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Tabletop gaming and COVID-19

Whether it’s Monopoly or Settlers of Catan, tabletop gaming is a hobby enjoyed by many families and friends alike.

However, the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic presents an issue for playing some of the games people love.

“There’s been the good and bad,” said Isacc Beavin, owner of Game Pulse, about the effects COVID-19 has on the gaming community. “In the store here we tend to do a lot of in-store play … that has certainly taken a dive in attendance.”

Beavin noted that Game Pulse implemented different policies in order to comply with different mandates, as well as to keep players safe. They sanitize the store and ask patrons to wear masks. When the store was closed for a time, Beavin used the opportunity to fix up the shop and make it nicer for players.

“It has also been really good because people are at home … people bought board games and spent that time together as a family, so it’s really changed a lot in people’s lives,” Beavin said.

This was just one of the ways Beavin said the pandemic could actually be good for the tabletop community. The pandemic seems to have brought more attention to the hobby and made it look better in their eyes.

Models used for gameplay.
Models used for gameplay. Photo credit: Scot Oppenlander
A case displaying Magic: The Gathering cards.
A case displaying Magic: The Gathering cards. Photo credit: Scot Oppenlander

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