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Convoy, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Wingspan, Gloomhaven - GEEK Digital Board Games Issue #2

Brad Cummings
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Neuroshima Convoy
The latest from Portal Games is here. It is fun to see another entry from the Neuroshima world on digital platforms.
Platforms: iOS, Android

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Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower
Another blast from the past - Warhammer Quest is back with Silver Tower! Need time to dive in but this one is free-to-play so no reason not to jump in.
Platforms: iOS, Android

Video Game: Tabletopia
Tabletopia Additions
Trying this out and grouping this together as there are just so many. Since our last issue they’ve added officially: Rise of Tribes, Chameleo, Plantopia The Card Game, Rebel Nox, Coatl, Ishtar: Garden of Babylon, Philosophia Floating World, Riftforce, Lunar Base, Dargonscales, and Doomtown Reloaded.
Platforms: PC

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Wingspan Coming September 17th
Coming to PC and Mac, you can wishlist now on Steam. Feedback from the beta has been positive.
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Tsuroctober is Coming
Competitions, new updates and more are coming to Tsuro in October. Check out the Thunderbox blog for more info.
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Gloomhaven Early Access Gets Online Co-Op Beta
The Gloomhaven Digital early access seems to keep progressing. I’m a bit outside on the Gloomhaven world so would love your impressions if you dive into this online co-op beta.
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Bloodbowl 3 Revealed
Maybe revealed at Gamescom(?), check out this trailer for Bloodbowl 3. These games are unique and can be good fun.

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From gallery of thequietpunk

Roll for the Galaxy
Roll for the Galaxy, like Race for the Galaxy is a game about information and process. Luckily for us, Temple Gate Games continues to be masterful in communicating this all in a digital package.

Roll for the Galaxy is great at walking you through every step of the process to get through a phase, a turn, a game. It is easy to understand what you can and need to do at any given time. The tutorial also does a great job of going step by step.

Like Race of the Galaxy, apart from the UI, the AI is the star of the show here. If you are up for a challenge, the higher levels are here for you. Ultimately, Roll for the Galaxy is a great port for those who love this game or for those who want to explore it for the first time.
Platforms: iOS, Android, PC[/b]

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Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower
I spent many hours on the previous Warhammer Quest titles. The graphics and dungeons hearkened back to dungeon crawl board games in a really unique way. Each character felt unique, singular, and grew with me.

With Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, the series goes free to play. This has pluses and minuses. First, there is a ton of content in here and many events, characters, and items to unlock. The breadth here is much wider than previous. Think of it more akin to a hero-collecting mobile game. You are constantly leveling to take on new challenges and watch those numbers go up. The combat is also more interesting than ever before with more options and strategies.

On the flip side, this sort of endless play is at the cost of exploration and interesting dungeons. Dungeons are more split into skirmish rooms that do lose that sense of wonder. The increase in the number of characters also makes each individual one less impactful.

Ultimately it comes down to the experience you are looking for. This will be a different feel than the previous titles but has the potential to keep going on for a long time. The devs that make these titles we love are in a constant battle to stay stable. So rather than gripe about payment models, I say we try things out and decide if it is for us or not.
Platforms: iOS, Android

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Here Be Dragons on Switch
This digital original board game has been released on Switch. Plan to check it out this week and will be back with thoughts!
Platforms: Switch, PC

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Crusader Kings III: The Sims for History Nuts
Having bounced on CK2 and EUIV, I was wary to give Crusader Kings III a try. A combination of assurances from other outlets that onboarding was easier this time and a bit of free time to actually watch and learn a few things managed to get me in.

I think my past failures stemmed from thinking of this series as akin to the Civilization series. While there is a world map and conquering territory can be part of the game, it is not the point of the game. Early on the tutorial makes it clear that you are playing a character and their descendants. Like any roleplaying game, you pick your own character goals and try to pursue them. Sometimes you succeed and other times you will not.

For example, the tutorial starts you out in Ireland and after it ended I proceeded to attempt to become the King of Ireland. I died before succeeding but had left things in such a spot that my heir could take over and finish the job.

I am impressed by the wide berth of characters and nations you can start with. I’ve been listening to a history of Gengis Khan and am now interested in trying out a game as a step people. It really is about that type of story you want to experience.

While not a board game at its core, if you are a fan of medieval history and like a mix of strategy and roleplaying, it may be worth checking out.
Platforms: PC
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