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

Here is a list of our favorite crowdfunding projects for December 2013. This month, we're seeing evidence of the growing trend of microgames, a subset of casual games that are intended to be as portable as possible while still maintaining fun and challenging gameplay. There are also several other casual games of a wide variety of themes that seem to be worth checking out.

Stronghold Games is having a December sale, Smash Monster Rampage is available for pre-order, and new "best board game" lists have been released by multiple sources.

A 1-year subscription to Casual Game Insider magazine is the perfect gift for the casual gamers in your life! Casual games are perfect for anyone who is new to gaming or simply appreciates lighter games, and we keep our readers up-to-date on the latest and greatest in casual gaming.

The holidays are upon us, which is great news for casual gamers! The many opportunities to gather with friends and family are perfect for playing and sharing great casual board and card games. We hope you will join us to make gaming a part of your gatherings this year!

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.

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