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App News: Terra Mystica Heading to Mobile and Meeples Move to iMessage

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Terra Mystica Coming to Mobile
The folks at DIGIDICED are at it again, only this time it's not a 2-player Uwe Rosenberg title. No, this time it's only one of the greatest board games ever developed, Terra Mystica.

That is literally all the information we currently have about the title, but we'll be sure to bug them until we get more info. As usual, we'll pass it along.

Meeple Stickers, Meepmoticons, Now Available for iMessage
If you've updated to iOS 10 on your iDevice, you may have noticed a bunch of new functionality in iMessage. For some reason you can now draw pictures or send a heartbeat to someone. You can also make fireworks appear, or something. I don't really understand it because I'm old and dislike change.

Apparently another trick you can pull off is to put "stickers" in your conversations. Top hatted reader, Christopher Taylor-Davies, has bundled a bunch of such stickers (drawn by Frank Wimmer) onto the App Store and these are board game related. Prepare thyselves for Meeple stickers. Or emoticons? Either way, they're meeples you can send to others via iMessage.

The package of Meepmoticons will run you a buck, and you can nab them at the link below:

- Meepmoticons for iMesssage, $1
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App News: Talisman: Horus Heresy Expands Again and Galaxy of Trian Heads to Android

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Talisman: The Horus Heresy Gets Prospero Expansion
It seems to only be a matter of time before the Warhammer 40K themed version of Talisman, Talisman: The Horus Heresy, catches up to its forebear, Talisman: Digital Edition, in terms of expansions. Today the sci-fi roll-and-mover got another update called the Prospero Campaign expansion. What's that? I have no idea. Let's check the blurb:

The Prospero Campaign expansion has been added, which allows players to explore the events of The Horus Heresy on Prospero in more detail and play as the Warlords and Legions that fought there.
New Warlords include - Magnus the Red, Ahzek Ahriman, Leman Russ and Geigor Fell-Hand. Both Loyalist and Traitor may also play as a Librarian, an inspiring leader of any of the 18 Legions.
The Campaign also includes new Stratagems, Places, Strangers, Events and a brand new Incantations deck for the player to explore.

All this can be yours for $4 via IAP. The expansion is available on all platforms, the links to each you can find below:

- Talisman: Horus Heresy for iOS Universal, $7
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for Android, $5.50
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for PC/Mac via Steam, $15

Galaxy of Trian Arrives on Android and Steam
Galaxy of Trian arrived on iOS back in July with Android and PC versions promised for the future. The future is now, apparently, as the game arrived this week on both Steam and Google Play.

The release on the new platforms was accompanied by a fairly major update for the iOS version as well. What was included?

What's New in Version 1.2.0
- even more beautiful tiles with higher resolution optimised for both iPhone and iPad
- more demanding AI opponents
- possibility to select different AI opponents using different strategies and offering different chalenge levels
- new avatars
- fixed matchmaking issues allowing for more straightforward challenges
- additional indication when player has pending multiplayer game
- optimised memory performance offering better experience on older devices
- optimised processor performance offering better experience on all devices
- optimised battery usage to allow for longer play without charging
- fixed issues with screen flickering and board multiplication
- possibility to mute sound and music separately

You can find links for all platforms for Galaxy of Trian below:

- Galaxy of Trian for iOS Universal, $5
- Galaxy of Trian for Android, $5
- Galaxy of Trian for Windows via Steam, $9

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App News: Paperback Comes to Android, Sentinels of the Multiverse Celebrates Its Second Anniversary, Flash Point: Fire Rescue Coming to Digital and more...

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Paperback Released on Android
When Tim Fowers' fantastic word game, Paperback, was released a week or so ago it had one major flaw: it was iOS only. We knew that an Android version was on the way and it turns out it wasn't far off. In fact, it released yesterday.

It's ridiculously fun and anyone who likes word games and/or deck builders should definitely check it out. You can nab it at the links below:

- Paperback for iOS Universal, $4
- Paperback for Android, $4

Sentinels of the Multiverse Turns Two
Last year, when Sentinels of the Multiverse turned 1, Handelabra Games surprised us all by releasing the multiplayer update. The second birthday isn't quite as dramatic but, then again, they've already covered pretty much everything we could want in the app anyway. So, what to do? How's about a crazy sale?

