The Village Square: July 6, 2017


Axis & Allies is back!
Avalon Hill will reprint its wildly popular Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition, first published a decade ago and based on the original Larry Harris design over three decades before that!  The reprint includes rules updates, streamlined play and…steady your beating heart…650 miniatures on the largest board ever created for an Axis & Allies game!

Catan is coming
Well, it’s been around awhile, but now Fantasy Flight Games is releasing a new version, A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch. Based on the uber award winning evergreen classic, this unique IP property based edition includes several play updates including cooperateive wall-building and possible defeat…but, of course, individual victors.  It releases in quarter four 2017.

Time for a game!
Wizkids will publish previous Game Grafter offering by Quibble Games, Time Barons, to release in October. The primarily 2-player card game (a team variant will be included) pits each as masters of time travel. Through four distinct eras you will manipulate your followers and various sites to destroy your opponent’s followers – be it through medieval armies or high-tech weaponry.

Rocket Age
Why Not Games, headed by Ken Spencer, has purchased all rights to the current version of his pulp sci-fi role playing game Rocket Age, from Cubicle 7.  Furthermore, they plan to expand content with new rules and play and narrative story material to the Solar System and its worlds to enhance your careers in the Rocket Rangers.

A word from the guru
An in depth article from veteran, award-winning designer Bruno Faidutti about games design, heavily focused as advice to new designers.  It is especially fascinating given Bruno’s prolific experience and frequent team ups with co-authors for much of his career.

A chat with Luke Laurie
Fun little half-hour interview at League of Gamemakers with designer Luke Laurie (Stones of Fate, Manhattan Project) on games and other stuff.

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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