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App News: Galaxy Trucker Update Brings Missions to Multiplayer

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Galaxy Trucker Gets Multiplayer Update
My favorite game from last year, and possibly ever, Galaxy Trucker, is getting a major update today that introduces missions into multiplayer mode.



Czech Games Edition was kind enough to let me hop on board early and check the system out and I think you're going to have a lot of fun with these. Basically, the missions break or alter the rules, forcing you to play Galaxy Trucker differently than you've ever had to play before. I only saw three missions, but they completely changed how I build my ships (or, they should have, because I continually came in last).



The first mission I saw was called "Crazy Stories". In this mission, parts lost from your spaceship earn you money at the end of the run, so you need to build your spaceship so that it falls apart, but not so apart that you lose all your astronauts or engines. The next mission was "Explosive Cargo". In this mission, the pile of parts is full of purple-backed explosives which you can load onto your ship. There are bonuses for delivering explosives, as well as for being the one with the most explosives on your ship. Not only do the explosives take up precious space, but they also destroy every tile around them when they're destroyed.



There were others, but I think you get the picture. There will always be two missions available, with a new mission incoming every 2 days.

The update is live right now for both Android and iOS. You can pick up Galaxy Trucker for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle devices for $5. Heck, you can even pick it up for Windows Phone for the same price.


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App News: Heroes of Normandie Enters Beta, Blood Bowl II Available for Pre-order

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Heroes of Normandie Enter Beta Test

Last year at the HOW convention put on by Slitherine, we got the first look at Heroes of Normandie digital. This token based wargame looked really great on tablet and kept a tabletop feel with interesting animations.

We just received word that the game is ready to enter beta test. You can apply to test the game right now.










Blood Bowl 2 Open for Pre-order

The original Blood Bowl video game recently came to tablets with some mixed results. Frankly, it was an older game with some funky controls on top. Not to mention an obtuse online system. Coming on September 22, Blood Bowl II seems to modernize everything from visuals to gameplay.

While not slated for tablet, Blood Bowl II will be coming to PS4 Xbox One and Steam. We just received word about a pre-order bonus of an additional race, depending on the platform you order on. The game looks pretty beautiful. Check out some gameplay in the trailer below:

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App News: Dominant Species Updated (Again)

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Dominant Species Updated to Version 2.0.1
It was just last week when Dominant Species was updated to version 2.0. Like most updates, there were a couple issues. Not to worry, however, GMT Games is on it.

Dominant Species was just updated again to version 2.0.1 which fixes a bunch of stuff from last week's release.

I'm sure you can see it coming...here's the blurb:

GMT Games wrote:
1. pause/play button for use during AI turns
2. OK button checkbox for those who don't want to tap OK for each popup (in Settings)
3. animation speed slider to make all animations faster or slower (in Settings)
4. original colors for Reptiles and Mammals
5. new Mountain terrain tile to see species icons more easily
6. random button to choose a random species from the choices available on player setup
7. end game scoring fixed


My biggest beef was lack of random species at setup, so I'm happy. What's not mentioned in the above list is the save game bug, but it is mentioned elsewhere in the blurb:

GMT Games wrote:
Today’s update is aimed mostly at bug fixes (like the unfortunate “Save Game” bug), but we’ve also added a few requested features as well. That will be our approach as we move forward with future updates - to tackle a bigger bug or “game is missing this” issue and then add to the update any additional feature upgrades that we have ready at the time.


They also mention that the next update will include a tutorial.

You can grab Dominant Species for iPad right now for $7 on the App Store.
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First Look: Splendor

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Splendor
Availability: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $6.99
App Store Links: App Store, Google Play


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App Release: Magic Duels

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Wizards of the Coast Releases New M:TG Game, Magic Duels, on iOS
We're not getting Splendor on our mobile devices until tomorrow morning at 9am EDT, but don't worry, Wizards of the Coast has our backs. Today they released the latest version of Magic: The Gathering for iOS Universal called Magic Duels.

Magic Duels is a free-to-play game, and, with the limited time I've spent with it, doesn't seem to have a very steep paywall. Wizards is also promising frequent updates and new content to keep the game fresh. Besides the multiple campaigns that track the origins of Planeswalkers, there is also Battle Mode in which you can play vs. other humans or AI using constructed decks. There's even Two-Headed Giant mode for multiplayer, if that's what floats your boat.

This seems like the perfect moment to cut/paste a blurb, albeit one with surprisingly few exclamation points. I only count two. Weird.

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Enter the world’s best strategy card game with Magic Duels, an all-new digital experience!

Immerse yourself in the world of Magic: The Gathering’s exciting new Origins campaign as you play through the stories of five iconic Planeswalkers. Hone your skills and build your deck of spells from an ever-growing library of collectible cards, then take on your friends or thousands of AI opponents in Battle Mode.

