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The Village Square: January 2, 2017

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Happy New Year! Let’s make this the best year of board gaming ever. Join me in taking on the BGG 10×10 Challenge (play 10 games 10 times each) this year!

Honshu
According to ACD Distribution, next month Renegade Game Studios is releasing Honshu, a “map-building card game set in feudal Japan. Players are lords and ladies of noble houses seeking new lands and opportunities for fame and fortune.”
Source: http://acddistribution.blogspot.com/2016/12/new-from-renegade-game-studioshonshu.html

Quined Games
Dice Tower News reports that Quined Games has announced its first releases of 2017. First is the expansion to Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley and the fulfillment and release of their mafia-themed Kickstarter game, La Cosa Nostra.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/quined-games-announces-their-plans-for-the-start-of-2017/35095

Blood & Plunder
From tabletopgamingnews.com comes an early look at the new figures for Blood & Plunder. Firelock Games “is looking to have two new factions come out for the game early” this year.
Source: http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/firelock-games-announces-new-releases-for-blood-plunder/

Stockpiled
Loved this: a game store in Virginia a Dead of Winter-themed event that allowed players to donate canned and nonperishable food to purchase “in-game benefits such as rerolling dice or gain special characters and items.” Over 300 pounds of food was raised by the “Stockpile Food Drive” for a local food bank.
Source: http://www.plaidhatgames.com/news/761

Flicking Zombies
Speaking of Dead of Winter, Pretzel Games tweeted its first teaser of the mashup Dead of Winter/Flick ‘Em Up game set for a summer 2017 release.
Source: https://twitter.com/PretzelGames_/status/812326917332307968

Greedy Designing
Over on boardgamegeek.com Richard Garfield wrote about designing Greedy Greedy Goblins. “This core gameplay appealed to me because a player who chooses to play slowly and be observant can often make better decisions about which cave to take ownership of than a player who just plays quickly at the expense of strategy or a better global awareness.”
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/53944/designer-diary-making-greedy-greedy-goblins

Passing Go
According to Guinness World Records, the world’s largest board game was a Monopoly game built in the Netherlands in 2016.
Source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2016/12/year-in-world-records-december-big-mouths-iconic-astronauts-and-super-sized-b-456665

Season of Giving
This was a great story from the holidays: over 250,000 children in need received new toys and from the Toy Industry Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive. Kudos to Ceaco/Gamewright for donating nearly $3 million in games and puzzles.
Source: http://app.bronto.com/public/viewmessage/html/7124/azp9qb4ldmhcgc1q6o7075cpr6fby

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 20-26, 2017. PrezCon 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26, 2017. Fire & Ice Gaming Convention. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
March 3-5. GAD-Con. Aberdeen, Maryland.
April 7-9, 2017. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
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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