February 16th, 2021
ASCENSION: DECK BUILDING GAME TO BE PUBLISHED BY PLAYDEK
New Expansions for the Award-winning Stone Blade game to Release in 2021
VISTA, CA., February, 2021 – Playdek, the award-winning digital board game developer and publisher, along with Stone Blade Entertainment, leading board game designer and publisher, today announce a publishing agreement that will see Playdek continue to develop and publish digital adaptations of Stone Blade’s Ascension: Deck Building series of games. The goal of the partnership is to bring the best digital content and deck building game experience to gamers worldwide, while continuing to build on the global community of Ascension online players.
“I am incredibly excited to be partnered again with Playdek on the Ascension app,” said Justin Gary, CEO of Stone Blade and lead designer of Ascension, “We know fans have been asking for new content and features for a long time and we can’t wait to bring this all to life for our community.”
The first new product to come from the renewed partnership is Ascension: Deliverance, the thirteenth expansion for the Ascension game universe. In Deliverance, the world of dreams has become a living nightmare. With the portal between dreams and reality opened, the world has descended into madness. Players must harness the power needed to close the portal to the Dreamscape and restore the world to order. Ascension: Deliverance will release in Q1 2021.
In addition, Playdek will be adding the Ascension: 10 Year Anniversary Edition art and content that was featured in the Ascension: Tactics Kickstarter as a free update for all Ascension digital players. This selectable set features remastered cards, new art featuring Ascensions most iconic characters and a 10th Anniversary game board layout. The free set will be released alongside the Deliverance expansion.
“We have been very fortunate to work with Justin and the Stone Blade team in this business,” said Joel Goodman, CEO, Playdek. “We launched Playdek ten years ago this year with Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and are thankful to still be able to bring this great franchise to its many worldwide fans. We look forward to the next ten years working with our friends at StoneBlade.”
About Playdek, Inc.
Playdek is a premier developer, publisher and platform for the world’s best tabletop gaming. Winner of BoardGameGeek’s Golden Geek award for Best Mobile/Handheld game and Pocket Tactics “Publisher of the Year”, Playdek brings the best of hobby gaming to digital. www.playdekgames.com| facebook/playdek | twitter/@playdek
About Stone Blade Entertainment
Stone Blade Entertainment is a top industry gaming company headquartered in San Diego. In 2010, Stone Blade released the award-winning deck-building game Ascension, which just celebrated its ten year anniversary and includes over 15 expansions. Stone Blade has continued to launch premier tabletop games including Shards of Infinity, Ringmaster, and the upcoming Ascension Tactics Miniatures deckbuilding game. More info can be found at www.stoneblade.com
February 21, 2020
Playdek and GMT Games are proud to announce that Labyrinth: The War on Terror will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 27th!
Playdek, the award-winning digital board game developer and publisher, have announced they are bringing the card driven strategy game Labyrinth: The War On Terror to digital via Steam Early Access.
Labyrinth immerses players in the world of counter-terrorism through the broad scope of the global war on terror. In the 2 player mode, one player takes the position of the jihadists, seeking to spread fundamentalist rule over the Muslim world, while the opposing player takes the role of the U.S., neutralizing terrorist cells while encouraging Muslim democratic reform. In the 1-player, bot driven solitaire mode, the player operates as the U.S., taking on challenges to defeat al-Qaeda and its allies.
"I love the passion, skill, and care that Playdek puts into the digital versions of GMT games", says Gene Billingsley, President of GMT Games. "They maintain absolute fidelity to each game's look, process, and strategies, while bringing us all a unique and faster-playing experience in digital. I was thrilled with the elegance with which they crafted both Twilight Struggle and Fort Sumter, and can't wait to see their release version of Labyrinth!"
Labyrinth: The War On Terror was created by the award winning board game designer and retired CIA Analyst, Volko Ruhnke. He is known for his creation of the popular COIN series of games based on the concept of modern insurgency. These notable games include, Fire In the Lake, Cuba Libre and Falling Sky. Ruhnke has displayed a mastery of strategic analysis in his designs and is an expert in asymmetrical game design flow.
- “In the world of role-playing war games, VolkoRuhnkehas become a hero” –Washington
- “Acclaimed designer VolkoRuhnkegives a whole new meaning to the term “serious games” –Polygon
- 2010 James F. Dunnigan Design Elegance Award Winner
- 2010 Charles S. Roberts Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame Winner
July 03, 2019
Playdek and Looney Labs Announce the Return of Digital Fluxx
Playdek, award-winning mobile video game publisher, and Looney Labs, iconic table top game publisher, today announce that Fluxx will be returning to mobile platforms on July 18th!
