The Village Square: December 8, 2016


Did everybody see that Amazon Go ad and immediately think about how it could be implemented at your favorite local game store?

More of The Others
New expansions for The Others hits stores tomorrow, as Cool Mini Or Not announced the release of the Sons of Ragnarok (“This gang of outlaw bikers seem like the perfect candidates to become acolytes, except for their total rejection of authority”) and Beta Team (“features a ton of new characters for both the F.A.I.T.H. Team and the Sins player”).

Restoration Games is a company focusing on re-releasing older games and they’ve announced their first three games for release in 2017: Indulgence (a re-themed Dragonmaster), Downforce (a re-worked Top Force), and Stop Thief (replaced original electronic device with a companion app).

Dominion Big Box Second Edition
The recently revamped Dominion base game and Dominion: Intrigue will be available in a big box edition from Rio Grande Games. According to ACD Distribution, it will be released in January and will include “additional base cards to allow game play for 5-6 players.”

Rhino App
The BoardGameGeekTV crew offered a first look at the Rhino Hero app. As said in the preview video, there are some “wonky physics” involved in the game.

Gen Con 2021
Our friends at report that Gen Con will be staying in Indianapolis after its current contract ends in 2020. “Chris Gral, the vice president of marketing for Visit Indy, announced that Gen Con will remain in Indianapolis through 2021 ‘and beyond.’”

Phoenix Home
Fantasy Flight Games previewed the Phoenix Home expansion for Star Wars: Armada. “Rebel tactics required careful planning and precise execution. And as the Rebel fleet was growing in strength, it owed much of its success to the efforts of Commander Jun Sato and his modified Pelta-class ship, Phoenix Home.”

Citadels Interview
Asmodee interviewed the team behind the Citadels revamp, Bruno Faidutti, Steve Kimball, and Alex Ortloff. “ When we started to design the new version of Citadels, we had two main goals: to make the game more varied, and slightly faster. That’s the reason for cards like the Thieves’ Den, the Monument, or the Stables, which all make the game marginally quicker. The Theatre may be my favorite new building, and is inspired by another hidden identity game of mine, Mascarade.”

Roll for It! designer Chris Leder was interviewed by his local paper. “In the fall of 2016, Calliope Games partnered with the retail chain Target to release a new version of Roll For It! for the retailer’s shelves. Leder, a stay-at-home dad who now balances watching his five- and two-year old children with being the ‘Director of Fun’ at Calliope Games, still has trouble believing how quickly his little game rose to national exposure.”

Love Letter Loss
I liked this article on why losing in Love Letter is a good thing, especially for kids. “It’s showing them that sometimes strategies pay off, and sometimes they don’t and it’s just fun trying different things out. Because of the repetition of rounds (which are essentially mini-games), they aren’t getting caught up in the frustration of losing, and are instead looking forward to the next round.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 13-16. BryceCon. Bryce Canyon City, Utah
January 20-22. Rocket City Gamefest. Hunstville, Alabama.
January 27-29, 2017. Polar Vortex Convention. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
January 27-29. Eugene Games Gala. Springfield, Oregon.
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 20-26, 2017. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
April 7-9, 2017. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
May 26-29, 2017. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4, 2017. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
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