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App News: Evolution evolves through updates, adds Creature Discoveries

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Evolution updates, adapts, adds Creature Discoveries
After a development phase just slightly longer than the second voyage of the HMS Beagle, Evolution arrived on our devices last week. As we can expect with any new software, the launch had a few hiccups. There were some login issues, some problems with the campaign looping, Android devices not running it at all or just running hot, and more. It's only been a week, but with a slew of updates, North Star Games seems to have fixed most (all?) of the major issues.

First of all, the game is running smooth on Android now without turning your phone into a makeshift hotplate. You can login and make online matches without issue now and more. So, hooray!

The bug squashing wasn't the only thing North Star's been working on, however. The latest update introduced something called Creature Discoveries which allows you to see some of your creations in the Evolution art style we've come to know and love. There are 50 unique creatures in the game and, when you make one of them, you'll unlock the art to see what your species looks like if it were made of watercolor.

Which creatures? You'll have to keep playing to try and unlock them all. Try combos that you would have never thought of before! It's worth losing a game to find one, dammit!

Oh, and their contest in which they're giving away 1000 physical copies of Evolution is still going on as well. Simply login and play an online match and you're registered for that day's giveaway of 10 copies. Login and play every day to register for each day's new batch of games. You don't even have to pay for the mobile version to play your one online match a day and register, so there's no excuse.

If you do want to pay for the app, however, today's the last day to snag the launch discount. After today, the price to unlock the mobile version will go up to $10 from it's current cost of $8. If you're a Steam user and would prefer to play on your laptop, Evolution is currently 20% off (down to $12 from $15) and will be through today. Don't dawdle is what I'm saying.

Anyway, Evolution is the first big digital board game release of 2019 and it's a good one, especially with all these fixes implemented. Head to your app store of choice (or Steam) at the links below and give it a go.

- Evolution: The Video Game for iOS Universal, free ($8/$10 to unlock full game)
- Evolution: the Video Game for Android, free (see note about iOS version above)
- Evolution: The Video Game for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $12


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App News: Evolution has crawled forth from the primordial ooze, grown legs and lungs, and now lives on your phone

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Evolution released for mobile, PC/Mac. Also, a contest.
It's been nearly five (or more than five? I've lost track) years in the making, but today we can finally sit down and play Evolution on our phones, tablets, and laptops. That's right, North Star Games has done the impossible: released Evolution.

The reason development took so long was so they could polish Evolution to a fine sheen. In fact, we were told they wanted it to be the board game port that all other board game ports will be compared to. From my early tinkering, they may have gotten there.

First of all, it's downright gorgeous and, secondly, it has everything you'd want in a board game app. There's an extensive tutorial if you're new to the game, a lengthy campaign for solo play, AI opponents, online matches, seasonal tournaments, and more. It really has it all, except asynchronous play, but that's coming in a later update.

North Star wrote:
NATURAL SELECTION IN ACTION
In the game Evolution, you adapt your species to survive, and stay one step ahead of opponents.

-Watering hole running dry? Evolve a long neck to reach food in the trees.
-Staring down a Carnivore? Develop a hard shell to fend off an attack.
-Evolve up the food chain to become a the most successful species.

CHALLENGING AND ADDICTIVE
Do you evolve protection from Carnivores, or find a way to eat if there is no Food in the Watering Hole? The ecosystem is constantly changing, and you’ve got to figure out what your opponents are up to.

INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL
Our friendly professor will guide you from one watering hole to the next on our learn-as-you-play tutorial, showing you how to survive before sending you off to make a name for yourself. Hone your skill as you progress from lowly Biology Intern to competing for the Nobel Prize!

EXPLORE THE CAMPAIGN
Explore the mysteries of Evolution Island and discover distinct Boss opponents. As you move through the campaign you’ll unlock new “Apex Species” that are masters of specific strategies; defeat them to add them to your menu of single-player opponents.

MATCH MADE MULTIPLAYER
One click and the game will match you with players of similar skill in a fast paced online game. Make friends in the game and set up custom games, or rank up in the ongoing seasonal tournaments and see how far you can go.

ENDLESSLY REPLAYS, ONE PRICE
This isn't a collectible card game, the full set of cards are included in the base game. Thousands of possible species combinations evolve from 17 unique trait cards, meaning no two games are ever the same.