Sounds good.

To celebrate the second anniversary of its release, Handelabra is going to ensure that everyone who hasn't yet picked up Sentinels will do so. This weekend only, they've dropped the price of the base game from $10 down to $1. Yes, $1. The Season One pass has also been dropped in price from $25 down to $20. This is for all platforms, even the PC/Mac version on Steam.

The sale only lasts through this Sunday, so if you've been on the fence about Sentinels before, don't delay and pick it up right now. It's one of the best digital ports out there. You can pick it up on all platforms at the following links:

- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iOS Universal, $1
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android, $1
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Kindle, $1
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for PC/Mac, $1

Flash Point: Fire Rescue Coming to Digital
Thanks to reader Stephen Zipprich for pointing us to this one. Turns out we're getting a digital version of the fire-fighting cooperative game Flash Point: Fire Rescue!

We don't know a whole lot at this point, other than it's in development. Which platforms? Not sure. We do know that it will have online play as well as solo and pass-and-play modes and will be coming in 2017.

RetroEpic Software wrote:

-The board game you already know and love - now digital!
-Play the game solo or with friends online!
-Two houses and plenty of victims to rescue from the flames.
-No more hassling with set up - the game is ready to play when you are!
-Beautiful artwork and animation bring your favourite game to life.
-8 different fire fighters - each with their own specialist abilities - to choose from.

We've sent feelers out to RetroEpic to see what we can learn. We'll pass it all along when we get it.

Playbook Essentials Kickstarting for Android
Back at Gen Con, we met with the folks at Trapdoor Technologies and talked with them about their iPad toolkit for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. It looks great and allows a GM to run a campaign right from their iPad, which is cool. Check out the video we shot at Gen Con (especially the amazing camera work from a highly slightly trained ape).

I know what you're asking. What about Android? Well, they're working on it but, being a small company, need a little help. Well, a lot of help. To get that help, they've headed to Kickstarter and are currently running a campaign to get an Android version of Playbook Essentials on Google Play.

Are you more of a Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) kind of gamer? Not to worry. Later today (or it might have already happened), they'll be announcing that the Kickstarter is also funding a D&D 5E SRD toolkit as well!

The Kickstarter is only at $3K right now, and they're looking for about $30K to make it fly. Luckily, there are 18 days left in the campaign. You can head over to Kickstarter and check it out. Or you can click here. Or here. Some people have even gotten there by clicking here.
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App News: Red7 Arrives on Mobile and Smash Up Launches on Early Access

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Red7 Released for iOS, Soon for Android
Another one from the Came Out Of Nowhere file, the fantastic card game from Asmadi Games, Red7, has landed on the App Store.

It's developed by Silver Bullet Games and...what am I doing? Here's the blurb:

Silver Bullet Games wrote:
Red7: The Official Digital Version of A Cult Card Game

Don't follow the rules. Change them!

In Red7, there are no second places. You're the best or you lose. You win your round or it's game over, but it's not a game of chance. If you can't meet the winning criteria, you can change the rules and force your opponents to obey it. This simple twist makes Red7 as unpredictable and exciting as an action game, while preserving its deeply tactical essence.


• 7 colors, 7 numbers, 7 rules, and infinite ways to play
• Three language versions: ENG, DE, PL
• Interactive tutorial
• Single player mode
• Multiplayer for 2-4 players
• Pass&Play mode – play with others using a single device
• Easy invites for your friends

That blurb makes it sound like it has online multiplayer, doesn't it? Well it might, but the app crashes when I try to register a new account. Sorry for not having more details on that one.

Still, the AI and pass-and-play are working and I've been having fun with Red7 on my phone, so I can't complain too much. The game does offer all the different modes of play as well (points, actions, etc), so it's the full game.

The game is available for both iOS and Android and you can nab it at the links below:

- Red7 for iOS Universal, $3
- Red7 for Android, $3

Smash Up Comes to Steam Early Access
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)'s popular card game, Smash Up, has made its way to Steam via their Early Access program.

