Welcome again to another fun fact filled extravaganza. We are here to bring you the latest drips and drabs of news. Of course by the time you are reading this, the Summer Sale for Codito has concluded, but never fear there are things of great excitement upon us. Since some of that news was already spoiled, this is going to be a shorter news post than you are used to. In light of a more extensive news coverage, please accept these two vignettes; one brought to you by USM and one brought to you by the Coding Monkeys.
Cities and Knights
Finally! After many months of waiting, USM has released to you their update for Settlers of Catan; introducing the Cities and Knights expansion. This has very quickly consumed vast amounts of my weekend. Cities and Knights is easily my favourite expansion of the Catan series; it adds a level of complexity to the game that challenges and expands your assumptions of strategy, while also still feeling much like the original game in question.
For what it’s worth, they’ve also expanded into a large number of scenarios that include just C&K rules, and some that include both C&K as well as Seafarers. These were never part of the original release of C&K but it does show you how development can expand and extend the ideas from a physical game outwardly.
If you are a fan of Catan, I recommend you try out this expansion. The expansion can be accessed through an in-game purchase once you have updated the game.
Heavens help me, a Knizia product that I actually like. Last week saw the arrival of this little trinket into the market, and I was surprised. I think a large part of it is due to the polish that
USM Coding Monkeys have brought to the product, but also the fact that it’s based off a game from earlier on Knizia’s development history. It is based on a reasonably solid gaming mechanic.
Despite my earlier protestations against this sort of thing, and even though it is an iPhone build (that you magnify 2x), I am going to make this my feature review for this week on Wednesday. Perhaps that is itself significant of USM’s talents that I overturn such reservations. Blood bath or accolade, I think I might be tipping my hand here.
We are also aware of this trailer, depicting a title for Spring 2013. It’s just a teaser at the moment: