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Colt Express Released for iOS, Android, and PC
It's officially the holiday season. How can we tell other than looking at the obnoxious inflatable Santa Claus my neighbor has in his front yard? Games are starting to be released! The first of the lot comes today and it's 2015's SdJ winner, Colt Express!

This version of Colt Express has everything the tabletop version has, including a 3D train. Well, it's not really 3D, but it looks like it! It also has online multiplayer including digital-only variants, and a single-player story mode that covers 30 missions. Before I get much farther, let's get you the blurb you've all been waiting for:

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PUT YOURSELF IN THE BOOTS OF A FAR WEST LEGEND IN SOLO MODE:
Live the adventures of 6 outlaws in Story mode through 30 captivating chapters, each with its own plot, set of rules and achievements.
Complete a bandit's story to unlock new multiplayer modes and comic books about the intricacies of the desperados' life in the Wild West!

FRIENDLY FIRE IN MULTIPLAYER MODE:
Play online with players from all around the world, climb the leaderboard and become the most wanted player feared by every outlaw of the land!

A TREASURE HUNT IN THE FAR WEST!
Collect skins for your heroes and environments for your adventures by completing special objectives!

To sum up, the game features:
• A wild west themed universe inspired from the original board game, digitally modernized
• A tactical and action-packed gameplay, for intense and unpredictable games
• An extensive Story mode following 6 characters, each with his own objectives and quirks. Available offline and saved the next time you log in.
• Numerous exciting game variants to unlock in Story mode.
• An online Multiplayer Mode
• A worldwide Leaderboard, updated and available in real-time
• A friendlist, with the possibility to play with your friends
• Collectible skins and environments to customize your adventures
• Many Achievements to accomplish, punctuating your exploration of the game


Yee-haw, or some such stuff.

You can pick up Colt Express for iOS Universal, Android, and PC via Steam at the links below:

- Colt Express for iOS Universal, $7
- Colt Express for Android, $7
- Colt Express for PC via Steam, $10





Smash Up! Adds Wizards and Tricksters
Nomad Games Ltd (II) surprised us all earlier this year when they announced they were dipping their toes in tabletop gaming that didn't involve Talisman in any way. Instead, they were bringing AEG's smash hit, Smash Up to our tablets and laptops.

Smash Up has been available for PC via Steam's Early Access program for a while now, but last week while we were chomping down on turkey, Nomad was busy adding the final factions to the game, Wizards and Tricksters.

So, if you want to give Smash Up! a try right now, it's free to download for PC. The free content includes Dinosaurs, Ninjas, and Geeks. If you want to play with Aliens, Zombies, Pirates, Robots, Wizards, or Tricksters, you'll have to pony up for the Starter Pack which is currently $9 on Steam.

While Smash Up! is only available right now for PC, it will be coming soon to both iOS and Android. How soon? Only Nomad has that info, and they're not sharing.

- Smash Up! for PC via Steam Early Access, free





More Sales Come to the App Store
If you missed our list of Thanksgiving sales from last week, you can find it here. Some of those games have undoubtedly gone back to their original price, but you can still find a cheapie here and there. If you really want to find all the deals, make sure you scroll through that post's comments. You guys found a bunch of games on sale that I wasn't able [i.e., didn't try -ed.] to find.

We stumbled on a couple others [i.e., these guys contacted us. We did, literally, no work. -ed.] since and thought we'd post them here.

The first is our old friend Steam: Rails To Riches which is currently on sale for only $2. Not only that, but additional maps are also on sale now for only $2 instead of $3. Get on this one, because I have no idea how long it will last.

Oh, and they're still looking to bring Steam to our laptops via Steam, but need to be greenlit first. Head on over and let's get them greenlit. It costs you nothing and will make me happy to be able to play Steam on my laptop when I should be working. Go here and click "YES".

- Steam: Rails to Riches for iOS Universal, $2
- Steam: Rails to Riches for Android, $2

The other sale we became aware of due to our incredible diligence [not really -ed.] is Tsuro from Calliope Games and Thunderbox Entertainment. It's on sale for Cyber Monday which is apparently a real thing. I know because I read about it on Facebook. Whatever fake holiday it's on sale for, it's still 40% off. Yay!

