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!So there.
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!
• 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
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.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.
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
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: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War, and Crusader Rex. Each will be via a new Kickstarter, so head to Avalon Digita's page and sign up for their newsletter to stay on top of when they might be launching.
So, go check out their Kickstarter (found at the link below). You can even download a demo of the game and check it out for yourself right now.
- Blocks: Richard III for PC/Mac, Kickstarter page
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App News: Santorini released, Eight-Minute Empire heading to Switch, Columbia block games heading to PC/Mac
12 Jul 2019
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App News: The latest on Aeon's End, Fluxx, Legends of Andor, Talisman: Origins, Evolution, and much more...
05 Jul 2019
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.[company=35232 wrote:[/company]"]Facts & figuresIf 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:
-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.
- LOTR: Adventure Card Game for PC/Mac via Steam Early Access, $19
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06 Jun 2019
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.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 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.
- 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.[company=35232 wrote:[/company]"]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.The expansion can be had on Steam for $10 and, if you're a Scythe fan, is probably already downloading.
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.
- 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
21 May 2019
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.... ) 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 Game: 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.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.
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
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 Beast expansion is available on whatever platform you're currently playing Talisman on.
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
- 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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07 May 2019
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.[company=22143 wrote:[/company]"] Foray expands Morels with 13 new types of cards including new items, characters, weather, and a more dynamic forest.There's a lot here and it completely changes the way you'll play Morels.
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.
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?
24 Apr 2019
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.Asmodee Digital wrote: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.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 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.
- 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.
Something incredibly cool this way comes… Find out more on April 24th!— acramdigital (@acramdigital) April 23, 2019
Can you guess what it is? @425suzanne@pixelcardboard@StatelyPlay#digitalboardgames #teaser #teaserofateaser #gamedev #indiedev #gamedevelopment pic.twitter.com/NSR3qct4U8
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App News: All the stuff we missed while on vacation including Shards of Infinity, Terraforming Mars, XenoShyft, and Lorenzo il Magnifico
11 Apr 2019
My kids were on Spring Break last week, so we decided to make the most of it and had a good ol' family road trip to a warmer clime. As such, I've been absent for a bit, but I'm back now and a lot happened over the past couple weeks. Let's jump in...
Lorenzo il Magnifico coming to digital via Kickstarter
This one has been around for a bit, but it's down to the final 48 hours so we're going to tell you about it. I'm talking about a Kickstarter for the digital version of Lorenzo il Magnifico from Cranio Creations!
Lorenzo is one of those many, many euros that are currently sitting in my basement, still in shrink. Someday I'll play them all, but getting a digital version should make that a lot easier.
The Kickstarter includes both digital content with a PC/Mac version of Lorenzo il Magnifico, but also offers a new expansion: Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Pazzi Conspiracy Kickstarter Edition which includes many Kickstarter exclusive cards.
The most interesting thing is that there was a stretch goal of about 80K €, but they're claiming they've reached it while they're still under $50K. Hmm.
Anyway, the Kickstarter is fully funded (and more) at this point, but you might want to check it out for the physical expansion stuff you can still nab. You have less than 48 hours to add your name to the list of backers.
- Lorenzo il Magnifico Kickstarter page
Shards of Infinity hits Early Access on Steam
We mentioned earlier that Temple Gates Games LLC was bringing the card slinger, Shards of Infinity, to digital. I think a lot of us are in the beta and, unsurprisingly, I think Temple Gates has another hit on their hands.
I'm not a huge fan of the 'Ascension-like' deck-builder games, but this one is actually a lot of fun. I think the addition of the 'Shard', which allows you to instantly win if you reach a certain level of mastery is pretty sweet. Yes, I lose about 90% of my games attempting to get to 30, but it's a fun ride.
If you didn't get in the mobile beta, good news! Earlier this week Temple Gates released an Early Access version of Shards on Steam for Windows. Yes, it's only for Windows (us Mac users can go pound sand, apparently), but it's out there if you want to give it a go. I think we all know that you want to give it a go.
