The Village Square: March 19, 2018


Renegade Games Studios whirlwind
The fast-rising publishing company is teaming up with three entities for what should be hotly anticipated releases in 2018! First, they are teaming up with Saban Brands to produce an as yet untitled Power Rangers game! They will also now release English versions of Frosted Games’ titles – the first of which will be Uwe Rosenberg’s Reykholt at Speil 2018. And they will also continue their partnership with Garphill Games (previously cemented with Raiders of the North Sea and its line) to release a new historical trilogy, starting with Architects of the West Kingdom, a worker placement game about building and development in the Carolingian Empire.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Speaking of old IPs that haven’t been covered in board games, IDW Games will release Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course in July. In the racing game with fantastic minis, be the first to collect the most chaos emeralds in the classic Green Zone.

Cesare Borgia
In 2018 Q4 MAGE Company will release Cesare Borgia the game.  Set in Renaissance Italy, players use sabotage, intrigue, theft and assassination to perform missions via tile drawing and laying.

Seal Team Flix
Be an elite flicker in WizKids’ July release of Seal Team Flix.  With campaign and skirmish modes, the quick action design entails a prominent dexterity element.

Masters of the Galaxy
In May, Ares Games will release galactic 4X space empire building game Masters of the Galaxy.  Conquer known space in all of about an hour!

Mansky Caper
Get back at the mob boss in The Mansky Caper, releasing this May from Calliope Games. Break into his safe while he’s away on vacation and take what you can – as long as you don’t set off the traps!

Pantone: The Game
Later this year Cryptozoic will release a unique, competitive card game for 2-20 players about recognizing pop culture characters represented by just clues of color arrangements from Pantone, “the world’s leading color expert.”

Deaf Board Game Convention
The second annual board game convention for the dead will run in Austin, Texas, from April 6-8. Operated by the Austin Association for the Deaf and conducted entirely in American Sign Language, the weekend includes gaming, a game library, free workshops, prizes, tournaments and more all for members of the deaf community.

Tabletop Network
Designers, critics, content providers and other experts will meet June 8-9 in Snowbird, UT, to network and discuss the business, craft and hobby of board gaming. Through collaboration and the sharing of institutional knowledge and best practices, attendees will leave the conference with new tools in their toolkit to help them design tomorrow’s best games.

Centuries of Games
This article from the Harvard Gazette features a collection of board games in the Houghton Library dating back to 1678.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
March 30-April 1. Who’s Yer Con. Indianapolis, Indiana.
April 5-8. PAX East. Boston, Massachusetts.
April 6-8. Deaf Board Game Convention. Austin, Texas.
April 19-22. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 17-20. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
May 25-28. Gamex. Los Angeles, California.
June 1-3. NashCon. Nashville, Tennessee.
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 14-16. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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