The Village Square: October 19, 2015



Since I’m hungrier than the panda in Takenoko, I’ll keep this intro short and sweet so you can enjoy the latest from the cardboard community. Tweet me @RuelGaviola with your feedback or board gaming news.

Gamers Helping Gamers
The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund is holding its annual fundraiser. Established in 2011, the fund helps those in the gaming community who have suffered a personal hardship.

Let’s Get Physical
This piece from The Guardian suggests that the physicality of board games (such as Rampage, shown above) is something people crave in our increasingly digital world.

Art and Game Design Residency
Artists and game designers recently completed a six-week residency at Khoj, a space in New Delhi, India, used for experimental art and design. According to curator Promona Sengupta, the six games produced by the artists offer a “broad theme of community which encompasses diverse strands of thought, including community-building and socially engaged practice, games as methodology for policy development and activism, critical narratives around gamer groups, gender and power within the world of gaming, racial representations and cultural imperialism within games.”

Clash of the Titan
Old School, meet New School: the classic fantasy board game Titan is now available for both iOS and Android.

Analog Pastimes
Here’s a brief look at the rise of board gaming and how digital technologies have helped fuel an analog hobby.

NBA players: They’re Just Like Us!
Not all professional athletes hang out with supermodels, hit the hottest nightclubs, or have an entourage at their beck and call. Matthew Dellavedova, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ backup point guard who rose to fame during last season’s NBA Finals, spent a recent Saturday night playing Catan. I love how he celebrated his victory.

Upcoming Board Game Conventions
Get out and game! (h/t reddit and boardgamegeek)

Oct. 23-25. Flatcon 2015. Bloomington, Illinois.
Oct. 23-25. Protospiel Madison 2015. Madison, Wisconsin.
Nov. 4-8. EuroQuest 2015. Pikesville, Maryland.
Nov. 12-15. Midwest GameFest. Kansas City, Kansas.
Nov. 18-22. BGG.CON. Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas.
Nov. 20-22. U-Con. Ypsilanti, Michigan.

February 19-21. OwlCon. Houston, Texas.
March 4-6. FallsCon 2016. Witchita Falls, Texas.
March 18-20. Meeplecon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 19-22. Geekway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri.

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