The Village Square: September 29, 2016


With October right around the corner, our very own photographer extraordinaire helped bling out my Twitter. Zombie meeples are the best!

Tricks of the Rails announced a November release date for Trick of the Rails, the game that “was the original card game design that inspired Alderac’s Trains. It combines trick taking mechanics with the themes of railroad building and stock manipulation found in more complex train games. The cards are multi-purpose, acting as stock shares during stock rounds and as railway tracks during operating rounds. The player who can collect the most valuable portfolio, rather than the most profitable railway, is the winner.” Be sure to check out our preview here.

The Game
According to Dice Tower News, there’s a new edition of The Game coming this November. “IDW Publishing is taking this Spiel de Jahres nominated game, adding in it’s [sic]expansion, and releasing it as a second edition.”

Imperial Expansion
Another bit of news from our friends at Dice Tower News: a new Imperial Settlers expansion, Aztecs, will be available in December. “[I]n addition to adding the Aztecs to the game, religion is now making its way into the game as well. This will allow all the existing factions to hold festivals, perform ceremonies, and do other actions to gain favors and blessings from their gods. In turn you can use these blessings for bonuses to help you along to victory.”

Colony Diary
Ted Alspach talked about his upcoming game, Colony, which will be released at Essen. From his designer diary on “Colony redefines how dice are used in games, with a randomized starting point for each turn — the active player rolls three dice, then they are drafted around the table — instead of the dice determining what you can do. The dice are merely a gentle nudge in one direction or another, but what you do with them — whether you store them, modify them, or use what you have to purchase something as you get them — is up to you. It allows for both short- and long-term strategic planning, as well as a pivot when you find yourself with a set of resources that could provide you with an alternative strategic direction as necessary.”

Atlas of Rokugan
Now available from is the Atlas of Rokugan, a guide to the world of Legend of the Five Rings. “The Atlas of Rokugan features a chapter of each of the Great Clans, as well as the Minor Clans and Imperial holdings. Within these chapters, you’ll find information on each of the provinces, letting you learn the secrets of the Temple of the Lost Moto or walk among the armies hosted in Kokoro Province.”

Catan Championship
American William Cavaretta took home the Catan World Championship last weekend in Durango, Colorado.

Love Legacy
I liked this look at the microgame-defining Love Letter and its offshoots. “Following the publication of Love Letter, the designers produced a new game called Lost Legacy. Actually, it’s a whole series of games, all with the same core rules, but each with a different set of cards (and thus different gameplay).”

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
October 8. Mid Meeple. Las Vegas, Nevada.
October 14-16. Big Bad Con. Walnut Creek, California.
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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