This week on Professional Profiles, we interviewed Marguerite, who works at Card Kingdom in Seattle. Read on and you'll fall in love with her.
Seriously, it happens.
Just let it happen.
So how did you end up at Card Kingdom?
I moved out to Seattle a few years ago, on a whim, with the thought of continuing my work in pastry. My first real job out this way was making chocolates and truffles in a factory. When I wanted to meet some locals I used gaming meetups. My first few friends here showed me what hobby gaming and Euros were all about. I was completely hooked.
My first real game was Race for the Galaxy, Tom Lehman’s amazing card game lasted me almost 30 plays… I had worn through my set of cards, so I also learned about card sleeves. I soon came across an ad for Card Kingdom on Craigslist (then Berserk Games). They wanted folks to help build a community, not to mention folks to carry the boxes to their shiny new location in Ballard; I fit both bills very well and so it went.
What's your favorite part about working there?
Gaming as it is today can be a little intimidating for those who are new or curious. The best part of my job is explaining a new game or concept to those folks who quickly become regulars. I love showing something like Alien Frontiers to new gamers. It’s a great introduction to “worker placement” –style board games.
After a play or two, they can easily translate what they’ve already learned into similar games like Agricola or Village. Alien Frontiers also happens to be a local designer here in Seattle and that adds something to the effect of the awesome theme and components. So pretty quickly my hobby has turned into my job, which I hope to turns into a career. Next up is to branch out to reviews and building an online presence.
I feel like social media needs more chicks at the forefront of gaming, especially funny awesome ones like me! In the coming year I’m planning on releasing a series of videos and blogs pertaining to board games. This will be a mix of reviews and session reports, ideas on the state of gaming, upcoming games, and kickstarter campaigns. I’ve even thrown around an idea of rewriting famously-bad rule books for download. Some rulebooks make otherwise amazing games go completely unnoticed. Eventually I’d love to add interviews with designers I’ve made contact with, and ideas for game mechanics that I feel are unsung or underused.
Any advice for those trying to get into the gaming industry?
I feel having a consistent presence in your local shops, as well as a fun presence online will ensure people know your name. After that, it’s really important to have the knowledge to back it up. Play new games, try their variants, heck, make your own! There are many new folks getting into the hobby all the time now, so the community has more resources than ever.
And now for the fun and fast questions...
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My favorite toy as a kid was my turntable. I had the best audio books and I’d listen to them over and over til the vinyl got too scratched to work anymore.
If your house was on fire and you had to save one board game, which one would you save?
Dominant Species. That game just gets me.
What’s your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is something like a Fennec Fox.
What makes you smile?
Sparkly fingernail polish will always put a smile on my face.
If you could be prodigiously talented at one thing, what would you pick?
Remembering the names of everyone I meet.
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