The Village Square: May 9, 2016


A belated Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrated yesterday. Now, on to the latest from the tabletop community.

Big Trouble and The Crow
Two new Legendary games based on movies are coming from Upper Deck: first, Big Trouble in Little China in which “Play will be much the same as others but with schemes based around the movie plot and also gives you the ability to play as Jack Burton, Gracie Law, Wang Chi and even the Pork Chop Express.” And second, The Crow: Fire It Up!, that is “Set on Devil’s Night in the Motor City, play as Eric Draven as he dishes out revenge against the Motor City gang that took his life and the life of his fiancé, Shelly, the night before their wedding day one year prior.” Big Trouble is due out in August with The Crow following in September.

The Force Is Calling to You
Let in the Force with the Heroes of the Resistance expansion pack for the X-Wing Miniatures Games. According to Fantasy Flight Games, “Rey and Han arrive as Resistance pilots for a new version of the Millennium Falcon with a sculpt and paint scheme that have been updated to reflect the ship’s appearance in The Force Awakens. Finn supports the Resistance as a crew upgrade. And the galaxy’s greatest pilot Poe Dameron can now fly to battle as Black One, sitting in the cockpit of his signature black T-70 X-wing.” It’ll all be ready to fly in the third quarter of this year.

Just Let It In
Also from Fantasy Flight Games: more action in The Force Awakens universe as “The Force Awakens Beginner Game allows you to enjoy the action and energy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens through the lens of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game.” It will also be ready in the third quarter of this year.

Vlaada Apps
Dave Neumann interviews designer Vlaada Chvatil, who talks about the Galaxy Trucker, Codenames, and Through the Ages apps.

Crawling Around
From the CMON Expo, an early look at Massive Darkness, the upcoming dungeon-crawl-style game from Cool Mini Or Not.

Outer Planets
Lumenaris will be releasing the Outer Planets expansion for Leaving Earth on May 30th. The expansion will have players “Visit the four great moons of Jupiter, see the rings of Saturn, search for life on mysterious Titan, and fly by the distant planets Uranus and Neptune.”

Currently being developed by Stonemaier Games is Charterstone, a “Euro legacy game in which 1-6 players venture to build a new village in the outskirts of the Kingdom of Greengully. … Each building that players construct becomes a permanent action space that all players can use via worker placement.” Unlike other legacy games, though, it will be a “fully replayable game–it’s functionality doesn’t expire when the campaign ends.”

Great article on the history of the influential cooperative game Pandemic.

Fluxx Proposal
Man proposes to girlfriend using a custom Fluxx card.

To the Big Screen
Warner Bros. is bringing the board game Monsterpocalypse to celluloid. No release date has been set, but since the studio has cancelled Pacific Rim 2, Monsterpocalypse may be brought to life sooner than expected.

Space Art
Interview with Dalibor Krch, artist for the upcoming Space Race: The Card Game.

Designer Diary
I liked Kane Klenko’s designer diary about creating Fuse.

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 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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