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Brief Update, SPIEL '17 Videos, and What's Up with Mayfair?

W. Eric Martin
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Three things:

1. I'm still on the road for another couple of days. Regular posts will return soon, starting with my final Lucca Comics & Games report.

2. I've started publishing the individual game overview videos from SPIEL '17 on our YouTube channel, and those videos will pop up on the individual BGG game pages as well. We're having a back-up issue, so the videos aren't being published in chronological order, but in the end we'll get them all out anyway and all will be fine.

3. Something is happening with Mayfair Games and Lookout Games, but it's not clear what. Alex Yeager, who had been serving as Mayfair's lead acquisitions person and main developer since Asmodee acquired the English-language rights to Catan in January 2016, posted publicly on Facebook that November 3, 2017 was his last day at Mayfair after twelve years with the company. Julie Yeager and Chuck Rice are also no longer with Mayfair. I've asked the current contact person at Mayfair for information on the company's status and received no response; a similar request to a contact at Lookout Games received a "no comments at this time" response.

A glance through the last twelve months of releases from Mayfair shows almost nothing original to the company, aside from Food Chain, Run Bunny Run (a licensed game), and a new edition of Iron Dragon. Everything else from Mayfair originated from Lookout Games. Ideally we'll learn more about this situation in the near future.

From a series I'm calling "Rueing the day in Rome"
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