The Village Square: January 23, 2017


There was a lot of rain in my neck of the woods this weekend, which gave me the perfect excuse to play a few games.

Super Rhino Battle
Over on Twitter W. Eric Martin teased HABA’s upcoming expansion Super Rhino Battle: bigger and higher floors and a monkey!

Seeds of Corruption
The newest campaign for the Road to Legend companion app for Descent: Journeys in the Dark is now available. In its preview for Nerekhall: Seeds of Corruption, the Fantasy Flight Games website shared: “With seven brand-new story quests and a labyrinthine storyline that bridges Nerekhall and Greyhaven, you and your fellow adventurers will experience a new brand of danger in this campaign.” It requires the Shadow of Nerekhall expansion to play.

Digital Magic
Wizards of the Coast announced that it is reimagining its digital versions of Magic and other games. “We will bring our characters and worlds to other games and experiences. What would it be like to throw fireballs as a Planeswalker in an MMO, or quest for treasure with your friends in a D&D augmented-reality game? We want to play games like this too.”

Distribution Discussion
Over at, Privateer Press talked about its distribution model for Warmachine and Hordes. “Traditional distributors will continue to play a vital role in Privateer Press’ business so long as they want to be a part of our future. A decade of proven success isn’t something that we want to turn our backs on, and their partnership with us has been critical to this achievement.”

The latest word game from SET Games, WordSpiel, will hit the shelves next month, according to the ACD Distribution blog. In WordSpiel, “The goal is to get rid of all 10 of your cards by making words. Each turn, simply start your word with the last card played. Just like the name, WordSpiel. Spiel uses the S from WordS.”

Star Wars Championships
The NOVA Open will host the 2017 National Championships for Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars titles, including Star Wars: Destiny, Star Wars: The Card Game, Star Wars: Armada, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, and X-Wing. Registration begins February 1st for the NOVA Open, which runs August 31-September 3.

Star Realms Story
From comes news of a Star Realms novel, Rescue Run, based on the popular deck builder. “When a new client’s mission goes sideways, Joan finds herself caught in the middle of dueling gambits between the Star Empire and the Trade Federation.” It’s now available on

Ending and Beginning Dragon Ball Z
According to, Panini Games will no longer be publishing the Dragon Ball Z card game. However, they will be publishing the Dragon Ball Super collectible card game based on the new anime series later this year. “[T]hey are working to remove all the bugs and card conflicts for the game so that it can continue to be played, even though official support for the game will end.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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 2-5. Game-o-Rama. Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
March 17-19. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
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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