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    Interesting story! shows that we’re social beings above all. Could the author say anything about what age groups frequent those boardgaming cafes?

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      Thanks Paul. Just anecdotally, they told me they get a wide range of people – in the day time there are more families, including groups spreading three generations, in the evenings there are more students and young professionals. There were both when I went.

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    Ten years? The boardgaming boom (in the USA at least) started in the late 90s when Settlers of Catan was released. Before that the tiny market consisted of much longer games with exceedingly complicated rules, as exemplified by Avalon Hill.

    Also in the late 90s, boardgaming specialty stores starting putting in tables where people could game and socialize. Yes, boardgaming cafes (where you can eat, drink, and game but not purchase games) are a new thing, but they are following on a longer tradition of gaming in specialty stores.

    I got into boardgaming in 1984 (after getting introduced in Dungeons & Dragons in 1980), own some two hundred board games, and get in a game at least every couple of weeks. I don’t mean to portray myself as an expert; there are many people who know more about the hobby than I do.

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