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App News: Asmodee Has Another Busy Week

David Neumann
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Asmodee Releases Not One, But Two, Apps This Week
We all knew that Asmodee Digital was going to be releasing Ticket to Ride: First Journey (U.S.) this week because I told you they were back on Tuesday. I know you all read it, don't try to play dumb with me! No matter how hard you try to can't sink to my levels of stupidity!

So, First Journey arrived like clockwork and I decided to not post about it because Brad was quick to get his First Look video up. I mean, we talked to Asmodee at Gen Con and know what they're planning on releasing for the next year or so...wait a minute!

On the same day that First Journey arrived in the App Store, Brad spotted another title curiously published by none other than Asmodee Digital. But it's not a title we heard of before, not even when talking about all their future plans at Gen Con. The game is Harald and is all about a little boy with a magical purple crayon. Oh, wait, no, it's actually about sexy, hot furries anthropomorphic animals who are vying for the king's influence.

Harald is a 2-4 player card game, that until this week I'd never heard of. As such, I'm not really a good one to explain it to you. I'll blurb it, and hope someone who's played it can give more explanation in the comments below.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
Harald is a card game of influence and majority. As the head of a village, each player will try to charm the most influential character of the realm to be noticed by the King and win his favor. But to win you will need to think and wisely use the abilities of each character.

Each turn, players execute three actions in order:
- play one card in the King's council
- play one card in the player's village
- draw cards to replenish your hand
There are six different characters, each with a different function and power. Discover the Wolf/scout, the Lynx/merchant, the Fox/bard, the Bear/warrior, the Goat/seafarer; the Boar/blacksmith. Discover each character's ability and use them in order to overtake your opponents!
Each animal will give you the ability to make a move at the end of your turn: you can steal cards from your adversary, try to exchange his or your cards with the council in order to play in your favor, return cards to erase their points or just place a good card on the top of the pile! Whatever you choose, decide wisely how to make the most of every move!

The goal is simple: get the maximum number of points! In order to win, you need to pay attention to the cards' associations and put together the ones that work best.
At the end of the game, each card in the village of a player counts as many points as the number of times the same card appears in the King’s council. Play smartly in both your village and the council and don't forget to keep an eye on your opponents' villages in order to win.

Discover an exclusive card, which introduces a new character, the Badger/Scholar. This card offers you the possibility of protecting a series of characters in your own village. It makes the game harder for your opponents because if they want to destroy those cards, they will have to attack the Badger/Scholar first if he is present!

• Solo mode
• Online multiplayer mode: includes a mini chat to share emoticons while playing
• Unlock beautifully illustrated cards based on the original card game

It sounds cool, and comes with all the polish you expect from Asmodee. It also comes with something we don't expect from Asmodee: asynchronous online multiplayer! Yep, this is the first (I think?) Asmodee title to come with asynchronous play, which bodes well for future Asmodee titles such as Scythe. Of course, there is also solo play vs. AI and other things to discover as you explore the app.

It also seems to be on sale right now for launch? We can't really tell, but I'm going to run with it anyway.

- Harald: A Game of Influence for iOS Universal, $2
- Harald: A Game of Influence for Android, $2
- Harald: A Game of Influence for PC/Mac via Steam, $5

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