Enjoy virtually endless gameplay with regular card and content updates, quests and achievements, multiple play modes—including fan favorites like Two-Headed Giant—and fully earnable content. The new Skill Quest training system and enhanced Deck Builder with step-by-step guidance ensure an epic Magic experience for new and veteran players alike.

Join 20 million Magic fans around the world and begin your journey in Magic Duels now!


Magic Duels is available for iOS Universal and is free on the App Store.

Oh, I should probably tell you that you'd better have a fancy new iPad if you want to play. It will only work on iPad Air or later (including the mini 2 and 3), or on an iPhone 5S or later.


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App News: Don't Starve Coming to iPad This Week

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Don't Starve Heading to iPad
This post has nothing to do with board games, be they digital or cardboard. I just figured I should get that out of the way up front. That said, it does involve Don't Starve, one of the best PC/Mac games of the past couple years. It's coming to iPad, and it's coming this week.



If you're not familiar with Don't Starve, you should be. It's a fantastic game in which you are given no rules or instructions, just left for dead in the middle of a randomly-generated wilderness. It's up to you to figure out how to survive, which isn't as easy as it sounds. In fact, Don't Starve is actually quite difficult.



The iPad version will be the full PC version including the Don't Starve: Reign of Giants expansion, and it will run $5.

If you don't want to wait that long, you can always pick it up for PC/Mac on Steam. Just be expected to pay $19 for both the main game and the Reign of Giants expansion if you go that route.


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App News: Update on Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Released and more...

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Update and Screens
The big announcement at last year's Gen Con was Paizo Publishing and Obsidian Entertainment teaming up to bring Pathfinder Adventure Card Game to our iPads and Android tablets. Gen Con 2015 is only a few weeks away, and other than some screens we nabbed back in October, we haven't heard anything.

Last Friday I was able to chat with Obsidian about where the project currently stands. I didn't get any concrete information, such as a release date, but I did find out that it will be releasing for iPad and Android tablets for sure with other platforms being a big "maybe". Also, it will not have any online multiplayer, with solo and pass-and-play being the only options. Considering it's a cooperative game, this doesn't really worry me too much. I prefer playing the cardboard version solo anyway.

As for content, they're way past developing the initial set of adventures and are completing the expansions for the Rise of the Runlelords base game. They're hoping to have most (all?) of the expansions ready when the game ships later this year.

Okay, I know that's not a ton of info, but the best part is that we snagged three new screenshots! Whenever PACG arrives on the App Store, it's going to look really darn spiffy.





Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Finally Comes to the App Store
Somehow, we managed to avoid all the Spiderweb Software drama over the past 6 months or so which means many of you might not be aware of how Avernum 2: Crystal Souls almost didn't make it to iPad.

First of all, for those of you who aren't aware, Spiderweb makes some of the best RPGs available for PC, Android, and iPad. They're long and deep on story, and have graphics straight out of 1994. It's all pretty cool.

Earlier this year, they were set to release Avernum 2: Crystal Souls on iPad and actually did release it for an hour or two before pulling it from the App Store. We were unsure why at the time, but a day or so later we found out that one of the Apple updates had completely destroyed the Avernum engine and Spiderweb basically vowed that they would not be developing for iPad ever again.

A few months later we found out that wasn't true at all either. Those month were spent rebuilding the engine from scratch and Avernum 2 and future Spiderweb games would be saved.

This all culminated in yesterday's launch of Avernum 2: Crystal Souls for iPad. Whew. Feels like time for a blurb.

Spiderweb Software wrote:
* Epic fantasy adventure with over 50 hours of gameplay. An enormous underworld, with multiple nations and alien cultures.
* Rich game system with over 60 spells and battle disciplines and a multitude of beneficial character traits to choose from.
* Over 100 towns and dungeons.
* Three separate game-winning quests. There are many ways to fight the invaders. Do just one of them or all three!
* Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any adventure out there.
* Dozens of side quests and hundreds of magical artifacts.

The story of Avernum 2 is self-contained, and previous experience with Avernum games isn't required.


You can pick up Avernum 2: Crystal souls for $10 on the App Store.





Warhammer: Arcane Magic Gets a Trailer
There's not a lack of Warhammer on the App Store these days, in fact we can count on a new Warhammer game landing every few weeks. Most of those, however are Warhammer 40K. Warhammer: Arcane Magic is set in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay universe, which sets it apart.

This is an original board/card game in which players will take the roles of wizards and fight, or something. Still not entirely sure, but we do have a trailer! Shiny moving pictures!

There's a little gameplay shown, but you really have to dig the gravelly voice.

Warhammer: Arcane Magic is coming to iOS "soon". I hate when they say that.


