Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Steam) The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:34:33 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer If you love board games, we've got a stream tomorrow you do NOT want to miss <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fweqs/lord-of-the-rings-card-game.jpg" width="200" alt="If you love board games, we've got a stream tomorrow you do NOT want to miss" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oh me oh my do we ever have a treat for you tomorrow. The ever lovable James Gilmour is going to be streaming Lords of the Rings: Living Card Game live on Twitch from 5pm UK time tomorrow.<br><br>Not just that, James will be joined by Luke Walaszek from Fantasy Flight Digital, one of the developers of the digital version of the classic game of cards, orcs, hobbit, and more.<br><br>If you've not heard of LOTR:LCG (as we're going to be calling it from now on for brevity's sake), it's a game based on Tolkein's books that sees you teaming up with other players in order to play out some of the encounters and adventures we're all so familiar with.<br><br>It's been out in physical form for quite a while now, but this is the first time it's ever come to a digital platform, and we're getting to play it for you with one of the people who makes it tick. Pretty sweet, right? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77860'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77860 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:00:04 GMT Harry's hot takes: E3 2018 interview special <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ubqm/the-elder-scrolls-blades-ios-andorid-landscape.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: E3 2018 interview special" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>This week's column features a conversation between Harry and Rodney "Rodders" Stockton, an up and coming young writer who just spent the past week enjoying the sights and sounds of E3. Harry assures me that Rodney knows what he's talking about, definitely exists, and isn't simply a foil for 600 words of bad jokes and poorly observed political and social commentary - Ed</em><br><br><strong>Harry:</strong> Hello Rodney.<br><br><strong>Rodney:</strong> Hey Harry! Man, what a week I've had. The stories I could tell you!<br><br><strong>Harry:</strong> Rodney, you're using too many exclamation marks. This column has a strict quota. I am now unable to use one for the next 800 years.<br><br><strong>Rodney:</strong> You would not believe the things I saw out in LA, man! There were billboards with pictures of games on them that were so tall I thought they might get caught up in the clouds! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Elder+Scrolls%3A+Blades/feature.asp?c=77812'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Elder+Scrolls%3A+Blades/feature.asp?c=77812 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:51:21 GMT A new update has added The Woodlands to Talisman: Digital Edition for mobile and Steam <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dwtkbda/talisman-thumb.jpg" width="200" alt="A new update has added The Woodlands to Talisman: Digital Edition for mobile and Steam" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Talisman: Digital Edition has received yet another DLC pack. This one's called The Woodland, and it adds a fourth section of new wrap-round board to the already pretty damn massive swords and sorcery experience.<br><br>As well as the new chunk of board, you get 103 new Woodland cards, as well as a whole bunch of other bits and bobs. Adventure cards, path cards, destiny cards, and spell cards are all included.<br><br><em><a href="/r/Board+Game/Lords+of+Waterdeep/feature.asp?c=74555">Click here to find out what are the 3 best fantasy board games for mobile</a></em><br><br>You'll get five new characters too, and three new alternative ending cards. Plus a whole swathe of different tokens. It's basically like getting the game again, which is why the DLC will set you back £2.99 / $2.99.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Talisman%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=77784'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Talisman%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=77784 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT E3 2018 - The 3 games from the show we'd love to see turned into digital board games <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bzsfml/anthem.jpg" width="200" alt="E3 2018 - The 3 games from the show we'd love to see turned into digital board games" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> E3 is in full swing over in America, and while there haven't been many digital board games announced, that's not going to stop us having a look at what is coming out, and trying to squish it into a digital board game shape.<br><br>With that in mind then, here are three games from E3 that we reckon would be brilliant as digital board games. And why we think they'd work so well.<br><br>You might agree, you might disagree, and both of those opinions are fine. If you've got your own suggestions, feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Anthem/feature.asp?c=77770'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Anthem/feature.asp?c=77770 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:52:00 GMT Get hands-on with the finest indie games at Big Indie Fest @ ReVersed <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gvbtj_big-indie-fest-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Get hands-on with the finest indie games at Big Indie Fest @ ReVersed" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> New for 2018, <a href="http://www.reversed.at/register/">Vienna’s Big Indie Fest @ ReVersed</a> brings together more than 100 of the best indie game developers from central and southern Europe to serve up two packed expo halls of hands-on games demos to an audience of 4,000 gamers.<br><br>For the weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 8th, the incredible surroundings of Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier (formerly the imperial stables) will be packed with the very finest indie games - and you’ll get <a href="http://www.reversed.at/register/">the chance to play many of them before anyone else</a>!<br><br>ReVersed Director, Tom De Roeck has handpicked just a few of the amazing games that will be there:<br><br><strong>Seeds Of Sol<br><br></strong><br><br><a href="http://www.seedsofsol.com">Seeds Of Sol</a> is the work of Graz studio Rarebyte, an eight-strong team of artists and programmers. The game is an isometric action adventure game with roguelike elements. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Big+Indie+Fest/news.asp?c=77729'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Big+Indie+Fest/news.asp?c=77729 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:51:49 GMT Harry's hot takes: The imaginary football games that should become reality <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ggfw_fifa18-switchpage-marquee-fg-xs_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: The imaginary football games that should become reality" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Whether you like it or not, football (or soccer if you're weird) is here to stay. If you're unfamiliar with the sport, it's about kicking a ball about and getting paid millions upon millions of pounds to do it.<br><br>As you might imagine, thanks to the popularity of rich man's boot (as it used to be called), there are plenty of videogames concerning the doing of the sport. But some of them don't exist yet.<br><br>In this week's hot takes, I intend to look at the football games that don't exist, and explain in deep and meaningful terms why they should.<br><br>That's because it's World Cup month here at Pocket Gamer, and as an ambassador for the PG brand, it's up to me to make sure everything remains on-message and synergetic. You're right though, I am really spoiling you. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/FIFA+18/feature.asp?c=77709'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/FIFA+18/feature.asp?c=77709 Fri, 8 Jun 2018 10:00:00 GMT Free tickets now available for The Big Indie Fest @ ReVersed 2018 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-obuhr_bif-logo-stack-onlight-1400x-r225x_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Free tickets now available for The Big Indie Fest @ ReVersed 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Free tickets are now available for <a href="http://www.reversed.at">The Big Indie Fest @ ReVersed</a>, where 4,000 people will gather in Vienna’s Museums Quartier to celebrate games and meet the people that make them.<br><br>You’ll get the chance to find out what some of Europe’s leading indie developers are working on and get hands on with the games that your friends won’t be able to play for months. <a href="http://www.reversed.at/register/">Get yours now</a>!<br><br>The former imperial stables will make an impressive backdrop for game demos for the two days of July 7th and 8th. With more than 100 developers showing their latest games to the public, not only will the event fill both the Ovalhall and Arena21, but there will also be fringe events for you to find in the surrounding spaces.<br><br><strong>Get ‘em before they’re gone! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Big+Indie+Fest/news.asp?c=77718'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Big+Indie+Fest/news.asp?c=77718 Wed, 6 Jun 2018 15:30:30 GMT Find out what's been added in the latest update to everyone's favourite card game, Hearthstone <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bccby_hearthstone-screenshot_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Find out what's been added in the latest update to everyone's favourite card game, Hearthstone" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It wouldn't feel like a real week if there wasn't some Hearthstone news to report. And there is. So it does. Hearthstone has been updated with a bunch of new content, including the game's first trip into the Taverns of Time.<br><br>Before we get into that though, there's the small matter of the Get In Here bundle. It gives you two packs from Classic, The Witchwood, Kobolds & Catacombs, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Journey to Un’Goro. So that's ten packs. And it'll only set you back $7.99.<br><br>If you were buying the packs in the two for $2.99 deal, you'd be spending an extra 40%. So that's a super good deal. And you can buy it as many times as you'd like until the deal ends on June 19th.<br><br><strong><br><br>Time to see you</strong><br><br>And then we come to Taverns of Time. Apparently Toki has shifted up the time stream in the Tavern or something like that. It's going to involve a whole bunch of alternate realities colliding. There'll be non-collectible Caverns of Time cards, and unique quests that give you gold and dust. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/news.asp?c=77704'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/news.asp?c=77704 Wed, 6 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT World Cup Month: 3 football board games we'd love to see coming to digital <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-khvz/subbuteo.jpg" width="200" alt="World Cup Month: 3 football board games we'd love to see coming to digital" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Since its World Cup Month here at Pocket Gamer, I thought it was important that TableTap got in on the action. So that's what I'm doing right now. Hardcore football action.<br><br>I'm going to roundup three of the football board games we'd like to see coming out on digital. Not included is the football board game I invented when I was seven years old, which involved Topps cards and a 2p piece. It was awesome though.<br><br><strong>Subbuteo<br><br></strong><br><br>The classic football board game. It's pretty in-depth, it takes a while to play a game, but if you've got a friend it's well worth it. And that flicking is going to be pretty easy to translate to mobile. Flick things, swipe to save goals.<br><br>There could be some AR involved, there could be some collectible ideas that lets you buy and trade the players you want. Really I'm surprised that no one's done this yet. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Subbuteo+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77700'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Subbuteo+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77700 Tue, 5 Jun 2018 14:05:48 GMT The best mobile board games of May 2018 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gssdh_among-the-stars-ios-3_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best mobile board games of May 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> May might not have been the most exciting month for digital board games, but there's still a couple of decent games that you should be checking out if you haven't already.<br><br>One's set in space, the other's set under the ground. And they're both about laying down cards. One of them has more dice, one of them has more aliens. You can probably guess which is which.<br><br><strong>Among the Stars</strong> - download for <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1175120793">iOS</a> / <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cublo.AmongTheStars">Android</a><br><br>This is a game all about building a space station. You lay cards, earning victory points in a variety of different ways. There's a great campaign mode, and a suite of different multiplayer modes that allow you to take on players around the world. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Among+the+Stars/feature.asp?c=77689'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Among+the+Stars/feature.asp?c=77689 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 13:52:33 GMT Harry's hot takes: How to experience your favourite videogames in the real world <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gmad/crossy-road-3.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: How to experience your favourite videogames in the real world" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you play video games, there's a very good chance that your knowledge of the outside world is a stunted tree. You've likely never felt the wind on your face, or run through corn fields laughing at the care free nature of life with your friends.<br><br>In case you're wondering, friends in real life are a lot like friends on your friends list but real and better and they can buy you drinks when you've run out of money instead of just saying things like haha GG mate over and over and over.<br><br>So in the spirit of expanding horizons and showing people aspects of life they might be missing out on because of their hobbies, this week's hot take is going to look at ways you can get out and about but still imagine you're playing your favourite games. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Crossy+Road/feature.asp?c=77678'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Crossy+Road/feature.asp?c=77678 Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:54:00 GMT Three of the best board game adaptations of videogames <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dsmb/the_witcher_adventure_game.jpg" width="200" alt="Three of the best board game adaptations of videogames" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sometimes board games are adapted into digital games. Other times, digital games are adapted into board gams. And that's what this list is about - the best board game adaptations of games that started out life as console, PC, or mobile games.<br><br>It's not an exhaustive list, but these are the ones that we reckon you should definitely pick up and play if you get the chance. If you've got your own suggestions though, we'd love to see them in the comments section below.<br><br><strong>Gears of War</strong><br><br>This game shouldn't be as good as it it. It's a big, brash, Ameritrash game that sees you rolling dice and taking down giant monsters. There's parts of it set in the console games, but there's freedom to play new stories too. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/The+Witcher%3A+Adventure+Game/feature.asp?c=77633'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/The+Witcher%3A+Adventure+Game/feature.asp?c=77633 Tue, 29 May 2018 10:00:00 GMT Find out how the The House of Da Vinci can keep you mentally fit as well as entertained <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zqryth/c-t5lejxsaabdh9.jpg" width="200" alt="Find out how the The House of Da Vinci can keep you mentally fit as well as entertained" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Released on iOS and devices last year, <em>The House of Da Vinci</em> impressed fans and critics alike, with its blend of intricate puzzles and beautiful visuals. Now, scientific research suggests that complex and mechanically unique puzzle games are forcing us to think creatively which has a positive effect on our mental fitness. In other words, playing a good puzzle game like <em>The House of Da Vinci</em> can be some healthy food for your brain.<br><br>Ever since <em>Tetris</em> from 1984, there’s been ongoing debate about the effects of video games in respect to our health. In the recent years, the debate shifted towards actual research. Two questions stand out: can video games sharpen our minds and help us fight brain diseases? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/The+House+of+Da+Vinci/feature.asp?c=77630'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/The+House+of+Da+Vinci/feature.asp?c=77630 Mon, 28 May 2018 09:14:00 GMT Super Hexagon developer, Terry Cavanagh, has a new premium roguelike on the way <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fhnw_placeholderlogo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Super Hexagon developer, Terry Cavanagh, has a new premium roguelike on the way" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> For the past few months developer Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, Super Hexagon) has been working on a new game called Dicey Dungeons. While there have been multiple playable builds of the game so far, it was announced today that this will be Cavanagh's third commercial title. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So! I've made some Dicey Decisions! Dicey Dungeons will be my third commercial game! More here! <a href="https://t.co/4aCHkS9BPO">https://t.co/4aCHkS9BPO</a> <a href="https://t.co/zyBmFzJOGQ">pic.twitter.com/zyBmFzJOGQ</a></p><br><br>— Terry (@terrycavanagh) <a href="https://twitter.com/terrycavanagh/status/998985896581128192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> It's still early days for the game, but we know a scattering of information. Dicey Dungeons will be a roguelike all about dice. There are three playable classes at the moment: <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Dicey+Dungeons/news.asp?c=77580'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Dicey+Dungeons/news.asp?c=77580 Wed, 23 May 2018 13:39:00 GMT What sort of board games work best on digital? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bbbr/space-hulk-ios-1.jpg" width="200" alt="What sort of board games work best on digital?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In the world of board games, there are very much two schools of thought. One of them dwells in the realms of chance, where dice rolls determine the outcome of most actions, and the best laid plans can come crashing down in a shower of ones.<br><br>Then there's the other school, where randomness is kept to a minimum, and players are bound to their decisions by a set of rules that can range from the incredibly simple to the head-scratchingly complex.<br><br>The question we want to ask here though, is which of these is a better fit for digital play? Is it the rattling dice-chaos of so-called Ameritrash games, or the more measured, considered beat of the Eurogame school?<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Space+Hulk/feature.asp?c=77574'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Space+Hulk/feature.asp?c=77574 Wed, 23 May 2018 11:00:00 GMT