The Village Square: August 11, 2016


Have you been following our Gen Con news? If not, go there and learn about the latest and greatest games to hit the tabletop. I’ll still be here with your bi-weekly dose of board game news.

Asmodee’s Cyclades: Monuments will be available later this year. “Set in the mythological era of powerful heroes and terrifying monsters, Cyclades compels you to balance growing your civilization with keeping that civilization from monsters and from other rival Greeks. Now, the upcoming Monuments expansion enables you to accomplish both those tasks at once and build more massive structures than ever before.”

Gen Con Numbers
According to, over 200,000 people attended Gen Con last week and the local economic impact of the con was $71 million.

Gen Con Photos
Gen Con 2016 in photos, from our friends at

SPIEL 2016 Preview
Gen Con is over, but there are plenty of conventions remaining, including SPIEL 2016 on October 13-16. W. Eric Martin has a preview of Germany’s biggest gaming convention.

Through the Ages Digital
From boardgamegeekTV comes a preview of the Through the Ages app conducted by the designer Vlaada Chvatil.

Updated Digital Sentinels of the Multiverse
The deck-building app Sentinels of the Multiverse has been updated and can now be played on phones, tablets, and other platforms. According to Pocket Tactics, “Multiplayer remains fully cross-platform compatible.”

Cry Havoc
Long-time Sims producer Grant Rodiek talks about his foray into board game design with his highly anticipated Cry Havoc. He felt that “ his time working in the video game industry has prepared him for the criticisms and tough feedback that come with game design and allowed him to be adaptable to sudden changes.”

Warriors On Hold
The kickstarter for The Warriors: Turf War, a board game based on the ‘70s film, has been cancelled after negative feedback from playtesters. “[W]e’ve decided to suspend the current Turf War campaign, make a hefty bunch of backer-requested and much-needed overhauls, and then relaunch later this month.”

Board Games on the Big Screen
While not exactly Mazes and Monsters, Beyond the Gates was recently acquired by IFC Midnight. The film is a throwback to ‘80s horror movies: “[T]wo estranged brothers reunite seven months after their father’s disappearance to liquidate his anemic video store. While there, they unearth an old VCR board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game. The film is an adventure horror that pays loving tribute to the VHS format, video stores, and board games of the era.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
August 12-14. Board Games Bash. Austin, Texas.
August 19-21. Dragonflight XXXVII. Bellevue, Washington.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 26-28. Guns of August. Williamsburg, Virginia.
September 1-4. Tacticon 2016. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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.
Visit for more convention listings.

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