The Village Square: March 9, 2017


Retro Retro video gamers delight!
Turn One Gaming Supplies is set to release its freshman design in May and it should attract some interest from at least my generation – Space Invaders Dice!  With solo and competitive variants it’s a race to – what else from an iconic video game license? – the highest score!

Deadly cat-and-mouse
Fantasy Flight Games’ Dear Boss expansion to its engrossing Letters from Whitechapel is now available.  With even more historical detail and flavor, the expansion includes new variants, police decks with special abilities, cards giving the Ripper greater leeway and miniatures to replace the base game’s tokens.

A card game is worth 1,000 words
Looney Labs will release an updated version of Nanofictionary, a light party game, in August.  Players use cards that represent settings, characters and other plot elements to write their own story and sway the table with their grandiloquent storycraft for points.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Well, they’re up! The winners of the Golden Geek Awards as voted by members of the Board Game Geek, RPG Geek and Video Game Geek communities are announced.  Congratulations to the honorees!  And remember, if your favorite didn’t win, grumble elsewhere!

Interview with a retailer. And  a board games PR expert. And a…
Ding and Dent’s Spotlight interviews Sara Erickson, now of Renegade Games. Sara has lots of experience working with numerous board games publishers.  She also owns a comics and game store in Bozeman, Montana.  This article offers some fun and interesting insights from her unique perspective.

Restarting a Kickstarter
What about using the crowdfunding source to print a second edition of a previously successfully Kickstarter game? This blog examines the reasoning, angles, potential pitfalls and tips for success from the viewpoint of its own creation, Corporate America.

Speaking of Kickstarter…
I don’t know if this is some new kind of record, but Cool Mini or Not’s Rising Sun (spiritual successor to Blood Rage and by the same Eric Lang) has already raised over $1.5 million in one day! There are 3,226 comments as I write this.  Make that 3,232.  Very interested to see the analysis on this campaign as it runs and goes through production.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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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I have lots of kids. Board games help me connect with them, while still retaining my sanity...relatively speaking.

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