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Reflections on Gen Con 2022

W. Eric Martin
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In addition to writing about what I saw at Gen Con 2022, I thought I'd share a few thoughts on the show and industry at large as viewed through the happenings of that event.

I realize that I come across in this video as pessimistic, feeling that titles are hitting — and leaving — the market too quickly, barely having a chance for people to try them before they land in clearance bins within a year. This situation isn't necessarily new, but I've mostly been off the convention scene since early 2020, and this show had me feeling like the traveller in this video for Orbital's "The Box":

In retrospect, I did overlook that one title that did seem to carry buzz throughout the show: Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition, which I did see multiple people playing and which had a line at the Bézier Games booth for most of the event as they moved hundreds of little boxes into bags that would be carried around the world.

Perhaps this is merely the sign of a mature market, similar to how no one expects to sample everything in the book or music industry. All you can do is keep your eyes open at a show, then see what happens in the weeks and months to come as Twilight Inscription review videos flood out. I'm doing my part as well in this coverage, while also trying to watch myself...

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