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First on the list of news in the board game app world is that Zombie Dice on iOS, after being dormant for nearly 7 years, has reanimated and been updated for modern devices.  Now if you are running the latest version of the iOS on your phone or tablet, you will be able to have some fun rolling virtual dice as a zombie now.  You can head over to the App Store now and download the new version for free.

Next a new expansion was announced to the popular Terra Mystica app, and this expansion brings in all the goodies from the Fire and Ice expansion of the board game into the app realm.  This means you will be able to play with all six of the factions in the expansion, from the powerful Yetis to the rule breaking Shapeshifters.  Also being included in this expansion will be a new level of AI, hard level, giving experienced players new challenges in the game.  Expected release for the expansion is the first quarter of 2018, so expect to see it available in the app soon.  You can download Terra Mystica and preview the new factions on the DigiDiced website.

Last, and by no means least, an old series of gamebooks is being converted into an app called Fighting Fantasy Legends.  The book series was called Fighting Fantasy, and was a creation of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone that was published in the 80s.  The books themselves were a mix of choose your own adventure and role playing where you would be choosing the path you would go, but would also be rolling dice for things like combat.  The books were very popular and although they have gone through several publishing companies, they are still available today.  Now, however, Nomad Games has decided to adapt some of these books, City of Thieves, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and Citadel of Chaos, into an app.  In the game you will exploring the different areas and using cards and dice to perform actions and do battle while deciding who you will help.  As you level up you will improve your dice making you stronger, and with tons of choices to be made in a single game, each play to be different than the last.  So if you were a fan of the original books, check out the Youtube trailer and then head on over to the Days of Wonder blog for links to purchase the game in your preferred app store.

Nomad Games, an independent video games developer and publisher best known for their digital version of Talisman, announces their newest licence, Fighting Fantasy, in conjunction with Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, co-founders of Games Workshop and creators of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

Fighting Fantasy Legends, a card-based role-playing video game from the familiar gamebook universe, will become available this summer on Steam, iOS, and Android. Players will collect cards and power up their dice during the exploration of Allansia, the continent that provides the setting for the three books featured in the game: City of Thieves, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and The Citadel of Chaos.

“Tricky decisions lurk around every corner as the player advances through decks of cards themed to their location, including cities, dungeons and more.”

dragonmeet

On December 6th, 2014, the Dragonmeet Tabletop Gaming Convention will be held at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court & ILEC Convention Center in London.  Hailed as “one of the most vibrant tabletop gaming conventions and the largest of it’s kind in London,” Dragonmeet offers a wide variety of activities and opportunities such as tabletop gaming of all varieties, cosplay, book signings, industry panels, tournaments, art shows, and a huge exhibitor hall.

Featured celebrity guests include well-known fantasy authors Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, authors of the beloved Fighting Fantasy game books and cofounders of Games Workshop, as well as Joe Dever, author of the Lone Wolf series.

Dragonmeet will also feature a “Bring and Buy” event, in which attendees can bring their old games and gear to sell in order to free up some cash for new releases.  To do so, you will need to fill out a form on the Dragonmeet site and register for the event.

Dragonmeet will feature many of the hottest releases from Essen.  Registration for the event costs £10 at the door and £8 in advance.  To register for the event, follow this link HERE.