During the pandemic, we've heard a lot about the craze over puzzles. There was an intervew with Dave early on in 2020 where he likened the sales for puzzles to toilet paper. It was accurate. Puzzles were incredibly difficult to find, and they are still incredibly popular one year later, though our supply for Cobble Hill puzzles is slightly better now (thankfully).
Oh boy, pandemics are long, huh? Fifty-something weeks later and the loss of my weekly board game night still stings like a bumblebee on steroids. I’ve spent the last year searching, sourcing, and scouring the internet for new and exciting ways to play board games- at least to tide me over until I finish the proto-type of my COVID-proof four-person board game bubble-dome. And honestly, things have been going really well and I wanted to share some of my findings! With the digital board games. Initial testing on the bubble-dome has NOT been promising.
In my experience, nothing brings people together quite like a board game. That warm familiar feeling of attacking a shared puzzle and outwitting your friends is delightful, and since the early 2000’s, hobby board games have had astronomical growth as an industry, meaning games are bringing more people together than ever. Nowhere is this more evident than in the industries adjacent to board games- particularly board game conventions, or “cons” as they’re often referred to. Convention season is just firing up, so I thought we’d take a look at some gaming conventions, and maybe help find one for you!
Earlier this month, CMON wrapped up their ground-breaking Kickstarter campaign for Cthulhu: Death May Die. Backers who pledged $250 USD (more than double the price of the game itself) for the R’yleh Rising expansion got a special bonus in the form of a Cthulu “mini” in at a whopping 57 cm tall. That’s nearly 2 feet of molded plastic, and while it certainly looks impressive, it’s causing a bit of an uproar in the board game community.
Langford Opoly is on store shelves! In a partnership between Late for the Sky and Walmart Canada, Outset Media is distributing city themed Opoly games all over the Great White North! CHEK News covers the story!