That means you can pick up Tsuro right now for iOS Universal or Android for only $3 instead of $5 (yay, math!). From the press release that was sent to us without us having to do any work whatsoever, no end date is stated for the sale. It does, however, focus on this Cyber Monday thing so it might only be good for today. I wouldn't dillydally.

- Tsuro: The Game of the Path for iOS Universal, $3
- Tsuro: The Game of the Path for Android, $3
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Sales, Sales, Sales!
Today is a national holiday here in the US, Thanksgiving, which brings with it each year a bevy of sales on the App Store. I usually dread writing this post which involves tracking down and pasting about a billion (rough estimate) links. This year's a little different. We still have sales, but publishers weren't climbing through their laptops to give them to us. As such, our number of sales is a bit lower than past years. That's not to say there aren't more out there...these are just the ones we've been informed of. If you know of other apps that are on sale, please share that info in the comments below so we can all hop on the cheap train.

No rhyme or reason, just going to toss them out there. Also, I've tried to include both iOS and Android links where possible. The Android version might not be on sale, but I included the link anyway. Get over it.

Onwards!

- Traption Bakery for iOS Universal, now free

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, now $2
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, now $1.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Kindle, now $3

- Talisman Prologue for iOS Universal, now $1
- Talisman Prologue for Android, now $2.77

- Talisman: Horus Heresy for iOS Universal, now $3
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for Android, now $2.50

- Door Kickers for iPad, now $1
- Door Kickers for Android, $1

- Kamisado for iOS Universal, $1
- Kamisado for Android, $3.50

- Tank Battle 1944 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Tank Battle East Front 1941 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Tank Battle East Front 1942 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Tank Battle East Front 1943 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Tank Battle East Front 1944 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Tank Battle East Front 1945 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Tank Battle East Front 1946 for iOS Universal, just kidding! The war was over!
- Ancient Battle: Hannibal Gold for iOS Universal, now $3
- Twilight's Last Gleaming for iOS Universal, now $5
- Ancient Battle: Rome Gold for iOS Universal, now $5
- Civil War 1862 Gold for iOS Universal, now $5
- Civil War 1863 Gold for iOS Universal, now $6
- Tank Battle: North Africa for iOS Universal, now $6
- Tank Battle: Normandy for iOS Universal, now $1
- Battles of the Ancient World I for iOS Universal, now $2
- Battles of the Ancient World II for iOS Universal, now $2
- Battles of the Ancient World III for iOS Universal, now $2
- Battles of the Ancient World IV for iOS Universal, now $2
- Civil War: 1864 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp, now $3
- Wellington's Victory for iOS Universal, now $6
- Peninsular War Battles for iOS Universal, now $1
- Hex Mechs for iOS Universal, now $1
- Civil War: Bull Run 1861 for iOS Universal, now $3
- 1775: Rebellion for iPad, now $8
- 1775: Rebellion for Android, now $10

And now we have Tin Man Games. So many gamebooks, so many sales. My cutting and pasting skills will be sorely tested.

- Ryan North's To Be or Not to Be for iOS Universal, now $2
- Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be for Android, $2
- Gamebook Adventures 1 for iOS Universal, now free
- Gamebook Adventures 1 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 2 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 2 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 3 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 3 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 4 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 4 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 5 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 5 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 6 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 6 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 7 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 7 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 8 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 9 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 10 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 10 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 11 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 11 for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 12 for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures 12 for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Starship Traveller for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Starship Traveller for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones for Android, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch for iOS Universal, now $1
- Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch for Android, now $1
- Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 for iOS Universal, now $2
- Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 for Android, now $1
- Appointment with F.E.A.R. for iOS Universal, now $1
- Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion for iOS Universal, now $2
- Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion for Android, now $2
- Gary Chalk's Gun Dogs for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gary Chalk's Gun Dogs for Android, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe for iOS Universal, now $1
- Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe for Android, now $1
- Sons of Uruzime for iOS Universal, now $1
- Sons of Uruzime for Android, now $1