- Shards of Infinity for PC via Steam Early Access, $8
Terraforming Mars on Steam gets major update, card drafting
I know there's been a lot of hate for the digital version of Terraforming Mars that Asmodee Digital pushed out on Steam last year. I pretty much loved it despite its flaws, but I think I was in the minority. Anyway, they just pushed out a huge update for TM that, I think, will make many people happy.Asmodee wrote:I've been playing in the TM mobile beta and a lot of these features have been landing in beta town as well, making the game incredibly polished on the small screen. I'm hoping this release for the Steam version means we'll be seeing the mobile version release soon? If so, Asmodee isn't talking.
Each player gets four cards and chooses to draft one and then puts aside the others. He then passes the three other cards to the next player and so on. The process continues until all the cards drawn have been drafted.
The Draft Variant introduces a strategic layer by allowing the player and their opponents to draft a more customized hand of cards and play smartly by preventing other players from getting the cards they want.
The Draft Variant is available for both online multiplayer mode and hotseat, as well as for the solo mode.
A new feature, available at any moment during the game, allows the player to pause their current action and check the information they need before making their decision.
Players can see and compare the score of each player by mousing over the Milestone or Award icons, allowing them to see the impact of their potential actions and thus supporting their decision process.
AI improvements including solving the freezing issues.
Online improvements including solving the desynchronization issues.
Fixing the Awards calculation bugs.
- Terraforming Mars for PC via Steam, $25
XenoShyft gets Forbidden Sciences expansion
XenoShyft is one of those great board game ports that everyone seems to forget exists. Everyone except Asmodee Digital, that is! They keep supporting it with the XenoShyft: Dreadmire release last year and, last week, the digital release of XenoShyft: Forbidden Sciences.
Forbidden Sciences is a mini-expansion that...BGG wrote:The Forbidden Sciences expansion includes all-new Division Cards for the Psychogenics Lab and Grafting Research divisions, as well as five all-new items for both Divisions, adding a wealth of new variety to your games!You can nab it on iOS or Android for $3. It doesn't appear to be available for the Steam version, however. Not sure why...
Bring out the untapped potential of the human mind with the Psychogenics Lab!
Turn your Troops into horrifying (but effective) alien/human hybrids with the Grafting Lab!
- XenoShyft for iOS Universal, $5
- XenoShyft for Android, $5
- XenoShyft for PC/Mac via Steam, $10
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Playdek porting Fort Sumter to iOS, Android, Steam
We heard about the partnership between Playdek and GMT Games last summer and have eagerly been awaiting their first announced title, Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?. Turns out that's not the only thing they've been working on as today they announced that they're also bringing Mark Herman's card-driven gem, Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 to digital.
Fort Sumter pits 2-players against each other in the year before the outbreak of the American Civil War. One plays the secessionist side, the other the Union as they work their way toward war.GMT wrote:Fort Sumter is a two-player Card Driven Game (CDG) portraying the 1860 secession crisis that led to the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the American Civil War. Fort Sumter is a small footprint game (11x17” mounted map) that takes approximately 25-40 minutes to play. The game pits a Unionist versus a Secessionist player. Each player uses the area control mechanic pioneered in my We The People design and immortalized in Twilight Struggle to place, move, and remove political capital. The location of political capital determines who controls each of the four crisis dimensions (Political, Secession, Public Opinion, and Armaments). After three rounds of play, the game culminates in a Final Crisis confrontation to determine the winner.We don't have a lot of details at this point, but I'm sure we can expect the usual Playdek online system with timers, rankings, etc. The game will be coming to iOS, Android, and Steam. Not sure of the Steam platforms, but considering that Twilight Struggle is out for PC/Mac, let's go with that.
