The Village Square: August 8, 2016


We have lots of Gen Con news to report and it won’t fit into one little ol’ column, so expect more to show up around these parts for the next week or so.

New Angeles
Fantasy Flight Games announced New Angeles, a game set in the Android universe for 4-6 players. “Your primary goal—and that of the game—is to increase your profits. Specifically, you need to earn more capital than your corporate rival in order to win. Your secondary concern, however, is to maintain order within the city. If it descends too far into chaos, the United States federal government will intervene, the city’s special commerce privileges will be put at risk, and you—along with the other corps—will lose.”

Big and Small
A video teaser for the Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small app is now up on Expect it to available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 on August 9th.

Sola Fide: The Reformation
Stronghold Games and Spielworxx are co-publishing Sola Fide: The Reformation, a game by Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard. The title is the sixth game in Stronghold Games’ “The Great Designers Series” and coincides with the 500th Anniversary in The Reformation. The game will make its debut at the Essen Spiel in Germany in October.

Rune Wars: The Miniatures Game
Rune Wars: The Miniatures Game is a “new two-player miniatures game of epic, rank-and-file warfare set in the realm of Terrinoth. … In each game, you and your opponent will gather armies of miniatures and lead them into battle—blocks of infantry will maneuver for position, cavalry wings will wheel and slam into a weakened flank, and monstrous rune golems or carrion lancers will smash through formations of lesser warriors.” It is due next year from Fantasy Flight Games.

XCOM: Evolution
An expansion for XCOM: The Board Game is due later this year. In XCOM: Evolution, players must deal with EXALT, “a paramilitary society, determined to seize power during the chaos of war, and their members have infiltrated all manner of organizations, including XCOM. This means that your war has a new front; even as you turn outward to fight back the alien invaders, you must also confront the enemy within.”

My Kind of Scum
Jabba’s Realm, a new expansion for Imperial Assault, will hit retail shelves later this year.
“Eighteen new double-sided map tiles evoke the opening scenes of Return of the Jedi, giving you access for the first time to Jabba’s palace, his pleasure barge, and iconic locations like the sarlacc pit. Meanwhile, sixteen brand-new plastic figures offer new warriors and heroes for the Imperials, Rebels, and Mercenaries, even as new Command cards, Deployment cards, Agenda cards, and Class cards give you countless ways to customize your game.”

New Cool Look
Cool Mini Or Not unveiled its new company logo at Gen Con.

Rising Sun
Billed as the “spiritual successor to Blood Rage,” Rising Sun was teased in this Cool Mini Or Not tweet.

Ancient Ones Reborn
Lots of news from Fantasy Flight Games, including a preview of its newest Living Card Game,
Arkham Horror: The Card Game. This cooperative LCG is “set amid a backdrop of Lovecraftian horror. As the Ancient Ones seek entry to our world, one to two investigators (or up to four with two Core Sets) work to unravel arcane mysteries and conspiracies.”

Bruno Faidutti discusses the history of his game Citadels (almost 20 years old!) as well as its latest version

Gen Con Weirdness
The Indianapolis Star offered its take on Gen Con, calling it “ a little weird, majorly nerdy and super fun” and noted that “[t]he convention, which has been coming to Indianapolis since 2003, is also estimated to have a $71.7 million economic impact on the city.”

New Sport in Lagos
Monopoly is now an official sport in Lagos. “The City of Lagos Edition Monopoly was launched in 2012 and was the first African City Edition of Hasbro’s board game.” Additionally, an under-17 Monopoly championship is scheduled in September, when 2,000 local students from “100 Lagos schools will compete for the grand prize of N1 million Educational Grant.”

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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