In an unforeseen move, the digital version of Smash Up will be free-to-play with card packs available via DLC. The free version will have three decks to play with: Dinosaurs, Ninjas, and Geeks. There is a Starter Pack available for $9 (a special Early Access price) which includes 6 other decks: Aliens, Zombies, Pirates, Robots, Wizards, and Tricksters. Only two of those are available now (the Aliens and Zombies) and you can buy them seperatley if you wish for $2 each. If you buy the Starter Pack, you'll get the other decks as they're released.

The current version is only for Windows, but other Nomad Games Ltd (II) titles have all come out for Mac as well, so i would expect this one to do so as well. As for the mobile version, that's coming as well. Nomad tells us we can expect it before Christmas.

For the two of you still reading at this point, I have two keys to give away for the Starter Pack. Tell me you want the Smash Up Starter Pack in your comment below and the first two of you will get a shiny new key in your Geekmail inbox.

Of course, you'll need the base game first. For that, head on over to Steam:

- Smash Up for Windows on Steam, free

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App News: Splendor Goes Online and 1775: Rebellion Lands on Steam

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Splendor Updates With Online Multiplayer
When Splendor arrived on digital last year it was hailed as a fairly spectacular port missing only one thing: online multiplayer. Today that oversight was corrected as Splendor was updated to include cross-platform multiplayer.

The version 2.0.0 update includes the following blurb:

What's New in Version 2.0.0

• Online game feature is live! Play against human opponents worldwide and cross-platforms!
• You will need a Days of Wonder account to log in and play online games
• Online games are either ranked or unranked, with 2 to 4 players, and you can include a password to make private games.
• Karma system: if you leave an online game in progress, you lose Karma. Players can create games with Karma thresholds to only accept players with a certain level of Karma.
• Victory conditions: in ranked games, the number of Prestige points to win is fixed to 15. In unranked games, you can set the number of points you like.
• Various bug fixes

Splendor is available for iOS Universal, Android, Kindle, and PC/Mac. The online multiplayer update seems to only be available for iOS and Android at this time, however.

- Splendor for iOS Universal, $7
- Splendor for Android, $7
- Splendor for Kindle, $7
- Splendor for PC/Mac, $10

1775: Rebellion Released for PC/Mac
It's not a mobile release (yet), but about an hour ago HexWar released their port of Academy Games' fantastic American Revolutionary War title, 1775: Rebellion for PC and Mac.

1775: Rebellion looks a lot like a war game, but it feels a lot like a euro. and it's one of the best 4-player games out there. Luckily, this version allows for both play against AI and online multiplayer for 2-4 players.

HexWar wrote:
Key Features

1775: Rebellion features simple and unique game mechanics and special attention to historical detail. Experience this critical time in American history, you will not be disappointed!

3 Scenarios – 1775, 1775 (Short) and Siege of Quebec.
Play solo vs. 3 AI difficulties
54 Cards (Movement & Event)
Cross-platform online play or up to 4 player hotseat multiplayer.
Faithful conversion of the original board game.

As for that tablet version, I've been told that we can expect an iPad version in about a month or so.

The Steam version is currently on sale for $20 instead of it's usual price of $25.

- 1775: Rebellion for PC/Mac, $20

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App Release: Paperback: The Game

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Paperback: The Game

The Stats:

Compatibility: iOS Universal
Current Price: $3.99
Developer/Publisher: Tim Fowers, Fowers Games, Inc.
Version: 1.0
Download Size: 54 MB
Multiplayer: Yes, Pass-and-play
AI: Yes, 3 Levels
iTunes Link: Paperback: The Game
BGG Link: Paperback

2016 just keeps getting better with the release of Tim Fowers' fantastic word game, Paperback. It's just landed on the App Store for iOS Universal and should be coming to Android soon.

Let's look at the iTunes blurb:

Fowers Games wrote:
You are an author trying to finish kitschy paperback novels. Complete Westerns, Science Fiction, Romance or even a Crime Noir. Live the dream — and maybe pay the bills.

Word-building meets deck-building in the unique game Paperback. Players start with a deck of letter cards and wild cards. This is like their own bag of ‘scrabble’ tiles. With each hand of cards you make a word and score it. This score is how much money you have to purchase more cards for your deck. Collect cool letters with abilities, such as drawing more cards or double word score. Buy Novel cards to gain ‘fame’ points to win the game!

