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We continune our coverage of hybrid board games with this semi-regular feature: the Hybrid Lab.

Imperial Assault - Legends of the Alliance
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Scythe Trailer Drops on Steam Listing
As you know, Scythe is coming to digital platforms, published by Asmodee Digital. Last week the game got an official listing on Steam along with a brief trailer which you see in this tweet:


The release date on Steam says Q1 2018. We'll let you know as we learn more!



Roll for It! Enters Beta
We received an email this week letting us know that Roll for It! is entering beta. Thunderbox Entertainment has been at work on the game for a while and we're looking forward to checking it out.

Here's our latest look at the game from Gen Con 2017:




Axis and Allies Possibly Going Digital
W. Eric Martin informed me of a possible hint that Axis and Allies may be coming to digital. According to an interview in Glixel with Chris Cocks, it looks like a digital version of Axis and Allies could be coming in the next 12 to 18 months.

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My interest, bringing some of these vastly complicated, long-to-set-up titles to the iPad or computer, seem to also align both with a larger call for ports and Wizards of the Coast’s experiments. Cocks points to The Lords of Waterdeep, which was published by Wizards in 2012 and then released on iOS a year later, as a good example of that. “I love what Playdek did with that,” he says. “We’ve found that if we can bring new fans in and give them something fun to play, they will generally reward us. There is a great synergy between digital and table-top players.”

But why, I ask, hasn’t Axis and Allies come to tablet yet? “I think we will be correcting that in 12 to 18 months,” he says. “We might throw some fun variants in there as well. I want to to make new games. I want to make variants of existing games. What about Axis and Allies and Zombies?”



Meteorfall is Releasing January 25th
Next week Meteorfall is releasing worldwide. This game has an Adventure Time esque style and has rogue-like and deck-building elements. I haven't been able to try it yet but it looks amazing. Check out some of Dave's impressions on Stately Play.

Here is an amazing launch trailer:




Acram Teases Something New in 2018
Acram Digital started the year by teasing us with this tantalizing tweet:


What could it all mean? Time will tell!
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own - Community Final Top 10 List

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Thanks to everyone for following our gift guide this year and thanks to all those who voted. It appears there was a bit of lobbying this year...which hopefully we can avoid next year (my mistake for not stating this when we posted the poll).

As a reminder, here are our lists for this year:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4. Hanafunda
3. Le Havre: The Inland Port
2. San Juan
1. Small World 2

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4. Hearthstone
3. Twilight Struggle
2. Through the Ages
1. Galaxy Trucker

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6. Twilight Struggle
5. Race for the Galaxy
4. Galaxy Trucker
3. Elder Sign: Omens
2. Pathfinder Adventures
1. Through the Ages

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4. Race for the Galaxy
3. Hearthstone
2. Carcassonne
1. Galaxy Trucker

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Number 10




Devices: iOS
Purchase Links: App Store


Number 9




Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Number 8



Devices: iOS, Android,
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Number 7




Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 6




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Number 5




Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Number 4




Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
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Number 3




Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Number 2




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Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Number 1




Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamers Should Own - Community Voting

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With over 600 hundred nominations received, we have a list of over 120 nominees. Thank you for everyone who submitted games!

It's now time to vote for the Top 10 Digital Board Games Every Board Gamer Should Own. UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we are doing a new poll allowing you to vote for many games as you think should be on the list. The top 10 games with the most votes will be the list.

Voting closes Friday 12/15 at 11:59pm CDT.

