The Village Square: August 20, 2018



Dwarves with Swords is a light-hearted tabletop combat game that pits groups of dwarves against each other in drunken combat. There are two major components in the game: group customization and strategic combat. Dwarves with Swords’s unique stat, Drunkenness, adds a fun twist. These dwarves like to drink, and the more the drink, the more powerful they get. That is, until they drink so much that they black out.


Clash on Titan
Upper Deck’s Dark Legacy: The Rising will be available next month. Releasing in three separate two-faction starter sets, the 2-player card combat game combines dice rolling and pre-game deck building. Can you summon and manage the natural, supernatural and technological forces of war-ravaged Titan to achieve supremacy?

Not like Beggar’s Canyon back home
Renegade Game Studios will release Passing Through Petra in October. The design of trade and influence has several unique elements including tile-pushing (through 3D plastic canyon walls) and recessed player boards. And it includes pre-painted merchant pawns.

The gravity of the situation
CMON Games has announced they will offer a new title, Newton, in November. Players act as university students in 18th century Europe, using cards to take actions like attend schools, visit cities, work, research and train others.

Word crawl
Czech Games Edition announced Trapwords will release this year. The team vs. team word guessing game allows each to set a trap for the other with forbidden word clues as each moves through a dungeon crawl to escape.

New heights
Matt Leacock’s third title in the series releases this month from Gamewright Games. Forbidden Sky takes the popular coop design to the clouds!

More than meets the table
That’s right. Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro announced a Transformers Trading Card Game to release in September.

Spring type of mood
Pandasaurus Games announced they will bring Passtally to the U.S. in Spring of 2019. The hit Japanese game is an abstract tile-laying and route connecting design with unique shaped tiles and vibrant colors. A breeze to learn and teach with lots of depth and nuance.

And now for something completely different…
Fantasy Flight Games is pushing the envelope with a new concept called Unique Games, in which the contents of no two boxes of a given title are the same, although the core rules and concepts are.  First broached with Keyforge, a card game, this new board game release is Discover: Lands Unknown. In the design you find yourself in some unique sticky situation in an unfamiliar place, and must take account on who is there, what resources are available and who to get out!

White Wizard Games’ new successfully funded strategy card game Sorcerer release this quarter.

When you don’t RPG
You can still help heroes out. Hero’s Crossing is now available. Run your own fantasy-adventure town to supply and support RPG heroes, complete with 8 bit artwork and inspired world.

Out of this course!
Tabletop Golf: Mars Open is now available in stores from Bellwether Games. The ball-flicking dexterity games simulates mini-table golf on courses throughout the solar system!

Chalk up another IP to the catalog
Gale Force 9 has partnered with Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties to develop a series of tabletop games based on Herbert’s original Dune novels.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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 8-9. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 13-16. Buckeye Game Fest. Columbus, Ohio.
September 14-16. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, Michigan.
September 21-23. Protospiel Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.
September 27-30. Hurricon. Kissimmee, Florida.
October 5-7. Council of Five Nations. Schenectady, New York.
October 5-7. Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. Great Falls, Montana.
October 5-7. TsunamiCon. Wichita, Kansas.
October 12-14. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, Ohio.
October 12-14. FlatCon. Bloomington, Illinois.
October 13-14. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
November 1-4. Midwest GameFest. Independence, Missouri.
November 8-11. Gamehole Con. Madison, Wisconsin.
November 9-11. ConQuest Avalon. Sacramento, California.
November 9-11. U-Con. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
November 15-18. Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Chicago, Illinois.
December 27-30. CAP-Con. Atlanta, Georgia.

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