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Gamers paradise

Pennell Whitney, left, and Dave Harvey, one of the facilitators of Family Game Night at The Cooperage, play a board game called Carcassonne.
TRR photos by Jane Bollinger

Joshua Glantz of Eldred, reportedly the proud owner of 150 board games and a two-time winner of a major tournament at the premier national board gaming convention in Indianapolis, explained, “There are beer and pretzel games, and then there are the more strategic games that rely on involved decision-making processes.” These are games with little randomness or luck. The games often have many pieces and many rules. “The first time you play one of these, you’re usually working through the rules,” Glantz added.

Nearly all of the games in play this night are so-called Eurogames or designer-style board games. (Many, though not all Eurogames come from Europe.) In Eurogames “player conflict is indirect and usually involves competition over resources or points. Combat is extremely rare [and] players are never eliminated from the game, [i.e.] all are still playing when the game ends.”

Glantz and his gamer colleague, Nick Wyman, also from Eldred, are working to design their own board game, which they are crowd-funding through Kickstarter. Their working title is “Grimm’s Bakery.”

This summer, Glantz and Harvey plan to travel to Indianapolis for the Gen Con Convention, which claims to be the longest-running gaming convention in the world. Last year’s Gen Con broke a record with 49,000 attendees (topped only by the Essen gaming convention in Germany that attracts three times that number).

“What’s especially interesting to me about the new gaming movement,” Harvey observed, “is that in the middle of this high-tech era, all of these tech-oriented kids are attracted to playing board games.”

Family Game Night continues year round on the third Thursday of every month, 6 to 9 p.m. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St., Honesdale. PA.

“This is always what we hoped The Cooperage would build—a place for people to gather and enjoy a sense of community,” said Whitney, turning back to her game of Carcassonne.

[To see a portion of Joshua Glantz’s board game collection visit]