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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 4:21 p.m. PST

"As we're only now starting to see in video games, with The Last Of Us 2 being the most high profile casualty (so far), global Covid-19 lockdowns are wreaking absolute havoc on the ability of companies to make and sell games. But if you think it's bad for video games, spare a thought for anyone involved in board games.

Because they're made of cardboard and plastic and paper, and because almost all of those components are made in China, board game studios and publishers were already behind on their release schedules in 2020 thanks to the combination of China's earlier covid-19 shutdowns and the lengthening effect that had on the country's Lunar New Year's break…"


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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 4:31 p.m. PST

You mean, people might have to play OLD board games? Last years, or even the year before? The horror! The horror!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 4:46 p.m. PST

Actually, it seems as if sales of those are skyrocketing now, during mandatory lockdowns, from posts I'm reading on FB and elsewhere, regardless of Covid-19.

I suspect you have less to worry about from that, given how long they're usually stored and take to ship, than from buying groceries at the store, where workers are now reportedly getting ill and dying too.

Fitzovich06 Apr 2020 6:20 p.m. PST

I have to disagree. This is the Golden Age of Board gaming. Target and other major Retailers have expanded the shelf space devoted to them a year or so ago and there is more product available than ever before. Folks that are following the current Stay At Home Orders will likely be purchasing more boardgames not less.

Buck21506 Apr 2020 6:57 p.m. PST

Somebody fire up the printers and start punching out the classic Avalon Hill games (Panzer Blitz/Leader, Siege of Jerusalem, Midway, Tobruk, Gettysburg/Gettysburg 77, Battle of the Bulge, etc.)! Hey, they were my gateway to the hobby, maybe they will be a gateway for newer generations…

Stryderg06 Apr 2020 7:15 p.m. PST

Last year, I brought some 80's era board games to a 'bring and play' event at a game store. The looks of derision I got was pretty enlightening. If it isn't new, they don't want to play it.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 11:59 p.m. PST

Must agree with Stryberg. Try bringing out the old AH Afrika Korps – an amazingly playable game, and watch the sneers, comments about the CRT and overall lack of historical accuracy. People forget that it was just darn fun.

All they want is new, shiny meeples with cards! Oh well, I continue being a grumpy old guy… and get those kids off of my lawn!

Russ Lockwood08 Apr 2020 4:45 p.m. PST

At least one boardgame company, Against the Odds, has their cardboard counters produced by a printing operation in Philadelphia. Not sure where they have their maps printed…

Somewhere I read (Wall Street Journal?) that China has about 70% of the toy production market, in part due to cost and in part due to ability to speedily manufacture the toys.

blank frank10 Apr 2020 7:16 a.m. PST

With the lock down here in the UK I thought it would be a good idea to buy a board game to play with my wife. The Guardian newspaper did an article on top ten family board games..I went with wingspan, after all we both liked birds…great looking game..what could go wrong. Well lots of arguments over the rules, with the comment that this is a sort of war game!!! Fortunately it has a solo game option.

Russ Lockwood11 Apr 2020 3:27 p.m. PST

Apparently, jigsaw puzzles, not board games, are all the rage now…sez the news reports.

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