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App News: The Harbinger Expansion Arrives for Talisman, Brink of War Comes to Race for the Galaxy and Legends of Andor Coming to Mobile (I think?)

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Talisman: Digital Edition Expands Again with The Harbinger
Nomad Games Ltd (II) has been rocking our iPads with Talisman: Digital Edition for over four years now and have provided so many different expansions and characters that I can't keep track of all of them. Yesterday they released another expansion, but not really. That is, their new publisher, Asmodee Digital, released a new expansion: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Harbinger Expansion.

This expansion is a small-box expansion, so you know it's board-free, but contains enough cards to choke a unicorn. The theme revolves around the mysterious Harbinger, an NPC that wanders the board, who is a sign of the end of days. To ease the apocalypse there are four Omen decks, each with its own theme, and if seven Omens are played, that's all folks! Each of the Omen cards changes something in the game, and not for the better. Some of them even change the layout of the Talisman board, and there are Terrain cards to shake things up a bit.

There are also Harbinger cards which replace Event cards if you land on the space containing the Harbinger. These cards are much worse than the Event cards ever thought of being, so you probably don't want to do this too often.

Of course, there are also the obligatory new endings, new spells, and three new characters. The new characters are the Celestial (good), the Divine Ascendent (neutral), and the Possessed (super evil!).

The Harbinger is available via IAP on all platforms right now.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Kindle, $3
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $8

Brink of War Expansion Comes to Race for the Galaxy
One of 2017's best, Race for the Galaxy from Temple Gates Games LLC, was upgraded yesterday with more content, specifically Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War.

Brink of War adds four new start worlds and 36 new planets and developments. It also introduces two new mechanisms, Prestige and Search. The Search mechanism is easy. Once per game you can spend Prestige to search the deck for a card matching certain criteria. Prestige itself is a little more complicated.

Prestige is another resource you can spend or hoard, with the latter directly earning you VPs. If you're not a packrat, you can spend your Prestige to upgrade your actions, making them more powerful. For example, you can spend Prestige on the Settle action to make planets cheaper or to add some Military.

The Brink of War is available on all platforms via a $4 IAP.

- Race for the Galaxy for iOS Universal, $7
- Race for the Galaxy for Android, $7
- Race for the Galaxy for PC via Steam, $7

Legends of Andor Coming to Mobile (Maybe)
I awoke this morning to a press release in my inbox that was from the folks at United Soft Media (USM) and was written completely in German. Now, I took German back in high school, but that was many years and beers ago and the press release was a bit beyond my skill level. That's where the "Maybe" from the title comes in. I've passed the release through Google Translate, and it is definitely announcing a mobile version of Legends of Andor, but the details are a bit fuzzy. Let me quote Google Translate for you:

USM wrote:
The cooperative fantasy board game, which was published by KOSMOS Verlag and won the prestigious "Kennerspiel des Jahres" award in 2013, is already enthusing millions of fans around the world. The players take on the role of different heroes and together defend the land Andor from the attack of evil creatures. In addition to the five legends of Andor, which are included in the more than 300,000-selling base game, players expect numerous additions to brand new exciting and fantastic stories.

So also in the mobile version, because the game arranges itself into the history of the board game and tells a Nebenplot to the main action of the basis play. There is much to discover for Andor fans as well as for newcomers. Well-known characters are waiting for the players to face a new threat. The player controls a group of heroes and must use the different strengths and abilities of his character as well as his companions optimally to avert the terrible fate that threatens Andor.

With the version for smartphones and tablets, the favorite game is always and everywhere, even if no other players are present. The mobile game is strongly based on the board game and also uses the possibilities of the digital media to bring the world of Andor to life.

So, it's coming to smartphones and tablets, that much is clear. I will be pinging USM to see if I can get more information and, hopefully, can fill in some of the details.

We also know it's being developed by USM and Klonk with the guidance of designer, Michael Menzel. It's still in the prototyping phase, so we're a long, long way from seeing it live on our phones, giving us lots of time to figure this whole thing out!
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