The Village Square: October 30, 2017


I’m in recovery mode until Tuesday.

Games from the Upside Down
Hasbro has released three Stranger Things-themed games, according to Stranger Things Eggo Card Game, Stranger Things Monopoly, Ouija: Stranger Things Edition are all available exclusively at Target.

Antiquity Returns
According to, Passport Game Studios will release Splotter’s classic Antiquity this December. “For the new edition, the box size has been changed to the standard Splotter box, only 50% deeper to hold all the content. Wooden cubes have been replaced with wooden houses, meeples, and other thematic pieces. Cardboard pollution markers were exchanged for transparent plastic chits. Goods tokens have been color coded to make distinction easier.”

Another Eclipse
Dice Tower News reports that a second edition of Eclipse is coming out next year. Some of the changes include new graphic design, a “[f]ull line of Ship Pack 1 miniatures [and][n]ew miniatures for ancients, GCDS, orbitals and more.”

Portal Releases
Lots of game announcements from Portal Games, including expansions for Alien Artifacts, First Martians, and Robinson Crusoe. All are due out next year.

Alea Legacy
From comes news of Rise of Queensdale, a legacy game from Alea to be released next March.

Photos from Essen
W. Eric Martin posted photos of Charterstone, Gaia Project, and other games from SPIEL. He also noted that “The 2017 Brettspiel Adventskalendar is once again giant, and Matthias Nagy of Frosted Games told me that the large size is due to a special The Castles of Burgundy promo that can’t be folded, which means that a small size box would still have been roughly two-thirds the size of the large box, which means it wasn’t worth the hassle to offer in two sizes.”

Flamme Rouge Expansion Notes
Over at BGG designer Asger Harding Granerud shares his notes from the creation of the Flamme Rouge expansion, Peloton. “The new expansion has only added to my and my friends’ enjoyment, with the breakaways creating tension from the start and the new terrain types providing new challenges. I love playing the game at twelve riders because the pack becomes so massive that it really starts feeling like a peloton.”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
November 10-12. San Diego Historical Games Convention. San Diego, California.
November 16-19. ChiTag. Chicago, Illinois.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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 26-28. EsCon. Escondido, California.
January 27-29. Protospiel Minnesota. Bloomington, Minnesota.
January 27-29. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
June 14-18. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
August 17-20. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.

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