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March 17th is here, which means we are about to get more card reveals from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion. At 11am PST, (which is half an hour after this story goes out) Senior Designer Peter Whalen and Sean "Day9" Plott will be livestreaming their journey to Un'Goro. During this journey, expect to see giant dinosaurs, crackling elementals, lethal flora, and, of course, all-new cards from the upcoming expansion. It's about time we got to see more expansion cards because up to now, we've been guessing at what the expansion's effects could be on the meta and on the game in general. Hopefully, we'll start getting a much better grasp of what kinds of cards are coming down the pipeline...

Last week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl was the Heroic one, which made many of you stay pretty far away from that fourth button. This week's Brawl is very different both in terms of gameplay but also in terms of rewards. First of all, this week's Brawl is a slightly-different version of an older Brawl, Encounter at the Crossroads; the twist is that you get a Party Crasher minion every time you're the active player. This 3/5 Taunt minion is not under your control and attacks face every turn. Since your opponent will be getting a Party Crasher every single turn, you'll have to take care of those minions as soon as you can; otherwise, they'll get out of control quickly...




I've been playing Faeria [Free (HD)] for a few days now, and I'm really enjoying it because it plays quite differently from pretty much any other CCG out there. Now, the developers have started teasing the game's first expansion, Adventure Pouch, and it's a pretty big one. Adventure Pouch will add a new co-op campaign to the game, time-limited co-op boss battles, new daily challenges, plenty of new cosmetics, and, of course, plenty of new cards. The co-op adventure can be played either with AI or your friends and will feature at least 6 Quest packs...

Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Journey to Un'Goro, is getting closer by the day, so Blizzard has been trying to get us into the mood. First there was the expedition journal, and today we got the first episode of a new short series called Wonders of Un'Goro, starring the hilarious Danny Pudi. Pudi plays Professor George Herbert Doyle IV, a renowned explorer daring to traverse Un'Goro. He and Eddie, his talkative aide, are looking for a very rare specimen, Galvadon. As you'd expect, Pudi is completely unprepared for what Un'Goro has in store for all explorers...

Journey to Un'Goro Teasers, Price Hikes, a Kripp Interview, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #88

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] news and videos roundup. This week was a peculiar one since it started with more Un'Goro teasers but ended with players complaining very loudly about the changes in pack pricing across most non-US areas. The price hikes will affect purchases made through the PC, Mac, and Android clients as well as the Battle.net Shop. iOS will, fortunately, stay as is, at least for now. As you can guess, the changes didn't go over well with the community. The price hike wasn't the only interesting thing to happen in the world of Hearthstone; we also got more info and teasers on Un'Goro, although the real spoilers should be coming next week. So, let us begin...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] continues to get more content, and this time around the game received the Challenge Mode, one of the stretch goals of the Season 2 Kickstarter campaign. The Challenge Mode turns the difficulty up a notch by giving each villain a twist to his or her rules, which adds another layer of strategy on top of the existing ones. The update also adds the Ultimate Mode, which allows you to play with both the rules from Advanced and Challenge Mode at the same time, for extra challenge. Some examples of the Challenge Mode are Grand Warlord Voss playing the top card of his deck every time he flips or the Matriarch making all her domain cards indestructible. The new update also brings new achievements to the game...

Clash Royale [Free] is getting a really fun mode soonish called Clan Battle, which is a fancy name for a 2v2 mode. It looks like it's going to be crazy fun. As revealed in the latest Radio Royale podcast episode, in this mode both players will have 10 elixir bars - with the elixir replenishing 15% slower than usual, and even though Elixir Collectors won't be shared, buffing cards like Rage will buff all units. Also, the bottom arena is extended by 4 tiles to fit the two towers next to each other. You can hear more details about how the mode came about and other fun info on the podcast episode, so make sure you check it out...

If you were hoping for a fun, easy Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl and an easy pack this week, I'm sorry to disappoint; instead, what we are getting is the second Heroic Tavern Brawl, the brawl for those with either a lot of money to spare or really good collections (or both). The Heroic Tavern Brawl costs 1000 gold or $9.99 to join, so it's definitely not the kind of Brawl you join for fun and hope for the best. Once you join, you build a Standard deck and then compete with others in a kind of constructed Arena. Lose 3 times and you're out; get 12 wins, and you get the keys to the city (not really, but close.)..

Blizzard is in the process of organizing the Hearthstone [Free] Global Games, a team-based tournament where countries will go head to head and battle for supremacy and country pride. Starting today, you can help decide who the players will be on each of the 48 participating countries by voting for your favorite players. There are 8 players pre-selected for each team, and by the end of the voting process, 3 will be chosen. The way it works is you can only vote for players from country of your Battle.net account. My account is in the US, so I have to pick among players like Muzzy, Firebat, Amnesiac, Zalae, and dog. Each player has a little thought bubble with either inspirational or silly words (Firebat hates pirates but likes winning)...

After a brief beta period, the strategy card game Faeria [Free (HD)] is finally out worldwide, and I'm quite excited about this one. This cross-platform game combines a hex grid (which immediately makes it a good game in my opinion) with a CCG, and in order to defeat the other player, you have to modify the board accordingly. Think of it as playing Magic the Gathering but instead of having to play 3 lands before playing a specific card, you have to transform three board tiles into that specific kind of land and then play the minion on one of those lands. So, you'll have to be thinking both in terms of what kinds of cards you want to play but also how to transform the board to suit your cards and strategy...