PACE & POLISH
With a smooth user interface and fast, informative animations, Evolution was built to satisfy a quick fix of intense strategic battles. Easy to learn, almost impossible to master, one game and you’ll find yourself addicted. Evolution isn’t just a top tier strategy game – it’s a whole new animal.


If you thought the app getting released was good news, wait until you hear this. North Star is running a contest along with the app's release where they're giving away 1000 copies of the physical board game. Yes, I said 1000.

To win, all you need to do is download the app (it's free on iOS/Android, or you can buy the PC/Mac version) and play online multiplayer games. Each day for the next 100 days, they will select 10 players from the online pool to win a physical copy of the game, all you need to do is pay the shipping.

So, get out there and start playing online games!

You can find Evolution: The Video Game at the links below:

- Evolution: The Video Game for PC/Mac via Steam, $15
- Evolution: The Video Game for iOS Universal, free to download, $8 to unlock full game (on sale, normally $10)
- Evolution: The Video Game for Android, free to download, $8 to unlock full game (on sale, normally $10)


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App News: Champions of Midgard going digital, Evolution available to try now, Gaia Project on the DIGIDICED docket, and more...

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Champions of Midgard apparently coming to PC/Mac
Thanks to the eagle eyes of one Scott Nash, it's come to our attention that Grey Fox Games is full of sneaky little devils. Why, you ask? Because their viking-themed worker placement game, Champions of Midgard is currently sitting on Steam waiting for an Early Access release and nobody told us.

Due to the lack of info from Grey Fox, we have a...severe lack of info. Probably not my best sentence ever, but you get the idea.

The game is being developed by MidGameLab and will, apparently, be released for PC and Mac. Due to the aforementioned lack of info, we don't know if there are any plans to bring it to mobile.

MidGameLab wrote:
The old Jarl has died and his once prosperous port has fallen into a state of catastrophe. Fearsome creatures are coming in droves, driving chaos and destruction before them. Trolls attack the town. Draugr terrorize the nearby villages. Monsters strike at travelers and merchants alike. The people are suffering and you could be their champion.

Champions of Midgard blends worker-placement and dice-driven combat to create an exciting and strategic experience. Recruit warriors, gain powerful runes, and peer into the future – then send your faithful fighters on journeys to defeat fierce and mythical beasts. Gain the most glory to become the new Jarl and be recognized as a Champion of Midgard!

Champions of Midgard is a Viking era worker placement game with dice-driven combat. Taking on the roles of competing Viking leaders, players hunt trolls, battle draugr, and slay mythical Norse beasts in a quest for glory!

- This is the official digital adoptation of the famous board game called "Champions of Midgard" from Grey Fox Games
- Possibility to play with AI
- Local Multiplayer
- Animated background
- Rating system included


I don't see online multiplayer listed, so maybe CoM is going to be a non-online affair which is odd for a board game. Then again, maybe it's planned but they haven't worked out the details yet. I'd tell you if it weren't for that darned lack of info everyone keeps talking about.

We'll get on the horn to Russia and see if we can track down any info and, as always, we'll let you know ASAP.

- Champions of Midgard for PC/Mac Steam Page



Evolution available to try before Tuesday's release
One of the most long-awaited board game ports is the upcoming species-making gem, Evolution. It's crawling forth from the primordial ooze next Tuesday, February 12, but you can sign up now to get a pre-release glimpse of the game for yourself.

Simply head over to this link and sign up. There are about 400 spots left, so don't dawdle.

The rest of us will wait for Tuesday's release on Steam, iOS, and Android but we'd love to hear what you think of the preview in the comments below.

- Closed beta key signup for Evolution



Gaia Project on the DIGIDICED table
This one is definitely way, way out there in terms of when we'll see it go live, but it appears that Digidiced UG, developer of the digital version of Terra Mystica, has acquired the rights to bring its sci-fi cousin to our eyeballs as well.

According to this thread (which was brought to our attention by reader Tysen Streib), DIGIDICED has the digital rights to Gaia Project but has a ton of other stuff on their plate before they can get around to actually coding it. Little things like the digital version of The Castles of Burgundy and other, secret projects we don't know about yet.

So, not a lot of info, but it's good to know that it's on the docket and will be handled by the folks who did such a good job with its fantasy forebear.



Gem Rush is (has been) available for PC/Mac/Linux and iOS/Android
I love Victory Point Games mainly because they make awesome solo games and I'm completely friendless and alone. One of the latest games released in their "premier" line is Gem Rush (Second Edition) which has you collecting gems and spending them to dig and expand your mine, gathering VPs in the process. It's a fun game that can be played cooperatively or competitively.

