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First Look: Glass Road

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Glass Road
Availability: iPad, Android
Price: $4.99
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Fri Mar 4, 2016 3:00 pm
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First Look: Patchwork

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Patchwork
Availability: iOS Universal,
Price: $2.99
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Preview: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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We don’t often do previews here on BGG, but, I guess, we also don’t often see a game with the level of reach and anticipation that Pathfinder Adventure card game seems to have. And, you’ll be glad to hear, for good reason.

There is a term Dave and I throw around on occasion, “marriage killer.” This is a digital board game that we feel is the answer to all our digital gaming prayers. It is a game that offers hours and hours of gameplay, a game that is perfect solo or has an amazing online system, a game that we love and can see singing on mobile platforms. So far, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game seems to check most of these boxes.



In the preview, I’ve been able to play through the initial set of scenarios found in the box. This included chasing down a brigand, stopping a poisoner, and challenging a dragon. There was also a brief tutorial featuring prebuilt characters and a fairly simple mission. As I’ve not played much of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game in physical forum (blasphemy, I know) this tutorial was essential for me. I am happy to report that apart from one or two minor exceptions, I was able to pick up the game rather quickly.



While the game does seem to follow the physical rules pretty closely, it does limit you to two characters and defines them for you, a rogue and a cleric. I hope this will open up upon further play-throughs, but for now the characters they give you are good places to start. Each character plays differently and they teach about different approaches to solve encounters.



Each scenario has been book ended with narrative segments to really give you a complete RPG experience. Obsidian seems to have really leaned in to the video game nature when they can. This is also reflected in the UI which does a pretty admirable job of information managements considering all the little bits that need to be tracked. I think you’ll be impressed.



As mentioned, the game starts you out with the first formal set of scenarios. Adventure packs will be IAP, though the price is not 100% known (its says $0.99 each right now, but there is no way to know if that will stick). It took me somewhere around 3 to 5 hours to play the initial batch of content and I am itching to get my hands on more. There has been talk that there will be a season pass for Rise of the Runelords, but more details on that will be coming later. For now it seems like a pretty straightforward model and one that will provide you options.



I’ve really enjoyed my time with Pathfinder Adventure Card Game so far and would love to stop writing so I can go play some more. Honestly, I think we are all in for a great surprise next month. Stay tuned for this one!
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Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:00 pm
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First Look: Ice-Bound

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Ice-Bound
Availability: Board Game with iPad App (and PC)
Price: $25
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Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:04 pm
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First Look: World of Yo-Ho

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World of Yo-Ho
Availability: Board Game with App
Price: $59.99
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First Look: Forbidden Desert

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Forbidden Desert
Availability: iOS (iPad only)
Price: $6.99
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Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:00 pm
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Puzzle Strike
Availability: iOS
Price: $3.99
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Availability: iOS,
Price: $3.99
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First Look: Baseball Highlights 2045

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Baseball Highlights 2045
Availability: iOS (iPad Only), Android (Tablets Only)
Price: $5.99
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Best of 2015 - Board Game Port of the Year and Games of the Year

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The iOS Board Games best of 2015 are meant to recognize excellent strategy apps in many categories.

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-Board Game Port of the Year
-Games of the Year

Here is the full video discussion of this category:



Board Game Port of the Year


Gold Award


Xenoshyft was an utter surprise this year. We returned from Gen Con to a port of an interesting deck building game. Honestly, this one did not impress out of the gate, but the team kept at it and now it an amazing port. The best board game ports are easy to use but also allow us to dive into a game we may not otherwise be able to. Xenoshyft has all these qualities in spades. Be sure to check it out. - Brad


Developer: Cool Mini Or Not
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Silver Award


Splendor is an amazing tabletop game that was translated well to mobile. The game is quick and easy to pick up and the AI is well done. On top of this, the team added in a series of challenging puzzle levels. This a por that really goes above and beyond. - Brad


Developer: Days of Wonder
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Bronze Award


While Brass is a daunting game to learn, even on digital platforms, the Cublo team worked wonders. This app is a thing of beauty. It captures the era while maintaining modern sensibilities and having amazing information design. Brass is a truly an example of heavy euro done right for digital. - Brad


Developer: Cublo
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Games of the Year



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As mentioned above, Splendor is excellent board game port that did no disappoint. As one of the most amazing board game ports of the year, it squeaked into a place on this list. - Brad


Developer: Days of Wonder
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#4


Sorcery! has grown from a single app to an amazing series. Sorcye! 3 went beyond it predecessors adding new mechanics and changing the way the game works. This game really solidifies Inkle as one of the most proficient digital story tellers. This is an experience that cannot be missed. - Brad

Developer: inkle Studios
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#3


Coup was a stand out of game for me this year. It captured the essence of its tabletop source in a way I didn't think possible. It was a surprise, it has a style, it was a game of the year. - Brad

Developer: Banana & Co.
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#2


Xenoshyft grew from a slapdash app to an amazing digital experience. It is a unique game the launched nearly simultaneously with its tabletop counterpart and gave us a view into this unique world. It is a hard game but rewarding. The app has had a long road, but it has grown into one of the standout experiences of 2015. - Brad


Developer: Cool Mini Or Not
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#1 Game of the Year


It's funny to note that the game of the year this year has not been mentioned in any other awards, but that may just be because it really only fit here. Card Crawl is an original digital board game experience. It is the solitaire dungeon crawler that has never really come together on the tabletop. Where others have failed, it has succeeded. It is the perfect playable mobile game whether it is in quick bursts or multiple runs. It is the best digital board game of the year, and that is why it is here. - Brad


Developer: Arnold Rauers
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