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Offline BanzaiCat

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Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« on: February 09, 2018, 11:07:09 AM »
But apparently, Asmodee is taking their assets over.

From their Facebook page, less than an hour ago:

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As of today, the management team at Mayfair Games, Inc. announces we will wind down game publishing. After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary. Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee.

We are pleased to announce that we have sold our games to Asmodee North America, who have acquired all the assets of Mayfair Games, Inc. This acquisition includes the product line for both Mayfair Games, Inc and Lookout Games, GmbH.

We would like to take a moment to say - Thank You! Thank you to the many retailers, reviewers, customers, industry partners, and volunteers, who made us a success over the past 36 years! You helped bring our games to game stores and cafes, conventions, libraries, schools, kitchen tables, backyard patios, family vacations, and more... where thousands of fans have been introduced to this great world of board gaming. Thank you!!



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Re: Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 02:14:58 PM »
Hrmm.. not sure if I have any of their games. 

Also:  Asmodee is slowly taking over the boardgame world.  The EA or Disney of boardgaming?   ???

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Re: Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 06:33:23 AM »
Euros, like Caverna, and 18XX games are or were the Mayfair staple.

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Re: Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 07:08:33 AM »
Mayfair originally was based on Train centered board games.  Those have a strong following.  They have big contests at large conventions usually called "Puffing Billy" events.  I met the owner back in the very early days in the late 1980s and that was his love and the focus of the company.

They evolved over time and have a much broader catalogue of other games.  But I think their big sellers were always the train focused ones.

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Re: Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018, 07:21:14 AM »
I remember a whole bunch of their mid-80s sci-fi board games, the The Company War
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3376/company-war

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Re: Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2018, 07:23:14 AM »
I recall meeting the owner at an Origins or GenCon in the mid-2000s. Nice people all around. Not really a lot of games I liked but they did do some interesting things.

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Re: Mayfair Games Closing After 36 Years
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018, 09:19:34 AM »
I remember they bought the rights to the Chill RPG after Pacesetter went out of business.  I really liked Chill back in the day.  I had the Pacesetter stuff and my friend bought the Mayfair version.  I hated the artwork and the few Mayfair-published adventures that we played all kinda sucked.  The Pacesetter version was heavily influenced by Hammer horror films and the pulp fiction style stuff of the 1930s and 1940s.  The Mayfair version seemed to be influenced by the splatter horror films of the 80s like Hellraiser. 

I think the only Mayfair game I own now is "Oh My Goods" which is a fun little engine builder style card game.

A gaming buddy has the Mayfair version of A House Divided and we break that out and play a few times a year.