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App News: Imperial Assault Companion App Imminent and Mysterium Starts Telling Secrets & Lies

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Imperial Assault Companion App, Legends of the Alliance, On the Way
Ever since Fantasy Flight Games launched their automated GM app for Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition), Road to Legend, people have been clamoring for news of a similar app for FFG's Star Wars based dungeon crawler, Star Wars: Imperial Assault. We knew it was being worked on, but that was about it until yesterday when FFG revealed that the app would be called Legends of the Alliance and that it will be coming very soon.

The app is similar to the Road to Legend app in that it removes the need for a GM, so all players can play cooperatively on the same side. It will tell you what tiles to lay, where to place baddies, and even control the bad guys when it's their turn. It can even track your characters through a campaign, keeping track of their earned abilities and equipment from session to session. That last part will be necessary because the app will also come with a new five mission campaign that begins right after the first Death Star goes kaboom at the end of A New Hope (spoilers!).

Much like the Descent and Mansions of Madness: Second Edition apps before it, Legends of the Alliance will scale based on which physical sets you own. The more cardboard you own, the more missions unlock. That said, you can play the new five mission campaign using only the materials found in the base game of Imperial Assault.

No word on when Legends of the Alliance will actually land on the App Store, but we have been told we can expect it for iOS, Android, and Steam very soon. We'll let you know when it hits.



Mysterium Expands With Secrets & Lies
Of all the digital board games published in the last year by Asmodee Digital, the weirdest choice was probably Mysterium (2017 / Mobile). A cooperative, real-time game that relies on player communication and discussion just seemed like an odd fit for mobile. That said, it ended up working pretty well and the multiplayer experience is actually quite fun. Last night Mysterium became an even bigger draw when the Mysterium: Secrets & Lies expansion arrived.

Secrets and Lies adds a bunch of new cards including 18 new "story" cards which let the investigators search for a Why the ghost was offed in addition to the Where and Who.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
- New expansion "Secrets & Lies" available:
Discover 6 new suspects (including Count Warwick himself), 6 new locations and 6 new items. And for the first time, experience a brand new game mode, thanks to the 19 story cards which are able to replace items for ever more mystery-filled games!
- AI improvements based on analytics of users decisions
- Tweaking psychic AI in story mode when the player is the ghost
- Various Bug fixes


The new expansion is available now on iOS, Android, and Steam and costs $2 via IAP.

- Mysterium for iOS Universal, $5
- Mysterium for Android, $5
- Mysterium for PC, $10
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The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us in the US. That means holiday shopping has reached a fever pitch!

It also means, it's time for digital board game sales. This year we're going to try something a bit different. Follow the link below for a Google Spreadsheet that we'll update as we hear about new sales:

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Digital Board Game Sales

Know about a sale we don't have on the list? Let us know in the comments or via geekmail.
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First Look: Flipflop Solitaire
Availability: iOS
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First Look: Catan Universe

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Availability: iOS, Android
Price: Free with IAP
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App News: Catan Universe Arrives on Mobile, Carrier Battles For Guadalcanal Gets Another Update and more...

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Catan Universe Released on iOS and Android
There's been a digital version of Catan (2007) for so long, I'm not sure Brad was even born when it was released (he's really young...like 12 or something). Last week, for some reason, a new version of Catan (2017 / Mobile) was unleashed onto mobile called Catan Universe. No, it's not a space-themed Catan, it's just a new way to play the same game of Catan we always used to play. Weird.

Catan Universe is a free-to-play version of Catan that lets you play, for free, against two other humans. I think it also has solo play, because nothing is more fun than trading with a computer. I'm not really sure what's going on, but I do know that there's an in-game currency which, I'm guessing you can earn by playing or via credit card, and that you'll use that to unlock new modes like Seafarers or Knights & Cities.

Due to my ignorance [and laziness -ed.] I'm going to blurb a bunch here:

Go on a journey to the Catan universe, and enter into exciting duels against players from all over the world. The board game classic and the Catan card game bring a real table top feeling to your screen, with brand new graphics.

