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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.

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





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: 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)





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>.



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.



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



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



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 Digital 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





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)



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, 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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We've been gone for a long time, so it's time for an info dump. Here's all the news fit to print from the past 3-4 weeks or so. We'll try to stay more up to date in the future, but can't make any promises! Thanks for reading!


Lord of the Rings LCG launching on August 8
While my excitement for the digital The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game has dropped a bit after realizing we're not getting a carbon copy of the paper version, my time with the Early Access version has still been a good one. It's a fun game that hews close to the tabletop version, but splits away and does some stuff that you can only do in the digital realm. Would I have preferred an exact replica of the cardboard version? Of course! That doesn't, however, mean that what we're getting isn't worth a look.

Speaking of taking a look, we'll all be able to do just that when the game releases for real on August 8. What's really cool about the launch isn't the date, however, it's the list of platforms. While we assumed it would be coming only via Steam, we now know that it will also be available for Xbox, PS4 and, this is the big one, Switch. I mentioned that my excitement wasn't as high, but that was sitting at my desk. Getting to play this on the go via the Switch sounds like the perfect fit.

Facts & figures
-More than 150 cards to play with.
-20 planned heroes to combine in your fellowship.
-3 campaigns for +35 hours of gameplay.
-Additional campaigns to be released post-launch.
-2 Free Encounters available and additional Encounters to be released post-launch.

If you don't want to wait for August 8th, you can hop on the PC/Mac version right now via Steam Early Access. Link below:

- LOTR: Adventure Card Game for PC/Mac via Steam Early Access, $19




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App News: Mystic Vale arrives on mobile, Scythe expands, Asmodee unveils Gloomhaven gameplay

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Mystic Vale makes the move to mobile
It's been getting great reviews for the PC/Mac version on Steam, but today Mystic Vale from Nomad Games Ltd (II) and Alderac Entertainment Group has made the move to iOS and Android.

Yes, you can now play this transparent card builder on that device you carry around in your pocket (or, if you're like my kids, the device you're constantly dropping on concrete)! To make it even better, they've included the first expansion for the game, Mystic Vale: Vale of Magic, for free. Woohoo!

Nomad wrote:
A curse has been placed on the Valley of Life. Hearing the spirits of nature cry out for aid, clans of druids have arrived, determined to use their blessings to heal the land and rescue the spirits. It will require courage and also caution, as the curse can overwhelm the careless who wield too much power.

Mystic Vale is a deck-building card game, in which players take on the role of druidic clans trying to cleanse the curse upon the land. Each turn, you play cards into your field to gain powerful advancements and useful vale cards. Use your power wisely, or decay will end your turn prematurely. Score the most victory points to win the game!

● Innovative Card Crafting System creates a game experience like you’ve never played before!
● Beautiful artwork and graphics that bring the game to life.
● Concise rules offer a deep gaming experience with meaningful decisions.
● Tremendous replay value that will increase with future expansions.

I haven't had a chance to play the digital version yet, but all indications are that Nomad really knocked it out of the park with this one and getting to play the full game for $5 is a steal. Find out for yourself at the links below:

- Mystic Vale for iOS Universal, $5
- Mystic Vale for Android, $5.50
- Mystic Vale for PC/Mac via Steam, $15





Scythe expands with Invaders From Afar
This news actually happened last week but I missed it mainly due to Scythe: Digital Edition being Steam-only and, therefore, a bit off my radar. That said, an expansion is a big deal, so let's get into it.

The released expansion is Scythe: Invaders from Afar and it brings new factions, player counts, and more.

Along the rise and fall of empires in Eastern Europa, Invaders From Afar introduces players to two distinct new factions, Clan Albion and Togawa Shogunate, who have deployed their emissaries to scout the land and plan their best strategy for conquest. Both formidable factions possess unique mechs and abilities, bringing fresh challenges, and an entirely updated way for new and seasoned players to experience Scythe: Digital Edition. While Clan Albion craves control of new territories, the Togawa Shogunate are determined to slow their enemy’s progress by placing traps behind them.



In addition to the two new factions, Invaders From Afar deepens the competition by allowing 2 additional players to join the Scythe: Digital Edition universe, for a total of up to 7 players. The expansion also adds two new player mats - Militant and Innovative - offering players new strategies to master, further determining what they can bolster, upgrade, produce, deploy, move, build, trade and enlist.

The expansion can be had on Steam for $10 and, if you're a Scythe fan, is probably already downloading.

