The Village Square: September 1, 2016



Your friendly neighborhood tabletop news guy will be tweeting away at Gateway 2016 this Saturday. If you see me, let’s play a game!

River World
River World, the new expansion to Small World, will be available at Essen in October before hitting the U.S. in November. “[P]layers will discover new maps full of water regions haunted by merciless pirates. Players will need to defend their precious harbors against them, fight them on the river, and still keep an eye on their opponents! Some regions such as the shipyard or the temple of the seer may help them to have the upper hand, but in River World, there is still not enough room for everybody.”

In Memoriam
Game designer and publisher Harold Bilz recently passed away. Fantasy Flight Games paid tribute to their long-time business partner: “With his passing, the gaming industry has lost one of its hidden giants, one always on the look-out for and ready to champion games that brought a new approach to play. Harald helped a great number of game companies and game designers get their start in Germany, yet he never stood in the way of their success or leveraged his position in their future.”

Sushi Go Digital
Sushi Go! will hit the App Store on September 8th. “The digital version of Sushi Go! will have both solo play vs. an AI, local pass-and-play multiplayer, as well as online multiplayer via Game Center.”

Thinking Inside the Box
Ever want to make your own board game box? Now you can, thanks to these easy step-by-step instructions from

Discovering War Games
Good piece on one gamer’s growing relationship with war games. “I chuckle, because I’m going on a date with a dear dimpled boy, who gets his kicks out of reading wargame rulebooks. I chuckle, because after studying Guantánamo for so many months, I still embarrassingly know so little about Cuban politics, jurisprudence, and history.”

The Board Game Song
I’m sure most of us can name most of the games in our collections, but not many of us can come up with a clever song and video.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
September 1-4. Tacticon 2016. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 2-5. PAX West. Seattle, Washington.
September 8-11. Buckeye Game Fest. Columbus, Ohio.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 8. Mid Meeple. Las Vegas, Nevada.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.
November 11-13. MEPACON. Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Visit for more convention listings.

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