The Village Square: Thursday, August 24


Where the Iron Horse should really roam…
Days of Wonder’s iconic Ticket to Ride is going west…to the Old West! Which is what I really think of when imagining trains.  France and the Old West, the sixth map collection in the series, requires the base game to play, but also adds a couple of little tweaks to game play that will please veterans and newcomers alike.

Dream protectors
Stuffed Fables is now available for pre-order through Plaid Hat Games. The RPG-style adventure game, in the spirit of Mice & Mystics (by the same designer), features stuffed animals devoted to saving the children that love them from an evil mastermind.  With its design pedigree, player-driven narrative action and outstanding miniatures, this dreamy fable will undoubtedly be a hit.

à la Mode 
In November Renegade Game Studios will release Pie Town.  The hidden information, worker dice-placement game pits bakers in a delectable showdown where your secret ingredients better be kept under lock and key!

A REALLY hot release!
Fireside Games’ Hot Shots releases September 6.  Players cooperate to fight a wildfire with unique roles and abilities.  The dice-rolling, press-your-luck design looks tense and thematic.

WizKids’ Star Trek: Frontiers HeroClix game has a new expansion. In Return of Khan, players must unite the crew of the USS Enterprise, both old and new, to defeat the super human augment and Kirk’s long-time and most dangerous nemesis…and his fleet!

Return to Andor
Legends of Andor Part III will release in October. Kosmos Games’ The Last Hope is the finale of the Andor Trilogy, but is also a standalone game.  Venture again in the mythical lands to free the imprisoned of the giant Krahder!

Pay no attention to the name
Horrible Games will launch their new title, Dragon Castle, at Essen 2017.  The Mahjong-inspired design tasks players with taking identical tiles from a central collection to construct their own private castles and tosses in special powers you can wield…but always at a price.

Necromunda rises again
Games Workshop is rebirthing Necromunda, it’s miniatures skirmish game set in Warhammer’s world of Imperium.  Control a Hive Gang “of ruthless criminal killers augmented with black-market cybernetics, gene modifications and scavenged weaponry.” The scale is individual and intense, where every ganger in your pack counts. Expect lots of gangs to be released with myriad special equipment and nifty abilities.

Mechanized to Steam
Steve Jackson Games’ long-time popular Ogre, the game of mechanized futuristic warfare, is coming to Steam. It’s the official game with all of its beloved elements ported straight to video by Auroch Digital…with plenty of upgrades, bells-and-whistles and other fun stuff!

The Play’s the thing
Filed under the category “Niche,” a new book, Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games examines games as “not merely as a pastime, a leisurely pursuit, but as a pivotal part of daily life, a strategic psychosocial endeavor.”  As the publisher’s name, Medieval Institute Publications, might suggest the collection of scholarly essays cover the Renaissance period and focus largely on Europe.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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 8-10. Hascon. Providence, R.I.
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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I have lots of kids. Board games help me connect with them, while still retaining my sanity...relatively speaking.

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