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Big-Box Stores Face Possible Death

A recent article in BC Business magazine caught my eye.  The headline boldly stated “BIG-BOX STORES FACE POSSIBLE DEATH”.

Consumer Spending on Toys and Games

In a recent news article published by the financial media company The Motley Fool, it was reported that the amount being spent on traditional toys and board games in the United States had fallen from $85 per person in 1998 to its current level of $60 per person.

Chapter 11 for Fundex

One company I have admired for many years is Fundex.  What impressed me about this company was their consistent branding.  Whether it was their logo, their packaging design, their website, their tradeshow presence and other marketing materials, Fundex kept a consistently professional appearance and appeared to live their motto “Where fun comes first!

And with games like ‘Phase 10’, the second best selling card game next to Uno in their line, Fundex was indeed a company to watch!

Canadian Trivia is back!

Outset Media recently launched the newest installment in our series of Canadian Trivia games.  Every year we release around 5 to 10 new board games and card games, but this game is particularly exciting for me!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of Outset Media, I founded the company way back in 1996.  Our first game was called the ‘All Canadian Trivia Board Game’.

We are in the Smithsonian

There are those retail locations – that due to their prestigious name – are places you want your product being sold.  Last month, we finally placed our games into a Smithsonian gift store.  More specifically, ‘American Trivia Family Edition’ board game was placed in the museum shop at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum.

ASTRA Marketplace & Academy 2012

Last week we exhibited at the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy in Baltimore.  It is remarkable how things have changed over the years.  Our first ASTRA was waaaaaay back in 2003, held that year in Broomfield, Colorado.  How time flies!

The floor space has sure increased since our first ASTRA.  Back then, exhibition space was limited to two hotel ballrooms, and I can’t recall anybody having more than an 8’ x 10’ booth.

My first trip to Disneyland

Earlier this month I was finally roped into our first trip to Disneyland.  While incredibly exciting for my three daughters, I was dreading the experience for myself.  After all, what could Disneyland offer a grown man who happens to dislike amusement park rides!

I could not have been more wrong.

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