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App News: Dungeon Twister News and Castles (no, not that one) Coming to Mobile

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Dungeon Twister Plans Release In Late October
Dungeon Twister is one of those digital board game ports that has completely gone below our radar. It's not really our fault, it was announced back in April of 2014 and our brains are far too small to hold information for that long.

On their crowdfunding site, the developers have announced that they plan on submitting the app to Apple in late October, so we can expect a late October or early November release. It will be released simultaneously for iOS and Android.

Unfortunately, that same update also announced that getting the AI to calculate moves in a quick fashion just wasn't working out, so the game will not be shipping with a solo game vs. AI. That said, they are trying to incorporate some solo play, perhaps using the system found in Dungeon Twister's sequel, Dungeon Twister 2: Prison.

While solo play is up in the air, multiplayer seems to be getting nailed down. It sounds like multiplayer will be handled via Board Game Arena, which is interesting and I'm not sure how that will work within an app.

We'll keep you up to date if any more news hits the wire between now and submission.

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App News: Brass Blog, Pandemic on Android, and Battle of the Bulge Rebirth

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Brass Digital Developer Blog
What should appear in my Inbox this fair day but a message from developer PHALANX. Turns out they have an update on the digital version of Brass. The developers have started a blog so you can follow along throughout development.




Pandemic Infects Android on Friday
F2Z just let us know that Pandemic will be coming to Android this Friday. The price point will be $6.99 and reportedly features a new shuffling algorithm that makes the game even better.

Here is a trailer for the game:



Battle of the Bulge Goes Multiplatform on 9/17
Full disclosure, I worked at Shenandoah Studio a few years ago.

A new version of Battle of the Bulge will be coming to iOS on 9/17 along with PC and Mac. This version also includes a few additions including improved AI and access to the new Slitherine Tournament Mode. I for one am excited to see the rebirth of a game that is close to my heart.

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PAX Prime News in Pictures: PACG, Banner Saga, Armello, Playsets, and more

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set Coming Fall
When we spoke to the Obsidian Team at PAX and learned that the game has a rough release date, Fall 2015! From one of the games developers I was told "soon" with a wink, so who knows!




Banner Saga the Board Game
Stumbled upon this beautiful prototype. It sounds like the game will be a cooperative affair and features pretty cool minis. Each player takes on a role in the caravan and must work together while protecting their own interests.




Gala Collider Kickstarter Live
Ok, I forgot a picture of this one. I ran into the Gala Collider team and they let me know that the Kickstarter is now live. This was one of our highlights of GenCon, so be sure to check out the Kickstarter page.




Armello on PS4
Before I got distracted by the Star Wars: Battlefront station behind it, I had a chance to check out Armello on PS4. It was really beautiful. This launches tomorrow on both PS4 and PC. I highly recommend checking it out even before it comes to mobile.




Playsets Discovered
Alright, I am not sure when this was released but it was new to me at PAX. This is basically a playset generator for an RPG campaign. It does not have any rulesets baked in so you are free to use it for whatever you like. It is available on iOS and Android.




GalakZ Mobile Variant Looks Great
I was able to go hands on with Galak-Z Mobile Variant at PAX. The game looks amazing though the control were a little challenging in the convention set up. This looks like it could be another FTL for me...help.
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App News: Magic the Gathering Puzzle Quest Announced, Tin Man Heads to Warhammer 40k

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Magic the Gathering - Puzzle Quest Announced

Word of a new mobile game from Wizards of the Coast has been rumored for a while and...it's a Puzzle Quest licensed product. Disappointed. Or perhaps not.

Before we cry foul and accuse people of selling out, it must be noted that Puzzle Quest has quite the pedigree and has been known to treat licenses well. The style of gameplay does seem like a great fit on mobile. So, while not the great Magic mobile app we have all been waiting for, we'll hold out hope for a great Puzzle Quest game!







Tin Man Games Working on Warhammer 40k: Path to Victory Gamebooks

Hat tip to TouchArcade for this awesome news.

The prolific gamebook developers Tin Man Games are back at it again. This time they are taking on the Warhammer 40k: Path to Victory series. This will be a new trilogy of digital gamebooks, starting with Herald of Oblivion. As usual it looks like they are taking a cool style in presenting these books. We will keep you posted as the release nears.

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App News: Sentinels of the Multiverse Multiplayer Goes Beta

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Multiplayer in Sentinels of the Multiverse Gets Closer
If you were around last fall, you might remember the great wail of frustration that erupted when Sentinels of the Multiverse was released. No one complained that the game was a poor implementation, in fact it's one of the better board game ports ever done for tablets. No, the complaint was about the lack of online multiplayer. Now, some people didn't care about such things, but a great many more people did.

From the beginning, Handelabra Games said that multiplayer was on the table, but weren't sure how long it would take to implement, especially with the rapid pace that expansion content has been rolling out. At Gen Con this year, we talked with the Handelabra guys and multiplayer was being shown off at the show. On Friday, we learned that online multiplayer is in beta and anyone who has Sentinels on Steam can participate. Here's how:

Handelabra Games wrote:
Using Steam to participate in the beta:
To access the Multiplayer Public Beta, do the following:
Quit and restart Steam, then open the Library tab.
Right-click on Sentinels of the Multiverse and select Properties.
Click the BETAS tab and choose “mpbeta - Multiplayer Public Beta” from the dropdown list.
Steam will update the game automatically.

