Posts tagged ‘family board game’

Days of Wonder Signs Exclusive Distributor Deal

Late last week, I got a call from my game distributor. They told me some unfortunate information. They were no longer going to be able to sell Days of Wonder games due to an exclusive agreement that had been signed.

This may sound like a trivial event, but for many of you, it may mean that you are not able to get the games you like or the expansions to them for a period of time. For example, it means that I need to get a retailer account with a new distributor so I can provide you with the best games in the world.

The games made by Days of Wonder include:

  • BattleLore and its expansions
  • Memoir ’44 and its expansions
  • Ticket to Ride and its expansions and new card game
  • Shadows Over Camelot and the upcoming Merlin’s Company expansion
  • Pirate’s Cove

As you can see, these are some very popular games and for a retail stores to not carry them would be a disservice to gamers. So, a retailer must do a couple of things -1) buy up a bunch of inventory from our current supplier and hope to not sell out until the new distributor agreement is settled and 2) set up a new distributor agreement with the new distributor.

This can affect pricing do to shipping options or exclusive rights, which is essentially a sales monopoly. Days Of Wonder also recently raised their prices. So essentially this turns out to be a negative for the consumer. However, I have played many of their games and I can say they are great games, so it is worth the wait and the price increase.

At, we have two games of theirs available due to larger retailers buying out inventory at the distributor level. These games are: Ticket to Ride Europe and Ticket to Ride Card Game. All other Days of Wonder games are not available for sale until we set up our new distributor account.

If you are considering any of these games in the near future, please check with your retailer of choice to confirm game availability.

When we have access to these games again, I will post a new blog about the availability. Until then, try a great game from Z-Man games. Our Game of the Month is 1960: The Making of a President. Another game you may consider is the new Catan expansion game: Traders and Barbarians.


July 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

North Orlando Game Club This Saturday!

Come one! Come All! There be strategy board games to play this Saturday (6/28/2008)…FOR FREE!

As we did last month, we are holding the second Family Strategy Board Game Day at the DeBary Library, in Volusia county. It is just over the St. John’s River and
up 17-92.

The event is open to the public. You can bring your own games or you can play ours. We will have about 15 games or so there.

If you would like to join us, we will be there from 1-4:45 PM.  Here is a link on Mapquest to get you to the library.

If that does not work for you, here is the information about the library:

200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.
DeBary FL 32713
(386) 668-3835

Read more about the North Orlando Game Club.

Read about the first gathering of the North Orlando Game Club

If you need more information, please call Barry at 321-794-5284 or e-mail him at

We look forward to getting more North Orlando Gamers together. See you then!

June 26, 2008 at 1:32 am Leave a comment

North Orlando Family Board Game Club

For anyone in the North Orlando, Florida area, we are starting a monthly game day.

The Orlando areas we expect to pull from include (but are not limited to):

  • Longwood
  • Lake Mary
  • Sanford
  • Deltona
  • Debary
  • Deland
  • Orange City
  • Daytona

In looking at options in the general area, there seem to be two places to the southern part of town where people go to play – one over by Aloma, and another down off of Colonial. This is extremely inconvienient for those of us at the north end of town. So, I said “Hey, why don’t we try and set one up for the north end of town?”. And with that, I spoke to the Volusia County Library System.

The good folks at the Debary Library, on 17-92 have offered us a room to play board games on the last Saturday of the month. I have reserved the room for us for the next four months. I will expand it as long as gamers keep coming out to play.

Here is their contact information and address.

200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.
DeBary FL 32713
(386) 668-3835

The dates are:

  • May 31
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 30

The times for each Saturday are the same: 1:00 – 4:45. We have to be out and cleaned up by then because the library closes at 5:00 SHARP!

My plan is to use the first hour to teach folks how to play some new games and then the rest of the time, we can just roll it old school like.

I think it would be good for the first week, May 31, to teach the standard gateway games.

  • Settlers of Catan
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Carcassonne 

I have one copy of each game for the club to use. I also have Starcraft, Memoir 44, Shadows Over Camelot, Arkham Horror, and Last Night On Earth – The Zombie Game available for play. If you want to bring some of your own games, feel free.

If you plan to come out or have any questions, please RSVP to so we know to expect you. I am looking forward to meeting you and playing some games with you all. See you then.

By the way, if you are a local coffee shop/pizzaria/book store…or know of one that would like to sponsor the club, we can meet there at other times as well. Just contact us at the same e-mail and we can work it out.

May 11, 2008 at 9:21 pm 2 comments


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