Hearthstone's [Free] new expansion Journey to Un'Goro is heading our way at some point in April, but as is usually the case, Blizzard has started giving us more info on the expansion in entertaining ways. Today, we got E. Malone's Expedition Journal - Week One, and it's - probably - filled with clues on cards and themes. The journal starts at the City of Stormwind and with rumors of Galvadon, a semi-mythical beast rumored to live in Un'Goro Crater. The rumors become the impetus for Malone's journey, and he soon finds his way to the City of Gadgetzan - where he votes for Kazakus apparently - and then the Un'Goro Crater Rim. Here we get some clues about brightly colored parrots called Jeweled Macaws - which I'm sure will find their way into the expansion. Elise Starseeker also chases after a huge butterfly, another possible card...

Ascension [Free] is one of the best deckbuilding games on the App Store, and a game I've personally played for many, many hours, and now it's getting ready to get another expansion called Gift of the Elements. Even though the announcement is for the physical version of the expansion, all Ascension's expansions end up in the digital version of the game too. Gift of the Elements is a gift of sorts to fans of the game because it brings back the two most-requested game mechanics from earlier expansions. The first one is Events, first introduced all the way back in Storm of Souls. Events have an immediate impact on all players the moment they're revealed in the center row. The new Events will be more impactful than the original ones...

This week we have a brand new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gadgetzan Throw-Down, and as you can guess, it's all about those Gadgetzan crime families. When you start the brawl, you randomly get one of the three bosses and a deck full of cards from that family. Aya's hero power costs 4 mana and summons a Jade Golem, Kazakus' is a 2-mana add a random potion to your hand, and Don's costs 2 mana and gives +2/+2 to a minion in your hand. The decks, which appear to change every time, play pretty close to their design purpose, with Don being all about hand-buffing and strong taunts, Aya having the Jade Golems, and Kazakus potions and spells...

We had a hunch that the big Hearthstone [Free] patch that will change the game quite a bit would hit today, and we were right. Even though it will take a bit for it to hit mobile, it's definitely on the way. What does the patch bring? Well, a ton of huge changes that should rejuvenate the game. The first is the addition of floors in Ranked; you won't be able to drop below certain ranks - 20, 15, 10, 5, and Legend - once you hit them. That should help the Ladder feel more fun and the level of challenge more appropriate for the rank, especially after the first week or so of the season. The other big change is the Arena shift from Wild to Standard and the change in card frequency; expect to see more rare, epics, and legendaries as well as more spells and fewer neutral basic/classic cards...

Ankama, of Krosmaster and Dofus fame, has given us another interesting mobile game called Krosmaga [Free], and it looks pretty fun. This CCG will remind you a lot of Mojang's ill-fated Scrolls in that you use cards to place units on a battlefield and take out the other player's towers while protecting yours. In Kromaga, you play as a god and can unleash godly - and probably ungodly - powers upon your poor opponent. As with every CCG, you collect cards, build decks - or go with the premade ones the game offers - and go for either the PvP or the single player mode...

'Journey to Un'Goro', Arena Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #86

Hello everyone and apologies for coming one day late; we didn't want to ignore the big Monday news. So, what a week this past one has been, especially given what happened yesterday, Monday. Blizzard finally announced Journey to Un'Goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion that we all knew was on the way. The announcement got generally positive responses, as is usually the case, but what matters is the impact the expansion will have on the meta and whether it will make the game more fun. In addition to the expansion news, we also heard about the upcoming changes to the Arena, which should make the mode feel fresher and - hopefully - more fun. I think it's fair to say that we've never had so many changes announced as we've had in the last couple of weeks, which I hope is part of the developers' attempts to solve the game's problems and improve the experience for everyone involved. So far, so good, I think. Let us begin...

It's finally official; Journey to Un'Goro is the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion! We knew it would probably be that thanks to an early leak, but today we got the official announcement, which you can watch in the video below. In Journey to Un'Goro, we get to visit a land of primordial wonder filled with ancient elementals, scary flora, and - of course - some of the biggest, baddest predators of Azeroth. You can, of course, expect to see dinosaurs; many, many dinosaurs. The expansion will add 135 new cards with many Beast cards but also a new tribe called Elemental. There will be also all kinds of other mechanics going on, like quest cards that give you monstrous power once you complete their requirements. And dinosaurs are very territorial and can Adapt (the name of another new mechanic) to any threat that comes their way thanks to a newly-discovered from of evolution. Sounds intriguing...

Another week, another Clash Royale [Free] card, and this time it's Goblin Gang. The new card, which costs 3 elixir, spawns 6 single-target troops, 3 Spear Goblins and 3 Goblins. The troops are always spawned with the 3 Spear Goblins in the back, which makes perfect sense since you want them protected. The unit is unlocked in Arena 9, the Jungle Arena. If you wanted to spawn Goblins and Spear Goblins independently, you'd have to pay one extra elixir than this card. And, of course, you only need one card rather than two, so it's a win-win...

Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] managed to do pretty well for itself, and its Clash Royale-inspired MOBA-style gameplay was a hit with players. The game has received its first big update of the year, with version 1.4 bringing some very welcome changes that should make playing the game more fun. The first big change is upgraded rewards missions. The Play Pack rewards should be better, and Season Rewards will also include Legendary Cards. Season lengths are also reduced now, so players will be getting season rewards every week. Finally, there are Daily Missions available with plenty of rewards...

RPG Reload File 101 - 'Dream Quest'

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the not-so-weekly feature where we may not look pretty, but have it where it counts. Every so often, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the horrific present of today. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in iOS history, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. While this isn't a regular part of the RPG Reload feature anymore, I'll still occasionally be doing these Files when the mood strikes me. If you have a game you really want to see covered, let me know in the comments below, by tweeting me at @RPGReload, or by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums...

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