Category Archives: Titan Series

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.

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!

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!!

Featuring Friendly Local Game Stores!

Greetings, and happy New Year!

2016 is going to be a big year for Calliope. We’re releasing a record number of titles by fulfilling the first round of the Titan Series. New game submissions come in almost daily. Secret projects that have been in the works for years will come to fruition. We’ll even attend more trade shows and conventions than in previous years. While we’ve expanded our company to handle the extra work, we’re still going to be crazy busy.

That said, we want to take more time to appreciate the folks who spread the joy of tabletop at the grassroots level: the friendly local game stores. Continue reading

Calliope’s Gen Con Schedule!

The Calliope offices, normally a  somewhat chaotic whirlwind of paper, dice, and tennis balls (courtesy of Buddy the office dog), will be silent and empty this week. Why? We’re off to Gen Con, and we’ve packed as much fun as possible into the Best Four Days of GamingTM.

Calliope, goddess of game design, stands in a forest of trees with white bark and pale green leaves. She wears a flowing gown of white and gold chiffon decorated with monarch butterflies. Gems hang from ribbons wrapped around her arms, and a gold headpiece sits atop her fiery copper hair. Continue reading

10K Away!

The Titan Series is just 10K away from funding! We’ve revealed additional details about the games by James Ernest, Paul Peterson, and Jordan & Zach Weisman in the Kickstarter updates! Backer-exclusive box art is now a thing! We’ve also got another exciting announcement on the horizon. Have you joined the Titans?