With the tabletop gaming market exploding by more than 20% each year, it might pay to see what all the fuss is about. The fact is: people love playing tabletop games. Families have bought into the idea by purchasing more games every year. But when it comes to friend get-togethers or even couples gaming nights, one walk into a game store can evaporate the idea that the old standbys—Canasta, Hearts, Bridge, Boggle, Pictionary, and Scrabble--have been joined by hundreds of new options.
Many wonderful games never make it out of the store and into the hands of potential players because traditional gamers are afraid to branch out. New mass-market appeal party games hit the streets every year. But you won’t find them in Walmart or Target. Do yourself a favor and visit a hobby gaming store. Sure, you will find racks of Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, and many other games that still remain in the bedrock of the so-called geek’s game cannon.
But if you spend a few minutes visiting with any hobby store’s proprietor, you might be surprised to find that there are many games tucked away on his or her shelves that you will not only like, you will love.
You might feel intimidated by the hobby game store atmosphere. After all, such shops are filled with highly competitive intellectuals bent on going toe to toe with a novel-sized book of rules and a take-no-prisoners attitude.
On the contrary, hobby shop gamers are quite the opposite. They are more likely to offer you a seat and a can of cola than to attempt to intimidate you. And if you don’t want to play, that’s cool. Just watch for a few minutes and you will discover the good nature shared by hobby shop gamers.
After your visit, you might not go home with an armload of D&D books, but you might walk out with just the thing to amp up your next couples game night or friends get-together. You can’t loose by visiting your local hobby game shop and checking out what’s new.