The Village Square: December 4, 2017


This is the time of year when we talk about how fast this year’s gone by. I’m currently trying to complete goals I set for 2017. What about you?

From the ACD Distribution blog comes news of Topiary, a game in which players “place your visitors in the best positions along the outer edge of the garden and rearrange the sculptures strategically to give your visitors the most spectacular view of the landscape.” It’ll be available next month from Renegade Game Studios.

Legendary: Marvel Expansion
Also from the ACD Distribution blog: the latest Legendary: Marvel expansion, Champions, will be released by Upper Deck in February. “The [small-box] expansion will feature 5 new heroes, 2 Villain groups, 2 New Masterminds and 4 new schemes. Returning favorites as well as all new game mechanics.”

New Rio Grande Titles
According to Dice Tower News, Rio Grande Games has announced three new games for the first quarter of 2018: Broadhorns, Rob ‘N Run, and Trans Atlantic.

Leacock Discusses Pandemic Legacy Season 2
Board Game Babylon’s E.R. Burgess conducted a short Q & A with Matt Leacock about Pandemic Legacy Season 2. “Set 71 years in the future, it lets you embark on an epic adventure to bring humanity back from the brink of extinction. It features new mechanisms and surprises, but the rhythms of the game will be familiar to those who enjoyed the first season.”

Tokyo Game Market
On his BGG blog W. Eric Martin previewed the Tokyo Game Market. “Many of the designers seem driven solely by a desire to create, without regard for whether or not something is saleable. They did the thing, and now they’re presenting it to whoever might be curious enough to check out what they’ve done.”

Mayfair Update
Martin also reported on his blog about the ongoing Mayfair and Lookout Games situation. “[W]hile Mayfair itself seems to have vanished from view, with scarcely any non-Lookout titles released in English in 2017, Lookout Games is rolling along with strong titles in 2017 and plenty on its plate in 2018 and beyond.”

Cutting Games at Barnes & Noble
According to, games will no longer be a focus at Barnes & Noble. “[C]hanges include reducing the number of SKUs in the chain’s gift and games & toys categories and reducing the average store size significantly over time.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 11-14. Midwinter Gaming Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
January 12-14. OrcaCon. Everett, Washington.
January 13-14. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.
January 19-21. HexaCon. Denver, Colorado.
January 26-28. EsCon. Escondido, California.
January 27-29. Protospiel Minnesota. Bloomington, Minnesota.
January 27-29. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
February 16-18. Con of the North. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 19-25. PrezCon. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Great Plains Game Festival. Lincoln, Nebraska.
February 24-26. IndyCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
June 14-18. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
August 17-20. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.

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