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Virtual Events Report, April 2020

We bring you a Virtual Events Report with content accessible from wherever you are.   Tabletop.Events is hosting a digital protospiel con. The Vancouver BC game store, Magic Stronghold is taking their Magic the Gathering events online. Find out more at their Facebook page.  Past TestCoast guest Scott Rogers is sharing daily challenges for "Pantone the Game on Facebook and Twitter. Storm Chaser Games is sharing daily challenges of their game "Medium" on Twitter. Asmodee has made some of their more family friendly games available as Print and Play files. Titles include games and demo from popular series such as Spot-It, Timeline and Unlock. This is on top of the Love Letter variant "Sender" that they released a few days ago.  ButtonShy games has added a number of their titles to the dozens of free games available at Days of Wonder is offering a Print and Play version of their roll and write Corinth at their website. Osprey Games is giving away a number of…
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Dan and Ken of The Raving Gamer Bistro

We speak to Ken Nishidate and Dan Szukalow of The Raving Gamer Bistro in Langley, BC. In addition to being Langley's first board game restaurant, the Raving Gamer is a retail game space with a full-service bar. Ken is the master of the Kitchen and Dan is the Master of Games. We learn about the struggles they faced in getting their family-run business off the ground. Our own Mark Ellis gives his perspective from his recent visit to the bistro. Ken tells us about the unique culinary creations he crafts with help from local bakeries, cheese-mongers and distilleries. Dan tells us about the joy of introducing new games to skeptical patrons and the challenges of finding the right games to please a big crowd.


Shannon Lentz of the Terminal City Tabletop Convention

We speak to Shannon Lentz, project manager at Panda Games Manufacturing and organizer of the Terminal City Tabletop Convention that takes place in Vancouver, BC in  March 2020.  Shannon tells us the origin story of TCTC and some of the challenges he faced in making the first one happen. In addition to the amazing Games Library, we discuss the Used Marketplace, #Catan National Qualifier Tournament, Kids Corner, RPG Room and amazing activities that makes TCTC Vancouver's original community con. We also discuss the ever-popular Proto Alley where some familiar names will present their protoypes. There may be a hint at a future spin-off event in the works. Just saying. TestCoastGames-017-shannon-lentz-tctc.mp3

Indie Spotlight - Marcel Perro

In "Indie Spotlight" we speak to designers who are taking the first steps towards publication.   Marcel Perro is a Vancouver BC-based independent designer, apprentice member of the Game Artisans of Canada, organizer of the Indie Alley at Terminal City Tabletop Convention and co-designer of "For Greed or Glory."