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The Village Square: June 6, 2016

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I’m not happy that the weather went from mild to scorching hot this weekend, but at least it gives me an excuse to stay indoors and play games.

Tokyo Facelift
King of Tokyo will get a new look on July 14th, as Iello introduces updated artwork to the popular press-your-luck game. There will be two new monsters, Space Penguin and Cyber Kitty. Some of the monsters will also have makeovers, but they’re “purely aesthetic changes: the rules of the game and Power cards remain unchanged! … These new illustrations will also be used the the digital version of the game, currently in the development stages, whose requirements were the main reason behind the makeover.” Additionally, Gigazaur will be replaced by Gigazaur in the Target special edition for one year.

Runebound Expanded
Two expansions for Runebound were announced by Fantasy Flight Games: Fall of the Dark Star and The Mountains Rise. According to the website, the expansions are due in the third quarter of this year. “Fall of the Dark Star is a new Scenario Pack that introduces an entirely new scenario along with thirty new adventure cards and a new ten-card story deck that correspond to the new scenario. The Mountains Rise, on the other hand, is an Adventure Pack that can be added to any scenario with new adventure cards, assets, and skills.”

Twilight Creations Acquired
Mayfair has acquired Twilight Creations, the publisher of Zombies!!!! and other horror-themed games.

Return of the Borg
WizKids releases Star Trek: Attack Wing – Borg Cube with Sphere Port Premium Figure this month. This will feature “a spherical port [inside the Borg Cube]that is home to the Sphere 936. Just like in the movie First Contact, the Borg Sphere can detach from the Borg Cube and join in the battle or it can be played separately as its own ship.”

Deckbuilding Steam
Brass Empire, a steampunk-themed deck-building game from Rock Manor Games, is due August 4th. In the game, “players take the role of rival corporations on the world of Cobalt, hiring interesting employees, constructing unusual buildings, and manufacturing wondrous steam-powered machines.”

Ticket to Ride Digital Expansion
Days of Wonder recently added the Ticket to Ride: Europe expansion, Europa 1912, to its digital collection. It’s free for owners of the TtR: Europe app.

Championship Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series takes place at Origins from June 15th to June 19th.

Z-Man Origins
A preview at what Z-Man Games is up to at Origins, highlighted by Beyond Baker Street and the pre-release of Aquarium.

Munchkin Survey Results
Results from a Munchkin survey were posted by Andrew Hackard of Steve Jackson Games, with an interesting discussion on the gender question.

Depth and Complexity
An interview with Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games about depth and complexity in board games, with examples from World’s Fair 1893 and Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
June 10-12. Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
June 23-26. Texicon. Hurst, Texas.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
June 26. Pacific Northwest 5th Annual Game Swap. Puyallup, Washington.
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 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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