- Infinity Blade for iOS Universal, now $1
- Infinity Blade II for iOS Universal, now $1
- Infinity Blade III for iOS Universal, now $1

- Forbidden Island for iPad, now $2
- Forbidden Desert for iPad, now $2

- Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for iOS Universal, now $2
- Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for Android, now $3

- Ticket to Ride for iOS Universal, now $3
- Ticket to Ride for Android, now $3
- Small World 2 for iPad, now $3
- Small World 2 for Android, now $3
- Splendor for iOS Universal, now $3
- Splendor for Android, now $3
- Pandemic: The Board Game for iOS Universal, now $3
- Pandemic: The Board Game for Android, now $3
- Mr. Jack Pocket for iOS Universal, now $3
- Mr. Jack Pocket for Android, now $3

- Galaxy Trucker Pocket for iPhone, now $3

- Solitairica for iOS Universal, now $3

- Templar Battleforce RPG for iOS Universal, $5
- Templar Battleforce RPG for Android, $5

- Galaxy of Trian for iOS Universal, now $3
- Galaxy of Trian for Android, now free

Again, I'm sure we missed a bunch. Let everyone know what else is on the cheap in the comments! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Note: The Google Play version appears to be different. I am not familiar with it but included it for completeness.
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Spot It Dobble Challenges Announced for February 2017
We learned at Gen Con that Asmodee was working on a digital version of Spot it! and now we are getting more details. They have partnered with developer Virtuos to bring a digital version called Spot It! Dobble Challenges to devices next year.

This version was built for the ground up for digital and is boasting: many symbols, fast-paced and tactical gameplay, asynchronous multiplayer mode, leaderboard, competitive matchmaking, and collectible characters and powers. It will also be in 8 languages at launch.

Here is a first screenshot from their Twitter. We'll let you know as we learn more:






Armello Update and DLC Released Today
Armello is still PC and Console only, but for the developers still seem to delivering update after update. This week they've added the Art of Treason content pack that adds new cards and improvements on the bounty system. There is also a new DLC pack that changes the seasons of the board.

Here is a trailer with more details:

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HexWar Beginning Closed Beta for The Great War
A couple weeks ago we let you know that GMT Games LLC was going forward with digital versions of both Commands & Colors: Ancients and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics. We already have a digital version of Battlelore: Command on our tablets via Fantasy Flight Games. Now, HexWar is joining in on the C&C fun with a digital version of last year's The Great War.

We've known they were working on it for a bit now, but yesterday they announced that the game is entering closed beta. Not only that, but you can sign up to help test the game out! The beta is for PC and Mac only (although the finished product should end up on our tablets), and you can sign up right here.

The beta begins next Monday and we should be in it. If they'll let us pass along any beta info, we'll get it posted in the next few weeks.



HABA All Over the App Store
Yesterday, Brad shocked me by sending a link to a digital version of one of my 6 year-old's favorite titles, Rhino Hero. The shocking part wasn't that HABA had gone digital, but that they chose to digitize Rhino Hero, a dexterity game with no real way to translate gameplay into a digital medium. What's next, digital Dancing Eggs? Turns out the digital Rhino Hero bears little resemblance to its cardboard counterpart but it makes little difference. Like every other HABA title, my kid loves it.

The digital Rhino Hero is a physics stacking game in which you're trying to simply build as high a tower as you can. Occasionally, a bad guy will show up and do something to make your tower wobble unless you hit a button and call in the titular rhino to save the day. He can only be called in after a certain amount of time, however, so if you get multiple baddies you can be out of luck. He'll come back faster the quicker you drop blocks on the tower, causing a bit of chaos as your tower heads into the stratosphere. My kid's favorite part is the end, after your tower falls, Rhino Hero shows up at the bottom floor and gets in an elevator which takes him to the top, indicating how many floors you were able to build. You can see his anticipation building each time Rhino Hero hits the "up" button.

