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The Village Square: March 12, 2018

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This week’s Village Square has been sponsored by Tabula Games.

Looks American, plays Euro-German.
Mysthea is a hand management and area control eurogame from Tabula Games, where time-tested euro mechanics get a modern twist and are infused with a strongly thematic design to immerse you in the strange world of Icaion. Fight for the control of unexplored floating island, places filled with anomalies and strange monsters. Gather your powers to make entire islands move. The game is now live on Kickstarter!

12th Annual Golden Geek Award Winners Announced
No surprises here: Gloomhaven walked away with plenty of Golden Geek Awards, including game of the year, best cooperative game, best strategy game, best thematic game, and best solo game. For more winners, check out the BGG link below.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1955324/12th-annual-golden-geek-awards-winners-2017

Ultimate Knight
WizKids will release Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition this September. It will include the base game, and all three expansions, The Lost Legion, Krang, and Shades of Tezla. It features “ comprehensive integrated rules text, 5 all-new cards, [and]alternate paint jobs.”
Source: https://wizkids.com/2018/03/08/wizkids-announces-the-mage-knight-board-game-ultimate-edition

Ultimate Werewolf Legacy
Bezier Games announced Ultimate Werewolf Legacy, the social deduction game that “raises the tension and increases the impact of decisions made by the players, as everything that happens will impact future games.” Players can also acquire special abilities that will carry over into future games.
Source: https://beziergames.com/collections/all-games/products/ultimate-werewolf-legacy

Zombies in Space
CMON is taking the undead into space with its latest Kickstarter project, Zombicide: Invader. This new adventure in the Zombicide universe is a cooperative game for 1-6 players. They’ll battle a swarm of infected Xenos as they try to complete mission objectives. CMON stated that “Most of the time, Xenos are predictable, but there are a lot of them and they use nasty tactics not encountered in previous Zombicide games.”
Source: https://cmon.com/news/zombicide-invader-kickstarter-announced

Thanos Rising
In anticipation of the next Avengers movie, USAopoly will be releasing Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War, according to Dice Tower News. The cooperative dice and card game will make its debut at GAMA. The game “features an eye-catching 120 mm, custom-sculpted figure of Marvel villain Thanos among more than 190 intricate game components. The prominent centerpiece oversees a detailed galaxy setting that welcomes players to recruit their favorite heroes and join forces that will defeat the power-hungry despot on his mission to collect all six stones of the Infinity Gauntlet.”
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/usaopoly-introduces-thanos-rising-avengers-infinity-war/50484

Munchkin Starfinder
According to the Steve Jackson Games website, Munchkin Starfinder will hit shelves this October. The game has “ the most Races and Classes of any single Munchkin game” and is based on the Starfinder Roleplaying Game from Paizo Inc.
Source: http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archive/March_07_2018/Munchkin_Starfinder_Will_Land_October_2018

Forbidden Games Launched
The former founders of PopCap and Eagle Games have launched Forbidden Games. As co-founder Jason Kapalka explained to PR Newswire, Forbidden Games will “make board games that can be both accessible as well as deep; to produce fast, fun gateway games that can be as elegantly designed as a multi-hour miniatures-fest.”
Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/game-industry-veterans-launch-new-board-game-company-300609336.html

Stonemaier Games Stakeholder Report
Jamey Steigmaier recently posted a behind-the-scenes Stonemaier Games stakeholder report, offering his thoughts on the company’s changes and mistakes as well as discussing upcoming plans. “I suspect that our overall revenue may go down in 2018, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There were just a few points in 2017 where cash flow dipped precipitously low due to the cyclical nature of making and selling games, and always want to be able to pay our partners right away.”
Source: https://stonemaiergames.com/2017-behind-the-scenes-stakeholder-report-for-stonemaier-games/

Rising Sun Rules
Grant Rodiek (Cry Havoc, Farmeggedon) wrote about the brilliance of Rising Sun, from a designer’s point of view. “The number one barrier to tabletop are rules. Full stop. So often asymmetry adds not one rule, but one rule per player that has exponential complexity based on the variables that introduces. It constantly stops the experience, lets people feel they don’t have mastery, but also telegraphs your intentions to an opponent.”
Source: http://hyperbolegames.com/blog/why-i-think-rising-sun-really-matters

Board Gamers Take Over Bar
Nice story about a man who launched a game night event at his local brewery. It also includes an interview with one of his guests, the designer of Rayguns and Rocketships.
Source: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/28/board-game-geeks-are-taking-over-a-bar-in-anaheim/

Pig in the Store
What keeps a general store going in the days of shopping centres and online shipping? Lisa Coffman makes a visit to where a unique card game keeps a community connected and a store open.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43203095

Works of Art
Over on fastcodesign.com there’s an interesting slide show of board games from 18th and 19th century England that are described as works of art.
Source: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90162739/8-board-games-so-beautiful-theyre-works-of-art

March Madness
While most NCAA basketball players look to their consoles or phones for some gaming, the University of Tennessee squad regularly brings Catan and other board games to the tabletop.
Source: https://collegebasketball.ap.org/article/board-games-become-part-tennessees-road-game-routine

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
March 30-April 1. Who’s Yer Con. Indianapolis, Indiana.
April 5-8. PAX East. Boston, Massachusetts.
April 19-22. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
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 14-16. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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