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100,000 Snowballs Get Dumped on Big Discoveries Doorstep at the Beginning of June 2023
Just as summer is getting underway, Colorado-based Big Discoveries gets 100,000 cushiony, fuzzy “snowballs” delivered to their offices.
In what is now the world’s first indoor snowball fight board game, Big Discoveries is launching Yeti Snowbrawl, a snowball stacking brawl for the whole family.
“After playing with a bucket of indoor snowballs, Mike Szalajko and I started thinking, there’s got to be something more than just tossing these around,” said Alex Mackey, Co-owner of Lethal Chicken Games. “While developing Yeti Snowbrawl for Big Discoveries, we came up with the idea of adding a little dexterity stacking, fun board game play and ultimately the perfect excuse for pelting the kids with soft, fluffy snowballs.”
Yeti Snowbrawl is a two to four player game where players must be the first to stack 10 snowballs on their Yeti Lair to win the game. But players also have the opportunity to try to knock over other player’s piles or even start a snowball fight.
Upon playing Yeti Snowbrawl for the first time, David Cross, CEO of Big Discoveries said, “I think Yeti Snowbrawl is an out-of-the-box way to get to interact with your family in a fun, competitive activity. It’s the perfect game for everyone you love…to throw things at.”
The ever elusive Yeti has been spotted more frequently with Yeti themed games on the rise such as Yeti Slap, Yeti, Set, Go! and Yeti in My Spaghetti amongst others.
Yeti Snowbrawl is available on Amazon along with Camping with Sasquatch and What The Film?! all by the same creative minds at Lethal Chicken Games.
Camping with Sasquatch, a card game with a ROAR is a “Rummy meets Slapjack” hybrid with cute camping characters such as a s’mores chocolate bar guiltily eating itself.
What The Film?! is a party game where players combine an Actor, Plot and Set card to create their best 36 second pitch. It’s a chance to ideate movies and backstab friends all at the same time. What The Film?! was a Toy of the Year finalist as well as TAGIE finalist.
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The origins of board games can be traced back over 5,000 years ago to ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia and Egypt. Games like Senet and Mehen provided not only entertainment but also served religious and symbolic purposes. These early games laid the foundation for what would eventually become the diverse and dynamic world of board gaming.
Chess originated from India in the 6th century and found lasting success with its intricate strategies and royal imagery. This showcased the strategic and competitive elements that continue to be fundamental in modern board games.
Twentieth Century Innovations:
The 20th century witnessed the birth of iconic board games that have become household names. Monopoly, introduced in the 1930s, revolutionized the gaming industry with its economic gameplay and immersive theme. Other notable releases include Scrabble, Risk, and Clue, each offering unique gameplay experiences and captivating themes.
Amidst the vast array of modern board game releases, Camping with Sasquatch stands out as a delightful and whimsical addition. This engaging game combines elements of Slapjack and Rummy as players slap and collect with the legendary creature, Sasquatch. Through clever gameplay mechanics and charming artwork, "Camping with Sasquatch" captures the essence of modern board game design, blending nostalgia with fresh and innovative ideas.
The Digital Age:
With the advent of computers and the rise of video games, traditional board games faced new competition. However, the digital age also brought new opportunities for innovation in board game design. Digital adaptations of classic games gained popularity, and online platforms provided opportunities for global multiplayer experiences.
The evolution of board games has been a testament to the enduring appeal of social interaction, intellectual challenges, and imaginative storytelling. From the ancient civilizations to the vibrant releases of today, board games continue to captivate players of all ages. Whether you prefer the timeless classics like Monopoly or eagerly await the new Yeti Snowbrawl, there's no denying the joy and excitement that board games bring to our lives. So, gather your friends and family, roll the dice, and stack the snowballs on a new adventure across the tabletop—where the possibilities are endless.
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Hurricanes are bad. There are no two ways about it. As of writing this, I am sitting in Florida and I feel like I’m looking down the barrel of a loaded gun with Hurricane Dorian predicted to hit us in just a few days.
I’ve been watching the news and it feels like it’s doom and gloom everywhere I look. There’s almost an excitement about the coming destruction with the media as they predict the worst-case scenarios nearly 24 hours a day.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to be prepared and aware. We have our gallons of water, food storage, gas stoves and I even finally broke down and bought a generator. But instead of focusing on just the negatives, here’s a quick read on five positive and good things to come from a hurricane.
1. Communities Care. I’ve received multiple calls and messages from neighbors and people in the community making sure we have everything we need. It’s nice to see people care for the well being of others in times of a potential emergency.
