest Now Available on Android
Until this morning I was entirely unaware of Inspector Moss: House Arrest, which won first prize in the BGG Solitaire PnP contest back in 2011. That's a shame, because it sounds a bit like solitaire Clue and I love me some murder-mystery, deduction-style games. It has recently come to Android, however, so I still can't play it...but a lot of you probably can!

The Android version was developed by the same guy behind the Android version of Zombie in my Pocket, and looks to be a faithful adaptation of the print and play experience, albeit without so much printer ink and cardstock.

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Inspector Moss must investigate the mysterious death of millionaire baker, John Dough, who has been found battered at his stately country manor during a social gathering in the bachelor’s home. With an injunction in place to keep the guests from leaving, Moss has only a short window of opportunity to investigate and question the suspects. Can he eliminate the innocent and arrest the culprit before the injunction expires?

In this game, you get to play as Inspector Moss, exploring a 25-room house consisting of tiles. Each tile contains either a suspect, evidence that can be used to eliminate suspects, or something to assist you in solving the case in time.

On each turn, you roll 7 white dice and 1 colored "time" die up to 3 times. You may then use up to 6 of the dice for movement (by matching the number on the destination tile), for gathering evidence (with any 4 consecutive dice), and for getting assistance (with any 3 matching dice). After performing any actions, you must move the time marker down a number of spaces equal to the number shown on the time die plus 1 minute for every wild 6 that was used for an action.

There are 10 possible suspects in the game. Once you have collected enough evidence to eliminate 9 of them, you must arrest the remaining suspect and escort him/her to the waiting police car. If you can do all of this before time runs out, you win the game.


Sounds cool, no? It's also cheap, so if you have an Android device (no, it's not on iOS) head on over and pick it up.

- House Arrest Detective Board Game for Android, $2



Bottom of the 9th Coming to Tablets Tomorrow
Bottom of the 9th (2017), the baseball game in which you try to outthink your opponent from Handelabra Games and Greater Than Games (Dice Hate Me Games) was released last month and quickly became another feather in the Handelabra cap. A highly polished port with a ton of options for solo and online play, Bottom of the 9th did everything you'd expect a board game app to do these days. Well, almost everything, it didn't fit a tablet screen. That's changing tomorrow when Bottom of the 9th is getting a Universal upgrade allowing it to stretch out and fill the screens on iPads and Android tablets.

That's not the only thing happening with Bottom of the 9th, though. It's also coming to Steam so you can outwit your friends and family while "working" on your laptop. We don't have the release date for the Steam version other than "October" yet, but here's the link to the Steam page where you can wishlist it ahead of launch.

The Universal update will be free for existing owners of the app, so don't feel like you have to wait for the update to go live before hitting the Buy button.

- Bottom of the 9th for iPhone (soon to be iOS Universal), $5
- Bottom of the 9th for Android, $5



Thimbleweed Park Coming to iOS Next Week, Android in October
This is totally not about a board or card game, but I'm kind of in love with Thimbleweed Park, so I thought I'd pass this along. Thimbleweed Park is a point-and-click adventure game in the spirit of the LucasArts adventure games of the 80's and 90's. You know, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and all the other glorious adventure games from that era. It was created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick who developed a bunch of those games back in the day, and even created the SCUMM engine that ran most of them.

It's an absolutely wonderful game, with a deep and complex murder-mystery plot at its core, but a zany group of characters to keep things rather hilarious and take you on offshoots you wouldn't have thought of in your wildest dreams. If you'd like a more in-depth take on Thimbleweed Park, you can read my review of it over at Stately Play.

Up to this point, you've only been able to play Thimbleweed Park on an PC/Mac/Linux machine or a console (it's available for both Xbox and PS4). That's changing next week when it comes to iOS Universal on September 19th. It's also coming to Android, but not until October 3rd. If you happen to have a Switch, you can get it too. It's releasing for the Nintendo Switch on September 21st.

If you're a fan of point-and-click adventures, or story driven games in general, I can't recommend it enough. Even if you hate the old-fashioned, complex puzzles you find in point-and-click games, the devs have added an in-game hint line so you'll never be stuck for long (unless you really want to...some of us are gluttons for this kind of punishment).

- Thimbleweed Park for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $20
- Thimbleweed Park for PC/Mac/Linux via GoG, $20


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Through the Ages is Only One Week Away
With the idea of keeping the Through the Ages hype train rolling, I thought I'd remind everyone that we're only ONE WEEK away from having Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization on our devices. Yep, only 7 more days.

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Oh, I almost forgot! Czech Games Edition sent over the first trailer for Through the Ages, so take a gander at this and start counting the hours.

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