The Village Square: March 24, 2016



Konichiwa! Your friendly neighborhood board games news guy is currently in Japan with a belly full of ramen and sushi, and I’m happy to report that it won’t stop me from sharing the latest news from the tabletop community.

Gold Winners
The winners of’s annual Golden Geek Awards have been announced. Pandemic Legacy and 7 Wonders Duel were among the multiple award winners.

Not My Fault
The fans have spoken and the new Smash Up expansion will feature Dragons, Mythic Greeks, Superheroes, and Sharks.

Pathfinder App Delayed
Obsidian has pushed back the release date of the Pathfinder Adventures app to April 26th.

Heart of Crown
Japanime Games will release Heart of Crown, a deckbuilder about an epic struggle over Imperial succession, this year.

Interview with Matt Leacock
Some thoughts from Golden Geek Award winning designer Matt Leacock.

Influences in Board Game Design
Designer Bruno Faidutti discusses the games that inspire and influence his games.

A Beginner’s Guide to Game Mechanics
Get a quick overview of worker placement, card drafting, and other game mechanics in this guide from Asmodee.

Not Satisfying
Victory conditions that ring hollow.

Carcassonne XL
Gamers at Sweden’s GothCon are attempting to set a record the world’s largest game of Carcassonne using 10,000 tiles.

World Record Mosaic
British artist Quentin Devine used nearly 13,000 Pokemon cards to create a pikachu mosaic, breaking the world record for the world’s largest trading card mosaic.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 31-April 3. AdeptiCon 2016. Schaumburg, Illinois.
April 1-3 Girl Gamer Gathering. Ontario, California.
April 1-3. ConQuest SAC. Sacramento, California.
April 1-3. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 9-10. Unpub Games Festival. Baltimore, Maryland.
April 21-24. Conclave of Gamers. Denver, Colorado.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
April 28-May 1. Kingdom-Con 2016. San Diego, California.
April 29-May 1. Game Days 2016. Parkville, Maryland.
April 29-May 1. Board Games at the Beach. Wilmington, North Carolina.
April 30. Connecticut Festival of Indie Games. Southington, Connecticut.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
May 27-30. Gamex 2016. Los Angeles, California.
June 3-5. 2D Con. Bloomington, Minnesota.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.

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