When it was on Kickstarter they mentioned a digital version in the works, but it completely slipped my mind until I stumbled upon it a couple weeks ago. There's a digital version for PC/Mac/Linux as well as iOS and Android that's been around since last year and it's really great. In fact, it's one of the more polished and pretty board game ports you'll find on any platform.

This mountain is rich in mystic gems. Combine gems to open up new rooms, providing new ways to dig up gems. Race against other players or race together against the clock to dig the greatest mine in this fast-paced, easy-to-learn strategy game.

Features
-Leverage more than 60 room abilities
-20 unique player skills adorned with dwarven poetry
-Competitive, cooperative, and solitaire game modes (1-7 players)
-Online and hotseat multiplayer options
-True cross-platform play: iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux versions can all play together
-Play a quick game and watch the action unfold, or play an asynchronous game where you only need to take one turn per day
-3 levels of AI to play with or against
-Faithful adaptation of the Gem Rush board game, programmed by the designer


Gem Rush really feels like it was crafted with care and it's a shame that we missed the release and that there aren't more people online playing it right now. Let's remedy that, shall we?

- Gem Rush for iOS Universal, $7
- Gem Rush for Android, $7
- Gem Rush for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $9 (on sale)





Talisman gets a new, digital-only expansion: Realm of Souls
Nomad Games Ltd (II) has been busy killing it with the great digital version of Mystic Vale which landed on Steam last week. Thus, it's hard to remember that, hey! those are the Talisman: Digital Edition guys! Well, we're here to remind you because they just released new Talisman content and, unlike everything else that's been released for digital Talisman, this expansion exists only in the digital version.

The new expansion is called Realm of Souls and...well, let's just blurb it:

Nomad Games wrote:
Even when the life leaves your hero the adventure isn’t over…

The land beyond the Veil has given birth to a powerful ruler. This King of the Dead commands the forces of the afterlife to cross the Veil to invade the land of the living. In this first Digital exclusive death is no longer the end for the player, only the start of a new adventure.

The Realm of Souls expansion brings forth a brand new, digital exclusive mechanic that will allow the heroes of Talisman to traverse the lands of the dead and continue their battles for the Crown.

The Spirit Expansion adds; 3 Characters - Archon, Spectre Collector, Clairvoyant. 6 Adventure Cards, 3 Spell Cards, 70 Spirit Cards, 3 Terrain Cards, 2 Alternative Endings.


The expansion is available on Steam, iOS, and Android right now!

- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $7
- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $3.50
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App News: Mystic Vale leaving Early Access on Thursday and Galaxy Trucker making jump to Steam

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Mystic Vale official launch happening this Thursday
The digital version of Mystic Vale has been in Early Access on Steam since early December. Today we learned that it's leaving Early Access and officially launching on Steam this Thursday.

The Thursday release is only on Steam and only for Windows PC, but Nomad Games Ltd (II) has told us that a mobile version is on the way and should be released sometime down the road. No word on which platforms, exactly, as iOS, Android, and Switch were thrown around in our conversations. Will it arrive for all three, only one, or whatever is anyone's guess at this point.

Blurb!

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Mystic Vale is a deck-building card game, in which players take on the role of druidic clans trying to cleanse the curse upon the land. Each turn, you play cards into your field to gain powerful advancements and useful vale cards. Use your power wisely, or decay will end your turn prematurely. Score the most victory points to win the game!

Features
-Innovative Card Crafting System creates a game experience like you’ve never played before!
-Beautiful artwork and graphics that bring the game to life.
-Concise rules offer a deep gaming experience with meaningful decisions.
-Tremendous replay value that will increase with future expansions.


Mystic Vale is available now via Early Access and will be available in full release at the same link right down there...

- Mystic Vale for PC via Steam, $15





Galaxy Trucker bringing the chaos to Steam in March
Back in 2014, Czech Games Edition burst on the digital scene with their first title, Galaxy Trucker. It remains one of the best digital board game conversions ever created, if you wanted to play it on a phone or tablet. In March, it will become one of the best board game conversions regardless of platform when it arrives on Steam for...well, we're not sure yet. I'll assume PC/Mac/Linux until I hear differently. I have a call in with CGE to find out and will update this story as soon as I know which platforms the Steam release will cover.

