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Calliope Games You Can Play Remotely

With the holiday season being… for lack of a more original word, unprecedented, it’s not exactly easy to gather around a table and play games with the family the way you usually would. And that can be disappointing! I know it is for me; I have a handful of new game suggestions that I want to share with my father who loves lightweight games, but we have no plans to see each other in person for a bit. It’s okay to feel that sting. But the great thing about gamers is we know how to solve a puzzle. 

Calliope’s entire mission has been about gathering folks around a table to create lasting memories. So what do we do when we can’t gather around a table? In the illustrious words of Ross Gellar, we PIVOT! Between Zoom, FaceTime, Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia, apps etc., it’s really become easier than ever to play games remotely. And we want to share with you the best Calliope games to play remotely with your family to create some brand-new memories.

Tsuro: The Game of the Path

Tsuro has an award-winning app from Thunderbox Entertainment that plays up to 8 people and is available on Android, Apple, Steam and more. It gives you the full Tsuro experience, and can be played all at once or turn by turn (perfect for when you need a quick break from mashing potatoes for the very first time).

If you have just one person Skype-ing in, you can actually play Tsuro with the physical copy! Prop that one player’s tiles up so only their camera can see them, and make sure they have a clear view of the board. They’ll tell you which tile they want and in which orientation. I’ve played this way several times, and the laughter induced from the, “no not your left, my left!” interactions add a whole other level of fun.

Roll for It!

Roll for It! also has an excellent app from Thunderbox Entertainment that allows you to play the Red or Purple edition, and has a bunch of different dice that you can’t get in the physical version. You shake your phone to roll the dice, and the game plays exactly the same as the physical version.

Don’t want to play on an app? You could play with just one copy of the game and an impartial roller such as a dice tower, and let the players tell you where they want their dice allocated. Insistent on rolling your own dice and happen to have your own copy? Find the matching cards you’re trying to roll for, and roll your own dice! This game probably has the most versatility for playing remotely, so if you have another suggestion, let us know!

Hive Mind

Hive Mind is Calliope’s contribution to trivia and party games! Designed by Richard Garfield (of Magic the Gathering and King of Tokyo fame), in this game you’re not trying to find the best, funniest, or most correct answer, you’re trying to come up with the answer that the most people playing will also have given. So if the question is “Name 3 flavors of popsicle,” it doesn’t matter that “blue” isn’t a flavor, it’s a color; as long as you know other people playing will also give the answer “blue,” you’re going to get points. Hive Mind is our easiest game to play over Zoom with just one person having a physical copy, and it also plays the most players, with up to 12 people playing. Have more than 12 people? Play in teams! Or grab extra meeples from a different game and add more players. The more, the merrier!

Dicey Peaks/The Mansky Caper

As we learned this summer during our 12-hour streaming marathon raising money for Food Lifeline, both Dicey Peaks and The Mansky Caper are very easily playable remotely as long as one person has a copy of the game, and a camera good enough for people to clearly see the board. The person with the game will also act as everyone’s hands, moving dice, pawns, and tokens wherever the players decide; but all of the gameplay decisions are made entirely by the players. As far as The Manksy Caper is concerned, it’s almost like Big Al himself is pulling the strings!

Allegory/Mass Transit/Enchanted Plumes

These three games are the newest in the Calliope lineup, in fact they’re currently being funded on Kickstarter! Until December 11th, you can play all three of these games for free on Tabletop Simulator and they each play up to 6 players. Looking for a cooperative or even solo game? Give Mass Transit a try! Know some people who love poker and bidding, and want to show them the art of set collection? Time to try Allegory. Want to see some truly beautiful card art within a potentially cutthroat game? Check out Enchanted Plumes

The truly wonderful thing about having these games on a digital platform is being able to play with people you’d never be able to get at a table at the same time. We’ve had the chance to play with designers and friends to create some fantastic moments that never would have been possible otherwise. We highly encourage you to do the same.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! And if you get the chance to play some of these games in any capacity, make sure to tag us. We love seeing those memories getting made. 

Gamers Engaged With Food Lifeline

On Sunday August 9th, 2020, Calliope Games is participating in an incredible event with Gamers Engaged, the giving arm of Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House, where we will be streaming and playing games from 10am-10pm PST to raise money for Food Lifeline.

Food Lifeline provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals every day, and every dollar we raise provides 5 meals. Our team goal was to raise $1,000, and thanks to your generosity we have already smashed that goal!! Along with an incredible donation was a challenge: “$1000 as a goal is too low. Aim high! We love each other!” So we’ve DOUBLED our goal! Now we want to raise $2,000, or 10,000 meals for Food Lifeline.

