About a week ago I drove to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Alliance Open House. This is primarily a trade show for retailers allowing them to meet with manufacturers, sit in on seminars, and engage other retailers. Since I’m a news and media guy I was coming in with curious expectations. All of which I would soon find answers to.
The very first thing you get to do when you arrive is register and then play games. Well, I spent as much time walking around and chatting with friends as I did gaming. The first familiar face was Mike Webb, and then Tony Gulliotti, it wasn’t long before we were playing Dragon Tides. Shortly after that I ran into Phil Reed and Rhea Friesen from Steve Jackson Games. Rhea and I played Munchkin Gloom. Wow, Munchkin Gloom is a unique experience. Atlas did a great job with this. I have never played Gloom and I want to know. It’s like playing telephone with transparent cards that evolve. I spent the rest of the night meandering and chatting with friends like Scott Morris and Aaron Brosman.