Gen Con 2023 Digital – Handelabra Games

Many moons ago, Gen Con was infested (in a good way) with digital gaming of all types. Over the years, the digital portion of the convention has waned. Gone is the mainstream gaming, but boardgame focused digital content lives on. Handelabra Games is one of my favorite developers because they provide a way for me to conveniently play some of my favorite solo/co-op games from Greater Than Games. I had a great chat about recent and upcoming developments in their portfolio. These include new content for Sentinels of the Multiverse, Spirit Island, Aeon’s End, and the new One Deck Galaxy.

One Deck Galaxy

We’ll start with the most recent. As of Gen Con, One Deck Galaxy was up and running on Steam, although on early access. In other words, you can buy and play the game but features and bugs will be added/squashed (respectively) as development continues. The full release should be coming in the next 3 to 6 months. Handelabra has done an excellent job with One Deck Dungeon and so far One Deck Galaxy looks to be coming along great. They’re also trying to make the whole thing a bit more “thematic” than the previous game.

Sentinels of Earth Prime

Sentinels of the Multiverse has had a great run and pretty much all the content in the physical game has now been put into the Sentinels app. Last spring, Handelabra released a new stand-alone version of digital Sentinels, based on the Mutants & Masterminds Roleplaying Game published by Green Ronin Publishing. Handelabra’s Sentinels of Earth Prime app includes everything from the base game: 10 Heroes, 4 Villains, and 4 Environments. There have been variant Hero cards unlocked weekly. There will be an expansion released soon, The Magical Mysteries Pack, which will include the villain Maldor the Mystic, two heroes (Eldritch & Lantern Jack), and the Sub-Terra environment. After that expansion, the Earth Prime app will be considered “complete.”

Perhaps bigger news is that the new Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition is now in the pipeline and may come to the digital realm as early as sometime in 2024.

Spirit Island

I was on a long trip this summer and one of the “highlights” was for me to be able to sit down and play all the Spirit Island I wanted, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the Spirit Island app. The easy-entry standalone expansion (exclusive to Target), Horizons of Spirit Island came out last year and this past spring it was brought into the digital game. Since the five spirits are simpler to play, they are also a great intro to the digital game. I was able to play several solo games with multiple spirits and using less complicated spirits was a big help.

The next phase will be to bring the contents of the Jagged Earth expansion into the app. It’s a big project, involving a huge amount of stuff. I’m told there will be more news on that in a month or so. What I do know, the plan will be to release the expansion in phases rather than all at once.

Aeon’s End

The app for the cooperative deckbuilder Aeon’s End keeps chugging along. There is a wealth of expansions already included but as long as there’s more content released for the physical game it will make its way into the digital realm.

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