The Village Square: January 22, 2018


A whole new meaning to “print and play!”
Fat Dragon Games has announced the release of World War Tesla, a 15mm alternate history miniatures war game where Nicola Tesla’s most advanced – and terrifying – ideas have become reality!  The catch? It’s entirely print and play – even the miniatures! In a ground-breaking project, developer and designer (James A. Ward of Gamma World fame) are making all files for the game’s starter set available to print…from the rules to the miniatures and even a terrain piece, which require a 3D printer.  What better world premise to begin such an innovative approach than that of Tesla’s?

We need stinking badges!
Badge registration is now open for GenCon 2018, held August 2-5.

Prepare to be boarded
This March Renegade Game Studios releases Sabordage, the piratical tile-drafting game of ship building, ship sinking and booty hunting!

More than just a teddy bear
Stuffed Fables, the imaginative RPG style board game from Mice & Mystics designer Jerry Hawthorne and Plaid Hat Games will release in April.

Organize honorably
Fantasy Flight has announced that organized play kits for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game will soon be hitting your friendly local game store, with extended art cards and tokens as rewards for tournament and other organized play settings.

It’s not just on TV
IDW Games announced the release of another game tackling an iconic IP – The X-Files: Everything is Connected is a party story-telling game in which Mulder must win over skeptical FBI investigators with a plausible and convincing case.

A twist on Cthulhu
WizKids has announced they will release A’Writhe in April. The unique deduction game pits players in teams of two, one is the cultist who tries to release their teammate, the Old One, by instructing them to (if I read this correctly) actually touch parts of Arkham on the game board, twister-style!? If the other team’s Great Old One touches your patterns, you get to use those appendages to unlock your won occultic puzzle, as well.

Expanding Corruption
The first expansion to Stockpile, Continuing Corruption, is available this month from Nauvoo Games. It offers four modules to add with the base game in any manner you like.

A reprint and update
Grey Fox Games announced a second reprint of Mythos Tales with predominately the same great game play, but fixing rules errors and other errata from the first.

To war!
Tiny package, big fun niche publisher Tiny Battle Publishing announces their new operational level, small footprint, war game, Lion of Malaya. First appearing in Yaah! Magazine, the simulation pits British Imperial and Commonwealth forces defending the Malayan Peninsula and Singapore in 1941-1942 against the Japanese army.

A totally different kind of war!
Do you hate it when your brother cheats at Monopoly? Or do you “bend” the rules, now and then, yourself…? Well, you’re not alone. Apparently 1 in 2 Monopoly players’ ethics are questionable! But now you can turn them in with the Monopoly Cheatbot. That’s right…report ’em…rat ’em out…humiliate them in public! And quite easily through Monopoly’s Facebook Messenger.

How did they play that?
Imagine discovering a Monopoly board in 2,000 years along with a few of the houses, a handful of cards and properties, and maybe the thimble! This article examines how archaeologists and historians struggle with analyzing ancient games.

Conventions and playtesting
An informative article from the perspective of a designer about playtesting and conventions, from preparation to play, at the Spellenspektakel in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.
January 19-21. HexaCon. Denver, Colorado.
January 19-21. Protospiel Minnesota. Bloomington, Minnesota.
January 26-28. EsCon. Escondido, California.
February 16-18. Con of the North. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 16-19. Orccon. Los Angeles, California.
February 19-25. PrezCon. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 23-25. Great Plains Game Festival. Lincoln, Nebraska.
March 9-11. Granite Games Summit. Nashua, New Hampshire.
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
March 30-April 1. Who’s Yer Con. Indianapolis, Indiana.
April 5-8. PAX East. Boston, Massachusetts.
April 19-22. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 17-20. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
May 25-28. Gamex. Los Angeles, California.
June 1-3. NashCon. Nashville, Tennessee.
June 13-17. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
June 24-30. Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation. Park City, Utah.
July 4-8. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 12-15. HistoriCon. Fredericksburg, Virginia.
July 13-15. KantCan. Overland Park, Kansas.
July 21-29. WBC. Champion, Pennsylvania
August 2-5. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 24-26. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
August 24-28. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 31-September 3. Gateway 2018. Los Angeles, California.
September 14-16. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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