The Village Square: May 25, 2017



Game of the Year
Well, the nominees, at least. It’s Christmastime for board games and the nominees for Spiel des Jahres, Kinderspiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres are announced.  The winners of this prestigious selection – and the monetary boon which follows – will be announced June 19 (Kinderspiel) and July 17 (Spiel and Kennerspiel).

It’s a magical place
Renegade Games will release Atlas: Enchanted Lands this Fall from J. Alex Kevern and illustrator Beth Sobel. The set collection and deduction card game is “set in a world of fairies and magic. Play cards to reveal a certain place and time — and place your stake in one of the two. Explore a location at dawn, day, sunset, and night, or see what the whole land looks like in the dark. Each card offers two choices, and it’s up to you to uncover the world that awaits.”

Miniatures News
Spartan Games has released Dystopian Wars: Fleet Action.  This faster paced and streamlined rules set isn’t meant to replace the grander sweep of its inspiration, but use the same amazing miniatures to get new players into the game or provide veterans with more options and greater carnage.

Distribution News
Cool Mini or Not has restructured their distribution network to work exclusively with Alliance Game Distribution, ACD Distribution and Peachstate Hobby Distribution. CMON’s reorientation is to align the company with its new Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy, effective June 1, which will restrict price levels and ensure the company’s “brand maintains a high value in the consumer mindshare.”

More Distribution News
Ares Games is partnering with Polish company Galakta Games to distribute the latter’s titles around the world (except Europe).  This will include Age of Thieves, Zombie Terror, Andromeda and the upcoming This War of Mine, a cooperative survival adventure set in a war torn city and based on the video game by 11bit Studios.

Everything you wanted to know about war games, but were afraid to ask…
The Daily Worker Placement has you covered with this Wargaming 101 history primer and guide.  It is a quick-hitting examination of how and why war games developed, prospered, declined and then returned, followed by some recommendations for noobs looking to dive into the genre.

More gaming hits the celebrity scene
World Champion outfielder with the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Pence and wife Alexis are self-professed gamer nerds and hint at plans to open a board gaming coffee shop.  Perhaps I can find it in my heart to forgive him for beating my Royals in the 2014 Series?

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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.
June 23-35. Polycon. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
July 28-30. NovaComic-Con. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 25-27. Congress of Gamers. Falls Church, Virginia.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 9-10. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
October 6-8. TsunamiCon. Wichita, Kansas.
October 6-8. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, Ohio.
October 7-8. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 13-15. ConnCon/FallCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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