“Fluxx is a wonderful game for digital adaptation, and we are happy to be able to bring it back to iOS as well as finally get it in the hands of Android users,” said Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek. “It plays great against your friends online and is a perfect fit for pass-and-play games."
Priced at $2.99, Fluxx will make its return to iOS platforms and for the first time will be coming to Android phones and tablets on July 18th. Fluxx will also be coming to PC and Mac via Steam later this year.
“I’m so excited that Fluxx will be available for Android as well as iOS platforms,” said Kristin Looney, CEO of Looney Labs. “Our fans have been begging for an Android version, and Playdek has made it happen for them!”
Fluxx fuses its chaotic and fun game play with offline and online features that fans have come to love in Playdek games!
• Offline and Online play for 2-4 players
• Human and AI opponents
• Pass-and-Play Multiplayer
• Full asynchronous support for multiplayer online games
• Invite friends to online games
• Online player stats
• Localized for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch
Looney Labs’ mission is to create fun, which they have achieved with the popular game, Fluxx! A simple, yet engaging game that has sold over three million copies, Fluxx features New Rule cards that change the rules of the game and Action cards to create chaos. Even the object of the game will change during play, as players swap out one Goal card for another.
The Fluxx card game has earned the Mensa Select Award for games that meet Mensa’s high standards of originality, playability and design. “I’m very excited about the return of digital Fluxx,” said Andrew Looney, inventor of the card game. “I was very pleased with the original version Playdek created seven years ago, and I’ve played over 3000 games with fans during that time. I look forward to playing many more!”
About Playdek, Inc. Located in Vista, CA, Playdek is a premier developer and publisher for the world’s best tabletop gaming. Playdek has won numerous awards for their digital board games, with notable titles such as Twilight Struggle, D&D Lords of Waterdeep, Ascension, Agricola and Fort Sumter. Visit www.playdekgames.com for more information.
About Looney Labs: Based in College Park, MD, Looney Labs creates enjoyable, innovative and attractive card games and board games. Looney Labs has developed several popular games including the Fluxx series, Pyramid Arcade, Loonacy, and many others. The Looneys believe that one of the most important things they create is the fun people have while playing their games. For more information, please visit www.looneylabs.com or www.facebook.com/looneylabs
July 23, 2018
Strategic Gaming Leader GMT and Digital Board Game Veterans Playdek Form Strategy and War Game Digital Partnership
Playdek, the award-winning digital board game developer and publisher, along with GMT Games, the board gaming leader for strategy and war games, today announced the launch of a long term partnership that will see Playdek developing digital adaptations of some of GMT’s most beloved series of games, as well as key titles from their extensive catalog. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to bring the best strategy games and global favorites to hobby gamers worldwide, building a global community of online digital strategy gamers.
The first products announced to come from the partnership are Labyrinth: The War on Terror, from acclaimed designer and intelligence analyst Volko Ruhnke; Imperial Struggle, from Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews, the award winning designers of Twilight Struggle; and the COIN Series line of games, created by Volko Ruhnke and expanded upon by other strategy genre designers. The first COIN game will be announced in the future, as will additional product lines to come from the partnership.
“We have long hoped for a partner on the digital gaming side that could bring key products from our vast catalog into the video game space, at the highest level,” said Gene Billingsley, CEO, GMT Games. “Playdek has been the benchmark for digital board gaming since their formation, and most recently reset the bar with their adaptation of our fan favorite, Twilight Struggle. They have built an online architecture second to none that will connect strategy gamers online for quite some time, and we are excited to see what they will do next.”
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001-? portrays the U.S. efforts to counter extremists’ use of terrorist tactics, as well as the wider ideological struggle – guerrilla warfare, regime change and more. The base game will be supported after its release with the expansion product Labyrinth: The Awakening.
Imperial Struggle is a two-player game depicting the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. As a “spiritual successor” to Twilight Struggle, it aims to push further in the direction of simple rules and playable systems, while maintaining a global scope and historical sweep. Following a timeline from 1687 to 1789, France and Britain must build the foundations of colonial wealth, deal with the other nations of Europe, and compete for dominance.