- Scythe: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $20



Asmodee shows off Gloomhaven and reveals Early Access launch date
Considering that it's, in theory, the #1 board game of all time, we've been a bit lax on our digital Gloomhaven coverage. It's not entirely our fault. Asmodee has been unusually stingy with news...until today.

Earlier this morning Asmodee unveiled the digital version of Glooomhaven for the first time via a live Twitch stream. The whole thing was about 4 hours long and they showed off more than enough for us to realize that digital Gloomhaven is going to be something special.

The link to their Twitch channel is here. You can watch old streams there if you're interested and, if you're not interested, you should be. Link to the actual video is right here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/435226448

They also announced a release date of sorts. Not for the final product, but for the Early Access release on Steam. If you have a PC (it doesn't appear to be coming to Mac or Linux...yet) you can pick it up in Early Access on July 17.

Go watch the video and when you're finished head to the Steam page and wishlist it so you don't forget!

- Gloomhaven for PC via Steam Early Access, available July 17
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App News: Fort Sumter arrives today, One Deck Dungeon heading to phones this week, and Nomad revisits Talisman

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Fort Sumter surrendering to mobile, Steam later today
We mentioned that Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 was coming to digital less than two months ago. Looks like Playdek's been busy, as we're expecting it to land for mobile and Steam later today.

If you're not aware, Fort Sumter is a card driven area-control/hand management game from the brilliant mind of Mark Herman and GMT Games. It abstractly details the events of 1860-61 (not 1960 as some historian hacks have claimed.... whistle ) that led to the firing on Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War. One player plays as a secessionist while the other represents the Union and you play cards that allow you to place cubes in different areas/ideologies with the intent of gaining the upper hand when all hell eventually breaks loose.

Games only last about 20-30 mins, making this a perfect companion to have on whatever device you carry around in your pocket.

We didn't receive review codes for this one (they're coming at launch time) so I don't know if/when Brad or I will get a 'first impressions' post up. I'm not even sure if Brad still reads the blog, actually. Why would he when there's all that money to be had being a Wil Wheaton look alike?

No links yet for the mobile versions, but you can find the Steam version here when it launches:

- Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis for PC/Mac via Steam



One Deck Dungeon coming to phones this Thursday
One of the best--if not THE best--digital board game ports of 2018 was One Deck Dungeon from Handelabra and Asmadi. This little roguelike captured much of my screen time last year with its quick gameplay, massive amounts of dice-chucking, and character building. Add in the One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows and the replayability is through the roof as well.

One thing it didn't do was play anywhere other than my iPad or laptop. This Thursday, that all changes. It's coming to your phone and in portrait mode, no less!

The game will be Universal meaning that if you already bought it for your tablet, no need to repurchase it for your phone. If you haven't picked it up yet, Thursday will be the day to do it. Not only is Handelabra having a sale that will run from Thursday until next Wednesday, the 29th, they're also giving $1 of every purchase made during the sale to Code Liberation, which is a mighty fine thing for them to do.

Apart from the charity, both the base game and Forest of Shadows expansion will be on sale. Pick it up, you won't be sorry.

(prices below do not reflect the sale price that will begin on Thursday)
- One Deck Dungeon for iOS, $10
- One Deck Dungeon for Android, $10
- One Deck Dungeon for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $10





Nomad dips into the Talisman well again with solitaire Talisman: Origins
Can you ever have enough Talisman in your life? If you're Asmodee Digital or Nomad Games Ltd (II) the answer is clearly "no". Case in point, last week we not only got a new expansion for the venerable Talisman: Digital Edition (more on that in a few paragraphs), but we also received a brand new game entirely. It's called Talisman: Origins and it's a solo game that walks you through the history of the world of Talisman.

If you're thinking you've heard of something like this before, you're right! Way back when digital board games were unheard of, Nomad pushed out a little puzzler called Talisman Prologue which was a solo game that had you controlling different characters from Talisman and finishing quests. Talisman: Origins has the same description, however this time there's a method to the madness.

Each questline in Talisman: Origins follows some major event in the history of the world of Talisman such as the forging of the Crown of Command or...well, that's the only major historical event I can think of. Nomad, luckily, thought of a bunch more. In fact, there are 4 different campaigns covering 20 different quests which cover 100 challenges. That's a lot of dice rolling!

Nomad wrote:
Experience the origins of historic events in the world of Talisman, such as the creation of the Crown of Command, the return of the dragons, the Ifrit war and the rise of the guilds.

