I don’t refer to , of course, hence the lower-case C above; they’re still in corporate hibernation, safely ensconced in . I refer to the general concept of inexpensive-yet-substantial board games, which would seem pretty ripe for the current financial environment. I mean, why aren’t we swimming in them? Do distributors hate them? Did we all get so used to $80 boxes of plastic that we forgot how to design anything else? Or is there just enough design lag time on a decent game that we won’t see the new envelope-game equivalents until after the economy’s recovered?
I don’t know how wonderful any of the Pair-Of-Dice titles are, but they just flew across my radar at the exact moment I was considering whether $20 games might have better survival characteristics than either $6 or $60 ones. I also don’t know whether they’re really diving into the market or are just quietly sitting on the border between direct-sales self-publisher and “real” publisher. I know they’re making fun use of materials, their stuff is getting decent buzz, and that right now they’re running a deal that definitively puts them in the price range I was thinking about. So… maybe check them out?