The Village Square: September 19, 2016



Talk about perfect timing: I got home from the Long Beach Comic Con to find three new games on my doorstep, thanks to Amazon’s Buy 2 Board Games Get 1 Free sale. This is the reason why the hashtag #SundayFunday exists.

Exclusive Lanterns
According to, the new expansion for Lanterns, The Emperor’s Gifts, “will ship in early December at the height of the holiday season. It will be sold exclusively to hobby brick and mortar stores … and will not be available in chains or through online retailers until its full launch in early 2017.”

Santa’s Renegades
Renegade Game Studios announced a brick-and-mortar exclusive holiday gift box featuring nine promotional items. These boxes will be free with purchase or for sale at $10 MSRP. According to the press release, “Santa’s Renegades will include never-before-seen promos for Lotus, Lanterns: the Harvest Festival, Covert, FUSE, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Snow Tails, World’s Fair, Dicey Goblins, and Clank!”

By Crom
Game designer Frederic Henry and Robert E. Howard scholar Patrice Louinet discuss their collaboration on the Conan board game. “Initial work was rather easy. Supplying extracts and descriptions, giving visual hints, repeating that there was no Red Sonja in Howard, rereading and correcting stuff, explaining the very nature of Howard’s Hyborian world so that its atmosphere and philosophy could translate as well as possible in the game.”

Corrupted Kingdoms
ACD Distribution announced that Artana Games’ Corrupted Kingdoms will be released next month. Players will be “one of six monstrous Corporations vying for control of the realm’s noble government.”

Steam Eclipse
Our friends at report that Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is coming to the PC and Mac via Steam. Based on the Eclipse board game, the digital version “places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. But instead of an overly-complex set of rules and overall epicness, it offers more accessible choices, more elegant mechanics and much faster gameplay.”

Justice League: Dawn of Heroes
According to, Justice League: Dawn of Heroes will feature “both co-op and versus play, incorporating many different styles of game mechanics including: action point allowance, dice rolling, grid movement, customizable game boards and variable character power management. There will also be a unique “save system” built into the game (much like was done with Time Stories), which will allow players caught up in a long gaming session to pack up where they are in a mission or campaign without having to start over when they continue.” There will be a Kickstarter campaign before its release next year.

Double From R&R
Two titles from R&R Games are expected next month, according to Dice Tower News. The first is the family game Touria, in which you are a band of heroes and “[t]he actions you have to choose from are dictated by the four towers on the board, each one having four quadrants with different actions in each one.” The second is Coin Quest, “a bidding game where you are bidding with coins to obtain more valuable coins, and in the end have the most valuable collection.”

WizKids 15th Anniversary HeroClix
Marvel and DC will be featured in 15th Anniversary HeroClix releases from WizKids. According to, “Marvel HeroClix: 15th Anniversary What If? set will include a Starter Set, Booster Brick, Colossal Ameridroid Case Incentive Figure, and a Release Day Organized Play Kit” while “The DC Comics HeroClix: 15th Anniversary Elseworlds set will include a Starter Set, Booster Brick, a Colossal Skyscraper Wonder Woman Case Incentive Figure and a Release Day Organized Play Kit.” Expect both sets to hit stores in June and July 2017.

Nautilion will premiere at Essen on October 13th and according the Z-Man Games preview, this solo game will have the player “[t]ake command of a Nautilion submarine, control the changing tides, and put an end to the Darkhouse’s delusions of conquest before its destructive fleet reaches its destination.”

A Few Pawns
Hat tip to for sharing this Norwegian commercial featuring chess. It’s actually funny.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 8. Mid Meeple. Las Vegas, Nevada.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.
October 21-23. What-Khan. Rockford, Illinois.
October 28-30. ConnCon (Falcon 2016). Stamford, Connecticut.
November 11-13. San Diego Historical Games Convention. San Diego, California.
November 11-13. MEPACON. Scranton, Pennsylvania.
November 25-27. Chessiecon. Timonium, Maryland.

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