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App News: Shards of Infinity arrives for mobile/PC and Morels gets an expansion

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Shards of Infinity Releases
If you're a fan of deck builders built in the mold of Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, then do we have a game for you. It's called Shards of Infinity and it just happens to be the brainchild of Stone Blade Entertainment (who also brought us Ascension).

Released yesterday for iOS, Android, and PC, Shards takes the Ascension model and mixes it up a bit. You're no longer on a VP hunt, instead the goal here is to destroy your opponent and bring them to zero hit points. Or, you can win by raising your Mastery (another currency you can manipulate via card play) and instantly dissolve them into a pool of steaming liquid.

There are a bunch of cool little strategic quirks in the game, but at its core it's just a fun, fast deck-builder that offers up more than the usual "I'll just buy the most expensive card I can afford" blues.

Also in its favor, the developer is Temple Gates Games LLC which you might remember from their near-perfect port of Race for the Galaxy. This one matches RftG's polish and shine and is another reason to really get excited about whatever Temple Gates has in the works (which, currently is a digital version of Roll for the Galaxy).

You can pick it up now for iOS, Android, or PC via Steam and you'll find it $8 on all platforms.

- Shards of Infinity for iOS Universal, $8
- Shards of Infinity for Android, $8
- Shards of Infinity for PC via Steam, $8





Morels gets new expansion: Foray!
One of the surprise digital releases late last year was a little set collection game about mushrooms called Morels. We dug it, but eventually it felt like we'd seen just about everything Morels had to show us.

Apparently developer Mossbark Games agreed, as yesterday they pushed out a massive expansion: Morels: Foray.

Now, they could have expanded the game simply by adding new mushroom types or additions to your tasty mushroom meals, but instead the Foray expansion goes nuts with content. It adds weather, characters, items, and more.

Foray expands Morels with 13 new types of cards including new items, characters, weather, and a more dynamic forest.

Last fall, crackling fires wreathed the mountains. This spring, light-wielding thunderstorms roiled the valleys. Now, with summer come early and a glowing moon overhead, the soil is moist and black and delicious mushrooms are peeking up all over the forest. The Foray is on!

The new cards present fresh decisions and the opportunity for new strategies. Weather cards (Rainstorm and Forest Fire) can decimate existing forests or spring up new ones, Items (Map, Shiitake Log) grant power with proper timing, Events (Farmers Market, Eureka!) enable big plays, Characters (Thief, Farm Girl, Eccentric, Chef, Morchella) allow you to interact with the forest and your opponent(s) in new ways, and new mushrooms (Lion's Mane, Panther Cap) expand your foraging options in the ever beckoning forest.

There's a lot here and it completely changes the way you'll play Morels.

One thing the physical expansion added was the ability to play with more than two players. The digital version doesn't do that--it's still only a 2-player experience. No word from Mossbark on whether we'll see a multiplayer addition down the road, but I assume it would take a reworking of the entire app, so my hopes aren't high.

Anyway, if you're a fan of Morels, picking this up is a no-brainer. If you haven't tried Morels but love set collection, then what are you waiting for?

- Morels for iOS Universal, $5
- Morels for Android, $5


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