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In the long history of Warhammer 40,000 (from Games Workshop), and it’s very long, almost 10,000 years long, no event has enthralled the minds of lore-hounds like The Horus Heresy.  Amidst a galaxy spanning quest to reunite the human empire, Horus the Warmaster, right hand of the Emperor, leader of tens of thousands of space marines, betrays his leader and attacks Terra.  He is joined, not just by almost half of existing space marines from other armies, but by the very gods of chaos themselves, goading and guiding Horus and his black-hearted legions in their betrayal.  Now you can relive this moment in Talisman: The Horus Heresy, a digital game coming soon from Nomad Games Ltd.

The Game is Talisman: The Horus Heresy and is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.

Up to four players will be able to take control of one or more of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, these Warlords will form vast companies of Space Marines, battalions of tanks and battlefleets of Spacecraft. They are the most powerful beings in the Galaxy and their followers are legion.

The teaser video shows brief glimpses at various components that will appear in the game.  More images can be found on the product page, linked above.  If you’re a fan of Talisman or the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this game should be on your list to investigate.  Expect to see it release some time next month for PC and Mac.

dice town app

Matagot has announced Dice Town, the fun fast dice game designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, is now an app available on iPad and iPhones. Dice Town is played by rolling custom dice that remain hidden under a cup, each player will select one of their dice to keep for free, other dice may be kept by spending $1, those that were not kept are re-rolled. This goes on until at least one player has chosen to keep all their die allowing the remaining players one last roll.

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The dice have six sides a nine of spades, ten of hearts, jack, queen, king, and ace of spades that are used to create poker hands and determine who will control the different areas of Dice Town and be allowed to take the benefits of that area. For example whoever rolls the most nines takes control of the gold mine and gets one gold nugget for each nine they rolled (worth points at the end of the game). Each of the six faces has a benefit like this that players will compete for, additionally there is a Town Hall area that goes to the player with the best poker hand. The player that wins control of the town hall is granted the first property tile that is face up they are also give an additional face up card for each ace they have in their hand for a maximum of three cards. These property tiles are worth various end game points and are usually valuable. Last but not least if a player did not win anything from the other areas there is a final spot called Doc Badluck that will give the poor player something for their troubles. Play continues until the gold nuggets or property cards are gone and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. This is just a brief overview of the game as the spaces that are not mentioned here add a lot to the overall strategy and play of Dice Town.

Dice Town looks like a lot of fun to play and the app is designed to have increasing levels of difficulty. All in all for the price it certainly looks worth it and I would certainly pick it up if I had a compatible device. You can find the announcement on the Matagot website here and you can head over to iTunes to purchase the app. If  a fun, fast, clever dice game is something you would like and if you like the app consider picking up a physical copy for offline fun at your FLGS/OLGS.

star wars dice
Fantasy Flight Games announces a significant update to their mobile application, the Star Wars Dice app for Android and iOS.  The app now allows players to roll digital dice for Imperial Assault and Star Wars: Armada, in addition to the app’s current support of X-Wing and all iterations of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Edge of the EmpireAge of Rebellion, and Force and Destiny.
When rolling dice for Imperial Assault or Star Wars: Armada, players will be able to preset commonly rolled dice combinations, and the app even includes seven types of general polyhedral dice that will suit players’  needs when they are playing a game other than one of FFG’s Star Wars titles.
View the full announcement of the update to the the Star Wars Dice app HERE.