W. Eric Martin
As I explain at the beginning of the walkthrough video below, I don't normally record videos at NY Toy Fair. The event doesn't have an overwhelming amount of game announcements — at least not for the typically BGG user — and we've just recorded a hundred game overview videos at Spielwarenmesse in Nürnberg, Germany, some of which will be "new" at NYTF for that audience. Thus, I go to the Javits Center on my own, race around taking notes and pictures for 1.5 days, then fly home wondering when I'll be able to publish everything, which was even more the case this year since I headed to France three days after NYTF in order to record videos at the Festival International des Jeux. Such heartwrenching problems, I know.
Despite those protestations, I inevitably bring the videocamera with me anyway. In 2016, I recorded a trio of awkward videos with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games. In 2017, I needed it for one scheduled game overview video that I didn't want to pass up — see below — but I didn't want to leave it that, so with ten minutes remaining before I needed to head to the airport, I opened up the camera, walked through the three aisles devoted to games, then kept walking. Hope you enjoy this peek into what NY Toy Fair is like!
• At Spielwarenmesse 2017, I played a game of Century: Spice Road with Plan B Games owner Sophie Gravel and cameraperson John K, then wrote up a game preview here on BGG News. Only afterward did I discover that I could meet designer Emerson Matsuuchi in NYC to record an overview of the game there.
So I did.