Bringing Play and Revenue into the Store: Board Games are Back!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 -
10:40am to 11:40am
220 Upper East ACC
Ruidoso

If the thought of playing board games brings up childhood memories of Monopoly and Risk and not much else, you have some catching up to do. Board games are a hot trend and a growing business. And they’ve grown a lot more sophisticated than what you might remember. The popular digital games that have made the leap to board games, the games inspired by viral internet challenges, and the traditional games of your childhood all have something in common: face-to-face social interaction, which is a key component of successful independent bookstores. Come hear from booksellers who have integrated board games and play nights into their sales and events. An independent board game seller joins the panel to discuss the aspects of his business and how booksellers can bring games -- and customers -- into the bookstore.

Victor Briseno, Slice and Dice Pizzeria (Albuquerque, NM); Todd Dickinson, Aaron's Books (Lititz, PA); Andrea Jones, The Galaxy Bookshop (Hardwick, VT); John Ward, The Game Manufacturers Association (Columbus, OH)

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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