If you haven't played the digital version and are wondering how a real-time game like Galaxy Trucker could possibly translate into the digital realm, let me tell you that it's pretty flawless. The game offers you to play in the real-time mode that you're familiar with from the board game, but Vlaada Chvátil also created a new "turn-based" mode for GT that lets you pick tiles for action points and...well, let's just say it works wonderfully. In fact, I've played the digital version far more in asynchronous mode than real-time and not been disappointed in the least.

There's also a huge single-player campaign full of new rules, a narrative, and a ton of humor. Seriously, the game is funny. All of this is coming to the Steam version, as well as the Galaxy Trucker - Alien Technologies expansion.

CGE wrote:
The game was first released on Android and iOS in 2014, has been sold more than 220,000 times in total, and has achieved a high rating of 4.8 on Google Play. The Steam version will include all the features of its mobile counterpart such as real-time or turn-based multiplayer mode for players who like to challenge other fellow truckers both in online and hotseat modes, a vast and exciting campaign, different AI personalities to play against, if your friends are busy trucking solo, and many achievements and challenges to beat. The Steam edition of the game already includes the expansion Alien Technologies.


The game's Steam release will occur on March 7 and will normally cost $10. It will be on sale the first week, however, for 38% off that price, which is a steal.

We'll try to remind you when the day comes so you can pick it up on the cheap. Or you can go buy it on mobile and start playing today. It's worth it.

- Galaxy Trucker for iPad, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for iPhone, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for Android, $5


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App News: Legends of Andor makes surprise appearance on the App Store and Google Play

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Legends of Andor: The King's Secret released for iOS/Android
I've owned the cardboard version of Legends of Andor back when it was a Fantasy Flight Games property. Like much of my catalog, I owned it but never played it. After looking at the rules and such, realized it would never hit the table with my group and, therefore, went on the auction block. With my current love of solo games, I direly wished I would have kept it, but what're you going to do?

Play it digitally, that's what! That's right, today United Soft Media (USM) released a digital version of LoA with the subtitle "The King's Secret" for both iOS Universal and Android.

Now, you might be asking if this is the same game as what you'd find at your local FLGS. I wish I could tell you. The subtitle tells me that it's a different story than the boxed version, but the trailer sure looks like it's taken the board game rules to heart. Having not played the boxed version, I'm at a loss, but I'm hoping someone who has played both can fill us in in the comments. Until then, blurb:

USM wrote:
This epic fantasy adventure takes you to a fantastic kingdom full of magical creatures and brave heroes.

Play a warrior, sorceress, dwarf or archer, and defend the king’s castle! Pass difficult trials, defeat determined opponents and protect the land from a dark secret.

Guide your group of heroes through twelve exciting legends in which new, challenging opponents and old companions await you. Choose your strategy carefully—you have only a limited number of moves to complete your quests. You can guide any legend to a successful resolution in several ways if you use your characters and their abilities to your best advantage.

Delve deeper than ever before into the mystical past of the legendary kingdom and discover a previously unknown story of Andor that takes your heroes into inhospitable and dangerous realms beyond Rietland.

Play the award-winning board game solo and take your group of heroes on exciting adventures anywhere, anytime. The Legends of Andor: The King’s Secret provides an easy introduction with simple rules and an extensive tutorial, and offers Andor fans and beginners alike a challenging gaming experience.

The land of Andor needs your help! Can you fight off the new threat from the south?

• Exciting fantasy adventure
• Single-player game
• New, epic Andor legends
• Familiar heroes, old companions, new adversaries
• Discover Andor’s past
• Straightforward rules and tutorial
• No Andor experience necessary to play
• Developed by the Andor creator Michael Menzel and games author Jörg Ihle
• Based on the board game The Legends of Andor from KOSMOS (awarded “Kennerspiel des Jahres 2013”)
• Can be played in English, German, French, Spanish


Sounds good, no? Even if it's not a carbon copy of the board game the production values here are top notch. Take a look at the short trailer and then head over to the App Store of your choice via the links below:

- Legends of Andor for iOS Universal, $5
- Legends of Andor for Android, $5


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App News: Dire Wolf Digital bringing a slew of awesome games to digital, Qwixx gets and update, and we get Randomized

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Dire Wolf Digital just went bananas
I know we've been really quiet for the last few weeks but that wasn't our fault. You see, there just isn't a lot of news to talk about in January. Honestly, we've been in the digital board game doldrums for a bit. That ended today courtesy of Dire Wolf Digital. This isn't just a light breeze to get us moving, however, it's a damn hurricane. Hold onto your hats, as Dire Wolf's announcement is about to blow up your digital board game world.

