The Village Square: July 4, 2016



Wishing my fellow Americans a 4th of July filled with fun, fireworks, and epic moments like this one.

New Frontier
Star Trek: Frontiers is now available at retailers. “Designed by Andrew Parks, Star Trek: Frontiers puts a new spin on the bestselling board game Mage Knight, by Vlaada Chvátil.”

Board Game Art Representation
This is something all gamers should be aware of: Erin Ryan at Cardboard Republic recently published an excellent article on gender representation in board game art. While “You are more likely to see a sheep on the cover of a board game box than you are to see a group of women,” the tide appears to be turning in terms of better representation.

Crash Landing
A new expansion for Boss Monster, Crash Landing, promises that it “does more than introduce new cards into the game, it also changes the rules. Now, in a 5-6 player game, players don’t lose when they hit 5 Wounds. Instead, all players stay in the entire game, and the winner is the player with the highest total Souls minus Wounds.”

Risky Living
Time Magazine interviewed Matt Leacock, who talks about Pandemic, Kickstarter, and the difficulty of making a living from board games. “I think it’s similar to trying to make a living as a writer. There’s a number of writers who do quite well, but then there’s a long tail of writers who have a hard time cracking in, paying the bills.”

Coming this September from Renegade Game Studio is Lotus, “a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.”

Shoot First
The Greedo Villain Pack for Imperial Assault can now be pre-ordered from Fantasy Flight Games. Obviously, he’s slow on the draw, but “The Greedo Villain Pack also offers a new three-card Agenda set, Contract Gunmen, that you can use to gain the advantage as the Imperial player in an Imperial Assault campaign.”

War of Shadows
Ascension X: War of Shadows can now be pre-ordered. The standalone game for 1-4 players can also be used with other Ascension games (up to 6 players). It features “New dual-cost Heroes and Constructs require players to use both resources to acquire them, but have incredible power … As the balance between Light and Dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it’s Night or Day.”

Deluxe Rivals
A new deluxe edition of Rivals of Catan, the two-player Catan game, includes all three previously published expansions and nine promotional cards. ICv2 reports that it will be available this September.

According to Dice Tower News, two new board members were elected to the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA): Stephen Brissaud as the new Vice President and Marie Poole as the At-Large Director. Brissaud is the current COO of Iello and Poole is the current CEO of Lone Shark Games.

Dark and Stormy Night
The newest addition to the Storyline series, Storyline: Scary Tales, is currently in development and will be available soon. In the game, “three to eight storytellers collaborate to craft a hair-raising story, each taking turns at the role of narrator, contributing characters, places, and events to add spooky twists and turns to the frightfully fun tale.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
July 8-9. MichiCon 2016. Rochester, Michigan.
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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