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Hostage Negotiator Released for iOS/Android
If you didn't already see Brad's video about the digital version of Hostage Negotiator that posted yesterday...SURPRISE! Hostage Negotiator has been released for iOS/Android. If you did see Brad's video or haven't been living under a rock since the game's release earlier this week, you can ignore this message.

Hostage Negotiator is a fun game filled with rainbow colors, unicorns, and pink clouds made of cotton candy. You just can't see any of that stuff because there's a terrorist in the foreground and a bunch of dead innocents. Good times! If you couldn't guess from the title, Hostage Negotiator is dark and grim and woof, those poor hostages.

The digital version is from Peter Kossits of Baseball Highlights 2045 fame and is a faithful recreation of the tabletop version. It's actually a really good recreation of the tabletop version. Peter knocked this one out of the park, although my old eyes wish the text was a little bigger. That said, I can always tap on cards to enlarge them.

If you're looking for a solitaire card/dice game with a little bit of bite to it, both in theme and strategy, give Hostage Negotiator a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

- Hostage Negotiator for iOS Universal, $4
- Hostage Negotiator for Android, $4



I've Played the Digital Version of One Deck Dungeon and It's Great
Ever since my Kickstarter copy of One Deck Dungeon showed up, it's been my go-to game for a quick solitaire fix. The game is quick and compact, and yet gives you a ton of decisions to make each turn. It's nearly perfect with the caveat that I can't play it while sitting on the toilet. This is obviously a crisis that Handelabra Games aims to solve. Their plan: create a digital port of ODD so you don't have to pick dice off of a filthy bathroom floor.

The game is currently in beta, so what I've seen might not be the finished product. That said, it's already fairly polished and is a blast to play on my laptop. I took a little video of gameplay that you can watch below. I don't know why my mic wasn't working. Considering that my voice sounds like the croaking of a bullfrog in heat, you should count yourselves lucky.

One Deck Dungeon should be heading to Early Access soon and then released when it's done. No word on when that will happen, but we do know that it is being released for both Steam as well as mobile platforms. We'll keep an eye out, you watch the video.





New D&D Game, Warriors of Waterdeep, In the Works
Game developer Ludia, has announced a new game based on everyone's favorite RPG from WotC, D&D. It's entitled Warriors of Waterdeep because everyone loves the Forgotten Realms and there are no other worlds anyone could possibly ever set a game in.

I'll admit (and you can probably tell), I'm a bit skeptical about this one. First of all, it's free-to-play which gets my spidey senses tingling. Secondly, it's a card game, which unless it's something completely new, I'm over. Then I watched the trailer and I have to admit that I'm a bit intrigued. It looks like cards might only be used as loot to equip on your characters rather than a typical CCG model, and it seems that you actually get some real dungeon crawling done in here. What the heck, count me in.

Warriors of Waterdeep will be coming soon, if their trailer is to be believed, and who are we to not believe it? Huh? Geez, get off your high horse, mister. Watch the dang trailer and move along!





Whenever You Think You're Having a Bad Day, Be Thankful Your Name Isn't Wartile
There's something unpleasant about the name WARTILE. I mean, I get it: WAR + TILE, which makes sense considering it's a miniature skirmish game set on tiles similar to our old friend, HeroScape. That said, WARTILE just looks like a skin disorder when you see the word. I'm trying to unsee it and can't. Oh well.

Ignoring the bumpiness of the name, WARTILE is a miniature skirmish game that looks a lot like HeroScape if HeroScape was beautiful and real-time instead of turn-based. Yep, for some reason this is a real time game. Now, it's not like StarCraft or anything. In fact, the system they've implemented somewhat mimics turn-based play. It's called the "cooldown system" which puts cooldowns on all your figures once you move them, so they can't continually be moved. Thus, move all your figures and wait until they cooldown and you can use them again. Seems like a lot of work when, instead, they could have just gone turn-based, doesn't it?

That said, I haven't played it yet so I can't really make any judgements. I've heard good things, however, so I'm probably making too much of the whole real-time thing. Have I mentioned that WARTILE is real-time?

The art in this game is utterly fantastic with each battlefield represented by a 3D cutout and glorious artwork. Even if you don't like the real-time aspect (have I mentioned it was real-time yet?) you should check the game out just for the visuals. Wowza.

WARTILE is available right now on Steam for PC and it's on sale for only $15. A mac and tablet version is also in the works.

