The Village Square: November 30, 2017


Hey, we’re two weeks away from You Know What.

Cool Munchkin Or Not
CMON and Steve Jackson Games announced a multi-year partnership. According to the CMON press release (h/t W. Eric Martin’s BGG blog), “CMON will bring this playful universe to life on the tabletop like never before in Fall 2018, beginning with a board game inspired by the highly-successful Arcadia Quest.”

Thrawn Joins Armada
2016 World Champion Josiah Burkhardsmeier discusses his involvement with the creation of General Admiral Thrawn in the Fantasy Flight Games’ Chimaera expansion pack for Star Wars: Armada. “The ability had to feel like Thrawn. It needed to require strategic foresight and reward the ability to plan for the future. Thrawn’s ability to coordinate his forces meant his game ability needed to be fleet-wide. The fact that Thrawn could take whatever forces he was given and use them to maximum effectiveness meant his ability needed to work for all fleet type.”

Wizkids will release Doppleganger next May, according to Dice Tower News. The 4-8 player game will have players “working together to find three Artifacts of Light. Things are never easy for an adventuring party, and in this case one or more of the players are hidden-traitor dopplegangers, trying to stop the party from finding three artifacts.”

Judge Dredd reports that Osprey Games will be releasing the card game Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth next July. “Based on the Peer Sylvester game Lost Expedition … Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth sends a team of Judges from Mega City One into the rad wastes of the Cursed Earth.”

International Tabletop Day 2018
Geek & Sundry announced the date of next year’s International Tabletop Day. On April 28, 2018, “the day-long event [will be]filled with gaming events, charity fundraising, and collaborative online entertainment.”

Diary of an Escape Room Werewolf
Designers Ariel Rubin and Juliana Patel share their thoughts on designing Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment, a “60-90 minute cooperative game in which 2-8 players solve puzzles, crack codes, and find hidden clues to thwart a mad scientist’s plot to turn them into werewolves.”

The Decline of Racing
Bruno Faidutti talks about the unpopularity of racing games. “Eurogames emphasize resource management, while ameritrash ones emphasize violent interaction. These two schools are not as separate as they were, the most praised recent games usually being sophisticated hybrids. These hybrids mix war and management, with usually no place for the good old race.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 11-14. Midwinter Gaming Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
January 12-14. OrcaCon. Everett, Washington.
January 13-14. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.
January 19-21. HexaCon. Denver, Colorado.
January 26-28. EsCon. Escondido, California.
January 27-29. Protospiel Minnesota. Bloomington, Minnesota.
January 27-29. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
February 16-18. Con of the North. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 19-25. PrezCon. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Great Plains Game Festival. Lincoln, Nebraska.
February 24-26. IndyCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
June 14-18. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
August 17-20. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.

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