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The Village Square: February 20, 2017

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Kudos to the Strategicon staff and volunteers for a fantastic gaming convention this weekend (still happening today, but I’m wiped out and staying home) and a shout-out to my buddies that I ran into on Saturday.

Pandemic Legacy Season 2
No release date yet for Pandemic Legacy Season 2, but I came across this photo of the box, courtesy of gameosity.com’s Twitter account.
Source: https://twitter.com/Gameosity/status/833392192823709696

Cities of Splendor
Over on boardgamegeek.com W. Eric Martin provided an overview of the upcoming Splendor expansion, Cities of Splendor.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/62531/game-preview-spielwarenmesse-ii-cities-splendor-or

Disney and Marvel Codenames
W. Eric Martin also reports that Disney and Marvel versions of Codenames will be available in the last quarter of this year. “Codenames Disney Family Edition, which will include characters and locations from a variety of Disney and Pixar films, and Codenames Marvel Edition, which will feature Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and characters from Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and other Marvel Comics properties.”
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/62593/codenames-get-disneypixar-and-marvel-comics-editio

Hatsune Miku
According to Dice Tower News, Ultra PRO Entertainment will publish a board game based on the popular Japanese vocaloid star Hatsune Miku.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/ultra-pro-to-release-board-game-based-on-vocaloid-hatsune-miku/38872

Steve Jackson Games in June
Also from Dice Tower News comes new of two new Steve Jackson Games titles due this June. Munchkin Pathfinder expansion Guns and Razzes adds a new faction and the Gunslinger class, while Ghosts Love Candy is a “card game in which players use teams of ghosts to possess trick-or-treaters on Halloween night and eat all of their candy.”
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/june-2017-releases-from-steve-jackson-games/38994

The Expanse
WizKids announced a board game based on the TV show The Expanse. According to tabletopgamingnews.com, the game “can be played with two to four players and focuses on politics, conquest and intrigue similar to the board game Twilight Struggle, although with a shorter play time.”
Source: http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/wizkids-announces-the-expanse-board-game/

Thimble No More
Bye bye, thimble. The Monopoly token will no longer be part of the game after a public vote garnered over 4 million votes. According to cnet.com, “The thimble originally joined the game way back in 1935. This isn’t the first time a classic token has been shown the door. In 2013, Hasbro dropped the iron from the lineup and replaced it with a cute cat.”
Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/monopoly-thimble-token-dumped-hasbro/

Lanterns Lessons
From foxtrotgames.com comes an informative look at customer service requests for Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, which “reveals some important lessons about how people interact with games.”
Source: https://blog.foxtrotgames.com/2017/01/10/missing-flower-platform-tile/

First Martians Interview
The boardgamersanonymous.com podcast interviewed First Martians designer Ignacy Trzewiczek. “we ask him about the process of pulling the game [First Martians] together, the solo considerations in the design, and the differences and similarities between it and Robinson Crusoe.”
Source: http://boardgamersanonymous.com/table-for-one-episode-21/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 17-20. DunDraCon. San Ramon, California.
February 20-26. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 23-26. TotalCon. Marlborough, Massachusetts.
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.
March 17-19. Koboldcon. Colorado Springs. Colorado.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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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