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April 13, 2008: Going To GTS

For those of you who don't know, the GAMA Trade Show is the largest trade show in the tabletop gaming industry. For the past seven years or so, it's been held in Las Vegas. Each year, retailers come for the seminars, learn what's coming up, and to give the publishers feedback. We publishers bring our newest prototypes and fanciest demos, and put on a little song and dance number. We all try to have some fun, and play some games.

It's one of the few times of the year when almost all of the publishers get together in one big room, and we take the opportunity to swap stories (and lies!) over drinks and dinner, and generally socialize with internet friends. We make deals, get ideas, brainstorm, and just enjoy each other's company.

More formally, we'll be showing off Munchkin Quest or at least the final playtest prototype. We'll also have copies of Lord of the Fries hot off the boat. (By the way, this game looks amazing. Phil pushed the boundaries of "what we can do" and took a classic game with minimal components -- heck, it was a Cheapass game, remember! -- and made it into something with components to rival games on any shelf.) I'll be running sessions of Munchkin Cthulhu Cursed Demo, and Will has a stack of top secret playtest sets.

If your retailer is going to GTS this year, tell them to look us up. We'll be hanging out in Booth 506!
-- Paul Chapman

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