The Village Square: July 3, 2017


Two gaming titans merge
Hasbro and Nintendo are teaming up for a new version of Monopoly, the Gamer Edition. The twist? No longer is your goal to rake in the cash.  Instead, you’ll take Donkey Kong, Mario and other beloved Nintendo characters in search for points on a unique board with special properties! Sounds interesting, actually…

Fantasy Flight releases a complete new role playing system next quarter with Genesys Core Rulebook.  The universal system can be used in multiple settings in sci-fi, steampunk, weird war, modern day, fantasy and any other path you choose.  The use of custom dice enhances the system’s narrative engine where each one impacts the game in dramatic ways, not just to denote success or failure.

A Column of Fire
Thames & Kosmos will release the third title in the Ken Follett series.  Following Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, the new Michael Rieneck design is set in Elizabethan Europe, where you will need to exploit the power balance and struggles between churches and states.

No need to haggle for this one
You can just get it for pre-order now! Rather Dashing Games will release Hafid’s Grand Bazaar this September, but you can claim your copy today.  The bidding, haggling and trading game is dynamic and ever-changing, presenting a fun challenge in your business plans to gather the most wealth!

Those dirty apes
In October, IDW will release the first of a planned series of games based on the original Planet of the Apes.  The cooperative inaugural design is from veteran Richard Launius and tasks each player with control of one aspect of astronaut George Taylor’s psyche, working together to survive the Planet of the Apes!

Spot that app
Asmodee has announced that Spot It! Duel the digital app is now available on both iOS and Android, bringing the the quick-paced, symbol matching fun to your convenient mobile device.

Lotus App
Dire Wolf Digital is partnering again with Renegade Games Studio to bring the beautiful card game Lotus to digital platform.  Available via both iOS and Android later this Summer, the collaboration is the fourth between the two companies, including similar projects with games Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure and Lanterns.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
July 28-30. NovaComic-Con. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 25-27. Congress of Gamers. Falls Church, Virginia.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 8-10. Hascon. Providence, R.I.
September 9-10. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
October 6-8. TsunamiCon. Wichita, Kansas.
October 6-8. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, Ohio.
October 7-8. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 13-15. ConnCon/FallCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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