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The Village Square: June 12, 2017

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More Potions Exploding
The folks at gioconomicon.net provided a preview of the Potion Explosion expansion, The Fifth Ingredient. “The Fifth Ingredient introduces three new item groups: new potions to create; a ghastly cauldron with a new ingredient that you must learn to manipulate; a group of professors who will keep watch during the exam.”
Source: http://www.gioconomicon.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9090&title=pozioni-esplosive-il-quinto-ingrediente-esame-di-pozioni-corso-avanzato#EnglishArticle

Rayguns & Rocketships
IDW’s Rayguns & Rocketships is set for a September 20th release, according to the ACD Distribution blog. “Rayguns and Rocketships is a dual-scale miniatures board game that takes 2-4 players on a competitive adventure to fight for the fate of the galaxy.”
Source: http://acddistribution.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-from-idw-rayguns-rocketships.html

7 Wonders Expansion
The next 7 Wonders expansion, Armada, was teased on the game’s official Facebook page.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/rprod7wonders/photos/a.103975722976534.2621.102116649829108/1770071206366969/?type=3&theater

Head of Z-Man Speaks
Here’s an interview with Steve Kimball, Z-Man studio head. “Z-Man embarks on a brand new era, in which I’m inheriting a solid foundation laid by Zev and Sophie. As Z-Man’s Head of Studio, I aim to exemplify the best aspects of both my predecessors: a keen eye for design innovation, attention to visual aesthetic, and top-notch components.”
Source: https://www.zmangames.com/en/news/2017/6/6/a-new-beginning/

Cthulhu Bandwagon
Over on NPR there was a good overview of how H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu has increased its popularity in the board game world. “Many fans argue that it’s less of a revival and more of a bandwagon. As with zombies and pirates, once creators saw they could make money off the theme, they jumped on board.”
Source: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/07/530186764/h-p-lovecrafts-monster-is-wrapping-family-game-night-up-in-tentacles

Stegmaier on CMON’s MAP policy
Stonemaier Games’ Jamey Stegmaier writes about Cool Mini Or Not’s recent announcement regarding a Minimum Advertised Pricing policy. “[T]he listed price of all CMON products through retailers may not be less than 80% of the MSRP. This is similar to an announcement from another publishing giant, Asmodee North America.”
Source: https://stonemaiergames.com/what-do-retailers-really-want/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
June 14-18. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 23-35. Polycon. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
July 15-17. Protospiel. Manchester, Michigan.
July 22-30. World Boardgaming Championship. Champion, Pennsylvania.
July 28-30. NovaComic-Con. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
August 25-27. Congress of Gamers. Falls Church, Virginia.
September 1-4. Gateway 2017. Los Angeles, California.
September 1-4. Pacificon Game Expo. Santa Clara, California.
September 9-10. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 15-17. GrandCon. Grand Rapids, MI.
September 15-17. Protospiel. Chicago, Illinois.
October 6-8. TsunamiCon. Wichita, Kansas.
October 6-8. CinCityCon. Cincinnati, Ohio.
October 7-8. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 13-15. ConnCon/FallCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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