The Village Square: June 24, 2019


Osprey’s new role
Osprey Games and Publishing is getting into the role-playing business this November with the release of their first two RPG titles. Romance of the Perilous Land is a game of magic and adventure set in medieval England and British folklore. Paleomythic takes players a little further back in time to the stone and sorcery of the prehistoric land of Mu.

Making more noise
Renegade Game Studios will release a new expansion to its popular Clank! series at GenCon, with a general retail distribution in September. Travel deep into the jungle and the intricately mechanized Temple of the Ape Lords. But will you escape with all the loot you gather?

Mini preview
CMON Games has released a preview of their upcoming fantasy storytelling board game (with cool miniatures, of course), Trudvang Legends.

Mini preview
A new Robotech title and expansion released this month from SolarFlare Games. Crisis Point is a 2-player, asymmetrical card game in which one controls the Robotech Masters against the Army of the Southern Cross in an all-out infantry and mecha battle.

Looking smart
Arcane Wonders announced they will release an English edition of Smartphone, Inc., as part of the Dice Tower Essentials line and previously published by Cosmodrome Games. The economic simulation Eurogame tasks players with running a company producing smartphones back in the day when the new tech was exploding upon society.

Look it up
Paizo announced they have partnered with Dized to make their rules available for Pathfinder Card Game (and a couple expansions) on the digital app for easy reference. Dized is a free platform providing access to many titles’ rules systems that’s easy to navigate and cross-reference.

Just play
The folks behind Exploding Kittens have announced the organizing of a new gaming convention in Portland, Oregon, for May 2020. The cat-themed, gamer-friendly will just concentrate on silly stunts, fun, and pure gaming. No exhibits.

Squeeze it
Alley Cat Games announced it has signed Tinderblox by Rob Sparks. Releasing next year in a small mint tin, the dexterity design involves tweezers!

According to experts
The New York Magazine recently published an article on the best 4-player board games in the hobby. Pandemic is listed the best over-all, well several other titles top the list in various categories including for beginners (Ticket to Ride) and advanced (Power Grid), to more esoteric categories like “fast-paced” (5 Minute Dungeon). Check out all 17 titles!

Teaming up
New Jersey based Mythicos Studios and Nottingham, England, based Warlord Games are joining forces and will expand their presence with a studio in New York this October. Plans are for future development in all areas of tabletop gaming from board games to miniatures to CCGs and role-playing.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
July 3-7. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, FL
July 12-14. Gem State Gaming Convention. Boise, ID
July 12-14. Queen City Conquest. Buffalo, NY
July 19-21. KantCon. Overland Park, KS
July 20-28. WBC. Champion, PA
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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