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The Village Square: April 21, 2016

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Last night my gaming group geared up for the new Betrayal at House on the Hill expansion (see below) with a jaunt through everybody’s favorite haunted house. After the traitor was revealed, our team managed to survive and win, despite voodoo dolls and other witchcraft. Full disclosure: my character died, but I like to think that she celebrated the victory in the afterlife.

Widow’s Walk
The first-ever expansion to the classic Betrayal at House on the Hill is due October 14th, just in time for your Halloween game night. Widow’s Walk will feature 20 new room tiles (for a whole new floor of the house), 30 new event and item cards, and 50 new haunts.

Mensa Winners
Winners of the 2016 Mensa Select Awards are New York 1901, Circular Reasoning, World’s Fair 1893, Favor of the Pharaoh, and The Last Spike.

Kicks on Route 666
A “zombie road trip game” by Martin Wallace, Route 666 is currently in development from Space Cowboys. Players will race “from Chicago to L.A. through an increasingly difficult deck of location cards, scavenging for gas, ammo, and rations as they go. Their biggest obstacle? The hordes of zombies that attack them at nearly every turn.”

The Force Among Us
Bryan Young explores the Star Wars universe connections among film, print, and Fantasy Flight Games. Spoiler alert: Star Wars Rebels seasons one and two are discussed.

Undead Sounds
The composers of the Zombies!!! board game soundtrack are back in the studio for another album of undead-inspired music. Tentative release date is this September.

Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides
Last week we reported about Z-Man’s tweet of the Gen Con release of Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides and now we have more info from the latest press release: it’s a two-player standalone game that promises to be a “confrontational game in which opposing players will be facing impossible choices to survive the deadly battle: spending resources to defend and repair their ship or unloading everything they’ve got on the enemy.”

Cowabunga
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters game will hit retail stores next month, according to the WizKids press release. In addition to Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo, the game will feature “more than a dozen of the most popular TMNT heroes and villains … [and contain]gameplay scenarios that support two to four players.”

Warhammer and Hordes Starter Boxes
Preview photos are now available of the Warhammer and Hordes Starter Boxes. Both are expected to debut on June 29th.

Unlucky Dice
Due to production difficulties, Game Salute is cancelling its fully funded Kickstarter campaign for its Rocket Dice. Full refunds are being offered to backers.

The Unspeakable One
Here’s a preview of one of the characters in Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, which debuts at Gen Con later this year.

Origins Nominees
The 2016 Origins Award nominees have been announced here. Winners of all categories (board games, card games, miniatures games, collectible games, family games, game accessories, and role-playing games) will be revealed at Origins in June.

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.
April 30. Concatenation Convention. Jackson, Michigan.
May 14. FlaMinGoCon. West Palm Beach, Florida.
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.
July 23-24. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
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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