The Village Square: July 21, 2016


It’s been 10 years since my last visit to Comic Con and I expect it to be a lot of fun, not to mention ridiculously crowded. Follow me on Twitter this Saturday as I live tweet what’s happening from sunny San Diego. And if you see a guy wearing an iSlaytheDragon t-shirt: yes, that’s me.

Cthulhu in the House
Debuting at Gen Con, Cthulhu in the House is based on Rumble in the Dungeon and Rumble in the House from Flatlined Games. The game is “a royal rumble to see which Old One has the staying power to outlast their opponents” and features art from John Kovalic.

Skye High
Winners of the Spieles des Jahres awards were announced on Monday, with Codenames taking home the main prize, according to Ars Technica. In a mild upset, Isle of Skye beat out Pandemic Legacy for the Kennerspiel des Jahres, “which tackles slightly more complex games (though they still need to be accessible to a wide audience).”

Castle Panic Expansion
The third Castle Panic expansion, Engines of War, is expected this November. It “introduces a light economic mechanic to the world of Castle Panic. The Engineer uses new Resource cards to build Catapults, Ballistas, Barricades, and more to better defend the Castle from the growing Monster threat.”

Bloodborne: The Card Game
This September, Bloodborne: The Card Game is due from Cool Mini Or Not. Based on the video game and designed by Eric Lang, “3 to 5 Hunters work together to get through the Dungeon and collect Yharnam’s blood before facing off against the horrible final boss … If the team can survive the final boss, the Hunter with the most trophies will be named the victor.”

Big Box Alien Frontiers
Coming soon from Game Salute is the limited edition Alien Frontiers Big Box. It will contain all 14 Alien Frontiers titles, along with component upgrades and an updated rulebook. reports “Altogether, it will have 1 double-sided gameboard, 1 scoring track, 1 Outer Belt board, 12 faction boards, 12 counters, 16 plastic miniatures, 41 dice, 123 tokens, and 174 cards.”

New Guild Ball
ACD Distribution has four new Guild Ball releases next month: Alchemist: Naja, Butcher: Truffles, Fisherman: Tentacles, and Union: Strongbox. Street date is August 5th.

Ladies of Troyes
Asmodee previewed the upcoming Troyes expansion, Ladies of Troyes. “[P]layers are invited to revisit this fascinating time for the Champagne region as these influential women help to lead your family to greatness.”

Tabletop Kickstarters
Casual Game Revolution shared an infographic on board games Kickstarted during 2014-2016. Some of the data analyzed answered the questions “What categories of games are the most successful? What is the impact of being designated as a Staff Pick? How much funding should a project owner expect to receive on average?”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A-List Hollywood celebrities are rolling their D20s and playing Dungeons and Dragons. “What is acting, after all, if not a highly tuned form of role-playing? And lots of writers and directors honed their craft as youngsters by pretending to rescue half-naked fairy princesses from the clutches of evil wizards.”

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.
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