The Village Square: March 27, 2017


With March Madness winding down, it’s time to focus on our national pastime. Of course, for tabletop gamers the gaming season is year-round.

Star Realms Expansion
White Wizard Games announced Star Realms: Scenarios, the latest expansion to its popular deck building game. “The basic rule for Scenarios is simple: Shuffle the Scenario cards, flip one over, and that’s the rule affecting both players for this game,” and their preview offers several different ways to incorporate scenarios into gameplay.

More Mystic Vale
Vale of the Wild, the second expansion to Mystic Vale, will be on sale next month, according to AEG’s Facebook page. “Along with all new vales and advancements, Vale of the Wild introduces Leader cards. These unique cards provide a strategic focus to players, and Leaders can be upgraded to more powerful versions as the game goes on.”

Infectious Grooves
Based on the video game, Plague Inc.: The Board Game will hit the streets this week, according to the ACD Distribution blog. Players are plagues and “Starting with Patient Zero, infect cities across the globe, collect DNA points and evolve unique symptoms to customise your pathogen as you compete against each other to be the first to wipe out humanity.”

Unrivaled Tournament
The Unrivaled Tournament Series reminds me of the World Series of Poker, but for board games. There will be $250,000 in cash and prizes for winners and the finals will be held in Las Vegas this October. Games featured include Munchkin, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards 2: Rumble at Castle Tentakill, Nevermore, King of Tokyo, and Villagers & Villains.

Mysterium Expansion Preview
W. Eric Martin posted a youtube video preview of the second expansion for Mysterium, Secrets & Lies.

GAMA Previews
Also from W. Eric Martin, courtesy of his BGG blog, are previews of Codenames Duet (a cooperative version of Codenames), Rising Sun (with designer Eric Lang), and The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire (also with Lang), and A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game.

Neoprene Takeover
This was an interesting piece on that looks at the increase in playmat popularity, such as the one for Colt Express: “[I]t served more than just an aesthetic purpose: not only does it provide the typically nice surface to easily scoop cards from but also stop the train itself from sliding around from the prodding of the more sausage-fingered among us.”

Designing an Ascension Expansion
Designer Justin Gary talks about the development of the latest Ascension expansion, Gift of the Elements. “[It] isn’t just about bringing back favorite old mechanisms. It also introduces two new keywords: Infest: ‘You add dead cards (Monsters) to your opponent’s discard pile’ and Empower: ‘You can remove (banish) a card you have already put into play.’”

Thunderstone Quest Funded
Thunderstone Quest, the new version of the Thunderstone deck building game, was successfully funded, having raised over half a million dollars.

Funding 10,000 Games
In its eight years of existence, Kickstarter has helped fund 10,000 games. According to, “a whopping 2.46 million people have backed a game project on Kickstarter, pledging a total of $613 million in the process. Perhaps even more telling of the gaming community is the fact that 1.45 million of those supporters have backed more than one project.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 23-26. Adepticon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
March 31-April 2. Crucible. Orlando, Florida.
April 1-2. South Coast Game Fest. Swansea, Massachusetts.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 7-9. Protospiel. San Jose, California.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 12-14. CMoN Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-29. Game Fest 29. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
May 26-29. KublaCon. San Francisco, California.
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.
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 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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