• Hotseat play with up to 4 players
• 3 levels of AI opponents
• Tons of cool card powers
• Classic pulp novel artwork
• Win with wordsmithing or power combos - up to you!

Keep your eye out for updates - online multiplayer coming soon.

I've been playing the game for the past week or so and it's a ton of fun, and I can see it becoming my go to mobile game. It's perfect for a quick fix of only a couple minutes as you strain to come up with a new word that uses "EN", "ES" and "ET" as well as the letter "R". Still can't think of one.

We'll let you know when it hits for Android as well. Have fun!

- Paperback: The Game for iOS Universal, $3.99
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App News: Sentinels Season 2 Arrives on iOS, Paperback Coming Next Week, Red7 Port On The Way and more...

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Sentinels of the Multiverse Season 2 Arrives on iOS
For much of the digital world the second season of content for Sentinels of the Multiverse arrived last week. For those of us who prefer to battle evil on our iDevices, Season 2 was a wait-and-see proposition. The waiting is over as, yesterday, Handelabra Games announced that the iOS version of Season 2 has gone live.

You can sign up right now for the Season 2 Pass which will get you a load of content starting later this year. It will also get you a special Season 2 mini-pack which you can download immediately. The mini-pack includes:

Handelabra wrote:
Setback, the unluckiest hero who brings “a change from better to worse” from Vengeance
Chokepoint, the ferro-kineticist villain from Mini-Pack 4
The Temple of Zhu Long, a dark and mysterious environment from Villains of the Multiverse

The Season 2 pass is also discounted, but only for today! If you want to snag it for $5 less you need to pick it up ASAP. Note that the discount is only for the iOS version. The other platforms had their discount last week when Season 2 was officially released.

- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iOS Universal, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Kindle, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for PC/Mac, $10

Paperback Coming to Digital Next Week
Late last night an email filtered into my inbox from none other than Tim Fowers of Wok Star fame. It was nothing major, just letting me know that they're hoping to launch the digital port of his incredible deck-building word game, Paperback on iOS next week!

He also sent along a build of the game and I've been playing it pretty much constantly ever since. Thanks, Tim, I didn't need to catch any Z's last night.

The game currently features solo play vs. 3 levels of AI or pass-and-play multiplayer. Luckily, the AI is pretty damn great, however, and I've lost several games to the mid-level AI (and maybe one or two to the dumb AI). If you were hoping for online multiplayer, Tim has said that they're open for adding a whole bunch of new features depending on what the fans want. In other words, let him know in the comments.

Oh, and it's for iOS Universal and there's also an Android build underway. Whether or not the Android build launches next week is shrouded in mystery, but if it doesn't it can't be too far down the road.

We'll let you know if/when it lands on the App Store.

Red7 Coming to Digital
We've known about this one for awhile, but wanted to keep it quiet until we got the go ahead to announce it. Considering that Chris Cieslik from Asmadi Games is talking about it here on BGG, I think it's safe if we spill the beans.

Red7 is coming to digital.

Wow, that was a lot less grandiose than I'd hoped for. Hold on a sec...

Red7 is coming to digital!


We don't know much other than it's coming to both iOS and Android...and, that's about it. As usual, we'll try to dig a bit and pass along whatever we uncover.

Sorcery! 4 Releases
Normally, the release of a new game from inkle Studios would be a major announcement and, yet, here it is way down the page. That's not to denigrate the fine folks at inkle, nor their fantastic interactive fiction series based on the Sorcery! series. It's really just acknowledgement that you probably already know this simply from Brad's awesome streams of the series that he's been doing for the past couple of weeks.

Anyway, Sorcery! Part 4 wraps up the story that launched inkle into our consciousness back in 2013 and you can carry a character all the way from that first installment through the last, bringing all your contacts, items, and clues along with you. It's really the only way to play the series. By itself, each book is a good piece of interactive fiction. Strung together, it's an epic piece of entertainment.

This version has you finally tackling the fortress of Mampang and confronting the vile Archmage to claim the Crown of Command. It's a mammoth book made even more mammoth by the way saves are implemented while inside the fortress. Don't understand? You will when you're chatting up monks in the monastery or wandering the Inner College for the eighth time...