Play the basic board game in multi-player mode, and the introductory game of “Catan – The Duel” free of charge. You can also master the free “Arrival on Catan”, to permanently unlock the single player and custom match mode for the “Arrival on Catan” scenario, to play against the AI or with your friends.

For even more variety, unlock the complete basic game, and the expansions “Cities & Knights” and “Seafarers” as in-app purchases, defend yourself against barbarian invasions, journey to new shores, and compete against cunning computer opponents.

Play with your Catan Universe account on the device of your choice: You can use your login on numerous desktop and mobile platforms! Become part of the huge worldwide Catan community, and compete against players from all over the world, and on all supported platforms!

Features:

- Settle - trade - build - become ruler of Catan!
- Play on all your devices with one account
- Faithful reconstruction of the board game “Catan” and the card game “Catan – The Duel”
- Design your own avatar
- Chat with other players
- Form guilds
- Play numerous achievements and unlocks
- Get additional expansions and play modes as in-app purchases
- Start very easily with the comprehensive tutorial

Features in development:

- Fight tournaments as guilds or for your own glory.
- Prove yourself in numerous additional expansions.

Free-to-play content:

- Basic game free matches against two other human players
- “Arrival on Catan” – permanently unlock single-player and custom-match modes against friends, or against the AI
- Introductory game free matches: Catan duel
- Registration bonus of 100 gold and 2 scrolls – unlock expansions and complete access to auto match, single player and custom matches with scrolls for a limited time
- Further scrolls by leveling up


Now that, my friends, is how you blurb it.

Want to give this new version of Catan a go? It won't cost you a penny. At least not right away.

- Catan Universe for iOS Universal, free
- Catan Universe for Android, free
- Catan Universe for Kindle, free
- Catan Universe for PC via Steam, free



Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal Updates Again
In these rather news-free times of the year, we can always count on one thing: our favorite iOS war game getting an update. That's because Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal is always getting updated. Seriously, I don't think its designer, Cyril Jarnot, has taken a day off since it released a few years back. Go take a nap, Cyril!

Anyway, the new update brings CBfG to version 2.2.1 and includes the following:

Cyril Jarnot wrote:
The 2.2 brings a new scenario occuring early 1942
The US carriers were raiding Japanese position everywhere to avenge Pear Harbor

The 2.1 has mainly concentrated on naval forces
They are now smaller (12 ships) which requires careful composition and open new tactical opportunities
The naval torpedo system has been reworked with limited ammunition and reduced power. This is balancing surface battles although the Imperial Japanese Navy remains a dangerous opponent


Not as major an update as some in the past, but consider the 2.0 update included adding multiplayer, I think we can give Cyril a pass.

If you're a grognard looking for some good hex & counter action on your iPad, look no further. This is the best you'll find on the App Store.

- Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal for iPad, $5



Pathfinder Adventures Gets an Update
It's been a while since I've talked about my favorite mobile game of 2016, Pathfinder Adventures. That's not because I love it any less, simply because 2017 has been so crazy with other great releases I haven't had a lot of time to spend flinging cards at Goblins.

Sadly, the world doesn't revolve around me and the developers at Obsidian Entertainment keep working on the game even when I'm not playing it. Strange, I know. This week they released a big patch that didn't add any new content, but did target a bunch of niggling bugs and other community issues which sounds like the perfect intro for a blurb:

Obsidian wrote:
New Feature

A new set of dice! The Asmodee Magma Dice are in. This dice set is free to all users who create an Asmodee account or have an existing Asmodee account linked to their device. Once you have the dice you can assign them to a character like you would any other dice.

Top Community Issue

Unicode Support for character nicknames. Characters will no longer become unavailable and will properly display their nicknames throughout the game.