Take control of 12 Talisman characters, including the new Great Wizard exclusive to this game, as they battle to save the land from dragon invasions, double-crossing devils, mysterious guilds and more. OR, play as the bad guy! Bring on the dragon invasion! Destroy sacred chapels! Protect the dungeon from heroic invaders!

● Exciting stories set in the Talisman world
● 20 quests spread across 4 campaigns covering many dramatic events
● 100 Challenges to be completed
● Detailed interactive tutorial
● Achievements track your progress through the stories

If you're looking for a quick, puzzly time waster with a bit of board game flair and more than a little RNG goodness, then Talisman: Origins might be right up your alley. Want to give it a go? Links below.

As I mentioned above, Talisman: Origins isn't the only Talisman news this week. Nomad and Asmodee also released another expansion for Talisman: Digital Edition. This time it's The Ancient Beasts which adds a bunch of new cards and more to your Talisman game.

Nomad wrote:
In The Ancient Beasts, the sacred soil is now scorched and destroyed by wizards and witches while mysterious new forces have emerged in the form of long-dormant behemoths and titans of Talisman, finally awakening to a new quest for the Crown.

The Ancient Beasts expansion includes:

- 2 Characters - Specialist and Trophy Hunter
- 15 Beast Cards
- 13 Terrain Cards
- 27 Beast Reward Cards
- 2 Alternative Endings
- 6 Tokens

The Ancient Beast expansion is available on whatever platform you're currently playing Talisman on.

- Talisman: Origins for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Origins for Android, $3.50
- Talisman: Origins for PC/Mac via Steam, $6.30 (on sale)
- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $3.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $7


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App News: Shards of Infinity arrives for mobile/PC and Morels gets an expansion

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Shards of Infinity Releases
If you're a fan of deck builders built in the mold of Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, then do we have a game for you. It's called Shards of Infinity and it just happens to be the brainchild of Stone Blade Entertainment (who also brought us Ascension).

Released yesterday for iOS, Android, and PC, Shards takes the Ascension model and mixes it up a bit. You're no longer on a VP hunt, instead the goal here is to destroy your opponent and bring them to zero hit points. Or, you can win by raising your Mastery (another currency you can manipulate via card play) and instantly dissolve them into a pool of steaming liquid.

There are a bunch of cool little strategic quirks in the game, but at its core it's just a fun, fast deck-builder that offers up more than the usual "I'll just buy the most expensive card I can afford" blues.

Also in its favor, the developer is Temple Gates Games LLC which you might remember from their near-perfect port of Race for the Galaxy. This one matches RftG's polish and shine and is another reason to really get excited about whatever Temple Gates has in the works (which, currently is a digital version of Roll for the Galaxy).

You can pick it up now for iOS, Android, or PC via Steam and you'll find it $8 on all platforms.

- Shards of Infinity for iOS Universal, $8
- Shards of Infinity for Android, $8
- Shards of Infinity for PC via Steam, $8





Morels gets new expansion: Foray!
One of the surprise digital releases late last year was a little set collection game about mushrooms called Morels. We dug it, but eventually it felt like we'd seen just about everything Morels had to show us.

Apparently developer Mossbark Games agreed, as yesterday they pushed out a massive expansion: Morels: Foray.

Now, they could have expanded the game simply by adding new mushroom types or additions to your tasty mushroom meals, but instead the Foray expansion goes nuts with content. It adds weather, characters, items, and more.

Foray expands Morels with 13 new types of cards including new items, characters, weather, and a more dynamic forest.

Last fall, crackling fires wreathed the mountains. This spring, light-wielding thunderstorms roiled the valleys. Now, with summer come early and a glowing moon overhead, the soil is moist and black and delicious mushrooms are peeking up all over the forest. The Foray is on!

The new cards present fresh decisions and the opportunity for new strategies. Weather cards (Rainstorm and Forest Fire) can decimate existing forests or spring up new ones, Items (Map, Shiitake Log) grant power with proper timing, Events (Farmers Market, Eureka!) enable big plays, Characters (Thief, Farm Girl, Eccentric, Chef, Morchella) allow you to interact with the forest and your opponent(s) in new ways, and new mushrooms (Lion's Mane, Panther Cap) expand your foraging options in the ever beckoning forest.

There's a lot here and it completely changes the way you'll play Morels.

One thing the physical expansion added was the ability to play with more than two players. The digital version doesn't do that--it's still only a 2-player experience. No word from Mossbark on whether we'll see a multiplayer addition down the road, but I assume it would take a reworking of the entire app, so my hopes aren't high.

