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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > Issue Nine – Apr/May '17 > ‘WE’RE ADVENTURING IN THE PAST, DUSTING OFF TABLETOP TREASURES LOST TO TIME’


Publisher Restoration Games is on a mission to bring forgotten gems back to the tabletop. President Justin D. Jacobson talks about teaming up with SeaFall designer Rob Daviau, discovering the soul of games and reveals why he feels like the industry’s Indiana Jones

No matter the generation or interest, everybody has a childhood pop culture love they’d like to see make a return. In the case of board games, for every steadfast classic that becomes a timeless cultural touchstone – the Monopolys and Cluedos of the world – there are a hundred titles that flicker for an instant, capturing the hearts of players of a particular age before vanishing into obscurity. The more popular efforts can eventually find themselves dredged back up as ‘retro’ reissues or find a second life as highly sought-after collector’s items, but there remains a wealth of tabletop innovation, artistry and fun that survives only in the cherished memories of older players – and ‘Things only ‘70s/’80s/’90s kids will remember’ lists on the internet.

Not all hope is yet lost. Shining like the light of Eärendil’s star is Restoration Games, the publisher newly co-founded by attorney Justin D. Jacobson and SeaFall creator Rob Daviau that plans to seek out titles otherwise lost to the annals of history and restore them for a modern audience.

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