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.


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).


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.

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.



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?

Viticulture Coming to Digital via Digidiced!

Wow, it’s a busy week for digital boardgame news!

First Through the Ages, and now Viticulture news!

Yes, Digidiced (developers of many great digital apps such as Castles of Burgundy, Patchwork, etc) have announced that they are doing the digital adaptation of the Stonemaier class game Viticulture, the worker placement wine-making game designed by Jamey Stegmaier, Morton Pedersen, and Alan Stone.

I haven’t played this game in 3 years, but it’s not because I don’t like it. It’s just that every time it has come out, I’ve already been involved with something else.

To have it on my iPad will be heavenly!

I’m already tired (another news post is coming in an hour!), so let’s blurb this puppy from the Digidiced web page.

• 1 to 6 players
• Play in single-player with challenging computer opponents, against your friends in local multiplayer, or face players from all over the world in online mode!
• Learn the rules with our Interactive tutorial or even watch games of the top players on your device!
• Take your time in asynchronous game mode with push notifications and never miss a turn.
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• 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
• uses the newest rules of the board game

Asynchronous online multiplayer play is a must, but Digidiced has already proven that they’re good at that so I have no doubt that it will be done right.

I am so excited about this one.

It’s going to be released on Android, iOS, and Steam, at least for now.

Since everybody’s going to the Switch nowadays, is that in the future?

Who knows?

More news as it comes, but since they didn’t release any pictures, here’s an old one of one of the games I played.

Hopefully the digital edition will have the unruly pile of coins as well!

Are you a Viticulture fan? Looking forward to this?

Let me know in the comments.



Ascension: Delerium arrives on the App!

The first day back at work after a month off is always going to be hard. I wouldn’t know normally because I’ve never done it until this month.

While it wasn’t too hard to get back into the swing of things, it was kind of depressing to be going back to it after enjoying myself for so long.

What could make a day like that better?

How about news that the next Ascension digital expansion was released today by Playdek!

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He’s a mean mother!

Ascension: Delerium is a new set for the digital Ascension app (it came out on tabletop in 2018) and while I’ve only played it a couple of times so far, it adds some interesting wrinkles.

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Raiders of the North Sea digital releases July 30!

The July vacation continues (what, you didn’t think I was avoiding posting for some other reason, did you?), but I couldn’t let this one pass when I heard about it.

Raiders of the North Sea is one of my favourite games of all time, and the news that it was coming out on digital at some point was really exciting!

But then all went dark and we didn’t hear any news.

Until yesterday, that is.


I haven’t been keeping up with things as much as I normally do while I’ve been away, but I think this is a surprise announcement.

Dire Wolf Digital announced that it will be coming out on Tuesday, July 30. My brain is a bit vacation-addled, but I think that’s next week!


It will be very neat to finally be playing this on my mobile devices and perhaps even on Steam (not sure if I’m going to double dip or not yet).

It will be coming to the following devices, though: iOS, Android, Steam, and Nintendo Switch.

No word on pricing yet. It’s available to wishlist on Steam right now if you want, but no price listed there either.

I’ll try and get a review up fairly quickly next week (along with some other stuff since I’ve, you know, been away for almost a month).

What do you think of this game? Will you get it on one of your digital devices?

Any other thoughts?

And now, back our regularly scheduled Oregon Coast sunset.


See you next week!

Fluxx Returning to Mobile Platforms July 18

When I first bought an iPhone way back in the day (maybe it was 6 or even 30 years ago?), one of the first boardgame apps I saw and downloaded was the Looney Labs insane card game Fluxx

I know Fluxx gets a bad rap, and I would sometimes say rightly so, as being an insane card game that can just go on forever.

The basic rules are that you draw a card and play a card. The game isn’t won until one of the win conditions that have been played is satisfied (so actually there are no win conditions until somebody has played one). So it could be quick or it could take hours.

The thing about Fluxx is that some of the cards you play adjust the rules. Maybe you’ll play a card that will limit players’ hand sizes. Or maybe it will be “draw 1, play 2” cards. These rules stay in effect until they are removed.

While I’m posting an image from the old game, I have no idea what the upgraded graphics will look like, if any change

You can also play victory condition cards that will change what you’re trying to do, or what have you.

It’s a chaotic game, and I found it fun on iOS when it was produced by Playdek. At the time, it was only out on iOS.

It was a casualty of the iOS “App-ocalypse” when suddenly all apps had to be 64-bit or they wouldn’t run under the new operating system. It disappeared from the app store without much fuss.

It didn’t seem like it was that big of a seller for Playdek so nobody expected it to come back.

Playdek has now announced that we were wrong to doubt them.

Fluxx will be back in the App Store (and also on Google Play for the first time) on July 18!

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