The Village Square: March 18, 2018


It’s almost two weeks later and I’m still feeling the love from Dice Tower West. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Adventure Games

I met with Thames & Kosmos Marketing Coordinator Tom Wetzel at Dice Tower West and he offered some insight into the company’s new Adventure Games series. He said the games are story driven, do not include an app, and they’ll be available this October. More information on the first two are now available on the Kosmos website.


CMON, Asmodee

At last week’s GAMA Trade Show Asmodee announced it was entering a distribution agreement with CMON and its board games. According to, “CMON will continue to design and create games, and run their own Kickstarter campaigns, Asmodee NA will take over customer service support for non/ post Kickstarter related issues.”


Tiny Towns

At Dice Tower West, Tiny Towns was being promoted everywhere and I heard a lot of good things about it (unfortunately, I did not get a chance to demo it). According to the AEG website, “2 to 6 players compete to build the most amazing Town. Each turn the “Master Builder” determines which resource will be produced, and all the players gain one unit of that resource. Players can decide to use their resources to construct buildings according to the construction cards in play.”


Dune Sneak Peek

From There Will Be Games comes a sneak preview of Gale Force Nine’s reprint of the classic Dune. “Original co-designers Peter Olotka and Bill Eberle have confirmed this news, with Mr Olotka saying on Twitter, ‘Yup DUNE returns better than ever.’”


Troyes Dice

Speaking of roll-and-writes, W. Eric Martin tweeted out Troyes Dice, based on the original Troyes. Pearl Games is set to release it sometime this year.


Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period

Dice Tower News reports that the first expansion to Teotihuacan, Late Preclassic Period, will hit shelves this August. “This modular expansion provides you with even more options to enrich and expand the game experience. Now players gain asymmetrical powers, which provide a unique benefit. Another module introduces a prestigious fourth temple that allows players to unlock powerful permanent abilities. There are also variable effects that impact each season and eclipse as well as new engineering techniques and renewed plans. All modules are compatible with one another and can be enjoyed together or individually.”


Wingspan Coverage

Wingspan continues to make its way into the mainstream, with a recent interview with designer Elizabeth Hargrave in the New York Times. “During the hundreds of Wingspan play tests, some gamers scratched their heads and said, ‘Birds? Really!?’ They expressed concern that our feathered friends might not resonate with a community usually drawn to zombies, dragons, spaceships, farming, civilizations and (of course) trains.”


Upcoming Board Game Conventions

March 22-24. ConQuest. Sacramento, CA

March 22-24. Who’s Yer Con. Indianapolis, IN

March 27-31. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, IL

March 28-31. GameStorm. Portland, OR

March 29-31. Arizona Game Fair. Mesa, AZ

April 5-6. DayCon. Dayton, OH

April 5-7. Lexicon. Lexington, KY

April 12-14. Mepacon. Scranton, PA

April 12-14. Pikes Peak Gamers. Manitou Springs, CO

April 26-28. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, IL

May 10-12. QC Game Fest. Davenport, IA

May 16-19. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, MO

May 23-27. KublaCon. San Francisco, CA

May 24-27. Gamex. Los Angeles, CA

May 30-June 2. Atlanta Game Fest. Atlanta, GA

June 12-16. Origins. Columbus, OH

June 21-23. RageCon. Reno, NV

June 22-29. Consim World Expo. Tempe, AZ

July 3-7. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, FL

July 19-21. KantCon. Overland Park, KS

July 20-28. WBC. Champion, PA

August 1-4. GenCon. Indianapolis, IN

August 30-September 1. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI

August 30-September 2. Gateway. Los Angelos, CA

Octber 31-November 3. Gamehole Con. Madison, WI

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