The Village Square: January 12, 2017


Wishing everybody a good extended weekend of gaming as we remember a great American.

Shiba Inu House
Renegade Games’ Shiba Inu House will be available this March, reports Dice Tower News. Similar to their previous game Kitty Paw in which “you were arranging cats in different ways to match the goal card, in Shiba Inu House you are trying to do the same but with dog houses.”

Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us!
It was nice to see actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd get their board game on after the Golden Globes.

More Catan
Speaking of Catan, recently posted 12 facts about the modern classic. “The game has since been credited with introducing German-style games to the U.S. and has been embraced by everyone from pro athletes to Silicon Valley CEOs.”

Spirit of Rebellion
Fantasy Flight Games will release new booster packs for Star Wars: Destiny in the second quarter of this year. “160 brand-new cards enter the game, incorporating elements from every movie in the saga, but with a special focus on the newest Star Wars movie: Rogue One. You’ll find plenty of characters from Rogue One within this set, including Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe, Mon Mothma, and Director Krennic, alongside other iconic characters from across the Star Wars story.”

Pro Chess League
According to, the inaugural season of the Pro Chess League is underway. The league features “some of the top-rated players in the world, including grandmasters Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Participating in the league are 48 teams from five continents, and divided in to four divisions for the convenience of scheduling games.”

Monopoly Tokens
The eight tokens for Monopoly could be changing, according to “From January 10 – 31, fans can visit to choose eight tokens from a list of 64 choices that they’d like to see in the next Monopoly game. The winning tokens will be announced on World Monopoly Day, March 19, to appear in a new edition of Monopoly releasing in August.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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.
January 28-29. GCOM Winter Games Fest 2017. Rockville, Maryland.
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 17-20. DunDraCon. San Ramon, California
February 20-26. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Fire & Ice Gaming Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
February 24-26. Gamicon Iron. Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
March 2-5. SaltCON. Layton, Utah.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
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.
Visit for more convention listings.

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