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The Village Square: February 8, 2016

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In case you missed it, we announced our Game of the Year and we also announced we’re giving away a few games. Enter now!

Incoming Party
Renegade Game Studios has entered into a partnership with Italian publisher Post Scriptum to bring Brick Party to North America. The “funny and frenzied” building game is due out this summer.

Shards of Everdark
A new Hero and Monster Collection for Descent: Journeys in the Dark is expected during the second quarter of this year. Shards of Everdark features 13 figures, led by the fury of One Fist.

Doctor in the House
A look at Asmodee’s real-time cooperative game Doctor Panic, currently in development.

Educational Games
GeoToys’ first product under its Encylopaedia Britannica brand will be the revamped Around the World game.

Redemption and Return
The sixth Force Pack of the Endor cycle for the Star Wars: The Card Game is now available from Fantasy Flight Games.

Imagine Dragons
Tsuro is now available for iOS devices, with an Android version out later this month.

Forbidden Preview
Here’s a short video preview of the Forbidden Desert app being released for iOS on February 11.

Backwards Rule Books
Interesting take on poorly written rule books and how they could be fixed.

Balancing Act
Good read on the different types of mechanics used in maintaining balance in a game.

Blinged Out Board Games
Here are a few classic board games made from jewels and precious metals. The Monopoly set alone is valued at $2 million, so I won’t be clicking on Buy It Now any time soon.

Yahoo Games No More
The long-running Yahoo Games website is shutting down, amidst the company’s recent layoffs and downsizing. Although I hadn’t played on Yahoo in years, I’ll always have fond memories of learning to play backgammon there.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
February 11-14. Genghiscon 2016. Aurora, Colorado.
February 12-15. Orccon 2016. Los Angeles, California.
February 18-21. Dreamation 2016. Morristown, New Jersey.
February 18-21. TotalCon. Mansfield, Massachusetts.
February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
February 22-28. PrezCon 2016. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 26-28. ConDor XXIII. San Diego, California.
February 26-28. Fire and Ice Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
March 3-5. Saltcon. Layton, Utah.
March 4-6. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, Tennessee.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. MACE West. Asheville, North Carolina.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 18-20. MidSouthCon 34. Memphis, Tennessee.
March 31-April 3. AdeptiCon 2016. Schaumburg, Illinois.
April 1-3. ConQuest SAC. Sacramento, California.
April 1-3. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 9-10. Unpub Games Festival. Baltimore, Maryland.
April 22-24. Rocket City Gamefest. Huntsville, Alabama.
April 22-24. LexiCon Tabletop Gaming. Lexington, Kentucky.
April 28-May. Kingdom-Con 2016. San Diego, California.
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.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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