- WARTILE for PC via Steam, $15 (on sale)



Tales from Candlekeep Gets a New Character
I have a lot of games in my Steam library that are either unplayed or deserve to be played a lot more than they have been. One of those is Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation which arrived on Steam last year. Today, Tomb of Annihilation received a major update including a new character. Here's an official video for the character introduction:



That's right, it's a druid! Usually no one knows who they were or what they were doing, but we know this dude's name is Qawasha and that he's missing a "u".

A new character to play isn't the only thing that arrived in this massive update. Blurbage!

Details:
Play Qawasha the Human Druid, an all new hero added to the game
-Wild Shape into a savage ape or a ravenous velociraptor! Each form has its own unique abilities to add a new layer of strategy to your quests
-Summon Storm Cloud hurling down bolts of lightning
-Summon Qawasha's ally, Kupalué, to help you handle the undead threats of Chult
-Invoke all new powers including: Longstrider (speed increase), Barkskin (armor increase) and Goodberry (healing ability)

New Feature:

Implemented an Extras menu to activate / deactivate DLCs in-game.

Bug Fixes:

-Mushroom pick-up fails now gives the player a die reroll properly when using a Luckstone
-It is now possible to change resolution from 1440x900 to 1600x900 and vice versa
-Added a combat text when Ice Storm misses the target
-UI overlap when an encounter hint appears while dispel magic is equipped
-Addressed various text entries in multiple languages
-Artus can now use the jump ability on the Strawman
-The dice rolls can now be manually stopped using the spacebar in the tutorial
-Fixed an issue with Asharra's Acid Splash
-Dragonbait’s Blessed Strike won’t trigger 2 Dice Rolls anymore
-Changed the Russian and Simplified Chinese fonts
-It is no longer possible to use items and Utility powers during dice rolls
-It is no longer possible to die on top of enemies while bleeding
-It is no longer possible to Roll for an attack during a Burning Saving Roll.
-Changed the description of Melf’s Acid Arrow to reflect the poison status instead of stun
-The value in the AC tooltips now takes gear bonus into consideration
-The Burn status is now properly dispelled on a Roll of 8+
-Hotfixed savegame issues when using Family Sharing options.


Now that's some update. Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation is available for both PC and Mac and has a name far too long to keep typing.

- Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation for PC/Mac via Steam, $16





Greater Than Games Returning to Digital with Sentinels of Freedom
Not a lot of info on this one, but Greater Than Games (Sentinel Comics) is heading back to digital and they're bringing along all those Sentinels we've come to know and love.

The new game is called Sentinels of Freedom and will be a tactical shoot-em-up set in the Sentinels Comics universe. It's being developed by Underbite Games and there are blurbs:

Underbite Games wrote:
Customize your Hero!
Choose the characters backstory, personality, power source and archetype - each heavily impacting your final character. Heroes have "stances" that provide boosts to certain stats like enhanced dodging or even flight along with powerful sets of abilities and can be fully customized to fit your playstyle.

Game Mechanics
Swapping stances between rounds allows you to prepare for upcoming challenges. As the game progresses, more abilities and stances will be unlocked. Heroes have special support actions and enemies can create formidable squads with even more powerful attacks and dynamic combos. The Vigilance and Support systems allow characters to react despite not being their turn. This could lead to hero trying to stay in cover or counter attacking when an active enemy moves or performs an action

Highlights
-Create your Hero - choose backstory, archetype, powers, and appearance
-Build your Team - select from the many available heroes and unlock more throughout
-Character Personalities - heroes will have likes, dislikes, and preferences which influence the mission
-Full story campaign - writers and creators from Sentinel Comics
-Freeform movement - Turn Based game that allows you to move anywhere
-Squad dynamics - heroes or villains can work together for more powerful actions
-Living Environments - multiple objectives, interactions and dangers
-Learning AI - enemies will start to adjust to current tactics and also make long term changes to strategy


We don't know much more, but we know it's coming to PC/Mac and it's also coming to Kickstarter on April 3rd. Don't worry, we'll remind you.




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App News: Tabletopia Arrives on iPad (kind of), Warhammer Quest 2 Expands, Polytopia Multiplayer Next Week and more...

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Tabletopia Arrives for iPad in Beta Form
When I hear about things like Tabletopia I should get super excited, but when I actually sit down to try it I tend to feel less than enthused. It's not you, Tabletopia, it's me. Seriously, I just really don't want to sit at my desktop or laptop and play digital board games. Starting yesterday, I no longer have to as Tabletopia has come to iPad.

