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Tellstones is a beautifully made game that’s too easy to put down 

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Tellstones is a beautifully made game that’s too easy to put down 

Tellstones, the second tabletop game from League of Legends and Valorant developer Riot Games, goes on sale today for $30. Sports Grind Entertainment got an early copy of the game, and while the presentation and the quality of the game pieces is exceptional, the game itself is just alright. If you’re looking for a 10-minute long memory game with lots of bluffing, you could do a lot worse.

In Tellstones, players need to remember the order in which seven different stones, each with their own symbol, are placed face down on the table. It’s sort of like an advanced version of Three-card Monte, but without the sleight of hand. Tellstones does, however, have ties to League of Legends lore.

The tabletop game has two gimmicks. First, you never actually move the game pieces around with your own hands. Instead, you tell the other player to move the pieces for you. Second, the game hinges on a winner-takes-all bluffing mechanic. If you call the other player’s bluff and come out on top, you win — no matter where you were on the scoreboard to begin with.

Tellstones comes in a hinged metal box with a working push-button clasp. It’s about 4 inches on each side.
Photo: Charlie Hall/Sports Grind Entertainment

The metal box opened, revealing white pucks and a blue felt play mat inside.

Inside is a dense foam pack-in for all the playing pieces, along with a lavish felt playing surface. There’s also a weathered letter that places the game in the fiction of League of Legends.
Photo: Charlie Hall/Sports Grind Entertainment

The gameplay is solid. The pieces are hefty and incredibly well-made. But, the experience is one-note and awfully short. I spent some time playing with my daughters, my wife, and a few family friends, and after the first few playthroughs just about everyone was ready to move on to something else.

Compared to the company’s first tabletop game, Tellstones is extremely barebones. Mechs vs. Minions had dozens upon dozens of painted miniatures, custom dice, and metal coins. It also had one of the single greatest plastic pack-in trays I’ve ever seen. Combine that with a narrative that spanned multiple gameplay sessions and it was a tremendous value.

The quality of Tellstones is top notch, which helps justify the simplistic game’s price. But you could easily get a similar gameplay experience by drawing seven different playing cards.

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The LG Wing gets a $999 price and October 15th release date on Verizon

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LG Wing hands-on: first impressions of LG’s new dual-screen smartphone

LG’s wild-looking Wing smartphone has gotten a US price and release date — it’ll cost $999 and be available October 15th, at least at Verizon, with preorders set to begin October 1st. The news confirms what many had already expected about the dual-screen device: it’s not going to be cheap.

As is usually the case with a new Verizon phone launch, there’s also a variety of trade-in offers and discounts to help cut down that price tag. The company is offering up to a $750 discount when adding a line to an unlimited plan and trading in a phone, up to $500 off for existing Verizon unlimited plan customers who trade in a device, or a $250 Verizon gift card for new customers who are porting the line.

But even with those discounts, there’s no other way to slice it: you’re paying a lot of money for the novelty of LG’s twisting screen design. The Wing offers two displays, with a 6.8-inch main display that slides up and around to reveal a second 3.9-inch panel using a clever hinge mechanism. It also features a Snapdragon 765G processor with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and support for wireless charging.

LG has also promised that the Wing will be out on AT&T and T-Mobile later this fall, but there’s no news on price or timing for those models yet. It’s not clear if the Verizon model — which the company says supports its mmWave network — is a different version from the upcoming AT&T and T-Mobile variants (as has been the case with other phones, like the LG Velvet). If so, there’s a chance the Verizon model is charging a premium for the added network support, although we’ll have to wait for the other carriers to make their own announcements to know for sure.

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A handful of the latest iPad Pros are $50 off on Amazon

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Buy 11-inch iPad Pro (256GB) at Amazon – $849

The 2020 iPad Pros are the closest things Apple has made to laptop alternatives and that’s due to a mix of hardware and software improvements. The Pros are the most powerful iPads you can get and the 2020 models have Apple’s A12Z Bionic chipset and an octa-core GPU that’s slightly more powerful than the GPUs in the previous models. That makes for smooth and speedy performance that can handle all of the new tricks that the latest versions of iPadOS have brought, including trackpad support.

All of those improvements are internal, and admittedly, this year’s iPad Pros look almost identical to last year’s models. The 2020 versions have only a few other changes: an upgraded ultra-wide camera and LiDAR sensor, both of which improve the tablet’s AR chops. Most people won’t use these pieces of hardware daily, though, making them only necessary for developers or AR aficionados.

If you’re set on the latest and greatest iPad Pros, these new discounts at Amazon are ones you should consider. However, if you feel you can safely skip the new features, B&H Photo continues to offer the previous iPad Pro models at deeply discounted prices. Currently, you can get a previous-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro with WiFi + Cellular for as low as $799.

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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is helming the next live-action Lion King

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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is helming the next live-action Lion King

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has agreed to direct the next installment in the Lion King story, according to an exclusive in Deadline. Jenkins is taking over for Jon Favreau, whose “live-action” — photorealistic CGI — update to the classic Disney franchise earned $1.6 billion globally just last year. The sequel also promises to be something of a prequel: according to Deadline, the movie will delve into the characters’ origin stories.

As you may recall, that remake starred Beyoncé Knowles (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and James Earl Jones (Mufasa), among other massive stars. Though the film has neither a release date nor any actors confirmed to star in its cast, it’s hard to imagine that some of the bigger names on Favreau’s roster won’t be coming back. You can’t make a Lion King without Simba, right?

And Jenkins seems excited about the opportunity, even as he’s been writing and directing a ton of projects elsewhere.

“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins told Deadline. “Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.” I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

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