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Passtally is a new tile laying game coming soon from Pandasaurus Games and designer Masaki Suga (須賀 正樹). In Passtally, 2-3 players take turns laying elongated hexagonal tiles on a board full of weaving paths, reminiscent of the classic game Tsuro. Players have pieces at the borders of the board, marking the ends of certain paths. Tiles change the underlying paths, and tiles can be placed on top of previous tiles, building up layers. Players score by tracing lines between their pieces, integrating the placed tiles, trying to use higher stacked tiles to gain more points. Passtally is one of those rare games which is elegant to look at, simple to teach, but deep in strategy. Look for Passtally in stores in late June.

Calliope Games has announced a new Tsuro game, Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, coming in 2019. Tsuro (2004) by Tom McMurchie, and its followup Tsuro of the Seas (2012) by Tom McMurchie and Jordan Weisman are well regarded abstract family games, in which 2-8 players take turns placing tiles in a grid. Each tile continues several curving paths. Each player has a token on one specific path, and must move along the path as it grows. Therefore, new tiles have the possibility of moving a token off the board, and eliminating that player. Little is known about the details of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, except that it will be featured soon during PAX Unplugged, November 30 through December 2.

Board games apps continue to flow as they are a great way to play some of our favorite board games where ever we want, like Tsuro and Cottage Garden.  The Tsuro update is something that just recently launched on the iOS platform as the latest iOS update included tech to be able to utilize augmented reality.  Augmented reality is basically where you can look on your phone for a view of what is front of you, overlaid with information, objects, or other things digitally.  What this means is that now you can “play” Tsuro on your real life table via your iPhone.  Is this really necessary?  No, but it is a cool next step for technology to be able to now see the digital board game on the table in front of you, although still on your screen.  You can download the update now on the App Store.

The second announcement is that another of Uwe Rosenburg’s polyomino games was released today, Cottage Garden.  The app was designed by the company DigiDiced, known for faithfully and effectively translating other games of his to the digital space.  Of course it comes with a list of great features including:

• 2-4 players locally, online or even cross-platform
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• Worldwide ranked multiplayer and casual play with your friends
• fast real time games or asynchronous games with 24 hour time limit per turn
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with playback
• 3 different computer opponents

You can find out more about the app on their website.

Released today with Cottage Garden was Smash Up, by Nomad Games Ltd (II) and published by Asmodee Digital. It’s features are:

– Online Cross-platform multiplayer: 2 to 4 players
– Play with 4 players or solo against the AI
– 9 faction decks, including the base game set and more: Zombies, Aliens, Dinosaurs, Ninjas, Pirates, Robots, Tricksters, Wizards & Geeks
– Random or manual faction selection
– Fully automated scoring
– Tutorial system plus ‘Step Through’ and ‘Review’ modes to help players learn
– Leader boards & Achievements
– Contains 16 Base cards to compete over
– Languages available: English, French, German

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What were some of the best April Fools jokes from board game publishers for 2015? Clever Move has an article with their top 5 of them here.

It includes the maybe not an April Fools joke from Dice Hate Me Games for a Kickstarter called ‘Meta games for Small Pockets’. It was a short run and is already over and funded. Backers will get two small games from Dice Hate Me Games Rabbits line of card games (their smallest and usually simplest games). The first game is called ‘Deck Building: The Deck Building Game, a deck building game about building decks.

Deck Building: The Deck Building Game combines the thrill of building your deck with the excitement of building your deck! It comes with 50 artisanally-crafted 70mm square cards, 15 translucent plastic “stain” tokens, and a rules sheet.

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The second is called ‘Unpub: The Unpublished Card Game‘ in which players will combine cards with a theme, core mechanic, and game components to pitch games and the one with the best pitch wins.

Unpub: The Unpublished Card Game is a 20-30 minute party game for 3 to 8 players. The game comes with 54 cards, each featuring a possible game theme, a core mechanic, and game components that the players will use to craft a game idea. Each round, one player acts as publisher and uses an element from one of their cards to inspire the designers to pitch a game using two of the other three elements on cards in their hand.  The best game pitch gets a publishing contract!

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Also included in the list is a new faction for Imperial Settlers, a new game from Gamewright, a new version of Fluxx from Looney Labs, and finally Tsuro Soap from Calliope Games. If you looking for a good chuckle be sure to check out the article here.