Well, it's kind of come to iPad. It's more of an open beta, and there are currently only 6 games available on the platform. Oh, the hundreds of other games you can play on the Steam version are on their way, but bugs must be squashed first. The games available are:

- Sub Terra
- Hansa Teutonica
- The Shipwreck Arcana
- Burgle Bros.
- Mint Works
- Champions of Midgard

The current version also only includes solitaire play and pass-and-play multiplayer. Online multiplayer is coming down the road.

If you're not familiar with Tabletopia, it's kind of like VASSAL, but easier to navigate. Games are presented in 3D glory and you simply sit and play the game like you would if you were sitting at a table. There are no tutorials and no rules enforcement, so if you're new to a game, it will take a little work on your part to get things rolling.

It's also a sandbox where you can create your own games and share them, which is a fairly amazing tool if you're a designer.

The Steam version requires that many games be purchased in order to play them, for example the Scythe module is $5, but there's also a subscription model as well. There's a free tier, but that doesn't allow "Premium" titles, so while you can buy Scythe, you'll need a monthly subscription to get its expansions. At least I think that's how it works. To be honest, I'm not a user so I'm getting all my info from their website. I'm sure many, many more of you have tried and use Tabletopia on a regular basis and can chip in more info in the comments.

- Tabletopia for iPad, free
- Tabletopia for Steam, free





Warhammer Quest 2 Expands with Lord of Khorne
Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times arrived last year to reviews that were a bit more negative than the first entry in the series. Granted, Warhammer Quest was a fairly epic achievement in the early mobile scene, so maybe our expectations were a bit misguided. That said, WHQ2 wasn't a bad game, just failed to create the same tension and interesting decisions as the first game.

Today, Perchang hopes to put things back on track. A new expansion pack, Lord of Khorne, offers a whopping new area to explore, new dungeons, monsters, items, etc., as well as a new campaign where you're trying to destroy an incursion of the Blood God's followers.

That's not all that arrived today, however. There are also three new heroes you can purchase: the Ogre, Wardancer, and Warrior Priest. All these new classes have a different feel from anything we're used to with abilities such as leaping over monsters while dual-wielding or using their bulk to smash through groups of baddies.

Even if you don't want to drop any coin on the new stuff, the game has been updated to bring back one of the biggest missing components from the original game: ambushes. Now you're never quite sure of what's around the next corner as there could be a random enemy plopped in there just to make your day miserable. Yes, the game just became a lot harder.

The expansion is available via IAP for $5 while each new character can be had for $3/each. The base game is also on sale right now, chopped down from $5 to $3.

- Warhammer Quest 2 for iOS Universal, $3





Battle of Polytopia Getting Multiplayer Next Week
This story comes from the "do we really need this?" file. The fantastic little 4X game, The Battle of Polytopia, has been a staple on my phone for a couple years due to its quick playing, and yet deep, 4X gameplay. It's a fantastic solo game that gives you an epic feel in only 30 turns.

Next week Battle of Polytopia is spreading its wings and going online with online multiplayer. Now, it's had pass-and-play multiplayer since 2016, but I've never had the urge to try it. I know I'm in the minority, though, and a ton of people are looking forward to battling it out with friends online.

The online multiplayer will be released on Feb. 15 for both iOS and Android and will be cross-platform. From what I can gather via their forums, the online addition will only be available if you've purchased at least one of the additional tribes and it will be asynchronous.

- Battle of Polytopia for iOS Universal, free
- Battle of Polytopia for Android, free



Czech Games Edition Looking for Translation Help
Last year's Through the Ages app from Czech Games Edition continues to be one of my favorite apps to ever appear on mobile. Luckily, I'm an English speaker and that's one of the few languages the app is currently available in. CGE is hoping to change that, but they'll need some folks who actually speak those other languages to get them up and running.

They already have a Chinese and Spanish version underway, but could use help getting whatever language you know up and running as well. Yes, even Klingon, if that's your bag.

CGE wrote:
We have received many requests to translate TTA to all kinds of languages. We are currently working with some partners on official translations - Chinese and Spanish are already confirmed and some others are being negotiated.
But we also want to give our players an opportunity to make their own community translations!
If anyone is interested in translating TTA app to a language of their choice, they may sign up by filling in the following form:
https://goo.gl/forms/iEfmFwRx8CQ9sjvy2
We will provide the data, help to select translation tools and we will organise the beginnings of the translations.


So, there you go. If you're bilingual and willing to help CGE out follow that link and see where it leads you. Good luck!



Civilization VI Expands with Rise and Fall
One of the best strategy games I have on my laptop (and iPad) is Firaxis' latest foray in the 4X genre, Civilization VI. I love, love, love it, even though I know it has its detractors (you're all wrong). This morning, the first major expansion was released for Civ VI, Civilization VI: Rise and Fall.