The heart of the Fort Sumter design is my CDG system where you use Strategy cards for their value or historic event to acquire political capital from the crisis track. Political capital tokens are used to compete for control of the twelve map spaces. Here the likes of William Lloyd Garrison, Sam Houston, Jefferson Davis, and Harriet Beecher Stowe walk on stage, while the Southern states dissolve the Union.
The twelve map spaces are grouped into the four dimensions of the crisis. You gain a victory point each round that you control a dimension’s three spaces. For example, the Armaments dimension is characterized by Federal Arsenals, Fort Pickens, and of course, Fort Sumter. In addition, each round you score a victory point for controlling your secret objective space. But beware; either player can score active objective spaces. At the end of the dual Presidential inaugurations (round three) a new Final Crisis mechanic drives the game to its hotly contested conclusion.
Utilizing a new Final Crisis Series mechanic, you may accelerate the crisis by breaching zones (escalation, tension, final crisis) that yield bonus political capital. However, beware, as the first person to breach the final crisis zone gains political advantage, yet loses victory point ground. Each game ends with a Final Crisis, where cards set-aside during the three rounds complete your final political maneuvers that determine the winner.
We'll keep our eyes open for any other info as it pops up.
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11 Mar 2019
Tides of Time released for iOS/Android
We mentioned it just last week and today it's become reality. We're talking about the digital version of Tides of Time from Portal Games!
Tides of Time is a 2-player card game all about building up a civilization and, more importantly, nabbing victory points.Portal wrote:Tides of Time combines the ease of play of a micro game with the strategic depth of set collection and drafting for a unique two player experience. The players are dealt a hand of 5 cards and draft one card at a time, passing their hands between them after each selection. Each card has a suit as well as a unique scoring rule that may score the player points based on the suits of cards drafted. At the end of each round, the players select one card to keep in their kingdom for future rounds as a Relic of the Past.The game has AI for solo play and pass-and-play if you want to go the multiplayer route. There's no online play, but Ignacy Trzewiczek has said that it will come in a later update "if the app is well-received".
The iOS version is $5 and I'm assuming the Android version is right around there. Why am I assuming? Because the Google Play page doesn't list a price. I'm not sure why...it doesn't say "install" like other free-to-download games do, either. Someone with an Android device can set me straight in the comments, I'm sure. Otherwise, links below!
- Tides of Time: The Board Game for iOS Universal, $5
- Tides of Time: The Board Game for Android, $?
Temple Gates and Stone Blade Entertainment open the beta gates for Shards of Infinity
Another 2-player card game, Shards of Infinity, is coming to digital this year as well. The cardboard version is from Stone Blade Entertainment, but the digital version is coming from Temple Gates Games LLC who you might remember from their awesome port of Race for the Galaxy.
We don't have a release window or anything (other than Spring 2019...so I guess we do have a release window) for Shards of Infinity, but we do have an open beta that is beginning today. Right now! Seriously, you can go sign up at this link and become what you've always wanted to be: a beta tester.Temple Gates wrote:Shards of Infinity is the second mobile board game release for Temple Gates Games, coming on the heels of the award winning Race for the Galaxy app. “The reason to play a board game on your phone is to take advantage of digital-only features,” says Theresa Duringer, CEO of Temple Gates Games, “including AI, automated setup and score keeping, and the ability to play with friends remotely. Our goal is to nail these with lickety split performance.” The AI for Shards of Infinity is an extension of Keldon Jones’ AI for Race for the Galaxy, which uses neural networks to create challenging opponents.The beta is for anyone, whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or Steam. The only one to offer a free beta platform is iOS, so if you're an Android or Steam user, be prepared to pay for Early Access, but the bright side being you own the game when it actually launches. iOS uses TestFlight, so you can get the beta free, but will have to pay for the full app down the road. So, it's pretty much the same.
Anyway, the link for signups is below. Head over and join the team.
