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The Village Square: May 7, 2018

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They’ve gone and done it
You might have been following in certain circles fan Hoby Chou’s efforts to re-imagine Scythe as a My Little Pony version for his daughter, Vienna.  Well father and daughter teamed up with Stonemaier Games to design and release the non-licensed My Little Scythe, a kid friendly cooperative adventure based on the popular title with many of the same elements and mechanics.
Source: https://stonemaiergames.com/games/my-little-scythe/

Discoveries ahead
Zman Games is now taking pre-orders for their release Race for the New Found Land. Be the first across the Atlantic in search of new discoveries for one of the European nations, building ships and even recruiting historic explorers.
Source: https://www.zmangames.com/en/news/2018/5/3/claim-glory-in-the-new-land/

One of a kind!
Pandasaurus has announced a truly unique experience, Nyctophobia. Players cooperate making a mental path through 3D board pieces, by touch and speech alone, because they’re in the dark (via glasses)…and running from an ax murderer! Or rescuing a friend from a vampire! There are two different games. One will release at GenCon to the hobby and the vampire game will be exclusive to Target stores.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/pandasaurusgames/posts/1672212246232696

Bring in the harvest
Available now for pre-order and pick up at GenCon 2018, Renegade Game Studios is releasing the Italian title Wendake, an action selection resource management design where you must manage the daily affairs of the titular Huron tribe and its relations with the encroaching Europeans.
Source: https://www.renegadegamestudios.com/news/2018/4/30/get-ready-to-harvest-wendake-this-august

Don’t get squeamish
Gamewright Games enters the card combat arena with their new release next month, Squirmish.  The hilarious battle game pits preposterous animals and creatures with crazy powers against each other in dice rolling melees.
Source: https://gamewright.com/product/Squirmish

Two new from Oink
Next month Oink Games releases two new titles. The Pyramid’s Deadline is a small box, but deep, puzzle game in which you need to construct the largest tomb with the right variety of stones, but in a time span before the pharaoh dies.  The other small box release is Startups, in which you must out-invest your competitors in six new companies to become the most influential shareholder.
Source: https://oinkgms.com/en/pyramid

Heavy smackdown
With a general release this month, Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters takes mech combat to your tabletop.  2- to 4-players square off in this miniatures design successfully Kickstarted last year. In addition to your heavy hitter, you control three smaller support bots used in combat, repair and recon as you slug it out with the other behemoths.
Source: http://gkrgame.com/

New Imprint from Grey Fox
Grey Fox Games has announced a new imprint, Social Sloth Games, to release causal and family oriented games.  Their first title will be called Creatures and Cupcakes, a press-your-luck game from the designer of Sagrada and City of Gears in which you use sweets to entice creatures from the forest…but beware of giving them tummy aches!
Source: https://thegaminggang.com/game-news/grey-fox-games-reveals-new-imprint-and-first-game-creatures-and-cupcakes/

Star Realms app expands
White Wizard Games has added Arena to the Star Realms app which adds new and evolving tournament formats, foil card prizes, trophy stars and adds the latest expansion to the app, United Heroes.
Source: https://www.starrealms.com/arena-tournament-play-foil-cards-and-united-heroes-coming-to-the-star-realms-app/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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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