This expansion adds some cool stuff that we haven't seen in previous Civ titles such as governors, loyalty, and history. Governors are folks you can hire and that will level up, providing a city with bonuses based on what that governor's specialties are. Loyalty in your population drops the farther away you are from another city and based on how few amenities your people have. If loyalty in a particular city drops too low, it can leave your empire and become a free city. History is how golden ages and dark ages are handled, and require you to do a certain number of cool things (discover this first, meet a new civ, blow up a barbarian, build a wonder, etc.) before the current era ends. Fail and you're looking at spending the next age in the Dark Ages. Succeed and it's all sunshine and pennies from heaven.

I'm simplifying everything here mainly because I'm lazy and don't feel like writing anymore [points for honesty -ed.]. The expansion also includes new civilizations, new units, wonders, etc. Basically all the stuff you expect in a Civ expansion.

The expansion is only available right now for Windows. It will be out for Mac/Linux somewhere down the road, most likely toward the end of March. As for the iPad version, it remains to be seen if that will be getting any other DLC much less a full-blown expansion pack. That said, I hear the iPad version is currently 50% off, and it's still great, so pick it up if you haven't already.

- Civilization VI for iPad, free
- Civilization VI for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $60
- Civilization: Rise and Fall for PC via Steam, $30


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App News: Nomad and Asmodee Digital Break the Rules, Acram Bringing Istanbul to Life, Play UNO on Facebook and more...

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Talisman: Digital Edition Gets Cross-Platform IAP
Even if you're not a fan of one of the best board game ports out there, Talisman: Digital Edition, this is big news. Today, Nomad Games Ltd (II) announced that they and Asmodee Digital had figured out a way to make all the IAP from Talisman (and there is a ton of it) cross-platform. That means, buy expansions on one device and they'll pop up ready to play on all your devices!



Thus, if you've been enjoying Talisman on your iPad but would like to also play on your PC, you now can without having to shell out a second time for all the extra content you already bought on your iPad. Will this trend continue for other Asmodee published titles? Considering that the only thing necessary to activate it in Talisman is signing into your Asmodee account, I don't see why not.

This only applies to the iOS, Android, and Steam version of the game. The Kindle and Playstation/Vita versions are still published by Nomad and don't have this magic portal installed.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4.50
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $8



Acram (Finally) Announces Istanbul Heading to Digital
It's been spread out over a week of puzzling tweets, but today we finally got what we've known has been coming for a few days: Acram Digital has announced that their next title is the 2014 KSdJ winner, Istanbul!



We don't know a lot of details at this time, but we do know that it's coming in 2018 and will be available for PC/Mac/Linux, iOS, and Android. We also know that Acram does an amazing job porting board games, having previously done Steam: Rails To Riches and Eight-Minute Empire.

We'll stay on top of this one and fill you in with more details as they emerge.



UNO Comes to Facebook Messenger
I know less and less people are using Facebook these days, but there are still a lot of folks out there playing Uno (2016). Hey, I know it ain't Glory to Rome, but it's fine for what it is and I've had fun playing it with my kids on vacations and such.

Mattel163 is Mattel's new development house and their first foray into the digital world is by brining UNO to Facebook Messenger. Don't worry if you're not a FB user, it's also coming to iOS and Android very soon.

Mattel wrote:
UNO™ game features:

Quick Play: Play UNO™ using the classic rules.
Two vs two Mode: Partner up with another player to clear your hands first.
Room Mode: Host a private room and invite up to eight players.
Rule Book: Select your house rules and play UNO™ your way.


More digital board games is always a good thing, so let's see what Mattel163 has up their sleeve in the future.



Asmodee Digital Takes Over More Publishing Duties for Playdek
Nomad isn't the only developer that has Asmodee Digital on board for publishing. Last year Playdek and Asmodee joined forces with Asmodee taking over publishing of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Twilight Struggle. Yesterday, they announced that they would also be taking over the publishing duties for two more Playdek gems, Summoner Wars (2012) and Agricola.

What does this mean? We're not sure yet, but seeing what Asmodee is doing with Talisman keeps us hopeful. If anything comes out of this that affects us, we'll let you know!



Disc Drivin' 2 Has Been Released
One of the earliest "board game that's not an actual board game" on the App Store was Disc Drivin'. What do I mean? Well, it was pretty much a copy of PitchCar, but had enough of it's own material to be something completely different. Plus, it was digital, and it was really fun to play.

