The Village Square: June 20, 2016

From a sportsball perspective, watching Dustin Johnson’s victory at the US Open and the Cavaliers’ improbable and history-making championship win was a fun way to spend Father’s Day on the couch. I hope all of you fathers, stepfathers, and father figures enjoyed your day yesterday.

Imperial Settlers Expansion
Aztecs, an Imperial Settlers expansion, was announced by Portal Games. “The Aztecs bring new rules and a new resource to the world of Imperial Settlers! Prayer actions and blessing tokens will bring religion to the world of Settlers.”

New Asmodee Games
According to ACD Distribution, Asmodee titles coming in September include Dream Home, Final Touch, Spot It! Fire & Ice, Shakespeare: Backstage, and The Little Prince: Make me a planet.

Medici The Card Game
Grail Games is releasing Reiner Knizia’s Medici The Card Game in the first quarter of 2017. “While sharing the same setting as the Medici board game, it is an all-new design that, in contrast to the other games in its family, does not feature auctions.” It will be demo-ed at Gen Con in August.

Return to Sunnydale
Jasco Games and Lynnvader Studios will release Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game this October. “The cooperative board game has players take the role of Buffy and her friends as they defend the town of Sunnydale from an onslaught of vampires and demons. There is also the goal of unraveling the plot of the real Big Bad, who is scheming to open the Hellmouth.”

Munchkin Mania
Lots of new Munchkin stuff this September from Steve Jackson Games: Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition, Munchkin Doors and Treasures Card Sleeves, Munchkin Dungeon Card Sleeves, and the Munchkin Kill-O-Meter Guest Artist Edition.

Online Zombies
Gamers can now experience Zombicide Season 1 online. “Available on Steam, Tabletop Simulator is a tabletop game sandbox, allowing for endless possibilities. Now, players can enter the world of Zombicide to experience all of the cooperative zombie-slaying action.”

There Is My Claim
The fourth Chapter Pack in the War of Five Kings cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. The Fantasy Flight Games website states that “it continues your journey through A Clash of Kings, the second book in George R.R. Martin’s epic saga. Here, you can evoke the turmoil of the War of the Five Kings with plenty of new cards that interact with Kings, even as the winter winds rise and the Summer and Winter plot traits become more important to your strategy.”

New Ashes Expansions
Two new expansions for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn from Plaid Hat Games will arrive this August: The Roaring Rose and The Duchess of Deception.

Origins Award Winners
The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design handed out its annual awards at Origins, with Codenames taking its game of the year honor.

Open Source Scenery
According to, “Masterwork Tools’ excellent OpenForge 2.0 project, you can now easily 3D print amazing scenery pieces free-of-charge, from fantastic wall sections for D&D dungeon crawls, to castle walls, gothic crypts fantastic Egyptian-style monuments and a lot more.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
June 26. Pacific Northwest 5th Annual Game Swap. Puyallup, Washington.
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 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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