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The Village Square: April 23, 2018

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Mensa Select Awards Announced
Five games garnered the official Mensa Select seal: Azul, Constellations: The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky, Ex Libris, Photosynthesis, and Raiders of the North Sea. “These titles have been awarded the official Mensa Select distinction because each is original in concept, challenging, and well designed. Additionally, these games provide a high value for the price, are easy to comprehend and play, and prove highly entertaining.”
Source: https://www.us.mensa.org/newsroom/press-releases/2018-mensa-select-winners-announced/

Choose Your Own Cooperative Game
Based on the popular series Choose Your Own Adventure, Z-Man Games is releasing Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger. According to Dice Tower News, the game will play 1-8 players and was designed by Prospero Hall (Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game). You’ll take on the role of “a psychic detective haunted by the missing owner of the Marsden Mansion. You have only a water bottle, pocketknife, and your detective skills to solve the mystery. Your psychic premonitions may guide you to an untimely demise or guide you to your next promising lead.”
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/choose-your-own-adventure-now-a-cooperative-adventure-game/51209

Dracula Returns
WizKids is publishing a new version of Fury of Dracula and according to ICv2.com, “The new Fourth Edition includes a new rulebook, larger, poker-sized cards, and fully painted miniatures of Dracula and the Hunters.”
Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/40178/fury-dracula-resurrected-wizkids

Imhotep Expansion
Here’s a video preview of Imhotep: A New Dynasty.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggrNPL6t3Q0&feature=youtu.be

Fantasy Fantasy Football
Fantasy football and fantasy creatures meet up in the card drafting and hand management game, Fantasy Fantasy Football. “You are the Oracle Manager of a team of fantasy creatures, battling through a season of fantasy football. Draft and manage your roster, battle the elements, deal with bye weeks, use magic and earn fantasy points.”
Source: http://csegames.com/shop/board-games/fantasy-fantasy-football/

Coming to Target is Megaland
Red Raven Games’ Megaland will be released exclusively at Target this Fall. Megaland plays in 20 minutes and is for 2-5 players. “Collect as much treasure as you can, but watch out for monsters! The further you go in the level, the more treasure you’ll get, but if you take too much damage, you’ll end up going home with nothing.”
Source: https://redravengames.squarespace.com/megaland

Digital Terraforming Mars
Over on PC Gamer there’s a look at an early build of the digital version of Terraforming Mars. “Digital editions of complex games can be a huge boon, letting them get played for hundreds of hours more than they’d otherwise ever get played because of problems like scheduling and setup time. It seems like this will be a boon for Terraforming Mars, as I was able to knock out 1v1 matches in under an hour.”
Source: https://www.pcgamer.com/terraforming-mars-digital-is-a-quick-playing-alternative-to-tabletop/

Gloomhaven on Five Thirty Eight
The number-one game on Board Game Geek is analyzed by the Five Thirty Eight crew. “The seven No. 1s [in boardgamegeek.com history]are a motley bunch, including a civilization-building game set in the ancient fertile crescent and a war game set in the 1910s. But they all have something that speaks to what’s en vogue among the kind of people who go online to rate board games: intensive strategy.”
Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/players-have-crowned-a-new-best-board-game-and-it-may-be-tough-to-topple/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 17-20. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
May 25-28. Gamex. Los Angeles, California.
June 1-3. NashCon. Nashville, Tennessee.
June 13-17. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
June 24-30. Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation. Park City, Utah.
July 4-8. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 12-15. HistoriCon. Fredericksburg, Virginia.
July 13-15. KantCan. Overland Park, Kansas.
July 21-29. WBC. Champion, Pennsylvania
August 2-5. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 24-26. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
August 24-28. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 31-September 3. Gateway 2018. Los Angeles, California.
September 8-9. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 13-16. Buckeye Game Fest. Columbus, Ohio.
September 14-16. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, Michigan.
September 21-23. Protospiel Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.
September 27-30. Hurricon. Kissimmee, Florida.
October 5-7. Council of Five Nations. Schenectady, New York.
October 5-7. Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. Great Falls, Montana.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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