News & Reviews

Global Shipping and Us

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Last week the NY Times published an article about what's been happening with international shipping during the pandemic. It's full of words like "chaos" and "havoc" and "disruption." Besides just being fascinating, the article made me think about the last trade show that I attended in person: NY Toy Fair in February of 2020. At the time, the big concern was whether or not products manufactured in China would be a bit delayed prior to the 2020 Christmas shopping season. Oh, if only things had stayed so simple! As it stands now, manufacturing and shipping disruptions have been building over...

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Women's History Month: My Favorite Games Created by Women Designers

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If you're looking to diversity your game collection, here are some of this female game store owner's all-time-favorite games designed by women.  They're presented in no particular order, and limited to games that are currently in print.  Happy Women's History Month! (For a comprehensive list of women and non-binary board game designers, visit Elizabeth Hargrave's excellent site.)   Marrying Mr. Darcy (Erika Svanoe) - If you love Jane Austen this will be a hoot, but even if you're not super familiar with her characters, this is a delightful card game.   Encore! (Inka Brand) - Roll-and-write games have been hot for the last few years,...

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Games to Get Us Through the Winter

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Since October, Andre and I have been playing My City, a legacy board game created by one of our favorite game designers, Reiner Knizie.  If you're not familiar with legacy games, they're a style of game that evolves over the course of multiple plays.  For example, new rules and new components will be introduced from one game to the next, and the board will be transformed by applying stickers.  You generally play them with the same group of people from game-to-game, so that you can experience the evolution of the game together.  Eventually you "complete" the game, much like you would complete a video game. ...

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Santa Express - Guaranteed Pre-Christmas Delivery within Chicago!

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Santa has lent us some of his elves to help get the last of the Christmas presents out of our shop and into your homes, HOORAY!!  On December 22 and 23, our elves will be loading their sleigh with orders and hand-delivering them throughout our lovely city, no snow required. Here's how to guarantee that your order gets to your home, or to your recipient's home, in time for Christmas: Select SANTA EXPRESS as your delivery method upon checkout. Orders must be placed no later than Wednesday 12/23 at 7am Santa Express delivery applies only to CHICAGO shipping addresses. Santa Express orders...

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Annals of Gifting: New Hobbies for a Lifetime of Fun

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Considering the business we own, it's no surprise that our family is full of hobbyists and enthusiasts.  Milo spent years honing his yoyo and diabolo skills, and he loves the creative pursuits of drawing and painting miniature figures.  Andre was also an avid yoyo-er, and has spent a lot of time perfecting magic tricks. Cyrus has always built anything you put in front of him, which might explain why he's in the Rube Goldberg Club at college.  All three of them still enjoy gathering around a table for a rousing Dungeons & Dragons adventure.  I started cooking avidly when I was ten and discovered Julia Child...

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