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Eclectic Games 10th Anniversary Plans
Eclectic games celebrates 10th Anniversary with playful ‘Pandemic’ designer Matt Leacock and other gaming luminaries.
Beloved local Reading business eclectic games will be turning 10 years old on 10th March 2016. The independent, family-owned and run, games shop is an award-winning success story, with an international reputation for excellence. In 2014 they won the coveted Retailer of the Year accolade in the Reading Retail Awards, and they have been consistently shortlisted for Best Independent Business in both the Reading Retail Awards and the Alt Reading Awards since 2013.
eclectic games is a bustling community hub for Reading's gamers of all stripes, with a passionate and loyal customer base who are personally and deeply invested in 'their' games shop. When it was time for the store to move to larger premises in September 2015, they reached out to their customers via the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to seek contributions to improve the quality of the furniture in the new games rooms. The £5000 funding goal of the 30 day campaign was met within 48 hours, and the campaign went on to fund 300%, to a total of £15021. As part of the 'stretch goals' for this incredibly successful campaign, eclectic games have already hosted the launch of the Ticket to Ride UK/Pennsylvania board game, and arranged to fly in two world famous board game designers for an event in the UK.
That event is the 10th Birthday Party, running on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March. eclectic games will host Matt Leacock, designer of Pandemic Legacy, reviewed by the Guardian as
'this may be the best board game ever created'
(http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/25/pandemic-legacy-review-emotional-highs-agonising-lows) and Zev Shlasinger, publisher of the game. Additionally, they will be joined by Ignacy Trzewiczek, noted Polish game designer and publisher, James Wallis, designer, publisher and lecturer in games design at London South Bank University, and Chris Birch, owner of Modiphius Games, publisher of Matt Leacock's Thunderbirds game. The program for the weekend includes seminars on game design and publishing, the first Pandemic Survival Tournament for 2016 and Crisis Mode Thunderbirds demonstration games, a pub quiz, the opportunity for attendees to win 'Dinner with the Designers' and a whole host of other games to be played including Giant Pandemic.