The Village Square: July 29, 2019


Happy gaming to everyone this weekend and GenCon and the rest of us at GenCant!

Ticket to Ride 15th Anniversary Edition
According to, Days of Wonder will release the 15th Anniversary Edition of Ticket to Ride on August 9th. “In addition to the classic U.S. map, the Anniversary Edition includes 240 exclusive clear, plastic trains, and a short retrospective booklet discussing the game’s development.”

Just One Wins 2019 Spiel des Jahres
W. Eric Martin at BGG reports that Just One is the 2019 Spiel des Jahres winner, with Wingspan taking home the Kennerspiel.

Funko Gets Into Board Games
Funko, the company behind the collectible Pop figures, is getting into the board game business. Dice Tower News reports that “The Funkoverse Strategy Game, designed by Prospero Hall, will be a line of standalone games sold in two and four character sets that you can mix and match. Each set will include exclusive Funko Pop figures, along with the necessary board, cards, tokens, and dice for the included scenarios.” It’ll hit retail shelves this October.

The Aquicorn Cove
Now available for pre-order from Renegade Game Studios: The Aquicorn Cove, a cooperative family game based on the graphic novel by Katie O’Neil. “[P]layers take on the roles of members of a small fishing village struggling to survive while maintaining a balance with the natural world. To win, the villagers must feed and grow their village, and help restore the health of the reef and aquatic ecosystem.”

Stronghold Games announced Amul, a game featuring a “creative card drafting mechanism caters to swift and simultaneous gameplay, keeping all players constantly engaged.” It can be pre-ordered now.

DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth
Cryptozoic’s DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth will be released August 1st. According to their website, “The 1-4 player game is a new evolution of Cryptozoic’s popular DC Deck-Building Game series, breaking fresh ground by adding linked Campaign Scenarios, character progression, and movement between iconic locations.”

From Restoration Games and Mondo Games comes Unmatched, “a miniatures dueling game featuring fighters of all kinds – from the page to the screen to the stuff of legends. Each hero has a unique deck of cards that fits their fighting style. You can mix and match fighters from any Unmatched set.” It’ll hit shelves this fall.

ClipCut Parks
ClipCut Parks features a mechanism I haven’t seen before: cutting paper. According to Renegade Game Studios, “With a pair of scissors and a plan, use your snipping talents to clip a park full of dazzling multi-colored features. The first player to complete 5 Park cards is the winner.” It can be pre-ordered now and it’ll be available in October.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
August 1-4. GenCon. Indianapolis, IN
August 9-11. Board Game Bash. Austin, TX
August 16-18. Coulee Con. La Crosse, WI
August 16-18. Dragonflight. Bellevue, WA
August 24-25. MaricopaCon. Phoenix, AZ
August 30-September 1. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI
August 30-September 2. Gateway. Los Angelos, CA
September 5-8. Buckeye Game Fest. Columbus, OH
September 6-8. Lone Star Game Expo. Grapevine, TX
September 20-22. AppleCon1. Cornish, ME
September 27-29. Falcon 2019. Stamford, CT
October 4-6. TokenCon. Oklahoma City, OK
October 11-13. FlatCon. Bloomington, IL
October 11-13. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, OH.
October 25-27. Cardboard Caucus. West Des Moies, IA
October 31-November 3. Gamehole Con. Madison, WI
November 8-10. MACE. Charlotte, NC
November 14-17. Midwest GamesFest. Independence, MO
November 20-24. BGG Con. Dallas, TX
November 21-24. Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Chicago, IL
November 29-December 1. GobbleCon. San Francisco, CA
December 6-8. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, PA

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