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The Village Square: July 4, 2016

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Wishing my fellow Americans a 4th of July filled with fun, fireworks, and epic moments like this one.

New Frontier
Star Trek: Frontiers is now available at retailers. “Designed by Andrew Parks, Star Trek: Frontiers puts a new spin on the bestselling board game Mage Knight, by Vlaada Chvátil.”
Source: http://wizkids.com/blog/2016/06/29/star-trek-frontiers-available-now-in-north-american-game-shops/

Board Game Art Representation
This is something all gamers should be aware of: Erin Ryan at Cardboard Republic recently published an excellent article on gender representation in board game art. While “You are more likely to see a sheep on the cover of a board game box than you are to see a group of women,” the tide appears to be turning in terms of better representation.
Source: http://www.cardboardrepublic.com/articles/extra-pieces/gender-representation-in-board-game-cover-art

Crash Landing
A new expansion for Boss Monster, Crash Landing, promises that it “does more than introduce new cards into the game, it also changes the rules. Now, in a 5-6 player game, players don’t lose when they hit 5 Wounds. Instead, all players stay in the entire game, and the winner is the player with the highest total Souls minus Wounds.”
Source: https://www.facebook.com/BossMonsterGame/photos/a.517262164968287.96853556.517067184987785/1308118035882692/?type=3&theater

Risky Living
Time Magazine interviewed Matt Leacock, who talks about Pandemic, Kickstarter, and the difficulty of making a living from board games. “I think it’s similar to trying to make a living as a writer. There’s a number of writers who do quite well, but then there’s a long tail of writers who have a hard time cracking in, paying the bills.”
Source: http://time.com/4385490/board-game-design/

Lotus
Coming this September from Renegade Game Studio is Lotus, “a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.”
Source: http://www.renegadegamestudios.com/lotus

Shoot First
The Greedo Villain Pack for Imperial Assault can now be pre-ordered from Fantasy Flight Games. Obviously, he’s slow on the draw, but “The Greedo Villain Pack also offers a new three-card Agenda set, Contract Gunmen, that you can use to gain the advantage as the Imperial player in an Imperial Assault campaign.”
Source: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2016/7/1/gun-for-hire/

War of Shadows
Ascension X: War of Shadows can now be pre-ordered. The standalone game for 1-4 players can also be used with other Ascension games (up to 6 players). It features “New dual-cost Heroes and Constructs require players to use both resources to acquire them, but have incredible power … As the balance between Light and Dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it’s Night or Day.”
Source: http://ascensiongame.com/shop/ascension-x-war-of-shadows-pre-order/

Deluxe Rivals
A new deluxe edition of Rivals of Catan, the two-player Catan game, includes all three previously published expansions and nine promotional cards. ICv2 reports that it will be available this September.
Source: http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/34722/rivals-catan-goes-deluxe

Yo GAMA GAMA
According to Dice Tower News, two new board members were elected to the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA): Stephen Brissaud as the new Vice President and Marie Poole as the At-Large Director. Brissaud is the current COO of Iello and Poole is the current CEO of Lone Shark Games.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/gama-elects-two-new-board-members/28400

Dark and Stormy Night
The newest addition to the Storyline series, Storyline: Scary Tales, is currently in development and will be available soon. In the game, “three to eight storytellers collaborate to craft a hair-raising story, each taking turns at the role of narrator, contributing characters, places, and events to add spooky twists and turns to the frightfully fun tale.”
Source: https://www.asmodee.us/en/news/2016/6/29/it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
July 8-9. MichiCon 2016. Rochester, Michigan.
July 23-24. MegaMooseCon. Richburg, South Carolina.
July 30. VladdaCon. Holliston, Massachusetts.
August 4-7. Gen Con 2016. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 19-21. Dragonflight XXXVII. Bellevue, Washington.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 1-4. Tacticon 2016. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.
Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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