On the flipside, what kind of disappointments have you experienced?
The biggest disappointment, I think, is the failure to focus. You kind of have to shovel a lot of dirt to get to where you are, and some of that shoveling is not necessary. And that's kind of a negative, as far as I'm concerned. Things I've developed that didn't ever get on the market, and that were costly. Like $6,000, and you don't see the result. So that's disappointing, it really is.
With the continued popularity of video games among younger generations, what do you predict for the future of board games?
If kids today don’t play tactile table games, they will have nothing to reminisce about. Scary thought, right? We are moving so fast that kids today will be unable to picture the past, even 20 years back. It does seem to a high degree that traditional games may go the way of the buggy whip. But people still need to throw dice and deal cards. Sometimes it's nice to break away from the computer and TV screens.
Despite Bruce Alsip's traditionalist leanings, he expressed excitement about the development of an online version of Canoe and his current Staggers iPhone app. He understands the importance of moving forward, while continuing to preserve the time-honored ways of the past. For those interested in more information about Alsip & Company's games and accessories, spend some time checking out their official website.