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The Village Square: February 9, 2017

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Do you like to travel and talk about Chess?  Then, this gig is your dream job! World Chess is hiring a new announcer for its tournaments – all over the world – and wants to turn you into a Superstar.  Just make sure at that climactic moment you bellow out, “Checkmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate!”

Alderac Entertainment Group to expand Mystic Vale
Among several new releases announced for early 2017 is Vale of the Wild, which includes powerful, but dangerous, new spells and also leaders to help you on your quests.  Plus Smash-Up, the Captain is Dead and more.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/mystic-vale-expansion-and-other-new-releases-from-aeg-in-2017/36797

 

Asmadi Games resurrects a title “nearly lost to the ravages of time”
According to their Facebook page, the company will finally publish Invasion of the Garden Gnomes.  The Reiner Knizia design was almost lost to history when original holder Cambridge Games Factory went under in 2011.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/AsmadiGames/

 

Wizkids teases a couple cards from newest Marvel Dice Masters set
Introducing two basic action cards, Upgrades, for the soon to release Iron Man and War Machine set.
Source: http://wizkids.com/dicemasters/marvel-dice-masters-iron-man-and-war-machine-upgrade-fortification-upgrade-unibeam/

 

Renegade Game Studios expands their companion app
The app, which debuted last year in association with Dire Wolf Digital for the studio’s game FUSE, now includes material to enhance Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure. It will feature new mini-quests and a solo mode.
Source: http://www.renegadegamestudios.com/news/2017/1/27/renegade-companion-app-now-includes-clank

 

Matt Leacock Announces Mole Rats in Space
Also known as Snakes on a Station? The cooperative game (for kids??) looks like a mish-mosh of Chutes and Ladders and Pac-Man. Work together getting the mole rats to gather their equipment and get the heck out of dodge while ducking cosmic serpents.
Source: http://www.leacock.com/games/#/mole-rats-in-space/

 

Hasbro Game Sales Rise in 2016
I’m sure none of you are surprised at all by that. To be exact, the company’s net earnings improved 22% to $551.4 million. Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast continues to be a boon whose sales also climbed in 2016.
Source: http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/36697/hasbro-game-sales-grow-2016

 

PayPal freezing Portal Game’s accounts in midst of First Martians Kickstarter
On a totally different business note.  It has to do with pre-order sales needing to be delivered within 20 days, per their terms of service. A similar situation happened with Leder Games several months ago. Something for companies to be aware of when running Kickstarter campaigns.
Source: http://dtgreviews.com/news/portal-games/

 

Board Game Geek opens up nominations for the 11th Annual Golden Geek Awards
There are a, um, few categories.  So you should have no trouble nominating your favorite thing.  Do NOT stuff the ballot box.  You’ve been warned.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1722155/11th-annual-golden-geek-awards-nominations-open-bo

 

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 17-20. DunDraCon. San Ramon, California.
February 18. Day Con 2017. Fairborn, Ohio.
February 20-26. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Fire & Ice Gaming Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
February 24-26. Gamicon Iron. Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
March 2-5. SaltCON. Layton, Utah.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
March 17-19. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 23-16. Adepticon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 7-9. Protospiel. San Jose, California.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
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.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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