The Village Square: September 21, 2017


Essen Spiel ’17
It’s about a month away, now, and even if you can’t attend, I know you’re interested in all the new games that will explode from the show. Keep updated with this amazing and evolving preview.

Speaking of Essen
The voting is in and the 2017 Deutscher Spiele Preis goes to Terraforming Mars.  The annual award now usually recognizes deeper, more complex games than the family friendly Spiel des Jahres.  Former recipients include Mombasa (last year), Agricola, Caylus and El Grande.

It’s good to be the revision
Z-Man Games has announced their upcoming revision of Kingsburg. With revised artwork and components the new edition will include the base game, all five modules from To Forge A Realm expansion and an alternate advisor awards module.

Ancient is the new Now
The latest Ascension set is now available from Stone Blade Entertainment. Valley of the Ancients, previewed at GenCon50, adds the abilities Echo and Serenity, as well as Temples, which pass from player to player.

Against the world
Renegade Game Studios’ anticipated Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game will hit store shelves October 4. The deck-building game lets you take on the roles of your favorite characters from Brian Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels where you’ll “grow up and prepare for your finest hour.”  Each character has a unique starting deck and the design includes double-sided cards for greater depth.

Looking for a unique RPG?
Thought only ponies lived in Equestria?  River Horse Games and Ninja Division will release The Bestiary of Equestria next month as a companion publication to their sneaky good hit My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria.  Now you can include hydra, cave eels and, yes, even dragons in your campaigns!

Go play Chess
It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s look at some throwback games.  Fun article from the Daily Worker Placement about Go, Chess, their merits and their place in the broader gaming community.

Gaming archaeology
A new analysis of some bones from a famous Viking warrior’s burial confirm the remains are female, possibly lending credence to the iconic shield maiden legend.  We in the hobby might also be quite interested to note she was entombed with an intact board game!

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
September 30-October 1. Mini Wars. Fullerton, California.
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.
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.

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