The Cat’s are Back

The cat’s are finally back from their month-long hiatus, but the mice did not play much, in fact they worked their tails off! We are so grateful for their hard work, because we needed the break.

Apparently we’re not the only cat back in town making a grand entrance. Our mostly friendly neighborhood prowler, Elvis, decided to provide extra entertainment at our latest Dames & Games night by bringing a lively mouse to show off. Nice work Elvis, way to impress the ladies.

Before I get too deep in discussion, I should mention that this week is crazy with new releases. By the end of the week we’ll have Pandemic: Legacy, The Grizzled, Game of Thrones LCG 2nd edition, and Mysterium on the shelves. Wow, just wow. And just when you get your budget in order for those games, the Spiel show in Essen starts this week, and releases from that show may hit our shores sooner than usual. Anyone else need a gaming line of credit?

Now while we were away, we did not actually play many games. In fact I went on a gf-diet, plenty of gluten but no games. I even skipped multiple sessions with my regular game group. I didn’t think it was possible, but game playing burnout had set in, so it was time for me to step back.

But now I’m hungry, and I’ve missed out on a lot of new stuff. So what did I do? Scheduled a new game day at Cloud Cap. What I thought would be just a few people turned into quite a group, some regulars and some relatively new folks. While I was teaching a game of Gold West (and left out an important scoring rule), our friend Jason from the dockingbay94 podcast stopped by. I was able to rope him into a game of Mottainai (again leaving out an important scoring rule) and chat about the stunning art of Ryan Laukat of Red Raven Games. We also had a group wander in, grab our rental copy of Eldritch Horror and some beers, then hang out all day having a blast working through the game rules and fighting off insanity. Somewhere in there, I also taught Pokemon to a couple kids who were perhaps too young to truly learn the game, but I think they went home happy and ready to play.

Did anyone buy anything during this whole day of game teaching and chatting with friends? I suppose so, but I didn’t care. It was the perfect return to reality. Worrying about sales, I realized, was what precipitated my bout of burnout. Teaching games, helping to create positive gaming experiences, and generally just sharing the bounty of the hobby is really why we started Cloud Cap, and I believe that is why we are still in business today. Sure, we pay the bills (just barely) by selling products, but our real goal is to help people find community through play. It’s a goal that’s easy to forget when you spend most of your days staring at spreadsheets, bills, and statements. Thanks to all of you who do buy things to help us work towards our true goal, and for all of you with infectious passion.

Now to further the goal of sharing the joy of the hobby, Cloud Cap will be helping our friends at the Tattered Board podcast run an all day gaming extravaganza on October 24. From 1pm-late, the Tattered Board gang will be sharing some of their favorite games with you, and whether you like the games or not, these guys know how to make any game a good time. So please join us to support their podcast efforts, and just generally celebrate the hobby. We’ll be posting a schedule of games soon, and RSVPs for individual games or for just generally hanging out are highly recommended since we are the smallest shop in the city.

We’ve also got our Epic Card game demo day coming up this Sunday, Game of Thrones second edition demos this Saturday, a 7 Wonders dine and game evening next Saturday, and plans for a board game league that will be announced soon. So get ready to game at Cloud Cap this month, I’m jonesing!

Cheers all, its good to be back.

Posted: October 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm
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