The Village Square: September 15, 2016


After a two-month hiatus, I resumed my Pandemic Legacy campaign and if there’s one thing I’ve learned (don’t worry, no spoilers here), it’s to reread the rulebook before restarting the game. My group missed a good handful of rules before getting back into the swing of things.

Aye Aye
Asmodee reports that two versions of Aye, Dark! Overlord are in development. Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box is a re-release of the 2005 fantasy party game, while Aye, Dark Overlord! The Green Box “includes new actions and an entirely new set of Hint cards featuring the hilarious and stunning artwork of Italian comic artist Riccardo Crosa.” Both versions can be played as a standalone or mixed together.

Ultra Pro Acquiring Playroom
Another day, another acquisition for Ultra Pro. This time, the company announced its agreement to purchase “Playroom Entertainment, the game company responsible for Killer Bunnies, Geek Out!, and other games … Playroom founder Dan Rowen will join Ultra PRO as Director of Playroom Entertainment and manage the Playroom portfolio for Ultra PRO.”

National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists
A few of the nominees for this year’s Toy Hall of Fame will be familiar to hobby gamers: Clue, Uno, and Dungeons & Dragons. Of the 12 toys and games nominated, only two or three will enshrined in the hall. Winners will be announced November 10th, according to

The Game: On Fire
According to, IDW’s The Game will be available in a new edition on November 2nd. “The Game: On Fire features the same great play of the 2015 Spiel des Jahres nominee while adding new ‘On Fire’ cards, which must be played on when they hit the table.”

Pathfinder Products
ACD Distribution announced several new products for the Pathfinder RPG and card game, all to be released this November: Pathfinder Pawns: Curse of the Crimson Throne Pawn Collection, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Villain Codex, Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Asylum, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy’s Mask Adventure Deck 2: Empty Graves, Pathfinder Adventure Path: The Whisper Out of Time (Strange Aeons 4 of 6), Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The First World, Realm of the Fey, and Pathfinder Player Companion: Paths of the Righteous.

Fundraising in the UK
A 24-hour gaming marathon takes place next month across the pond. Gamer Tom Freeman organized the Sick Kids Save Paint event to benefit the Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children. “Participants can take part on a console, computer, mobile phone, on social media or by playing board games, and can do so as part of a team or on their own. Entry is free, and participants are asked to tweet updates using the hashtag #sksp on Twitter during the marathon.”

On the Coast
A reporter at spent the day at the Wizards of the Coast offices, aka the home of Dungeons & Dragons. “During our lunch break at a small tavern in Renton, I chatted with several other WotC employees and got a great sense of the company. People love their jobs here, but it isn’t all sunshine.”

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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