2. Priorities. It seems like any time there is a major crisis, it helps put our priorities in check. Be kind. Help others. Share. Love each other. Cherish family and relationships more than material things.
3. Family Time. It’s a tropical version of a snow day. With most things shut down and schools being closed, friends and family gather together to keep an eye on the storm. Stay out of the elements and take your mind off things by playing a round of What The Film?! or Camping with Sasquatch. With the potential of power outages, there’s no better excuse to put the screens down and come together at the table for a board game.
4. Service. After the storm, there are lots of opportunities to serve others. Whether it’s through the Red Cross, Helping Hands, Catholic Charities or Jewish Community Centers many religions and charities coordinate cleanup groups. It was through helping with Hurricane Irma cleanup that Lethal Chicken Games was formed.
5. Optimism. When the storm passes, the skies are blue and things eventually get back to normal, there’s a certain amount of optimism that we made it through the storm and either things worked out just fine, or with the help of our community, things will get better. Either way, there always seems to be hope and optimism once the hurricane is gone.
I’m hoping damage is kept to a minimum with Hurricane Dorian and that everyone is kept safe. And maybe, just maybe we wind up with a little extra optimism and family time.
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Holiday traditions change as kids go through different stages of life. So how can you create traditions that evolve, but stay...traditional? Here are a few ideas.
1. Neighborhood with lights. There seems to be one neighborhood in every community that has a gaggle of homes that go all out with the outdoor decorations. Take a drive at night. Little kids will enjoy the lights and might even fall asleep in the car before you get home. As your kids get older, make a tradition of adding hot chocolate into the mix or going for ice cream after viewing the houses.
2. Visit local displays. Living in Southern California, there are plenty of options. We would visit the Santa Monica nativity displays before it was banned by the city. ICE! or Art Below Zero or something similar generally has a presence in many major cities where visitors can see impressive ice sculptures, slide down ice slides and go ice skating.
3. Cook. Food and Christmas always seem to go hand in hand. Select something you love and make it a part of your Christmas celebration every year. Teach your kids how to make it and let them help in the fun. At our house we make Almond Toffee every year. And it ONLY gets made a Christmas. So that first batch ALWAYS makes the house feel like Christmas. And it gets less and less messy each year as they get older.
4. The Nativity. Use tech to share the Christmas story. Break out the iPad and pull up a video version of the story of the birth of Christ. It's a great way to remember the true meaning of Christmas while putting those screens to use in a quality, family-time kind of way. Here's an 8-minute version of The Nativity that is well done and about as non-denominational as you can get.
5. Games! No list would be complete without board games. You generally have a couple weeks with the kids at home and lots of extra time! Create a tradition of giving a new board game each Christmas and spend time playing those games. This is a tradition that is very easy to grow with your children. Play basic games when they're little and the complexity can grow as your kids get older. Of course our favorites include What The Film?! and Camping with Sasquatch. But by next year, perhaps there will be a few new favorites to add to the mix!
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We live in a world in which our time has been taken over by screens and technology. Unfortunately, this epidemic has stretched beyond the adults in the world. As stated by the US National Library of Medicine, a whopping 68% of children under three are using screen media on a daily basis. Teenagers, on average, spend up to nine hours daily within some realm of media. If you ask me, it is time to take our kids back!
Board gaming can be the saving grace to combat the ugly face of daily media intake. We have as a company found that when we are playing a game with our families, it goes beyond just having fun. Board games can help your home and here are 3 reasons why:
1. Get to know those in your home
Too often do people find themselves more a roommate in their household rather than a solid functioning unit. Look at your own life at times. Do you ever see those in your home doing their own separate things? Board gaming can be that solid activity to get the kids to put down the Fortnite and force them to interact with those in the home face to face.
In our own homes, we have found, that if you set aside some time to meet at the table to play together you will find out amazing things about those you deem closest to you. For instance, I discovered my 6-year-old daughter had a love for singing over a game of King of Toyko. I also found out my two-year-old son loves the taste of meeples! Some of the best conversations we have had in our home have been when we meet around a good game.
Along with the fun conversation derived from getting together, we are able to dig deeper and find meaningful relationship building moments. Whether it be that you find out your child is struggling in math or is getting bullied by someone in his/her class, playing games around a table can help open up your child.
Gaming can become a relationship savior as well. We all know those teenager moments when everything a parent says is annoying; we have all been there. But granting your teen that moment of choosing their favorite game or selecting a specific character to use can grant you access to world of communication. This is done in an inviting, non-threating way that is both beneficial for the parent and the youth.
