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The Village Square: April 13, 2017

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Level Up!
USAopoly announced it will release Super Mario Level Up! A 3D race game to the top of the castle with your favorite Nintendo characters, coins, power ups and block chips. Not sure how it’ll play, but it looks pretty cool!
Source: http://usaopoly.com/games/super-mariotm-level-board-game

Steaming Ahead
In other news likely to cause as much a stir as Super Mario – Days of Wonder is bringing Germany to Ticket to Ride! Or is that the other way round?  The standalone game introduces a new passengers rule, the route network previously from the Märklin edition and short and long destination tickets.
Source: http://blog.daysofwonder.com/2017/04/12/ticket-to-ride-germany-build-your-empire-across-19th-century-germany/

Bot Wars
Wizkids will release DiceBot MegaFun this June.  The robot battling dice and card game sends players to a junkyard to scavenge the best parts to equip their bots and then duke it out!
Source: http://wizkids.com/2017/04/10/best-equip-your-robot-to-become-the-victor-in-dicebot-megafun-coming-soon/

Tricky Maps
Arriving May 17 is Honshu from Renegade Games.  The trick-taking, map-making game set in Feudal Japan is designed by Kalle Malmioja and beautifully illustrated by Ossi Hiekkala and Jere Kasanen.
Source: http://www.renegadegamestudios.com/honshu

From NSKN Games
The publisher announced a slate of titles to release in the next few months including expansions to Simurgh and Mistfall and big box game Shadowscape, a competitive/cooperative dungeon crawl set in the Mistfall universe.  Oh, and Dresden Files card game, expansions and promos, too…?!
Source: http://acddistribution.blogspot.com/2017/04/new-products-from-nskn-games.html

The Grass is Always Greener in Space
Roli Games’ freshman design is now available.  Pearl Lands is a sci-fi tilt of galactic dominance, war and…resource management.  It’s billed as a strategy game for gamers, but accessible enough for non-gamers, as well.
Source: http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/roli-games-releases-pearl-lands-sci-fi-board-game/

Room Enough for the Two of Them?
An interesting examination of the other crowd-funding web site, Indiegogo, and the possibilities and obstacles it faces it competing with Kickstarter…or even dethroning it…maybe…?
Source: https://stonemaiergames.com/can-indiegogo-bite-into-the-board-game-crowdfunding-market-a-guest-post-by-james-hudson/

Tell Your Friends!
Sure, we constantly talk about how we always have to tell our friends that, no, we don’t spend our lives playing Monopoly.  So what’s one more? This is a concise and well-formed article that lays it all out in a nutshell, and an understandable one at that.  Just email it to every non-gamer that looks at you funny when you tell them about what you do in your free time. It’s a fine introduction!
Source: http://www.meeplemountain.com/articles/an-introduction-to-gaming-for-your-non-gaming-friends/

International Table Top Day
Don’t yet have any plans for April 29th? Here’s a list of nationwide Barnes & Noble stores participating in the event.  Hit yours up soon and find out what they have planned to join in the fun!
Source: http://iellogames.com/wordpress/international-table-top-day-participating-barnes-noble-locations/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 12-14. CMoN Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-29. Game Fest 29. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
May 26-29. KublaCon. San Francisco, California.
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 23-35. Polycon. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
July 28-30. NovaComic-Con. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 9-10. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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