The Village Square: July 18, 2016


I wasn’t sure what to write in the face of all of the bad news lately, so I’ll just keep it simple: Stop killing each other, please.

Journey to Mordor
Expected during the fourth quarter of this year, The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor from Fantasy Flight Games is “a fast-paced dice game for two to four players that puts you in the shoes of the Fellowship, racing to reach Mordor and stay one step ahead of the Ringwraiths.”

Pirate Preview
Z-Man Games previewed Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides, which is due this fall. The game is “a hand management, worker placement, combat game where a hand of cards will let you eather load your canons, or aim them at your opponent’s rigging, hull, or deck, among other actions of a given phase.”

Big Trouble
BOOM! Studios, Everything Epic, Flipside Design Studio, and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products will partner to develop and release Big Trouble in Little China The Game. Due next year, in the “cooperative, cinematic game, up to six players will play as Jack Burton and his brave friends as they venture on a mysterious quest to rescue the green-eyed beauty, defeat Lo Pan’s ancient magic, and save Chinatown from his evil minions.”

Fantasy Preview
AEG continues its preview of Guildhall Fantasy, with a look at the Wizard: “The wizard plays a lot like the Bard in some ways in that she allows you to take cards from the discard pile. Normally, you don’t really need to mind the order of the discard pile, but when using the Wizard in a game you do, as she allows you to take the top card of the discard pile and put it into play.”

Dice Master
An interview with Seattle-based Mike Elliott, one of the creators of Dice Masters.

New Shadowruns
New books for the Shadowrun RPG are coming soon from Catalyst Game Labs, according to ACD Distribution. Shadowrun: False Flag – Denver 2 Adventure and Shadowrun: Anarchy will offer two new standalone adventures.

Speaking Out
Hasbro hopes to repeat its Pie Face success with Speak Out, a game “which challenges players to say ridiculous things, such as “Nifty Nuns Having Fun” while wearing a mouth piece.”

Designer Diary Goons
Robert Hewitt of Brooklyn Game Lab posted a designer diary for the expansion Goons of New York 1901. Interesting to note that it came to fruition after a month-long game jam with an after-school program.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
July 23-24. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
July 30. VladdaCon. Holliston, Massachusetts.
August 4-7. Gen Con 2016. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 19-21. Dragonflight XXXVII. Bellevue, Washington.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 1-4. Tacticon 2016. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.
Visit for more convention listings.

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