I, like you, have a strong desire to deepen meaningful relationships within the walls of my home. With that said, the inclusion of board games as a regular activity gets the whole house buzzing and adds a slow down we so desperately need in our everyday lives. Whether you’re new to gaming or a seasoned vet, there is both fun and accomplishment found in a simple night of gaming.
2. Develop character through imagination and play
If you ever want to be amazed at how humans develop, look no further than your kids. I never knew how cool that was until I became a dad. Watching my youngest expand his imagination beyond bounds is a joy to witness. Though media in moderation can contribute to the creative growth of a child, nothing, in my opinion, mirrors the creativity found in board gaming.
Whether it's becoming a screenwriter in What the Film?! or being a descendant of one of the three little pigs in Grimm Forest, the supply of imaginative excursions is endless. Along with creativity, your child will be able to learn cognitive skills through consistent gaming as a family. With a wide array of games, you can find the perfect blend for fun and any type of development your family needs.
In my household we have been able to use gaming as a life lesson tool as well. Among those lessons is that of problem solving. Having younger children, I find it really hard to teach independence on a daily basis and with that said I love to feel needed by my child. To fill that void I have been able to use modern day board gaming to teach my children about decision-making. Even though these choices don’t leave lasting effects on the world, giving a child the power to choose an outcome is magical.
Another great takeaway can be the lesson on patience, both with others and ourselves. Through turn-taking and consequences of waiting, you can give your child a glimpse of what the real world will teach them. I have found this to be amazing in dealing with my two-year-old, though rough to enforce, when you are able to have him understand this lesson, it really is parenting made easy.
3. Practice social interaction
One of the simplest facets of everyday life is social interaction. Unfortunately, now more than ever people are overlooking this key attribute of development. Social interaction like many skills in life gets better with practice. It is so sad to see so many fill the void of speaking to one another by endlessly scrolling through a Facebook feed.
Humans were meant to feel! It is so much better to laugh with others than it is to laugh alone. Board games help me teach this lesson to the little ones roaming my home. Take my 6-year-old for instance, she grew up a timid girl afraid to speak to people while hiding behind my legs. Now to watch her explain her favorite game to new friends is beyond heartwarming. Board gaming can be a conduit of comfortability to those trying to grow up and find themselves.
Board gaming is a great tool for introverted children to be able to open up in an easy fashion. I can recall having a young guest in our home who was very quiet and kept to himself. We played What The Film?! with him which involves creative storytelling. Though hesitant at first, he was able to open up and change in real-time. My family can be the same way as this guest. Just by the simple action of choosing the right game for the right person in your home, you can grant them access to the confidence they may need to reach their fullest potential.
Though this list can go on forever, these three things are benefits I’ve found in my own home. The inclusion of board gaming in your home can make a difference and help us gain a bit more control of our homes. I can attest that a family that plays together, stays together.
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Sasquatch, Werewolves and Kittens That Explode, Breathe Life Into Tired Classic Games.
Classic games such as Uno and Skip-Bo are being replaced by games with spunk and character such as Camping with Sasquatch and Exploding Kittens.
Just as classic games were starting to make a comeback, “out with old and in with the new” has become the new mantra as games such as Camping with Sasquatch, Exploding Kittens and Ultimate Werewolf are taking over with increased creativity, more extensive design and eye-catching artwork.
“Over the past few years, it’s been fascinating to see games shift from just numbers on a card to creating games with character and, well..characters,” said Alex Mackey, co-creator of the currently running Kickstarter campaign card game, Camping with Sasquatch.
While Exploding Kittens, which found its success through Kickstarter, plays differently than Uno or Skip-Bo, it is geared toward a similar demographic and it takes about the same amount of time to play. However, it has found a way to extend its brand by using off-the-wall artwork by The Oatmeal.
“It’s cool to see T-shirts, plushies and even keychains that have spawned from Exploding Kittens. If it follows the pattern of Angry Birds, it’s very possible that a movie could follow,” Mackey said.
Camping with Sasquatch is another card game that is challenging games like Uno and even traditional face cards by offering a game that is fun, quick and for the whole family, but with entertaining images. Targeted as THE game to take camping, Camping with Sasquatch is a hybrid of Slapjack and Rummy, but like Exploding Kittens, uses artwork commissioned by a comics artist.
“We designed Camping with Sasquatch so that it’s not just cute, but the characters could extend the brand with an intellectual property that can cross over into many different avenues,” said Mike Szalajko, co-creator of Camping with Sasquatch.
