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Steam, from Martin Wallace and Mayfair Games, is already chock full of expansion content and getting even more in the form of Map Expansion 5: Boxcar.  This release will feature two new maps – India and South East US – as well as an assortment of mini-expansions that can be added to other Steam maps.  From the press release:

New Action Tiles can be added to your games to change the dynamic of previous maps – The Surveyor, The Midnight Express, The Local Payoff, & Corporate Charity. The Gray Market Goods expansion adds a level of mystery to your goods supply and creates dual goods.

We’ve also included the previous mini-expansions that were only found as promos: Demanding Suppliers, City Growth Special Contractors, and the Five Way Town. In addition to all this, we’ve added more track tiles and have created new complex hard curve tracks.

The addition of promos as full retail release will undoubtedly be great news for many, but wait, there’s more!  A new Universal Display board is added allowing you to play expansions next to expansions maps rather than on top of the original board.  Finally, the box is designed to fit all existing Steam expansions and an updated omnibus of rules for all expansions.  Boxcar seems to be a very appropriate title for this release!  Get your tickets ready, Steam Map Expansion 5 releases in April 2016.

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Days of Wonder announced that their incredibly popular digital version of Ticket to Ride has been overhauled from the ground up to accommodate a mess of features. The new version is a free update to everyone who has bought the digital game before, or available on IOS, Android, and Steam.

“In addition to the exciting cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer mode, players will enjoy an intuitive user interface, new social media capabilities to share exciting moments, and fresh content such as the Indian map, the first vertical map to be available on Ticket to Ride digital.”

As a fan of Ticket to Ride and it’s digital installment, this is very good news – It is evidence that refinement of the game has not been neglected. With asynchronous multiplayer, sharing a game with friends from incredible distances or varying degrees of involvement is much more pleasant and reinforces casual play. The user interface now adapts to orientation and personal preference better, which is essential nowadays with how fast we juggle mobile devices. Plus, there’s more maps, and anyone who loves Ticket to Ride, physical or digital, always welcomes more maps. Overall, good stuff!

So if you don’t already own the game, I do recommend it if you’re a fan of the franchise, and it’s available on pretty much everything and even better than before.

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Privateer Press has announced that WARMACHINE: Tactics full version is now available on Steam.

WARMACHINE: Tactics now includes a full 20-mission single player campaign in addition to its robust skirmish and multiplayer modes.

This Steam version is based on the tabletop miniatures game by the same name. It is a turn-based, squad-level strategy game for PC and MAC. If you already own the tabletop version, perhaps you can think of this Steam game as a way to practice your strategies. Improving your skills against the computer or others online can only benefit you.

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LudemeGames presents Chess 2: The Sequel.  Said to be “actually pretty damn good” by Kotaku and “Hands-down the best strategy game on the OUYA” by Indie Statik is making it’s way to Steam and and iPad in the very near future.

Eurogamer says the design is “precision-honed but gleefully inventive” and that “Sirlin’s work here is dazzling.”. That is because Chess 2: The Sequel unifies aspects from modern game design with all that is great about chess while fixing problems from the classic that have long bothered grandmasters and beginners alike. The asymmetric army matchups strengthen chess’ strategic positional imbalances and remove the chore of memorized openings. Big Sushi says the new armies made them feel they had “opened up a whole new realm of chess”. The midline-invasion rule eliminates the slow, memorized endgame in favor of a climactic finish and expands the role of territory control in chess.

Indie game craftsman Zac Burns of Ludeme Games brings 8 years of AAA game development experience into the indie space and crafts games with respect for the player and the game. Indie Statik says “The visual design is gorgeous and shows a loving attention to detail”. Many features have been added to the OUYA version since the original release including correspondence play, native 1080p HD resolution, better lighting, and additional music. Many more features are coming and Chess 2: The Sequel will continue to be actively developed on all platforms.

• Cross platform play
• Six armies to choose from, midline invasion, and dueling
• A pleasant, cohesive experience fit for the “Game of Kings”
• Online multiplayer with competitive ranked matchmaking
• Unique and beautiful 2D and 3D piece sets for every army
• Real-time play and asynchronous Correspondence play (Play by homing pigeon)