Is COVID over? Is it safe to come out? Can I go to Origins again?
I’ll leave the first two questions up to you, but as for that third one, yes, I can go to Origins Game Fair again. Boy am I glad I did, too, because this was one hot year! Now, veterans might realize that several big-name publishers and known figures in the board game review landscape didn’t attend this year, and while that isn’t entirely good news, with it comes a silver lining: indies and smaller publishers rise to the top.
So, rather than camping out at Rio Grande (publisher) for several hours or gawking at the latest life-size version of Settlers of Catan, I spent most of my time in the dealer’s room and free play area. While it’s impossible to have sampled every game, I got my hands on quite a few and will share those thoughts with you. Come on inside, traveler.