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New 'Gadgetzan' Card Reveal, Expansion Reception, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News and Videos in 'Touchstone' #72

Welcome everyone to Touchstone Tavern, TouchArcade's weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Just like every week for the last many, many months, this week we gathered all the news of the last seven days in a single article so it's easier to get a good sense of the state of the Hearthstone universe. While usually we have all kinds of diverse stories, this week the news was, unsurprisingly, all about the upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. And speaking of the expansion, Blizzard gave us a present to give you all of you: three brand new cards from Mean Streets, and they are all about conditional Charge. In addition to our card reveal, there's also all kinds of news from BlizzCon, various opinions on what the expansion is bringing to the game, tournament news, and, of course, many card review videos. So, a pretty full and exciting week. Let us begin...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'RunGunJumpGun'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...




Editor's Notes: Melbourne International Games Week, GCAP, The Arcade, and The Incredible Australian Game Development Scene

As I've mentioned a few times now on TouchArcade between the original announcement and two different episodes of our podcast, I was lucky enough to be invited to Australia by the Melbourne International Games Week Visiting Journalist Program (say that three times fast) courtesy of Invest Victoria. It seemed like the objective of the whole thing was to bring foreign journalists like me, who don't have the resources to ever realistically get to Australia, and basically just let them discover how frickin' rad the Australian development scene is. (It worked, maybe too well.) I spent all my time in Melbourne, but the cool part of it being Games Week was that basically every Australian developer from all the other major development hubs were also in town, making for an absolutely unforgettable week...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 002 - Neil Rennison from Tin Man Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. It's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Neil Rennison of Tin Man Games, the developer behind many of the finest gamebooks on the App Store...

Out Now: 'ROME: Total War', 'SteamWorld Heist', 'Party Hard Go', 'Mikey Jumps', 'Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre', 'Tentacles - Enter the Mind', 'Toon Shooters 2' and MUCH More

Whether you're celebrating the Trump victory yesterday or trying to escape it, nothing soothes the soul quite like playing some video games. Well, you're really in luck this week my friends. So many high-profile games have hit today that it almost tricked me into thinking it was the week before iTunes shuts down for the holidays. The sublime SteamWorld Heist, an iPad port of ROME: Total War, Party Hard Go (finally), a new Mikey game… the list just goes on and on. So drown your sorrow or celebrate your excitement by scouring the full list of games below, and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up this week in the comments below!..

PAX Australia 2016: Another Fantastic PAX in the Books

So far I've been luck enough to go to a couple of PAX Easts, a few more PAX Primes, and one PAX Australia. (Regrettably, I've been unable to make it to a PAX South just yet!) If you've never been to one, and you enjoy any part of geek culture, you really need to figure out a way to go. They take place over a weekend, so time off work is minimal, and the PAX organizers pretty consistently book huge blocks of rooms at nearby hotels, often with rates far cheaper than you could get yourself. I go to these events and bust my ass tracking down things for TA coverage, but if I wasn't working, PAX would make a totally rad vacation...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Darkness Survival', 'Trash & Fists', 'Dumber League', 'Tap Tap Builder' and More

If you're looking to some kind of up-side to today, it's National Scrapple Day, which, I guess, is a thing. Apparently some kind of concealed pork loaf. Most things to do with swine are delicious, so, you know what, I'm going to keep an open mind. Oh yeah, we also have a new president. And some iPhone games came out...

Game of Throne's Kristian Nairn (Hodor!) on 'King of Avalon' and Mobile Gaming

Covering free to play games is always tricky for us, quick one-button ad-based games are easy, but games with PvP battle components typically have incredible levels of depth and strategy that takes an immense amount of time to appreciate (and write about intelligently). For instance, I'm almost a year into Clash of Clans [Free] now and I still am discovering new tricks. King of Avalon [Free] is a game that's pretty similar to a lot of the other free to play titles out there that have you building up armies, joining up with friends, and (if all goes as planned) conquering others. One of the thing that sets King of Avalon apart from others is the inclusion of tons of dragons, so in a way, it sort of makes sense that FunPlus has brought on Kristian Nairn (who you likely know as Hodor from Game of Thrones) to help make King of Avalon a better game...

