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Article Archive: Board Games
Top-10 Most-Wanted Games
These fun and engaging games are best-sellers for a reason...

3/1/2016



Toys to Talk About: Board Games
Board games are always a safe bet, for kids to play with their friends and siblings - or for the whole family to enjoy!...

11/1/2015



Games Workshop Captures Big Brothers & Dads
"If you've got the teens coming into the store, if you're carrying Rio Grande or Mayfair, or any of the Eurogames, then you've got the demographic," said George. "That's when you want Games Workshop."...

6/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award Winners
The following outstanding toys have been nominated for Top Toy Debut Awards based on editorial review and retailer feedback...

5/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Games
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers about their best selling games in a February 2013 survey, more than half said Spot It! from BLUE ORANGE GAMES was still number 1...

3/1/2013



TDmonthly's Toy Fair Videos: Games and General Toys
TDmonthly Magazine was at Toy Fair, scouting out the newest toys and hottest trends of 2013. Our videographer captured these new toys on tape, so that retailers who couldn't visit their booths can still get a taste of what these new toys have to offer...

3/1/2013



TDmonthly Seal of Approval - Games & Puzzles
See the TDmonthly Seal of Approval winners for the Games / Puzzles category...

1/1/2013



Fremont Die Consumer Products Partners with NFL For New Game Play Experience
Fremont Die Consumer Products, the leading manufacturer of sports novelty items, takes its long-standing partnership with the NFL to a new category in 2013 with the introduction of NFL Game Day, the Ultimate Football Board Game...

1/1/2013



Q&A With Bob Moog, Co-Founder of University Games
Bob Moog, co-founder of University Games, recently took the time to speak with TDmonthly Magazine. Below, he explains how University Games was started, how he hopes their games affect kids' lives, and why innovation is essential to succeeding in the toy and game industry...

12/1/2012



Zoch Verlag Teams Up With Lion Rampant Imports for North American Distribution
In 2012 Lion Rampant Imports has teamed up with Zoch Verlag to become an official partner distributor of Zoch titles in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico...

9/1/2012



Interview with Curtis Paul, Creator of the Award-Winning KATATU
TDmonthly Magazine recently had the chance to interview Curtis Paul, creator of Creative Child Magazine's 2012 Board Game of the Year, KATATU...

7/1/2012



ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Game Play 3-7 yrs
Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Game Play - 3-7yrs category...

6/1/2012



ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Game Play 8 yrs+
Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Game Play - 8 yrs + category...

6/1/2012



Games
Check out these specialty and mass-market games...

3/1/2012



ASTRA Preview: General Games
View new games from companies who will be attending the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy this year...

6/1/2011



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Games
Once again, Apples to Apples and Bananagrams topped TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Games List...

3/1/2011



September Staff Picks
RazBaby eliminates the need to rinse ground-dwelling pacifiers, and Mark-My-Time introduces a hip digital booklight...

9/1/2010



Lego Toys With Hasbro’s U.S. Games Monopoly
For years, Hasbro has dominated the Games and Puzzles category by following a very simple strategy...

8/1/2010



WATCH VIDEOS: ASTRA Marketplace 2010
Equating Rhode Island's "intimate setting, and its celebration of self-determination and reinvention" with the specialty toy market's top qualities, organizers at ASTRA chose the smallest state to host their biggest event...

7/1/2010



Mayfair Games Plays to Hobbyists and Families
The world’s largest publisher of railroad games is building a bridge between families and hobby gamers. Mayfair Games hopes to make titles such as Hey, That's My Fish appeal to both uber-gamers and...

7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Games, Part 1
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7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Games, Part 2
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7/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day: Week 1 (7/1-7/9)
July's Videos of the Day for Week 1 included games such as YAMSLAM by Blue Orange, Pirate vs. Pirate by Out of the Box, and Do Tell from Do Tell Enterprises...

7/1/2010



Games Engage on Camera
EeBoo and Education Outdoors put families in the mood to venture outside with assignments of gathering a garden and finding that ever-elusive snipe...

5/1/2010



Top-20 Most-Wanted Games: Part 2
You know about the frenzy over Bananagrams and Set Enterprises' trio of popular games, but what about the games just behind the top-10 best sellers? To help ensure your store has the best possible selection, we've outlined the top-20 games customers want most...

3/1/2010



Daryl Hannah Promotes Games at Toy Fair 2010
Actress Daryl Hannah and best friend Hilary Shepard were inspired to design Liebrary when they found themselves on vacation without the books they needed to play their favorite parlor game...

3/1/2010



Pentago Goes Multi-Player, Multi-Dimensional
Mindtwister USA is ratcheting up the mental pyrotechnics of its popular, award-winning Pentago game with the introduction of a multi-player, multi-dimensional version...

