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The Village Square: April 18, 2016

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The official start of spring was a few weeks ago, but for me it doesn’t begin until I start sneezing uncontrollably. That was this weekend, unfortunately. While I go through Kleenex boxes and packages of Claritin at superhuman speed, enjoy the latest from the tabletop community.

Labyrinth the Board Game
River Horse and the Jim Henson Company are producing a new board game based on the classic movie Labyrinth. Expected release date is in July.

Earlier Iello
Iello announced its new preorder release date policy, which ships all preordered new releases two weeks ahead of regular orders.

West End Games Acquired
Nocturnal Media has acquired West End Games, owners of the D6 role-playing game system.

Steam Struggle
Twilight Struggle, the long-running former number one game on boardgamegeek.com, is now available on Steam. iOS and Android versions are currently being developed.

Kaleidos in America
Cool Mini Or Not will be the U.S. publisher of the award-winning Kaleidos, “a melding of art and gameplay perfect for families with children of any age or a casual game night.” It is due to arrive on American shelves later this year.

Bombs Away
Preview of the Imperial Veterans expansion pack featuring TIE bombers for the X-Wing Miniatures Game.

Riding the Wind
Interview with Steve Kimball of Windrider Games.

Brimstone Packs
According to Dice Tower News, Flying Frog Productions will be releasing several new packs to its Shadows of Brimstone game: Deluxe Enemy Pack: The Scaffold Gang, Enemy Pack: Dark Stone Brutes, Enemy Pack: Harvesters From Beyond, and Enemy Pack: Trederran Raiders. All are scheduled to be available this summer.

Horror Expanded
The latest Eldritch Horror expansion, Signs of Carcosa, is due in the third quarter of this year.

May Munchkin Madness
Lots of Munchkin goodies due next month: Munchkin Fu: Guest Artist Edition, Munchkin Meeples, a Munchkin Playmat, Munchkin Knights, and Munchkin: Sketch Edition, which allows you to draw your own Munchkin set.

Fighting the Good Fight
Geek & Sundry continues its look at how D&D fought off the moral panic of the 1980s.

Color the Dragon
The adult coloring book craze continues, as Kings Road Publishing will be releasing Monsters and Heroes of the Realm: A Dungeons & Dragons Colouring Book.

Digital Abstraction
The abstract game Kamisado from Huch! & Friends is now available on iOS and Android.

Chess No More
A decades-long tradition of playing chess at a mall could be ending for a group of players in Vancouver.

Justice League Gaming
That time when superheroes were almost wiped out by a board game.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
April 21-24. Conclave of Gamers. Denver, Colorado.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
April 22-24. MEPACon. Scranton, Pennsylvania.
April 22-24. Catan Con 2016. Nashville, Tennessee.
April 28-May 1. Kingdom-Con 2016. San Diego, California.
April 29-May 1. Game Days 2016. Parkville, Maryland.
April 29-May 1. Board Games at the Beach. Wilmington, North Carolina.
April 30. Connecticut Festival of Indie Games. Southington, Connecticut.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
May 27-30. Gamex 2016. Los Angeles, California.
June 3-5. 2D Con. Bloomington, Minnesota.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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