The Village Square: January 14, 2019


The destruction will roll in
WizKids will release Smash City in March, a dice-rolling, Kaiju game of city destruction.

Who is that masked player?
Forbidden Games releases their anticipated economic game Raccoon Tycoon this month. Produce commodities for profit or build towns and bring in the railroad in this broad, dynamic design.

Adventurers rejoice
Pegasus Spiele has released their latest Games Workshop Talisman title to the US, Legendary Tales. Players work together in this bag-building design to collect five talismans to save the land.

80’s horror fans rejoice
The tables are turned in Ankama Boardgames’ Monster Slaughter, a 3D combat crawling design. Head up a family of monstrous creatures trying to bust into a house to eliminate a frightened group of teens!

Ply the seven seas
Well at least one of them, in Precious Cargo, a 2-player action-selection game of commerce, with nifty 3D components, from Winning Moves Games.

Hi-Ho through the galaxy
Capstone Games’ Magnastorm releases this month. Explore and exploit an ancient planet to develop the most successful mining operation. It includes a slight “legacy” element, as well.

Prove yourself
This April Renegade Game Studios will release the first title in their new Solo Heroes Series. Proving Ground is a solo dice rolling game in which you recount the epic battle and story of Maria Strongheart.

After the fall
Golden Egg Games has released their post-apocalyptic survival game Edge of Humanity. Score survival points by recruiting other survivors and rebuilding in this unique twist on deck-building, hand management and drafting.

Happy day in the valley
Playroom Entertainment released Hobby World’s Sunflower Valley to the US. The family roll-and-write design with a shared dice pool has players connecting villages to railroads to bring in sheep and flowers.

Tangled triangles
SET Enterprises releases Zangle this month, a 2-player abstract speed card game of creating shapes by twisting and turning triangles.

Stackpole resigns
Award-winning game designer and fantasy author Michael Stackpole has resigned from the Board of Directors of GAMA, in which he has served for nearly 15 years. While not political in nature, it is controversial in that it revolves around an 2018 GenCon incident involving another Board member’s physical altercation with a female security guard.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 18-20. CascadeCon. Bellingham, WA
January 18-20. Pax South. San Antonio, TX
January 18-20. Geekway Mini. St. Louis, MO
January 18-21. HexaCon. Denver, CO
February 15-17. TantrumCon. Spartansburg, SC
February 15-17. Con of the North. Minneapolis, MN
February 15-18. Orccon. Los Angelos, CA
February 21-24. GhenghisCon. Aurora, CO
February 22-24. Marmalade Dog. Kalamazoo, MI
February 22-24. Gamicon, Cedar Rapids, IA
February 28-March 23. SaltCON. Layton, UT
March 1-3. CincyCon. Butler County, OH
March 8-10. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, TN
March 8-10. Granite Game Summit. Nashua, NH
March 15-17. BFGcon. Frederick, MD
March 22-24. ConQuest. Sacramento, CA
March 22-24. Who’s Yer Con. Indianapolis, IN
March 27-31. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, IL
March 28-31. GameStorm. Portland, OR
March 29-31. Arizona Game Fair. Mesa, AZ
April 5-6. DayCon. Dayton, OH
April 5-7. Lexicon. Lexington, KY
April 12-14. Mepacon. Scranton, PA
April 12-14. Pikes Peak Gamers. Manitou Springs, CO
April 26-28. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, IL
May 10-12. QC Game Fest. Davenport, IA
May 16-19. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, MO
May 23-27. KublaCon. San Francisco, CA
May 24-27. Gamex. Los Angelos, CA
May 30-June 2. Atlanta Game Fest. Atlanta, GA
June 12-16. Origins. Columbus, OH
June 21-23. RageCon. Reno, NV
June 22-29. Consim World Expo. Tempe, AZ
July 3-7. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, FL
July 19-21. KantCon. Overland Park, KS
July 20-28. WBC. Champion, PA
August 1-4. GenCon. Indianapolis, IN
August 30-September 1. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI
August 30-September 2. Gateway. Los Angelos, CA
Octber 31-November 3. Gamehole Con. Madison, WI

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