2/1/2010



Kids Come to Play at CHITAG
The Chicago International Toy & Game Fair (CHITAG), which took place at Navy Pier Nov. 21-22, is one of the few toy trade shows that encourages kids to come test the toys on display themselves...

1/1/2010



Toy Fair Preview: The Toys YOU Want to See
There’s a LOT to see at Toy Fair, so we’re giving you the chance to preview vendors in some of the most popular categories now...

1/1/2010



Toy Fair Preview 2010: Games
Preview Toy Fair 2010 exhibitors in the games category:Back to main article...

1/1/2010



Summary of Online Toy Reviews
TDmonthly Magazine’s Review Scout scours the Web weekly for reviews of new and hot products so you don’t have to spend your time searching...

12/1/2009



Reviewers Stitch, Snap and Shovel for Fun
TDmonthly Magazine reviewers have given their opinions on everything from fish-hunting penguins to recycled bracelets with a customizable message. What do these six products have in common?...

12/1/2009



Hasbro Faces Big Threats on the Gaming Field
Back in April, I said in this space: “Hasbro’s board game business declined last year despite strong demand for the category. I predict this will happen again in 2009 and 2010.”...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly's Greedy Grown-ups Xmas List
Here at TOYDIRECTORY and TDmonthly Magazine, we try not to let the kid in us come out too much...

12/1/2009



Games & Puzzles
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly's October Staff Picks
This month, check out a game in which acquiring debt is a winning tactic, soft-soled modern toddler shoes from Canada, and a sidewalk-chalk curriculum...

10/1/2009



Bandthology Tones Minds With Trivia
TDmonthly Magazine’s Tweens & Teens Roundtable participants tested their knowledge of popular musical groups, history and trivia when they played Bandthology: The Board Game for Music Lovers...

7/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Games
Whether making matches or blurting out the answer is the way to win, these new games have plenty to offer when it comes to fun and … a little bit of learning, too! See bridges, balancing acts and big bites in TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Games...

6/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom recently discovered an intriguing twist with a morphed art project, watched her son start to master beginner yo-yo skills, and played with her senses in a game that brought lots of laughter...

5/1/2009



Toys from ASTRA Exhibitors
TDmonthly Magazine's video crew will be in full force at this year's ASTRA Marketplace show in June, but while you await the toy demos featured in our July issue, we'd like you to become familiar with some of the specialty exhibitors...

5/1/2009



Is Hasbro's Cash Cow Being Led to Slaughter?
For many years, Hasbro’s board game business was boring. Nothing happened of any consequence, there were no new competitors, and the category was as flat as a … well, a board. This is now changing...

4/1/2009



Watch Videos of How Games Played at Toy Fair
Your customers need demos before they buy; so do you! So, TDmonthly Magazine has brought you dozens of new game demos on video from the American International Toy Fair in New York...

4/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Games
In January 2009, TDmonthly Magazine polled 56 specialty retailers around the nation about their sales in the games category...

3/1/2009



MORE Secret Lives of Toymakers
What is it like to have $100,000 on the line and no buyers? Find out by watching more rough sequences from ToyDirectory's upcoming documentary...

3/1/2009



Family Pastimes Promotes Cooperative Play
In 1970, as Jim Deacove was sitting in his backyard watching neighborhood kids playing games, some “heady insights” occurred to him about the nature of traditional, confrontational game play...

3/1/2009



Regional Reports: What’s Selling … And Where
No name came up more frequently for wooden toys than Melissa & Doug. Whether it’s play food or art supplies, this company led the pack...

3/1/2009



In This Issue
Whether you’re running the show circuit or tidying things up in-store to make room for exciting new products, grab the scoop on what’s new via our Notable & New Toys articles...

2/1/2009



Games You'll See at Toy Fair
In a recent survey of 44 specialty retailers, more than 25 percent of those planning to attend Toy Fair '09 indicated they are most looking forward to finding great new games at the show...

2/1/2009



Eight Toys Honored With 2009 TDmonthly Award
TDmonthly Magazine is proud to recognize its newest award winners, a collection of eight exciting products that stood out among the 29 products selected for TDmonthly's 2009 Specialty Toys Report...

2/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom bestowed a top rating (5 out of 5 stars!) to all three of the products she most recently reviewed...

2/1/2009



What Roundtables Mean for You
Throughout the year, TDmonthly Magazine's Roundtable reviewers — parents, their children, and occasionally retailers and experts — don their testing gloves and give their honest feedback about dolls, toys, games and infant products...

1/1/2009



Roundtable Roundup: Measuring Toys’ Lasting Value
TDmonthly Magazine recently checked in with its Roundtable families to find out which toys and games they reviewed from April through October still held their interest and continued to be part of their weekly play...

12/1/2008



TDmonthly's Reviews Do the Work for You
Did you know TDmonthly Magazine offers many more product reviews than you read about in this section each month, and makes it easy for you to check out evaluations on the types of toys your store might be interested in?...

