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Considering that it has 40 million users, we tend to not talk too much about Hearthstone at Mt. Hexmap. It's not that we don't still think Hearthstone worthy of love, it's just that, despite how clever it all is, I simply don't play it anymore. Some games benefit from a surfeit of expansions--I'm looking at you, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Talisman, and Elder Sign: Omens--but for some all the new content simply creates bloat. That's Hearthstone for me. There's simply so much stuff now that it's become hard to keep up for a casual player like myself. That said, it's still on both my phone and iPad and I keep telling myself that, someday, I'll fall back in love with it.

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It's too bad Tof isn't around this week, as one of their favorite games has just arrived on the App Store. That game would be Fallen London, the text-based adventure game set in a gothic Victorian London that, for some reason, has been pulled below the earth. Previously, you could only play the game within a browser, but now Failbetter Games (still my favorite developer name) has released a native app for iOS Universal allowing you to play it on the go.

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When we reported that Keith Burgun's fantastic Auro was making its way to the big screen by heading to Steam, we thought that was the whole story. We were wrong. Turns out the version that landed on Steam is Auro 2.0 which is an entirely new beast. Not only that, but version 2.0 is coming to the iOS/Android version very soon.

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I went into my first game of Cold War simulation Twilight Struggle with low expectations. For me, the Cold War wasn't interesting history: it was the early part of my life. I ended that first game with a burning hunger for more. Eighty odd plays later, there was still enough appetite left for me to immediately jump on the Kickstarter for the digital version.

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Considering that Templar Battleforce from the Trese Brothers won our coveted Best Strategy Game of 2015 award last year, it should come as no surprise that it's still a staple down in the Writers' Dungeon. Last Friday Templar Battleforce became and even better game as a new update launched, pushing the revision number to 2.1.5. The new update adds new features, fixes, and more to a game that was already worthy of a place on whatever device you favor.

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It's Friday, and judging by our coverage, you'd think Warbits was the only game released this week. Warbits should be enough for anyone, but there are some other releases worth a gander. Here are a few premium releases, free demos, and FTP titles that launched this week.

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Tin Man's upcoming take on the classic Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, is high on our list of "must have" apps for 2016. A big part of that is the new direction that Tin Man is going with the gamebook, mixing miniatures-style combat and exploration with the usual gamebook prose. As cool as the new stuff is, the original gamebook had a charm of its own mostly thanks to the distinctive art of Russ Nicholson. Turns out that Tin Man has hired Russ to create new art for the upcoming digital version, meaning we'll be getting new illustrations that look like they warped in from 1982.

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Something rather huge happened yesterday: the long-awaited digital version of GMT Games' Twilight Struggle arrived on Steam. I would have posted about it, but I was too busy playing Twilight Struggle. Now, I know that Pocket Tactics concentrates on games that we can play on our tablets and phones, but I also know that a large part of the community (95.7% in the latest imaginary poll) has been waiting for years to play TS on any digital device, so I thought it was worthy of a post. If nothing else, it's a sign that the iOS/Android version isn't too far away.

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The only people I've found that don't like Panzer Corps are the people who haven't played Panzer Corps. It's a brilliant recreation of 90's wargame sensation, Panzer General, and it keeps getting better as more and more expansions are added. It's latest expansion, Soviet Corps, arrived in February and gave you the opportunity to play the Red Army. Slitherine just announced not one, but three new expansions coming to Panzer Corps which place you in control of the U.S. forces between 1942 and the war's end. Each new expansion is titled U.S. Corps and will be based on a different theater of the war.

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One of our favorite ports from cardboard, Sentinels of the Multiverse, is getting more Multiverse today. The Wrath of the Cosmos expansion has gone live for Android and Kindle, and should be arriving soon for the iPad version as well. This is a huge expansion containing eight full decks: two heroes, four villains, and two environments. They've also announced that there will be a lot more Multiverse coming in the next year, but they need our help to make it happen.

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