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Cascadia

Spiel des Jahres Winner Announced
On July 16, Cascadia was announced as the official Spiel des Jahres winner of 2022 (click here to read our review). "'Cascadia' is a real feel-good game. You can always achieve something on your turn, even if the choices on offer aren’t exactly what you wanted. The two-part puzzle is especially successful, requiring players to find a good balance between matching landscape tiles and playing the right animal symbols. The modular rule cards give the game a high level of replayability, presenting players with new challenges every time, as well as an optional campaign mode."
Source: https://www.spiel-des-jahres.de/en/cascadia-is-spiel-des-jahres-2022/

Delicious Pre-Order
Pencil First Games has announced their next game: Delicious. It will be a flip-and-write game and is currently available for pre-order. "Spend the afternoon in your rooftop or backyard garden. Relax while enjoying this artful game of picking, pairing, and planting fruits and vegetables. Grow your plants in whatever container you can. Wheelbarrows, boots, suitcases – use anything you can to grow delicious eats!"
Source: https://www.pencilfirstgames.com/delicious/

Pandasaurus Summer Sale
Pandasaurus Games is running a summer sale, which started August 3rd and which will run through to August 8th.
Source: https://pandasaurusgames.com/collections/summer-sale

Plaid Hat Games Announces Hickory Dickory
Hickory Dickory will be a new set collection game featuring cute mice, and will be released later this year. "In Hickory Dickory players control a team of mice competing in a royal scavenger hunt! The mice will ride around a cuckoo clock’s minute hand as they search for items that match their hunt card. The adorable mice will jump off the hand to collect item tiles and perform various actions that will help them gain victory points."
Source: https://www.plaidhatgames.com/news/2022/07/22/announcing-hickory-dickory/

15th Annual Dice Tower Awards
The winners of the 15th Annual Dice Tower Awards have been announced. "These awards are for games released in the USA in 2021. They were voted on by a wide array of reviewers, podcasters, many of which are not affiliated with The Dice Tower."
Source: https://www.dicetowernews.com/article/15th-annual-dice-tower-awards-best-games-2021

Three New Games Based on Netflix Properties
Asmodee and Netflix have announced three new games based on three different Netflix shows, Ozark, Squid Game, and Stranger Things. All three titles were exclusively released at Walmart on July 30, 2022.
Source: https://www.dicetowernews.com/article/asmodee-netflix-plenty-fun-be-had

The Great Split Announced
Horrible Guild has announced The Great Split. "Introducing… The Great Split, a drafting game for 2-7 players where you build a prestigious collection of riches by trading cards with the other players through an ‘I Split, You Choose’ mechanism! The game was designed by Hjalmar Hach and Lorenzo Silva, the award-winning duo behind smash hits such as the Railroad Ink series and The King’s Dilemma, with art by Weberson Santiago."
Source: https://horribleguild.com/2022/07/22/the-great-split-a-drafting-game-where-you-build-a-prestigious-collection-of-riches/

Reviews
Sherlock Case Connection (Gaming With Sidekicks): “The style and gameplay is simple to learn and takes a few plays to really start to get the rhythm down. I think you start to see the strategy of the game as you and your friends play more than a few times and start to learn how to pick cards and tokens before they can. It is a race to the finish line and the more strategic your picks become the easier you will get to there before others. There is a competitive piece that will have players going after each other.”
Source: http://gamingwithsidekicks.com/2022/07/27/game-review-sherlock-case-connection/

Great Plains (Meeple Mountain): “Great Plains is simple. It’s interactive. You’ll find yourself saying and hearing “good move” from time to time. It feels like a throwback to a time when games weren’t worried about being the best or the biggest or the most impressive. They were content to be good.”
Source: https://www.meeplemountain.com/reviews/great-plains/

Dollars to Donuts (Geek Daily): “You don’t need to play it too many times because the length of gameplay, so it can keep its presence at the table for a long time if the kids like it. It is easy to teach and easy to learn, which are always good aspects when bringing in new players.”
Source: https://geekdaily.news/tale-of-the-unfinished-pastry-a-dollars-to-donuts-review-90f3040da936