The Village Square: February 27, 2017


My Sunday Funday included gaming with friends and the strangest ending to an Oscars broadcast ever.

Lion and Wolf
The 2016 World Championship Deck for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game will be available during the second quarter of this year. According to Fantasy Flight Games, “Newly redesigned with gorgeous, full-bleed art, this deck is a card-for-card recreation of the Lannister Banner of the Wolf deck that Joe Mirando piloted to victory on the tourney ground of the 2016 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championships.”

Retail Tak
According to the abstract game Tak is coming to retail stores. The game was designed by James Ernst and author Patrick Rothfuss and “[f]or those unfamiliar, Tak comes from Rothfuss’ award-winning novel The Wise Man’s Fear, the second book in The Kingkiller Chronicles.”

New from Thames & Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos announced its 2017 games. According to, new titles include A Column of Fire (based on Ken Follett’s novel of the same name), Brutal Kingdom, and a reprint of Reiner Knizia’s Ingenious,

Game Previews
Over on W. Eric Martin posted photos from the New York Toy Fair, which offered glimpses of the upcoming Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Firefly Adventures, Star Trek Ascendancy: Borg Assimilation, and more.

Quest Funded
Thunderstone Quest, the new version of the Thunderstone deck building game, was funded in one day on Kickstarter. Stretch goals are being hit and CEO John Zinser wrote on the AEG blog “The whole company has pulled together to make sure we have someone available to answer questions and be available if something important pops up from 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday. Yes we are carefully thinking about our answers but that is so that we can be as sure as possible that we will deliver what we promise.”

In A Museum
Rathing Dashing Games released a preview video for its upcoming This Belongs In A Museum, in which you will “[c]onnect your dig sites, uncover valuable artifacts, and race to become the most renowned amongst your colleagues.”

Secret Hitler to U.S. Senate
The producers of Secret Hitler sent copies of the game to each U.S. senator. According to, “the game’s makers want senators to, if not play their game, at least think good and hard about why they would cooperate with Trump or his policies.”

Tunes for the Tabletop
Not news, but I thought this was really cool: type in a board game and will create a playlist for your next play.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 2-5. SaltCON. Layton, Utah.
March 2-5. Emerald City Comicon. Seattle, Washington.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
March 17-19. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 17-19. Koboldcon. Colorado Springs. Colorado.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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