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    December Designer Demo Days

    November 27, 2013

    Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, it’s always nice to take a moment to enjoy yourself. What better way then checking out a new game? We’ve got you covered this year, like every year. While we’re stocking our store with a ton of great items for the holiday season, we’ve also organized a number of events in December at which you can meet the creators of some really awesome products right here at Gamescape. All through the month, we’ll be getting visits from a few local game designers and manufacturers who will have tables set up in the store to show you their wares. We’ll also be showing off a couple of our Holiday Gift Guide picks ourselves. You can give something new a try, learn a bit about the design process, or even get a game or two signed. Check out our featured designer visits and demos below and synch up your shopping days with our December Designer Days – and you can bet that we’ll have plenty of all of these in stock just in case you like what you see!
     

    Peaceable Kingdom
    Friday, November 29th 3-6pm

    At the forefront of the cooperative game movement for years, Peaceable Kingdom has a great mission statement: Make good, do good, be good! Using sustainable materials and working with independent designers and illustrators is only part of that mission. Focusing on cooperative games helps to emphasize play rather than competition is another important component. They strive to help build connection between players with great co-op titles for kids like Hoot Owl Hoot! and Stone Soup. And Fish Stix brings a perpetual smile to the faces of everyone who plays it. This year we’re very pleased to welcome Peaceable Kingdom into the store for an afternoon of great game demos.
     

    Relic Runners by Days of Wonder
    Saturday, December 7th 2-4pm

    Every year Days of Wonder put out one great game and every year we can’t wait to see what it will be. Their newest offering, Relic Runners, immediately got a spot on our annual gift guide, and it’s no surprise. From their website: In Relic Runners you are a fearless Explorer, traveling the jungle in search of lost temples full of forgotten treasures and relics. Armed with nothing more than your trusty Pith Helmet and a nose for rare antiquities you’ll explore Temple Ruins and Shrines and undertake Expeditions in a race to unearth the most treasure! A successful expedition requires skillful planning – building Pathways; carrying plenty of Rations, and expanding your Explorer’s Toolbox to help you travel the jungle, resupply, take additional actions, and score bonuses. Join the Gamescape staff for a fun demo of the next big thing from Days of Wonder.
     

    Blue Orange Games Demo with the Blue Orange Staff
    Saturday, December 14th 1-3pm

    The fine folks over at Blue Orange have consistently been creating wonderful, super-fun games for kids and adults, and this year has seen some of their best. In addition to the wildly-popular Yamslam and Pengoloo games, they’ll be bringing playable copies of their entire line, including Gobblet, Froggie Boogie, Quack Quack, Double Shutter, Sumoku, and Fundomino – and maybe even some giant-sized versions, as well! Of special note this year are the games included in our gift guide: Spot It! Party and Ooga Booga. Blue Orange has been one of our favorite companies for years, and we always enjoy spending time with them, whether it’s playing games or playtesting them.

     

    Forbidden Desert by Gamewright
    Saturday, December 14th 3-5pm

    Following hot on the heels of the smash hit Forbidden Island, Gamewright has another big one on their hands. After narrowly escaping the island you and your fellow explorers crash in the barren and foreboding Forbidden Desert. Your only hope of survival is to find an ancient legendary flying machine buried in the sands of the desert. From their website: Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You’ll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the Forbidden Desert! We’ll be running cooperative demos of this beauty through the afternoon.
     

    Qwirkle Trio Demo with Susan McKinley Ross
    Saturday, December 21st 1-4pm

    The highlight of the holiday season for us is the yearly visit from Susan to demo her latest game. Fans of Qwirkle, Color Stix, and Skippity will know that her games are elegant, easy to learn, and totally addictive. This year, Susan has brought us an updated version of her classic: Qwirkle Trio! Trio comes with the basic game and also two new ways to play using new game boards: Qwirkle Connect, which allows players to score bonus points by placing tiles on special spaces; and Qwirkle Select, where you can remove your opponents’ pieces from the board. Don’t miss a chance to meet the delightful designer of some of our favorite games in the store!