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Just a quick post to let you all know about something amazing happening this weekend. The gang from the Great Big Table podcast reached out to me, about a charity gaming event they are running this weekend (October 25-27). They’re playing board games for 24 hours to raise money for Children’s Miracle Hospitals, through the Extra Life charitable organization. What a fun way to help people! The funds they raise will go towards improving the lives of sick kids. You can read more about it, and make a donation if you wish, at Extra-Life.org:

Raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and fun weekend!

 

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Yesterday, Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, our card game of rhyme and reason, was featured on “Watch It Played”. This fun YouTube series teaches you how to play games without having to stick your nose in boring rule books. Watch Rodney and Andrea play GDFR in this fun, quick video:

How to play Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! by Watch It Played

   

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Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! cover image

We have an exciting announcement to make… drum-roll please… Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! has “gone cardboard” (and tin)! Game-O-Gami’s very first game is now released and available world-wide. If you haven’t gotten yourself a copy of your own yet, you can order it online or ask for it at your friendly local game store. This marks a huge milestone for myself, for Game-O-Gami, and hopefully for happy families who are getting to play GDFR together! Official press release below.

- David

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

July 17, 2013; Las Vegas, NV

Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, the card game of rhyme and reason for kids of all ages, has gone from Kickstarter dream to retail reality. Developed by Game-O-Gami with publisher support from Game Salute, this charming and educational family game was successfully crowd-funded last year and is now available world-wide.

In Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, players put their rhyming and puzzle solving skills to the test as they compete to rid themselves of mischievous goblins and collect magical fairies. The game features innovative play mechanics by game industry veteran David Sanhueza, and beautiful illustrations by comic book artist Mike Maihack. GDFR is the culmination of David’s dream to create a game that children and adults can enjoy playing together.

The rulebook sets the appropriately whimsical mood by describing the setting, “For a long, long time, goblins and fairies have lived in a magical world right beneath our noses. If you look hard enough, you can find rings of mushrooms, called ‘fairy rings,’ which act as doors between their world and ours. Today, a gang of mischievous goblins escaped from the fairy ring, and it is up to you to send them back before they cause trouble! But an ancient spell of rhymes which transforms goblins into fairies and fairies into goblins makes this a trickier task than you might think…”

Gamers curious about Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! will be able to try-before-they-buy at the Gen Con Indy games convention. Gen Con, “the best four days in gaming”, will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, from August 15-18. Players can participate in demos of GDFR at the Game Salute booth in the exhibit hall.

Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! is now available directly from shop.GameSalute.com, Amazon.com, and your friendly local game store. More information about the game, including samples of the artwork, can be found on Game-O-Gami’s website: www.game-o-gami.com

 

Goblin and Fairy cards

 

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Nominations for the BoardGameGeek.com Golden Geek Award are open now through the end of September. If you are an eligible BGG member, and would like to nominate Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! for an award either on the strengths of the game design or the artwork, you can make an impact right now by nominating it for the Best Children’s Game, Best Family Game, and Best Artwork/Presentation. Here is the link for nominations – you can scroll down the list of games on the left, or type “Goblins Drool” in the search box:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekawards/boardgame

For each category, the 10 items which receive the most nominations will become the nominees for the final voting, which will run through the month of October. To learn more about this Award, the nomination process, and if you are eligible to vote, read all about it here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/851248/2012-golden-geek-awards-nominations-open-for-boa

After all, it’s an honor just to be nominated…  :)  Thank you!

2012 Golden Geek Awards

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GDFR! - Team Goblin wallpaper

Team Goblin by Mike Maihack

Are you headed to Gen Con? If so, you can play Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! and get a look at the final artwork for all 40 goblin and fairy characters, drawn by the phenomenal Mike Maihack! The Team Goblin image above (now available on the Wallpapers page) is just one example of the beautiful work that Mike has done on this project.

Gen Con, dubbed “The Best Four Days of Gaming”, is an annual gaming convention held in Indianapolis. It is the largest gathering in the United States of board game, card game, RPG, and miniatures fans. This year, the convention will be held from August 16th through the 19th.

During Gen Con, GDFR! will be featured at the Game Salute booth #1033.  Our card game of rhyme and reason will also be played in the Events Hall. Here is the schedule according to Game Salute:
Thursday at 4pm, Friday at 5pm, Saturday at 10am and 1pm, and Sunday at 1pm. Each is an hour block. People can buy tickets on www.genconreg.com or buy generics and show up to play in the event hall. We are in Hall E, Yellow Tables 14 – 26.

So if you’ll be there in gaming heaven, swing by the Game Salute booth and ask to play Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! If you were a backer on our Kickstarter project, this is your chance to get in some early plays of the game that you’ll be getting later this year. If you were not a backer, and would like to try before you buy, here’s the perfect chance for a test-drive before you pre-order. :) Speaking of which, you can order GDFR! anytime from the Game Salute webstore.

Have fun!

 

 

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Hello fellow faerie folk! There is a battle brewing between mirth and mischief, and we want to know which side you’re on. Are you Team Goblin? Or are you Team Fairy? Are you down with frogs, snails and puppy dogs’ tails? Or do you delight in sugar, spice, and everything nice?

