The living library of all of our cards.
Although the base game of Release! is pretty fun by itself, we designed Release! with extensibility in mind. You can add lots of variety to Release! by installing different plug-ins and expansions into the base game.
In addition to offering some pretty wild shifts to gameplay, some of these plug-ins and expansions will replace existing cards, while others will form completely new decks.
There are currently a lot of plug-ins and expansions (a lot), so we recommend playing a few base games of Release! before trying them out.
Systematic was born to make complicated things simple. They deliver reliable and straightforward IT solutions and products that empower their customers to make critical decisions based on a solid foundation.
Trick-taking games revolve around counting cards and knowing what your opponents will throw before they do. That’s cool, but sometimes you need to be more flexible than that. The Agility expansion twists your foundations by randomly adding in duplicates of half the core deck, so you can’t tell just what’s coming next and makes thinking-on-your-feet a must.
The Daily WTF is the popular how how-not-to guide for software developers. It offers living examples of code that invites the exclamation WTF!?!
Every now and then a silly idea comes along, and it takes hold. Next thing you know, your boss is buying into it, and you wind up having to work around that. The Anti-Patterns is like those days at your job, but you know, fun. Inspired by The Daily WTF’s top stories, this new deck introduces an element of the absurd into the game.
Chef gives you a model for automating IT infrastructure and applications that drive self-reliance across your development and operations teams. They help your businesses become faster, safer and flexible.
The 36 cards of the Automations Expansion adds a sideboard mechanic that arms players with abilities that automatically fire as certain scenarios unfold. These automated procedures let you score points, swap cards and a lot more besides. There are also play cards, and Tools and Methods that interact with all of this preplanned mayhem.
Red Gate produces ingeniously simple tools for SQL Server, Azure, .NET, and Oracle. Over 650,000 IT professionals use Red Gate’s tools to deploy databases, manage data, and improve code.
Teamwork is what it’s all about, and with this plug-in, that’s more apparent than ever. This plug-in includes a 5-card Database deck that rewrites the book on team play; after all, you never need to be sure that your team has your back then when maintaining a giant database. This plug-in also is home to the infamous “Rollback” play card, one of the most dreaded and beloved cards we have ever printed.
BuildMaster allows teams to deliver reliable software rapidly. With continuous deployments, automated releases, and increased coordination, its the best tool for continuous delivery.
Hate that card in your hand and wish you could deliver it right to someone else? Now you can. The Delivery Expansion has 6 new cards that center around trading cards with other players, whether it’s dropping off a bad card with your opponents, making sure your teammate has the card she needs, or just trying to cherry pick a 13.
This is expansion was made possible by the fine folks as Active State, makers of Stackato. Stackato a Platform-as-a-Service that helps you efficiently deploy and manage software applications.
This expansion is one of the big ones, adding 32 new cards, a new suit, a bidding system, and a wild amount of twists to an already swingy game. In the beginning of each round, players bid to become the Stakeholder, the head honcho for that specific release. But you better be confident that you have it in the bag; there is a lot that can go wrong, and even though you get a few pretty powerful perks, you also can lose all the points you put up, and more.
DevOpsDays are a linked series of conference events that are held worldwide that celebrate and promulgate the idea of DevOps. In their own words, the conferences that bring development and operations together.
When we started putting this game together, the whole concept of DevOps was a central theme. We saw that communication across fields was in some ways kind of like communication across hands. We took this concept a bit further, and applied it to the scoring mechanic to celebrates teamwork, communication, and friendly competition.
How much difference can 3 new Play cards, and 3 new Tools & Methods cards make to our game? Apparently a lot. This plug-in adds to the game by letting the players subtract random cards from their opponents hands. Ruled by the cruel whims of chance, your targets may lose key pieces of their strategy, while you and everyone else get to drop off the dead weight.
We wouldn’t have the Libraries Expansion without jFrog, makers of Artifactory. Artifactory is one the world’s best repository managers. It supports multiple repository types build systems, and has an easy-to-use UI.
How’s your memory? This expansion will put it to the test. This 18-card expansion introduces a whole new side board mechanic that offers incentives for placing cards from your hand face down in a Library.
New play cards help manipulate your library or other players’ libraries so even when you are sure you know what’s what, someone can swoop in and pull the rug out from under you.
Loupe is an affordable, effective, end-to-end solution for logging, error management, and application monitoring. It’s super easy to integrate – just add an assembly reference and a couple lines of code or XML to your project.
This is a tricky one. This expansion introduces the logging play mechanic which lets players carry cards over from release to release. A smart player can cache cards they won and set themselves up for a big round, as well as keeping a careful eye on what everyone else is up to. This small, 6 card plug-in adds some big changes.
A big thanks goes out to AppTrakcer , who sponsored this expansion. Their product, AppTracker, provides a simple to use migrations management tool for application migration projects.
The Migrations deck adds a new scoring mechanic to the game. The rules are pretty simple to grasp, but the changes to game play wind up being a lot more complex than you would expect. At the end of each round, players will migrate cards to an application portfolio, the Migrations deck scores from these cards. Each round those points get bigger, but as cards leave the rounds get shorter and players have to change their strategies for the holes in the usual line up.
Astah is a powerful platform for creating and sharing diagrams like mind maps, as well models from UML, SysML, and GSN. Astah is like using a digital pen and paper to help translate and conceptualize your projects.
This is another 6 card plug-in, the Modeling Deck. Each round you reveal one of these cards, the main theme of which is to pair certain rules and structures from each release. On one hand, this speeds up and simplifies play. On the other hand, these shifts do invariably change the game in big ways, which force you to rethink, and replan what constitutes a good strategy.
This game was back and funded by Kickstarter, and many of our expansions were sponsored by companies, but this one created by the goodwill of our backers. So thanks everyone who shared, and donated to our project.
Since this was a game built by the community, this expansion celebrates six open source projects that change the way the community builds software. Gameplay-wise, these projects are represented by a 6 new Tools & Methods cards that add a lot of in-round scoring rules. When you play with the Open Source Plug-in, how you score points matters as much as counting up the points themselves.
Puppet Labs is a leader in IT automation, their software helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. This way businesses can make the changes they need to stay up-to-date.
The Operations Expansion features an entirely new suit of cards, aptly named Ops. Much like real-life Ops, these act as powerful trump cards. But keep in mind that you’ll often you want to throw a hand rather than take it, and thus you’ll need to play your Ops trump cards appropriately. Also, the Operations Expansion has a whole new deck of Tools & Methods cards that will interact with the Ops cards to add layers of new strategy.
ITOK.NET is a leader in technology support, servicing consumers and small businesses worldwide. Their mix of remote technology, support, maintenance, and award-winning software, can help virtually everyone’s computers, tablets, smartphones, and more.
Sometimes this game gets hard, sometimes you just don’t have the card you need to turn a hand your way. Don’t worry, the Support Expansion is there for you. The Support Deck has a whole new type of card which you activate when you need a boost in your play. Take that 2 of Birds and give yourself some extra points, have 6 but need a 9? Support it. Just don’t forget, everyone else has these cards too, so watch out for some player-driven twists and turns that will redefine the way you play your hand.
The data nerds at New Relic bring us this big expansion. New Relic creates a suite of analytics tools the make sense of billions of metrics. Their technology helps developers understand the stories that their software is trying to to tell them.
Drawing on one of our favorite games, pinochle, the Visibility Expansion will include an expansion deck of cards, and will allow you to score points for certain combos… so long as you reveal your hand to everyone at the table. And of course there will also be some other fun Visibility bits thrown in there as well, like power cards that give you the chance to shift the public hands around.