That's not the only HABA game we stumbled upon. There are also digital versions of Orchard and a digital original, Unicorn Glitterluck. Orchard looks like a straight up port of the board game whereas Unicorn Glitterluck looks to be for the very little ones learning their numbers while playing a running game. On a unicorn. Sounds perfect.

You can pick up the games for both iOS at the links below:

- Rhino Hero for iOS Universal, $3

- The Orchard for iOS Universal, $3

- Unicorn Glitterluck for iOS Universal, $3



Tokaido Enters Open Beta This Friday
We saw a working build of Tokaido from Funforge at Gen Con this year, so it's not too surprising to learn that they're ready for beta. Today they tweeted this:



So, the open beta begins this Friday! You can sign up to join right here.

Once again, if we can share anything from the beta, you'll be the first to know.



Pathfinder Adventures Updated with Deck 5, Sins of the Savior
This news is a bit older--I found out about it right after I posted on Friday--so I put it at the end because you're probably already aware. Normally, anything regarding Pathfinder Adventures would be front and center, as it's currently in the running for my GOTY.

Anyway, last Friday, Obsidian Entertainment released a major update for Pathfinder that not only squashed a bunch of bugs but also released the next deck in the Rise of the Runelords campaign, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Sins of the Saviors Adventure Deck 5. One one deck to go until we can start hoping for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set!

Here's the complete patch notes in all it's cut and pasted glory. You can find links to both the iOS Universal and Android versions below as well.

- Pathfinder Adventures for iOS Universal, free
- Pathfinder Adventures for Android, free

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Deck 5: Sins of the Saviors

The evil beneath the town of Sandpoint refuses to sleep quietly and a killer from the ancient past awakes. Clues found in his lair lead to the den of a legendary dragon and into a vast arcane dungeon ruled by ancient wizards, where the seven deadly sins reign supreme.
5 New Scenarios
3 New Locations
New Maps
New loot such as the Staff of Hungry Shadows, Summon Monster, and Ordikon’s Staff!
New Legendary Rewards
Complete each scenario on Legendary to unlock the Blessing of Thassilonian Virtues!
For owners of the Rise of the Runelords Bundle - New Promo card!
Goblin Plate +1. Use this armor to mitigate combat or Fire damage by 3. Be wary of reducing all damage with it, however, or you'll deal 1 damage to a character at your location!
News Queue
The main menu now has a panel that will inform users about new challenges, bundles, features, and rewards.
New Wildcards
Several new wildcards have been added, some specifically for Deck 5, but others are available for all decks.
Some new wildcards that can be encountered:
Close Quarters: Your hand size is decreased by 1/2/3.
Alert Guards: An additional monster is shuffled into each location.
(Deck 3+) Mother Father Snakes: A Nightbelly Boa henchman is shuffled into each location
(Deck 5 only) Revenge of the Wrathful: When you encounter a non-villain non-henchman monster, a random character at an open location summons and encounters a Warrior of Wrath henchman.
Blessing Matching Toggle
To deal with issues with certain blessings copying the top blessing of the discard pile we've implemented a toggle that will let you choose to copy the blessing or not. This fixes issues with Favor of the Gods.
To Toggle Blessing Copy:
Tap on the top card of the blessings deck. On the left side there will be a button that says "Blessings". This defaults to on.
Tap on "Blessings" to turn off blessing matching.
Quest Mode Reward Revision
Revised card rewards when leveling up in Quest Mode. Gone are the days of being rewarded a Rusty Short Sword!
Top Community Issues

These are issues you have all helped to bring to our attention. We can't thank you enough for your feedback on the game! These issues have been the most discussed here on the forum and these, along with many more, will be fixed when 1.1.5 goes live!
Natural skill bonuses being removed when playing items that add to the main check
Items like Belt of Giant Strength, Belt of Incredible Dexterity, and Headband of Alluring Charisma, when played, would sometimes remove the natural bonus the character had for their checks. This has been fixed, and the bonuses now add properly.
Crashing when Selecting Dice
Attempted a fix for an issue where some players can crash when selecting dice. We are unable to reproduce this internally - for those affected, please let us know if this issue is resolved.
Playing cards from your deck
There was an issue where you could play relevant cards from your deck when not in your hand. This has been fixed.
Seelah's Crusade & Mountain Peak
Fixed an issue where Seelah's Crusade ability was not usable at the Mountain Peak if the location's start of turn power was failed.

