So here we are in 2010, according to Peter Hyams, ‘The Year We Made Contact’ (though I’m sure Jodie Foster made that some time ago).
I have been open for almost 3 months and things seem to be going well.
The Boardgames night on Tuesdays 5-10pm is popular with everything being played from Saboteur to Battlestar Galatica, Dominion to Le Havre. On the 30th December we had an all day event from 10am -10pm and hope to have more gaming events lined up soon.
Wednesday night Magic (6.30-10pm) continues to be strong, ably ran by Dave Sissons who’s been running events for many years now.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays often have an RPG group or two in, and with 2 rooms, 8 tables and over 35 chairs plenty of room for more.
As is traditional this time of year I present my best of list but am limiting to the last 3 months of the year to cover things that have come out since I’ve opened.
Best New RPG
Fantasy Flight had a fairly strong showing with Rogue Trader, a more accessible and immediate take on the 40K universe than their previous release. But their new edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay with it’s lush design and interesting mechanics takes the prize.
Best RPG Supplement
Pathfinder Bestiary. A great resource for those playing 3.5. Well put together and incredibly pretty.
Best New Miniatures
Well D and D Savage Encounters had a Zombie Hulk but Heroclix Hammer of Thor had not only The Runaways but also The Agents of Atlas. Heroclix wins.
Best New Boardgame
Chaos in the Old World is a fun take on the chaotic powers of Warhammer, well balanced and as ever with Fantasy Flight, good looking.
Best New Comic
Stumptown had a strong opening issue with a good sense of location and tone. Honourable mention to SWORD a massively fun, fast paced first issue and an appearance from Death’s Head.
Powers Hardcover Vol. 3. Great read, viscious and funny and packed with the usual Bendis and Oeming extras. Honourable mention to The Rocketeer Hardcover.
Best Original Graphic
Goon: Chinatown softcover. Awesome work from Eric Powell. Honourable mention to PTA Night.
Really I could mention so much more. Even in the 3 months I’ve been open there’s has been so much great stuff out there, every week something new and exciting.
One of the many reasons I love this job.