On a lighter note...
Best wishes to Major John, Inner Prop, and their families, of course.... If anyone can bring order to the area ravaged by the hurricane, it'll be Major John. He's a force against entropy everywhere he goes!
Anyway, I'm sure John would want us to "soldier on", as it were, so take a look at what I was doing for the better part of this holiday weekend: Manning the SimplyFun booth at the 3rd annual Chicago International Toy and Game Fair (CHITAG) at Navy Pier. CHITAG is a fun little fair that is just beginning to hit its stride. The organizers say they are trying to make it into an American Essen. We have a ways to go for that, but it's a nice opportunity to go see some new products from a variety of small-to-medium publishers and independent game designers, without having to travel all the way to Germany.
I'm a consultant for SimplyFun, which is a relatively new company that runs home parties (sort of like Pampered Chef or Creative Memories), but with family board games. CHITAG was a great opportunity for us to get our name out there and get some good leads from prospective customers, even if sales at the fair itself weren't particularly high (which was true for just about all of the vendors, I believe).