"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" - Team GoblinWe’re running a survey on SurveyMonkey to find out which side is the most popular among the community. For whichever team gets the most votes by the end of the survey, we will create an original desktop wallpaper, featuring the cute (or creepy) characters from Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! So that means either a Team Goblin wallpaper or a Team Fairy wallpaper. The losing team gets diddly squat…

In addition to casting your vote on the survey, there is a way to earn bonus votes for your team. If you are a member of BoardGameGeek, we have a discussion thread going on in the forums. Just follow the link, and post a reply telling us a compelling reason why YOUR TEAM is the coolest. Why do Fairies rule while Goblins drool? Why are Goblins number one and Fairies no fun? If your reply is good enough, we’ll count it as an extra vote for your team. "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" - Team Fairy

Click here to vote for your team now!

The survey will run from RIGHT NOW until 6:00pm EST on Saturday, June 9th. We will announce the results on the Kickstarter page once they have been tallied. When the wallpaper is ready, we’ll make it FREE for everyone to download. Vote to have a say in which wallpaper you’re going to get!

Survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/86MCXH2
Discussion on the BoardGameGeek forums link: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/811027/team-goblin-or-team-fairy

Good luck, and let the best team win!

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Vegas Game Day

20 Apr
2012
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Playing "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" at Vegas Game Day.

Playing "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" at Vegas Game Day.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Vegas Game Day. This event was held at the /usr/lib Tech Library on the second floor of the Emergency Arts building in downtown Las Vegas. The VGD is a monthly gathering of local gamers, who game the day and night away to their hearts’ content. When I got there, board games, card games, and RPGs were being played on multiple tables spanning two rooms. The /usr/lib Tech Library is a very comfortable venue for gaming, and features a collection of board games that anyone can crack open and play. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, so it’s easy to start making new friends and jump into a game, even if you haven’t played it before.

I showed up for a few hours, and during that time there were at least four different Role-Playing Game sessions running simultaneously, which I found pretty impressive. The games I saw played were Shadowrun, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, and an interesting game which I hadn’t heard of previously, Hellas. A game of 7 Wonders was wrapping up as well, so I was able to jump into the next game being played at that table: Citadels.

Deciding our next moves in "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!"

Deciding our next moves in "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!"

Citadels is a really fun card game of strategy and deception. Players take on alternating roles as important characters living in a fantasy city, and compete in a race to build signature districts of that city, such as temples,  taverns, and schools of magic. It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to play this game, so I was very happy for this chance. What I really enjoy about the game is the psychological aspect. Each character has an important function which can be used to the player’s advantage if played wisely, and which sometimes can screw over other players. Psychology comes into play because the players do not know which characters their opponents have chosen to be when a new round begins. Correctly guessing which character each of the other players has chosen, while being clever about your own choices, can mean the difference between a successful round or a disastrous one. The true genius of Citadels is how tricky and fun that guessing game is.

Choose wisely, or you might get stuck with more Goblins than you started with!

Choose wisely, or you might get stuck with more Goblins than you started with!

After that game was over (I won! Just 1 point above second place… :) ), we played a few rounds of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! This included a two-player round and a four-player round which I participated in. The rounds went smoothly and the players who joined in picked up the rules very quickly. The four-player game was especially fun, with the player who went last actually winning, despite all our best efforts to block him from doing so… :p  The artwork was talked about very positively, even more so at another gaming meetup this past Wednesday. I’m very proud of the artwork in this game, and Mike should be too. The photos you are seeing here are from Saturday at Vegas Game Day.

Mid-game, each player has a few Goblins and a few Fairies. The first player to send all of his Goblins to the Fairy Circle (the middle of the table) is the winner!

Mid-game, each player has a few Goblins and a few Fairies. The first player to send all of his Goblins to the Fairy Circle (the middle of the table) is the winner!

The last image was provided by Dave MacKenzie, who hosted a play session in Washington on behalf of Game Salute last Saturday as well. According to Dave, “I brought GDFR to the table last weekend with four strategy gamers. They were hesitant at first but in very short order they were giggling and flipping, and throwing gang-signs around.  :-)”

A half-dozen Fairies, but no Goblins... he wins!

A half-dozen Fairies, but no Goblins... he wins!

 

 

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GDC 2012 Preview

02 Mar
2012
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I will be attending the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), held in San Francisco, next week from March 7th to March 9th. I have been in the game industry for over thirteen years, but this will be my first time at GDC. So needless to say (but I’m going to say it anyway… wait for it…) I am really excited about it!!! This will also be my first time in San Francisco, so double whammy.

I think this trip is going to be really important for the future of GAME-O-GAMI. The Game Developer’s Conference is the ultimate gathering of game industry professionals, who meet each year to talk shop, show off their upcoming games and technology, and network, network, network. I will be doing all of the above in San Francisco next week. There are round table discussions, seminars, floor shows, award shows, after parties, and secret backroom meetings. All of which are focused on making us leaner, meaner game developers.

Specifically, I will be looking for developers who are interested in partnering to create mobile app versions of GAME-O-GAMI’s upcoming card and board games. Also on the menu, is talking with potential investors and publishers who would like to see this startup succeed and grow. If you will be attending GDC 2012, and would like to talk before, during, or after the conference, here is my contact info:

David Luis Sanhueza
Founder and Creative Director at GAME-O-GAMI
contact@game-o-gami.com

On a personal note, this trip will also bring me closer to family and allow us to spend some quality time that is much overdue. My two sisters live in the San Francisco area, so I am really psyched that I will be seeing them again and exploring their town together! We will only have a few days, but we will make it worth it. I will be taking lots of photos of the GDC and of San Fran, and will post them for your enjoyment when I get back. Peace,

- David

 

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Art for Sale!

Whether you are Team Goblin or Team Fairy, you can find just the right artwork to decorate your home or office. Illustrations from our games are now available as prints, tote bags, and throw pillows at Society6:

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