The Village Square: June 23, 2016


Nothing like a record heatwave after getting sick this weekend. Ugh. Thankfully, my wife took care of me: not only did she make sure I was well-fed and medicated, she also played board games with me. We played three of my most recent purchases (Pagoda, Trains, and Escape The Curse of the Temple) and I immediately felt better. Call it chicken soup for a board gamer’s soul.

Into the Water
The newest installment in the Ticket to Ride franchise will include ships as well as trains. Ticket to Ride Rails & Sails will have “Players collect cards of various types (trains and ships) that enable them to claim railway and sea routes on a nicely illustrated double-sided board, featuring the world map on one side and the great lakes of North America on the other.”

Doomtown No More
AEG has announced the end of the expandable card game Doomtown after the release of Blood Moon Rising on October 10th. According to AEG, “We will continue to release some story content for the website as well as to support organized play right through until the end of the year.” The game will revert back to Pinnacle Entertainment Group, which does not have plans to continue Doomtown.

Pre-Ordered Dinosaurs
The Great Dinosaur Rush can now be pre-ordered from Ape Games. “Players take the roles of paleontologists in the late 1800’s, competing to find the most lucrative dig sites, find the best bones and build the most unique dinosaurs for the world’s most prestigious museums.”

Dark Knight Dice
The DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman will roll into stores February 2017. “This expansion set features more than 30 iconic heroes and villains from Batman’s storied career fighting crime in Gotham City, including a number of characters that are new to the DC Comics Dice Masters game.”

Tokaido App
Early glimpses of the Tokaido app for iOS were seen at Origins, as revealed on the Passport Game Studios’ Facebook page.
h/t: David Neumann at

Interview with Alexander Pfister
The Meeple Mountain recently interviewed Alexander Pfister, whose game design credits inclue Port Royal, Oh My Goods, Mombasa, Broom Service (Kennerspiel des Jahres winner), and Isle of Skye (Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee).

Gen Con 2016 Preview
W. Eric Martin has the Gen Con 2016 Preview up and running. “This Geeklist highlights titles that, to the best of my knowledge, will (1) debut at Gen Con 2016, (2) be released shortly before the convention, or (3) be available in demo/preview form.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
June 26. Pacific Northwest 5th Annual Game Swap. Puyallup, Washington.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
July 8-9. MichiCon 2016. Rochester, Michigan.
July 23-24. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
July 30. VladdaCon. Holliston, Massachusetts.
August 4-7. Gen Con 2016. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 1-4. Tacticon 2016. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.

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