October 29, 2012
Game From the Past
Walking through the shelves and tables Carolyn spotted a rather rare beast these days: a copy of KenzerCo's Great Space Race.
Now we've been in this store quite a few times over the years and I've never seen this on the shelf before. The store just did a remodel and now we see it. We mentioned to the guys working that they had a rarity on the shelves since the game was out of print for at least a year now, possibly a year and a half. We know that the last boxed set sold was cobbled together from various demo sets and sold to our friends who had to practically beg for it. The guys working the store just said it's been on the shelves for two years ever since they bought it.
Yeah......I have to totally call bullshit. That box had to have been lost in the backroom because it would have been bought by our friends a year ago had it been made available.
I almost laughed a bit because I remember the trouble we had buying our copy of the game. KenzerCo had just got in their shipment from the printers when we visited the office. They had pallets of the game in the stockroom and while we could have bought it then and there, KenzerCo has always asked that gamers try to purchase their products through their FLGS (Favorite Local Game Store). We waited until returned home after our trip and stopped by the new game store in town.
When we tried to pre-order the game...handing over $50 in exchange for him ordering the game, the owner told us that the game was out of print. "No......we were just at their offices and the game is definitely NOT out of print." The owner told me something to the effect that this was what the distributor told him.
"Oh really?" I whipped out my phone and called Mark Plemmons from KenzerCo. "You should tell this guy what you told me."
A few weeks later we finally got our copy.
If you need a copy, there is one still in shrink-wrap in Boise......