The Village Square: October 14, 2019


Cooperative kingdom building
Steamforged Games announced the release of their new Ni no Kuni II board game for next month. Based on the video game of the same property, players must rebuild the land and protect it from evil…together! Go on quests, slay monsters, gather resources and recruit citizens to build and prosper.

Busy as a bee
Among a slew up upcoming new releases from Rio Grande Games is Queenz, where players are budding apiarists planting alluring flower fields to attract bees.

Branching out
Hitting retail in February of 2020, Indie Boards & Cards releases Kodama 3D, the 3-dimensional tree building game based on the previous card game of same name.

Won’t you have a drink?
North Star Games releases Taverns of Tiefenthal next month. The dice placement deck building design tasks players as tavern owners expanding their establishments to attract nobles – and their gold – to grown and become the talk of the town.

Battle of the bands…cards
Cryptozoic announced the 2020 first quarter release of Steven Universe: Beach-A-Palooza, a card drafting “battling” game set in the popular Cartoon Network IP.

Into lore
Pencil Games has released Skulk Hollow, a 2-player asymmetrical combat game between Gaurdian and Foxen clans of Bore with competing victory conditions.

Build your own world
In the “Why hasn’t this been done before” section of the news, Ravensburger and Mojang are releasing Minecraft: Builders & Biomes Board Game.

Win or lose together
Later this month Almost A Game releases their sophomore design Space Chase, a cooperative escape design with a modular setup.

And the winner will be…
Tomorrow the a selected jury will present the winner of the 2019 Juego del Año at the Cordoba International Games Festival, the Spanish game of the year. Finalists are Cryptid, El Dorado, Inis, Manhattan and Optimus

Acquisition news
Horrible Games and Luma have partnered to distribute the former’s titles in North America. Include 4th quarter new releases Similo. The secret deduction game has two initial versions, Fables and History, in which one player tries to get the others to guess the correct character from among 12 on the table by given 12 clues, one at a time.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
October 25-27. Cardboard Caucus. West Des Moies, IA
October 31-November 3. Gamehole Con. Madison, WI
November 8-10. MACE. Charlotte, NC
November 14-17. Midwest GamesFest. Independence, MO
November 20-24. BGG Con. Dallas, TX
November 21-24. Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Chicago, IL
November 29-December 1. GobbleCon. San Francisco, CA
December 6-8. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, PA

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