You can switch back to the non-beta version of the game at any time. To restore the regular version of the game, do the following:
Right-click on Sentinels of the Multiverse and select Properties.
Click the BETAS tab and choose “NONE - Opt out of all beta programs” from the dropdown list.
Steam will update the game automatically.


That's not all! Here's more info about how multiplayer is going to handle:

Handelabra Games wrote:
General Multiplayer Information:
Online games are synchronous (live) and support between 2 and 5 players. Each player must control at least one hero, and may control more than one hero.

Each game has a Team Leader denoted by the crown icon. Team Leaders can change game settings, reassign heroes if players leave, and kick players.

During gameplay, there are decisions that the team must agree upon before proceeding. Instead of directly making the decision you will cast a vote, and when enough votes are in, the decision will be made.

You can chat with your team members before, during, and after the game by clicking the chat icon.


I'll admit, I was skeptical of needing a multiplayer interface for Sentinels--I love playing solo games--but this sounds pretty amazing. If you own the game on Steam, head over and give it a shot. I'm currently on vacation and traversing the wilds of Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, but once I get back to a reliable Internet connection, you can bet I'll be spending some time playing Sentinels.
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App News: This Week's New Releases and Release Dates for Normandie on PC and the Grand Tournament

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This Week's New Releases

Notable new releases for this week include:

Galactic Keep
This space focused RPG seems like a great blend of mechanics and style.
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Final Fantasy VII
This classic RPG has finally found its way to iOS. Overrated or a masterpiece? You decide.
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Dungeon of the Endless
This interesting rogue-like comes from a respected pedigree and was great on PC.
Available on the App Store




Release Dates Revealed

The Grand Tournament
Minutes after my post this morning, Blizzard revealed that the latest expansion will be coming on August 24th. Get ready for Monday!

Heroes of Normandie
This stylish WW2 strategy game has been our radar for a while. The PC version just received a release date of September 22nd. This is great to hear and hopefully the tablet version is not far behind.
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App News: First Twilight Struggle Screenshot Emerges, Preview The Grand Tournament in Tavern Brawl, and Skylanders F2P Card Game Coming

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Twilight Struggle Screenshot Emerges
Twilight Struggle is one of the most popular games on BGG, and we are all excited for the digital version from Playdek. News has been hard to come by, but today we have the first screenshot of the game from a recent Kickstarter Update. It also sounds like the PC beta will start soon so stay tuned!

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Try Hearthstone's The Grand Tournament in this Week's Tavern Brawl
Much like they did with Goblins vs. Gnomes, Blizzard is previewing this next expansion in a side mode. Starting tomorrow the Tavern Brawl will feature two set decks from The Grand Tournament. With this preview on the way, it is likely we will see this expansion the week of the 24th.

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Wednesday’s Grand Tournament Match features a thrilling Brawl between two potent forces. One, led by that mysterious master of magic, Medivh, will be packed with minions eager to heed your call to battle and power up with Inspire. Standing against them will be the mistress of the hunt, Alleria, along with a full cadre of master jousters who are poised to grow mighty with each contest won.





Skylanders Battlecast Announced
Despite spreading like a noxious cancer, Skylanders seems to be a great combination of toys and video games for kids. The property has found a lot of success on many platforms.

This latest outing is a free to play card game coming to mobile. The game will combine both physical and digital cards and offer single player and multiplayer modes. While this may not hit our core demo, if you have kids that are into the Skylanders world, this may be a great way to bring board gaming into the mix!

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App News: Warhammer 40k Deathwatch Goes Multiplayer, HexWar's Nuts Gets a Trailer, XenoShyft Released

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Warhammer 40k Gets Multiplayer Expansion
Ben of Rodeo Games reached out to let us know that a multiplayer expansion will be coming free to Warhammer 40,0000 Deathwatch in "a couple weeks."

This mode will allow players to face off against other players either synchronously or asynchronously. To celebrate this expansion, the game will be on sale for 50% for the rest of the week.




HexWar's Nuts Gets a Trailer
Developer HexWar is back with another board game port, bringing NUTS! to digital platforms later this year. Nuts! is a card game representation of the Battle of the Bulge and the port looks great so far.

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XenoShyft Released
This one slipped out during the post Gen Con haze. XenoShyft: Onslaught is a card game from Cool Mini or Not. The digital version is a pretty faithful adaptation. From my limited time with the game, it seems like a pretty fun deck-building game with a tower defense vibe. You can get it on the App Store now.

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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 5.

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This will be the final Gen Con roundup from us this year, so starting tomorrow we can get back to our regular format. Thanks for sticking with us this year!

Arcane Wonders Talks Companion Apps and More
Arcane Wonders has created a few apps thus far, both companion apps for their cardboard games. The first was last year's app for Sheriff of Nottingham which is a timer/scoring app. There is also a Mage Wars Arena which acts as a spell book builder and status tracker. Not much else in the digital realm, but we did manage to play a game of their upcoming 2-player abstract, Onitama. It was a great game and would fit well in the digital space. They're in early talks to bring it there, but nothing firm at this point.
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App News: Gen Con Roundup, Part 4.

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Bezier Games Takes Us to the Castles of Mad King Ludwig
We met with designer Ted Alspach at the Bezier Games, Inc. booth to see how the app for Castles of Mad King Ludwig was coming along. Turns out it's coming along very nicely, and we even got a chance to see it in action.

The camera ape wishes to apologize for the weird angles and such, but both Ted Alspach and Brad are quite tall, and the camera guy was burdened with a rather short monopole for his camera. That's the story I'm he's sticking to.
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