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GAMA Has A New Board

The Game Manufacters Association has held its annual elections, which have resulted in a few new board members.

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  • Vice President: Chris Spivey (Darker Hue Studios)
  • Treasurer: Gary Alaka (Gap Closer Games)
  • Director-at-Large: Jeff Pinsker (Amigo Games) and Julie Ahern (Greenbriar Games)
In the financial results, the organization lost $100K in 2019 (which was less than the expected expenditure for that year). With the cancellation of Origins Game Fair and Origins Online, they expect to lose twice that amount this year.
 
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imagineGod

Adventurer
Chris Spivey is voted Vice President. A token of appreciation to Black Lives Matter by the voters, I guess. Nice.
 



Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Chris Spivey is the creator of Harlem Unbound, an award winning Cthulhu RPG distributed by Chaosium, or did you not know that?
I know exactly who he is. I’ve spoken to him multiple times. I’ve given him several ENnie awards, and he’s been a guest on my podcast twice. He’s a highly competent and talented game designer. While I would never try to speak for him, if I had to bet, I’m sure he’s rolling his eyes right now.
 

MGibster

Hero
Chris Spivey is the creator of Harlem Unbound, an award winning Cthulhu RPG distributed by Chaosium, or did you not know that?
I think the problem is that you referred to Spivey's election as a token of appreciation. Token is often used disparagingly to imply a minority (woman, African American, LQBTQ, etc., etc.) was hired because it makes the organization look good rather than their qualifications. So when you say Spivey's election was a token of appreciation some people are going to interpret that as you meaning he isn't really qualified.
 

I love attending Origins. It's by far my favorite Con I've attended. I hope this board can get everything sorted out. Good luck to all.
 

I am encouraged by these changes, especially after the recent problems. Hopefully we see fewer debacles like the Larry Correia incident of a few years back.

Origins is a con I enjoy all the much. All the moreso for being less than half the drive to Gen Con.
 

Compared to GenCon, I love the smaller scale of Origins. It's like a highlight reel of GenCon, and the focus is on the games. It has the bonus of being during the summer and not the school year, so my teacher fiancee can go too.
 

Birmy

Adventurer
Compared to GenCon, I love the smaller scale of Origins. It's like a highlight reel of GenCon, and the focus is on the games. It has the bonus of being during the summer and not the school year, so my teacher fiancee can go too.
One of these days I'll get to both; I've never been to Origins and Gen Con used to be a local show for me. Someday when time, money, and hotel reservations align...!
 



Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Assuming Gary Alaka also a POC, based on his Linkedin profile. Encouraged by the direction GAMA board is taking.
 



Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Chris is cool, knows his whisky too, good luck to him, though I am not sure what GAMA does?
They put on 2 annual shows - Origins and GAMA Trade Show (for the hobby gaming industry).

They provide some services for independent game publishers like health care options, credit card services, and more.

They provide a lot education for new folks in the industry. When I owned my game store, they provided a network of other retailers across the country I could bounce ideas and rant about the industry with.
 


Sabathius42

Bree-Yark
If you are member of the boardgaming industry and you LOST money in 2019....that doesn't look good for your overall success. We are on year 8+ of a steamrolling boardgaming golden age, conditions aren't going to get any better than they are now and have been for almost the past 10 years.

Best of luck to them in 2021.
 

Dungeonosophy

Adventurer
Chris Spivey is voted Vice President. A token of appreciation to Black Lives Matter by the voters, I guess. Nice.
I'll assume you're just not very adept in the subtleties of English. Maybe it's not your first language. And that you meant to say, something like:

"Chris Spivey is voted Vice President! In addition to being a wonderful game designer, I appreciate Black Lives Matter, and so I feel this is a fitting move all around. Very nice!"
 

If you are member of the boardgaming industry and you LOST money in 2019....that doesn't look good for your overall success. We are on year 8+ of a steamrolling boardgaming golden age, conditions aren't going to get any better than they are now and have been for almost the past 10 years.

Best of luck to them in 2021.
First off, GAMA doesn't make board games. They're a trade organization.

Second, as a trade organization, a lot of their fiscal activity is based around trade shows. I believe their fiscal year ends in June. This means that their 2019 fiscal year included the GAMA Expo in March of this year. This show was a huge loss, and it's 100% not their fault. February and March of this year were terrible for trade shows. It was exactly the wrong time in the COVID19 pandemic that people stopped traveling, but the government hadn't called for any official closings yet. That means that GAMA was still on the hook to pay ALL the bills for the GAMA Expo, but it generated almost no revenue at all.

You're right that conditions aren't getting any better. One of the shows that I do yearly in February has already cancelled their 2021 meeting.
 

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