This week I had the opportunity to try out a new board game delivery service, GetJester.com.
The premise is very much like most subscription delivery boxes for various hobbies out there. The Netflix for board games, if you will. (The old Netflix, like when they still sent DVDs. Ask your parents…)
Signing up is simple—you go to GetJester.com, answer some questions about your gaming preferences, choose a frequency (or a one-time delivery), and wait patiently. The GetJester team reviews your answers, picks some games for you, and ships them to your door.
Now, this service will cost you $20 per delivery. That money isn’t wasted though, any games you like you can keep and that $20 is applied to your purchase. Anything you don’t like, send back. It is a pretty low-risk proposition. Of course, if you don’t like anything they sent you, you are out the $20 fee for picking your games.
That said, I’m sure we’ve all bought games after reading a positive review or hearing some buzz from the Twitter-verse only to be disappointed when we gave it a spin. So getting a box of games (my demo box had three titles in it) and potentially being out $20 if I hate them all isn’t the worst proposition in the world.
Prices are more or less in line with what you’d expect to pay in a FLGS. You also get a 20% discount if you keep everything in the box.
For the box they sent me, it included Taverns of Tiefenthal, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Dragomino. Given my answers leading to medium-heavy euros and the occasional game to play with my son, these were pretty respectable choices. Taverns especially is one I’ve enjoyed when I had the chance to play someone else’s copy so I was glad to get the opportunity to give it another spin.
If the prospect of games delivered to your door with a promise of try before you buy sounds interesting to you, head over to their website and check out their service.