FFG has posted an extensive preview of the companion app for the XCom board game:
In XCOM: The Board Game, one to four players work together as department heads of the elite military organization XCOM. It is up to you and your friends to thwart a full-scale alien invasion. This invasion is controlled by the app.
Our goal was that XCOM’s digital companion app would allow us to create a gameplay experience that would go well beyond what would be feasible without it. Accordingly, it is an integral part of the game and drives your play experience. It controls the alien invasion, coordinates hidden information, adds to the game’s tension, distinguishes player roles, and promotes a fully cooperative experience. Moreover, the app, which is available for free as both a downloadable app and an online tool, teaches you the game, guides you through each turn, and serves as your rules reference, one that is always immediately at hand.
The preview also describes the role of the Central Officer, one of the four asymmetric player roles:
One of these roles is the Central Officer, the XCOM department head responsible to manage both the app and XCOM’s satellite network.
I’m really excited about the game and the app. It definitely sounds like the app is not just a gimmick but in integrated part of the game.
WizKids is taking over the D&D Adventure Board Games from Wizards of the Coast. Both parties have apparently signed a license agreement. The first new game (the fourth in the series) is planned for the 16th of March 2015.
Wizkids has already published a sell sheet for the game which gives us a little bit more information about the components.
White Wizard Games, publisher of Star Realms, has announced two expansions for their deck building game:
The first one is called Crisis and is a 48-card expansion which consists of four 12-card non-random packs, each sold separately. Planned release date is November.
The second one is Star Realms: Gambit is a 20-card set including 13 Gambit “special ability” cards, 4 Challenge cards for solo and co-op play and 3 Merc Cruiser cards. The expansion should be available sometime during winter.
And more good news: the third print run of the base game will be available by the end of October.
Dead of Winter hasn’t even arrived yet, but it is already sold out to pre-orders and we can’t accept any further orders for it. I’m very sorry for this, but it is an highly anticipated game and the demand for it was very high.
We will contact all customers who have pre-ordered the game on Wednesday regarding the payment for the game. If everything goes as planned we will ship the game on Thursday as soon as it has arrived.