digital board games

Cool Mini or Not has just started a Kickstarter campaign for a digital version of Eric Lang‘s 2015 mega-hit Blood Rage (BGG #27). The digital version is being produced by Exozet and looks amazing. Each region of the board looks different, with unique topology, climate and villages. All of the cards and figures are meticulously rendered in 3D, including new miniatures not seen before. The digital game includes network play for up to 4 players, solo play against the AI, and mixtures of the two. One of the most exciting aspects of the Kickstarter is the Physical Viking Pledge, which includes the actual miniatures for all of the new 3D assets along with the digital game. These include four new monsters: the Mountain Giantess, a new wolf called Garm, the Wolfwoman and the Seer Troll. Other models are the new Stag Clan with Mystics, 6 Golden Gods of Asgard miniatures, and new expansion cards for 5 players.

The Kickstarter for Blood Rage Digital continues through December 10, and is expected to deliver digital rewards in December 2019, and physical rewards in August 2019. Additionally, Kickstarter backers will be privy to a closed beta version of the game before release. For more information, check out the Kickstarter page or CMoN’s website.

Stone Blade Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing a digital version of their hit deck building game Shards of Infinity in collaboration with Temple Gates Games, makers of the digital versions of Race for the Galaxy  Shards of Infinity designed by Gary Arant and Justin Gary was Stone Blade’s followup to their immensely popular card game Ascension (2010), and hit the blooming deck-building market by storm. Shards has been positively regarded as an improvement on the standard head to head deck building game. In Shards, players fight head to head, trying to deplete their opponents health while improving their own Mastery. Mastery makes a players’ cards more powerful, and at 30 Mastery a player can employ their Infinity Shard, immediately defeating their opponent. The digital adaptation is expected in Spring 2019, on Android, iOS and Steam. For more details, you can read the press release from Stone Blade Entertainment here.

Mossbark Games has released a digital version of the award winning classic card game Morels from Two Lanterns Games and designer Brent Povis. Morels has players march down a line of cards foraging for mushrooms. Sets of like mushrooms can be cooked in a skillet for points, and additions such as butter can up the points further. Mushroom cards skipped over go to a waste pile which goes bad over time. Scavenge for those rare full moon mushrooms, but be careful of poisonous death angels which can ruin your whole batch. Mossbark worked closely with the designer to make a truly beautiful rendition, plus the digital version sports goodies such as 2 player asynchronous play, 3 levels of AI, local pass and play and achievements. Morels is available now for both Android and iOS.

GMT makes board games of strategy and war,  and Playdek makes digital boardgames. Now the two have come together to bring GMT history based war games to the digital frontier! In their own words,

“The ultimate goal of the partnership is to bring the best strategy games and global favorites to hobby gamers worldwide,  building a global community of online digital strategy gamers.”

Their first venture together will be to bring Labyrinth: The War On Terror to digital gamers later in 2018 to Steam. Later in 2019 a mobile version is to be released. Also in 2019 look for Imperial Struggle and the first installment of the COIN (Counter-Insurgency) to be released. Get all your favorite history/war games from GMT as boardgames and play them as they are produced in digital format by Playtek!

A digital game that is set to make its debut at GenCon at the Nauvoo booth from developer Digidiced is also ready for beta invites.

Stockpile, an economic board game with stockholding strategies of buying low and selling high, is combined with other mechanisms to keep players guessing.

Players act as investors hoping to strike it rich, with whomever makes the most money at the end of the game as winner, using both insider information and the stockpile.

Each round, the players are given insider information that will dictate how a stock’s value will change by the end of the round, helping them to decide when to buy and sell.

Players will purchase their stocks by bidding on the stockpiles – that is, piles of cards with a mixture of face-up and face-down cards placed by others. Trading fees can mess up the piles by making players pay more. Players will interact with one another by putting stocks and cards up for auction.

This is a heavy strategy execution game, with players deciding when to sell and when to hang on in hopes of being the majority shareholder.

The game will be available on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. It will feature online play as well as pass and play and 3 different computer opponent levels. It will also be available in a variety of languages worldwide.

More information can be found out here.

Challenge friends to travel throughout the city with your apprentices, make transactions, and collect rubies, all from your mobile device. You can play Istanbul anywhere!

