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The Village Square: January 16, 2017

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Whether or not you’re enjoying time off today for gaming and/or hanging out with your loved ones, I hope we can all take time to remember Dr. Martin Luther King.

Sunken Treasure
Renegade Game Studios has announced the first expansion to Clank! In the underwater setting of Clank: Sunken Treasures, “Players will explore two partially flooded maps with new Dungeon Deck cards, a new persistent monster to defeat, new environmental challenges, and more as they venture in the watery depths.”
Source: http://www.renegadegamestudios.com/news/2017/1/11/clank-sunken-treasures-releasing-in-march

Mysterium Launched
The digital version of Mysterium is now available for iOS, Android, and PC, according to Asmodee. Like the original board game, players “[t]ravel back to the 1920s and uncover the mystery surrounding a suspicious death in Warwick Manor. Interpret visions sent by the victim’s ghost and attempt to close the investigation – or embody the ghost and communicate with the mediums through abstract images.”
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS1MTKBFJy0

New From Gamewright
Plenty of new games were recently announced by Gamewright. “The music starts with Cha-Cha Chihuahua – a preschool game featuring a pack of peppy dancing pups; and continues with a taste of Go Nuts for Donuts! – a pastry-picking card game where high score is sweet victory. Players will party on with Think n’ Sync – a mind melding hilarious party game. Additional highlights include a new 9-cube set of Rory’s Story Cubes and the relaunch of three Gamewright greatest hits: PDQ, Loot, and Tiki Topple.”
Source: http://app.bronto.com/public/viewmessage/html/7124/6ej1fygb3lf9qv995djklgyvvydej

More Renegade
Part two of Renegade Game Studios’ look back at 2016, including their visit to Tabletop to watch Wil Wheaton and guests play Lanterns: The Harvest Festival. They also detail their experiences at Origins, Gen Con, and other industry events. “[A] nice thing about Gen Con is that it brings the whole Renegade team together. Throughout the year we are all working on many different projects but at a con we can get in some really quality play testing and development.”
Source: http://www.renegadegamestudios.com/blog/2017/1/10/renegade-recap-2016-part-2

Pillars of the Earth
Pillars of the Earth, the game based on Ken Follett’s novel, will be back in print at the end of 2017/start of 2018, according to boardgamegeek.com.
Source: https://twitter.com/BoardGameGeek/status/819205561417875456

Expansions
More news from boardgamegeek.com, courtesy of W. Eric Martin. The Terraforming Mars expansion, Hellas & Elysium, is due in June from Stronghold Games, while Matagot Games teased the expansion Captain Sonar: Upgrade 1, with no release date set.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/61468/new-game-round-terraforming-other-parts-mars-and-h

Green Ronin Games
According to ACD Distribution, three new games are coming from Green Ronin Publishing: next month we’ll see Freeport Bestiary, then in April, Love 2 Hate: Comics, Mutants & Masterminds: Campaign Settings: Freedom City, and Blue Rose: Narrator’s Kit.
Source: http://acddistribution.blogspot.com/2017/01/new-products-from-green-ronin-publishing.html

Grail Games
According to ICv2.com, Grail Games will be re-publishing two out-of-print Reiner Knizia games in the middle of this year: King’s Road and Stephenson’s Rocket.
Source: http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/36512/grail-games-revives-two-knizia-classics

Kickstarter Tabletop on the Rise
Kickstarter reported that backers pledged $113 million to tabletop game projects in 2016, reports ICv2.com. “That represents a 28% growth rate over last year’s $88.9 million in pledges … Tabletop games projects had a 55% success rate on Kickstarter.”
Source: http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/36508/tabletop-games-kickstarter-top-100-million

Analog Versus Digital
I liked this look at popular board games and their digital counterparts. “[S]ometimes the small screen of the monitor, tablet or phone must suffice to give your tabletop fix.”
Source: https://medium.com/@ghauldren/analogue-vs-digital-are-these-15-tabletop-gaming-classics-as-fun-on-screen-d1dcfaa1582e#.igk12emx7

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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.
January 28-29. GCOM Winter Games Fest 2017. Rockville, Maryland.
February 17-20. Orccon 2017. Los Angeles, California.
February 17-20. DunDraCon. San Ramon, California
February 20-26. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
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.
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.
Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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