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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game News and Screens
Obsidian Entertainment announced at Gen Con that they were working on a port of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set from Paizo Publishing.

I spoke with Obsidian yesterday and found out a little bit about the game as well as snagged a few new screenshots.

First of all, the game will be released for iPad and Android tablets. It should be release in Q1 of 2015, but they are still working on getting the interface right for a digital version of the game. The screenshots indicate that they are definitely trying to bring as much theme into the game as possible.

The game will be single-player and pass-and-play at release. There are a lot of interrupts in PACG, with players able to contribute to other player's turns all the time. They are working on tweaking the rules and making the app work a little differently than the physical game so that pass-and-play doesn't become a mess of always having to pass the iPad around to see if other players want to help out. Things they're looking at are automatically having players help each other, as long as the effect isn't detrimental to the helping player, and having each player suggest what they're willing to help with on other player's turns ahead of time, so they'll be no need to ask when the time comes. If successful, they're hoping that these tweaks might even make asynchronous multiplayer a possibility down the road.

The game will launch with all content through Burnt Offerings, but they aren't quite ready to talk about content past that at this point.

One thing's for sure, the game looks fantastic. Add PACG to the growing list of great games going digital in 2015.

Talisman Dungeon Submitting Next Week
Nomad Games Ltd (II) has let us know that the upcoming Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Dungeon Expansion expansion for Talisman: Digital Edition is going to be submitted next week, meaning that it should only be 2-3 weeks before we get it in our grubby little fingers.

The Dungeon expansion includes a new board that wraps around the main game board as well as over 100 new cards, new spells and five new characters.

The Dungeon will appear as a $5 IAP when it launches in a couple weeks. You can pick up Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal here and for Android here. Both of them are just shy of $7.

North Star Games Creating Digital Division
We mentioned in our Gen Con coverage that North Star Games was creating their own digital division, but we were short on details. Well, we're still short on details, but we do have a few more than we knew before.

The first game that the new digital division will port over will be Evolution. They are currently targeting having a beta ready by Gen Con 2015, but haven't nailed down a release for a finished version.

They are currently looking for experienced Unity or Objective C/C++ developers, so if you're qualified and looking, go ahead and contact them.

Galaxy Trucker Receives First Update
I think it's safe to say that we love the digital port of Vlaada Chvátil's Galaxy Trucker. From what I gather, however, some people don't. Particularly those with iPad 1's.

Earlier this week, Czech Games Edition released the first update for Galaxy Trucker making the game a bit more iPad 1 friendly. Here are the patch notes:

Czech Games Edition wrote:
Fixed problems with connection to server.
Fixed crashes on iPad2 and iPad mini.
Galaxy Trucker is now optimized also for iPad1!

See? iPad 1 and 2 users should be good to go after this update!

You can pick up Galaxy Trucker for iPad on the App Store for $8.

Doodle City Released
Doodle City is a new game from Aporta Games that is being released at Essen RIGHT NOW. They've also released Doodle City as an app that, helpfully, tells you of the Essen release of the game all the time.

Doodle City is a game in which each player has a grid in front of them. The grid contains different icons such as taxi stands, hotels, shops and houses. On your turn, you will roll dice indicating which rows and columns you can add roads to, in the attempt to connect these icons and collect victory points. It's really more of a multi-player solitaire puzzle than a head-to-head board game, and in fact you can play it solo just to see how high of a score you can get.

It's a very well done app, with colorful and lively graphics and, even though I didn't explain the game well, it is a pretty fun game to play.

There's no AI in the game, so if you want to play solo, you'll be playing against yourself which works really well with this game. There is also pass-and-play or asynchronous online multiplayer.

Doodle City is free until October 20th, so go pick it up on the App Store now and give it a shot!

Soqquadro Released for Android, iOS Coming
Soqquadro is a new game from Cranio Creations that appears to be a scavenger hunt. Pull a card and then run off around your house to find something that matches that description. As you find items, you move your pawn up a scoring track and the first person to reach 16 wins. The game is played in real time, but does pause every now and then when a Challenge needs to be dealt with.

It sounds like great fun, and something my kids would love to do. It's currently out for Android devices and should be released for iOS soon.

You can find it for under $3 on Google Play right now.

Titan Updated
Titan HD is one of those games that we always kind of forget is out there for iPad. It's a shame, too, because it's a really well done implementation and the developer keeps updating it, 3 years after its initial release.

It was updated earlier this week and here are the change notes:

Titan HD wrote:
* Muster Diagram can now toggle between remaining and eliminated characters
* Ratings adjustments now weight early eliminations less heavily
* Fixed UI issues on iOS 8
* Fixed an infrequent stability issue in online games
* Fixed an issue in legion history related to undoing certain moves
* Fixed a minor documentation error

You can pick up Titan HD for iPad on the App Store and it will set you back $8.
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