All throughout the day we will be playing your favorite Calliope games in a multitude of ways; from Zoom calls to good ol’ fashioned round-the-table gameplay. We are also thrilled to announce that Ruel Gaviola (whom you may remember from the Accommodations for Colorblind Players article) will be playing ShipShape with his family as our special guest. There also may be a super secret playthrough of an upcoming Calliope game that hasn’t even hit Kickstarter yet! If you want to know when it’s live, make sure you’re following us on social media, or sign up for the Kickstarter Preview newsletter in our sidebar –>

And just to sweeten the pot, every person who follows us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), signs up for that Kickstarter newsletter, or donates, is entered in a raffle to win some con-exclusive Calliope swag! We want to give our thanks to you all for joining us for this incredible event. We literally cannot do it without you.

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, and that you’ll watch, comment, share, enjoy, and if your wallets can afford it, that you give back and make a donation. Remember, $1 provides 5 meals, so truly every little bit helps.

Stay Safe. Stay Kind. Play Games.

-Team Calliope

Announcing Tsuro: Phoenix Rising

To usher in our 10th Anniversary in 2019, Calliope Games is thrilled to announce Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, an exhilarating new entry in the legendary Tsuro series.  

In the game, each player is a phoenix, soaring across the board in an effort to reach glowing lanterns and transform them into new stars in the night sky.  The first player to collect seven star tokens wins the game!

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising builds upon the foundation of classic Tsuro – you must play tiles to extend your path, traverse the board, and be aware of your surroundings – but it adds exciting new features such as double-sided path tiles that can be flipped and rotated to choose your destination, as well as a revolutionary new molded board.  As a phoenix, you also have the ability to return to the board once per game, rising from the ashes!

The Tsuro series, featuring games designed by Tom McMurchie, has been a flagship brand for Calliope Games since our beginnings in 2009.  The original Tsuro: The Game of the Path was released by WizKids in 2004 and its follow-up Tsuro of the Seas was released in 2012 after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising will launch on Kickstarter on January 10, 2019 at 2pm Eastern.

Game and Food Pairings

Have you ever wondered what food you should pair with your Calliope Game? Well now we have the answer for you!

Double Double Dominoes

Game components of Double Double Dominoes

Game components of Double Double Dominoes

Players: 2-4

Play Time: 50 minutes

Food Pairing: Oreos

Reasoning: When playing Double Double Dominoes, it is best to pair the game with a package of Double Stuffed Oreos! This is an obvious choice because both dominoes and Oreos are black and white. You score double the points in the game, while you score double the filling in your stomach while eating Oreos. In Double Double Dominoes, there are many strategies to win – playing double dominoes to build a continuous chain, play on big numbers, etc. While eating Oreos, there are also different strategies – you can twist the cookies apart to eat the filling, eat the cookie as a whole, only eat the filling, etc. This classy pairing enhances the play of the game and makes it even more enjoyable. You can purchase Double Stuffed Oreos at any store near you. If you would like to purchase Double Double Dominoes, click here.



Game components of Tsuro

Game components of Tsuro

Players: 2-8

Play Time: 20 minutes

Food Pairing: Chow Mein

Reasoning: To go along with the Asian theme of Tsuro, we have paired the game with Chow Mein. This is a perfect match as you must create a continuous path in Tsuro. Chow Mein is perfect due to the noodles aspect and resembles the paths created in Tsuro. By combining the two for your game night, you can have a total Asian themed night. Make sure to be the last one to finish your food because you will be the last on the board making you the winner! If you would like to make your own Chow Mein, check out this recipe. If you would like to purchase Tsuro, click here.


Running with the Bulls

Components of Running With The Bulls

Components of Running With The Bulls

Players: 2-6

Play Time: 40-60 minutes

Food Pairing: Sliders

Reasoning: What a better way to show those rascally bulls who’s boss by eating a beef slider! These sliders are the perfect size for any game night especially when playing Running with the Bulls. In the game, there are smaller dice which represent the runners for each player trying to get to their destination. For your meal, the sliders are the runners trying to get to their final destination as well – your stomach! What better way to spend time with friends than to eat some sliders and play Running with the Bulls! To make your own sliders, click this link. Running with the Bulls is currently not on sale, but will be available for purchase at your FLGS soon!



Game components of Ugh!

Game components of Ugh!

Players: 2-6

Play Time: 20 minutes

Food Pairing: Turkey Leg

Reasoning: When you think of Ugh! you think of cavemen. And what did cavemen eat? Turkey legs of course… well it might not have been turkey legs, but it’s close enough! These turkey legs are similar to the clubs that cavemen would carry as a weapon. Your game night will be stepped up to the next level with these turkey legs as it’s companion. You can make these copycat Disney turkey legs from this recipe. If you want to play Ugh! and purchase your own copy, you can do so here!


12 Days

Game components of 12 Days

Game components of 12 Days

Players: 3-5

Play Time: 15 minutes

Food Pairing: Cookies and Milk

Reasoning: It’s close to the holiday season and when Santa comes, we’ll be greeting him with milk and cookie shots. Santa Claus can enjoy his milk and cookies all in the same bite!  With these milk and cookie shots, you can work it perfectly into your game of 12 Days. Win some day cards and eat some milk and cookies! You can learn how to make these cookie shot glasses filled with milk here. And you can purchase 12 Days here!