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Vote for any games you think should be on the list of the Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own
1st & Goal
7 Wonders
8 Minute Empire
A Brief History of the World
Age of Rivals
Agricola
Agricola: all creatures big and small
Alhambra
Alien Frontiers
Armello
Ascension Chronicle of the Godslayer
Bang!
Banner Saga
Baseball Highlights 2045
Battle Academy
Battle for Hill 219
Battle Line
Battlelore
Blood Bowl
Board Game Stats
Bohnanza Duel
Bottom of the 9th
Brass
Burgle Bros
Cafe International
Carcassonne
Card City Nights 2
Card Crawl
Card Thief
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Catan Universe
Caylus
Chess (chess.com app)
Clank! In Space
Clash Royale
Colt Express
Cottage Garden
Coup iOS
Cthulhu Realms
Descent 2nd ed
Dominant Species
Dominion webapp
Dream Quest
Eclipse
Elder Sign Omens
Exploding Kittens
Fighting Fantasy Legends
Flipflop Solitaire
Forbidden Desert
Forbidden Island
Forget.Me.Not
Friday
Frost
FTL
Galaxy Trucker
Gems of War
Grimrock
Guild of Dungeoneering
Haggis
Harald
Hearthstone
Heroes of Normandie
Hive
Horus Heresy
Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance
Jaipur
Keltis
Kingdom Builder
Lanterns the Harvest Festival
Le havre
Le Havre: the Inland Port
Legendary DXP
Lone Wolf Saga
Lords of Waterdeep
Lost Cities
Lost Portal
Magic duels
Mansions of Madness Second Edition
Maquis
Modern Art: The Card Game
Mr Jack Pocket
Mu
Mysterium
Neuroshima Hex
OGRE
Onirim
Pandemic
Paperback
Patchwork
Pathfinder Adventures
Pickomino
Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Police Precinct
Polytopia
Potion Explosion
Puerto Rico
Puzzle Strike
Quarriors
Qwixx
Ra
Race for the Galaxy
Really Bad Chess
Reiner Knizia’s Razzia - The Mafia Board Game
RosenKoenig
San Juan
Scrabble
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Shephy
Slay
Small World 2
SmartGo Pro
Smash Up
Social Chess
Solforge
Solitairica
Sorcery! Series
Space Hulk
Spaceteam
Splendor
Star Realms
Steam: Rails to Riches
Suburbia
Summoner Wars
Sushi Go
Tabletop Simulator
Talisman
Talisman: The Horus Heresy
Terra Mystica
The Game
The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
The Witcher Adventure Game
Through the Ages
Tichu
Ticket to Ride
Tigris & Euphrates
Tikal
Titan
Tokaido
Treasure Hunter
Tsuro
Twilight Struggle
Underhand
War on Terror
Warbands Bushido
Warhammer Quest
Warlock of Firetop Mountain
XenoShyft
Yomi
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #2 and #1

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we continue with #4 and #3 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 2

Mina



This is one of two instances on this list of my enjoying the app and not the associated physical game. The app itself is relatively basic looking compared to the splendor of Asmodee's releases, but it is highly functional, intuitive and clear. If you want a fast-paced and slightly more cerebral (as compared to some of my other selections) hand management, tableau-building game on the go, this is my recommendation.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Matt



Occasionally impossible things are proven to exist, such as a mobile game that somehow squeezes a card row, four player boards and a million tiny wooden discs into a phone screen. That it offers humour, a staggering AI and a wealth of game modes on top is little short of a miracle.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Dave



I've loved Pathfinder Adventures from the moment it arrived until today, where I still rev it up from time to time to make a new party and start out on the Rise of the Runelords campaign one more time. I know that the game has been filled with bugs and strange choices by Obsidian, but I don't care. It's still one of the most absorbing mobile games I've played and one of the few where I can lose track of time and realize I'm still playing at 3am. The only bad thing about Pathfinder is that it doesn't appear to be making Obsidian any money, which means I'm not sure we'll ever see Skull & Shackles or Wrath of the Righteous which would be a huge bummer.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam




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Despite its age, this is still the definitive digital board game for me. The iOS version is really one of the main reasons this blog even exists. The new version on PC and Android has really evened the playing field and provided a great digital implementation of this game to everyone!

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 1


Mina



I have a somewhat complicated relationship with Small World. I don't actually love the game because I find it to be too aggressive and random and it doesn't make me feel like I've accomplished much of anything at the end (I tend to prefer games of building rather than destroying), but I adore the artwork and find it very relaxing to look at. The app is, like all other Asmodee releases beautiful to look at and with several maps to conquer and various AI's to defeat, it presents all kinds of challenges! I just wish I could play with my favorite expansion for the game - Tales and Legends.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



It's hard not to love an adaptation that invents a whole new way to play, just for mobile, and still implements the old version with style and panache. But if that doesn't do it for you, it still deserves to win for the best solitaire version of any mobile board game, ever.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Dave