Anyway, if you're a fan of Morels, picking this up is a no-brainer. If you haven't tried Morels but love set collection, then what are you waiting for?

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


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App News: Zombicide arrives on the small screen, Mystic Vale headed to mobile in June, One Deck Dungeon going Universal in May, and what does Acram have up their sleeve?

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Zombicide Arrives for Mobile
I will admit that I have never played Cool Mini Or Not's undead basher, Zombicide, and probably never will. The theme and gameplay just aren't my thing (there's no poker chips and/or need for a calculator, so...?), but I realize that it's a hugely popular game with a lot of fans. Asmodee Digital has your back, as Zombicide is now available for iOS and Android.

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In a world overrun by Zombies, you’re part of a gang of survivors ready to do anything they can to stay alive. Armed with Molotov cocktails, shotguns, katanas and an arsenal of other weaponry, wander the city looking for food and fellow survivors. Be careful, hordes of zombies and unexpected encounters await you and could very well disrupt everything. Ready your armament, this probably won't go according to plan…

Now, before you get too excited let's lay down some facts. This is not a 1-for-1 recreation of the board game. This is a 'solo tactical squad-based mobile role-playing game' based on Zombicide. Having not played the board game, I don't know if this version at least replicates the combat and rules from the board game and puts them in a different, solitaire story, or if it's its own thing.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
With its intuitive but deep combat system, 40 campaign missions, ambient soundtrack, dazzling special effects and cadre of rich characters with unique abilities, Zombicide’s zombie-infested universe presents a colorful gameplay experience. The game features brisk 20 to 30 minute turn-based gameplay sessions, challenging players to eliminate zombies and survive as long as possible. The higher the danger level rises, the more zombies emerge in search of human flesh.

Zombicide follows a group of survivors who are forced to work together in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Faced with danger, bonds eventually become stronger as the team works together to unearth the deadly secret behind the undead horrors in their hometown.

So, if you're a fan of the board game and have played both it and this mobile version, let us know in the comments how closely it hews to the source material.

- Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns for iOS Universal, $5
- Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns for Android, $5





Mystic Vale coming to mobile on June 6th
Mystic Vale has been available in digital format on Steam since January. Ever since it's release, we've been bugging Nomad Games Ltd (II) about a possible mobile release. We were told it was coming, but never had a clue when it might arrive. Last week, Nomad came clean; we can expect Mystic Vale on our mobile devices on June 6th.

Mystic Vale is a game of 'card-building' in which you can add abilities to cards, building combos and powerful spells out of nothing. The physical game does this via transparent cards and sleeves, which the digital version accomplishes it...well, pretty much the same way. It's pretty cool.

The mobile version will be for iOS and Android and will include the Vale of Magic expansion for free.

The Steam version is for PC/Mac and available now, so if you don't want to wait for mobile, head over and check it out. For those of us who prefer to game on our iPads, however, it's going to be a long wait. You can, if the urge takes hold of you, go and preorder the game on iTunes or Google Play.

- Mystic Vale for PC/Mac via Steam, $15
- Mystic Vale for iOS Universal, $5 (preorder)
- Mystic Vale for Android, $5 (preorder)





One Deck Dungeon coming to phones in May
My favorite digital board game port of 2018 was, by far, One Deck Dungeon from Handelabra Games Inc. and Asmadi Games. It was a nearly perfect mobile game with one caveat: it wasn't truly mobile. If you didn't have your iPad or Android tablet with you, good luck getting in a game.

That won't be the case much longer, as Handelabra has announced that the game is coming to phones sometime in May. We don't have an exact date, but we do know that the new version will be Universal, so owners of the iPad version will automatically also be able to download it to their phones without repurchasing it.

If you haven't played One Deck Dungeon yet, let me give you a tip for the upcoming phone release. Set aside a lot of spare time...you're going to be playing this one quite a bit.

- One Deck Dungeon for iPad, $10
- One Deck Dungeon for Android, $10
- One Deck Dungeon for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $10



Acram is cooking up something, announcing it tomorrow
We know Acram Digital from their fantastic board game ports like Steam: Rails To Riches, Eight-Minute Empire, and, of course, Istanbul: Digital Edition. What they're working on next, however, is the big story.

What is it? Well, I know but I'm not allowed to say until tomorrow. Let's just say that I think this project will make a lot of people happy.

We'll be back tomorrow to let you know the details, but, until then, have fun guessing.


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