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TaG Central Review

Approximately two weeks ago, suppliers and retailers got together in a hotel near Pearson International Airport for a three-day mini tradeshow.  It was the third running of TaG Central, a biannual event held in Toronto.

TaG Central is a non-profit association of toy and game manufacturers and distributors. Established in the wake of the cancellation of the Canadian Toy Fair, TaG Central borrows its model from the highly successful Drummondville Toy Show.

Try a NEW card game today

This should come as no surprise - I like playing card games.  In my personal life, I probably spend more time playing card games than board games.

As someone working in the game distribution industry, I tend to view all card games as falling into one of two categories:

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.

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