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That’s the kind of stuff that we want to have on the menu — sandwiches, salads, things like mac and cheese.
But the other thing that we’re going to have are ‘game tenders,’ and just like a bartender, what they’re going to do is be there to help you understand.
Just really bringing the hospitality to playing a game.
They kind of walk you through the experience, and they answer questions that you have. It’s basically based off of a Korean card game that’s very popular in Asia called Big Two. I’ve been playing that for over 20 years, and I still love it. But it’s got this beautiful, tactile component to it, and when you’re sitting and playing with one or two or three other people that you enjoy having a good time with, it really takes the experience to a different level. There’s a whole set of games that my family and a number of my friends have really enjoyed that kind of take an escape-room experience, but they localize it to a deck of cards and an app on your i Phone. Seeing this throughout the years, and seeing what’s happened with games, I think the reason I initially got involved in it was I started to look at some of the games that were coming out of Europe about 20, 25 years ago or so, and what happened in the ’80s and ’90s in the European game market and the American game market was very different.
There’s a real art to really helping people understand and getting them immersed in playing a game, and really getting the fun out of it. The American market really focused on franchises, and that’s why you see so many different versions of Monopoly. They tried to change the game play and the design, so that you didn’t have things like somebody being knocked out of the Monopoly game an hour in, or it being pretty clear who the winner was and still having another 45 minutes of a game to go, or people having downtime while other players take their turn.