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New Wave of Titan Series Games Arriving On Game Shelves!

Anticipated Calliope Games Titles Will Be Available In Late 2017!

Calliope Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Ancestree, Capital City, and ShutterBug, the next three games in its ongoing Titans of Gaming series. This product line, designed by some of the greatest designers working in the industry, presents family-friendly tabletop games that are easy to teach, play in under an hour. All three titles are expected to release in the 4th quarter of 2017.

Ancestree is an tile drafting game designed by Eric M. Lang, illustrated by Larry Elmore and colored by Adelheid Zimmerman. In Ancestree, players get to build their personal family trees! Over three rounds, players cleverly choose Ancestor tiles and cultivate their lineage, scoring points for generations, wealth, and marriages. In the end, the player with the highest score wins and gets to brag that “My family is better than yours!” Ancestree is for 2-6 players ages 8+ and play in 20-40 minutes.

Capital City is a quick-playing card game designed by James Ernest and colorfully illustrated by Brian Bowes. Over four seasons, players hire new kinfolk arriving from the train to run their buildings on Main Street. Picking the right characters can provide bonus points – but may also help the other players! At the end of the year, the player with the most prosperous town will become Mayor of Capital City! Capital City provides 3-6 players ages 8+ a light, strategic experience in about 30 minutes.

ShutterBug is a fast-paced game of set collection and exploration designed by Mike Elliott and illustrated by Char Reed. It is 1932 and the world is fascinated by growing rumors of hidden creatures that roam America. As a freelance photographer looking to make a name for yourself, you must crisscross the country, following tips that lead you to “snap the myth” and take the creature pictures that the tabloids most desire. ShutterBug is for 2-6 players ages 8+ and plays in 20-40 minutes.

Adventure Awaits You On The Dicey Peaks!

Hi everyone!

We are proud to announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for our newest game Dicey Peaks!  Created by superstar game designer Scott Almes, Dicey Peaks is a thrilling tile-flipping, dice-rolling game for 2-6 players!

In the game, you are attempting to be the first to reach the fabled red flag at the top of Yeti Mountain.  To get there, you have to push your luck rolling dice and skillfully choosing when to press ahead, and when to rest to regain some precious oxygen.  As you advance, you reveal tiles that can help or hinder your progress.  Most dangerous of all are the hazards – avalanches and Yetis that can cause you to bust if you press your luck a bit too far!

We are beyond excited to have worked with Scott Almes on his first Calliope Game, bringing this quick-playing heart-pounding adventure to life!  We want this game to be the best possible presentation, so we have partnered again with crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to open it up to amazing backers whose pledges allow us to improve the components and build an immediate interest in the game.

Here is a quick “peak” at the components currently slated to be in the box (and which we can hopefully upgrade even further after shattering goals on Kickstarter):

The components in Dicey Peaks

We sincerely hope you will take a look at the Kickstarter campaign for Dicey Peaks and consider pledging to get a copy.  There is a standard edition for only $26 (including free shipping within the continental U.S.) or a deluxe edition – featuring an exclusive linen-finish box cover, a book of art from the game, and a Yeti standee – for only $36 (again, with free shipping within the continental U.S.).

Have a great day, and watch out for Yetis!

 

Got ‘Em!

While at Gen Con, our first print run of Got ‘Em sold out! This was a great achievement for the whole team and especially for game designer, Zach Weisman, who was at Gen Con with the Calliope Games team.

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As this we are looking into the future for making a new print, we will also be updating the artwork! The box cover and card art will be getting a fresh new feel! The changes being made to the cards is also great because it allows the cards to be more universal. No more text, but instead, images of what your actions are.

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Our plan is to have the next print run available in 2017. So keep an eye out for stores to be carrying this new version of Got ‘Em!

Which Roll For It! is Right For You?

Beginning August 1st, 2016, Target now carries our hit game Roll For It! in red and purple versions.  We are thrilled to bring the game to a new audience, and to do so in a budget-minded package.  The Target version has a newly designed box that allows shoppers to view the contents of the game. It includes brightly colored opaque dice, 30 playing cards, and a drawstring bag to store everything in for travel. The game is more affordable and portable than ever!