The COIN Series (Counter-Insurgency) features Volko Ruhnke's game system presenting guerrilla warfare, asymmetric warfare, and counter insurgencies around the world - in both historical and contemporary conflicts. Notable titles in the series are Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar; Cuba Libre – Castro’s Insurgency; and Fire In The Lake – Insurgency in Vietnam, among others.
“We have been very fortunate to work with the best licensors and designers in this business,” said Joel Goodman, CEO, Playdek. “Focusing on the great strategy and war game digital space makes a lot of sense for both companies. This player community is one of the most dedicated and supportive in any gaming genre. Our relationship with GMT is everything we could want in a partnership.”
Labyrinth: The War on Terror is slated to come to Steam later this year, with a mobile release following in 2019. Both Imperial Struggle and the first release from the COIN Series will be published in 2019.
About GMT Games
Now in its 28th year, GMT Games is known for creating and publishing a broad line of Wargames, Strategy games, Eurogames, and Family games. Some of GMT’s fan favorites include Twilight Struggle, Combat Commander, Washington’s War, Dominant Species and Commands and Colors. www.gmtgames.com / facebook/gmt-games / twitter/@gmtgames
About Playdek, Inc.
Playdek is a premier developer, publisher and platform for the world’s best tabletop gaming. Winner of BoardGameGeek’s Golden Geek award for Best Mobile/Handheld game (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016) and Pocket Tactics “Publisher of the Year” (2012), Playdek brings the best of hobby gaming to digital. www.playdekgames.com| facebook/playdek | twitter/@playdek
January 30, 2018
Asmodee Digital Partners with Playdek to Publish Select Titles
Asmodee Digital, leaders in digital board game entertainment, today announced a partnership with Playdek to publish select titles from Playdek’s impressive, award-winning catalog of games for iOS, Android and Steam.
Titles currently transferred to the Asmodee Digital publishing arm include:
Ascension: iOS, Google Play, Steam (PC) – In Ascension: Deck Building Game, players can go alone or with friends to battle against the Fallen One for honor and victory. Conceived and designed by three Magic: The Gathering tournament champions, Ascension provides hours of strategic gameplay for enthusiast and experienced gamers alike.
Summoner Wars: iOS, Google Play – Summoner Wars is a fast, tactical card game for two to four players that blends table-top strategy and collectible card gameplay. Players take on the role of Summoners: powerful beings who harness the power of mysterious Summoning Stones to lead their race to conquest on the war-torn planet of Itharia. Expandable with Factions and Reinforcement decks, Summoner Wars is a uniquely engaging experience.
Twilight Struggle: iOS for iPad only, Google Play, Steam (PC/Mac) – Designed by award winning creators Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews, Twilight Struggle puts players at the center of the Cold War, controlling one of the two modern superpowers, as they work to spread their dominance throughout the world via political influence and coup attempts.
Agricola: iOS – Based on the board game by the renowned German designer Uwe Rosenberg and Lookout Games, Agricola is a turn-based game suitable for families, as well as serious strategic players. Easy to learn, the app can be tailored for easier or more advanced play for board gamers familiar with the series. Its message of sustainable living is sure to appeal to all ages. Set in 17th century Europe, players begin the game with a farmer and a spouse, a two room hut and an empty plot of land. The challenge is to use your family members to gather resources in order to grow crops, raise animals and build the most productive farm with a balance of farm goods by the end of the game.
“Playdek is an extremely valuable player in the digital board game space, and we look forward to this ongoing development partnership to continue our goal of bringing the best possible tabletop experiences to digital audiences,” said Philippe Dao, Chief Marketing Officer of Asmodee Digital.
“Publishing titles with Asmodee Digital is a strategic decision to bring the necessary resources to the well-known board games our team has worked so hard to translate digitally,” said Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek.
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Asmodee Digital, a fully owned subsidiary of the Asmodee Group, is an international publisher and distributor of digital board games with operations located in Europe, North America, and China. Asmodee Digital manages the creation, design, development, publishing, and marketing of board and card games on leading digital platforms for Asmodee studios as well as for third-party publishers. The current Asmodee Digital catalog includes best-selling digital games such as Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Pandemic, Small World 2, Mr. Jack London, Lexigo Rush, Story Cubes, Colt Express, Mysterium, Potion Explosion, Onirim, Jaipur, Spot It! Duel and digital versions of many other well-known board games.