The Village Square: August 15, 2016


Sometimes I overlook how fortunate I am having not one but two weekly gaming groups that offer games, comradery, and good times. We play lots games, both new and old, but what I appreciate the most are the friendships I’ve made. I was reminded of this over the last few weeks at the get-togethers I’ve had with my gaming buddies. I hope you’ve experienced this with your gaming groups as well.

Figure Madness
New expansions for the Mansions of Madness Second Edition will be available this fall. According to Fantasy Flight Games, “The Recurring Nightmares Figure and Tile Collection contains all the monster miniatures, investigator figures, and map tiles from the Mansions of Madness First Edition core game, and Suppressed Memories contains those from the Call of the Wild and Forbidden Alchemy expansions.” However, first edition owners will be able to use their “existing pieces to play the new scenarios.”

From Alderac Entertainment Group comes the second expansion for Dice City, Dice City: Crossroads. “The gold from the highly successful All That Glitters Expansion continues to add wealth to your city in Crossroads. That wealth can now be used to invest in the arts, music and new buildings.” The rulebook and designer diary can now be perused online.

Gateway: Uprising
Cool Mini Or Not and Fishwizard Games are teaming up to publish Gateway: Uprising, a game set in “an urban-based fantasy world with a steampunk edge.” Players will assume “roles of competing factions of rebellious wizards attempting to re-take their city, one district at a time from the oppressive Chancellor and his regime, who have outlawed magic for everyone but themselves.”

Ultimate Alien
Bezier Games continues its One Night gaming, this time with One Night Ultimate Alien, in which “your village has been invaded by extraterrestrial beings.”

The upcoming Cosmic Encounter expansion, Cosmic Eons, “introduces new aliens with abilities unlike any you’ve dealt with so far … This expansion features the Hidden Alliances variant, which enables you and your opponents to reveal simultaneously whose side you’re on.” It will go on sale later this year.

Zombies Acquired
Cool Mini Or Not has acquired Zombicide from Guillotine Games. According to the official announcement, CMON “has acquired all branding and intellectual property rights for the successful Zombicide franchise from Guillotine Games. Guillotine Games will continue to work exclusively with CMON to bring fans new, exciting titles, all with the quality they’ve come to expect from both companies”

All Creatures on Android and iOS
According to Pocket Gamer, Uwe Rosenberg’s Agricola All Creatures Big and Small is now available on Android and iOS.

Tiny Epic Western
October 28th is the street date for Tiny Epic Western from Gamelyn Games, according to ACD Distribution.

Love Letter Premium
A premium edition of Love Letter will go on sale this November. ICv2 previewed the game, which “features larger tarot-sized cards and a velvety card tray in a sturdy box with a magnetic closure. Also included are card sleeves for use with the original card set or the larger tarot-sized cards and upgraded heart-shaped Affection Tokens for keeping score … and an all-new expansion that allows up to eight players to play the game.”

Android Eclipse
Pocket Tactics reports that Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy will make its way to Android devices next month, years after it was released for iOS. View the game play trailer here.

Diana Jones Winner
Eric M. Lang won the 2016 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming. “To say that Eric Lang is a prolific game designer is the punchline of a joke hilarious in its understatement. This year’s Gen Con, for example, sees the release of no fewer than four new Lang designs or co-designs: Bloodborne: The Card Game, The Others: 7 Sins, Arcane Academy (with Kevin Wilson), and HMS Dolores (with Bruno Faidutti).”

Be sure to check out our Gen Con 2016 coverage here.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
August 19-21. Dragonflight XXXVII. Bellevue, Washington.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 26-28. Guns of August. Williamsburg, Virginia.
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.
Visit for more convention listings.

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