Surprise! You're shocked, right? Much like Galaxy Trucker, CGE has taken an incredible tabletop game and turned it into an even better digital game. We waited a long time for TtA, but it was worth it. The UI is fantastic, the AI is tough, the online multiplayer is flawless, and the single-player challenges are maddening. It's everything we could have hoped for back when a digital version of TtA was announced back around 2010 and, somehow, more.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Brad



This is the only game to appear on all four of our lists this year. It is also #1 on two our lists. Galaxy Trucker redefines what a digital board game can be. If Carcassonne is the start of the revolution, Galaxy Trucker is the next level of disruption. The lengthy single player campaign and custom expansion just for the digital version really push this one to the top.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4. Hanafunda
3. Le Havre: The Inland Port
2. San Juan
1. Small World 2

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4. Hearthstone
3. Twilight Struggle
2. Through the Ages
1. Galaxy Trucker

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6. Twilight Struggle
5. Race for the Galaxy
4. Galaxy Trucker
3. Elder Sign: Omens
2. Pathfinder Adventures
1. Through the Ages

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4. Race for the Galaxy
3. Hearthstone
2. Carcassonne
1. Galaxy Trucker
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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we continue with #4 and #3 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 4

Mina



Hanafuda is a relatively simple traditional Japanese card game I got into during my time in Japan. There are several apps that provide this game, but my favorite has been Hanafuda Koi Koi Free. It's relatively basic, but free and fully functional. If you're a fan of traditional card games, why not try one from another country!?

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



Last year this would have been number one, but it's been a poor year for expansions and the game is less fun than it used to be. It's still hella fun, though, and I'm still completely addicted.

Devices: iOS, Android, PC
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, PC


Dave



Galaxy Trucker was CGE's first foray on the App Store, and it wasn't just a great version of the starship builder/destroyer, it literally upped the bar of what we can expect in a digital game. Not only did it have a full single-player campaign, but Vlaada Chvátil even created a new version of the game so you could play in real-time or asynchronously. All that topped with polish and humor showed that CGE loved Galaxy Trucker just as much as we did, and I can't imagine ever deleting it off my iPad.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play




Brad



Digital games have the ability to breath new life into a tabletop game. Race for the Galaxy is made better by digital translation. The ability to quickly reference the use of each card and how they connect makes gameplay quicker and easy to understand.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 3


Mina



I'm a great fan of all things Uwe Rosenberg, so it's no surprise that not one, but two of his lighter games made my list. This app is actually how I learned to play the game, so I can definitely attest to the efficacy of its tutorial. I can also attest to the quality of the game because I did end up buying the physical game immediately after playing the app. It features a captivating combination of resource management and Uwe's signature wheel track that changes the values of actions.

The app looks very nice (if you're as into Klemens Franz artwork as I am), has a most intuitive interface given the amount of stuff that is going on in the game, gives you a variety of online and offline play options, and is super easy to learn with the in-game tutorial. So what are you waiting for!? GO GET IT ALREADY!

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



I don't care what you think about the price or the AI or Pandemic: Legacy. This is still the best board game and you should be sending Christmas cards to Playdek, thanking them that it exists in mobile form.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Dave



When Fantasy Flight released Elder Sign way back when separate iPhone and iPad apps were a thing, they created an app that not only brought the gameplay mechanisms to digital, but also doubled-down on how to bring a game's theme to life. Let's face it, the tabletop version of Elder Sign is fun but it's hard to feel existential dread via a dice chucking mechanism. Adding music, sound, bringing the game's images to digital, along with adding some cool campaign-like mechanisms changed that and really brought the creepiness. One of my favorite digital experiences, and another one that will always live in the "Games" folder on my home page.

Devices: iOS, Steam, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Brad



In all fairness, Matt wrote his thoughts on Hearthstone before Kobolds and Catacombs dropped. In my opinion, this latest expansion has put Hearthstone back on top. The multiplayer is doing well but the new single player content is amazing. The new dungeon run mode really takes things to the next level and rumor is it was designed in part by the Dream Quest designer.

Devices: iOS, Android, PC
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, PC


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4. Hanafunda
3. Le Havre: The Inland Port
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4. Hearthstone
3. Twilight Struggle
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6. Twilight Struggle
5. Race for the Galaxy
4. Galaxy Trucker
3. Elder Sign: Omens
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4. Race for the Galaxy
3. Hearthstone
2.
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