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App News: Infernal Relics Coming Next Week, Neuroshima Hex Gets a Facelift, Out There Goes Omega, and more...

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Infernal Relics Coming to Sentinels Next Week
The guys at Handelabra Games run a Twitch stream every Tuesday night with the intention of teaching people how to play Sentinels of the Multiverse. Even if you know how to play, it's still a fun stream to watch because they routinely show off stuff that hasn't been released yet. Recently they've been showing off aspects of the upcoming Sentinels of the Multiverse: Infernal Relics expansion as well as online multiplayer.

During last night's stream, they also let it be known that Infernal Relics would be coming to the PC and Android versions of Sentinels next Monday, July 6. The iPad version will release right around there as well, but all depends upon Apple's approval.

Infernal Relics will bring two new heroes, four new villains, and two new environments to the game and will be available via IAP or as part of the season one pass.

You can nab Sentinels on PC, Android tablets, and iPad for $10 (PC version will cost you $15).

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Neuroshima Hex Gets 3.0 Update
Not sure what's going on, but apparently graphic overhauls to games are a thing now. Not only did we get the Dominant Species update last week, we also received something similar to Out There, which I'll discuss in about 2 minutes.

This post is dedicated to the facelift that Neuroshima Hex! received via it's 3.0 update. Nothing from a gameplay perspective was changed, but the game received a complete graphic overhaul to bring it up to speed with the graphics from the cardboard version.



So, whether or not you should update depends on whether you like the new graphics or not. There doesn't appear to be a way to switch between the two, so if you update, you're going to be stuck with the new look. Just a warning.

You can grab Neuroshima Hex for iOS Universal or Android for $5.



Out There Omega Edition Comes to iOS/Android
Here's another example of a really great app getting a makeover. Out There came out in 2014 and was a really cool mix of interactive fiction and sci-fi exploration. Stranded in space, the entire game revolves around you trying to find your way home. Along the way you'll meet aliens (who you must learn to communicate with) and planets where you need to balance fuel and damage as you leapfrog across the galaxy. It's really cool.

The Omega Edition update doesn't just make the game's graphics look amazing, it also adds new content. Stand by for iTunes blurb:

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• Complete graphics makeover!
• Extended soundtrack by Siddhartha Barnhoorn
• 3 new spaceships
• 1 new ending
• 50+ new interactive stories
• 15 new alien species
• 10 new achievements
• New leaderboard
• English localization revised
• German localization added
• Spanish localization added


Out There is available for PC, iOS Universal, and Android. The PC version runs $10, while the mobile versions are only $5.




Mojang's Scrolls Comes To An End
Mojang is known for creating a little game called Minecraft that has spread faster than the Georgia Flu. Their follow up was a CCG/board game hybrid called Scrolls, which was in beta since July of 2013 and released for PC and Android in December of 2014.

Apparently things aren't going well, as Mojang announced this week that they were shutting it down. There will be no new content created for the game, but they will keep the servers open until at least July 1, 2016. Any new revenue that the game makes in that time will go towards keeping the servers up for longer.

An iOS version of the game was in the works, but I'm pretty confident we can assume that's not going to happen anymore.

Still, if you want to try it on PC or Android, it's free to download.


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BGG Exclusive: Splendor Digital Trailer, Coming July 9th!

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Splendor is one of the most anticipated digital board games coming this summer.

We also just received word on the release date: Splendor will be available on July 9th!

This week we have a new trailer for the game, showing the app in action for the first time:




We'll be sure to have more info on the game as it nears release.
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App News: Dominant Species 2.0 Goes Live

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GMT Games Releases Major Update to Dominant Species
It's here. It's finally here.

We've been looking forward to this ever since Dominant Species was released back in October of 2012. It's not that the original release was terrible--it was definitely playable--but the AI wasn't really up to snuff, and there were some odd UI choices. It's taken over 2 years, and multiple developers to get this update released.

So, what's new? Sounds like a perfect time for a blurb:

GMT Games wrote:
Features:

Play against a mix of up to 5 human and/or AI opponents via Solo Play, Pass 'N Play, or a combination of both.
A completely reworked User Interface that makes the game much easier to play
New Pull-Out visual menus that provide quick access to Tile Scoring, Speciation Values, Food Chain, and Dominance Cards.
All New Art from the new version of the boardgames
AI players that are greatly improved from the original version.
A new Undo feature
Autosave and Resume Game
Pinch to zoom and scroll
Context-sensitive help
Color-coded dominance tracking


You'll note that there still isn't online multiplayer, but GMT Games has stated that developer is currently working on another update that will bring online multiplayer into DS.

This update is free for previous owners of the DS app, but if you're new to the whole thing you can get it for iPad over on the App Store. It's currently selling for $7.
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