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The Village Square: January 21, 2016

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How is it almost the end of January already?! Before you know it, it’ll be springtime and I’ll still be caught in the Dead of Winter (with a little help from the Shaun of the Dead soundtrack).

Knitting Time
Z-Man Games is releasing Matt Leacock’s Knit Wit this March. A teaser of the social game can be seen on youtube.com.

Powerful Allies
Here’s the first look at the heroes of Star Wars Rebellion.

Loot and Legends in Your Pocket
The popular card-based role-playing game Loot and Legends is now available for Android and iOS devices, so you can take your team of a Dwarf Warrior, Elf Wizard, and Human Priest on the go.

The Boys of the Present Summer
The classic baseball board game Strat-O-Matic already has computer desktop versions, but its latest digital version will incorporate present-day statistics.

Game Elements: Resources
Good article from the League of Gamemakers on the use of resources in board games. Be sure to check out the rest of their series on game elements.

Reviewing the Reviews
Designer Bruno Faidutti discusses game reviews.

Eurogaming
An excellent boardgamegeek.com geeklist looking at the differences between modern and classic eurogames.

Tabletopping Down Under
A new board games cafe is opening in the capital of Australia.

Five in the Future
Five games featured in sci-fi movies and TV shows.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
In addition to our twice weekly conventions list here at The Village Square, check out Chris James’ excellent “2016 Tabletop Gaming Conventions: A Comprehensive List” on casualgamerevolution.com.

January 22-24. EsCon 2016. San Marcos, California.
January 29-31. Platypus Con. Juneau, Alaska.
January 29-31. Eugene Games Gala. Springfield, Oregon.
January 29-31. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
January 30. LA Board Game Jam. Pasadena, California.
January 30-31. GCOM’s Winter Game Fest. Rockville, Maryland.
February 12-15. Orccon 2016. Los Angeles, California.
February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
February 22-28. PrezCon 2016. Charlottesville, Virginia.
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.
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.
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.

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