- Shards of Infinity beta signup
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07 Mar 2019
Galaxy Trucker moves to the big screen, now available for PC/Mac
While the mobile version of Galaxy Trucker is nearly old enough to be in kindergarten, it's still one of the best board game apps ever created. It was Czech Games Edition's first foray into the digital realm and they not only knocked it out of the park, but set the bar for board game apps for the past half decade.
Unfortunately, it's only been on iOS/Android, so if you wanted to sneak a game while pretending to work at your desktop, you were out of luck. Not anymore! Today, Czech Games has released Galaxy Trucker for PC/Mac via Steam!
Titled Galaxy Trucker: Extended Edition, the Steam version comes packed with the original game and all its additions (campaign, turn-based asynchronous play or real-time play just like at the table, and more) and also has the Galaxy Trucker - Alien Technologies expansion packed in as well. So, you're getting everything the mobile version offers at a price that's kind of crazy.
You can nab the PC/Mac version today for just over $6! Six bucks for a game of this caliber is ridiculous and, as you might expect, won't last. It's a launch price that will stick around for a week or so and then it will go to it's regular price of $10 (which is still a bargain).CGE wrote:The award-winning adaptation of Vlaada Chvátil’s award-winning board game. Already includes the ALIEN TECHNOLOGIES expansion!Check it out for mobile and Steam at the links below:
Build space ships, dodge meteors, and fight off bad guys, all in a quest to be the trucker with the most cosmic credits at the end of the game.
“This is one hell of a good game” – Pocket Tactics, rated 5/5
“They hit it out of the park” – BoardGameGeek, rated 5/5
“Hands-down the best adaptation of a board game to the digital format yet seen” – Pocket Gamer, rated 4.5/5
- Official adaptation of a space-faring classic
- Family-friendly gameplay accessible to all ages
- Build your own spaceship from different tiles
- Local multiplayer on the same device
- Compete online and play multiple games at the same time
- Go frantic in real-time mode, or slow things down in turn-based mode
- A campaign, special ship parts and more exclusive to this digital version!
- Comes with the Alien Technologies expansion!
Can you build a space ship from sewer pipes? Are you willing to face meteors, pirates, and smugglers? Can you fly a five-engine ship after four engines have been destroyed? Then you are our kind of trucker!
We offer good pay, a xenologically diverse crew, and a dynamic work environment. Bonuses paid for prompt delivery.
Sign up to be a galaxy trucker today!
- Galaxy Trucker for iPad, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for iPhone, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for Android, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for PC/Mac via Steam, $6.19 (on sale)
Portal Bringing Tides of Time to mobile on March 9
Portal Games was one of the first companies to bring their games to mobile way back when Neuroshima Hex! arrived in 2010. They've been relatively quiet since then, but March 9 they're making a splash with the digital release of card game, Tides of Time.Portal wrote:Tides of Time combines the ease of play of a microgame with the strategic depth of the set collection and drafting for a unique two-player experience. The players are dealt a hand of 5 cards and draft one card at a time, passing their hands between them after each selection. Each card has a suit as well as a unique scoring rule that may score the player points based on the suits of cards drafted. At the end of each round, the players select one card to keep in their kingdom for future rounds as a Relic of the Past.According to their Twitter, we can expect it to release on March 9.
Tides of Time was created by Kristian Čurla, and developed by Michał Walczak (Cry Havoc). The game was illustrated by Tomasz Jedruszek, Chris Ostrowski, Dan Pellow, Blake Rottinger, Artur Sadlos, and Rafał Szyma.
Tides of Time was nominated for the 2015 Golden Geek in the Best Card Game and the Best 2-Player Board Game categories.
-play against an AI opponent or against your friend in the Hot Seat mode
-explore the achievement system and master the game
-learn the rules in the Tutorial mode
-play in English or Polish
I don't know anything about this game, but looking at the teaser trailer, it looks awfully shiny. More info when it releases next week for both iOS and Android!
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