Anyway, if you've played through the first three, snagging this is a no-brainer. The game's on sale right at launch as well, so no reason to delay.

- Sorcery! Part 4 for iOS Universal, $5
- Sorcery! Part 4 for Android, $5
- Sorcery! Part 4 for Kindle, $5
- Sorcery! Part 4 for PC/Mac, $6

App Updates

We don't normally do things like this, but there were a few updates I thought you should know about, so I'm lumping them all together. Don't let this weird format frighten you.

Mansions of Madness
As we all know, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition from Fantasy Flight Games is a board game that requires an app. I've gotten a few plays in and it's a fun way to play MoM, much better than the clunky version we received a few years ago.

Yesterday the app for the game was updated to include content from the expansions:

Fantasy Flight Games wrote:
What's New in Version 1.1.0
• Added Recurring Nightmares and Suppressed Memories Figure & Tile collections.
• New scenarios available for Figure & Tile collections and 1st edition products.
• Minor updates to Collection Manager

- Mansions of Madness for iOS Universal, free
- Mansions of Madness for Android, free
- Mansions of Madness for Kindle, free
- Mansions of Madness for PC/Mac, free

Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy
Small update for the iOS version of Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy landed this week which brings it up to date with the recently released Android and Steam version and allows for cross-platform play as well as a few other tweaks.

What's New in Version 2.0
- Cross-platform multiplayer - play agains PC, Mac and Android players!
- Rewritten online architecture - use your social media and/or Game Center account to play online
- Last round replay for online games

- Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy for iPad, $7
- Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy for Android, $7
- Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy for PC/Mac, $13.50

Warlock of Firetop Mountain
Yesterday, Neil Rennison the mad genius behind Tin Man Games announced via Twitter that a new update was coming to their phenomenal work of interactive fiction, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (2016).

The update will bring new characters and more, making an already awesome game even more awesome-er (take that, grammar!). Now the only thing we need is a version for tablets...

- Warlock of Firetop Mountain for PC/Mac, $20
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App News: Sentinels Season 2 Begins Today, Eclipse Comes to PC/Mac, and We Have Free Copies of Doomstar

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Sentinels of the Multiverse Season 2 Pass Available Today
It's official: I've now received more emails about Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse arriving today than I've recieved for any other game. (Yes, even that one) Thanks, everyone! I'm on the case, I just wasn't in town the last couple days and have been unable to plant myself in front of my laptop.

Today, Handelabra Games has announced that Season 2 passes are available in both the PC/Mac and Android version of Sentinels. The iOS version is having the usual Apple review issues but it should be coming soon.

The Season 2 Pass will get you access to all the upcoming Season 2 content starting with Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance which is coming later this year. Actually, that's the first major expansion in Season 2. If you buy the Season 2 Pass now you'll immediately get a mini-expansion which contains the following:

Handelabra wrote:
-Setback, the unluckiest hero who brings “a change from better to worse” from Vengeance
-Chokepoint, the ferro-kineticist villain from Mini-Pack 4
-The Temple of Zhu Long, a dark and mysterious environment from Villains of the Multiverse

Apart from this mini-expansion, the rest of Season 2 covers the following:

- Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance
- Sentinels of the Multiverse: Villains of the Multiverse
- Mini-Pack 4 (2 more heroes and 1 villain)
- Void Guard (Mini-Pack 5)
- Sentinels of the Multiverse: OblivAeon

The normal price of the Season 2 pass is $25, but if you buy in on mobile in the next 48 hours, you can get it for $5 off. That sale will be in effect for iOS for 48 hours after is lands on the App Store as well.

- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iOS Universal, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Kindle, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for PC/Mac, $10

Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy Arrives on Steam (and Android?)
When Big Daddy's Creations released the digital version of Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy back in 2013 it signaled a change in what could be done with digital board games. Sure, we'd had some great ones like Carcassonne (iOS) and Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer released before this, but making a complex, 4X title work on an iPad was quite the achievement. Three years later, it's made the jump to the big screen by landing on Steam for PC/Mac. It's also made it's way to Android tablets by coming to Google Play.

