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Last week Lock 'n Load Publishing brought Falling Stars, a new 4X/boardgame hybrid to Steam for PC. We learned, however, that Falling Stars was also going to make its way to iOS sometime down the road. That's not the only LnL game that's headed to our tablets this year, however, as their light wargame Tank on Tank is also moving to digital. I was able to speak with the developer, Jo Bader, this week about his upcoming creation, and he was able to shed a bit more light onto what we can expect when Tank on Tank lands later in 2016.

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I don’t want to think about the numbers. It’s too scary. But for the sake of journalism, let’s do this. Hearthstone doesn’t track play time, but it does track ranked wins. Making a bunch of fairly conservative estimates of how many games I’ve lost or played unranked, I reckon I’ve played a minimum of 166 hours over the past two years.

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As anyone who has ever played Fantasy Flight's classic Battlestar Galactica will tell you, the fun lies in finding the Cylon with the rest of the board game existing only to supply them with more places to hide. Since BSG's popularity, there have been a glut of "traitor" games invading tabletops. Games like The Resistance, Dark Moon, and Dead of Winter immediately come to mind. I haven't even brought up all the werewolf-style games like Ted Alspach's One Night Ultimate Werewolf. The problem with bringing a traitor mechanism game to mobile has always been that it works best when everyone is in the same room. Developer Hybrid Humans is going to try to debunk that with their latest, an original party game called Who Lurks that's due out next week.

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Well, it's May which, for me, means that we can expect temperatures to finally climb into the 50's (that's degrees Fahrenheit, about 10+ degrees C for the SI inclined) and it might stop raining for an hour here and there so my kids can freeze while attempting to play baseball. It also means that April is over, and it's time for us to fill you in on what we've been playing. Onwards!

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If you’ve been follow Humble Bundle’s by-now long running series of (Android) Mobile Bundles, you know that a lot of them have tended toward twitchy action gaming. Humble Mobile Bundle 17 was packed with strategy goodness, and Humble Mobile Bundle 18 follows suit with civilian warzone survival game This War of Mine, Sarah Northway’s Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadville, Broken Sword 5 ep. 1 & 2, and Evoland.

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Since its release in 2014, playing Sentinels of the Multiverse on your phone seemed about as likely as me squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans. There's just no way it would fit. While my diet has been less than successful, it seems like the Handelabra guys have figured it out and just announced this morning that a phone version is on the way.

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At last year's Gen Con, Czech Games Edition released a small, unassuming party game called Codenames. Even though its designer was the legendary Vlaada Chvátil, there's no way CGE could have predicted its popularity. In the 6+ months since it hit the shelves, Codenames has moved into the top 20 board games on BGG and is the site's number one party game. The game is incredibly simple: two teams, a grid of words, give clues so your team can figure out which words are yours. Late last year CGE released a free companion app for the game which randomized the grid locations for each team's words and had a few other useful features as well. Turns out that wasn't the only app planned for Codenames. We were lucky enough to chat with Vlaada over the weekend and he filled us in a bit on what CGE is currently working on, including an upcoming app for Codenames.

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It was just about a year ago when Spiderweb Software declared that they were done with development for iPad and would no longer produce RPGs for the platform. A few months later they reversed course, and we've been the beneficiaries ever since with the release of Avernum 2 - Crystal Souls last year and now a new Avadon game on the horizon. The new RPG is Avadon 3: The Warborn and it's coming to both Steam and iPad later this year.

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Earlier today Tof casually tossed out the fact that a game they'd been following, Duelyst, had been released for PC/Mac. Ho hum, I said (to myself, lest Tof attempt to escape and strangle me with their shackles). Kelsey followed that up with mention that it was designed by Eric Lang and probably worth looking into. Again I scoffed (I don't want to encourage them) and then ran to my laptop to check it out. Looks like I might owe both Tof and Kelsey an extra slice of bread with dinner tonight, because Duelyst looks fantastic and there's a good chance it will make its way to mobile down the road.

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Yesterday saw the release of a much-anticipated mobile release, Pathfinder Adventures. It's far from the only highly anticipated boardgame release coming in 2016 with the likes of Twilight Struggle, Through the Ages, and, dare I even mention it, 7 Wonders still on the docket. Another highly anticipated boardgame port that gets less press is Heroes of Normandie from Devil Pig Games. That might be because it's a less well known title, but also probably has to do with the fact that it's been available on Steam since October. Since its release, we've heard great things about the game with one exception: it's missing the tabletop version's Action Cards. Starting next week that won't be a problem because the PC version is getting said Action Cards. Lucky for us, they'll be there when the mobile app launches in July as well.

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