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2016 A GREAT YEAR FOR BOARD GAMES
Worldwide sales of games and puzzles increased to $9.6 billion in 2016 from $9.3 billion in 2013, according to Euromonitor International. Much of the interest may come from Millennials looking for things to do. A report from research firm Mintel shows that nearly 30% of surveyed Millennials are interested in spending time at board game-themed cafes and bars. For Millennial consumers who are dealing with financial issues such as debt and housing costs, board games can be a cost-efficient way to pass time while having a coffee or a pint with friends, as Mintel's trends expert told CNBC. However, for this theory to work, we have to hope the world's low-key dive bars and non-chain coffee shops are the venues offering board games, versus the high-end venues like Starbucks whose beverage prices are so frequently increased that any Monopoly games should come with inflation calculators that show how much less a Monopoly dollar could buy from week to week. -Wells Fargo Daily Advantage Report
REPORT: BATTLE FOR AMERICA PREMIERES
BATTLE FOR AMERICA-CRT'S NEWEST VERSION
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CRT's newest tactical/strategy version Battle For America premiered January 8th, and the Park is pleased to report that the event was a success. The participating players gave the game glowing reviews during and after the game. As the game progressed, everyone got their feet wet and grew familiar with the protocols, including the hosts. Aside from some minor refinements, the game was played according to the instructions, which were referred to often. The Master's thoroughness in the instructions made for mostly smooth sailing. By mid-game, each player was operating with a full grasp of the rules and without any complicating issues.
The action is fast and the game's pace is accelerated thanks to five moving pieces the player moves on each turn. Each moving piece can execute tasks and pick up items. Mode changes, adventures, card draws and other board initiated tasks are done once per turn, but with numerous activities potentially happening, each turn a player takes can be an involved undertaking. Thanks to multiple playing pieces, players acquire possessions quickly, which is a good thing, since lots of possessions are needed for a win. The game took many twists and turns and an air of uncertainty reigned as to exactly how the game was going to end, making for some exciting periods. Strategic thinking and maneuvering are required to be efficient and successful. Players must manage their platoons and resources wisely to mount an effective campaign that will deliver a victory.
RACHEL, JUNE, CHRIS & FRANCES PLAY THE FIRST GAME OF BATTLE FOR AMERICA-CLICK ON PHOTOS TO VIEW DETAILS
June, Rachel, Frances and Chris played the first game of Battle for America. Chris is Frances' son and Rachel's brother. He is in the Navy and currently stationed on Oahu in Hawaii. He was home visiting for the holidays. He has played CRT several times before. He has won every game he has played except one, when CRT won back in the 15th season. So it was no surprise when he won this Battle For America game. Deft maneuvering and resulting extra turns enabled Chris to collect many possessions as well as plenty of Electoral Votes. Adventures made an easier win possible, rather than pursuing the entire required amount of 270 votes. Utilizing a helicopter move, Chris was able to beam out for his latest win. Rachel and June had a number of possessions and votes, but they were unable to catch up or prevent Chris' exit. There are numerous ways to stop a player from winning, including battle card volleys, nuke strikes, thieving and adventures. So the outcome is uncertain until that last maneuver is completely executed.
Everyone offered comments and reviews during the course of the game. The multi-piece ability and inherent strategy received numerous high marks, and everyone remained focused and engaged throughout the three hours. Rachel, June and Chris offered up brief comments in a video posted below. Overall consensus was that Battle For America is a new and fresh way to experience CRT at a brisk pace, and a whole new environment reveals a brand new and unique world for CRT players to explore. Reports on forthcoming BFA games will appear on the home page during the rest of the season.
MULTIPLE MOVING PIECES MAKE FOR FAST ACTION AND STRATEGIC THINKING IN BATTLE FOR AMERICA
TENTATIVE CHOICE FOR FINALS & CHAMPIONSHIP: BATTLE FOR AMERICA
Battle For America is the current contender version for the 23rd Season Multiple Winner Championship. Observation of CRT's newest version in action began this past weekend. The performance was very good, indicating the new version may be the Championship game, and possibly the Semi-Finals version as well. A number of factors in addition to a smooth performance will weigh in on the decision, which have yet to be made by The Master. If an unspecified number of players tries Battle For America (BFA) this season, or if enough of the season's winners have played the version, these factors would contribute to the likelihood of the version serving in the finals. BFA is CRT's tactical military exercise, which fits in with the 23rd Season's theme of Lock 'N' Load, so it's the obvious choice for the MW event in that regard. As events unfold and the season progresses, the decision will be finalized and announced in an official capacity here at CRT's web site in the second half of the season.
One multiple winner has been realized out of ten games played so far, and most of the winners are previous multiple winners. As in the past, if six multiple winners are realized, there will be no semi-final games with those winners proceeding directly to the Championship. If more than six multiple winners result, semi-final games and alternate protocols will once again be observed. During this process, the version or versions to serve in the three-day season-closing event will be determined and announced. Once determined, it is recommended that players that become multiple winners study the rules of the Championship version, and if at all possible, participate in a game of that version. However, it should be noted that BFA has political overtones that some CRT players should take into account before deciding on whether they should participate. More information is available on the Battle For America page.
CRT SPOTLIGHT PAGE SPECIAL: EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER
The tragic 2016 year saw many music legends pass away, including Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.
Check out videos spanning ELP's stellar career and commemorating the lives of these two amazing musicians on the SPOTLIGHT PAGE.
There was never anything like ELP, and there never will be.
R.I.P. Keith and Greg.
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