Other Fixes

Progression Break
-Post act events were sometimes stuck in the roll state because the state was not advanced
-Game sometimes crashed when evaluating a card filter

Card
-Card power effect boost was not deactivating so the effect was never removed when canceling a card. We're looking at you Orbs!
-Damage reduction effects were not applied during global damage iterators
-Before You Act damage which skipped the player had dice applied twice (double damage)
-Map move ignoring move restrictions only worked when multiple targets were involved
-Card power examine sometimes ran its callbacks multiple times
-Clear all the card type marks after the ambush phase finishes
-When using Vicious Trident against Leng Spider, check now refreshes correctly to Combat
-Fixed Mokmurian so it won't continually apply -1 to your check even if you cancel using Orb of firestorm
-Fixed BYA and AYA damage failing to be mitigated when discarding Blue Warder to explore the location in All Areas.
-Fixed when the BYA deals 2 damage instead of 1 damage to the first off-turn character when the active character encounters Jaagrath Kreeg in All Areas.
-Fixed when using the Blessing of Nethys, if used to encounter a monster with BYA, encountering the monster twice
-Fixed bonus die being granted from power remains if player cancels discarding a Polearm weapon
-Fixed If you use an item to mitigate BYA damage, you cannot use an item to mitigate combat damage
-Fixed when using stride and moving another person into a bar table, the moved character does not take damage
-Fixed Sunwrought Kyra being unable to learn Enemy Lore: Outsider
-Fixed Summon Monster not activating Ezren's Expanded Spellbook

Character
-Recharge/discard character power was not marked active so it was never disabled

Other
-When boosting a combat check, sometimes the dice/check was not refreshed
-Fixed mobile keyboards displaying password on the autocomplete bar when inputting Asmodee login information


Go ahead and update if you're a longtime player. If you haven't checked out Pathfinder Adventures yet, what's the matter? It was the best game released in 2016, and it's free to download. Sure, all the extra content is going to cost you, but it's worth it.

- Pathfinder Adventures for iOS Universal, free
- Pathfinder Adventures for Android, free
- Pathfinder Adventures for PC/Mac via Steam, $15



Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game on Steam is Good
This is just a reminder in case you've forgotten: The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game from Evil Hat Productions is going digital. Wait, change that. It HAS gone digital. The fine folks at Hidden Achievement have already brought it to Steam for PC/Mac and it should be coming to iOS and Android soon.

The reason I'm brining this up is because we've posted a review at my other site, Stately Play. Head over there to read the whole thing, but know that our reviewer, Nick, liked the digital port quite a bit. I usually wouldn't cross-post like this, but I know there are a lot of you interested in the digital version of Dresden Files and I wanted to make sure you knew it was out on Steam and coming to iOS/Android.

That's all the shameless self-promotion I can handle for one day. Whew.

- Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game for PC/Mac via Steam, $20


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Nintendo Switch for Board Gamers

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Hey All,

As you all know, I'm a big fan of portable gaming. It's part of why I play digital board games. Unsurprisingly, I've been a fan of the Switch since day one.

With holiday shopping approaching, I wanted to share 10 games I've loved on the Switch that I think are a great fit for board gamers. So, if you are picking one up for your kids or were maybe curious yourself, this is a good place to start as board game fan.

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First Look: 7 Wonders

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Availability: iPad only, Android Tablet release on December 20
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App News: Asmodee Takes over Talisman, Mansions of Mansions Updates, Zach Gage Is An Evil Genius and more...

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Talisman Is Now Being Published By Asmodee Digital
Once we learned that Asmodee Digital was publishing the Nomad Games Ltd (II) developed Smash Up, we should have known it was only a matter of time before Talisman: Digital Edition fell under their domain as well. Earlier today, Talisman became an Asmodee published title.

We've heard of Asmodee Digital publishing games for non-Asmodee titles before, even coming in and taking over publishing duties after the game has already been released, so it doesn't seem like this will affect us, the players, too much other than it will give Nomad some capital and the ability to pump out more content, although how much more they can possibly fit into Talisman remains to be seen.

They're going to try, however, as Asmodee has announced that a new expansions will be released by the end of 2017, Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Harbinger Expansion. This will include 75 Harbinger Cards, 10 new Spell Cards, 10 Terrain Cards, 32 Omen Cards, 2 Alternative Endings, 3 new characters and the Harbinger, a mysterious figure warning of the apocalypse to come. Spooky! It's good news because, unlike a lot of games, Talisman gets better the more stuff you throw at it.