Other Fixes
Here's the list of other fixes we've addressed in this patch, broken down by type!

Cards
Blessing of Abadar: No longer incorrectly grants 2 dice vs barriers on non-defeat checks
Booster: Magic Spyglass: Now correctly adds 1 die instead of incorrectly adding +1 to perception checks.
Booster: Favor of the Gods: Can now properly be played with other blessings on a check. Note that in order to do so, you need to toggle blessing matching - you'll have to zoom on the top card of the blessings deck and tap on "blessing". This will tell Favor of the Gods and other blessings to copy the top card of the blessing's discard - or not. It defaults to on.
Booster: Silent Enforcer: No longer incorrectly counts as a weapon when used at the Waterfront
Clockwork Librarian: Now properly allows you to cancel when played to aid a recharge, and no longer incorrectly allows auto succeeding at spell recharges.
Luckstone: Can no longer be incorrectly used to aid other's checks.
Lokansir: Card text now updated to match the current behavior.
Major Cure: Now properly granting extra card for the caster
Restoration: Can no longer be unintentionally used on an active character when played by an off turn character at a different location.
Restoration: The helper text when used at a location with another character was incorrect. This has been fixed.
Simulacrum of Vraxeris: If you fail the BYA check, the henchman will incorrectly recharge any displayed cards. The bonuses and dice will remain in effect properly for the rest of the turn, however.
Xanesha: Her card restriction now properly continues through the turn duration instead of incorrectly only during the encounter.
Character
Ezren: Spell Collector text updated to better communicate what the power does.
Lini: Beast Form - Fire trait is now optional and can be toggled via UI that pops up above the first power slot. This required moving the position of her powers to make visual sense, however the position of buttons for existing characters could not be changed.
New versions of Lini made in 1.1.5 and later will have Animal Trick on the right, with Beast Form on the left.
Existing versions of Lini made before 1.1.5 will retain the original Animal Trick on the left and Beast Form on the right. The UI for Fire trait will appear above Animal Trick on this version of the character.
Kyra: Dawnflower's Favorite: Fixed an issue where Dawnflower's Favorite was not properly functioning.
Sajan: Bring Me Another - Fixed an issue where Lem aiding the recharge check with Bardic Performance could banish the card being recharged.
Sajan: Bring Me Another - Fixed an issue where you couldn't recharge a Potion of Fortitude if used on a recharge check for another item with the liquid trait.
Quest Mode
Nightbelly Boa as henchmen: A final possible place where Nightbelly Boas could be used as Henchmen in Quest Mode has been removed
Scenario
The Black Tower: Mountain Peak is no longer orphaned when playing with 2 characters on Legendary.
UI
Character Selection: Replaced the character sub-menu button with a new animated icon
Booster Card Rarity: Border colors indicating card rarity no longer disappear between scenarios.
Move Button: When starting your turn at a closed location, an animation now plays on the Move button to make it more obvious what you need to do next.

