Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on June 5, 2016 @ 11:58 pm CT
As I mentioned in last week's column, when possible, I like to send staff members out to distributor game days and open houses, then have them write up a report for me on what they saw and learned. It gives them a learning opportunity beyond what I can provide them at the store, gives them a behind-the-scenes look at the hobby game industry and allows them to become more of an expert in the area in the eyes of our customers, since they are able to discuss and have tried games before our customers have the opportunity to do so.
Spookies from HABA--lots of eye appeal and would look good set out on display. Easy, quick game play that would fit in well with a family game section (see "HABA USA Expands Euro-Style Game Offerings").
Make Dirty Decisions in ‘Bed, Wed, Dead’"). Obviously bowdlerized for a more general audience and would appeal to those who play Cards Against Humanity, Personally Incorrect, and Heebie Jeebies.
From University Games, Anti-Monopoly. Anti-Monopoly first released waaaay back in 1973 and an updated version came out in 1984, first distributed as Anti-Monopoly 2, then simply Anti-Monopoly. Since University Games has produced and distributed Anti-Monopoly for decades, I would assume this is the same game. Perhaps University Games plans to promote the game more as I had no idea it was still in print, but am glad to see it is.
One of the games both Aaron and Brandon like was Greenbriar Games' Grimslingers (see "New Sci-Fi/Fantasy Western Game from Greenbrier"). The game combines a rock-paper-scissors mechanic with a blackjack variant, allowing players to compete head to head or co-operatively in a thematic setting that reminds me of Deadlands.
Finally, the guys were really intrigued with Calliope Games’ Running with the Bulls game (see "First Three New ‘Titan Series’ Games"). Players use dice as "runners" in the game who run through the streets of the town of El Toro, trying to make it to the spectacular tourist attractions on the cost while not getting running over by one of the town’s many bulls. Both Aaron and Brandon thought the pachinko aspect of the game, as the bulls bounce around the board while the players play cards to affect both their movement and that of the runners, quite unique.
Aaron and Brandon also wanted to thank ACD for putting on the event and to let the company know they really enjoyed it, especially the evening's Long Island Iced Teas.
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At GTS, CMON Limited revealed CMON Play, its new retail program for brick and mortar stores in North America. The program includes access to Game Night Kits, Demo Copies, Pre-Release Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges.