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GenCon 2014 Part 2: Exclusives including Steam, Star Realms, Boss Monster, and more

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While getting some hands-on time with some highly anticipated apps was one of the treats of GenCon this year, what I really loved was getting some exclusive announcements. Here are some of the biggest.

Mayfair Announces Their Entry Into Digital
Alex Yeager from Mayfair Games isn't a guy we talk to very often here at iOS Board Games for the simple reason that Mayfair hasn't ported games from their catalog to the digital realm.

That will be ending next Spring/Summer when a certain Martin Wallace train game will be making its way onto "tablets". Here's Alex and Brad with the full announcement.



Star Realms Finally Arrives
OK, this one is old news to us now, but on the first day of GenCon the release of Star Realms on iOS was fresh news and causing a big buzz by the White Wizard Games' booth.

We had a chance to chat with Robert Dougherty about Star Realms, its current state, and where it might be headed in the future.



Boss Monster Kickstarter
We were lucky enough to meet designers and founders of Brotherwise Games, Johnny O'Neal and Chris O'Neal at GenCon this year. They were there showing off the physical version of their dungeon-building card game, Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game.

Little did we know, however, that they had just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Boss Monster to both iOS and Android.

They had a prototype of the game running on an iPad there, and it was very cool to see the 8-bit graphics from the physical game actually brought to life on the digital screen.

Their Kickstarter still has 16 days to go, and they're about $10K short of their funding goal at this point.

Check out the interview with Brad and Johnny O'Neal and then also check out some prototype video of the app in action.





North Star Games Starts In-House Digital Division
We spoke with Luke Warren of North Star Games who announced that they have decided to start up their own digital division within North Star to turn their games into apps.

Now, the division is just getting started and are currently in the process of getting things up and running, so don't expect anything soon. That said, imagine high-quality ports of games like Clubs and Evolution on your tablet and this all seems like good news, no?

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