The Village Square: May 5, 2016


I hope the Force was with you during yesterday’s Star Wars Day. For me, any day that I can use my light saber chopsticks and also play Carcassonne: Star Wars is a good day.

Expanding the Tribes
Days of Wonder will debut the latest Five Tribes mini-expansion, Five Tribes: The Thieves of Naqala, at Gen Con in August. It will contain six thief cards and one new djinn.

Spreading Pandemic
A teaser for the next in the Pandemic series, Pandemic: Iberia, is now online. The game takes place on the Iberian Peninsula in 1849 and players will “take on the roles of Nurse, Railwayman, Rural Doctor, Sailor, and more to find the cures to malaria, typhus, the yellow fever, and cholera.” It will hit shelves this Fall.

Legendary Firefly
Upper Deck provided a few details for the upcoming Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game. The core set will allow players to become the “crew of the spaceship Serenity. They must work together to complete a series of episodes, acquiring ship upgrades over the course of the game and avoiding strikes that can damage the ship.”

SeaFall Sets Sail
Pre-orders for the highly anticipated Rob Daviau legacy game SeaFall are now being taken at Plaid Hat Games. Pick up will not be available at this year’s Gen Con, but pre-orders will come with over 100 upgraded metal coins.

Z-Man Games will release Beyond Baker Street this summer. Players will “gather evidence, follow the clues, and use your power of deduction to solve the case before the great Sherlock Holmes.”

Wizards in the Court
Judges for Magic: The Gathering tournaments recently brought two lawsuits against Wizards of the Coast, alleging “that participating in the Magic community as a judge equates to employment with Wizards.” The company’s response is here .

Lantern Talk
An interview with Christopher Chung, designer of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.

We could all use a D120, according to this New Yorker article about dice.

Kicked, then Started
Fascinating piece on a company’s ups and downs on Kickstarter.

Tile Layers
A video look back at the world’s largest game of Carcassonne that had over 10,000 tiles laid down.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
May 14. FlaMinGoCon. West Palm Beach, Florida.
May 14. Granite Game Summit. Nashua, New Hampshire.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
May 27-30. Gamex 2016. Los Angeles, California.
May 27-30. Nexus Game Fair. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
June 3-5. 2D Con. Bloomington, Minnesota.
June 10-12. Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
July 23-24. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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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