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The Village Square: February 6, 2017

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Not gaming-related, but this quote from the late Dr. Maya Angelou sums up my love for libraries. Actually, these days some libraries are hip to the tabletop scene.

Smash Up Expansion
The latest Smash Up expansion, What Were We Thinking?, is out next month. “This set brings you Explorers, Grannies, Rock Stars and Teddy Bears! These factions bring a mix of strategies from classic cards to base control.”
Source: https://www.alderac.com/smashup/smash-up-2017/

Iello Releases
The Cthulhu Monster Pack for King of Tokyo and King of New York, The Legend of the Wendigo, and Pyramids all hit stores February 16th while Arena: For The Gods, Mountains of Madness, Sticky Chameleons, and The Legend of the Cherry Tree That Blossomed Every Ten Years are all due later this year.
Source: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=86b5ef429e18a455409eac703&id=bdad8efc93&e=6fbf582037

Allies
Fantasy Flight Games announced Allies of Necessity, “the first Force Pack in the Alliances cycle for Star Wars™: The Card Game.” Characters from Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels, and the Darth Vader comics are featured and this first Force Pack includes Doctor Aphra, Director Krennic, Captain Cassian Andor, and Jyn Erso. It’s due in the second quarter of this year.
Source: https://drafts.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/2/3/allies-of-necessity/

Digital News
David Neumann wrote about upcoming digital titles, including the Talisman expansion The Firelands, Onirim, Vampire, and Mage. Also, White Wizard Games is bringing Epic Card Game to digital via Kickstarter.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/62083/app-news-talisman-expands-again-asmodee-brining-on

Plan B
Pandemic designer Matt Leacock has joined Plan B Games’ collaborators.
Source: http://www.planbgames.com/en/news/plan-b-games-is-proud-to-announce-its-first-collaborator-matt-leacock-b23.html

Chess Protest
Chinese chess grandmaster, Hou “The Queen of Chess” Yifan abruptly quit her final match of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival to protest against continually being matched up versus other women.
Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/03/513259703/in-just-5-moves-grandmaster-loses-and-leaves-chess-world-aghast

Poker
First chess, then Go. Now, computers are close to cracking the game of poker, after beating poker players at No Limit Hold Em.
Source: https://www.wired.com/2017/02/libratus/

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.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
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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