The Village Square: June 12, 2017


I finally finished my Daily Play & Blog Challenge! What have you been playing lately? Let me know on Twitter.

More Potions Exploding
The folks at provided a preview of the Potion Explosion expansion, The Fifth Ingredient. “The Fifth Ingredient introduces three new item groups: new potions to create; a ghastly cauldron with a new ingredient that you must learn to manipulate; a group of professors who will keep watch during the exam.”

Rayguns & Rocketships
IDW’s Rayguns & Rocketships is set for a September 20th release, according to the ACD Distribution blog. “Rayguns and Rocketships is a dual-scale miniatures board game that takes 2-4 players on a competitive adventure to fight for the fate of the galaxy.”

7 Wonders Expansion
The next 7 Wonders expansion, Armada, was teased on the game’s official Facebook page.

Head of Z-Man Speaks
Here’s an interview with Steve Kimball, Z-Man studio head. “Z-Man embarks on a brand new era, in which I’m inheriting a solid foundation laid by Zev and Sophie. As Z-Man’s Head of Studio, I aim to exemplify the best aspects of both my predecessors: a keen eye for design innovation, attention to visual aesthetic, and top-notch components.”

Cthulhu Bandwagon
Over on NPR there was a good overview of how H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu has increased its popularity in the board game world. “Many fans argue that it’s less of a revival and more of a bandwagon. As with zombies and pirates, once creators saw they could make money off the theme, they jumped on board.”

Stegmaier on CMON’s MAP policy
Stonemaier Games’ Jamey Stegmaier writes about Cool Mini Or Not’s recent announcement regarding a Minimum Advertised Pricing policy. “[T]he listed price of all CMON products through retailers may not be less than 80% of the MSRP. This is similar to an announcement from another publishing giant, Asmodee North America.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 23-35. Polycon. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
July 28-30. NovaComic-Con. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 25-27. Congress of Gamers. Falls Church, Virginia.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 9-10. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
October 6-8. TsunamiCon. Wichita, Kansas.
October 6-8. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, Ohio.
October 7-8. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 13-15. ConnCon/FallCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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