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App News: Exodus: Proxima Centauri Prepares for Launch, Asmodee Surprises with King and Assassins, a Few More Gen Con Tidbits We Forgot and more...

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Exodus: Proxima Centauri Arrives on Steam Tomorrow
Offworld Games, best known for their Tolkien-less take on Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation (which worked despite the dearth of Gandalf, much to their credit), has announced that their next board game port, Exodus: Proxima Centauri is set to arrive on Steam tomorrow.

This is one I haven't played, but sounds like it's right up my alley. A 4X sci-fi game? Yep, sign me up. Here's the blurb:

Offworld wrote:
Fight for dominance in the epic, empire-building game of Exodus: Proxima Centauri.

Exodus: Proxima Centauri is a 4X board game by NSKN games, featuring an original universe where players eXplore new planets using ships and technologies, eXpand their empires via research and colonization, eXploit their opponents tactically and politically, and eXterminate anyone who stands in your way. Each decision has lasting effects on game play, making every match unique and challenging.

Offworld Games has taken this classic title and adapted it for all channels of digital game play. Every piece of the game has been formed into a seamless and intuitive design, easy to use and learn for both desktop and mobile players. We aim to not only provide the awesome board game experience of Exodus: Proxima Centauri, but to expand upon it in ways only the digital medium allows. We want playing Exodus to feel immersive, like players are commanding from the bridge of their capital ships or debating in the High Council chambers, with access to all the tools they’ll needs to make informed decisions while subverting their opponents.

The game features original artwork and scenery, boasting fully-rendered ships and interiors with beautiful spacescapes for an immersive player experience. Customizable skins and characters allow players to show off their accomplishments throughout the game and highlight their skills as fleet admirals to politicians.

I told you it sounded awesome. The digital version will have AI for solo play as well as asynchronous online multiplayer. Online multiplayer will also be cross-platform, which is important because it's coming to both PC and Mac tomorrow, but will also be heading to iOS and Android later this year.

The price on Steam will be $15 and you'll be able to buy it at the link below once it goes on sale, sometime tomorrow.

- Exodus: Proxima Centauri for PC/Mac via Steam, $15









King and Assassins Now on Mobile
This actually happened late last week, but I'm slow and lazy so we're just letting you know about it now. Turns out there's a 2-player asymmetrical game called King & Assassins that's been around since 2013. I hadn't heard of it which is important when I bring up the next part of this tale.

At Gen Con I attended the big Asmodee Digital brouhaha where they announced digital Gloomhaven, etc. They also showed slides of all the games they're releasing in 2018 and part of 2019. I looked at both of those slides at the show. I looked at them again. I still hadn't heard of King & Assassins. Yes, it wasn't included in their press stuff AT ALL, and yet here it is on my iPad. What other secrets does Asmodee have up their sleeves? I guess we'll have to just keep checking the App Store every day to find out.

Anyway, King & Assassins is a 2-player asymmetrical game in which one player plays the titular king and his knights and the other plays an angry mob, three of whom are the titular assassins. The king isn't a popular fellow and the common folk want him, as Eliza Doolittle would say, done in. The king, on the other hand, thinks it's good to be the king and wants to keep his head firmly attached to his shoulders. His job is to cross the courtyard and get into the safety of his castle. His knights shove and push to make room for the monarch while the three hidden assassins try to sneak in and do what assassins do.

It's a fun game and makes me wonder why my favorite 2-player asymmetrical game, Mr. Jack, isn't already on my iPad. King & Assassins has AI for solo play as well as online muliplayer. The online multiplayer appears to be real-time, and you can't make a match and then leave...you have to wait for someone to join. So, the online kind of sucks. Hopefully they make it usable at some point in the future, but for now the AI is pretty good and I'm still happy to be introduced to a game I hadn't heard of before.

- King and Assassins for iOS Universal, $4
- King and Assassins for Android, $3.50



Dire Wolf Digital Expanding Digital Board Game Output
If you've played any of the board games from Renegade Game Studios, you've heard of Dire Wolf Digital. They're the company behind companion apps for several of the Renegade titles and also helped publish the Clank! series of games as well as making direct board game ports of both Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Lotus.

I spoke with Matt Hudson of Dire Wolf at Gen Con and, while they didn't have any new board game ports to show at the con, he did tell me that they will be making an announcement this fall that should make us very happy. When pressed if it was another Renegade title, he told me that they are working on other Renegade games, but are also dealing with other publishers as well!

Ho hum, you say? Nonsense! If you've played either Lanterns or Lotus, you know that Dire Wolf apps are gorgeous, polished, and nearly perfect. Knowing that there are more board game apps coming from Dire Wolf is a good thing, so stick that ho hum in your pipe and smoke it!



Evolution Now Slated for 2019
Proving that digital development is slower than actual evolution, North Star Games confirmed at Gen Con that rumors of a September release for their much anticipated port of Evolution are just that, rumors. In fact, I was told that we'll have to wait until early 2019 to see Evolution on our screens.



I did see Evolution in action at the con (much like the last 3 years) and it seemed polished and playable, so I'm not sure where the delay is coming from. Considering that my kids crushed the AI, maybe improving the game's positronic brain is what they're focusing on.

I don't know, but I do know that 2019 is shaping up to be another good year for digital board games.



Escape Team Brings Pen-and-Paper Escape Room Goodness to Mobile
Games like EXIT: Das Spiel and Unlock! have shown that escape-room style board games are here to stay (even if no one in my family or game group will play them with me cry ). If you're a big fan of the genre, here's something I think you'll love. It's called Escape Team and is basically a print-and-play escape room game that you play on your phone.

Here's how it works. The app is free to download as are all the physical components you'll need. You can get everything to play all of the five currently available missions here. What you'll find there are PDFs full of codes, puzzles, clues, notes that you print out and use while trying to "escape".

The app acts much like the app in Unlock! where you need to enter codes and whatnot to continue. The first mission is free, so you can play one of their missions gratis. If you like it and want to play more, the other missions are available via IAP for $1/each. So, you can play 5 full escape rooms for $4 and the cost of some paper.

Check out their website, and then go and download the app and give it a go. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

- Escape Team for iOS Universal, free
- Escape Team for Android, free





Siberian Dawn Coming to Life in September
Siberian Dawn is the brainchild of Stephen Winterflood and he's spent the last five years designing, playtesting, graphic designing, and coding this beast on his own. After all that time he's finally ready to unleash his creation upon the world.

This September Siberian Dawn will be coming to PC and Android. What's it all about? Blurb time:

Stephen Winterflood wrote:
Our glorious Union was born from the fall of the Citadels and their oppressive fist of power that tried to stamp down our grand dreams. But shadows now once more grow within as the Guilds weave their schemes for control while the citizens of our Union face corruption. A dark dawn is on the horizon...

Siberian Dawn is an original digital card game that combines the core soul of a deck builder with the tactical power of a war game and the strategic challenge of crisis management. You are an Overseer in the Union, one of the tactical controllers who has to deal with the increasing dangers facing the Union through objective based missions. Recruit and deploy units, enlist the help of the Guilds, and build your Bond with those in the shadows, whilst trying to control the conflict unfolding before you.

Siberian Dawn will be released in September on PC and Android, with the basic Training Run mission available for free and the first Mission Pack, that will add the full Core game and first three missions of the Siberian Dawn story, available as DLC.

It sounds pretty great, and it looks pretty awesome as well. Look for it to arrive in September, but, until then, watch it in action below.


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