The Village Square: January 11, 2016



After last Monday’s column, I spent the rest of the week in Mexico with my wife, hanging out on the beach and sipping pina coladas. We didn’t get any gaming in, but we did win our unofficial contest of Let’s Leave the City When It Starts to Rain and Return When It’s Sunny Again. I hope to play it again soon.

Catan on the Move
More big news from Asmodee, as the company acquired Catan from Mayfair Games.

In the Arena
Board Game Arena, one of my favorite (and free) places to play board games online, now supports browsers for tablets and smartphones, making it easier for all of us to get our fix of Through the Ages, Takenoko, Stone Age, and dozens more.

Include Rey, Hasbro Will
An eight-year-old’s letter about Rey being excluded from the Star Wars Monopoly game goes viral; Hasbro promises to include her in the next edition of the game.

My First Stone Age
Z-Man Games tweeted its first look at My First Stone Age, a junior version of Stone Age, set to be released this year.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
The longest-running game of Diplomacy enters its fourth year. The 2012 World Cup Final began on July 2, 2012, and is the “equivalent of playing face-to-face for over two days, non-stop.”

Undead Cleanup
Teaming up with publisher CoolMiniOrNot, Broken Token has released organizers for the first three seasons of Zombicide.

A Talk with Czech Board Games
Good Interview with of Jakub Tesinsky of Czech Board Games.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 15-17. SnowCon. Bangor, Maine.
January 15-18. Brycecon 2016. Bryce Canyon City, Utah.
January 16. ChequameCON! The Northland Gaming Convention. Ashland, Wisconsin.
January 22-24. EsCon 2016. San Marcos, California.
January 29-31. Eugene Games Gala. Springfield, Oregon.
January 29-31. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
January 30-31. GCOM’s Winter Game Fest. Rockville, Maryland.
February 12-15. Orccon 2016. Los Angeles, California.
February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
February 22-28. PrezCon 2016. Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 4-6. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, Tennessee.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 18-20. MidSouthCon 34. Memphis, Tennessee.
April 1-3. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 9-10. Unpub Games Festival. Baltimore, Maryland.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
May 27-30. Gamex 2016. Los Angeles, California.
June 3-5. 2D Con. Bloomington, Minnesota.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.

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