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"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!' by David Luis Sanhueza

We did it. Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! met its funding goal and then some, because we picked the right partners: you. So much work and love have gone into this game. So much preparation for the campaign on Kickstarter, and so much diligence to keep it going. Hard work and loving attention are the basis of any worthwhile creative project. But for GDFR! to reach its full potential, it also needed a community of passionate believers who wanted it to exist. Thank you for being a part of our winning formula: Us + You = Win! 

I would also like to extend my personal thanks to the team that made this project stand out from the crowd. To Chris and Cherilyn Kirkman for their effort and creativity in putting together the videos and the reward graphics, and for all their awesome advice. To Dan Yarrington for running a very smooth campaign, being the man with the answers, and for always pushing for top quality. And to Mike Maihack for making sure that the people who love his art would know exactly where they could get more of it. Also thanks to everyone who took the time to play the demo copies or print-and-play copies of GDFR! and write or record such amazing reviews.

Now that the mushy stuff is past us, here is some info about the project moving forward. The estimated delivery date for the game and rewards is December. If the production process goes extremely well, we might even be able to get them out before then. But even if we encounter a few hiccups that are common and inevitable in a first print run, our intention is to get your rewards to you before Christmas. The estimated delivery date for the Digital Rewards Bundle is August. This includes The Art of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! book in PDF format, as well as a mass of desktop wallpapers for various screen sizes (including iPhone and Android), featuring artwork from the game. When the Bundle is ready, our Kickstarter backers will receive a message with instructions how to download it.

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, or know other folks who did, fear not! You can pre-order Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! products from Game Salute. This includes the card game, the double-sided puzzle, and the art book, in any combination you choose. The Kickstarter campaign has completed, but the game development continues. We will be adding more updates over the next few months, including:

Team Goblin desktop wallpaper
Fan Page bundle
Updated rulebook with new game modes, a poem, and credits
Photos of the game and other rewards when we get them from the printers
…and more!

So please stay tuned to find out more about Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! and other upcoming GAME-O-GAMI games. Thank you for making this all possible! Sincerely,

– David



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"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" goblin - