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Digidiced, the company that has brought many board game classics to digital platform, now brings us Indian Summer.  You may be familiar with the many Uwe Rosenberg games Digidiced already has in their inventory: Le Havre, Patchwork, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Cottage Garden,  and Bohnanza: The Duel.   The digital version allows players to play in solo mode against three different computer opponents, against friends in local multiplayer, or any player in online mode.  It also includes an asynchronous mode that provides notifications when it is your turn.  The interactive tutorial easily teaches new players how to play the game.  The game is available now on both the Apple App Store and in Google Play.  A Steam version is soon to be released.  Visit Digidiced to learn more about the digital version of Indian Summer.

For a while now Tabletopia has been the digital sandbox in which creators could digitize their boards games without changing much.  In fact there isn’t even an AI to enforce the rules, so how you play the game on your table, is how you would play the game in Tabletopia.  Up until now though the system has been only available on your PC or your iDevices, but now that has changed with the release of the Android version of Tabletopia.  Now you will be able to play digital adaptations of popular games like Champions of Midgard, Sub Terra, Tuscany, and more on your android devices.  You can check out the Google Play store for more information and to download the app.

Exodus: Proxima Centauri was designed by Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac, and released in 2012 by NSKN Games. Both Sam and Tom listed it in their Top 10 Space Games of 2018.

Now the game is being released in a digital form on Steam on August 17th, 2018.

“And so the Exodus began… after a war that lasted only 83 days, Earth has been reduced to a nuclear wasteland. Nine factions fled the planet in search of a new home among the stars. Only six survived the journey before encountering the Centaurians, an advanced alien race, who guided the remains of humanity to safety in the Proxima Centauri star system. Now each faction vies for control, exploiting resources and Centaurian technologies, and battling each other to become the leader of the next chapter for the human race.” [source]

Players take control of one of 6 factions and try to grow their empire. The game progresses through a series of turns where players seek to take control of planets and resources, sometimes through direct confrontation. Exodus Proxima: Centauri is a 4x game which includes elements of eXploration, eXtermination, eXploitation, and eXpansion.

The digital game, developed by Offworld Games, will be available on Windows and Mac systems via the Steam store with fairly low system requirements.

Related: The Dice Tower videos and podcasts featuring Exodus Proxima: Centauri

Artipia Games have announced the digital app for their board game, Among the Stars developed by Cublo Games. It’s available on iOS and Android.

“Among the Stars takes place in a war-ravaged galaxy where the warring alien races have declared peace in the wake of a threat with the potential to destroy them all. An Alliance is established to build space stations throughout the galaxy in order to promote trade among the races, strengthen diplomatic relations, and defend against this impending threat. Each player takes the role of one of those races trying to build the greatest space station. Through card drafting, the players select locations, and use these to build their station, scoring victory points based on the placement. The construction lasts four years, and the alien race with the most points at the end wins.” [source]

The digital game features a single player campaign where players can face AI opponents with 2 levels. There is also a 3-4 player, asynchronous network multiplayer game with push notifications, and a local multiplayer (pass & play) option.

It features over 120 cards, 8 races, 8 objectives, achievements and leader boards, and an in-game tutorial and manual. The Among the Stars digital app will be available in English, German, and Polish, though more languages will be available soon.

Asmodee Digital have released Xenoshyft 2.0 which includes the expansion, Xenoshyft: Dreadmire, as an in-app purchasable DLC.

“The military team for the NorTec Corporation are no strangers to battles with hostile alien forces. In the pursuit of the valuable resource Xenosathem, they have set up shop on another planet’s surface in XenoShyft: Dreadmire. They knew it would be only a matter of time before the local inhabitants, the Brood, took notice and launched an attack on the base. However, there are more dangers on this planet than the vicious Brood. The NorTec team also have to deal with unstable climate conditions that provide cover for the aliens and make defending the base that much harder. It’s an all-out battle for survival, and only the brave, or maybe the lucky, will get off this rock and get home to be paid.” [source]

The digital app is based on the Xenoshyft: Onslaught board game and it’s expansion, Xenoshyft: Dreadmire published by CMON. Xenoshyft is a co-operative deckbuilder in which you have to manage limited resources in the form of weapons, troops, scientific research, base defenses, and formidable vehicles to survive the increasingly difficult waves of alien hordes descending upon you.

Xenoshyft 2.0 is available on the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Steam.

AXIO is Reiner Knizia’s redesign of the older game Ingenious, and is a simple abstract strategy game where you just place a tile each turn and score the shapes.  When you score you will score only the shapes matching the tile you put down, and that are connected to that shape in that row or column.  That means as you get shapes to be placed together, the more points you will score in one go.  But that isn’t all there is to it, there are also pyramids that you can place down when you surround an empty space, giving you a points boost just when you might need it.  And why might you need that boost?  Well that is because at the end of the game, your final score is the lowest value on your score track, so you need to make sure you are scoring evenly.

The AXIO Octa app uses all the same rules and scoring, but instead of placing squares you are placing octagons, and there is no pyramid to place so scoring evenly becomes extra important.  The apps come with solo play, online play, and team play as well as in game achievements that you can get.  Art is okay but considering the art of the original (or lack there of) this isn’t too much of a detraction.  You can download the app today on either Android or iPhone, and both will run you about $4.

Fantasy Flight Interactive has announced that the first title they plan to release will be The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game. Based on the popular co-operative card game released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2011, the game has players participating in cooperative scenario based adventures controlling the heroes of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Fantasy Flight Interactive is making the digital version available on Steam in early December to a closed beta group as a single player title. Players can then purchase on the Founder’s Packs to access the full game experience. Founder’s Packs will include additional content, in game currency, and more.

The original game featured a strong bond between both the compelling narrative of Middle Earth, taking place predominantly between the adventure of Bilbo and Frodo, and a revolutionary cooperative gaming system. As one of the most popular early cooperative games players had to work together to defeat the evil Sauron, who was represented by an encounter deck filled with locations, enemies, and other treacheries.

Players in the digital implementation will still control three heroes with 30 card decks based on the four influence spheres – Leadership, Tactics, Spirit, and Lore.

The digital implementation of the game removes much of the maintenance work that players had to manage in the original version. In the new iteration of the game players focus on the Planning and Adventuring phases. The AI will handle playing cards from Sauron’s deck and the responsibilities enemies have in engaging heroes. Players will now get to focus on their own choices rather than game maintenance.

Each scenario includes instructions on win conditions, while all scenarios are lost if the three heroes die or the ever increasing threat level reaches the maximum. With over 100 expansions currently available for the game, Fantasy Flight Digital will have plenty of material to choose from in building and growing the digital universe of the game.

 

Things got super busy in my neck of the woods and so last week got lost in the shuffle, but luckily for us most KS campaigns last a month, so I can pick up right where I left off and show you all some quality Kickstarters to check out.  First up is is a new game in a previously established universe, and that is Chronicles of Frost from NSKN Games, a deck building game set in the Mistfall universe.  In this adventure each hero player will have an exploration quest and a search quest that they will have to accomplish in order to win the game.  Playing the game is similar to other deck builders with some differences, mainly the exertion system that NSKN has come up with.  What this does is that every card available has a normal ability and an exertion add on, meaning that if you perform the action and then spend the skills or health to exert yourself, you increase the effectiveness of that card quite a bit.  But there is a limit to how much you can exert yourself, so you have to use it carefully as you go along.  When you use cards they will give you better equipment, movement/exploration points to explore the board, attack power, and resolve, the currency in the game.  Build up your hero and take on the monsters roaming the land to complete your quests and win.  For more info you can check out the Kickstarter campaign to be able to back for your own copy.

Up next is a campaign aimed mostly at the ladies in the gaming world, and that is board game jewelry called Tabletop Talismans.  This campaign is offering people the opportunity to get necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and even earrings featuring the quintessential board game piece, the meeple.  This meeple is a shiny aluminum version so that it is durable, light weight, and shines nicely in the light, and is being offered in several different colors.  So if you want to get some meeple themed jewelry, check out their Kickstarter page.

