You may have noticed that the Week in Review didn’t arrive on Friday as usual. I’m experimenting with shifting the feature to Sundays for two reasons. It gives me a bit more time to gather links and stories, and it helps provide a bit of content over the weekend. Hopefully you guys don’t mind the change in schedule.
International Tabletop Day has come and gone. Hopefully your Saturday was filled with delicious tabletop games and experiences. Mine certainly was!
One of my favorite aspects of ITD is the opportunity to not only teach and showcase some of your favorite games to new gamers, it’s also a convenient way to experience titles new to you as well. At our local game store yesterday, we saw dozens of people participating in various games both old and new. Games like King of Tokyo and Rise of Augustus hit the tables fairly consistently, and even some of our local game designers were present to show off their own products. For gamers, International Tabletop Day continues to be a joyous celebration of our beloved hobby.
Depending on who you ask though, you may hear a completely different side of the story, one full of frustration over some of the decisions made at a promotional level.
For retailers, the stories of ITD fester with a much darker tone. Much like last year’s inaugural event, there were many reports of retailers expressing frustration with Geek & Sundry, the producers of Tabletop, and their level of support and commitment to game stores. Retailers had the option of purchasing boxes of promotional items exclusive to Tabletop Day, including a Wil Wheaton 7 Wonders card and two brand new Krosmaster Arena figures. However, the total number of items in each box failed to add up to the cost for stores to order them, essentially asking retailers to intentionally lose money over extremely limited promos that exist to simply promote the Geek & Sundry brand. Their distributor, Alliance Game Distributors, hasn’t aided the situation either with empty promises to game stores regarding an improved retail experience this year, according to the owner of our Fresno brick and mortar shop.
We’ll hopefully have some more thoughts and reflections on International Tabletop Day throughout the week. Because of this weekend’s festivities, there didn’t seem to be much news to scoop up. Here’s what I could glean from around the web.
News Bits from the Week
- Stephen Ryan wrote a touching piece on the loss of a dedicated and invaluable member of the L5R community this week after a losing bout with pneumonia and cancer.
Fantasy Flight Games
- FFG’s CEO Christian T. Petersen wrote a nice reflection on two key individuals that played important parts in the company’s early growth.
- We’ve just barely received the final pack in Android: Netrunner’s current Spin Cycle, but that doesn’t stop Fantasy Flight from previewing the third expansion in the next cycle of releases.
- The final pack in the current Game of Thrones LCG cycle, A Dire Message, was also revealed this week.
- More details on the massive Tantive IV expansion for X-wing Miniatures came out, this time highlighting a bit of the ship’s design and some of the missions included with the behemoth spacecraft.
- Five books from the HERO System 6th Edition line are now available via Print-On-Demand through RPGNow.
- New staff were added to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game’s development team, as well as a new playable goblin addition were revealed.
- Details regarding the Bioship Alpha Expansion Pack for Star Trek: Attack Wing were detailed on the publisher’s blog last Tuesday.
Kickstarter continues to be a paramount player in the independent gaming scene, with more and more creators seeking funding for their games. Each week, we will bring you a look at some tabletop-related Kickstarter projects that have especially caught our attention.
Okay, look, I’ll be honest. This game looks dumb. A card game based around an Internet meme? What a ridiculous idea.
But, for whatever reason, I can’t stop looking and laughing at the ridiculousness of this concept with a certain appreciation. I think “doge” is stupid but funny, and cards based around the web’s favorite cryptocurrency enthusiast is such an absurd idea that I just have to give the designers props for. Congratulations.
I still haven’t had the opportunity to play Coup yet, unfortunately. I keep hearing great things about it, but the opportunity to sit and play keeps eluding me. Despite my lack of personal experience with the game, I think the upcoming expansion, Reformation, looks like a very interesting addition to the base game. It’s one that I will certainly keep me eye on.
If you have a particular project you’d like for us to check out, send it along our way. And as always, check to see if your local game store is supporting any of these games, and if so, ask if you can pre-order a Kickstarter copy through them.