Through the Ages App Finally Released!

And there was much rejoicing.

Yes, the anxiously awaited Through the Ages: a New Story of Civilization app has finally been released on iOS and Android, with Steam coming at a later date.

This deep and wonderful card-based civilization game by Czech Games Edition has long been a favourite of the boardgame community, being #1 for quite a while on Boardgame Geek. The app version was started by a different company many years ago, and gamers honestly began to believe it was vaporware until CGE took the reins back and promised to make it good.

When the original board game was going to be tweaked and turned into the “New Story of Civilization,” they said that the app was going to have to be reworked to reflect this.

And yesterday it came out.

It is real.

And it is marvelous.

(Oh, already used that joke. Sorry)

And beautiful!

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There’s my online name! Hit me up for a game if you like.

This is going to be a first impressions post, as I haven’t had the chance to play any full games on it, though I have run through the marvelous tutorial. Continue reading “Through the Ages App Finally Released!”

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Lords of Waterdeep App – 2 Steps Forward, 1 Back

Another bit of news that happened while I was gone, which falls into the “have a little bit of crap in your caviar dinner” category, is that the Lords of Waterdeep app from Playdek received a major update last week.

First, it became a 64-bit app and thus was saved from Apple’s “Thou Shalt Not Have Any Apps That Are Only 32-bit or We Shall Smite Thee” edict for when iOS 11 hits. (Stately Play already took the best term, “Appocalypse”, but mine wins in the “way too many words” category). Without this update, Lords of Waterdeep would have been unplayable when iOS 11 hit.

This update also brought the game out for Steam and Android finally, for those who have been holding your breath for it (I hope you weren’t holding it too long or that could be deadly).

However, for us long-time players on iOS, the update brought about a major change that really detracts from the game.

The app is now entirely in landscape orientation, and it looks like shit.

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Things are still there. They’re just…different.

It’s not as bad as some people have made it to be, but it is way too cramped, especially on the phone (on the iPad it looks just as bad, just more readable).

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Paperback Game App Gets Online Play

Paperback is a wonderful combination of word game and deck-building card game where you are trying to form words from the letter cards in your hands. The letters have money value when you play them, and you use that money to buy more letter cards that will help you even further. Some cards also have special abilities that will give you more bonuses.

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This card’s ability will help you next turn.

Or you can use that money to buy Fame cards, which also function as wild letter cards when you use them in a word but give you victory points at the end of the game.

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Is “Slarno” a word?

The game ends when two of the Fame card stacks (in the top right corner of the picture) are depleted.

I really do like this game, and the app is extremely well-done (especially once they put the rules of the game in, which actually weren’t there when the app first came out). The AI can be a bit wonky though, and we’ve always been restricted to playing the AI, or playing opponents via Pass-and-Play games (which I don’t like, unfortunately).

That all changed with the update that landed a few days ago, though.

Now you can play against your friends anywhere in the world, and you can play them asynchronously! That’s right, you don’t have to be logged in at the same time to play your game. Which will be a huge boon for me and will be getting me to play this app a lot more than I had been.

You can create open games for anybody to join or you can send invites. You can even add AI players to games if you only have one friend but want a 4-player game.

Since you have to create an account, I assume the multiplayer is cross-platform, but I actually don’t know yet.

So if you’d like, hit me up for a game! I’m whovian223 on there, just like in most other places.

The Paperback app is available on both iOS and Android for $4.99 US.

 

 

 

 

Another Onirim app expansion – Door to the Oniverse

I started my vacation with Onirim expansion news, and I’m beginning my return from vacation with Onirim expansion news!

Earlier this week, Asmodee Digital released another expansion for the already excellent Onirim app. (If you’re not sure what this game is, I’m not going to explain it. You can see my post about the original game here)

The new expansion, “The Door to the Oniverse,” adds yet more cards to your dream deck, but with a twist this time.

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This guy hunts nightmares!

There are 16 “Denizens of the Oniverse” cards (two of each type) added that have special one-shot powers that you can use to hopefully get all those doors open before your deck runs out.

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Friday – App Review

Most of the time when boardgame apps are done on mobile, there is an announcement that it’s coming.

Recently, Friday dropped onto the App Store with no warning whatsoever (and a couple of key bugs too, which have now been fixed). This Friedmann Friese classic has you in the role of Robinson Crusoe, stranded on a tropical island and trying to get off (or at least survive your stay on the island). You must also survive two attacks by pirates at the end of the game. If you do all that, you win!

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Friday is a solo deck-building game where you are trying to simultaneously defeat hazards to gain new cards as well as fail at defeating them so that you can get rid of really bad cards.

This tug-of-war is actually quite fun, though it can be frustrating at times.

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Lotus from Renegade Games coming to mobile

Sometimes when you get email, you groan because it’s yet another Nigerian Prince scam or a co-worker wants you to do something for them that they will never really thank you for.

But then sometimes you get an email like I did the other day from Renegade Games announcing that their well-regarded card game Lotus is coming to mobile late this Summer, developed by Dire Wolf Digital.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about this game, but for some reason I’ve just never been able to pull the trigger when I’m shopping for games. I’m not sure why it is, because I am definitely interested in playing it.

The artwork on the cards looks gorgeous and the game is apparently fun to play.

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The mobile game will be previewed this weekend at Denver Comic Con and will be released on both iOS and Android later this Summer.

Dire Wolf also did the amazing Lanterns: the Harvest Festival digital app, so they do have a great track record.

Sounds like a great way to introduce myself to the game and see if I want to jump into the tabletop game itself!

 

Race for the Galaxy App – Coming to Steam & Massive Update

I know I’m a bit behind. Sorry about that.

I’ve been too busy playing the Race for the Galaxy, from Temple Gates Games, app to actually write anything.

So consider this a couple of announcements that will make any fan of this game drool.

It’s coming out on Steam tomorrow, and it’s recently had a huge update that’s fixed almost every criticism I’ve had of it.

All in a span of two weeks. How can you go wrong with that?

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Isn’t it so beautiful?

Playing this on the computer, assuming it’s optimized for the higher resolution and screen size, will make this app even more beautiful, I would think.

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