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App News: Armello Coming to PC and PS4, King of Dragon Pass for Steam, Warhammer: Arcane Magic Coming and more

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Armello Coming to PC and PS4 on Sept. 1st

Perennial favorite Armello has been in Steam early access for a while now and if you watched our past streams, you can see it is coming along nicely. With each update the gameplay gets tighter and the balance gets better. It's been really fun as a player to see this board game evolve before my eyes.

Update: League of Geeks announced this morning that the mobile version is coming on March 2016. If you are interested in checking out Armello in early access on Steam, purchase it before July 31st. From that date the game will be unavailable until September.

In addition to the release news, two new characters have been revealed which you can see here:





King of Dragon Pass on Steam Now

King of Dragon Pass is a classic adventure, story, and strategy game from designer David Dunham. It has been on iOS in an excellent port for a while and is now on Steam.

As we announced earlier this year, the developer is currently hard at work on a spiritual successor called Six Ages. If you have not already played King of Dragon Pass and prefer to play on Steam, this is a perfect chance to grab the game.

Here's a trailer for the game:





Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Available Now

Had enough Warhammer mobile games yet? Of course not and this one is even set in the Fantasy universe, which is the rarer variety. Warhammer: Arcane Magic is billed as a card-based board game set in the Warhammer world.

The game features two campaigns and the gameplay centers around controlling wizards using cards and dice. We will have a full report once we can dive in. You can get it on the App Store now.

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Elder Scroll: Legends to Take Us by Surprise

Bethesda recently announced the Elder Scroll: Legends will be a surprise release, much like previous hit Fallout Shelter. This digital card game is poised to take another beloved fantasy franchise in to the digital realm.

Polygon has a pretty in-depth interview that provides some interesting if sparse details on the game. Otherwise, we'll just keep watching and waiting for this surprise game to drop.
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App News: The Grand Tournament Hearthstone Expansion Announced

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Just announced on the Hearthstone Twitch Channel, the next Hearthstone expansion is coming next month and is called the Grand Tournament. As with all expansions, there is a brand new board:



Some of the key features of this expansion mentioned are:

- A new set of more than 130 cards.
- Lots of cards will affect hero powers.
- New Inspire keyword will activate each time you use your hero power.
- Pre-purchase of 50 packs at a discount is available next week.

Here is the announcement trailer:




And here are captures of the cards revealed thus far:

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App News: Codenames Coming to Mobile?, New Steam Screens, Exodus: Proxima Centauri Going Digital and more...

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Codenames From CGE Going Digital? Maybe!
My most anticipated game of the entire Gen Con crop is probably Vlaada Chvátil's brand new Codenames. I've already ordered a copy, and expect to pick it up at the Con. While Czech Games Edition will have a few copies of Codenames at Gen Con, it's official US release isn't until later in the year. That's where things get interesting.

I was scanning through my subscriptions when I came upon this gem from CGE bigwig, Petr Murmak:

Petr Murmak wrote:
But official app is in the development and will be out before official US release.


Wait, what's this now? You're supposed to be working on Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization! I'm so confused!

I haven't heard anything from the guys at CGE about this yet, so they're playing it close to the vest.

We're hoping to meet up with CGE at Gen Con, so hopefully we'll have an answer for you in just over a week.


New Screenshots for Steam Pull Into the Station
Mayfair Games is close to bringing Martin Wallace's classic Steam to iOS and Android. Last week they announced that the beta was nearly underway, and today they sent me a load of new screenshots. I don't have a lot to say, other than it's really looking fantastic.

Take a look, and enjoy!





Exodus: Proxima Centauri Coming to iOS
NSKN Games and Offworld Games have announced that Exodus: Proxima Centauri is coming to PC/Mac and iOS. That's all that the announcement said, so I don't have any more information at this time other than a Kickstarter will be starting in October.

One other thing we know is that a board game companion app is also on the table and should be released on iOS in September.

We'll see what else we can dig up and let you know as soon as we have something.



One Man Left Creating Original Board Game, Space Food Truck
One Man Left Studios is known for their turn-based battler, Outwitters but now they're running a Kickstarter for an entirely original board game called Space Food Truck.

Space Food Truck is a cooperative game in which up to four players each take a different role in the ship: Chef, Captain, Engineer, and Scientist. Each role has its own deck of cards that you'll add to over the course of the game. The goal is to travel the galaxy searching for ingredients to make a dish and then deliver it to the planet that demands that recipe. This all needs to be done before the ship explodes, as food trucks are wont to do.

The Kickstarter is about $25K short of its goal with only 14 days to go. The game is nearly completed, but the Kickstarter will help to add "polish" to the game. Music, sound effects, and online multiplayer.

Originally, the game was only to be for PC/Mac, but this week they announced that iPad and Android tablets were also target platforms.

Head over to the Kickstarter and check out all the game info over there. I've also included an alpha gameplay video below.





Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr Aims to Have Longest Warhammer Title Ever
Just this week, Neocore Games announced another Warhammer 40,000 game, this one an action-RPG. It also has a title with both a colon and a dash which is, frankly, incredible. It's Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, which I love and can't wait to have to keep typing over and over.

