I started doing research, and I went to about a dozen different board-game cafes to get a sense of how people were implementing the model, and it just seems like it would be a great fit in Philadelphia.
You know, making recommendations, teaching you games. There’s so much incredible innovation in games, and new things that come out.
When you buy a car, you don’t have the dealer flop the instruction booklet on the passenger seat. There was a game that just came out, like, last month called Azul, and you’re putting these beautiful chunky plastic tiles on this board, and it kind of scratches the same itch as Candy Crush would on your phone.
The game in its classic and updated versions (which includes a collectors’ edition themed on the TV show Game Of Thrones) has recently occupied three of the top five places on Amazon’s list of best-selling board games - beaten for the gold medal position in 2017 by Articulate, ‘the fast-talking description game’.
Monopoly was originally designed to warn players about the dangers of capitalism - but it ended up celebrating getting rich.
The first version of the board game was called 'The Landlord's Game' and was supposed to show the unfairness of private property ownership.