Skotos Tech Launches iPhone Games with Reiner Knizia's Money
BERKELEY, CA, January 21, 2010Skotos Tech today launched its first iPhone game, Reiner Knizia's Money, under its RPGnet gaming label. The game adapts Money, one of Knizia's popular card-based eurogames and a past nominee for Germany's prestigious Spiele des Jahre (Game of the Year) award.
The iPhone release faithfully replicates the gameplay of the original Money tabletop game on the iPhoneOS platform. Players act as currency exchangers, bidding money to win new money in auctions. When doing so, they must also narrow down the types of currency they're collecting, because they earn the most points when they complete large sets of the same type of cash.
Money was produced by Christopher Allen and developed by Shannon Appelcline, the coauthors of the popular programming book, iPhone in Action, whose second edition is planned for release this summer. Shannon is also a frequent writer about board games--a regular contributor to both the defunct print magazine Knucklebones and the online site BoardGameNews.com. "It was a great opportunity to combine my iPhone expertise and my love of gaming," said Shannon. "I'm looking forward to developing more!"
Money is just the first Reiner Knizia title that Skotos is producing. Reiner Knizia's High Society is already on deck as the second game. It will use the same powerful mobile gaming platform that Skotos Tech created for Money. This shared card game platform will allow continued technological advancements to be shared across all of Skotos' releases, including already-published and brand-new games alike. High Society is scheduled for publication late in the second quarter of 2010.
About Skotos Tech
Founded in 1999, Berkeley, California-based Skotos Tech Inc. is an online entertainment company. Its sites include: Skotos Online Games (www.skotos.net), a site for online roleplaying; RPGnet (www.rpg.net), a tabletop roleplaying community; and Xenagia (www.xenagia.net), a fantasy, science-fiction, and horror community. Skotos' new iPhone games will all be available through RPGnet in the near future.