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Our Big Box O' Games Giveaway is back! Help us celebrate our Winter 2018 release of Casual Game Insider by entering to win these five brand new games.

This month’s Kickstarter games will take you on a tour of outer space, a trip to the subatomic level, and on a twisty murder mystery. There’s even a visit from a celebrity, as Sonic the Hedgehog races in to get backing for his new board game.

USAopoly has announced a Wrinkle in Time game, a Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in the works, and it’s time to submit your nominations for the Golden Geek Awards.

Back in the day, when Apple published its famous anti-Flash manifesto, people predicted the death of the browser-based game as a whole. But browser games are hard to kill: seven years later, people still play in their web browsers. Gaming portals like Kongregate now have HTML5 and Unity games, video streaming services like YouTube are also making the switch, and even Adobe announced its intention to "end-of-life" the platform by the year 2020.

Every year the board game industry grows and incorporates more and more dedicated players. The last few years have been termed the "board game renaissance," and in a lot of ways it truly is the best era in gaming thus far. By the time industry magazine ICv2 reports of the most recent figures (typically 10-20% annual growth since around 2008) a plethora of new board game publishers have already sprung up. With the growth of Kickstarter, starting a publishing company has become a lot more accessible for those that don't have the financial resources to afford printing thousands of copies of a game on their own.

Will you donate your beans to a player in need or wheel and deal? Rio Grande's classic card game puts you in the role of bean farmer.

These days board games are still fun and they do have an important role to play in our daily lives. But what will happen in 5, 10, or 20 years? As things progress, I think we might witness the extinction of “real” games.

Ice Cool 2 has been announced, Asmodee has acquired Mayfair Games, and Cabot is hosting a board game cooking contest.

A dungeon crawler for a casual audience, the Dark Castle is tough to escape and tougher to forget. Each play through will be different as the castle changes every time you play. Dive in and try to survive, if you dare!

One of the most intriguing inventions in the age of smartphones and wearable technology is augmented reality. For those of you who have never heard of it, augmented (or mixed) reality is a digital layer placed between your eyes and the outside world that can make you see things that are not actually there — everything from monsters and spaceships to opening hours and menus. The first time I encountered AR was when I tried a smartphone app called "HERE Maps" on Windows Phone: by using the phone's camera and its GPS, it was able to show me directions to the nearest shops, restaurants, and landmarks through the phone's screen.

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