First of all, one of the most requested digital ports is finally going to happen. That's right, Mage Knight Board Game from WizKids is coming to your tablet. This is probably the greatest solo game ever crafted and the digital version is something I've been hoping for since I first played the game.

Next, we have the 2018 asymmetrical darling, Root from Leder Games. Cute, cuddly animals ripping each others throats out. Should be awesome.

How about something more peaceful? Like building stained glass windows with a digital version of Sagrada from Floodgate Games.

Maybe you want something a little more eurogamey? How's about Yellow & Yangtze from none other than Reiner Knizia. I don't know much about this one, but it's Knizia and a follow-up, of sorts, to Tigris & Euphrates.

They're also digitizing World War 1 combat with Ares Games' tabletop dogfighting game, Wings of Glory / Wings of War.

Last, but not least, is Raiders of the North Sea from Renegade Game Studios. The viking-themed worker placement game has been in development for a bit and should be out in Q1 of this year.



That's not all, either. They've signed a deal with WizKids giving them access to the entire WizKids' catalog, so who knows what we can expect in the future (Fury of Dracula (third/fourth edition) please? Pretty, pretty please?). They've also stated that this is just the tip of the iceberg and they'll have more big announcements as time goes on.

If you're not familiar with Dire Wolf and are worried that they may have bitten off more than they can chew, take a look at their two existing digital ports, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Lotus. Both are exceptionally polished and gorgeous with online play and AI and everything else you'd want from a digital board game port. They're also the digital brains behind the Clank! companion apps.

In other words, we're going to be getting some super-high quality apps of really high quality games on our phones, tablets, and laptops in 2019 and beyond.

We'll ping Dire Wolf and see if we can get any other details.



Qwixx for iOS gets a major update
Big news from Dire Wolf, but it's not the only news today. Outline Development has announced a major update to the iOS version of Qwixx. What's new? Here you go:

Outline Development wrote:
• Added a new Challenge against a CPU (AI) opponent
• Resuming a running game is possible now
• Locks can be closed with a tap in digital pad now
• Removing (Undo) crosses is now available in digital pad
• Ready-Button has a new wait state to avoid skipping by mistake
• Optimized instructions
• Optimized buttons for music and effect
• Entering (later changing) the players name is optional now
• Selection (later changing) of the game variant is optional now
• Small optimizations and bugfixing


If you're a fan of Qwixx or just a fan of quick, fun dice games, head over to the link below and pick it up for iOS Universal.

- Qwixx for iOS Universal, $4



Board Game Randomizer available now for Android and iOS
Ever want the tedium of choosing expansions and setups to be taken off your hands? Now you can with a new companion app from Gabe Covert simply called, Randomizer.

The app lets you randomize expansions, starting situations, etc. and it does it for a slew of games.

CovertDad wrote:
Take the pain out of fighting over which expansions to use, which character each player plays, and what cards to include!

Currently Supported Games:
Aeon's End
Architects of the West Kingdom
Attack on Titan Deck Building Game
Automobiles
Bärenpark
Clank!
Dark Gothic
DC Deck Building Game
Dice Forge
Disney Villainous
Imperial Settlers
Lord of the Rings Deck Building Game
NHL Power Play Deck Building Game
Rick and Morty Deck Building Game
Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park
Roll Player
Street Fighter Deck Building Game
The Hobbit Deck Building Game
Thunderstone Quest
Too Many Bones
Trains
Witches of the Revolution
World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game


Own any of those games and looking for a quick/easy way to sort through what components you need to get playing? Pick this up at the links below.

- Board Game Randomizer for iOS Universal, $2
- Randomizer for Android, $2
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App News: Evolution set to adapt to our touchscreens on February 12

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Evolution coming to iOS, Android, Steam on February 12
With a development schedule that's lasted almost as long as the second voyage of the HMS Beagle, North Star Games has announced that their digital adaptation of Evolution is set to arrive on February 12.



