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App News: Exodus: Proxima Centauri Gets Release Date, Ticket to Ride Heads to PS4, Talisman Adds Another Board and more...

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Exodus: Proxima Centauri Coming to Digital on August 10
The last time we talked about Exodus: Proxima Centauri coming to digital was in March of 2017 and, since then, it's been radio silence. Until this week, that is.

Offworld Games has released a trailer for Exodus: Proxima Centauri that gives it a street date of August 10. That's for the PC/Mac version. If you're more of a mobile gamer, it will be coming to iOS in December.

We'll be keeping an eye on this one as it nears release and be sure to share any and all information we manage to gather. In the meantime, check out the trailer which appears to be more of a cinematic than gameplay.

Ticket to Ride Chugging Over to PlayStation and PlayLink
Of course we can't have a news post without mentioning our dark overlords, Asmodee Digital. Last week we mentioned that they were taking Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics to the Switch. This week it's another classic gateway game, Ticket to Ride and it's heading to PlayStation.

Now, I don't own a PS4 and don't understand words, so I'm just going to post a blurb here and let you figure it out.

Asmodee wrote:
Asmodee Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment are partnering to bring “Ticket to Ride,” the critically-acclaimed railway-themed board game from Days of Wonder, to PlayLink for PS4 later this year.

“Digital board games are a natural fit for Sony PlayLink, and bring the tradition of board game nights to PlayStation gamers,” Pierre Ortolan, Asmodee Digital’s CEO, said. “By casting the game to a phone screen, players can hide their hands and plan their moves without revealing everything to their opponents. PlayLink allows us re-create the traditional board game experience while keeping the benefits of playing digitally. We are honored to have partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment and look forward to sharing ‘Ticket to Ride’ with PlayStation gamers.”

So, it's using something called PlayLink which, apparently lets your mobile devices interact with your PlayStation. That sounds cool as a banana split, and is making me seriously consider interacting with a PS4 the next time I go to Best Buy. Actually buying one is out of the question due to my wife killing me if I spend more money on games, but I can dream.

No release date on TtR's PS4 debut other than "later this year". We'll let you know.

Talisman: Digital Edition Completes the Wraparound with The Woodland
Another week, another Talisman: Digital Edition expansion. Ho hum. But wait! This expansion is a bit more exciting than your standard "add new cards, blah, blah, blah" expansion, especially if you've got mild OCD. The new expansion is Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Woodland Expansion and it adds a new board that wraps around the main board. Yes, this is the fourth such expansion meaning that you can, finally, completely wrap around the entire main board with expansions and my life is now complete.

As with the other big-box Talisman expansions, the board is only part of it. You'll also get a ton of other stuff:

The Woodland Expansion Includes:
Woodland Board
103 Woodland Cards
10 Adventure Cards
20 Path Cards
14 Destiny Cards
5 Spell Cards
5 Characters
3 Alternative Ending Cards
5 Growth Tokens
6 Spider Tokens
3 Portal Tokens
5 Hidden Path Tokens
3 Totem Spirit Tokens

As all the kids are saying these days, wowy zowy. [I was told I'm not funny, but I couldn't resist jumping in here just to comment on how hip Dave is. He's really connected to today's youth. -ed.]

Even better is, now that Asmodee Digital is publishing Talisman, you can buy the expansion on one platform and it will unlock on all platforms! How does Asmodee do it? Obviously, black magic!

The Woodland is available right now on all platforms.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $5
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $8

Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal Heads to iPhone
Our favorite little hex-and-counter wargame that could, Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal, just keeps getting better and better. Not only has it added a ton of new features with its latest update, but it has also become a Universal app. That's right, now you can slide the Japanese fleet into your pocket and, no, that's not a euphemism for anything.

As usual, the list of new features and fixes is impressive:

Game balance:
- Midway 2P game: starting from Day 2 12:00, the US player scores 1 VP at the beginning of each TURN as long as Midway remains operational and is not captured by then
- Midway: More fuel available on Midway
- Coral Sea: the Japanese player needs to unload more troops to capture Port Moresby
- Brismark Sea 2P Game: Japanese CVE isadded
- Japanese carrier air units worth double the VP than land-based units
- 2 runways for Lae in year 1943
- in 2P Game: Sunk Japanese Carrier/BB/CA/CL/DD are worth 50% more VP
- in 2P Game: Less aircraft started at Rabaul during Aug-Dec 1942
- AA factor on Guadalcanal has been doubled

Miscellaneous changes:
- It is possible to rebase damaged air units about to land on an inoperative airbase
- SBD endurance is now 20 for search mission
- Under air attack, the light AA of each US carrier is increased by the light AA of the best operative escort ship
- CAP ammunition depletion is depending on the CAP/attackers ratio
- Seaplanes are not launched before 06:20 and IJN carrier TF use them in 2P games
- If the attacking naval force is defeated in a surface battle, it must retreat to its previous hex
- The IJN AI is more inclined to withdraw after taking severe losses

If you're a wargamer or want to become one, CB4G is a perfect fit. This isn't a watered down, simplistic wargame. On the contrary, it's rather complex and feels like a classic hex-and-counter title. Oh, and it's only $6. Completely worth the price and more considering all the work that the developer keeps pumping into it.

- Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal for iOS Universal, $6
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