The Village Square: March 14, 2016



Happy Pi Day, everybody! May your day be 3.14 times better than a typical Monday and don’t forget to celebrate irrationally.

The Quest Begins
Cool Mini Or Not and Ankama are releasing Krosmaster Quest on March 26th.

Rebel Scum
Star Wars: Rebellion is set to hit the galaxy on March 31st. According to Fantasy Flight Games it will keep track of participants’ results during the first week of release to “help decide the course of the Galactic Civil War … [there will be]maps showing where the different sides have gained an advantage.”

Robo Return
Hasbro announced that Robo Rally will be back in print this August.

Tabletop Plague
The popular Plague, Inc., app is being transformed into a board game.

That’s No Carcassonne
According to ACD Distribution, Z-Man Games is doing a single print run of Carcassonne: Star Wars due out this winter. Pre-orders are now being taken.

Here’s the Cool Mini Or Not “state of the union” letter to its stakeholders.

Pokemon Co-Master
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Pokemon Co-Master will be available for mobile devices. According to the, “Players take turns moving their ‘Mons and fight to dominate the board, eliminating rival players’ team of Pokémon or fighting against virtual opponents.”

Stacking the Deck
According to, a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit has affirmed that “the method of playing cards is an unpatentable abstract idea.” However, it did state that a “new or original” deck of cards could be eligible for a patent.

Rise of the Machines
The AlphaGo supercomputer beat a Go world champion three straight times to win its best-of-five match.

Behind the Curtain
Speaking of AlphaGo, here’s a profile on David Silver (not this one), one of the brains behind the supercomputer.

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.
June 24-26. RAGECON 2016. Sparks, Nevada.
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 for more convention listings.

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