The Village Square: January 2, 2017


Happy New Year! Let’s make this the best year of board gaming ever. Join me in taking on the BGG 10×10 Challenge (play 10 games 10 times each) this year!

According to ACD Distribution, next month Renegade Game Studios is releasing Honshu, a “map-building card game set in feudal Japan. Players are lords and ladies of noble houses seeking new lands and opportunities for fame and fortune.”

Quined Games
Dice Tower News reports that Quined Games has announced its first releases of 2017. First is the expansion to Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley and the fulfillment and release of their mafia-themed Kickstarter game, La Cosa Nostra.

Blood & Plunder
From comes an early look at the new figures for Blood & Plunder. Firelock Games “is looking to have two new factions come out for the game early” this year.

Loved this: a game store in Virginia a Dead of Winter-themed event that allowed players to donate canned and nonperishable food to purchase “in-game benefits such as rerolling dice or gain special characters and items.” Over 300 pounds of food was raised by the “Stockpile Food Drive” for a local food bank.

Flicking Zombies
Speaking of Dead of Winter, Pretzel Games tweeted its first teaser of the mashup Dead of Winter/Flick ‘Em Up game set for a summer 2017 release.

Greedy Designing
Over on Richard Garfield wrote about designing Greedy Greedy Goblins. “This core gameplay appealed to me because a player who chooses to play slowly and be observant can often make better decisions about which cave to take ownership of than a player who just plays quickly at the expense of strategy or a better global awareness.”

Passing Go
According to Guinness World Records, the world’s largest board game was a Monopoly game built in the Netherlands in 2016.

Season of Giving
This was a great story from the holidays: over 250,000 children in need received new toys and from the Toy Industry Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive. Kudos to Ceaco/Gamewright for donating nearly $3 million in games and puzzles.

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 20-26, 2017. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26, 2017. Fire & Ice Gaming Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
April 7-9, 2017. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
May 26-29, 2017. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4, 2017. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
Visit for more convention listings.

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