Now, eight years after the original was released, we get the sequel, Disc Drivin' 2. From all the screenshots I can find, it seems to be more of the same, which isn't a bad thing. It also has a veneer of F2P on it with coins you earn to unlock powers, cosmetics, and more.

Features:
• Intuitively swipe to move your disc around the track
• Compete in turn-based multiplayer battles around the globe
• More than 15 unique tracks of various challenge levels
• Single-player Speedrun, local multiplayer, and pass-and-play modes
• Collect cards to unlock crazy new discs, upgrade powers, and earn disc abilities
• Many unique powers such as turbo, missiles, autopilot, and bombs
• New animated hazards like lasers, spikes, and force fields
• Customize your disc and play as a pizza, cake, monster truck tire, and more
• Full 3D physics
• Four cheerful and immersive environments


You can pick Disc Drivin' 2 up right now for nada on the App Store.

- Disc Drivin' 2 for iOS Universal, free
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App News: Imperial Assault Companion App Updates, Meteorfall Goes Live, and The Room Gets Another Sequel

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Imperial Assault App, Legends of the Alliance, Gets Update
Last night we got a little surprise from our friends at Fantasy Flight Games, namely that the companion app for Star Wars: Imperial Assault was updated to include...stuff. I'm sorry, but I don't own Imperial Assault or the companion app, so when I see an update like this I'm truly not sure if it's a big or small deal. That said, how about I just post the update contents and then let you decide? [In a shocking development, Dave chose the easiest path. Way to go, tiger! -ed.]

Fantasy Flight wrote:
- Enemy groups added to all products in the Collection Manager
- Updates to in-game camera
- Minor bug fixes to campaign and tutorial content


I'll be honest here, this doesn't seem like too much of a big deal, but what do I know? [very little -ed.] Regardless, the companion app is free to download, so go ahead and pick it up or update it or just don't play the game, like me! [what a knob -ed.]

- Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance for iOS Universal, free
- Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance for Android, free
- Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance for PC/Mac, free



Meteorfall is a New Card Game for Mobile and It's Great
You might have noticed that I haven't posted in an age here at iOS Board Games. It's not you, it's me. Truthfully, it's the App Store. January is simply a doldrums when it comes to digital board game news. It took an original card game to shake me from my torpor and get back out here and post. That card game is Meteorfall and it's awesome.

Meteorfall is a deck-builder/roguelike, that same wonderful blend that brought us gems like Dream Quest and Solitairica. Here you'll play as one of four typical RPG classes (Rogue, Cleric, Mage, Fighter), battle monsters and add cards to your deck, making it a death-dealing machine.

The goal is to advance through each realm on the map and, eventually, destroy the evil Lich. Each realm, however, has its own boss as well as monsters, treasures, temples, blacksmiths, etc. Fighting is the heart of the game and it's so simple, yet rewarding, that it should be labeled as an addictive substance. It's basically Tinder, where you swipe left or right based on if you want to use or discard a card. Using a card costs Stamina, whereas discarding it gains Stamina. You want to maximize your damage, but you also need to make sure you have enough Stamina to use the revealed cards. There's nothing worse than wasting your last few Stamina on a crappy attack card only to have a powerful card come up that you cannot now afford to play.

The game is incredibly simple and perfect for playing for a few minutes while on the go or spending an whole evening with on the couch. I wrote a whole review of Meteorfall over at my site, Stately Play, if you're interested. You can find it here.

Meteorfall is available for iOS Universal and Android and costs $3 with no IAP to worry about.

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





The Room: Old Sins Is Latest In Classic Puzzler Line
If you've played any of the previous The Room series of games, you'll know what to expect with the latest entry, The Room: Old Sins. It doesn't do anything to shake things up, but it doesn't need to. The Room games are some of the best mobile has to offer.

For those of you not in the know, The Room: Old Sins is a puzzle game in which you'll use your touchscreen to pull, prod, push, and twist your way to answers. It's basically like a digital puzzle box on acid. Most of the puzzles feel like they could exist in the real world, mechanical and elegant, but there's also a Lovecraftian-esque horror going on under the surface and that means you'll have to look for things hidden from human eyes.

I adore all of the games in the series, and have been playing and enjoying Old Sins as well. If you're a puzzle fan, or like working with your hands, give The Room: Old Sins a go. I wrote a review over at Stately Play if you want a little more info. You can find it here.

The Room: Old Sins is from Fireproof Games and is currently available for iOS Universal. All the other Room titles also released on Android, so I would expect it to show up there at some point down the road.

- The Room: Old Sins for iOS Universal, $5


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We continune our coverage of hybrid board games with this semi-regular feature: the Hybrid Lab.

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