Acram Digital announced a digital version of the 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner is now available for iOS and Android. The app features 100% of the original rules, a pass-and-play option, cross-platform online multiplayer options, and preset or randomly generated game boards.

You can play on the go against friends or an AI with three different levels of difficulty and individual strategies to unlock 70 different achievements. Right now, only the original version of the game is being offered but we can hope to see features from the expansions to be added in the

There are a variety of options created with this app including eight different languages English, German, Dutch, Polish, French, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Simplified. It also offers a color-blind mode to make the game available to even more players.

Istanbul is one of the best 100 board games of all time. We have used our experience, working on Eight-Minute Empire and Steam: Rails to Riches, to provide you the digital edition of this great game.

You can get it on IOS here and the Google Play store here.

Hot on the heels of Asmodee Digital’s announcement to bring popular board game titles to the Nintendo Switch™, Nomad Games announced they had acquired the rights to bring more of your favorite board games to the digital world.

Exclusive digital rights to Mystic Vale, Cat Lady and Space Base were acquired from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), in an effort to increase the number of games they’ll offer on a digital platform.While no dates were provided as to when you can start downloading these titles, they’ll join Smash Up (AEG), Talisman: Digital Edition (Games Workshop), and Fighting Fantasy Legends (Livingston & Jackson) for development on PC, mobile devices, and consoles including Nintendo Switch™ & and PlayStation® 4.

Nomad Managing Director, Don Whiteford:

“ This is an exciting year for us, building on the success of our established titles, and it’s a key point in our plan to bring together the growing worlds of cardboard and digital gaming. We are fortunate to have found excellent partners who share our vision. As well as classic franchises like. Fighting Fantasy and Talisman, we will be working with new cutting-edge game designs that are breaking new ground in the tabletop world. ”

For more information, head over to Nomad’s website.

Nintendo Switch is not currently a haven for playing modern board games, with available options topping out with titles like Othello and Monopoly. Yet, the hybridization of being able to play both at home and on the go with a Nintendo Switch could be a game changer with the right titles…

Enter Carcassonne – Asmodee Digital announced that it will be bring the fan-favorite Klaus-Jürgen Wrede game Carcassonne to the Switch platform during the winter quarter of this year, and while Carcassonne is already available digitally, the Switch platform has advantages that many gamers will find appealing over a phone app or Steam-based computer game. For one thing, the Switch screen is much bigger than an average cell phone, and physical Switch physical games are easy to trade or share. Also, players on the whole are more likely to play local couch co-op on a TV screen via a console, rather than on PC.

For those unfamiliar with the game from 2000 that started all of this excitement, check out its BGG page, but here is the quickest summation: Carcassonne is an easy to play, hard to master tile-laying game for 2-5  players in which over the course of 30 minutes or so you will be making decisions on to best control and influence the outcomes of different areas of tiles. Placing on the road as a robber, or cloistered away as a monk are two of the roles players can assign their people (called meeples) to in order to score the most points across the southern France landscape and claim victory!

But the Nintendo Switch and designer board game pairing likely does not start and end with Carcassonne…

quoting Pierre Ortolan, CEO of Asmodee Digital,

“Carcassonne is the first Asmodee Digital title of many to follow on Nintendo’s platforms.” 

Thus leading one to believe that Asmodee Digital would likely bring over the other titles that have already been crafted digitally on other platforms, such as: fellow gateway game Ticket to Ride, award-winning Terraforming Mars, and recent mega-hit Scythe. With these titles stemming from a single developer, it would already be a solid foothold for modern board games on a current generation video game console, and it would be easy to envision makers of other digital board game implementations also porting over their creations, such as: Alhambra, Kingdom Builder, Splendor, or Small World.

As a fan of digital board gaming, watching the video on Paste Magazine’s article got my meeple heart beating hard to lay down some farmers for the win.

 

Nomad Games and Asmodee Digital have signed an agreement to continue development of Talisman: Digital Edition. Talisman (1983) is a popular dungeon crawl board game, unfortunately now out of print following the separation of Asmodee / Fantasy Flight from Games Workshop last year.  The digital edition of Talisman has been available since 2013, has over 10 expansions, and enjoys a dedicated following on iOS, Android, consoles and Steam. Nomad also announced a new expansion in development, the Harbinger, based on the Harbinger expansion for the board game. You can read the full press release on Nomad Games’ website here.