My dog ate my Tsuro tiles.

Once or twice a week, we get an email from someone looking to replace a game component. Sometimes they’ve lost a Tsuro tile. Other times they’ve misplaced a domino or dropped a Roll For It! die into the abyss between the couch cushions. (You know the one.)Whatever the situation, we’re always happy to replace the parts so folks can get back to playing.

Two chewed-up Tsuro tiles, a picture of a large curly-haired black dog, and a letter. The letter reads "Dear Calliope, It is with deepest regret that I take pen in hand to call upon you for assistance. It seems that last weekend as we were playing an active game of Tsuro, my dog Dakota (a 122 pound Black Russian Terrier photo included) became enraged when he was holding the Dragon Tile however there were no tiles to draw and thus he was forced to use his last tile (also included with the evidence) which forced him off the board and thereby losing this hotly contested game. We tried to comfort the brute, however, he became enraged and despite trying to chew his market stone instead destroyed the Dragon Tile and offending path tile."While making our customers happy makes us happy, what we love most about these emails are the stories behind the missing pieces. One player’s three-year-old brother was so offended by a Roll For It! die that he chucked it into the fourth dimension. Dakota, a black Russian terrier, was forced off the board in the most controversial Tsuro game of the decade and took his vengeance on the game itself. Other messages are simply regarding pieces that have the usual wear and tear of constant useβ€”a dog-eared card here, a scuffed domino there. Nothing makes us happier than seeing a well-loved game.

A Tsuro of the Seas box behind a glass of water with a ship game piece in it. Tsuro of the Seas ships do not float.Have you got a story or picture of your hilarious game piece debacle? Post it here by Dec. 15. Our favorite will win a rarely-seen Calliope promo. And yes, it is shiny.

8 thoughts on “My dog ate my Tsuro tiles.

  1. Chris Cunningham

    This contest saddens me. I have no funny stories about poor, poor, depraved game pieces because everyone that ever plays my games knows that if anything happens to my game pieces and it’s their fault, they will invoke the wrath of my inner gaming gods.

    I did, however, have a sort of similar situation once. My “best friend” and my “loving” fiancee once went through my entire box of Ascension (deckbuilding game to which I owned approximately 500 cards) and turned every other card upside down.

    I am so very OCD about directions of cards and Tsuro tiles being straight on the board and such, so they knew this would really get to me.

    I didn’t find it until about six months later when I pulled the game out again to play with some friends during my extra life gaming marathon, at which point I was committed to continue playing so I had no time to put them back right-side up!

    Also, as a side note, you guys should think about making specialty sleeves for your games. Like Roll For It! I know my mother-in-law would buy them for hers!

    1. Cassidy Werner Post author

      We can’t help you with Ascension, but you can tell your friend it’s an official Calliope rule that he never wins another game of Tsuro. πŸ™‚ (Hi, friend! We <3 you too!)

      1. Chris Cunningham

        Hehe. I will let him know.

        I don’t know if he has even played Tsuro **GASP**

        I should get on that. πŸ˜›

      2. Chris Cunningham


        If you could somehow sneak into the next printin of the rulebook that Austin Fink is officially unable to win, I would be forever in love with you! (No worries to your new husband– Congrats, Btw)


  2. Mike N.

    This is a story from my youth and it is a bit gross so I apologize in advance. I was over at a friend’s house playing a friendly game of Kerplunk. We were having a good time pulling out sticks in the hopes that marbles wouldn’t fall. After playing for a bit he decided to show off a cool trick he could do. He took one of the marbles, threw it up in the air, and attempted to catch it in his mouth. Well, he did one better and swallowed the marble whole! Concerned about his well being he told his dad what happened. His dad told us that he would be fine and that it would pass through his system. You think it would end there, but his dad wanted to save the marble and ensure that his copy of Kerplunk was complete. When it passed my friend heard a “clink” noise in the toilet and told his dad. The marble was retrieved, thoroughly washed, and returned to the game. The only difference was that this marble was forever cloudy. After the event I had confidence that it was sanitary, but I never wanted to get the cloudy marble that went on a magical journey when we played a friendly game of Kerplunk (which is such an appropriate title for this tale).

  3. Kristy Eason

    I came upon Calliope Games at my first Gen Con this year and fell instantly in love with Roll For It! I bought it and have played it countless times since then with my family, my friends, and the kids with whom I work.

    I run a latchkey program (before and after school care for kids) and I have kids ranging from age 5 to age 10. I brought the game with me thinking that it would be easy to teach and that some of them might find some marginal interest in playing it with me. I was right about one thing – it was easy to teach. I was wrong about another – the interest was not ‘marginal.’ The interest was enormous.

    I bought extra dice sets to use with the game and would often find myself at a large round table with 10 kids of all ages playing this game. Because they are small, however, and very enthusiastic, sometimes they give me little conniptions at the way they grab excitedly for cards that they’ve won, coming near to bending down the corners of the card. Or sometimes, when they win or lose a roll, their little arms flail in exasperation and the dice that they forgot they had in their hands goes flying.

    This gives me anxiety frequently, because I don’t want to lose a single piece of my game. Eventually, I hope to wiggle some room into my budget so I can buy the program its own copy. But until then, I’m happy to share mine. So the kids all know the rules to keep the dice on the table, only roll in the tin, wait for their turn before they roll or play with their dice, etc…I probably sound like a broken record to them, but I have to remind them often!

    On one particularly fierce, competitive day, myself and about four or five other boys were playing together. We were all within 10 points of winning, and one child had 5/6 dice down on a 15-pointer that would seal his victory. But, as all gamers know, dice are fickle beast, and his teased him for many turns with the wrong numbers. Finally, exasperated, he flung his arms up in frustration and the lone offending die went flying from them.

    …right smack into the forehead of the new principal, a stern woman that the children are just a little bit afraid of. She happened to be walking into the cafeteria to ask me something and instead was assaulted by a board game. The children were mortified, and so was I, since she was often cold even to me. Surprisingly, she began to laugh and so did the kids.

    No one was more shocked than I was to find her sitting at the table with us, asking about the game and how we played. She saw a little bit into my program that day, into me and how I play with the kids, and in return they got to see another side of her that they were able to more closely relate to.

    When she left, we went on a mad search for my missing piece, which we eventually found hiding under a backpack. Dozens of parents have asked me where to get this game that their kids are so addicted to, and I’ve sent them here. I know several children who are getting a pretty cool game for Christmas this year! While the thought of losing parts of my game causes me to ‘freak out’, as the kids might say, I am so glad that I was able to bring my love of board games to work with me and enjoy it every day.

    1. Cassidy Werner Post author

      We clearly have to go with the principal getting hit in the forehead with a die–that would have made our day as kids (and still does now. ahem). Please email Cassidy (at) CalliopeGames (dot) com to claim your prize. πŸ™‚


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