Last week the toy industry’s great and good descended upon London Olympia for Toy Fair, one of the biggest dates in any toy person’s diary. Playtime was representing a number of clients at the show – Bananagrams, Accentuate, Flying Gadgets, Sbyke and a wealth of others who use us for ad hoc projects throughout the year – but another major focus for us was our Board Game Club research mission!
Peter and I spent a full day dashing between meetings with an array of board games manufacturers and distributors – from the brand new Joluet Games and their first creation, Turbo Words, to the likes of Hasbro, Coiled Spring, John Adams, Spin Master, Paul Lamond and Drumond Park – checking out what’s new for 2015 and what kinds of games we can look forward to perhaps offering a place to on future Board Game Club menus.
We discovered innovative new gems from University Games, exciting new concepts from Esdevium and some interesting nostalgia from Cartamundi. There were cards, dice and boards galore as well as a noticeable increase in headgear – the next big thing in face-to-face gaming perhaps?
As well as choosing our top three games of the show – the three we feel will go down a storm specifically at Board Game Club this year – and deciding on some new and fun themes for 2015’s events (movie night, anyone?), Peter and I also instigated a successful pop-up Board Game Club at the Alternative Toy Fair Party, where a crowd of industry bods enjoyed a few raucous rounds of In A Bind, Dobble and my personal new favourite, Ghost Blitz. Up bright and early the next day, I shared our finds on Toy Fair TV with Gavin, which you can view below: