Clank in Space Expands to the Cyber Station 11

It’s no secret that Clank in Space  (designed by Paul Dennen and published by Dire Wolf Digital and Renegade Game Studios) is one of my favourite games and I will always be willing to sit down and play it if I have time.

The Apocalypse expansion really adds to the game, so much so that I will always play with it if possible.

Now comes word that there’s a new expansion coming out in November!

Clank in Space: Cyber Station 11  will add some really cool stuff to the game.

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box cover from the Renegade Game Studios web site.

According to Boardgame Geek, this expansion was designed by Evan Lorentz and Tim McKnight.

In Cyber Station 11, you’re no longer trying to steal from Lord Eradikus. Instead, you’re dealing Commander Preon.

Let’s blurb this thing because there’s not a lot of information out there yet.

“Eager to prove her worth to Lord Eradikus, COMMANDER PREON has built a research station on the edge of civilized space. There, she’s developing strange and powerful CYBERWARE — and using all the best of it to augment her own half- mechanical body. “

The expansion will include 40 new cards to add to the deck, as well as a new double-sided playing board (does this mean it’s a board like the original Clank and not a modular piece combined with the rest? Interesting).

You can also install (somehow) cyberware that will give you abilities that work throughout the rest of the game.

Does that mean…asymmetric powers?

I’m very intrigued, and November isn’t that far away.

Let’s hope more information comes out soon.

Keep tabs here for when that happens and you’ll know as soon as I do!

 

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Mystic Vale App Gets Stormy With Mana Storm Expansion

Previously on this blog, you may remember that I have mentioned Nomad Games‘ app version of the classic John D. Clair card-crafting title Mystic Vale. The tabletop game is published by Alderac Entertainment Group.

I sung its praises as a great app, polished and well-done and a fun game to boot.

It just desperately needs asynchronous multiplayer because I haven’t touched it in quite a while for that very reason.

With today’s release of the Mana Storm expansion, the app…still desperately needs asynchronous multiplayer.

But that’s not what this blog is about (though really, Nomad, is it possible to eventually get this? Please?).

No, this is about Mana Storm itself, and what it adds to this already very cool game.

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The expansion adds some more advancements and vales to the plethora of choices you already have.

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Big News from Dire Wolf Digital Games – Trailers!

There’s just too much to put into a headline!

Previously, Dire Wolf Digital had announced a number of games that they would be putting into digital form over the next year or so.

The first of those games was just released on July 30. Raiders of the North Sea is an amazing app (review coming next week, sorry for the delay).

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However, at GenCon in July, they released trailers for three more of these games, all of which I either already love or have really wanted to try on the table.

I’ll point you to the Dire Wolf announcement page for all of the video trailers (I want to send them some traffic), but I have to post the most amazing one of the bunch.

Root is coming out later this year, and if the trailer is any evidence, it already looks wonderful! We’ll see how the gameplay holds up in app form, but given Dire Wolf’s history, I’m expecting big things.

Other games on the Dire Wolf page are Sagrada (full trailer) and a brief look at Reiner Knezia’s Yellow & Yangtze. The latter game I would love to try but haven’t had the chance to.

We all know how much I love Sagrada though.

Good things are coming from Dire Wolf Digital this year, and I for one am chomping at the bit to get these on my iPad.

No word from them on Mage Knight or Wings of Glory, though. Some people are bummed about that.

Let me know what you think of all this in the comments below.

Expansion Review – Smash Up: That 70s Expansion

Another day (ok, month), another Smash Up expansion.

You’d think that was all I played. Granted, it does get played twice a month because of a regular workplace get-together, but I do play more games than that!

With two expansions a year, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight for the game.

And that’s a wonderful thing!

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Today, we’re going to be talking about That 70s Expansion, with four factions that come straight out of the disco or corny movies you remember (if you’re a certain age) and into your smashed up heart.

Does it meet all of those expectations raised by such interesting subjects?

That’s a solid yes.

Let’s take a look at it.

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Kennerspiel Winner Wingspan Taking Flight in Digital Form

It’s just day after day after day after day of great news coming out this month.

Today’s monthly email from Jamey Stegmaier at Stonemaier Games contained another great announcement, hot on the heals of the Viticulture one.

In what almost seemed like an aside, Jamey revealed that MonsterCouch studios is going to be developing Wingspan for digital platform(s) with a release date sometime in 2020.

It’s even available to add to your Wishlist on Steam!

Wingspan was designed by Elizabeth Hargrave with art by Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas and Beth Sobel. It won this year’s Kennerspiel award so you know it has to be good!

I’ve played it, and it is definitely good.

Briefly, Wingspan is a tableau-building card game about birds, where you are trying to make the best bird habitats around. I love how the action system works.

If you want to find out a bit more about how it plays, go to the “New to me” post for January and it has a complete description as well as my thoughts.

The idea that I will be able to play this on my iPad or on Steam next year makes me very happy. Note, though, that Steam is the only platform that’s been announced. No word yet on mobile.

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Here’s a screenshot from the MonsterCouch page, but check out their page for more. It looks pretty good already!

I’ll keep an eye on this one.

What do you think? Are you salivating as much as I am?

Architects of the West Kingdom Getting More Stuff

It’s been a week of news last week, so why not start this week with another excellent tidbit that I can’t wait for?

Shem Phillips, co-designer of one of my favourite games (Architects of the West Kingdom), has announced that an expansion will be coming for this terrific game.

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Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of the Artisans will add new Craft cards, new apprentices and buildings, a dual-layered Guildhall board and components for a sixth player (and apparently it’s orange!)

Shem announced it on Twitter with a link to the cover photo, but no other information has been revealed.

They’re not even sure if this is going to Kickstarter or not, but rest assured of one thing.

However it comes out, I’ll be there on the first day.

What do you think of all this?

Is it in your Top 5 games played of all time?

Or is it just another boring Euro?

Let me know in the comments.

Epic Spells Wars Moves into Deckbuilding

Fans of the Epic Spell Wars series of card games designed by Matt Hyra and published by Cryptozoic Games have another reason to be excited this Fall.

Cryptozoic has announced the there will be a new deckbuilding version of the classic card game coming out later this year.

Epic Spell Wars: Annihilageddon is being shown at GenCon this week and will have a full September release.

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The game will utilize the Cerberus deckbuilding engine used in so many other Cryptozoic deckbuilders (Penny Arcade: the Deckbuilding Game or DC Comics Deckbuilding Game or others) and can actually be integrated with them if you want.

In the game, you are trying to become a more powerful wizard and cast nasty spells to take your opponent(s) down to zero hit points.

Just like the card game editions of this zany and chaotic world, death doesn’t mean the end. If you die, you will get a Dead Wizard card that may give you more benefits…or more bad things to happen.

The game plays 2-5 players and it looks like it’s going to be a madcap affair.

What do you think of this development? Are you in for another deckbuilder?

You can wait until September to decide, but then maybe you should check it out?