The Village Square: June 30, 2016


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Where No Panic Has Gone Before
Star Trek Panic, the latest version of Fireside Games’ Castle Panic, is now available. “The only way to achieve victory is to work together with your fellow crewmates to defend the ship from alien onslaught. Furthermore, you and your team must complete five missions and escape enemy space intact.” The game features original series characters and an assembly-required Enterprise.

40K Dogfights
Stormcloud Attack, a two-player aerial combat game set in the Warhammer 40K universe is due out during the first week of July.
h/t Purple Pawn

Casual Game Insider
Casual Game Insider is adding Books-A-Million stores to its growing list of outlets, which include Barnes & Noble and Hastings. The magazine will be launching its fifth-year Kickstarter on July 8th.

Dominion: Empires
Boards and Bees examines the cards that make up Dominion: Empires, the newest expansion to the, um, Dominion Empire.

Mechanics & Meeples discuss three games that were converted from board games to card or dice games, including I Slay the Dragon favorite, Roll for the Galaxy.

Bruno Faidutti talks about working with Eric Lang to create Dolores, a game based on the prisoner’s dilemma: “Two suspects of a crime have been arrested by the police, but the policemen lack sufficient evidence to convict them. The police questions them in two different rooms, and they are both offered the same deal: ‘if you betray your accomplice and he doesn’t betray you, you’ll be freed and he’ll spent 10 years in jail. If you betray him and he betrays you, you’ll both be jailed for 5 years. If you both remain silent, you’ll both be jailed for only 6 months.’”

Successful Cards
What makes a successful LCG/TCG/CCG? Grant Rodiek shares his thoughts on the genre, highlighting Ashes and Warhammer: Conquest.

FFG World Championships 2016
Registration for the FFG World Championships in Roseville, Minnesota, opens on July 5th at 8am CDT (there will be no onsite registration). The event is November 2-6 and will be covered on

Musical Monopoly
Hasbro announced it will be producing “Monopoly the Musical.” “No timeline for “Monopoly the Musical” has yet been set, with the premiere of the full production looking at least three or four years away.”

Geekonomics 101
An economics professor examines the economics in Catan: “The trading and resource management mirror real-world economic principles, and knowing something about them will make you a better player.”

No Fooling
The Motley Fool podcast recently featured “5 Board Games That Will Make You A Better Investor.” It included an interview with designer Rob Daviau.

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.
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