The Village Square: July 7, 2016



This weekend I’m celebrating Christmas in July as my family and I finally crack open our copy of Pandemic Legacy. What’s the old saying? The family that saves the world together, stays together.

Stronger Hold
Stronghold Games and 2F-Spiele announced that they will co-publish all new future 2F-Spiele tiles in English globally. The first two games under this new partnership will be Fabled Fruit and Fuji Flush.

By Grabthar’s Hammer
Catalyst Game Labs is publishing a game based on Galaxy Quest that will be “A fully cooperative, comedic, worker-placement board game all about the hazards and hijinks that occur when a team of actors is forced to take on the task of running a real alien space-ship.”

White No More
Hasbro has killed off Mrs. White from Cluedo. “Craig Wilkins, marketing director for Hasbro in the UK and Ireland, said: “It was a difficult decision to say goodbye to Mrs White, but after 70 years of suspicious activity we decided that one of the characters had to go.
“Dr Orchid is a brilliant new character with a rich back story and links to the Black fortune.””

More Money, More Games
According to a recent report, board games are in for a record year at Kickstarter. “Tabletop games are outpacing video games on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, having raised six times the amount of money over the last six months.”

Two from Iello
This October Iello will release two new games, Kanagawa and Around the World in 80 Days. According to, “Kanagawa is set in the Tokyo painting school of Master Hokusai” while “Around the World in 80 Days is Iello’s take on the classic Jules Verne novel.”

New Heroes for Star Realms
Pocket Tactics reports that the Star Realms app has a new expansion, Crisis: Heroes, which contains 12 new cards. “Heroes are a new type of card for the Trade Deck which go directly into play when acquired instead of to your discard pile. They await your command to rally allies and can give you a much-needed boost on a bad turn.”

Dungeon Business Cards
Dungeon maps printed on business cards are now available from Dyson’s Dodechahedron. According to Dice Tower News, “There are many different designs of dungeon rooms which can be printed on the normally blank backs of personal contact cards, often handed out willy-nilly at trade fairs, book signings, and offices. These designs not only look better than just blank space, but also can be paired with other designs to create really easy layout inspirations for RPG sessions.”

Designer Diary: America
Ted Alspach discusses the process of bringing America to publication. “The goal for America has always been a little different; the idea is to redefine what a trivia game can be for Americans, with fun, engaging questions that are combined with elegant gameplay.”

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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