The Village Square: January 25, 2016


I’ve been fortunate to have some great gaming sessions so far this year. My favorite, though, has been with my nieces and nephew. Not only is it priceless bonding time for us, but it makes me feel like a good uncle, introducing them to fun games like Dominion and Codenames. It’s a nice reminder that we’ve come a long way from Candy Land and Chutes & Ladders.

Tabletop Upgrade
I almost wish I didn’t see this one: has expanded its line of gaming tables, making all of us tabletoppers drool while clicking through their website.

Pirates and Aztecs
Two new releases from Iello are now available: World of Yo-Ho, a fantasy pirate game, and Mexica, a historical strategy game.

Back Again
Splotter Spellen will be publishing new editions of two out-of-print games: Indonesia and The Great Zimbabwe. Both are expected to be available before Spiel 2016 later this year.

Seafall: A Legacy Game
Game Designer Rob Daviau’s eagerly anticipated Seafall: A Legacy Game has been delivered to Plaid Hat Games. Unfortunately, no release date has been set, but the game is that much closer to being available.

Finding Its Path
Pathfinder Adventures, the digital version of the popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, is finally being released on iOS and Android. March 29th is the big day.

Increased Positivity
Great to see more positive representations of women in board games.

A look back at Chainmail, the fantasy wargame system that led to Dungeons & Dragons.

Tichu Turns 25
The top trick-taking card game on, Tichu has reached its 25th year of publication. The Opinionated Gamers take a look at the game and its continuing popularity.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 29-31. Platypus Con. Juneau, Alaska.
January 29-31. Eugene Games Gala. Springfield, Oregon.
January 29-31. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
January 30. LA Board Game Jam. Pasadena, California.
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.
February 26-28. Fire and Ice Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
March 3-5. Saltcon. Layton, Utah.
March 4-6. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, Tennessee.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. MACE West. Asheville, North Carolina.
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.
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.

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