The Village Square: March 2, 2017


Mayfair is gonna be busy this year
The perennial heavyweight has another full slate ahead with a pile of new titles, reprints and expansions.

A little farther down the line
Bezier Games’s Whistle Stop will release at GenCon 2017. The pick-up and deliver and stock train game set in the Old West is by Scott Caputo.

Destiny awakens – will you completionist gene, too?!
Fantasy Flight Games announces one final print run of the Awakenings set to their wildly successful Star Wars: Destiny. The initial run sold out due to its popularity “outstripping expectations.” Guess they need to get those dice-making machines cranking! Anyway, the company also announced the next set, Spirit of Rebellion, will be available in May with a third as-yet-unnamed set to follow later in the year.

To dungeon crawl or not to dungeon crawl
If that’s your question, Steve Jackson Games’ Munchkin Shakespeare will hit store shelves in September. After backers receive theirs, of course…

Cards for preschoolers
The U.S. Playing Card Company is releasing three small card games this July aimed at preschool children.  The trio concentrate on sequencing, counting and simple math. For all of those forum questions about what games are good to start a 3- to 4-year old with, perhaps these will be another inexpensive, fun and educational option?

Terra Mystica Electronica
According to their Facebook page, Digidiced will be releasing the digital app in just a couple of weeks. The company has already ported popular games Patchwork, Agricola and Le Havre: The Inland Port. It’s time to venture away from Rosenberg, apparently!

Strategic colloquium
The first of a series of discussions by Dr. Wictz and Paul Owens on the book Games of Strategy (3rd ed., 2009), a work that examines how game theory can explain observed behavior, predict rational choice and prescribe decisions.

Owning Designers
An interesting and maybe somewhat eye-opening geeklist over at Board Game Geek ranking the Top 25 designers based on how many of their games BGG users own. Any surprises to you?


Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 2-5. SaltCON. Layton, Utah.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
March 17-19. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 23-16. Adepticon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 7-9. Protospiel. San Jose, California.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 12-14. CMoN Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-29. Game Fest 29. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
May 26-29. KublaCon. San Francisco, California.
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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