Eclipse on Steam is currently 10% off, so you can snag it for $13 and change.

- Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy for iPad, $7
- Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy for Android, $7
- Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy for PC/Mac, $13.50

Lew Pulsipher's Doomstar Releases. Want a Free Copy?
As we mentioned earlier this week, Stratego-like board game, Lew Pulsipher's Doomstar, has arrived on Steam today. Thanks to the developer, Large Visible Machine, we have some free codes to hand out for the game.

I have 10 keys in my pocket and I'll hand them out to the first ten commenters who mention Doomstar in their comment. If you're a winner, look for your code to come via Geekmail in the next day or two.

For everyone else, Doomstar is available on Steam and should be coming to the App Store in the next month or two. It's also 25% off right now!

- Lew Pulsiphier's Doomstar for PC/Mac, $7.50

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App News: Ascension Expands With Dreamscape, Carcassonne Expands Again and more...

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Ascension Gets Update, Dreamscape Expansion
Way back in June of 2011, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer arrived on mobile and showed everyone how a digital board game should be ported. It's over five years later and Ascension is still one of the most popular games on the App Store, and it's still growing. Last night Playdek released the latest expansion for the game, Ascension: Dreamscape.

Playdek wrote:
Step into the Dreamscape, a plane of visions and imagination created in the wake of New Vigil’s transformation. As the factions gain insight into the new world’s power, they must also be on guard for those who might abuse it for their own nefarious ends. Join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the exciting possibilities that await them in the Dreamscape!

What does that all mean? I have no idea! Let's look at the BGG page for Dreamscape instead:

Ascension: Dreamscape is the ninth standalone game in the Ascension series, although the game can be combined with other titles for play with up to six players. This set introduces the Insight resource that allows players to acquire exclusive Dream cards. Player can also use the Dreamscape to access powerful new Vision cards as well as Heroes and Constructs.

Is that better? I'm not sure!

What I do know is that the update is available right now and the Dreamscape expansion is available via IAP for $4.

WARNING: It appears that this latest update has a fairly major bug that slipped through.

Gary Weis wrote:
Yes, Dreamscape is available. And there is a bug with adding cards to your Dreamscape that somehow managed to slip in at the last minute. I believe the AI lockup is the same bug. It's been fixed on our end just now. The bug doesn't exist in the PC version. An Android should be available within a couple hours. And iOS will be submitted shortly and awaiting Apple's approval.

It doesn't affect the game other than when using the Dreamscape cards, so feel free to update, but be wary of using the new cards until the patch rolls through.

- Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for iOS Universal, free
- Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for Android, free
- Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for PC, $10

Carcassonne Updates and Expands
I mentioned above that Ascension was one of the first board game ports to get it right. Well, Carcassonne from The Coding Monkeys was the first. Still one of the best board games you can find on a touchscreen, Carcassonne is still going strong with yet another update landing today.

Today's update adds three new mini-expansions to the game:

Coding Monkeys wrote:
• Abbot

The Abbot is a new game piece you place on Cloisters or Gardens (a new tile feature that will magically appear on some existing tiles). You can recall the Abbot at any time during the game, scoring points without needing to finish the Cloister or Garden first.

• The Old River

This was the very first expansion evver to be published for Carcassonne. Introduced at the SPIEL 2001 toy fair in Germany, it remains a true collector's item.

• German Cathedrals

The newest mini expansion comprising six famous German cathedrals. So new it's not even available in print until mid October.

You can place a meeple on a German cathedral to score points. Roads connected to a German cathedral score bonus points.

Each of the mini-expansions will run you $1, so $3 for the whole bunch.

Note: This only affects the iOS version of Carcassonne. There is an Android version of the game available, but it is developed by a different developer (Exozet Games GmbH) and is not updated with the same content as the iOS version.

- Carcassonne for iOS Universal, $10
- Carcassonne for Android, $5

New CCG Set in Titanfall Universe Coming This Fall
Not being an FPS player at all, I only know a very little bit about Titanfall. Namely, the title. I know it's a thing that people play on the thing, and that's about it. I was okay with this, but apparently I'm going to have to learn a bit more about the Titanfall universe because there's a CCG on the way called Titanfall: Frontline.

