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App News: Tides of Time released for mobile and Shards of Infinity beta signups open

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Tides of Time released for iOS/Android
We mentioned it just last week and today it's become reality. We're talking about the digital version of Tides of Time from Portal Games!

Tides of Time is a 2-player card game all about building up a civilization and, more importantly, nabbing victory points.

Portal wrote:
Tides of Time combines the ease of play of a micro game with the strategic depth of set collection and drafting for a unique two player experience. The players are dealt a hand of 5 cards and draft one card at a time, passing their hands between them after each selection. Each card has a suit as well as a unique scoring rule that may score the player points based on the suits of cards drafted. At the end of each round, the players select one card to keep in their kingdom for future rounds as a Relic of the Past.
The game has AI for solo play and pass-and-play if you want to go the multiplayer route. There's no online play, but Ignacy Trzewiczek has said that it will come in a later update "if the app is well-received".

The iOS version is $5 and I'm assuming the Android version is right around there. Why am I assuming? Because the Google Play page doesn't list a price. I'm not sure doesn't say "install" like other free-to-download games do, either. Someone with an Android device can set me straight in the comments, I'm sure. Otherwise, links below!

- Tides of Time: The Board Game for iOS Universal, $5
- Tides of Time: The Board Game for Android, $?

From gallery of Neumannium

Temple Gates and Stone Blade Entertainment open the beta gates for Shards of Infinity
Another 2-player card game, Shards of Infinity, is coming to digital this year as well. The cardboard version is from Stone Blade Entertainment, but the digital version is coming from Temple Gates Games LLC who you might remember from their awesome port of Race for the Galaxy.

We don't have a release window or anything (other than Spring I guess we do have a release window) for Shards of Infinity, but we do have an open beta that is beginning today. Right now! Seriously, you can go sign up at this link and become what you've always wanted to be: a beta tester.

Temple Gates wrote:
Shards of Infinity is the second mobile board game release for Temple Gates Games, coming on the heels of the award winning Race for the Galaxy app. “The reason to play a board game on your phone is to take advantage of digital-only features,” says Theresa Duringer, CEO of Temple Gates Games, “including AI, automated setup and score keeping, and the ability to play with friends remotely. Our goal is to nail these with lickety split performance.” The AI for Shards of Infinity is an extension of Keldon Jones’ AI for Race for the Galaxy, which uses neural networks to create challenging opponents.
The beta is for anyone, whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or Steam. The only one to offer a free beta platform is iOS, so if you're an Android or Steam user, be prepared to pay for Early Access, but the bright side being you own the game when it actually launches. iOS uses TestFlight, so you can get the beta free, but will have to pay for the full app down the road. So, it's pretty much the same.

Anyway, the link for signups is below. Head over and join the team.

- Shards of Infinity beta signup

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