The Village Square: April 14, 2016



As a Manny Pacquiao, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Los Angeles Lakers fan, this week has been a strange one. Manny and Kobe Bryant retired while Vin Scully began his 67th (!) and final season calling Dodgers games. Cheering for my favorite teams and athletes just won’t be the same, but thankfully there are plenty of board games to keep me busy as I mourn the end of a few eras.

Long Night Ahead
New characters, abilities, and items highlight this preview of Dead of Winter: The Long Night written by its lead playtester.

Junk Art
Pretzel Games announced that Junk Art, a dexterity game that will “put your creativity up against the laws of physics by having you build unique structures around the world” will debut at Gen Con this August.

Defense Grid
Hidden Path Entertainment has partnered with Forged By Geeks to bring the Defense Grid video game to the tabletop. Defense Grid the Board Game will be a “cooperative experience where 1 to 4 players work together to build and activate towers in an effort to stop all the aliens that are trying to steal their cores.” Expect it in early 2017.

North Star Games and Funforge are releasing Evolution to French-speaking countries by the end of this year.

An interview with Mataio Wilson, designer of Ghostbusters the Board Game and its upcoming sequel.

A brief talk with Richard Garfield, designer of Magic: The Gathering.

Championship Heroes
The 2016 Heroes of Normandie National Championships will take place at Origins on June 18th. According to Iello, “Participants should be familiar with the basic rules of Heroes of Normandie and will be presented with novel scenarios made specifically for the Nationals competition.”

From the I-Wish-I-Did-That-In-School file: middle-school students in Bronxville, New York, create their own board games in their technology classes.

Clearing Shelves
On May 14th, Z-Man Games is having an inventory clearance sale at their facility in Quebec, Canada.

Picture Me Rollin’
A brief look at the history of dice.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
April 16. Norcal Games Day. San Carlos, California.
April 21-24. Conclave of Gamers. Denver, Colorado.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
April 22-24. MEPACon. Scranton, Pennsylvania.
April 22-24. Catan Con 2016. Nashville, Tennessee.
April 28-May 1. Kingdom-Con 2016. San Diego, California.
April 29-May 1. Game Days 2016. Parkville, Maryland.
April 29-May 1. Board Games at the Beach. Wilmington, North Carolina.
April 30. Connecticut Festival of Indie Games. Southington, Connecticut.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
May 27-30. Gamex 2016. Los Angeles, California.
June 3-5. 2D Con. Bloomington, Minnesota.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.

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