The Village Square: October 1, 2018


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Hasbro Parodies
According to Daily Mail, Hasbro is releasing parodies of its most popular games. “The Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis edition is so frighteningly realistic it has players trying to figure out how to pay off $500,000 in ‘soul-crushing debt’ — something plenty of college graduates can relate to.” Other parody releases include Clue: What Happened Last Night? Lost In Vegas, Mystery Date: Catfished, and Botched Operation. The parody games are Target exclusives beginning today.

8Bit Box
Due out at the end of this month, Iello’s 8Bit Box is “a board game that will remind you the golden age of video games as each player has a gamepad to program their actions, using three wheels: direction, symbol, and value.” According to the ACD Distribution blog, it contains three games influenced by old-school video games.

Digital Dragon Castle and Fifth Ingredient
From Dice Tower News comes reports of Dragon Castle and Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient being launched digitally. While Dragon Castle will debut next year, the Potion Explosion expansion can be bought inside the base game app now.

Blue Moon Cities Reprint
More from Dice Tower News: Reiner Knizia’s Blue Moon City is being reprinted by CMON. In this Spiel des Jahres 2006 nominee, “players use cards with the races of Blue Moon to construct buildings on their plans, then eventually reconstruct the large crystal Obelisk in the center of the city. Players who help complete buildings earn crystals and Dragon Favors, with the majority contributor getting a bonus.” It’ll  be available at the end of this month.

Magic On The Go
Board Game Babylon reports of a new show from the Penny Arcade crew. In The Magic Hour, “Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins meet companions old and new over friendly games of Magic: The Gathering.” The webseries consists of six 15-minute episodes and airs on Penny Arcade’s YouTube channel.

Buffalo Games Sold
The husband and wife owners of Buffalo Games have sold the company to private equity firm Mason Wells, reports Buffalo Business First. “Buffalo Games is the largest U.S. manufacturer of jigsaw puzzles and a leading provider of party and board games, Mason Wells said in its statement.”

Diary of Cryptid
Ruth Veevers shares thoughts on BGG about the creation of Cryptid, a “logical deduction game in which players compete to be first to work out which of the 108 possible habitats is home to a strange, rarely-sighted creature. … Cryptid is about asking your fellow players questions to get information about their clues, but without giving away too much about your own.”

Professorial Games
Clever article on McSweeney’s about our favorite hobby, as seen through the eyes of adjunct professors. “The Game of Life: You live in car. The car is also your office.”

Seen on The Goldbergs
I don’t watch ABC’s The Goldbergs, but apparently they had a copy of Restoration Games’ Fireball Island on a recent episode.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
October 5-7. Council of Five Nations. Schenectady, New York.
October 5-7. Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. Great Falls, Montana.
October 5-7. TsunamiCon. Wichita, Kansas.
October 12-14. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, Ohio.
October 12-14. FlatCon. Bloomington, Illinois.
October 13-14. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
November 1-4. Midwest GameFest. Independence, Missouri.
November 8-11. Gamehole Con. Madison, Wisconsin.
November 9-11. ConQuest Avalon. Sacramento, California.
November 9-11. U-Con. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
November 15-18. Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Chicago, Illinois.
December 27-30. CAP-Con. Atlanta, Georgia.

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