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The latest news about the Casual Game Revolution program and the board game industry.

The Parents' Choice Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Fall 2013 toy awards. The games in the list mostly consist of kids' or educational games, with a surprising number of games promoting yoga for kids. However, if you look closely enough, you'll find several good choices for casual gamers of all ages. Here are the ones that caught our attention (click here for the complete list).

A lot of games are hitting Kickstarter these days, and casual games are no exception. Over the last year, we have seen amazing growth in the number of high quality casual games hitting the crowdfunding scene. After many hours of research on the games being funded this month, we are happy to present to you our crowdfunding favorites for November 2013!

Casual Game Insider has become the first and only U.S. board gaming magazine to be distributed on modern mobile devices! As of today, it is now available for download on Apple Newsstand, Amazon Appstore, and BlackBerry Newsstand marketplaces. Supported devices include iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, BlackBerry smartphones, and Android devices connected to the Amazon Appstore.

The Fall 2013 issue of Casual Game Insider is now in stock and available for sale! Print and digital versions are available.

It's time for our crowdfunding picks for October 2013! This month we're seeing some new themes (junk collection in space and lying pandas) while also keeping with some of the common themes we've seen in the past (monsters, pirates, and ninjas). There are several press-your-luck style games currently seeking funding. We're also starting to see a trend of digital game studios crossing over into tabletop game publishing, and I believe this will continue as casual tabletop games continue to gain popularity.

The publisher of one of our recommended casual games, Square Shooters, is running a compelling contest this month that is worth a look. The That's How I Roll® contest challenges independent game designers to come up with interesting new game variations, in several different categories, that use the original Square Shooters dice.

By popular demand, we are now offering digital (PDF) subscriptions of Casual Game Insider magazine as an alternative to the print version. Each individual issue is now also available for purchase directly from us in PDF format. In addition, all of our current and future print subscribers will receive a PDF of each new magazine issue at no extra charge, with no action required on their behalf.

Casual games are still blossoming like a rose on Kickstarter. It's great to see so many great projects, yet it's becoming more and more difficult to narrow them down to our top picks. When we first started putting together this list, we had to dig long and hard just to find a few good casual games to include — now there are so many that we couldn't possibly include them all.

Our picks for September 2013 include games about monsters, cavemen, art museums, mobsters, royalty, fancy parties, and more.

Casual games are a great way for singles to break the ice without having to worry about pick-up lines or awkward conversations. Fortunately, the executives at Match.com have picked up on this and have recently begun hosting game nights as part of the Match.com "Stir" events.

Casual Games have a big presence on Kickstarter right now, almost like never before. This is our biggest crowdfunding roundup yet, packed full of some fun and exciting casual games seeking your support. Take a look!

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