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The Village Square: October 9, 2017

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When my Saturday consists of food festivals, artisan ramen, and over five hours of gaming, I’d say I was a happy camper this weekend.

German Game Prizes Announced
Terraforming Mars has garnered SPIEL’s top games prize, according to Dice Tower News. Also in the top 10 for the year are Great Western Trail, A Feast of Odin, Scythe, and Kingdomino.
Source: http://www.dicetowernews.com/2017-essen-spiel-german-game-prizes-announced/47287

Clank! In! Space! Launch Kit
Renegade Game Studios’ Clank! In! Space! Will arrive at retailers October 25 and ICv2 reports that retailers who order the launch kit will get a set of promo cards.
Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38604/renegade-offers-launch-kit-clank-in-space

Smash Up Digital
AEG’s shuffle-building game Smash Up: Conquer the Bases with Your Factions will be available on Steam and mobile apps soon. Check out the teaser trailer linked below.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJLwtWXKzpg&feature=youtu.be

Meeple Rising
Over on the Huffington Post UK, Tomas Rawlings wrote about how digital technology has helped grow the tabletop industry. “In recent years the live streaming of Let’s Plays – via sites like Twitch – has shifted the movement into one that caters for the ‘now’ of gaming.”
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tomas-rawlings/meeple-rising-how-digital_b_18192852.html

Stranger Things: The Game
Based on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things: The Game is features 8-bit music and pixel-art graphics and according to Pocket Tactics, “Presented in two dimensions the game is clearly meant to evoke the 1980s, just like the show itself.”
Source: http://www.pockettactics.com/articles/out-now-the-game-edition/

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
October 13-15. XPO 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 13-15. ConnCon/FallCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
November 17-19. PAX Unplugged. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.

Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.

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