The Village Square: April 20, 2017



Dice Masters goes to Gotham
WizKids’ next DC Comics Dice Masters set is all about the bat.  The signal is already lit, so you should see them at your FLGS very soon!

Legendary news from Fantasy Flight
Highly anticipated – or desired – FFG announced that the Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game will release at GenCon 2017.  Formerly a collectible card game property, FFG will go the route of its popular living card game format.  Be forewarned, however.  In a slightly different approach, the publisher reports you will need three copies of the core set for a complete playset of cards.

Tell me a story
New StoryWolds for Rory’s Story Cubes will release this June. Now you can create fun and imaginative plots and twists in many of your favorite IP’s, including Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, Moomin, Adventure Time and even Doctor Who!

What will you choose?
Studio 9 Games will release its successfully funded The Midnight Legion: The World Reborn this July.  The color illustrated game book is a unique choose-your-own-adventure style design with character control more akin to role playing.  It is the second entry of a trilogy that began with Operation Deep Sleep.

And now for something a little darker
Steamforged Games’ Dark Souls: The Board Game releases tomorrow.  The cooperative “combat exploration” game set in the Dark Souls universe sports play and first-class miniatures that captures the unique essence of the video games.

Rob from the rich…
Arcane Wonders will release an expansion to Sheriff of Nottingham this August.  Merry Men adds famous characters from Robin Hood’s legendary band with special abilities to slip contraband by the law.

Another August release, Devious Weasel Games offers Bemused.  The interesting sounding title pits players as muses, supernatural entities as virtuosos in various art forms seeking to plant doubts in the minds of other artists!

Piratical Invasion
Steve Jackson Games announced it has licensed to bring Pegasus Spiele’s award-winning Port Royal to U.S. shelves this August.  The push-your-luck game of pirate plunder has been popular in Europe since first published in 2014.

Big Business
Asmodee parent company Eurazeo posted their fiscal year 2016 report. I confess to not understanding it all, but the relevant part to us is that their board games endeavors through Asmodee, Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, Z-Man Games and a host of others increased by nearly 40% in revenue.  Thanks in large part to “continued robust organic growth and an ongoing international acquisitions policy.” (emphasis mine)

International Table Top Day
Don’t yet have any plans for April 29th? Here’s a list of nationwide Barnes & Noble stores participating in the event.  Hit yours up soon and find out what they have planned to join in the fun!

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 12-14. CMoN Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-29. Game Fest 29. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
May 26-29. KublaCon. San Francisco, California.
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 23-35. Polycon. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
July 28-30. NovaComic-Con. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 9-10. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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