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Around the halls of Mt. Hexmap, Michael Brough is best known as the creator of one of Owen's favorite games 868-HACK. It was a roguelike whose simple premise belied its depth and is a game everyone should have in their Purchased history. He's made some other games since then (2014's Helix comes to mind) but coming soon is Brough's latest, another roguelike entitled Imbroglio.

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It was just before Pathfinder Adventure Card Game's original release date in late March when they announced they were taking some beta testers' advice to heart and needed another month. We were left with a new release date of next Tuesday, April 26. It's been awhile since we've been this excited about an app release, but it looks like we'll have to holster that excitement for at least a few more days. Turns out the developers want to give the app a little more polish, so the release has been pushed back to April 28 at the earliest.

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Last year I stumbled upon the developers of Ortus Regni at Gen Con and was somewhat shocked. Here was one of the most beautiful card games I'd ever seen being played by quite a few people and I had never heard of it. What's worse is that they were showing off a digital version not just on PC, but also on iPad. The iPad version was still a while away, but that was way back in August and the iPad version of Ortus Regni is ready for prime time. It was released earlier this week as a free download.

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One of last year's surprises was Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest. On the surface it looks like a money grab garbed in Magic clothes, but the gameplay was actually quite fun and the paywall wasn't as high as it first appeared. Yesterday it received a major update which introduced the Battle for Zendikar card set as well as new modes of play and more.

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One of the board game ports I'm way too excited to get on my iPad is 1775: Rebellion from Academy Games and HexWar. I'm excited enough that I annoy the HexWardians about it whenever the urge to play 1775 strikes me. This happens more than you'd think. They haven't stopped taking my calls completely, yet, even though news on that title is seldom forthcoming. Luckily, we usually have other stuff to talk about like this weekend's sale on all of their Tank Battle games. Through Sunday all their iOS Tank Battle games are 50% off.

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Next month the human misery simulator that is Plague Inc. will have its fourth birthday. Considering that the game now has nearly 70 million players, I think it's safe to say that Ndemic Creations is responsible for the deaths of trillions, probably quadrillions, imaginary humans. That kind of success would be enough for most, but Ndemic just keeps the pestilence coming. Soon, they'll be updating the app yet again, only this time the twisted scenarios will be coming from the minds of the players of Plague Inc., and not the developers.

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This week wasn't a terrible one for releases, but it has the unfair distinction of preceding a week in which one of the most anticipated games of the last few years is hitting the App Store, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Don't worry, we'll be covering Pathfinder like crazy next week, and will hopefully have Kelsey's take ready for you when it launches. For now, let's talk about the present and what you can play until next Tuesday.

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Developer Supergiant Games has created two incredibly popular PC titles that they've successfully ported over into two incredibly popular mobile games. That would be Bastion and Transistor, both of which are incredibly beautiful but, for some reason, never did it for me. I recognize that they're high quality titles, but the control scheme of Bastion was a turn off, and I simply didn't know what was going on in Transistor and it didn't hold me long enough to find out. Both are on my list of "I need to revisit these one day" games. Maybe I will, but Supergiant has announced a new game and it sounds a bit more up my alley. It's called Pyre and while it's only been announced for Steam and PS4 at this point, I'm hoping it will follow in its big-brothers' footsteps and head to iOS down the road.

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I'm not sure what's going on at Choice of Games, but it's clear they have mermaids on the brain. One of their latest books, The Daring Mermaid Expedition, had you searching for the scaly critters to obtain entry into the Royal German Marinological Society. Tomorrow, Choice of Games is launching their latest book and it deals with merfolk as well. It's called The Sea Eternal and, instead of having you on the outside looking in, it drops you right into the fins of the merfolk and their culture.

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Last week's release of the latest expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, Wrath of the Cosmos, came with a little extra baggage, namely that Handelabra would be using Kickstarter to fund the next season of DLC for the cooperative super-hero slugfest. I was a bit too busy trying to take down Infinitor with my ragtag group of supers that I failed to notice that the Kickstarter went live on Monday.

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