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REVIEW: Greenfield Game Universe 10-YR Celebration

From: diehard4life
Sent on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 8:29 AM

Hello MilCog Denizens,

Were you there on Saturday to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Greenfield location of Game Universe? Certainly, that is a milestone worth celebrating for any local game store. Brewtown has seen quite a few establishments arrive with fanfare and disappear quickly or move. We've also seen old favorites close their doors. Heck, we still talk about them like old friends.

So in the tenuous world of the game store it is becoming rarer to see the doors remain open and the location to remain the same. I give James M credit for finding a way to make this happen amidst all of the challenges of the changing economic landscape.

I arrived to find a parking lot overflowing, and was pleased to see that at just after 11am. There were a variety of games being played at several tables already. I saw Magic being played, eurogames, games with miniatures, and even an unpublished prototype being playtested. That kind of sums up much of what makes up the gaming community in MKE, doesn't it?

Joe Hill and I set to grill the dogs and beer brats for the masses but had some technical difficulty with the gas grill. Despite several attempts and methods, we couldn't get the jets to light across the entire grill, so we cooked up about 70 weiners and 30 beer brats using about a 3x25" grill space, rotating them through the flames. Joe is a vegetarian, so I was left with the quality control duties, which I didn't mind. But we served them up in shifts, and they got eaten, along with the ample variety of chips, cookies, soda, water, and juice that was available.

We were able to mingle among the tables. I think there were about ten tables that were packed with gamers. Again, the gamut of games (nod to Sid Sackson) was played. I only tabled two games, Safranito and Cockroach Salad. The former is an atypical dexterity plus set collection game where one is preparing Indian spice recipes, and the latter is an unusual mental dexterity card game--which I really stunk at. But we laughed an awful lot, mostly because of my inability to correct my use of "um" before calling out my card played. This meant I picked up the entire stack, and in a game where the goal is to rid yourself of all of your cards, that's pretty hilarious.

There was a raffle where three games which MilCog donated were given away, along with three $10 gift cards for Game Universe. The photo above shows one lucky gamer perusing his prize options.

I didn't stay until the event was done, but when we left around 4:30 the crowd was still at least pushing 40. Please feel free to comment with your games played and experiences, but I will use a tagline from my rural hometown newspaper, "fun was had by all."

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