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BOP News – Best of (the Week)

Posted by admin On July - 15 - 2011

This week on BOP News:

Rio Grande announced a World Master Dominion Tournament at Essen Speilfest this year. They will be hosting a Preliminary tournament at GenCon in August and will provide the winner with a free trip to Essen… yes Essen. Oh how I wish I was attending GenCon this year. The first prize at the WM tournament at Essen will be €1000,00. Check out Rio Grande for more Info.

Ticket to Ride on IOS got an update this week. The much anticipated app has only been out for a month or so and they already have their first update. It’s a biggy too.

NEW FEATURES
• Pass-and-Play: you can now play alongside up to 4 of your friends with your iPad! Select the “Pass & Play” option when creating a game, and tap on the characters to add players. Tap on the character’s name to enter your friends’ names. You can even mix real players and robots for added challenge! Tap again on a character to toggle the “BOT” icon.
Pass the iPad to the next player when his/her name is displayed. You can view the actions taken by others on their previous turn by looking at the icons in each character’s panel at the top of the screen. If a player claimed a route, tap and hold on his/her panel to highlight this route and see the cards that were played.

BUG FIXES AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
• You can now mute voices. Go to the Settings controls in the Mechanic’s room to do so.
• You may skip various animations by tapping the screen, such as the start-up animation when launching the game or the Ticket completion animation.
• You may also skip the end-of-game animation by using the fast-forward skip button on the side.
• Better support for colorblind players: in zoomed-in mode, the map now shows the card icons on the tracks. To play in zoomed-in mode, double-tap on the map.
• Buttons in Central Station now have names for easier navigation.
• You can now set the number of players when creating an online game from the Restaurant.
• When you choose Tickets, cities of the currently selected Tickets are highlighted in blue for easier planning before confirming your choices.
• Just-in-time log in: to avoid problems for players with poor Wi-fi connections, Ticket to Ride now logs on to the Days of Wonder server only at the last moment, and only when necessary. We also added an automatic quick recovery in case of connection loss, so that you can jump back into your online game right away. Network connection errors are also better handled.
• Several crashing bugs have been fixed (e.g. trying to claim a city that was already claimed on the European map).
• Various user interface usability improvements.
• Various fixes to enforce some games rules in Solo mode (e.g. number of Tickets proposed in USA 1910 Mega and Big Cities games).

For all you card combatters out there… “Kard Combat” is now available on IOS. This is a new game by Hothead Games, co-designed by Richard Garfield of Magic the Gathering Fame. This iPhone app is a free download letting you play many tower levels with a diverse assortment of cards. A $2.99 IAP lets you unlock all the mages and all 100 current cards for the game. I’m not a big fan of Magic, but I heard it’s actually pretty good. So maybe I’ll check it out soon.

Having trouble getting past some of the levels in the Catan IOS, there’s a cheat for that!

2.1.1
Already bought the seafarers expansion and it is locked after updating to 2.1.X? Don’t worry; your initial purchase is already saved in your iTunes account. However for technical reasons you have to select “Buy” again. Confirm and an iTunes message will tell you that

you’ve already purchased it and that you can re-download for free. You will NOT be billed twice!
- Restored campaign progress
- New cheat code: In the campaign mode go to select player and enter „CatanWarp*“ (* = 1–15) as your player name and confirm. Exit the game via the home button and restart it. The campaign can now be continued from the specified level number (1–15). Levels up to the specified number will be unlocked in the custom game mode as well.
- Various smaller optimizations


Fantasy Flight Games is Hiring designers and such. So if you live in Minnesota or wouldn’t mind relocating… apply today! Really, working with or for a game company is probably most board gamers dream. In other job news, BGI is hiring a new Editor in Chief. I’m currently a staff review on BGI and it’s not paid, but it’s good fun to be part of a board game website, regardless. So if your interested in being the new Editor in Chief, let the webmaster know webmaster@boardgameinfo.com

Thats all for today folks, have a good weekend and stay tuned for next weeks BOP News Best of.