It looks like your standard CCG fare with 2 players going head to head trying to knock the other guy off.

Nexon wrote:
Collect and upgrade hundreds of Pilots, Titans and burn cards as you put together an unbeatable team to take control of the Frontline and destroy your opponent. Combine your Pilots and Titans to deal extra damage or place your Titans in auto-mode to provide cover as your Pilot attacks the target. With hundreds of cards and combinations at your command, you can play the battle your way and defeat your rival Commanders!

It's coming for both iOS and Android sometime this fall.

Hat tip: Thanks to for the info!

Large Visible Machine Brings Doomstar to PC/Mac This Week
We're familiar with Large Visible Machine from their mobile port of the card game The Battle for Hill 218. They're working on the port of the newer The Battle for Sector 219, but they have another game in the works that's coming out this week, on September 16.

The game is called Doomstar and is designed by Lewis Pulsipher of Britannia fame. The game has a hidden unit mechanism, similar to Stratego. Of course, there's more to it than that as each ship type has its own unique abilities. The game includes a single-player campaign as well as asynchronous multiplayer.

Doomstar is set to release for PC/Mac, but I've also heard rumors that it works on later model iPads as well. Will we see it come to the App Store at some point? Yes, we will! It should be making its way to tablets down the road.

When it launches on Friday you can nab Doomstar here. We may even have a few Steam codes to give away once it launches, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Sushi Go! Makes Its Way to iOS
It's been awhile since we've had a big release to crow about here at the unfortunately named iOS Board Games. That ended yesterday when the digital version of Sushi Go! landed on the App Store.

Sushi Go! is for iOS Universal and...oh, what am I doing? Prepare thyself for the iTunes blurb:

Michael Busheikin wrote:
Play the super-fast sushi passing game Sushi Go! with friends, family, or against the computer!


Pass the sushi! In Sushi Go! the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you'll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!


* Official Sushi Go! game with original artwork
* New adorable animations, opponent and chef characters
* Universal app - play on your iPhone and iPad
* Play locally against AI characters
* Play online against Game Center friends
* 25+ Achievements to test your mettle

I haven't had a chance to play Sushi Go! myself yet, but I'm hearing nothing but good things so far. If you want to check it out it will run you a fiver.

- Sushi Go! for iOS Universal, $5

Baseball Highlights 2045 Updates and Expands
The last we heard from Peter Kossits and the digital version of Eagle-Gryphon Games' and Mike Fitzgerald's Baseball Highlights 2045, it was gaining a brain by adding AI. Work on the app hasn't stopped, apparently, as today a new update landed which brings the game's first expansion pack.

The update includes other features and fixes:

Peter Kossits wrote:
Introduction of Expansion pack 1 which can be purchased from the new Add-Ons screen.

New Feature: When playing against the AI, you may now choose to skip the 3 season games.
New Feature: Indicator on each card to show whether the Immediate Action is useful

Bug Fix: AI was demoting one of the most valuable players rather than the least late in some World Series.
Bug Fix: Game will no longer hang if AI cannot afford any free agents
Bug Fix: No longer possible to manipulate AI cards during its turn.

It's that expansion pack that's the biggest addition, though. There's not much information on iTunes about what your $3 will buy you, but the expansion is detailed greatly within the app itself:

Peter Kossits wrote:
Expansion Pack 1 - Adds 30 new cards that change the game dramatically.

10 new Naturals. Use the Teamwork Immediate action to make all Naturals on your squad better. Use rare Magna Gloves to shut the opposition down.

10 new Cyborgs. One new pitch type introduced. Some pitchers now have a Pick Off move that can clear the bases.

10 new Robots including some of the strongest players in the game. Three new immediate actions added: Cloning, Gambler, and Replace. The new wave of robots have the ability to clone abilities from other players.

As mentioned, the expansion will run you $3 via IAP.

- Baseball Highlights 2045 for iOS Universal, $6
- Baseball Highlights 2045 for Android, $6

Talisman: Horus Heresy Expands With More Warlords
With the sad news of the split between Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop Ltd. hitting today, it's good to know that GW's digital games are still in good hands. Many of those good hands belong to the folks at Nomad Games Ltd (II) who develop both Talisman: Digital Edition and its 2.5 billion expansions and their latest, Talisman: The Horus Heresy which arrived earlier this year. Like its fantasy cousin, it looks like the 40K version of Talisman is set to receive a bevy of expansions with the latest appearing today.