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While this new value edition of Roll For It! is exclusive to Target stores, the original standard editions, as well as the Deluxe Edition, are still available at your local specialty toy and game stores, where the game has already proven to be a hit with gamers and non-gamers alike!

Our goal with releasing Roll For It! in Target was to broaden the reach of the game and appeal to those who don’t have access to a local game store or who aren’t your typical gamers. We wanted to make this game accessible to families who might not normally shop at a game store, but who we think would still really enjoy the game!

You may be asking yourself, “Which version of Roll For It! is right for me?” Well, we have put together this handy guide to the different versions, so you can be sure!


Roll For It! – Target Edition (available in red and purple set)

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Who Is It For?

This value version of the game is for budget-minded families and those who are looking to own a quick and fun game they will play again and again.  With a retail price of only $12, this version of Roll For It! is the perfect balance of affordability and playability!

What Do I Get?

A disposable box, 30 standard cards, 24 colorful basic dice, a drawstring travel bag top hold all the components, and a full-color rulebook.  Each red and purple set comes with everything you need to play with 2-4 players, or you can purchase and combine both sets for playing with up to 8 players!

Where Can I Buy It?

This amazing $12 game is available on shelves at Target stores nationwide.


Roll For It! – Standard Edition (available in red and purple set)

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Who Is It For?

This version of the game is intended for gamers and folks who want a great game to play over and over.  The dice in this edition are fancy and eye-catching, the cards are high quality, and the box that it comes in is meant to last a long time.  This is the classic Roll For It! that people have come to recognize and love.

What Do I Get?

A rigid two-piece box that can be used as a dice tray for playing on-the-go, 30 water-resistant cards, 24 beautiful translucent or marbled dice, and a full-color rulebook.  Each red and purple set comes with everything you need to play with 2-4 players, or you can purchase and combine both sets for playing with up to 8 players!

Where Can I Buy It?

The Standard Editions of Roll For It! are available at fine specialty toy and game stores all over the world with an MSRP of $15 each!


Roll For It! – Deluxe Edition

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Who Is It For?

This is the definitive and ultimate version of the game, meant for gamers and players who want to behold a thing of beauty as they have a great time!  From the artwork to the flocked tin, the Deluxe Edition of Roll For It! is meant to inspire people as they play!

What Do I Get?

A golden tin featuring Calliope’s trademark artwork, which is flocked inside so it can be used as a quiet dice tray anywhere you go!  60 gorgeous cards, 48 top-quality translucent and marbled dice, an embroidered cloth bag to store any components you aren’t using, and a full-color rulebook.  The Deluxe Edition comes complete with all the cards and dice you need to play the game 2-8 players.

Where Can I Buy It?

The Deluxe Edition of Roll For It! is available at fine specialty toy and game stores all over the world with an MSRP of $38!


No matter the version that’s right for you, we want to thank you for playing Roll For It! and hope that you’ll be rolling, matching, and scoring for years to come!

PAX West and Grand Con

The next two conventions that we will be attending are PAX West, in Seattle, WA and Grand Con in Grand Rapids, MI.

At PAX, we will be partnering with Uncle’s Games to have a table where we will be demoing our Titan Series games in room 214. We will also have Giant Tsuro available for everyone to play. PAX West will be at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from September 2-5th.

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At Grand Con, we will be demoing the Titan Series games along with all the other Calliope Titles. Visit our Director of Fun, Chris Leder, to learn more about what’s coming up! Grand Con will be taking place at the Crowne Royal Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 16-18th.

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If you are either in the Seattle area or Grand Rapids area, in September, take some time to visit us at both PAX West and Grand Con!

 

August Success

We’re already halfway through August and Calliope Games has been having some great successes! With new games in the works, more conventions to go to, and finishing touches being put on games – we have great things to show you!

If you haven’t been to the toy and games section of Target recently, boy have we got news for you! As of August 1st, 2016, Roll For It! (purple and red editions) have been released into Target stores. These new versions of Roll For It! include a drawstring bag, new colorful opaque dice, and a viewing window in the box. This allows for the game to be even more portable and affordable for everyone who already loves the game!

Roll For It! red and purple on shelves in Target

Roll For It! red and purple on shelves in Target

While we were at Gen Con in Indianapolis, we completely sold out of Got ‘Em! by Zach Weisman! As the Calliope team was packing for Gen Con, we found out that we only had 13 copies left of the game. Zach himself was helping out at the booth, and it was so great to have him there to show off his game and to experience the moment when we sold out! Now that we have run out – it’s time to start reprinting! But this time, there will be new artwork – so stay tuned!