The digital version will be for iOS, Android, and on Steam (where I believe it will be for both Mac and PC). If you're wondering why development took so long, it's because North Star wanted to make Evolution the board game app that all other apps are compared to. Looking at what's included, they might have succeeded:

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Inspired by the award-winning tabletop game, Evolution retains the elements which made the analog edition so popular with more than 1.6 million players worldwide, but offers a swift pace and features only possible in a modern video game. Meticulously designed so even those who are completely unfamiliar with the original board game can jump in right away, the digital release features a learn-while-you-play tutorial, exciting campaign mode with Apex Species opponents to test your wits against, and cross-platform multiplayer that effortlessly matches players with others of similar skill.

Create new species and adapt them for survival in an ever-changing environment, brought to life with a beautifully hand-painted, watercolor art-style and an earthy, contemplative original soundtrack. Combine different traits rooted in science, such as a long neck or a defensive shell, in limitless combinations to help creatures thrive in the fight for survival over scarce food resources and defense from deadly predators. Develop symbiotic relationships or even evolve carnivorous traits and feast on foes in this addictive turn-based strategy game.

Evolution brings stunning new artwork, animated cards, lush environments, distinct enemy A.I., and more than 24,000 possible species to the virtual table. The campaign presents varied scenarios and smart “Apex Species” requiring careful planning and strategy to survive.

Take survival of the fittest online and square off against live opponents around the world in fully cross platform, skill-based matchmaking. Rank up from a field researcher all the way to a Nobel Laureate in the progression system. Test yourself against others in the ongoing seasonal tournaments. Turn-based and simultaneous play options allow for fast and fluid multiplayer games in under ten minutes.


I've had a chance to play the game (as has everyone who's gone to Gen Con the past 2 or 3 years) and it plays and looks great. I'm really looking forward to jumping into the single player campaign and losing terribly in the seasonal tournaments.

One thing not in the game at launch will be asynchronous play. I'm told that it will be coming shortly after launch via an update, but it won't be in there on day one.

Take a look at the trailer and we'll have a release post up and ready for Feb. 12 to remind you.


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App News: Ticket to Ride goes to France, Shards of Infinity going digital, Acram launches Istanbul tourney and drops their prices

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New map of France added as IAP to Ticket to Ride
It's been nearly 3 days since we've mentioned Asmodee Digital, so we should probably check in and see what's up. First thing we notice is that an update has dropped for their digital take on Ticket to Ride. It's a map of France, and it's available right now on all platforms.



Asmodee wrote:
Relive the construction of the first railway lines in France against a backdrop of impressionism and the Industrial Revolution.

For years it was only possible to claim routes… But that's over now! Discover one of the most strategic cards in Ticket to Ride!

-Start by building your railway and then setting down your trains
-Place your rails over crossings to block the tracks and force your opponents to hit their brakes
-New Destinations cards: build rail tracks all the way to Switzerland, Italy and even Germany
-Make sure you don't give any other players the chance to take control of a route that you've painstakingly built…
-Bluff, deceive, and play your cards right in this expansion which is sure to shake up your habits.


If you're a TtR fan, you've probably already bought this but, if not, have at it!

- Ticket to Ride for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $4 (on sale)
- Ticket to Ride for iOS Universal, $2 (on sale)
- Ticket to Ride for Android, $2 ( on sale)

That's not the only new stuff from Asmodee this week. We already mentioned the release of Perudo: The Pirate Dice Game, but this week also saw some new DLC for their version of Carcassonne. It's the Winter Edition DLC with new tile art (it's snowy...) and more.



Asmodee wrote:
-Revamped AI behaviours, including a brand new 4th stronger AI for more challenge.
-New game creation flow.
-New DLCs :
-Winter Edition & Gingerbread Man
-Traders & Builders


The Asmodee version of Carcassonne is available for Windows, Android, and Switch. The iOS version is done by The Coding Monkeys and doesn't get all this holiday cheer.(I think it may already have a winter expansion and the Traders & Builders expansion).

- Carcassonne for PC via Steam, $4 (on sale)
- Carcassonne for Android, $2 (on sale)
- Carcassonne for Switch, $20

and, just to cover all the bases...
- Carcassonne for iOS Universal, $10



Shards of Infinity coming to digital in 2019
One of the first big board/card game ports to really make it on mobile was Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer from Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment. That was back in 2011 and Ascension is still going strong, getting new expansions still in 2018.