BlizzCon 2016: A Convention In Review

BlizzCon 2016: A Convention In Review

November 8th, 2016 10:40 AM EST by Eric Ford in Featured, Games, News

Another BlizzCon has come and gone and we’ve covered extensively the newest expansion to Hearthstone [Free], the lone iOS game at the convention (WoW companion app notwithstanding). However, there were plenty of other games and events to cover in the convention’s two days. As usual, here’s a brief summary of some of the more interesting things that we saw on the floor...

Update Mondays: 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Junk Jack X', 'Demon's Rise', 'Doomsday Clicker', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. With Halloween behind us, it seems like updates are a little slow this week. We'll surely be buried under Thanksgiving and Christmas updates soon enough, but in the meantime, let's take a moment to enjoy this calm. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Nekosan'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

BlizzCon 2016: Blizzard Unveils 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan', New Expansion for 'Hearthstone'

Today during the BlizzCon Opening Ceremony, Hamilton Chu of Hearthstone fame announced the newest expansion for the card battler. Taking place in the dark corridors and alleys of the port city of Gadgetzan, Mean Streets looks to offer an interesting mix based on the three 'families' of Gadgetzan (think mobs). Each family has their own types of cards with different strategies...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we know the Prince of Cannock is a freeloader. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the last descendent of the Kingdom of Midenhall, I try to choose a balanced plate of games to feature in this column, but if you have any suggestions, I'm happy to hear to them. You can leave suggestions in the comments below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I prepare the schedule well in advance, so you might not see your suggested game soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Out Now: 'DC Legends', 'Asphalt Xtreme', 'High Risers', 'DragonVale World', 'Nekosan', 'Lemons', 'Bloons Supermonkey 2', 'Galaga Wars', 'Mercenaries Saga2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and as usual, there's a hefty list of stuff for your download consideration. Time to drink from the firehose! This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch DC Legends finally come to life worldwide, as well as the only-soft-launched-for-a-week Asphalt Xtreme from Gameloft. Plus a new DragonVale, a new game from the Duet developer Kumobius called High Risers, and a new game from the Mr. Jump developer 1button called Nekosan. And many, many more. So check out the full list of games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Bloons Supermonkey 2', 'DragonVale World', 'Legends TD', 'Mental Hospital V' and More

With Eli all the way on the other side of the globe in Australia being disappointed the water in the toilet isn't spinning the opposite direction, that leaves me to take over with the early new games post. So here is the extremely quick and dirty list of the newest games that have been posted to our forums this past week, and I know for a fact that this isn't everything so be sure to check back later tonight when we post our official Out Now list for all the week's new games...

Gadgetzan News, Ladder Changes, World Championship Results, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #71

Hello and welcome to another weekly roundup of all news Hearthstone [Free]. This was an interesting week with two main things happening; on the one hand we have Blizzard teasing the new expansion, and on the other we had the Group Stages for the World Championship. We're getting more and more information on the new expansion, but there's plenty of question marks over the whole thing at the moment. I just with we get some big cards that shake the meta up quite a bit, maybe even a new keyword. We need some new toys to play with. As for the Championship, we got to see some fun games and some unexpected results, too...

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! Also: Happy Halloween! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. I'll level with you, friends. I skipped over a lot of Halloween updates this week. I tried to include any that looked particularly cool, but I have to go home sometime, you know? Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Will Be at Melbourne International Games Week 2016

There's a whole ton of stuff going on in Australia as far as mobile game development is concerned, and I've always heard from developers about how I've got to come out there some time... But, thanks to the Australian government's Invest Victoria program, the powers that be are flying me out to the land down under for Melbourne International Games Week. I'll be most focused on GCAP and PAX Australia, but I'll be around for other stuff too during the week...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Lost Shield'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Freebie Alert: Fun Castle Defending Game 'Warcher Defenders' Free for Halloween

At the end of May, developer Ogre Pixel released their charming castle defense game Warcher Defenders [$0.99] to the App Store, and if you missed out on it previously at its nearly-free price of 99¢, you can now grab it for all-the-way-free as the game is currently on sale for Halloween. Warcher Defenders has you defending your castle on the left of the screen as all manner of creepy enemies approach from the right. Your initial character is an archer so you'll be firing off arrows to dispatch enemies and there's a few different platforms attached to your castle which you can jump between, as enemies not only attack from the ground but from the air too. As you play you can also buy items from a shopkeep and upgrade your character's abilities, and both the look and the progression of Warcher Defenders reminds me a lot of one of my other all-time favorites, Slayin [$0.99]. That right there should be enough incentive for you to give this one a download...

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