Next on the list is a sequel/expansion to the game Best Treehouse Ever, and that is Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun.  This expansion takes the original games and brings it into the forest, and with it some new mechanisms to help spice up the gameplay.  At it’s heart this is a drafting game where you are drafting different rooms to place in your treehouse to score the most points each round.  With the game being moved to the forest you now have additional bits like unique player powers based on where you are in the forest, animal cards that score based on room placement, and brand new room cards for a fresh game.  Of course this can be mixed with the original game, and there are even included rules to play the game with 8 people, so if you enjoyed the first game, this will just give you more of what you love.  To get this game you will have to hurry, the campaign ends on the 9th so check it out!

 

After that we have the digital game of the article, and that is One Deck Dungeon Digital from Handelabra Games.  This campaign was originally a stretch goal from the One Deck Dungeon Forest of Shadows Kickstarter, but they didn’t make it during that campaign so the digital adaptation was put on hold.  However, with Asmadi partnering with Handelabra Games, the possibility of a digital version of the game has been revived and launched on Kickstarter.  So in this campaign you will be getting the game One Deck Dungeon in digital format through steam.  This means that now where ever you have a computer with steam on it, you can pull out this highly rated solo game and delve through the dungeon.  The game includes everything from the base game, an excellent layout with all needed information easily accessible, a campaign mode, and animations and graphics to elevate the game from it’s physical counterpart.  So if you are looking for a nice digital version of the game, check out this Kickstarter today.

Next up is a game from Ankama Games, makers of the highly regarded Krosmaster Arena, where you are trying to scare students out of their wits.  Monster Slaughter is a game where you take command of different groups of monsters like vampires, werewolves, zombies,  or golem to scare some students.  On your turn you will take actions by rolling dice, and based on the number of successes you get will determine if the action succeeds, how much damage you do, or how many cards you can draw.  This is a competitive game where each player has a specific order in which they want to eliminate the students in, and so you will be playing cards to help yourself, but also help the students if they are getting picked on too soon for you.  Everything about the game is quick and light and in the end, whoever matched the elimination order the best will be the winner.  So if this monster movie type game is your speed, check out the Kickstarter page.

And finally we have the reprint of the list, and that’s the Folklore: The Affliction second printing.  Folklore: The Affliction is the horror themed RPG board game which aimed to turn a typical pencil and paper RPG into a self contained game.  In this game you are fighting the evil that has come upon the land, wolves, ghosts, vampires, and the undead.  Like an RPG you will be traveling around the world using a map of the land, and as you reach places in the world you will be able to zoom down onto adventure maps which are a couple tiles in size to explore that area.  You will play over a series of chapters to make up an entire campaign, and each of those chapters are playable within about an hour, allowing you to still play and progress the story even if you don’t have a lot of time.  So if you missed out on the first campaign, or if you heard great things and want to get into it now, check out the Kickstarter page today.

Vlaada Chvátil’s fantastic civilization building game Through The Ages now has a digital version available. Through the Ages is easily considered one of the best board games of recent history, having its newest edition ranked at #2 on BGG. Czech Games Edition has made the mobile app available for both iOS and Android. You can read the full press release from CGE here.

Along the same vein, Temple Gates Games and Rio Grande Games have announced a digital version of Roll For The Galaxy. The popular dice game version of Race For The Galaxy hit the board game world by storm in 2015, and has consistently been at the top of the charts. The digital version will be made available for iOS, Android and Steam, and is being designed by Keldon Jones, who was responsible for the AI on the Race for the Galaxy app. You can read the full press release here.

Z-Man Games has announced the new 2018 Season of Pandemic Survival. Pandemic Survival is the competitive team version of the award winning cooperative classic, pitting teams of 2 against the same scenario: same roles, same cards, same infected cities, same situation.  Tournaments are held across the glode, leading up to the World Championships, with the grand prize being a trip to any city on the Pandemic map. For more information on the 2018 Survival Series, read the full press release here.