There Will Be Games Act V: But Is It Heaven or Las Vegas?

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This has got to be the best postcard I've ever seen

Bill Abner told me last week that TWBG Act IV pulled in some 12,000 readers.  I have to say I'm pretty shocked that several times as many people read my column than there are copies of AGRICOLA in existence, but then again this is the Internet...

So this week, we're Vegas bound and heading out the GAMA trade show, where I got to see first hand how lazy and sad the hobby industry has become.  It was a good experience though, if only to put the industry in perspective.  When I say "trade show", anybody in retail probably has a certain set of expectations.  Well, GAMA is more like an exhibit hall at your local con but the general public isn't invited and you can't buy anything unless it's by the case or rack.

And if you're ever in Vegas and you dig Mediterranian food like I do, make sure you hit up this joint called Paymon's.  It's way off the strip so tipsy tourist don't wander out there, but it's worth the drive for their potatoes alone.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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