Attendees playing Got 'Em at Gen Con 2016

Attendees playing Got ‘Em at Gen Con 2016

With all of this news, it can only get better from here! If you’re in Seattle, come visit us at PAX and stay tuned for more updates!

We Survived Gen Con 2016!

Oh my goodness – Gen Con is over! We’ve been planning this for a long time now and are extremely happy with how things went. Our inaugural button program was well received, our special guests were jolly, and our booth was packed!

Calliope Games booth #1901 at Gen Con 2016

Calliope Games booth #1901 at Gen Con 2016

We revealed our new Titan banner at Gen Con in our largest booth yet! In our booth, we had demo tables with attendees at every one. The team was so pleased with how full it was that we all lost our voices from sharing our excitement! We had prime location at the front of the exhibit hall next too food, bathrooms, and water fountains. And our button program went so well, that we even ran out of some buttons – we had 7 people collect all 11 buttons and earn their Titan Series lapel pin! It was so great to see everyone excited to collect their buttons.

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Miles and Emily: first attendees to collect all buttons!

Special guests that showed up to the booth were Santa Claus, James Ernest, and Paul Peterson! We had so much fun with them in the booth playing games with them. If you were in the booth, I’m sure you saw how jolly they all were! The entire Calliope team enjoyed seeing longtime friends and getting to spend time with them in the booth.

Santa Claus enjoying a game of 12 Days

Santa Claus enjoying a game of 12 Days

Paul Peterson demoing his game, Running With The Bulls

Paul Peterson demoing his game, Running With The Bulls

Now that Gen Con is over, it is time to start planning for the next steps! We have our Titan Series games coming out next month, conventions, and open houses to go to. Stay posted for new updates!

Gen Con 2016

Why hello there everyone!

Gen Con is coming up soon and all the pieces of the convention puzzle are coming together at the Calliope Games Headquarters.  Everyday has been a blur of meetings and dice rolling and we can’t wait for all of you to see!

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Gen Con 2016 | August 4-7, Indianapolis

As many of you know, we have been working on our Titan Series games. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Titan Series, it is an upcoming collection of gateway games by the some of the industry’s best game designers.  Ray Wehrs, President of Calliope Games, invited well-known game designers like Richard Garfield, Eric Lang, and Jordan Weisman (to name a few) to create games that fit within the Calliope wheelhouse — easy-to-learn, quick to play, accessible to all ages and levels of game experience, and above all, lots of fun! The idea is to offer you gateway games designed by your favorite designers! That way you can share your love for board games by your favorite designers with family and friends… and not have to worry about scaring them away!

Calliope will be demoing the first wave of three Titan Series games at Gen Con this year: Running With The Bulls by Paul Peterson, Hive Mind by Richard Garfield, and Menu Masters by Zach & Jordan Weisman. Each of these games are expected to be released in stores this September. Along with the Titan Series games, we will also be demoing all other Calliope titles in booth #1901.

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.

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Chris Leder demos Menu Masters at TexiCon 2016

Players who have had an opportunity to demo the Titan Series games at Origins and TexiCon have had a blast playing them! We are excited to be working together with your FLGS (Favorite Local Game Store) as we move toward their availability in the fall!

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We are also very excited to tell you about the Calliope Games button collection. For the very first time at Gen Con this year, attendees who stop by our booth #1901 and play/demo one of our games will receive a collectible button that corresponds with that game! If an attendee collects all 11 buttons, they will receive a special Titan Series lapel pin!

We at Calliope Games want to help make this the best Gen Con ever for gamers!  Drop by booth #1901 and be the first to play some new games with your friends before they hit store shelves! We’ll also have some incredible deals at the booth that will make sure your gaming library is the best in town!

Join us, and let’s play!

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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Top of the World Board Game Extravaganza!

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FTW Events and Calliope Games invite you to the inaugural Top of the World Board Game Extravaganza benefiting The Imagine Guild at Children’s Hospital! Kick off Emerald City Comic Con with us by playing games, winning prizes, eating delicious food, and mingling with game designers! Click here for more details!