The Village Square: December 28, 2015



It’s been uncharacteristically cold out here in Southern California (and by cold I mean I can’t wear shorts in December), so that’s given me the perfect excuse to play more board games. Feel free to use my “it’s too cold outside; better warm up at the tabletop” excuse during the final week of 2015 and enjoy all of those gifted board games.

Pandemic Spreading
Z-Man Games announced that the Pandemic board game app is now available in 16 languages for Android and iOS.

Meepleville, U.S.A.
Now open in Las Vegas: Meepleville Board Game Cafe, with its 1,000+ games library.

Multiple Intelligences
Derek Thompson at discusses this year’s trends and the use of multiple intelligences in board games.

Former CIA agents played Homeland: The Game and learned this valuable lesson: Trust no one.

Students Teach Through Gaming
A pair of Cupertino, California, high school students have successfully Kickstarted their board game codingFarmers, which was designed to help children 7 years and older to learn real programming concepts.

2016 Board Game Conventions
January 8-10. MACE East. Wilmington, North Carolina.
January 15-17. SnowCon. Bangor, Maine.
January 15-18. Brycecon 2016. Bryce Canyon City, Utah.
January 22-24. EsCon 2016. San Marcos, California.
January 30-31. GCOM’s Winter Game Fest. Rockville, Maryland.
February 12-15. Orccon 2016. Los Angeles, California.
February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
February 22-28. PrezCon 2016. Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 4-6. Tennessee Game Days. Franklin, Tennessee.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
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.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.
May 27-30. Gamex 2016. Los Angeles, California.
June 15-19. Origins Game Fair. Columbus, Ohio.
June 17-19. PolyCon 34. San Luis Obispo, California.
July 6-10. Dice Tower Gaming Con V. Orlando, Florida.
September 2-5. Gateway 2016. Los Angeles, California.

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