Thoughts on Spiel.digital and virtual boardgame conventions

Boardgame conventions and fairs are a celebratory event in the hobby and industry. Designers, publishers, printers, distributors, and fans wait all year for big gatherings like Gencon, Origins, UK Games Expo, BGGcon, GAMA trade show, Dice Tower Con, or Spiel… but in 2020, thanks to COVID-19, none of these, or the myriad of smaller local conventions, are happening.

Publishers have had to deal with production and shipping delays and adjustments, and figure out new ways to spread the word about their games that doesn’t involve gathering. For a hobby whose very existence relies heavily on across-the-table interaction, COVID-19 seemed mildly disastrous.

But the show must go on!

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