Finally, no new games this week. The crop of hot Essen games has hit the shelves, now we can just sit back and blissfully play them without worrying about what’s next. Honestly, I could happily spend the rest of the year playing just the games released in the last few months. I won’t of course, because there are also so many fantastic games to play from the past 10.
One thing seems clear: 2014 will be the year of ‘enough is enough’. We can stop the presses and flip the switch on kickstarter, and the hobby will not suffer one bit. Growth in the brick and mortar board game hobby is not happening in the new release section, its happening in the Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic sections. Those titles continue to far outsell front list items nationwide. Growth is happening because of folks who are wading into the part of the pool that a lot of us swam into 5-7 years ago. This means that brick and mortar retailers can worry less about the latest and greatest, most of which are simply purchased online anyway, and focus more on presenting the amazing backlist to the hungry acolytes. And boy do they have some great stuff to experience.
This weekend we’ve got a number of events at the shop that celebrate both the old and the new. First off, we’ll be hosting an appreciation night for one my favorite designers, Uwe Rosenberg. Besides the fact that I’ve always wanted a head of hair like his, one that looks good in any configuration, Rosenberg has a small but significant set of games under his belt. He is also one of the founders of the European game publisher, Lookout Games, whose games always have a pleasing bucolic air about them. If you are a punchcard holder, or want to be, stop on by Saturday night starting at 6pm for some Rosenberg action. If you are not a fan of the Uwe, by all means still show up and play some games, just don’t harass us Rosenberg players, we’ll be deep in peaceful rural thought.
On Sunday, both the old and the new will be happening in the shop. At 1pm, Ben O. will be teaching a round of Russian Railroads, one of the darlings from Essen, and what looks to be a sweet worker placement game. Starting at 2pm, Joshua will again be hosting his 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign, just in case you want to feel heroic.
Cheers everyone and game on!