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The Village Square: March 7, 2016

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I had a fun family function this weekend (a Star Wars-themed birthday party, aka Best. Idea. Ever.) and I managed to sneak in a few board game plays, too. In other words, it was the type of weekend that never gets old.

Playing in the Clouds
Just announced: the latest and greatest Imperial Assault expansion, The Bespin Gambit, will be heading our way during the second quarter of this year.

Acting Out
Here’s an overview and trailer video for Asmodee’s card game Histrio.

Behind the Throne
Ares Games announced a license agreement with IGames and will be publishing Behind the Throne. The push-your-luck card game is expected this summer and will be released in four languages: English, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.

Fast & Fhtagn
A “Game of Cthulhoid Street Racing,” Fast & Fhtagn will be out this month, according to this Atlas Games announcement.

New Summoners
Plaid Hat Games said to expect eight new Second Summoner decks at Origins this year.

Stronghold Release Schedule
Stronghold Games recently announced its 2016 release schedule.

Epic World Championship
Contestants at the Epic Card Game World Championship will be vying for a prize pool of $100,000, with the winner taking home $25,000 and the title. White Wizard Games will be staging the event in November.

Cool Update
Updated guest list for the Cool Mini Or Not Expo in May.

Cosmic Beginnings
Terrific look at the history of Cosmic Encounter and the four men behind its creation.

Ratings
The best board games, as determined by the analysts at fivethirtyeight.com using data from boardgamegeek.com.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
March 18-20. MACE West. Asheville, North Carolina.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 18-20. MidSouthCon 34. Memphis, Tennessee.
March 18-20. Breakout Con. Toronto, Ontario. Canada.
March 31-April 3. AdeptiCon 2016. Schaumburg, Illinois.
April 1-3. ConQuest SAC. Sacramento, California.
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.
April 28-May 1. Kingdom-Con 2016. San Diego, California.
April 29-May 1. Game Days 2016. Parkville, Maryland.
April 29-May 1. Board Games at the Beach. Wilmington, North Carolina.
April 30. Connecticut Festival of Indie Games. Southington, Connecticut.
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.
August 26-28. Coulee Con 2016. La Crosse, Wisconsin.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.
September 10-11. WashingCon. Washington, D.C.
September 24-25. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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