The Village Square: October 12, 2015


AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide

Hello again, peeps and meeps! I’ve scoured the Internet for these tidbits from the cardboard community. Don’t forget to tweet me @RuelGaviola with feedback or newsworthy board game happenings. I might not find the droids you’re looking for, but I’ll report the latest and greatest items here. Move along.

All Apologies
I remember the Dungeons & Dragons scare back in the 80s, which led to the hilariously-bad-yet-awesome Mazes and Monsters TV movie starring Tom Hanks. D&D is still owed an apology by the media, according to David Ewalt, the author of D&D creator Gary Gygax’s biography. Read the article at Wired, which includes a history of D&D on the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Starting Young
Not only is this second grader learning how to code, but she and her family have also created a board game.

I tried my best not to get caught up in the Episode VII hype, but I needed my fix of a galaxy far, far away and bought the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures game. After a few run-throughs, I added the expansion ships as well as Star Wars Armada and Star Wars Imperial Assault to my Must Buy List. Here’s a nice overview of the three main Star Wars games available now. Is it December 18th yet?

Lifetime Gamer
This professor published the classic war game Britannia, met his wife through D&D, and still games with his students nearly every week.

Rolling the Bones
An engineer’s curiosity was piqued by the dice of times past; not the polyhedral variety, but the actual animal bones used by gamers centuries ago. He used 3D printing to make these ancient dice.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
Get out and game! (h/t reddit and boardgamegeek)

Oct. 23-25. Protospiel Madison 2015. Madison, Wisconsin.
Nov. 4-8. EuroQuest 2015. Pikesville, Maryland.
Nov. 12-15. Midwest GameFest. Kansas City, Kansas.
Nov. 18-22. BGG.CON. Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas.
Nov. 20-22. U-Con. Ypsilanti, Michigan.

February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.

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