We don't know much at this point, other than it will be dark. Warhammer dark, if that's a thing. Oh, and it's coming in 2016 to PC/Mac. No mention of a mobile version, but, hey, we're open-minded here! Check out the trailer and wonder why you just spent 30 seconds watching it, and if that guy's voice is really that deep.





Pirates War Now on Kickstarter
Pirates King is an original game being created for iOS, Android, and Steam. It mixes board game tropes with a CCG and is currently on Kickstarter.

Sadly, it's a roll-and-move game but it looks like it has a bit of polish and maybe won't suck?

Check out the Kickstarter and see what they're offering. They have the guts to start their trailer with "In a world...", so I'm willing to at least give them a look.





Quest Heroes Looking to Satisfy the Dungeon Crawl Itch
Quest Heroes is a big game from a small developer. In fact, from what I can tell, it's a three-man operation. Basically, they love the old school dungeon crawls but found games like Warhammer Quest and Hunters 2 weren't tripping their triggers. So, they decided to make their own dungeon crawl with a definite WHQ vibe.

Quest Heroes is a top-down, party-based dungeon crawler but it hews closer to a board game than the digital version of WHQ from Rodeo Games did. Sounds like a good time for a blurb:

Quest Heroes wrote:

-A rule set totally compatible with real life board-gaming. We will release a free print-and-play version at some point of the development process.
-A not-so-serious medieval fantasy world in which, for instance, the mayors are exploiting zombies to clean out their sewers and sending adventurers to teach them a lesson when they go on strike (even the dead feel entitled to at least one day off per week).
-You manage a pool of heroes: before each quest, you select the members of the party.
-Ultimate party-building freedom. If you'd rather have an adventuring party made up of three wizards and a thief instead of the traditional warrior-archer-dwarf-wizard combo, then go for it! It's totally up to you.
-No frustrating class-based gear limitations. Characters can equip and use any weapon or equipment as soon as they have the required stats, regardless of their class.
-Permadeath. However, there are resurrection scrolls (extremely rare, and usable only right after the death) and you can pick up a dead character's gear, so nothing is ever completely lost.
-Heaps of magic, monsters, missions, skills and items... indeed.
-Randomly generated quests.
-Special rooms with their special tricks, traps, rules and puzzles.
-Monster's AI using different kind of group-strategies depending on the situation, and a different individual AI for each kind of monster/foe.
-And of course bosses, traps, secret passages, different environments, multiple victory conditions...


Sounds pretty cool. The screenshots look pretty cool, too, but I've got you one better and have a little gameplay video ready to roll. Oh, and don't keep turning up your volume, the video has no sound. Yet. From what I gather, they're working on it. Quest Heroes is planned for PC, Mac, iOS and Android but they haven't announced a release date yet.

Anyway, it looks pretty cool and who doesn't love a good dungeon crawl?


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App News: Ascension Gets Dawn of Champions

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Dawn of Champions Expansion Arrives for Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
Last week we got some new Summoner Wars factions, and this week new material for Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. Whatever's in the water over at Playdek seems to be working. Can we get more of it added, please?

Earlier today the Ascension: Dawn of Champions was released for both iOS and Android versions of the game. Dawn of Champions lets you play as a faction leader, which is kind of like a hero or champion character. You'll have your own powers and cards to unlock and it sounds pretty damn cool. I haven't played Ascension in a while, but I might pick it back up to check this out.

That's not the only news coming from Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment about Ascension, though. In an update, Stone Blade also mentioned that all the iOS expansions that Kickstarter backers haven't yet received should now be available.

Stone Blade wrote:
With the release of Dawn of Champions, we will finally address the number one concern amongst our many of our backers- iOS purchase unlocks. With the upcoming release, Ascension Online backers will finally have their reward content unlocked on iOS. Thus, all backers at the apprentice tier and above will receive all expansions up to Immortal Heroes (also including the bonus of Darkness Unleashed) unlocked on their iOS account, and all backers at the Ascension Online for Life! tier will receive all expansions unlocked!

IMPORTANT!- In order to properly unlock these rewards, you must have a Playdek account that matches the email we have on record for you from this kickstarter. If your email has changed or does not sync with your Playdek account, please email Playdek at support@playdekgames.com


With all this recent Playdek news, maybe some tidbits about Twilight Struggle are around the corner? We can only hope.

You can pick up Ascension for iOS Universal or Android for free.


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App News: Slitherine Brings Legions of Steel to Tablets

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Legions of Steel Arrives on iPad, Coming Soon to Android
When we think of turn-based, squad level games that use miniatures the first game that probably pops into your brain is Space Hulk. Legions of Steel isn't Space Hulk, however. It was created back in 1992 and while the similarities to the Games Workshop Ltd. classic are there, it stands as its own game.

Today, Slitherine Software has released a digital version of Legions of Steel for iPad with an Android version on the way.

