Board Games: Survival of the most Sellable; Survival of the fittest?; Darwinism in the Toy Shop.

Since Rosh Hashannah I have been around the toy shops in my area, the centre of Tel Aviv, to buy for the two ‘giving seasons’ that we have had, to buy for birthdays and to check what I can use for a future family play project.

Novelty is an integral part of the business of toys and games and changes on the shelving in the shops is something to be expected but the drastic changes in the availability of board games is surprising. The reduction in the choice of what is on sale since last year is enormous and the reduction of choice in the past few months is again large.

Though there is paucity of new board games (the new European games are not sold here) there is plethora of games to be played on electronic devices.
Yet there still are board games being offered for sale. Ones which are recognised by the buyers from their own game playing times. The good oldies, well, some of them anyway, (the buyers and the games).
Darwinism in the toy shop; survival of the saleable.

Present Giving at Present

Present Giving at Present

This year Thanksgiving and Channukah gave rise to a hybrid Thanknukah. If your family celebrated Channukah and Thanksgiving then you gave Channukah presents to the children when you lit the candles and afterwards had your Thanksgiving dinner. Giving presents at Channukah has escalated, in my lifetime, from the simplicity of giving Channukah Gelt, a nominal amount of money with which to play the Dreidel game, (gambling on the fall of a spinning top), to the expectation of a largess of toys, due to the proximity of Xmas. Might there be a fear that present giving will be glued to Thanksgiving from now on?