Barnes & Noble will host weekly Casual Game Gatherings, offering demos and space for play, in March, distributor Publisher Services Inc. announced.  The events will be held on five Thursday evenings at 57 stores, about 9% of the chain’s 640 stores.  Demos will be conducted by Barnes & Noble store employees.

Five light strategy games will be featured, with special free promotional items for players participating in demos for four of them.  The games are:

  • King of Tokyo (Iello).  Demo participants received a promo pack of 11 Power cards.
  • Sheriff of Nottingham (Arcane Wonders).  Participants receive a promo pack of six Contraband cards.
  • Splendor (Asmodee).  Participants receive a Splendor play-mat.
  • Codenames (Czech Games Edition).  No freebie.
  • Lanterns:  The Harvest Festival (Renegade).  Participants receive a pack of four Lanterns promo tiles.

See gallery below for images of the free promotional items.

For a complete list of participating stores, see “B&N Could Expand Casual Game Gatherings in the Future.