The Village Square: August 22, 2016


Last year’s tabletop cries of “Blood Rage!” have been replaced by this year’s “Scythe!” You know a game is good when you get hammered and still want to play it again.

New Voyager
Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 26 from WizKids is due next month. “The U.S.S. Voyager Expansion Pack contains Captain Janeway and the crew from the show, including Chakotay, Tuvok, Seven of Nine, B’Elanna Torres, Harry Kim, the Doctor and Tom Paris.”

The Blood of an Englishman
Renegade Game Studios announced the November release of The Blood of an Englishman, a “new take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk … [in which]players take on the role of either Jack or the Giant. The Giant must maneuver the Fee Fi Fo and Fum cards while Jack tries to create three bean stalks to steal the bag of gold, the Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp.”

Rock Paper Wizard reports that Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard, a standalone game from Wizkids, will be out in January. “The game imagines a conflict between wizards trying to claim a vanquished dragon’s treasure. Each wizard has a number of iconic Dungeons & Dragons magic spells at their disposal, represented in the game by cards. Each card shows a Rock, Paper, Scissors style hand gesture that the player must make in order to cast their chosen spell.”

On the Road
Due this week: Hit Z Road from Asmodee, a zombie road trip game by Martin Wallace.

Unicornus Knights
AEG will be publishing Unicornus Knights next year. The game is the latest from Love Letter designer Seiji Kanai.

Pocket Madness
Passport Game Studios and Funforge is releasing Pocket Madness next month. According to Dice Tower News, it is “a card game from Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc and inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s stories.”

Werewolf Legacy
From Dice Tower News comes this tidbit: Rob Daviau and Ted Alspach are teaming up to produce a legacy version of the classic social deduction game, Werewolf. It should be on the shelves sometime next year. “The legacy game is meant to be played in chapters of three games each, and the decisions of one game will carry over and affect the next. Along the way characters may earn titles that give them special abilities beyond what their role normally gives them. Also of note is that the game will allow for changing the moderator, that way you won’t have to be the NPC leader of the group for the entire game.”

Legend of the Five Rings Drive Thru
A digital download/print-on-demand copy of The Atlas of Rokugan will be available next month at This allows players “to get a closer look at the world that you inhabit whenever you play the Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying game. With maps of the Great Clans’ provinces, details of cities, castles, and palaces, and even blueprints of specific buildings, this book is an invaluable aid for any player or Game Master looking to plot the march of a Lion Clan army or determine the easiest way to enter Kyuden Doji undetected.”

According to, “Pokémon TCG players will have to wait until early 2017 to get their hands on the new set that features the all-new Pokémon. … Pokémon-GX will have new attack and devastating attacks that can alter the game. The trick is that a player can’t use more than one GX attack in a game. Not one GX attack per Pokémon. One per game.”

Codex, a real-time card game, will have players “[r]amp up your workers, build tech buildings, summon heroes, and level them up. Just like an RTS video game, concepts like build orders, fog of war, investing in your economy, and protecting your buildings and heroes all apply. Your ‘codex’ holds all your faction’s cards. Build your deck from it as you play.” According to ACD Distribution, it will be out September 23.

Krossmaster Arena 2.0 and More
A few games announced by ACD Distribution for release on October 14: Krossmaster Arena 2.0 (“compatible with previous Krosmaster figure releases”), Bloodborne: The Card Game (“3 to 5 Hunters work together to get through the Dungeon and collect Yharnam’s blood before facing off against the horrible final boss”), and Ta-Da (“Each player furiously rolls dice in an effort to collect the elements needed to cast their spell”).

Gen Con Attendance
Turnstile attendance at Gen Con 2016 was over 200,000, with over 60,000 unique attendees (one percent fewer than last year), according to The biggest jump was the number of exhibitors, which grew 26 percent.

Rising Sun Sneak Peek
Game designer Eric Lang offers a few early thoughts about his game Rising Sun, which is being described as the spiritual successor to Blood Rage.

Interview with Bruno Faidutti
Game designer Bruno Faidutti talks about Raptor, HMS Dolores, and the new version of his classic, Citadels. “I prefer to work with someone else. It’s fun, suggesting things and discussing them, and it goes much faster than when you are by yourself.”

The End of the World
Writer Tim Cox discusses his The End of the World role-playing game series, with the final book, Revolt of the Machines, arriving in a few weeks. “The End of the World books deal with some pretty dire stuff, so I thought it was important to strike a balance between horror and humor. Of course, with any RPG, it’s the players at the table who really set the tone of the game.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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 2-5. PAX West. Seattle, Washington.
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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