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Solforge on Kickstarter
Gary Games has an idea for the kind of game they really want to play and they launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to make it happen. They call the game SolForge Digital Trading Card Game and claim that it will blaze a trail to a new category of games called Digital Collectible Games. But they don't make this claim alone. They are collaborating with none other than the originator of TCGs, Richard Garfield, whom apparently has been trying to do this for 20 years and thinks that the technology has just now finally caught up.
According to Gary Games, SolForge will combine all of the strategy and depth of a traditional trading card game experience with the convenience of online and mobile gaming. Solforge will be absolutely free and players will be able to grow their collection just by playing the game. They are talking big ideas like deck building, asynchronous play, online tournaments, card trading, single-player campaigns where a players actions affect the direction of the story, and a game that will be designed to take full advantage of the digital medium. The major example put forth is a mechanic they call "card transformation" that allows you level up your cards. Finally, they are talking Beta in early 2013. It's an ambitious sounding project, but one they can no doubt pull off with the right developer, which oddly goes unmentioned. You can read all about on Kickstarter.
Ticket to Ride Gets Legendary Asia Map
Days of Wonder has updated Ticket to Ride iPad, Ticket To Ride PC and Mac, and Ticket To Ride on the Web with the first new digital map for Ticket to Ride in seven years. It's called the Legendary Asia map and is now available on the iPad as an in-app-purchase for $3.99. Version 1.4 also includes full Retina support (not just the map anymore), 45 new achievements from Ticket To Ride Pocket, new AI, various bug fixes and more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Olearis has released porTable for iOS Universal. porTable has no rules. Instead it is a simulated physical tabletop set of cards and dominoes. You download the app to at least one iPad and multiple other iOS devices (theoretically unlimited but Olearis suggests no more than 8). Then you play cards or dominoes by using your personal device for hidden info and the iPad for shared info. The app does not enforce the rules, you simply (or perhaps not so simply) move cards around the "table" just like you would with a physical set. The free app comes with an uncustomizable 36-card deck, but has an in-app-purchase option for a "customizable" card deck that lets you remove cards as needed from a full 52 card deck. You can download the app yourself for free on the App Store.
Puerto Rico HD Updated with Async
Ravensburger Digital and Codito have finally updated Puerto Rico HD to version 1.1, bringing the long awaited feature of asynchronous multiplayer through Game Center. Besides asynchronous play, the app also includes asynchronous chat, extensive update for the AI (and specifically for the 2 player variant), AI now in the online game, a public or private score option, and various other improvements. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Magic 2013 Updated
Wizards of the Coast has updated Magic 2013 to version 1.0.1, the app's first update. The update includes performance tuning for improved app stability, graphics display, audio playback, framerate, multiplayer connectivity for many players and other miscellaneous AI, game play, and user interface improvements. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
7 Wonders Companion Updated
Repos Production has updated 7 Wonder Companion for iOS Universal. The updated includes support for the Cities expansion, support for team play, description of the symbols, interface improvements, more detailed statistics and more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Pocket Heroes Updated
Ayopa and F5 have updated Pocket Heroes to version 1.0.2. The update includes the much requested random matchmaking, chat improvements, extra checks on game data, and many bug fixes. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Mobile FWD has updated Trivial to version 1.1.3. The update includes a free coin pack, new random matchmaking engine, recharging coins, updated dashboard, bug fixes and more. Check out the full details on the App Store.
World Without Walls has updated it's abstract strategy app known as Canopy to version 1.3.0. The update includes new dead branch rule, shorter & simpler tutorial, and revamped usability. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
PirateWords+ in English Updated
Vukee Games has updated PirateWords+ in English to version 1.0.6. The update includes improved notifications, opponent play replays, and various fixes. Check out the full details on the App Store.
Great Big War Game Updated
Rubicon released a quick update to Great Big War Game in the form of version 1.0.3. The update includes various minor bug fixes and improvements, including a bug allowing teams to switch during turns in online matches, a corrupted online turns bug. An option to replay a completed campaign mission was also added. You check out the full details on the App Store.
Trivie Inc. has updated Trivie to version 1.3. The update includes chat, Game Center invites, and various optimizations, fixes and tweaks. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Glitch Tank Updated
Michael Brough has updated Glitch Tank to version 5. The update is called simply CHRONOLOGICAL DEVIATION. Not much more to say from the mysterious Mr. Brough, but he writes a lot about this game and others he's done on his blog Mighty Vision. You can check out this retro digital-born real time board game app on the App Store.
Total War Battles Updated and Price Drop
Sega has updated Total War Battles to version 1.3 and dropped the price from $4.99 to $1.99. The update includes new challenges to complete alternative objectives, graphical upgrades, improvements to Facebook login, and minor bugs fixes and optimizations. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Pocket World at War Dropped to Free
Prolific Games has dropped the price on Pocket World At War Dropped to Free for the first time this year. Pick it up now on the App Store.
Kard Combat Free Again
Hotheat Games has once again dropped the price on Kard Combat from $0.99 to free. Get it now on the App Store.
iPad Board Games on iPad vs Physical
Our friends over at iPadboardgames.com recently did a piece on iPad vs physical board games. Check it out on their web site and see what they and many commenters have to say.
Board Game Geek Mobile Updated
Game of Phones has updated Board Game Geek Mobile to version 3.0. The update includes browsing subscribed items, browse personal and game image galleries with coverflow, uploading images linked to games and adding captions to your image uploads, and aesthetic improvements. You can check out the app for free on the App Store.