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Happy New Year! Let’s Play Some Games!

Hi everyone!

First, we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  2016 had its ups and downs, for sure, but looking ahead to 2017 — at least in the gaming world — it’s gonna be a wonderful ride!

We want to thank everyone who supported our Titan Series project; the first games from that line — Menu Masters, Hive Mind, and Running with the Bulls — are out in the world and people have been enjoying them, which is great to see!

Behind the scenes here at Calliope, we have been deep in development on the next wave of Titan Series games.  It’s been incredible to work with a seriously amazing group of designers, from as we develop the next wave of Titan designs.  Beyond that, we even have a couple of other surprise titles in the works, one of which we will be announcing very soon!

Anyway, we hope you are having a good start to the year! Game on!

-Team Calliope

Calliope’s Stocking Stuffer Guide

Hello, Calliopeers!

Happy holidays to everyone!  We hope that you are having a wonderful life, and that your Christmas shopping is going well.  We wanted to take a moment today to talk about one big part of Christmas shopping: the stocking stuffers!

Now, this doesn’t necessarily have to be about gifts that will go into a stocking.  Certainly, the games I’m going to talk about will fit that bill perfectly, but they can also be used as presents for teachers, co-workers, mail carriers…or as Secret Santa gifts, rewards for good behavior, prizes for reindeer games…or any other way you want to use them! The main thing is that they all share the same wonderful qualities:

People love getting them, and they don’t cost very much at all!

12 Days

12 Days

First up, let’s talk about the most fitting game in the Calliope Games library for this time of year!  Based on the classic Christmas carol, 12 Days (by Mike Selinker and James Ernest) is a delightfully easy-to-learn card game which finds players giving gifts and receiving gifts!  Pretty appropriate, eh?  The artwork on the cards was lovingly drawn by acclaimed artist Echo Chernik, and its stained-glass window motif is a joy for the eyes.

How many can play?  3-5 players

Who is this game for?  Fans of trick-taking card games like Hearts and Pinochle.  Also, for anyone who has Christmas spirit all year long.

Thieves!

Thieves!

For players who like some sneaky fun, Thieves! is the right choice!  In this card game, everyone plays as crooks who have just robbed a bank and must try to get away with the most loot! Play cards, avoid the police, and double-cross everyone else to win!  You’ll be laughing and bluffing all through each game, where you never know who’s going to win until the getaway car shows up!

How many can play?  3-6 players

Who is this game for? Players who like to grin mischievously and shout “Take THAT!” as they bust another player.

Roll For It!

It doesn’t get much simpler…or more fun…than Roll For It!  Roll dice, match the results to cards on the table, score points, and (hopefully) win!  This is a game that can introduced to anyone – kids, families, friends – with everyone engaged and having a blast right away!  We also designed it to be taken everywhere you go, so you can shake those dice wherever you are!

How many can play?  2-4 players per set (there are both red and purple sets, and if you get both, you can entertain up to 8 players!)

Who is this game for?  Folks who love to roll dice and smile a lot!

Ugh!

Finally, we have Ugh!, a crazy card game where you racing to collect sets of cavemen, their prehistoric pets, and their stone-age homes!  The great thing about this game, which was designed by a husband-and-wife team and features hilarious art by cartoonist John Kovalic, is that players get to choose when to press their luck, and when to push that risk off on other players!  Snag the cards you want, but watch out for the natural disasters that can pop up of you’ll be yelling “UGH!”

How many can play?  2-6 players

Who is this game for?  Players who like to take a chance and push their luck, and everyone who ever wanted a dinosaur for a pet!

So there you have it!  Four great titles, all ready for the holiday gift-giving extravaganza!  You can find all of these titles right here on our website.  Feel free to read the rules and learn more, and once you do you can order them right from us, or visit your friendly local game store to buy them!

Roll For It! is also available at Target and Walgreens stores nationwide!

Happy holidays from Calliope Games!

 

The Titans Unleashed

Greetings everyone!

titan-1-boxes-together

Well, after years of conceptualization,  planning, scheming, begging, Kickstarting, testing, refining, drawing, sweating, writing, producing, and playing, the time has finally come…

THE FIRST YEAR TITAN SERIES GAMES ARE NOW SHIPPING! 

We opened up the very new and very smooth Calliope Kickstarter Store to our backers earlier this month, allowing them the first chance to scoop up their long-awaited games.  Backer reaction to the games has been very positive, and our good friend Dr. Ken Franklin even went so far as to record some fun unboxing videos:

Menu Masters – by Zach & Jordan Weisman

Hive Mind – by Richard Garfield

Running With The Bulls – by Paul Peterson

Thanks to Ken for these!

For the rest of the world, we want to let you know that we are shipping out the games to distribution this week, so they should be available by week’s end from your Friendly Local Game Store!  Also, pre-ordered copies (from Gen Con and beyond) are going out this week, and we encourage all the folks who pre-ordered to shoot us an email (CustomerService@CalliopeGames.com) to confirm your shipping address so we get your games to the right place!

Finally, we hope that all who play these amazing games will have a blast, and we want to spread the word!  We would like to humbly ask for fans of the Titan Series games to visit Board Game Geek, the biggest and best online resource for board game information, and talk about the games.  You can rate them and leave a little comment, or go WAY above and beyond and write a review or post images of your group playing.  Doing these things helps raise awareness of these games and how PERFECT they would be at all holiday and family gatherings in the very social coming weeks and months! 🙂  Here are the links to the games’ pages on BGG:

Running With the Bulls on BGG

Hive Mind on BGG

Menu Masters on BGG

Speaking of BGG, Chris and Zach from Calliope Games will be out in Dallas at BGG Con from Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th.  Please hit us up on Twitter (@CalliopeGames) or Facebook if you are going to be there and would like to play some games — they will have Hive Mind, Running With The Bulls, and Menu Masters (co-designed by Zach!) — as well as prototype versions of future Titan Series games by Eric Lang, James Ernest, Mike Elliott, and Seth Johnson!  Meet up and play!

As always, we here at Calliope Games want to thank you for supporting us, and hope you have a great day!

Game on!!

Origins Titan Preview Roundup

We had an amazing time out at Origins Game Fair this month, playing games and meeting people.  One of the best parts was getting to play the first three releases from the Titan Series — Running with the Bulls by Paul Peterson, Hive Mind by Richard Garfield, and Menu Masters by Zach & Jordan Weisman with attendees of the convention!  These incredible games are in production now, and should be on store shelves in September, but we wanted to share some links to video overviews, so you could get a flavor for what they are about and how they play!

Paul Peterson gives a demo of RUNNING WITH THE BULLS at Origins 2016.

Paul Peterson gives a demo of RUNNING WITH THE BULLS at Origins 2016.

DICE TOWER ORIGINS SUMMER PREVIEW


BGG ORIGINS PREVIEW


TITAN SERIES OVERVIEW – TO THE TABLE

Thanks for reading and watching, and we will see you soon!  Gen Con is less than 40 days away!  AAAAAH!!

Convention Season Cometh!

Hi everyone! To the rest of the world, spring means grass growing, flowers blooming, and weather getting nicer.  To those of us with gaming in our veins, it means something slightly different: The summer convention season is nearly here!!

Calliope Games will be attending a bevy — an entire bevy — of conventions this year, and in some cases we could use your help!  Read on to see where we will be and how you might be able to join us!

Calliope at Origins Game Fair

Calliope at Origins Game Fair

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