Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Board Game) 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 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:26:15 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer The 5 best hints and tips for F1 Trading Card Game for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-efkgd/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="The 5 best hints and tips for F1 Trading Card Game for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> F1 Trading Card Game is an interesting one. It might seem quite shallow at first glance, but there's actually a decent amount of strategy going on here. Which is why we're going to help you out with some hints and tips.<br><br>Even if you don't know your pitstop from your pace car, you'll soon be standing high atop the podium if you read these.<br><br>And don't forget, if you've got your own ideas for hints and tips, chuck them in the comments down there at the bottom of the article. This way we can all be Michael Schumacher, instead of Ralf Schumacher. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/F1+Trading+Card+Game/feature.asp?c=77876'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/F1+Trading+Card+Game/feature.asp?c=77876 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:41:23 GMT Get ready to take on Sauron when TableTap goes live on Twitch later today <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fweqs/lord-of-the-rings-card-game.jpg" width="200" alt="Get ready to take on Sauron when TableTap goes live on Twitch later today" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's so close now you can almost taste it. In less than two hours James Gilmour is going to be taking to the Twitch airwaves to stream Asmodee's lastest board game adaptation, Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game.<br><br>Not only that, he's going to be joined by Luke Walaszek, who works at Fantasy Flight Digital, the developers behind the game. There's going to be orcs, there's going to be elves, and there's going to be lots of swords and adventuring too.<br><br>I know that's the sort of thing that's going to tickle your fancy, <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital">so make sure you click on this link right here</a> at 5PM UK time in order to join in with the fun. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77873'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77873 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:28:00 GMT Hearthstone Deck Guide: Even Shaman <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jzzs/hearthstone.jpg" width="200" alt="Hearthstone Deck Guide: Even Shaman" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> A two-mana, 2/3 minion seems an unlikely card to build a deck around, but that's what happened with Even Shaman.<br><br>Murkspark Eel, the card in question, has a useful battlecry that can eliminate an enemy minion. And it turns out that using even-only cards lets you build a very effective version of the basic "minion shaman" beloved of many new players. Here's how it works.<br><br><strong>Card Choice</strong><br><br>2 x Earthen Might<br><br>2 x Flametongue Totem<br><br>2 x Murkspark Eel<br><br>2 x Primalfin Totem<br><br>1 x Hex<br><br>2 x Fire Elemental<br><br>1 x Al'Akir the Windlord<br><br>1 x Hagatha the Witch<br><br>1 x Kalimos, Primal Lord<br><br>2 x Dire Wolf Alpha<br><br>2 x Knife Juggler<br><br>1 x Vicious Scalehide<br><br>2 x Corpsetaker<br><br>2 x Fire Plume Phoenix<br><br>2 x Saronite Chain Gang<br><br>1 x Argent Commander<br><br>1 x Genn Greymane <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=77861'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=77861 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:21:34 GMT 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/Board+Game/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77860'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77860 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:00:04 GMT Review: F1 Trading Card Game review - Does exactly what you think it will <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-uotdo_f1-trading-card-game-ios-screenshot-an-overtaking-move_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="F1 Trading Card Game review - Does exactly what you think it will" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You never know what you're going to get with a trading card game on mobile. It could be a deep and engaging experience that sucks you in and refuses to let you go. But at the same time it could be a simple game that you barely have any control over.<br><br>F1 Trading Card Game fits somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. It's not super deep, but there's definitely stuff for you to do here. And it takes ideas from less card-based mobile games and weaves them into the experience to pretty decent effect.<br><br><strong>Floor it</strong><br><br>The game is all about building a deck of cards. These represent different drivers and events from the 2018 championship. Collecting them all is just a small part of the game though, because you need to use the cards in races too.<br><br>Each of the cards has a rarity value and a direction on them, and it's these you use during the driving sections. Every track you race on is split into a number of action points, and it's here you get to play your cards. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/F1+Trading+Card+Game/review.asp?c=77859'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/F1+Trading+Card+Game/review.asp?c=77859 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:30:58 GMT F1 Trading Card Game could be the card game petrolheads have been waiting for <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-efkgd/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="F1 Trading Card Game could be the card game petrolheads have been waiting for" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We always get a little bit excited when a new card game comes out on mobile, and F1 Trading Card Game, while it might have one of the dullest names in the history of naming things, has definitely piqued our interest.<br><br>As you might be able to tell from that yawnfest of a name, it's a trading card game featuring F1 cars, teams, and drivers. So if you're a petrolhead, this may well be the card-based game you've been yearning for.<br><br><em><a href="/r/Board+Game/Bottom+of+the+9th/feature.asp?c=76604">Click here to read about the sports board games we'd love to see on mobile</a></em><br><br>This is the first time that F1 has officially licensed a digital card-trader, so that's definitely something to get excited about if you love the roar of engines and the screech of ridiculously expensive tyres. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/F1+Trading+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77852'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/F1+Trading+Card+Game/news.asp?c=77852 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:09:28 GMT 63 games currently in soft launch on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jzwog/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="63 games currently in soft launch on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're super fortunate to see such an abundance of gorgeous games released per week, but it's about time Pocket Gamer showed soft launched games a little love in list form. Ongoing, that is.<br><br>Without further ado, check out which titles are in soft launch right now.<br><br><strong>Armed Heist</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Av SOZAP</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/armed-heist/id1163705851?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4">iOS</a></li><br><br><li>Country: Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines</li><br><br></ul><br><br>If you're into this sort of things, Armed Heist puts you right in the shoes of an A-Class criminal and lets you work through varying degrees of challenging 'jobs'. Pull of heists, earn cash, and reap the rewards of your efforts. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:52:00 GMT Some of the best euro board games on the App Store are on sale for ridiculously cheap right now <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cbxu/lehavre.jpg" width="200" alt="Some of the best euro board games on the App Store are on sale for ridiculously cheap right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you love board games, and you also love not spending very much money, then this is the post for you. That's because a whole bunch of Codito games are currently on sale on the App Store for the low, low price of just 99p / 99c.<br><br>There are some real gems here, including a couple designed by every eurogamer's favourite, Reiner Knizia. As well as that there's one of the best worker placement games for iOS, and much, much more.<br><br>To help you make your purchasing decisions I've stuck the games in a list below, with links to download them as well as links to our reviews. Don't say I never do anything for you, okay?<br><br><em><a href="/r/iPad/Agricola/feature.asp?c=74706">Click here to read about the best worker placement games for mobile</a></em><br><br><ul><br><br><li><a href="/r/iPad/A+Brief+History+of+the+World/review.asp?c=53686"><strong>A Brief History of the World</strong></a> - <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/490152130">buy for iPhone / iPad</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Le+Havre/news.asp?c=77840'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Le+Havre/news.asp?c=77840 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:25:39 GMT Review: Startup Grave review - A solo card game that's plagued by the major problem of the genre <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-eptp_startup-grave-ios-review-screenshot-a-fight_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Startup Grave review - A solo card game that's plagued by the major problem of the genre" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The one thing you need to get spot on with a solitaire card game is the challenge. If it's too easy, then players will smash through it at the first try and never come back to it. If it's too difficult, they'll crash up against it until the fun runs out and go and do something else.<br><br>Thanks to the inherent randomness of the experience, Startup Grave sits closer to the latter problem. That's not to say there isn't fun to be had here, but there are too many times when you feel like the game has played you into a corner you never had a chance to get out of.<br><br><strong>Fight</strong><br><br>The game is played with 48 cards. It's up to you to clear the entire deck. There are two bars in the centre of the screen, one red and one black. At the start of a round the red is at 10, the black at 0. If the red hits zero, or the black reaches ten, it's game over. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Startup+Grave/review.asp?c=77825'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Startup+Grave/review.asp?c=77825 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:13:48 GMT Review: 2018 World Football League review - A decent game blighted by adverts <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nnhej_2018-world-football-leage-ios-review-screenshot-england-vs-costa-rica_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="2018 World Football League review - A decent game blighted by adverts" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> 2018 World Football League is very much a game of two halves. On the one hand, it's a really interesting game that plays a little bit like Subbuteo.