12/1/2008



When Play Is Work: What Toys Teach Families
It sounds too good to be true: Get free toys by giving us your opinion. That’s toy testing in a nutshell...

12/1/2008



Strategic Word Play Game Earns Reviewers’ Praise
TDmonthly Magazine’s Tweens & Teens Roundtable took word play to a higher level with Jumbulaya, the ever-changing word play game … and had so much fun they wanted to play again and again...

11/1/2008



When Play Is Work: What Families Learn About Toys
It sounds too good to be true: Get free toys by giving us your opinion. That’s toy testing in nutshell...

11/1/2008



Game Based on Ancient Ruin Earns Modern Praise
TDmonthly Magazine’s Teens & Tweens Roundtable raved about Buffalo Games’ Ruin board game, based on an ancient Mayan ruin...

10/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
In her latest round of reviews, TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom strategized her way through a new board game, learned how to live a healthy lifestyle, and scribbled with some artsy kids...

10/1/2008



Farming Game Sows Biz Principles in Young Minds
TDmonthly Magazine’s Teens and Tweens Roundtable appreciated the realism and educational emphasis of The Farming Game by The Weekend Farmer Co., finding it somewhat complicated, but enjoyably engaging...

9/1/2008



Manners Game Teaches Social Graces, Panel Says
TDmonthly Magazine’s Homeschool Roundtable participants reviewed their own manners as they played Blunders, a board game designed to make learning etiquette and social skills fun...

9/1/2008



Rebuilt Griddly Games Sports Strategy and Fun
Named after the world grid, Griddly Games makes sports-themed games that feature diverse, hand-painted characters. Reisa Schwartzman, now owner and president, took over the bankrupt company in December 2006 and, with Penny Osborn, director of operations, revamped the business...

7/1/2008



U.S.-Made Buffalo Games Grow With Good Marketing
Buffalo Games began in 1986 as a family business. When Mark Predko, now director of sales and marketing, joined Buffalo Games in 1994, there were only seven people running the company, he told TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
Two five-star games and a strong lineup of other items — from space-themed art to decades-old airmen stories — gave Dr. Wright and her fellow kid reviewers plenty to rave about.....

6/1/2008



Strategic Space Runs the Race
Mark Salzwedel, president and CEO of Strategic Space, Inc., reflects on the history of his game design and his first year publishing tabletop games...

5/1/2008



Homeschoolers: This T-Shirt Fits
TDmonthly Magazine’s Homeschool Roundtable families enjoyed Buffalo Games’ interactive T-Shirt Game, in which they matched slogans to graphic designs to generate the best T-shirt...

3/1/2008



See the New Toys Here!
TDmonthly Magazine found the best new toys at Toy Fair, spotted trends and found out what specialty retailers thought about the show...

2/1/2008



Homeschoolers: Blast Off With Baseball
Conquest on the baseball diamond and controlling the universe are the themes of this month's Homeschool Roundtable games...

7/1/2007



Families Conquer the World
Families who play together can now kidnap cows, train a horse, or just vanquish the enemy...

7/1/2007



Out of the Box Makes Its Own Rules
Word games, board games, dice games, card games. Party games, skill games, family games … Out of the Box Games makes every type of game imaginable...

6/1/2007



Boxing's Greatest Delivers Life Lessons With a Punch
Games about life are nothing new — we all grew up playing Monopoly, Payday and The Game of Life — but that isn’t stopping Rahn G. Porter from trying to crack into the genre, almost literally...

6/1/2007



Bling Bling Scores!
Real estate investor and photo/video producer Joseph Cassarino was introduced to Jeff McGill, the inventor of Bling Bling, in 2002. Cassarino was so impressed with McGill's preliminary outline that he decided to fund his company...

4/1/2007



Top-10 Family Games at Games Expo 2007
Games Expo’s debut 2007 show in Las Vegas highlighted strategic board games, fantasy games and just-plain-fun games for the family...

4/1/2007



Great Lakes Toy Company Works for Kids
Andrew “Drew” Nauman, inspired by his toymaker grandfather, started designing and building toys as a child...

12/1/2006



On the Road With Asmodee
Asmodee Editions LLC is an established French company that’s been around for 15 years and takes in over 17 million Euro a year. Having conquered the Continent, they were getting a volume of requests for their product in the U.S...

8/1/2006



The CSI Guy Did It
Anthony Zuiker is best known as the creator and executive producer of the mega-hit television franchise CSI...

8/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fantasy Games
Fantasy games may be the perfect toys to recapture the elusive boy customer age 12 and up...

5/1/2006



Valiants Triumph in Sevinpold
The story of Don Donovan’s creation, Sevinpold, is told here in the words of his co-worker, friend and co-founder, Alex Zelikovsky...