As games continue to grow in popularity and the market expands, expect to see not just new intellectual properties emerge, but perhaps the next pop cultural maelstrom will emanate from a game at the table.
Camping with Sasquatch is available now on Kickstarter with added Kickstarter exclusive options. The campaign ends on July 17, 2018. Visit LethalChickenGames.com for more info. Exploding Kittens and Ultimate Werewolf are available at Target, on Amazon and at retailers nationwide.
Bigfoot, Cthulhu, Unicorns and the Yeti have become the face of board games and card games for 2018.
With the increase in popularity of tabletop games and card games, the latest trend is to feature mythical creatures such as Unicorns, Sasquatch and Cthulhu amongst others.
The new game, Camping with Sasquatch by Lethal Chicken Games is the newest game to feature an elusive mythical creature.
“The phrase, camping with Sasquatch popped into my head years ago and I always thought it would be a great name for a game,” said Mike Szalajko, co-creator of Camping with Sasquatch. “So once our first game, What The Film?! was finished, we wanted to do something completely different and almost silly. So we came up with a Slapjack meets Rummy sort of game and built it around the name Camping with Sasquatch,” said Szalajko.
PlayMonster’s Yeti in My Spaghetti which won Toy of the Year award in 2017 is another game that uses a similar mythical creature to give a fun skin to their game. “If you look at Jenga and Yeti in My Spaghetti, they’re essentially the same concept,” said Alex Mackey, co-creator of Camping with Sasquatch. “But if I had to choose between the two, I’d take the Yeti any day,” Mackey said.
Mythical creatures are found on some of the most funded games and new games on Kickstarter, whether it’s an unstable Unicorn, a Frogdog or Olympian Gods.
Unstable Unicorns has been one of the most funded projects ever featured on Kickstarter. Camping with Sasquatch is hoping to follow in their stead with cartoon art reminiscent of Disney’s Gravity Falls.
“JK Rowling made sure mythical creatures made their way into pop culture and by incorporating some of those same elements into the gaming industry is a way to make sure they don’t slip back into hiding,” said Brett C. Nance, artist for Camping with Sasquatch.
“So many games have given us memorable characters such as the Monopoly banker, or Colonel Mustard,” Mackey said, “But as the industry has progressed, the imaginations have expanded far beyond a person in a bank or a library,” stated Mackey.
Camping with Sasquatch is available on Kickstarter with added Kickstarter exclusives through July 17, 2018. Visit LethalChickenGames.com for more info. Yeti in My Spaghetti and Unstable Unicorns are available at Target, on Amazon.com and at retailers nationwide.
This weekend I had the privilege of going to EPIC Prototype Con where we were able to test and refine new games that we're working on. We tested Camping with Sasquatch, our next game. Over the course of two hours we changed it probably a dozen times but it resulted in a very tight game.
Part of the convention was a seminar by a distributor that gets games in stores. He had 8 "MUSTS" for launching a game.
1. Make the game. This seems obvious, but the subtext is, prototypes and ideas aren't going to get you anywhere. Make the game.
2. Have a sales sheet. It's a one sheet that should include the following:
- Name of the game
- Age range / # of players / Length of play stats
- 1 Paragraph of thematic wording
- Game mechanics aka, what players do
- Box contents
- Release date
- Order due date
- Item code
- Box dimensions
- Case configuration (how many per case...should be multiples of six, no more than 12.)
- Contact info
3. Be on point with your social media. Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest all help, but ultimately the only one that really matters are your Facebook followers. How many do you have?
4. BoardGameGeek.com: This is like the IMDB of boardgames. Believe it or not, ratings, reviews, hours played, etc., are all very important elements that distributors consider from BGG. Don't underestimate BGG. List your game and make it shine with appropriate, well shot photos.
5. Your website. Don't neglect it. Keep it current. A neglected site = a neglected product.
6. Newsletters. As I sat there and listened, I was able to check off the boxes of everything he was saying until it got to the newsletter. This doesn't necessarily need to be done on the launch of the first game, but is something to consider down the line as your brand and product line grows. It's a reminder to distributors what they can or should be ordering or re-ordering.
7. Product catalog. Kind of along the same lines as the newsletter, but more targeted and less newsy. Just the facts.
8. Go to shows. Showcase your game to as many people as you can. Shows will put you in front of people that will help you sell games, generate word of mouth and who knows, maybe you'll play with someone that tracks every single thing they play on BoardGameGeek and log some hours for you. It happens.
If you have any other distributor tips, we'd love to hear them in the comments below. And please check out our game What The Film?!
Lethal Chicken Games, enforcing fun since 2017.
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