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Convention Preview: PLAY: The Games Festival

Andrea Ligabue
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PLAY: The Games Festival – which takes place March 24-25, 2012 in Modena, Italy – has more than 15,000 square meters dedicated to games, with hundreds of tables available for open play. More than three hundred events are scheduled, along with sixty tournaments and many conferences, workshops and meetings.

Nearly all of the Italian game publishers will be in attendance, showcasing their recent releases while previewing titles to be released later in 2012. Here's a list of publishers scheduled to be at PLAY along with what they'll be featuring:

-----Albe PavoWinter Tales, Birra & Vichinghi, and the new Ninja Pack for Sake & Samurai
-----Alex GamesSocc'mel and Socc'mel 2
-----Angelo Porazzi Games – the complete line from designer Angelo Porazzi
-----Asterion Press – the Italian edition of A Few Acres of Snow which includes a special card designed by Martin Wallace, Hyperborea (preview), and many other games
-----Cranio Creations1969 and Pimp My Park
-----DastWorkI Signore dei Draghi
-----Distric GamesWarage and expansions
-----• Dynamix Italia – Telendar
-----Editrice GiochiPicchiatello, Scarabeo nel Pallone, Scarabeo Flash
-----Ghenos GamesSword (prototype), Lupin the Third, Leader 1: Hell of the North, Lamborghini, Jurassik, Sherlock
-----Giochi Uniti – many games including Battlestar Galactica and Il Segno degli Antichi
-----Giochix – previews of Gladiatori and CO2, Upon a Salty Ocean and The Forgotten Planet
-----LEGOStar Wars: Battle of Hoth, City Alarm, Kokoriko, and Mini-Taurus
-----Oliphante – the new edition of Ghosts by Alex Randolph and a preview of Movie Trailer
-----• Play Strong – Play Ultras
-----Red GloveMonster-Falle, Micro Monsters, Fuori di Rotella, Wings of Glory
-----Sir Chester CobbelpotCollapsible D: The Final Minutes of the Titanic
-----WinterlairNinja Shadow Forged

In addition to the publishers listed above, designers on hand at PLAY will include Andrea Angiolino, Francesco Nepitello, Leo Colovini, Andrea Chiarvesio, Dario de Toffoli, and Pierluca Zizzi, with special non-Italian guests: Martin Wallace, Mac Gerdts, Andrew Sheerin and Ignacy Trzewiczek.

If you are intested in information about this year's PLAY or the next one - scheduled for April 6-8, 2013 – please contact me at You can also download a more detailed presentation (PDF) of what will take place at PLAY in just a few days.

Good play and best wishes,

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