I could write about this, but that's what blurbs are for:

Slitherine wrote:
Turn-based tactical firefights

Each unit has its own skills and characteristics. It comes with its own set of weapons and abilities making the game deep and complex for experienced players, yet simple and approachable for novices.

Electronic Warfare (Fog of War)

A game mode on its own, Electronic Warfare is an option players decide to activate and which completely changes the game into a whole different experience. All maps are playable in Electronic Ware mode

Tactical Options

Players can choose from a host of available firing options
The Advanced Covering Fire options allow for very precise control on what your units do during opponent’s turn
Grenades! Used to unlock gridlocked situations, players can throw them around corners without getting exposed. These are also used by the Machines to create smoke cover
Leadership points are a very limited resource used to “break” the common rules. Players will use them to add more actions (movement, fire), increase the odds when firing, or even dodge bullets during opponent’s turn.

Initiative Roll

Each map calls for an initiative roll at the beginning of the turn. Leadership can be spent to influence the roll. The winner of the roll chooses who starts to play the turn. This system breaks the linearity of turn-by-turn games. Which player is going first is always unknown.

Suspense above all

Radar detection and echoes add suspense to the gameplay. Every move is a thrill

More numbers!

2 playable factions with their own units and equipment
2 Single player campaigns in an immersive setting
15 scenarios for single player or multiplayer

Multiplayer

Play with friends online through asynchronous, cross-platform multiplayer using Slitherine’s PBEM++ server or offline using familiar hotseat mode.


The game costs $10 and is available on the App Store.


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App News: Steam Enters Beta and You Can Join

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Steam Enters Beta, Still on Target for Q3 Release
One of my favorite games, and most anticipated apps, is Martin Wallace's Steam, which we learned about at last year's Gen Con. News about the game has been spotty, but we did see some pretty pictures back in March, so we're not completely in the dark.

Today I got word from the developers that Steam is entering beta and they need testers. You can sign up right now to join the test on their website. I don't know when the beta will actually begin, but they did confirm that a Q3 release date is still what they have in mind.

Head over and sign-up, and let's get this thing out the door and onto our iOS and Android devices.

Oh, and if you're wondering, yes, this is my shortest post ever. Woohoo!


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App News: Summoner Wars Updating with Master Set Factions, Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion Coming and more...

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Summoner Wars Getting Master Set Factions Today
It's been a long time since we've had news about Summoner Wars from Plaid Hat Games and Playdek, which is a shame because it's a really great implementation of the game. In fact, the only problem Summoner Wars has is that it needs more stuff.



Today, we're getting stuff. Lots of stuff. Today we're getting the six factions that come in the Summoner Wars: Master Set which should make SW fans happy. Included factions are the Shadow Elves, Benders, Sand Goblins, Deep Dwarves, and Swamp Orcs. The Mountain Vargath are also a part of the Master Set, but they are already a downloadable faction in the digital version, so instead Playdek threw in Summoner Wars: The Filth Faction Deck.

You'll be able to nab all six new factions in the "Master Set Bundle" which will run you $4 via IAP.



If you want to check out Summoner Wars for iOS Universal or Android, you can do so for free.



Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion Coming Tonight
Rodeo Games first caught our attention with the rather fantastic digital version of Warhammer Quest. This week we get to see the follow-up, and they've moved from Warhammer Fantasy to Warhammer 40K with Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion.

Like Warhammer Quest, this is a top-down, turn-based game in which you build a party (here it's called a Kill Team. WH40K, you're so wacky!) and hunt down baddies, in this case the Tyranids.

Deathwatch offers 40 different Marines that you can unlock, as well as over 200 different weapons and relics to deck them out. There's a solo campaign with over 40 missions, but Deathwatch will also feature online matches for 2-4 players.

Tyranid Invasion is coming to iOS Universal, but will need an iPad 4 or better, or a iPhone 5/5C or better to play. Oh, and you'll also need at least iOS 8.0. Look for it tonight at midnight.





This War of Mine Released for iPad/Android
This War of Mine looks miserable. Luckily, that's the point. It's a digital glimpse into what happens to the civilian population in a war and it's not pretty. This is a game of scavenging and survival and the choices you have to make are horrible whichever way you choose.

I wouldn't say that I'm eager to give This War of Mine a shot, but I am intrigued and I think it's a pretty good indicator of how powerful a medium gaming can be.

If you want to give it a go, it just arrived for iPad and Android tablets. It's currently on sale for $10, but will jump up to its regular price of $15 in a week.


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App News: 7 Wonders Enters Open Beta

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7 Wonders Enters Open Beta
There are certain readers out there--you know who you are--who might need to sit down before reading this. This is big. It's kind of like getting a photo of Bigfoot making out with Nessie at a Yeti wedding. You don't see news like this every day, is what I'm saying, and when I say "like this" I'm talking about 7 Wonders news.

W. Eric Martin was working the digital beat this morning when he posted a little comment about 7 Wonders. Turns out that open beta testing has begun, and you can sign up right now. Eric did mention that spaces were limited, so don't delay and go check it out now.

That's really all I've got, but considering the dearth of news for the past year or so, this is like finding the rosetta stone.


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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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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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