The Village Square: February 16, 2017


Fluxx keeps growing exponentially
Looney Labs’ latest variant on the game of ever-changing rules is all about Math! Releasing in March, the arithmetic-themed card game introduces a new victory condition. No doubt this will be even dizzier than common core new math – so in other words, off the chains!

Fight the Undead…again!
Wizkids will release soon a new cooperative card game where players take on the role of guardians protecting things from the undead. Guardians have unique abilities and you must work together to send the foul creatures back. You know, banish them!

Brotherwise Game announces new title
Publishers of the popular Boss Monser will release Unearth in August, a dice placement game from Jason Harner and Matthew Ransom.

The Creativity Hub
The folks behind Rory’s Story Cubes are looking forward to expanding and challenging the company with new designs in 2017.  To facilitate those efforts, Patrick Nickell and Michael Fox, formerly of Crash Games, join the team to help develop plans, including two as-yet-unnamed releases for Essen.

Deck-building vs. deck-learning
Seth Jaffee describes the design and intent differences with a short post on Cumbersome, and how the later distinction applies to his title Eminent Domain.

Lessons for the Indie gamemaker
Indie publisher Eduardo Baraf offers three big tips and advice for the small gamemaker to consider when undertaking any project.

More advice on publishing a game
In a bit more extensive manner, the ubiquitous and always helpful Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games has compiled a series of articles to get new designers started. It begins with my provocatively favorite, Your Idea is Brilliant, Your Idea is Worthless.

How tax reforms might impact the gaming industry
It’s neither simple, nor will move quickly. But it sure will be controversial!  Just what might new tax regulations mean to companies that largely print in China?

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 17-20. DunDraCon. San Ramon, California.
February 18. Day Con 2017. Fairborn, Ohio.
February 20-26. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Fire & Ice Gaming Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
February 24-26. Gamicon Iron. Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
March 2-5. SaltCON. Layton, Utah.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
March 17-19. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 23-16. Adepticon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 7-9. Protospiel. San Jose, California.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
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.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
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 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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