The Village Square: December 7, 2017


Soaring high
GMT’s highly anticipated Wild Blue Yonder is finally releasing.  The new title is billed as a deluxe Down in Flames design, the card based air combat system first published in 1992.  It will include hundreds of action cards, aircraft cards, counters and targets.  Covering World War II in Europe, players can fly one-on-one dogfights or solo missions and campaigns.

Gaming team up
CMON have announced that they have partnered with Steve Jackson Games to produce a line of tabletop games based on the highly acclaimed Munchkin.  The first title is slated to be released in Fall 2018 and will be inspired by CMON’s Acadia Quest series.

Make it rain
In January, APE Games will release the intriguing Petrichor. The unique design pits players as competing rain clouds watering crops in a delicate balance of providing just enough rain, but maintaining majority control of fields. It is co-produced with Mighty Boards.

Justice is coming
Osprey Publishing announces development of Judge Dread: The Cursed Earth, a graphic adventure card game utilizing the core mechanisms from the publisher’s best selling The Lost Expedition.

Coded messages
Iello will release Decrypto in the first quarter of 2018.  The team based game utilizes the red decryption screens and tasks teammates with interpreting their own secret codes while cracking their opponent’s.

Wondrous gardening
Ninja Division has released the Backspindle Games title Dance of the Fireflies.  Compete to win the job of head gardener by using fireflies to pollinate (bid) and build the most beautiful flower beds (collect sets).

Sneaky trick-taking
Next March, Wizkids will release Spy Tricks, a trick-taking based card game that also includes a secret document each round about which players try to deduce its contents.

Sliding around
Jax, Ltd., has released Skatter, the family game where you slide pieces across a space board and into slots to claim your space…and victory!

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 11-14. Midwinter Gaming Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
January 12-14. OrcaCon. Everett, Washington.
January 13-14. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.
January 19-21. HexaCon. Denver, Colorado.
January 26-28. EsCon. Escondido, California.
January 27-29. Protospiel Minnesota. Bloomington, Minnesota.
January 27-29. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
February 16-18. Con of the North. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 16-19. Orccon. Los Angeles, California.
February 19-25. PrezCon. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Great Plains Game Festival. Lincoln, Nebraska.
February 24-26. IndyCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
May 25-28. Gamex. Los Angeles, California.
June 14-18. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
August 17-20. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 31-September 3. Gateway 2018. Los Angeles, California.

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