The expansion today includes two new Warlords, one for the Loyalists and one for the Traitors. The Loyalist character is Kaedes Nex:

Nomad Games wrote:
A dark figure among the kin who followed Corax from Deliverance, Kaedes is seen as an ill-omen by his brothers. An infamous murderer condemned to prison, Corax offered him a pardon if he fought alongside him. When the Raven Guard came to Isstvan V, Kaedes was among them but vanished into the wastes to stalk traitors on his own terms...

The Traitor is the very cool looking Archmagos Draykavac:

Nomad Games wrote:
The treacherous Archmagos Draykavac has a fearsome reputation throughout the Imperium, thinking nothing of sacrificing thousands of lives to further his knowledge and understanding of the arcane arts of the Omnissiah. When the Horus Heresy broke out, Draykavac revealed his dark allegiance to Warmaster Horus, his loyalty bought with the promise of access to technologies long forbidden by the Emperor.

How cool does he look? Take a look at this mug:

Each character comes with their own Legion Dataslates and 15 new Encounter Dataslates.

- Talisman: The Horus Heresy for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: The Horus Heresy for Android, $3
- Talisman: The Horus Heresy for PC/Mac, $15

Changes Coming to Hearthstone Arena Mode
I've never designed a CCG (in truth, I couldn't design something as simple as a bookshelf) but I'm guessing the hardest part is balancing the whole thing out when every new card can, in theory, blow up the game. Blizzard Entertainment has already shown that balancing can be a tricky beast in their popular digital CCG, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Changes to cards happen frequently with updates and earlier this year they moved to a system where older cards cannot be used in competitive matches in certain modes of play. The other area where balance appears to be an issue is in Arena Mode, where players draft a deck and try to win as many games as possible before losing three times. Yesterday, Blizzard announced some major changes to Arena Mode, mainly concerning cards that will no longer appear in that mode. It's a long post that's worth reading if you're a Hearthstone fan. In order to save on our cut/paste budget, I'll just post the section about the cards that will be leaving:

Blizzard wrote:
...we will be removing the following cards from the Arena draft in an upcoming patch:

Forgotten Torch
Faceless Summoner

Goblin Auto Barber
Undercity Valiant

- No changes

Vitality Totem
Dust Devil
Totemic Might
Ancestral Healing
Dunemaul Shaman

Anima Golem
Sacrificial Pact
Curse of Rafaam
Sense Demons
Void Crusher
Reliquary Seeker

Poison Seeds
Soul of the Forest
Mark of Nature
Tree of Life
Astral Communion

Warsong Commander
Bouncing Blade
Axe Flinger
Ogre Warmaul

Starving Buzzard
Call Pet
Timber Wolf
Cobra Shot
Lock and Load
Dart Trap

Mind Blast
Power Word: Glory
Inner Fire

I'm not an Arena player (not much of a Hearthstone player at all these days), so I'm not entirely sure how much impact any of this will have. Let us know in the comments.

- Hearthstone for iOS Universal, free
- Hearthstone for Android, free
- Hearthstone for Kindle, free
- Hearthstone for PC/Mac, free

Reinier Knizia's The Confrontation Getting New Content Next Month
I think I've mentioned it before, but 2016 has been a really great year for board game ports on mobile. That trend actually began right before the New Year with the often forgotten port of Reiner Knizia's Stratego-like game Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation which hit in late December. Of course, the digital version from Offworld Games doesn't include the characters from Lord of the Rings, but even without that it manages to be a really great port of a fantastic 2-player game.

TouchArcade got their hands on some great news regarding The Confrontation: It's getting the Deluxe Edition content in an upcoming upgrade. That means we'll be getting 18 new characters as well as 4 special cards which introduce new actions to the game.

The expansion is even dated, coming on October 27. We'll be bugging Offworld to see if we can get any more information for you before its release.

- Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation for iPad, $7
- Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation for PC/Mac, $15
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