That said, Stone Blade isn't a one-trick pony, and they have a bunch of other games that would look good on a tablet. One of those is another deck-builder, Shards of Infinity. As luck would have it, that game is coming to digital next year. It won't be a Playdek product, however. Instead, the folks at Temple Gates Games LLC are handling this one. If you're not aware, those are the folks behind the excellent digital version of Race for the Galaxy, so we're in good hands.

Shards of Infinity will be coming to PC, Android, and iOS in the Spring of 2019. Features include:

Temple Gates wrote:
-For 2-4 Players
-30 minute playing time
-Build your armies by recruiting allies and champions from four unique factions.
-Launch surprise attacks on your foes by instantly deploying mercenaries.
-Unlock limitless power by mastering the Shard of Infinity
-Cross platform network multiplayer
-Local pass and play



Acram Digital apps on sale, Istanbul tournament signups underway
Over at my other site, I named Istanbul: Digital Edition as one of my top five video games of the year. I can't say I loved it at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's just a fantastic game and a very well done port from the folks at Acram Digital.

Unsurprisingly, Acram likes Istanbul a lot, too. So much, in fact, that they're running a tournament! You can sign up now and win real, actual prizes.

They've posted the details both at Stately Play and on their website, so you can head to either. Or you can read this:

Acram wrote:
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we would like to announce the first ever not-so-annual official online tournament of Istanbul: Digital Edition!

Prepare your wheelbarrows and count your goods, the merchants are about to hit the market. There are prizes to be won, and the renown of the best of all the merchants to be claimed.

We here at Acram Digital and Mobo Studio, the developer and publisher of Istanbul: Digital Edition, would like to cordially invite any and all interested to the online tournament of Istanbul: Digital Edition. Everyone is invited, whether you’ve never played Istanbul before or are a veteran with more hours played than the hours awake, the goal is to have fun. There will, however, be prizes…

The prize pool includes physical copies of Istanbul board game, provided by Pegasus Spiele and Alderac Entertainment Group, including the Big Box (containing the base game and the expansions), as well as codes for our digital games for the platform of your choosing. But the renown is more important, let’s be frank. What are you waiting for? Sign up!

In order to sign up you need to fill out this form.

Once we have all the submissions, you will be divided into tables. Each table will have a week to finish their game. Once the results are in, the two best players from each table will be matched with the other best players, so on and so forth. Those not-so-lucky will be matched against each other to fight for the consolation prize and a metaphorical banana sticker. Unless we convince prize providers to include the actual banana stickers. Then it would be the real deal…

Now, full disclaimer, we simply do not know what can we expect in terms of attendance. Thus, we will wait with the full description of the format until the submissions are in and we know where we stand. Do bare in mind though, our primary, secondary and tertiary goals are to make something fun. We want you, the players, to play some games, have a laugh, get the community closer together.


It sounds like a lot of fun, even if you don't win (and I won't! I suck!).

Again, here's the link to sign up as well as links to the Acram catalog, all of which is currently on sale.

- Signup for Istanbul tournament

- Istanbul for iOS Universal, $5
- Istanbul for Android, $5
- Istanbul for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $7

- Eight-Minute Empire for iOS Universal, $2
- Eight-Minute Empire for Android, $2
- Eight-Minute Empire for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $4.79

- Steam: Rails to Riches for iOS Universal, $3
- Steam: Rails to Riches for Android, $3
- Steam: Rails to Riches for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $7.19




Brad and I wish everyone a Happy Holidays and we'll see you in a couple weeks! For a tease of what I'll be playing over the holidays, I'll just leave this here....



Hopefully I can share some details in 2019.
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App News: Asmodee released Perudo for iOS/Android and Zombie in My Pocket gets new unlife

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Asmodee releases dice game, Perdudo, on mobile
Not sure if you noticed, but it's the time of year when not a lot is happening in good ol' Digital Board Game Town. The sun is setting, the horses are in the livery, and we're all getting ready to head down to the saloon to hang with the hoopleheads and play some faro.

Oh, wait, what's this? Sheriff Asmodee says there's one more app ready for the rope. Alright, get your chaps back on and lets meet at the gallows.

Turns out their name is Perudo and they're wanted for lying. Sounds like a harsh sentence, but Perudo's whole game revolves around bending the truth and bluffing, and that just can't be allowed.

<The door opens, a small man in a sweater vest and glasses enters>

What's this intrusion? You'd best reach for the sky...

Say again? Oh, Perudo is a pirate-themed dice game? Oh crap.

Ahem...

