The Village Square: November 2, 2016


Wow. Never thought I’d write this, but congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for winning the World Series.

Lanterns Everywhere
Not only was Lanterns the first game featured on season four of Tabletop, but according to ACD Distribution, the early release date for the expansion Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts has been set to November 23rd, more than a month ahead of the general release.
Tabletop Season Four Premiere:

Digital Explosion
While I’m waiting for my copy of Potion Explosion to show up at my door (thanks, Target), Cool Mini Or Not posted on their Facebook page about the digital version of Potion Explosion. Thanks to Asmodee Digital, “Very soon you’ll be able to download the app for IOS and Android.”

Omens of the Deep
Fantasy Flight Games announced an expansion to Elder Signs, Omens of the Deep. This “adds the Pacific Adventure decks, new Mythos cards, The Ultima Thule entrance card, eight brave new investigators, and three horrifying Ancient Ones. The addition of mission markers and an array of new spells, skills, allies, and items will help you arm yourself for this voyage into long forsaken waters.”

According to ACD Distribution, Gloomhaven will hit the streets next month. The title is “a legacy game with a persistent and changing world that is ideally played over many game sessions. After a scenario, players will make decisions on what to do, which will determine how the story continues, kind of like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book. Playing through a scenario is a cooperative affair where players will fight against automated monsters using an innovative card system to determine the order of play and what a player does on their turn.”

Bad Gamers
Are you one of the 13 Worst Types of Tabletop Gamers according to Guy Hauldren on

Software Documentation and Tabletop Gaming
Over at Seth Kenlon discussed how modern board game rule books offer plenty of lessons for software documentation. “So don’t discount the power of the ‘elevator pitch.’ Not everything can be introduced in literally ‘3 Easy Steps!,’ but I guarantee if you shoot for that, then your documentation will do amazing things.”

On Display
A board game exhibit entitled “Winner Takes All? Three Centuries of Games in Special Collections” is now at the University of Miami. Curated by Ph.D. Candidate Ellen Davies, the exhibit “spans six display cases, each with its own theme. ‘It’s a form of history that totally differs from reading a book … What do games teach us? How is a game observed? What have capitalist cultures done to societies?’ Davies said, explaining that the exhibit answers all of these questions.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
November 4-6. Carnage Royale. Killington, Vermont.
November 11-13. San Diego Historical Games Convention. San Diego, California.
November 11-13. MEPACON. Scranton, Pennsylvania.
November 11-13. MACE. Charlotte, North Carolina.
November 25-27. Chessiecon. Timonium, Maryland.
January 27-29, 2017. Polar Vortex Convention. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
April 7-9, 2017. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
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