Text Modified from the Physical Game
We sometimes change cards from the ones found in the Physical version of the game - generally due to technical reasons, although sometimes per request from Paizo or Loneshark. Here's the list of cards modified in this patch!
Alu-Demon Sister: Card modified from a "Before you act", perform a die roll, to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Shimmering Veils of Pride: Location modified to state: "When you succeed at a check on your turn, recharge a card." The original text was for any succeeded check at that location would cause a recharge to occur.
Succubus: Card modified from a "Before you act", perform a die roll, to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Mistress Delvahine: Card modified from a "Before you act", perform a die roll, to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Rimeskull: Scenario power modified from "Characters may not move to or explore" to "may not move to or encounter cards"
Modified in previous patches:
Acid Arrow: Card modified from Arcane die + 2d4 to Arcane die + 1d10+1.
Bandit: Veteran trait added.
Black Magga: Card modified from a "Before you act," perform a die roll, to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Emerald Codex: Banish power of the card removed. The only power on this card is the Bury version. Current power: "Bury this card to display three new spells that have the Divine trait. You may play each of these cards as if it is in your hand; after you do, banish it. At the end of the scenario, banish any that remain."
Goblin Warchanter: Card modified from a "Before you act," perform a die roll, to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait or a weapon" perform a die roll.
Hag: Card modified from a "Before you act" perform a die roll to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Hook Mountain Hag: Card modified from a "Before you act" perform a die roll to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Holy Candle: Power changed to a Banish from Bury for added blessings to the blessings deck.
Levitate: Removed from the game and replaced with Stride. Stride's power: "During your turn, discard this card to move another character. At the end of your turn, discard this card to move. After playing this card, if you do not have the Arcane skill, banish it; otherwise, you may succeed at an Arcane 8 check to recharge this card instead of discarding it."
Lokansir: Card modified from a "Before you act" perform a die roll to "Before you play a spell that has the Attack trait" perform a die roll.
Snake: Discard power updated to add to Strength combat checks. Original only allowed Melee.
Reduction Field: Reworded If Undefeated power to "If undefeated, attach this card to its location deck. While attached, the difficulty of Strength and Melee checks at this location is increased by 4.". The original stated to "display this card faceup next to its location deck."
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App News: Vlaada Chvátil Talks About Through the Ages, Queen Games Releases Treasure Hunter and more...

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Vlaada Chvátil Talks About Through the Ages and Codenames
The dashing editor of the new strategy game super-site, Stately Play (disclosure: it's me), today posted an interview from earlier in the week with a designer you might have heard of: Vlaada Chvátil. In it they talk about the much-awaited port of Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization and Codenames and when we should be seeing them land on our devices. You should head over and read the whole thing because the interviewer is, obviously, a genius, but I'll give you a breakdown of the big news here.

Through the Ages:
- Currently in internal testing of multiplayer but, otherwise, the game plays well.
- Once multiplayer is ironed out, limited external beta test to really push the boundaries of the multiplayer system.
- Will release after beta test, probably very early 2017.

Codenames:
- Pretty much in same state as Through the Ages: working on multiplayer.
- Multiplayer has difficulties other games don't such as not being able to replace quitting players with bots.
- Working on single-player experience, or something resembling one. Working good, but needs a few tweaks.
- Also expected early 2017.

There are a few more details in the interview, so head over and check it out.



Treasure Hunter Finds Itself on the App Store
Apparently, Treasure Hunter from Queen Games arrived on shelves in 2015. I hadn't heard of it at all, which seems strange considering that Queen isn't some small indie-publisher, and that its designer is none other than Richard Garfield, the designer of King of Tokyo and some other game whose name escapes me. I became aware of Treasure Hunter only because it stealthily released last night on the App Store.

Not knowing much about the game, this seems like a good time for a blurb:

Queen Games wrote:
Description
The new drafting card game by R.Garfield.

Treasure Hunter is amazingly easy to learn and yet it is an addictive game.

Choose one of the 8 avatars and start playing right away.
The tutorial allows you an easy access if you do not know the game.

Compete against up to 7 different AIs with different skill levels.
If you beat them effortlessly try seeking another challenge in the online mode:
Invite your friends to play against you or use the Auto-Matching feature for a quick game in between.

Gain up to 13 Achievements!

Right now, the following extensions are available for even more fun: Goblin's Loot and Band of Goblins


- Treasure Hunter for iOS Universal, $5
- Treasure Hunter for Android, $5



Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Coming to Digital
I read the first novel in the Dresden Files and absolutely loved it and then didn't read another one. Why? Because I'm stupid and easily distracted. The rest of the books--hey wait, a squirrel!

Anyway, it turns out there's a cooperative card game based on the world of Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game and, unknown to me, there's a digital version in the works.

Earlier today, Hidden Achievement tweeted this:



Not a lot to go on, but it's something. We'll dig into it and see if we can come away with any more info.
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