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The Village Square: November 23, 2015

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HeroClix: Avengers Starter Set.
HeroClix: Avengers Starter Set.

When I’m not board gaming I’m playing fantasy football. Both of my teams have underperformed this season, but it was nothing compared to the carnage of a recent session of Kaosball on the table top, which made my fantasy squads look like the ‘72 Dolphins. Let’s just say my initial foray into Kaosball was a nice learning experience. Actually, let’s never mention this game again and move on to this week’s news.

Superheroes En Español
Marvel HeroClix: Classic Avengers Starter Set and Uncanny X-Men Booster Brick are being translated into Spanish. According to WizKids these superheroes en Español will be available worldwide next May. Time to brush up on my Spanish.

Moving the Village
Stronghold Games has announced that it will be releasing the Village series of games formerly published by Tasty Minstrel Games. The lineup includes Village, expansions Village Inn and Village Port, and a new standalone game, My Village. The games will be released between March and June 2016.

Forbidden Desert in Your Pocket
Button Mash Games is bringing another of Matt Leacock’s cooperative games, Forbidden Desert, to the digital table top.

Through the Ages Delayed
Czech Games Edition has delayed its release of the digital version of Through the Ages. We’re now looking at a Spring 2016 release.

Real Life
The widow of Bill Markham is suing Hasbro, alleging that she did not receive $2 million of royalties from Life, the game she claims her husband created. Hasbro has countersued, stating that her husband did not have as much to do with the final product as she believed.

The Artist
Here’s a nice profile on Beth Sobel, artist and illustrator for Viticulture, Chaos and Alchemy, and Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.

Take a Nap
It should come as no surprise that your decision-making abilities while gaming are hindered by a lack of sleep.

Reasons to Game
File this away when you need an excuse to game: a handy list of reasons why you should play a game with your partner.

Maybe It’s Just Me, But …
Shouldn’t more sports analysis use board game analogies? This writer used Catan to describe the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

Faking It
Fun list of fake games from real TV shows.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
Get out and game! (h/t reddit, boardgamegeek, and Paul Owen)

Nov. 18-22. BGG.CON. Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas.
Nov. 20-22. U-Con. Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Nov. 27-29. Chessiecon 2015. Timonium, Maryland

2016
January 8-10. MACE East. Wilmington, North Carolina.
January 15-18. Brycecon 2016. Bryce Canyon City, Utah.
January 22-24. EsCon 2016. San Marcos, California.
January 30-31. GCOM’s Winter Game Fest. Rockville, Maryland.
February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
February 22-28. PrezCon 2016. Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 4-6. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, Tennessee.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
April 1-3. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 9-10. Unpub Games Festival. Baltimore, Maryland.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.

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