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Watch Game Demos for Days with BGG & Comic-Con International

W. Eric Martin
United States
North Carolina
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In April 2020, San Diego Comic Convention announced that Comic-Con International (CCI) — which has run annually since 1970 — would not be held in July 2020 as planned, with that convention being replaced by the online event Comic-Con@Home. While breaking traditions can feel bad, this decision was not unexpected given the COVID-19 situation in California, across the United States, and around the world.

Tabletop games have always had a place at Comic-Con International, and they're going to be part of Comic-Con@Home, too, as BoardGameGeek is going to livestream game demonstrations and interviews with designers and publishers for four days during that event.

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Yes, BGG had planned to run another BGG.CONline demo event in late July 2020, and that has now morphed into a partnership with CCI for four days of tabletop game coverage on July 23-26, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT (UTC-7) each day. I've been working on the broadcast schedule for much of the past week, while also creating a catalog of new games being released from June through August 2020. This preview takes the place of the Origins 2020 Preview and Gen Con 2020 Preview that I would normally publish, and new game release previews for Sept/Oct 2020 (replacing the SPIEL '20 Preview) and for Nov/Dec 2020 will be published later.

Many of the games to be featured during Comic-Con@Home can be found on that list — and I'll publish the broadcast schedule closer to the broadcast date — as we're trying to highlight what's hitting the market now instead of showing prototypes that won't be released for months or years. Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we might as well demo what's available now for folks staying at home and looking for things to do...
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