Menu Masters

Game components of Menu Masters

Game components of Menu Masters

Players: 2-5

Play Time: 20-40 minutes

Food Pairing: Ratatouille

Reasoning: Have you ever wanted to be a Menu Master? You can you’re your friends that you are a Menu Master by cooking up some ratatouille and playing the game Menu Masters! By whipping up this recipe, you will impress everyone at your game night. It’s also possible to impress everyone by winning at the game – who doesn’t love to win? Use this ratatouille recipe to have a fancy Menu Master Party! Menu Masters the game will be on the store shelves soon, so keep an eye out!


Tsuro of the Seas

Game components of Tsuro of the Seas

Game components of Tsuro of the Seas

Players: 2-8

Play Time: 20-40 minutes

Food Pairing: Asian Steamed Fish

Reasoning: Tsuro of the Seas is the second version of Tsuro. In this edition, players are ships sailing around the seas trying to be the last one standing and escaping the wrath of the daikaiju. This Asian inspired game deserves some Asian inspired food pairing. Which is why we have picked out an Asian steamed fish! Pairing both the meal and the game together allows for a wonderful Asian themed night. Make this awesome recipe found here. Purchase Tsuro of the Seas from our website here.


Roll For It!  

Game components of Roll For It!

Game components of Roll For It!

Game components of Roll For It! Deluxe

Game components of Roll For It! Deluxe

Players: 2-4*

*2-8 with red and purple versions combined, or if playing with deluxe version

Play Time: 20 minutes

Food Pairing: Sandwich

Reasoning: What some of you might not know is that Calliope Games loves traveling to Chicago for one particular restaurant. We all love Italian Beef from Portillo’s! One of our best travelling games is Roll For It! and it’s perfect when going to Chicago and Portillo’s. The pairing works perfectly because you don’t need much space or cleanliness to play Roll For It! or when eating Portillo’s Italian Beef. Make sure you get your copy of Roll For It! Red and Purple here, along with your copy of Roll For It! Deluxe here. And next time you’re in the Chicago area, stop by Portillo’s and get yourself an Italian Beef.



Game components of Thieves!

Game components of Thieves!

Players: 3-6

Play Time: 15-20 minutes

Food Pairing: Chocolate Coins

Reasoning: Thieves! is a great game about robbing a bank and escaping from the police with the most loot! And what do you think of when you think of loot – gold coins obviously! With these gold coins, you can play the game of Thieves! in rounds. So instead of using the jewels that come with the game, you can use homemade gold coins. What makes it even better, is that you can eat them afterwards because they are made out of chocolate. Use this recipe to make your own chocolate coins and purchase your copy of Thieves! here.


Hive Mind

Game components of Hive Mind

Game components of Hive Mind

Players: 3-12

Play Time: 30-90 minutes

Food Pairing: Honey

Reasoning: The only way to please the Queen Bee is to make her think that you think alike with your other bee mates! But bribing her with some honey sticks might help out as well! Make some homemade honey sticks for you and your friends to eat while playing Hive Mind. Answer the Queen’s questions and get as many points as you can to stay in the hive. But might as well enjoy some honey sticks while you’re answering questions. Learn how to make some honey sticks here! Keep an eye out for Hive Mind on FLGS shelves within the next few months.


Got ‘Em

Game components of Got 'Em

Game components of Got ‘Em

Players: 2-4

Play Time: 30 minutes

Food Pairing: Lollipop

Reasoning: Got ‘Em has the classic 50’s pop art feel. So why not support this pop artwork with lollipops! Got ‘Em is a great game that you can play with anyone! The game comes in both a bright and brainy version for those who desire different ways to challenge themselves. Lollipops are the best option to pair with this game. You can even make your own lollipops using this recipe. Purchase your own copy of Got ‘Em here.


Gen Con 2015

We had a blast at Gen Con 2015! Between demoing our upcoming release Thieves!, sponsoring the fabulous VIG program and hilarious Instant Game Show, holding the inaugural Double Double Dominoes tournament, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Tsuro, and showing off Titan Series demos, it was easily our busiest Gen Con yet.

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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.

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It’s true! The Tsuro app is coming!

Calliope Games and Thunderbox Entertainment are partnering to transport Tsuro from the table to the tablet with the Tsuro app! The app maintains the feel and experience of playing the physical game while stunning 3D renderings of the game pieces, glittering path graphics, and enchanting sounds (our favorite is the Tibetan singing bowl) immerse you in the Game of the Path like never before. Players can square off against fiendish AI opponents, gather around their tablet to play as a group, or play online with friends. Even more exciting features will be announced at a later date.

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