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COUNTER VIEW BECKY OTTERY

The co-owner of Reading’s Eclectic Games examines how a games retailer deals with the overwhelming number of new releases unveiled during Essen

“Is it fun? Is it a good game? Who is it for? How many players? Is component quality good? Is the theme and artwork helping or hindering?”

Depending on which list you referred to, there were between 900 and 1,200 new games released at the Spiel Fair in Essen last week.1 At Eclectic Games, we are offered a minimum of four and sometimes upwards of 20 new items we can stock per week. In the face of this product tsunami, how do we choose what to stock?

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