4/1/2006



Classic Games Maintain Edge
Despite the growth of video and computer games, classic board and card games still attract a large audience...

3/1/2006



Wagadoogoo! Makes a Game of Travel
Distant places seem just a little bit closer, thanks to the game Travel Mania, created by Paul Mistor, president and founder of a company with a name like no other — Wagadoogoo! Inc...

3/1/2006



RADGames Radicalizes Monopoly
The Super-Add-Ons Version for Monopoly Game Board from RADGames Inc. is changing the face of a time-honored classic...

10/1/2005



Get On Board With Jamie Lee Curtis and Hasbro!
Jamie Lee Curtis will be heading up a Hasbro board game campaign this fall. Does celebrity placement work in promoting products?...

10/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Board Games
Check out these new and noteworthy toys. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});...

7/1/2005



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Educational Games
There are many games specifically designed to teach topics such as spelling, math, and geography...

6/1/2005



Board Games: Learning About Strategy, Learning About Life
Technology – everything from computers to appliances that talk to me to my children’s toys – has always intimidated me...

4/1/2005



Board Games Find Their Niche
Board games occupy a unique genre of game play – both adults and children are avid consumers. Yet, in this highly competitive market, it takes more than just a creative idea or interesting game play to be the next Trivial Pursuit...

4/1/2005



A Gamut of Games to Please the Entire Family
You and your family are on a weekend retreat to your very own little cottage in the woods. It’s evening, and pouring rain – and the television’s broken. Sounds like a board game is exactly what the doctor ordered...

4/1/2005



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Licensed Games
2004 was a banner year for child-driven movies and television shows. Characters from these stories have been ubiquitous, as their creators tackle every marketing corner available. Games provide a logical tie-in, resulting in a plethora of “must-have” licensed games for little ones...

4/1/2005



Game On: Traditional Escapes for 2005
The 2005 American International Toy Fair displayed many of the newest toys of 2005. A majority of the products highlighted by the national media were electronic in nature. Yet, traditional toys are as strong as ever. Below, TDmonthly staff has spotlighted a number of our favorite puzzles and games of 2005...

4/1/2005



Board Games Give Relief to the Bored

1/1/2005



Toy Fair 2005: Board Games

1/1/2005



U.S. Fans Get All A-Board European Hobby Games
The goal for Settlers of Cattan, possibly the very best board game you have never played or heard of, is a simple one: collect and trade resources to build the best settlement on an island. The strategy board game was imported from Germany to the United States by Mayfair...

1/1/2005



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Board Games
The lasting appeal of board games makes them a profitable item for retailers to have in stock...

1/1/2005



Strategy Board Games Hot List
Strategy board games this year are taking off in more vast and varied directions than ever before, and gaining momentum. Settlers of Catan ($38.00, Ages 12 & up) by Mayfair Games Even nearly a decade and over 20 variants later, Settlers of Catan remains a constant best-seller in the...

1/1/2005



Games & Puzzles Move Beyond the Box
Taking a simple medium to whole new level, these familiar pastimes—whether shared with family and friends or played solo—have evolved considerably over the past few decades. Now, puzzles and games often involve interactive components that stretch the mind along with the field of play. The following innovative games and puzzles reflect the expansive market,...

1/1/2005



Board Games--$870 Million Dollar Industry Saw a 65% Surge in Sales
In 2003, this $870 million dollar industry saw a 65% surge in sales according to market researchers NPD Group. Some analysts contribute this to the overall economy. When the economy is sluggish, Americans seek cost effective alternatives to have fun...

12/1/2004



Jax Ltd. Inc. : Bringing Home Fun Games for All Ages
From the new How Tall Am I? game for young kids to the latest poker deck Dealing Shoe for all you Texas Hold Em sharks, JAX, Ltd. Inc has hot- wired the non-electronic games world with original fun for everyone from pre-schoolers through adults...

11/1/2004



Board Games
All Things Equal From the makers of the popular board game Loaded Questions , All Things Equal comes out with a new installment, sure to entertain at any game night. Words of Wiz-Dumb is a game where the players give advice and you have to guess who said what,...

9/1/2004



Quinto: New Dimension to a Great Classic
Quinto Game Company introduces an exciting new board and card game called Quinto®...

8/1/2004



Have Yourself a Merry Little Holiday Sales Season
With Christmas sales accounting for more than 50% of annual toy sales...

6/1/2004



Are We There Yet? Travel Toys for 2004
Here’s a selection of travel toys that’ll have families packing their bags and saying "Bon Voyage"!...

5/1/2004



WITHRA Show Highlights at Pomona
This year’s Western States Toy & Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) Show was a strong indication that manufacturers of toys have been hard at work, creating fun and innovative new products...

4/1/2004



Hot Board Games for 2004
Board games are back in vogue. Following are some of the new board games that will surely have people talking and playing...

3/1/2004




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