Skotos Tech Expands iPhone Store with Reiner Knizia's High Society
BERKELEY, CA, July 13, 2010Skotos Tech today released its second iPhone game, Reiner Knizia's High Society, under its RPGnet gaming label. This new game adapts High Society, one of Knizia's best-known auction games and a member of his original auction trilogy.
The iPhone release faithfully replicates the gameplay of the original High Society tabletop game on the iOS platform. Players take the role of members of the elite, bidding for luxuries such as mansions, castles, and statuary. But, they must also watch out for thieves and other disasters, and they can't end up with the least money or they lose automatically. (The elite are fickle!)
The game comes complete with an iPad adaptation that allows for a richer playing experience on Apple's larger tablet device. Improved graphics, more players, and extra information all add to the High Society experience.
High Society was produced by Christopher Allen and developed by Shannon Appelcline, the co-authors of the popular programming book, iPhone in Action, whose second edition will be out soon. Shannon is also a frequent writer about board games--a regular contributor to both the online site BoardGameNews.com and the now-defunct magazine, Knucklebones. "It's been great combining all of my board game know-how with my programming skill over the last year," says Appelcline.
High Society is Skotos Tech's second Knizia release, following the well-received adaptation of Reiner Knizia's Money, which came out at the start of the year. Both games use Skotos' MobileEuroCard gaming platform, which allows players to use the same interface that they're familiar with from previous games and which allows Skotos to share technological advances across all their games. Six more MobileEuroCard games are already in development, with Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms, Reiner Knizia's Modern Art: The Card Game, and two works by other authors all scheduled before the end of the year.
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' iPhone games are all easily accessible through the RPGnet site.