The Village Square: November 30, 2015

Ticket to Ride app.
Ticket to Ride app.
I hope everybody had a fun-filled International Games Day @ Your Library and an excellent Thanksgiving Day weekend. Mine certainly lived up to the hype: I played King of Tokyo, Wits & Wagers, and Timeline on IGD then stuffed myself silly on Turkey Day. If only all weeks could be this awesome.

Redesigned Ticket
The Ticket to Ride app was recently redesigned and re-launched for iOS and Android. You can now choo-choo-choose to play analog or digital.

Pandemic Legacy on NPR
I’ve been avoiding Pandemic Legacy spoilers like the, ahem, plague, so I have no idea what this link actually says about the game. YMMV, of course.

New Path
The Pathfinder: Adventure Card Game mobile app release has been delayed until 2016.

War on the Tabletop
The video game This War of Mine is being adapted for the tabletop.

I Could’ve Told You That
Study shows that gaming is good for your health. In other words, put down your phone and game.

Under the Christmas Tree
This confirms my shopping choices this year: more and more board games are being given away during the holiday season.

Lifeline Family Services has helped families for at least 10 years, often donating board games to those in need in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, area. As the holidays approach, they are in need of more games.

Deeper Look
I enjoyed the analyses of the mechanics of popular games at, including this recent piece on decisions in early game structures and how the best games

Take This Job
An IT manager quit his job to become a professional board game tester.

Meaningful Play
The terrific 99% Invisible podcast talks about game play design and the love/hate of Monopoly.

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

January 8-10. MACE East. Wilmington, North Carolina.
January 15-18. Brycecon 2016. Bryce Canyon City, Utah.
January 22-24. EsCon 2016. San Marcos, California.
January 30-31. GCOM’s Winter Game Fest. Rockville, Maryland.
February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
February 22-28. PrezCon 2016. Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 4-6. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, Tennessee.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
April 1-3. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 9-10. Unpub Games Festival. Baltimore, Maryland.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.

Discussion2 Comments

  1. I listened to the NPR piece with Rob Daviau, and it has absolutely no spoilers. It’s great to hear a professional hobby game designer on national radio. We’ve hit the big time!

    • Ruel Gaviola

      Thanks, Paul! I’m waiting for the new year to take the Pandemic Legacy plunge, but at least now I can listen to the NPR piece.

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