Arr, me hearties! Grab yer parrots and peg legs or be ready to walk the plank...

Okay, I give up. Any more of that and my head was going to explode. Anyway, the bottom line is that, earlier today, Asmodee Digital released Liar's Dice on the App Store and it's one we didn't even know they were working on. Blurb it:

Asmodee wrote:
CHALLENGE, BID, CALCULATE AND BLUFF... TO BECOME THE MASTER OF DICE

Somewhere in a tavern, six pirates are sitting around a table playing dice. But only one of them can be crafty enough to bluff the others and become the master of Perudo.
Bluffing and piracy are the essence in the official adaptation of the renowned dice game!

In Perudo, every pirate has a cup and 5 dice. Roll your dice in your cup, then turn your cup onto the tabletop and take a discreet look at what you rolled. You can't look at your opponents' dice, mind!
Now, in every turn you have to bet on the total number of dice that have the same face value under all of the cups.
Keep bidding until one of the pirates doubts the bid and decides to reveal the dice! If you lied, you lose one die as well as your swashbuckling reputation! If you got it right, your opponent loses a die!
If you're the last pirate to hold one die or more, you win the game!

Adopt a brazen strategy or a measured one – whatever you need to win the game!

Features:
• Simple and entertaining, for the whole family
• Up to 6 players: play in single-player mode against an AI, challenge your friends in Pass and Play, or challenge pirates from all over the world in online mode
• Customize your game: unlock avatars, cups and stylized dice over the course of your adventure
• Unlock the map as you make progress and play in unique settings
• Discover the story behind your adventure by unlocking segments of the tale over the course of the game
• Loads of achievements to unlock!


Now, I'm not sure I see the wisdom in porting a game that relies so heavily on reading your opponent to a digital format in which you can't actually see or talk to anyone, but what do I know? I'm just a cowboy/pirate wannabe who really wished he'd worn something under these chaps.

- Perudo: The Pirate Board Game for iOS Universal, $2
- Perudo: The Pirate Board Game for Android, $2





Zombie in My Pocket comes back to life as the oddly monickered Zombie in My Pocket New
We missed this back when it released in November, but the famed solo print-and-play game, Zombie in my Pocket (second edition) is now available on the App Store for iOS Universal.

Now, there's been a version of ZimP on Android since 2015, but now you can fight the zombie horde regardless of your mobile platform. Not much of a blurb, but here goes:

ycyclop wrote:
Find the zombie totem, then bury it in the backyard graveyard before midnight and you've saved the world. Otherwise, you're zombie food.

Searching for the secret of the evil temple where you can find the item to destroy the zombies rising from the dead.

You can pick up items to bash zombies along the way; a machete, golf club, chain saw, or even your former uncle's grisly femur.


If you're a fan of the original PnP version, or are just looking for a nice, solo board game with some, dare I say it, brains, then give ZimP New a try. It will run you $2, which is less than a rental of Night of the Living Dead.

- Zombie in my Pocket New for iOS Universal, $2
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App News: Santorini going digital, Early Access begins tomorrow

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Roxley bringing Santorini to iOS/Android
So, we were back and then we went away. Yes, it's been 2 weeks since our last post but, this time, it wasn't intentional. Truth of the matter is, there just hasn't been a lot of news regarding digital board games. Sure, we missed Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics landing on the Switch, but I just couldn't get excited enough to write a post about only THAT. I kept waiting for some other stuff I could bundle together. No such luck.

Then, today we learned that Roxley is bringing their snazzy building game, Santorini to both iOS and Android! That's pretty big news. What's even bigger is that you can sign up now to get on the Early Access bandwagon and start testing it as soon as tomorrow!

Click here to sign up for the invitation-only Early Access period and, who know, you could be playing Santorini on your phone by tomorrow evening.

What can we expect from a digital version of Santorini?

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-Free to download
-Beautifully rendered 3D play area
-Adventure through the land of Santorini in the single player Odyssey mode
-Play with a friend in pass-and-play or online game modes
-Already own the boardgame? Use the "Helper" to select gods to play in the physical board game, and log your matches
-Dare to challenge the insanely skilled "Godlike" AI level
-Watch tutorials on all the god powers!
-Fully orchestrated sound track.


Again, you can sign up to help test beginning tomorrow whether you're an Android or iOS user. Head on over and sign up and let us know if you were accepted in the comments!

- Santorini beta signup page for iOS/Android
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