You may never get to join them, but you can play their favorite games! The Mensa Select award winners were announced this week. After 42 hours of nonstop board gaming (must be rough), the honorees are Amalgam (Simply Fun), Around the World in 80 Days (IELLO), Clank! A Deck Building Adventure (Renegade Games Studio), Harry Potter Hogwarts Battles (USAopoly) and Imagine (Gamewright). The acknowledgement recognizes recently “original, challenging and well-designed” games and has been awarded since 1990.
Building in the Mediterranean
Z-Man Games will release Valleta, from veteran designer Stefan Dorra, which combines deck building, worker placement and resource management in building a city on the island of Malta.
More Shadows of Brimstone
Flying Frog Productions announces another Otherworlds expansion to its Old West dungeon crawl family Shadows of Brimstone. Derelict Ship offers tons of new material to explore from adventuring on a high-tech futuristic alien spaceship to terrifying encounters in the Mines.
Catalyst Game Labs is publishing a new deck builder set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. In Dragonfire players will assume the usual races and classes with time-honored gear and spells and quest through the familiar lands of D&D.
Rails and Palaces
Capstone Games will release two new titles next month. American Rails is a stock management train game of negotiation and profit set in the early American East. Xanadu tasks players with building Genghis Khan’s palace in a competitive card game – yes, even a world renowned conqueror need a place to rest his head.
Fluxx gets explosive
The Looney Labs signature franchise is going volatile and educational with Chemistry Fluxx. It’s the same game mechanics, but, science!
Odin Comes to America
Well, North America, that is. Publishers Service, Inc., is distributing several NSKN Games including In the Name of Odin, which is now available. Future games released over here this year include Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord and some Mistfall titles.
The power of advertising
FLGS TV is now launched. The interesting project creates streaming ads for brick and mortar stores that are completely customizable and free to them. Partnering with publishers, the 30-second commercials are designed to incite interest and inquiries amount shoppers in store.
We may need a new listing in our conventions below!
Chrysallis Youth Empowerment Network is raising funds on Crowdfunder to, among many other things, organize a board game convention for youth in the remote Ugandan village of Koro. From the U.K.-based charity: “Chrysalis has been training children to be changemakers and social entrepreneurs for the last seven years and we have been using modern boardgames to train them in a whole range of skills, from social to persuasion, planning to resource management, adaptability to tactics and much more. The children have loved the theming of board and card games and have learnt about new cultures, history, food and even farming, with the wonderful Agricola game. Our experience is that the games help with their self confidence, their ability to learn and generally provide creative influence and inspiration.”
International Table Top Day
Don’t yet have any plans for April 29th? Here’s a list of nationwide Barnes & Noble stores participating in the event. Hit yours up soon and find out what they have planned to join in the fun!
Upcoming Board Game Conventions
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.
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.