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The Village Square: April 25, 2016

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It seems like International Tabletop Day always falls on a busy day for me (this coming Saturday is no exception), but I usually squeeze in a solo play or two. I warmed up my solo-gaming skills yesterday with two failed attempts to save the world in Pandemic: The Cure and I documented it @RuelGaviola with #SoloSunday, so share your solo play photos there and together we can game by ourselves! Or something like that.

Monster Chase
Here’s a preview photo of Monster Chase, designed by Antoine Bauza and co-published by Iello and Scorpion masque, which will be released in June.

Tabletop Season Four
Wil Wheaton and his board game buddies have announced the lineup for season four of Tabletop. Fury of Dracula, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Lanterns, Mysterium, and another dozen or so will be featured on the show, which will be released starting in June or July.

Secret Potion Society
According to Renegade Game Studios, their Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society will be out April 27th. The 1-4 player game challenges players to be the most clever apprentice and try to join the secret potion society.

Two From Passport Games
Two new titles from Passport Games are due in June: you can “invoke unthinkable horrors” in Kingsport Festival: The Card Game and “breed mighty dragons, make use of their special abilities, gather resources and try to make their house the most powerful “ in Simurgh.

The Federation and Klingons and Romulans Oh My!
A quick look at three of the civilizations in Star Trek: Ascendancy, to be released this summer.

International Tabletop Day
We’re less than a week away from International Tabletop Day, a day dedicated to our hobby. Let us know what your plans are by tweeting @islaythedragon or @RuelGaviola.

Take the Station
A free multi-player scenario for Star Wars: Armada, Take the Station, is now available from Fantasy Flight Games. According to the developers, “While the game’s core identity remains firmly rooted in its strategic, head-to-head battles, Take the Station explores new territory, allowing you to enjoy the clashes between capital ships belonging to as many as four different fleets.”

Looking at The Long Night
Plaid Hat Games share more details about the standalone Dead of Winter expansion, The Long Night, including a video trailer. And don’t look now, but our old buddy Sparky now has some competition.

Getting Medieval on the iPad
The medieval game Ortus Regni, “a unique closed-deck, deck-design strategy card game,” can now be played the iPad.

Barnes & Noble Game Nights
After hosting weekly game nights at less than 10 percent of its stores in March, all 640 Barnes & Noble stores will gaming events. The first one, Tabletop Gaming Meet Up, will be on April 30th.

3D Classics
Another reason why I need a 3D printer: ten 3D printable classic board games, from Battleship to Tetris.

Where Art Thou
Four hundred years have passed since William Shakespeare’s death. This article looks at The Bard in video, board, and card games.

Image of the Week
Finally, a quick shout-out to our very own Andrew for his Image of the Week on boardgamegeek.com. His board game photos are brilliant and you can follow him on Twitter and the official I Slay the Dragon Instagram. If you’re like me, then the second you see his photos you’ll want to play that game ASAP. You’ve been warned.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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 14. Granite Game Summit. Nashua, New Hampshire.
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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