<br><br>On the other though, if it plays me another advert while I'm playing it for this review I swear to the footballing gods I'm going to hurl my phone out of the window and sue the developer to get me a new one.<br><br><strong>Flip it</strong><br><br>So, let's start with the good stuff. The game is basically played with bottle caps. You twang them around the screen using catapult-style controls, and your aim is to score more goals than your opponent.<br><br>There's a time limit here, but the game is also turn-based. One team has a flick, then it's the next team's turn. It's a neat idea, and while it misses out a lot of the tactical nuances of football, it also makes everything flow pretty well. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/2018+World+Football+League/review.asp?c=77818'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/2018+World+Football+League/review.asp?c=77818 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:58:11 GMT 2018 World Football League is a bit like Subbuteo, and it's out now for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lpouq/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="2018 World Football League is a bit like Subbuteo, and it's out now for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You might remember a few days ago we posted a <a href="/r/Board+Game/Subbuteo+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77700">feature about the football board games we'd like to see on mobile</a>.<br><br>Well, 2018 World Football League just landed on the App Store, and it's answered some rather specific parts of our prayers.<br><br>That's because the game is a bit like Subutteo. It's a turn-based, five-a-side affair that sees you flicking bottle caps in order to try and beat your opponents.<br><br>It's a neat little idea, and while it might not have the depth of Subbuteo, there is a lot to like here.<br><br>It's not without its problems though, so I'd suggest holding fire on downloading it before our review goes live tomorrow.<br><br>But if you love throwing caution to the wind and flipping things at balls, you <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1371447308">can grab the game from the App Store right now by following this link</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/2018+World+Football+League/news.asp?c=77808'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/2018+World+Football+League/news.asp?c=77808 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:57:08 GMT Hearthstone Deck Guide: Token Druid <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bkdft_hearthstone-5_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Hearthstone Deck Guide: Token Druid" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Druid has a long tradition of decks that spawn and buff a ton of minions. But this new take Token Druid has relatively little in common with them aside from using Savage Roar as a finisher.<br><br>What's changed is the addition of a bunch of new ways to spawn tokens and build armour. Between them, they've made a formidable deck that's tough to beat down.<br><br><strong>Card Choice</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>2 x Lesser Jasper Spellstone</li><br><br><li>2 x Power of the Wild</li><br><br><li>2 x Wild Growth</li><br><br><li>2 x Savage Roar</li><br><br><li>2 x Branching Paths</li><br><br><li>1 x Ironwood Golem</li><br><br><li>2 x Oaken Summons</li><br><br><li>2 x Soul of the Forest</li><br><br><li>2 x Swipe</li><br><br><li>2 x Wispering Woods</li><br><br><li>2 x Nourish</li><br><br><li>2 x Spreading Plague</li><br><br><li>1 x Malfurion the Pestilent</li><br><br><li>2 x Ultimate Infestation</li><br><br></ul><br><br><ul> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=77797'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=77797 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:59:00 GMT Shephy is a card game all about... sheep sex? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mpihq_shephy-switch-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Shephy is a card game all about... sheep sex?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><strong>Welcome to <a href="/writer.asp?a=290&sec=11">Susan Arendt's</a> latest column on Pocket Gamer. In 2018 we've recruited the best writers and most experienced gamers in the industry and asked them to inspire us. Today Susan takes a look at Shephy, a Switch game all about... sheep bonking...</strong></em><br><br>The thing that's so great about games is how they can encompass a seemingly infinite number of scenarios. Sure, most of them fall into the "saving the world/galaxy/neighborhood" variety, but you can grow gardens, solve logic puzzles, draw silly pictures... if you can imagine it, there's likely a game that does it.<br><br>I honestly didn't expect anyone to imagine sheep having sex, but perhaps that's a failing on my part.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Shephy/feature.asp?c=77796'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Shephy/feature.asp?c=77796 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:39:30 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/Board+Game/Talisman%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=77784'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/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/Board+Game/Anthem/feature.asp?c=77770'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Board+Game/Anthem/feature.asp?c=77770 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:52:00 GMT