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The Village Square: March 13, 2017

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Foxy
Renegade Games Studio and Foxtrot Games announced The Fox in the Forest, a two-player trick-taking game to be released this summer. According to Foxtrot Games President Randy Hoyt, “The custom deck, the special abilities on the cards, and the high-low scoring all bring the tension and surprises of trick-taking into a great two player experience.”
Source: http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e7f51ce684ac7db3828dfd1ed&id=5876a4fc10&e=af9b94af91

Witches of the Revolution
Atlas Games is previewing its cooperative deck builder Witches of the Revolution at GAMA this week. It’s set to be released this summer.
Source: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cd808ab6d77b5dc9d8955a55c&id=adbf94541d&e=27e6a3f792

Previews From France
From the Festival International des Jeux in Cannes, France, W. Eric Martin offered plenty of game previews on his boardgamegeek.com blog, including a few from Eric Lang and Bruno Faidutti.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/63274/game-previews-fij-2017-ii-secrets-unlock-go-cuckoo

Previews From Germany
W. Eric Martin was also at Spielwarenmesse in Germany, where he shared a preview of Blue Orange’s Photosynthesis by Hjalmar Hach, along with news about Reiner Knizia, the 20th anniversary of the Catan Seafarers expansion, and more.
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/63138/game-previews-spielwarenmesse-vi-el-dorado-photosy

Portal Video
Portal Games recently started its video series on youtube. In the first episode of Portal Games Informant there’s a behind-the-scenes look at the company and an interview with designer extraordinaire Eric Lang.
Source: https://youtu.be/0zd2K-lSFVs?t=3m5s

Mid-Life Gaming
For middle-aged gamers looking to justify their hobby/obsession, feel free to check out these five reasons why tabletop gaming is a good mid-life crisis. “Whilst my wife may roll her eyes when another delivery person arrives at the door with their knees buckling under the weight of yet more boxes of shrink-wrapped joy for me, she has to admit that as mid-life crises go, things could be a lot worse.”
Source: https://medium.com/@ghauldren/5-reasons-why-tabletop-gaming-is-the-best-mid-life-crisis-you-can-have-6e0438489695#.izkzvtfyj

Legacy
Good interview with Seafall/Pandemic Legacy/Risk Legacy designer Rob Daviau. “I just didn’t realize how foolish it was to try to run before I even knew how to crawl, or before I even had feet [while designing Seafall]. That’s what made it take so long, and that’s why I think I ended up with some systemic issues that should have been teased out by extensive playtesting of game one.”
Source: http://www.glixel.com/interviews/meet-the-man-behind-the-most-acclaimed-board-game-in-years-w471091

Research and Development
On foxtrotgames.com there’s an interesting look at the research process for World’s Fair 1893. “You will probably end up researching many things that you don’t end up using. That’s a natural part of research. … I also followed a lot of rabbit trails that ended up not making sense for the game. It’s the nature of research to explore the nooks and crannies of a topic, to find the edges, and to consider whether or not certain aspects of the theme make sense to include or not.”
Source: https://blog.foxtrotgames.com/2017/03/07/thematic-research-worlds-fair-1893-part-2/

Chess Traits
This was a good, quick read on the qualities that talented chess players share, such as studiousness and pattern recognition.
Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2017/03/10/what_qualities_do_talented_chess_players_have.html

Logging
I enjoyed this piece on why we should log our board game plays. “There are many reasons why a gamer would want to identify the unplayed game in their collection. Perhaps the space to store games is running short, money for new games is required, or there is simply the desire to cull games that you will never play. The ability to quickly identify the games that you have never been played is invaluable.”
Source: https://venturacountyboardgamers.com/articles/logging-your-game-plays/

Ask Me Anything
White Wizard Games founder Rob Doughtery recently did a Reddit AMA and shared some lessons learned. “The playtesting and balancing process we developed for Star Realms served us well with Hero Realms. We also addressed the most common Star Realms complaints by giving Hero Realms easier score cards and a sturdier box.”
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5u2q6n/iama_game_designer_magic_the_gathering_hall_of/?mc_cid=6c1daf2b36&mc_eid=2999e3b974&st=j033b76f&sh=845e4685

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 17-19. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 17-19. Koboldcon. Colorado Springs. Colorado.
March 23-26. Adepticon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 31-April 2. Protospiel – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
March 31-April 2. Crucible. Orlando, Florida.
April 1-2. South Coast Game Fest. Swansea, Massachusetts.
April 7-9. Gaming Hoopla. Gurnee, Illinois.
April 7-9. Protospiel. San Jose, California.
April 22-23. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 12-14. CMoN Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-29. Game Fest 29. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 26-29. Gamex 2017. Los Angeles, California.
May 26-29. KublaCon. San Francisco, California.
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.
August 17-20. Gen Con 50. Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 25-27. Coulee Con. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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