The Village Square: January 28, 2016



As I write this I’m still reeling from my latest play of Battlestar Galactica. From helping the ship survive to sympathizing with the Cylons, I’m not sure which way is up anymore. Let’s get to tabletop news while I catch my breath.

Z-Man Expanding
Z-Man Games has expanded its U.S. distribution, adding ACD Distribution, Alliance Distribution, GTS Distribution, Peachstate Hobby Distribution and Southern Hobby Supply to its distribution channels.

America, a party game by designers Ted Alspach and Friedmann Friesse, will be released in August at GenCon 2016 and can now be pre-ordered.

Knight Models has announced its newest game, the Marvel Universe Miniature Game. The first release will include 3 faction starter sets: X-Men, Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The fourth pool of Android: Netrunner cards for draft play is now available.

Three new Portal Games are coming soon. Check out the video teasers for Cry Havoc, 51st State: Master Set, and First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet.

You Can Do This
With a trading card game, TV shows, video games, and toys, the Pokemon franchise continues to grow and will be introducing its first Super Bowl commercial soon. If you don’t want to wait until the big game, you can watch the ad on youtube.

Knit Wit
Here’s a longer look of Matt Leacock’s social game Knit Wit, which will be available this March.

Balls and Strikes
We’re still a few weeks from spring training, but thankfully Baseball Highlights: 2045 has been released for iOS and Android tablets.

Another terrific article on the mechanics behind some of our favorite board games, this time the second part of Scott Caputo’s piece on volatility.

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 11-14. Genghiscon 2016. Aurora, Colorado.
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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