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The Village Square: December 15, 2016

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Now that Rogue One is here, let’s begin the countdown until Episode VIII, shall we?

Dark Rampage
Asmodee announced the first expansion to Kharnage, Dark Rampage, for the first quarter of 2017. “Now, you can bring the Undead to your battles with all the unit cards and strategy cards that you need to add a new faction to your games. And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll also be able to add an additional player to your carnage-filled battlegrounds, turning your four-player scrums into massive five-player melees.”
Source: http://drafts.asmodee.us/en/news/2016/12/14/dark-rampage/

Treefrog Games Closed
Martin Wallace’s publishing imprint Treefrog Games is releasing its final game, A Handful of Stars, next year. According to cardboardrepublic.com, “Wallace cites an increasingly crowded board game market as one of the biggest challenges he’s faced in trying to compete over the last few years, and that following the closure of Treefrog Games he will turn his attention to game design exclusively.”
Source: http://www.cardboardrepublic.com/news/martin-wallace-closing-treefrog-games

Million B.C.
According to ACD Distribution, Escape from Million B.C. will hit the streets on April 26, 2017. One to six players will “Explore volcanoes, jungles, and pre-historic swamps while searching for valuable technology and avoiding rampaging T-Rexes and Velociraptors.”
Source: http://acddistribution.blogspot.com/2016/12/new-from-idw-escape-from-100-million-bc.html

Next Great Game
Dice Tower News reports that Hasbro has chosen the winner of its Next Great Game contest series. “ The Plot Thickens is a collaborative story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things. The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.” The game’s creators received $25,000 and will finish development before its mass-market release in 2017.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/hasbro-chooses-a-winner-for-their-latest-game-contest/34684

Female Representation in Dungeons & Dragons
Over on kotaku.com Cecilia D’Anastasio takes a look at how D&D has changed its depiction of women in its game. “With recent editions and supplements, D&D has phased out its bare-breasted female monsters and included more sexy male ones, making it clear that the game is going in a different direction.”
Source: http://kotaku.com/dungeons-dragons-gradual-shift-away-from-monster-boo-1790002540
h/t: http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/36308/wotc-trying-to-broaden-appeal-dungeons-dragons

Music and Gaming
Time Magazine reports on research that “found that men concentrated the least when listening to rock music and the most when listening to classical music, while women in general took longer to remove the organs but made fewer mistakes and seemed less distracted by the rock music.”
Source: http://time.com/4599007/rock-music-operation-board-game/

Gaming Conventions List
Our friends at casualgamerevolution.com have released their 2017 list and map of board game conventions.
Source: http://casualgamerevolution.com/game-cons-2017

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 13-16. BryceCon. Bryce Canyon City, Utah
January 20-22. Rocket City Gamefest. Hunstville, Alabama.
January 27-29, 2017. Polar Vortex Convention. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
January 27-29. Eugene Games Gala. Springfield, Oregon.
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 20-26, 2017. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
April 7-9, 2017. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
May 26-29, 2017. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4, 2017. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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