The Village Square: June 11, 2018


Rest In Peace, Anthony Bourdain.

End of the Android: Netrunner Era
Fantasy Flight Games announced that its licensing contract with Wizards of the Coast was up, signaling the end for Android: Netrunner The Card Game. “Starting on October 22nd, 2018, Fantasy Flight Games will no longer offer for sale any Android: Netrunner The Card Game products, including Android: Netrunner playmats and card sleeves.”

Unrivaled Event Discontinued
The Unrivaled World Tabletop Championships have been shut down by Oomba. According to, “Most employees were laid off late last month, after being told that ExWorks Capital had taken control of Oomba’s assets and the company no longer had funds to continue.”

Deep Water Games announced its English reprinting of Hanamikoji this August. According to their website, “two players compete to earn the favor of seven illustrious Geishas by collecting each Geisha’s preferred performance item.”

Switching Over
Asmodee is bringing its digital games over to the Nintendo Switch. According to Pocket Tactics, the first game for the Switch will be the classic Carcassonne.

Condottiere Returns
Z-Man Games announced that it will be releasing the long out-of-print Condottiere. According to, “Z-Man’s version of the game will feature updated artwork by Tomasz Jedruszek, who also did the artwork for the Fantasy Flight edition a decade ago. It includes both rulesets, the Fantasy Flight version and the original Eurogames version. It also features a larger game board and a new two-player variant.”

Fifth Player for Orleans
Although Tasty Minstrel Games will not be re-releasing the Deluxe version of Orleans, the fifth-player expansion will be available next month for those who own the retail version.

Interview with the Bamboozle Brothers
In this interview with Mojo Nation, designers Sen Foong-Lim and Jay Cormier talk about their games, their creative process, and their current work, which includes an expansion to one of my favorite two-player games, Akrotiri. “If you’ve ever wondered if there was a two player game that had a bit more crunch to it but wasn’t about war, you should definitely pick up Akrotiri. That’s probably our favorite game due to the history of it and the unique ‘treasure finding’ mechanism.”

Never Too Old to Delve Into D&D
Over on Geek & Sundry there’s a nice piece on a grandmother who’s become a regular D&D player. “’I have a hard time keeping everything straight sometimes, but I have a great group that helps me a lot. The first time Mellie used fireball was on a pirate ship that was on their way to attack the ship we were on. Mellie lit them up when they were still 50 feet out. Between that and Olenna (our Ranger) sniping with her longbow, no pirates made it aboard!’”

Interview with Owen Duffy
The Board Game Book Kickstarter recently launched and ToyNews interviewed creator Owen Duffy. “‘There is easily enough interesting new games coming out every year to fill an annual instalment and if anything, we’d like to do a bigger and more comprehensive book next year, maybe including some elements like artist showcases and games accessories.’”

Interview with Tokyo Game Market Founder
Over on BGG’s YouTube channel there’s an interview that W. Eric Martin did with Jun Kusaba, founder of the Tokyo Game Market and co-founder of Japon Brand.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
June 13-17. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
June 24-30. Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation. Park City, Utah.
July 4-8. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 12-15. HistoriCon. Fredericksburg, Virginia.
July 13-15. KantCan. Overland Park, Kansas.
July 21-29. WBC. Champion, Pennsylvania
August 2-5. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 24-26. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
August 24-28. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 31-September 3. Gateway 2018. Los Angeles, California.
September 8-9. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 13-16. Buckeye Game Fest. Columbus, Ohio.
September 14-16. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, Michigan.
September 21-23. Protospiel Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.
September 27-30. Hurricon. Kissimmee, Florida.
October 5-7. Council of Five Nations. Schenectady, New York.
October 5-7. Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. Great Falls, Montana.

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