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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

Roll it Forward

Hello Friends,

So, I guess Gen Con is cancelled.  At this point it kind of feels like just another cancellation in the long string of an empty con season. I don’t want to get sad here, and I don’t want you all to get sad either. But I think we’ll all agree this is very disappointing. So many of us live for con season, and even if we know we’re doing this for a good reason, it still stings. Understanding all those truths, it is absolutely the right thing for Gen Con to do. 

Lately we’ve seen a lot of focus on small businesses, and rightfully so. Small businesses have been hit particularly hard by this pandemic, and small businesses make up so very much of our industry. From publishers, to game stores, to independent authors, artists, and more, our entire way of life has been affected. I know it seems hard to believe, but Gen Con is also a small business. This entire event, well known around the globe as “the best 4 days in gaming,” is all organized and orchestrated by a very small group of dedicated individuals. This wonderful organization, and industry leader, without its’ primary source of income is surely in for an uphill battle planning for Gen Con 2021.

We have seen so many of you pay it forward. You #backthecomeback by shouting out and supporting your Favorite Local Game Store. You’ve backed Kickstarters even with limited income. You find the good and bring people together through online cons. You are all amazing and awe-inspiring! This situation we are all in is tough… really tough. However, if you can afford it, we highly recommend that you request Gen Con to roll your deposits for your booths/badges/etc. to next year. If you can’t, they’ll understand… But if you can, we know they will GREATLY appreciate it. 

We’re a fantastic team when we work together. Let’s keep that going and #rollitforward all the way to Gen Con 2021!

Thank you –

Ray Wehrs – Owner
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Team Calliope

Calliope Games Celebrates 10 Years

At Calliope Games, we are thrilled to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Over the past decade, our library of gateway and filler games have entertained, inspired, and provided an opportunity to make memories around the game table, and it all started with our flagship title, Tsuro: The Game of the Path. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this 10 year milestone than by returning to the series that started it all, which is why Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is taking flight in 2019!

10 years ago, Calliope Games began as a collaboration between Dawne Weisman, Jordan Weisman, and Ray Wehrs. All of us are experienced game industry professionals who have worked together since 1999 when we collectively launched WizKids. Calliope Games has been producing and selling quality tabletop games since 2009. Our products are inspired by family for families.

At Calliope Games, we publish fun, affordable, family-style tabletop games for all to enjoy.

With gamers in mind, our games make the perfect “gateway” or “filler” game. They allow you to easily draft your non-gamer friends into your favorite hobby. Calliope games are excellent for starting out game night and are easily played between heavier games. It’s important to point out to our non-gamer friends that we do take a slightly different approach to the games we produce. At Calliope, we focus on entertaining adults; however, the games we produce allow children to compete with their parents without the parents “throwing” the game. It’s a really a pretty simple concept; instead of having the parents step down into the child’s world, we are inviting the child to step up into the parents’ world.

For gamers and non-gamers alike, the results of our efforts are games that are accessible by all players regardless of skill level or age, play in under 60 minutes, are affordably priced, and most of all… are a blast to play!

We are proud and humbled to have been able to deliver fun to game tables for 10 years, and we are excited to keep doing it for another 10 years…and beyond!

Thank you for being a part of the first 10 years of Calliope Games! Until next time, game on!

Saying Goodbye to Gen Con; Saying Hello to PAX Unplugged

Thank you to everyone that stopped by the Calliope Games Booth at Gen Con 2018. We loved meeting with you and showing you a new game or two. Gen Con, Origins Game Fair, and PAX Unplugged are the three big chances we have to spend some time with our friends and we appreciate your willingness to spend some of your time with us. Here are some fun pics from this year’s Gen Con!

Just some of the funtastic Team Calliope!

Rob Daviau demos ShipShape, an upcoming Titan Series title.

Seth Johnson demos SpyMaster, an upcoming Titan Series title.

Big Al Mansky stops by and has a “Funky” time!

Players mastering menus in Menu Masters.

Stealing from the rich and giving to ourselves in Thieves!

Demoing Hive Mind, a honey of a game!

A busy day in the Calliope Games booth. Wish you were here!

 

Calliope Games will be at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, PA November 30-December 2, 2018. Why not make plans to join us?

See you there!

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!

 

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!