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The Village Square: March 21, 2017

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TMG asks, “You wanna a piece of me?!”
Always wanted to own part of a board game publisher? Now you can invest in Tasty Minstrel Games.
Source: http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=b6c6621585cb5a03970bd4867&id=97f4f829aa

Expect a Games Workshop uptick
The wildly popular gaming and miniatures company announced it will lift several restrictions to selling its products online.  This major shift will no doubt reverberate on the interwebs, starting in May to be precise!
Source: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/games-workshop

Down the road with Van Ryder
Van Ryder Games announces four projects seeing activity this year.  The big box, dark noir game Detective: City of Angels will hit Kickstarter in the Summer or Fall.  The Ranch Expansion to their hit Saloon Tycoon will also fund via the crowdsourcing site.  Abductor Pack #8 for their Hostage Negotiator will be avialable for GenCon.  And finally, the company will use Kickstarter to their heist game The BIG Score in late 2017.
Source: http://www.vanrydergames.com/

The Return of Rhino Hero
In September HABA will release Rhino Hero Super Battle. The continuation adds bridges to connect towers and new super heroes Big E., Batquin and I’m sure the totally worth it Giraffe Boy! Battle the Spider Monkeys in this competitive iteration.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/haba-details-rhino-hero-super-battle/40351

The Return of Torres
IDW will distribute the U.S. release of the classic Kramer and Kiesling area-control, action-allowance, abstract castle building game Torres. Originally published in 1999, the updated version will hit the street in August 2017.
Source: http://acddistribution.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-from-idw-torres.html

Teaching games
It can be tricky. It can be tough. It can be rewarding. New podcast Greatway Games talks with Pep McDonald of Watch it Played in this insightful episode about all of its ins and outs and ups and downs.
Source: http://greatwaygames.libsyn.com/the-games-we-teach

The Standoff
Does a game appropriately deliver on that moment between building up and the commencement of the final, decisive resolutions? This article examines what makes those moments interesting and how designers can engineer them to deliver tense, exciting and ultimately rewarding payoffs for the players.
Source: http://www.3dtotalgames.com/engineering-standoffs/

More board games in the mainstream news
Although the article actually never discusses why we get addicted to board games – despite its title – I still enjoy seeing the hobby make splashes in popular news outlets…even if they may just be ripples. This is a nice article on gaming with a local flavor.
Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/why-people-get-addicted-to-board-games-according-to-a-game-designer-1.4009643

Cult of the Not Even New Yet
The annual Unpub Convention was last weekend in Baltimore. This is a good recap of the unique and highly specialized gathering.
Source: http://www.purplepawn.com/2017/03/unpub-a-different-sort-of-game-convention/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 23-26. Adepticon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
March 31-April 2. Crucible. Orlando, Florida.
April 1-2. South Coast Game Fest. Swansea, Massachusetts.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 7-9. Protospiel. San Jose, California.
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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