We'll keep an eye out for the Harbinger expansion, and also see if we can poke around in Asmodee's brain to see what else this new collaboration might lead to. Stay tuned.

- Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS Universal, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Android, $4
- Talisman: Digital Edition for Kindle, $3
- Talisman: Digital Edition for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $8



Mansions of Madness App Updates to Include Streets of Arkham
One of the best (if not the best) uses of electronics in a board game comes from Fantasy Flight Games's Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. It's a truly wonderful gaming experience, so when more content lands, we feel it's worth a mention. Last Thursday the latest physical expansion, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Streets of Arkham, landed in your FLGS and, on the same day, the app was updated to include the new expansion's material.

The update includes new investigators, monsters, cards, and everything you'd expect a new expansion to have. It also has a bunch of new tiles and three new scenarios with all new locations to hang out in. One of the new scenarios is a "mystery" in which you have to deduce which artifact is causing all the problems at the museum. They even mention you should have pen and paper along to write down clues. Color me intrigued. Wondering if the artifact changes each go around, making the scenario replayable over and over? It will be a while before I get a chance to give it a go, so if anyone's played it, let us know in the comments.

Besides all the new content, the app was also updated with Czech and Chinese localization of the core scenarios and the ever-present bug fixes.

- Mansions of Madness Companion for iOS Universal, free
- Mansions of Madness Companion for Android, free
- Mansions of Madness for Kindle, free
- Mansions of Madness Companion for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, free



Zach Gage's latest, Flipflop Solitaire, Released
You might not of heard of Zach Gage, but you've probably played (or at least heard of) some of his games. He's incredibly prolific, and just about everything he's released has been critically praised. Games like Ridiculous Fishing, SpellTower, Sage Solitaire, and Really Bad Chess just to name a few. He released his latest title, Flipflop Solitaire, last week and it's just as mind-boggling and addictive as his other titles. Maybe more so.

Flipflop Solitaire takes the Klondike solitaire we all know and either love or hate, and turns it on its head by throwing out all the rules. Cards can be placed onto columns of any other color with the only restriction being that columns of different colors can't be moved whole cloth. Also, the sequence of cards can be either ascending or descending or both. So, you could play a 8 then a 7 then an 8 then a 9 and then an 8 all in the same column. The changes don't seem like much, but they make a game in which winning is predetermined by how the deck was shuffled into a game of skill and tactics where 99% of deals have a solution.

It's tons of fun, and it's free to download with ads. You can unlock the full game via a $3 IAP which I did and haven't regretted a bit. The game has different modes consisting of single-suit games (super easy) all the way up to 5 suit games (impossible) with full recording of win-loss stats and a bunch of other numbers so you can compare how you're doing against the world.

Flipflop Solitaire is available right now for iOS Universal. No word on an Android release.

- Flipflop Solitaire for iOS Universal, free





7 Wonders Coming Tomorrow
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App News: Sad News Regarding 7 Wonders

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Next Week the 7 Wonders Jokes Must Cease
Jokes about the never-imminent release of Antoine Bauza's SdJ winner, 7 Wonders have been a part of iOS Board Games lore for so long that I'm really going to be sad to see them go away. Why are they leaving? Because 7 Wonders is finally, really, for sure arriving on iPad next week on November 14.

Today, Repos Production posted in their latest TestFlight update for beta testers that the beta is ending next week followed by the iPad release on the 14 with the Android version coming on December 20th.

Repos wrote:
November 14th is the official release date of the application in the Apple Store. The Android version will be available December 20.

This last version is the realisation of long months of work, of testing, of listening to your feedbacks and we hope it will fulfil your expectations.

With your collaboration, we ran more than 37,500 games during more than 5000 hours.


I don't really have a lot more to say. Other than it's a sad, sad day for fans of 7 Wonders-related humor. Great day for fans of 7 Wonders, sure, but I'll be in the corner weeping.
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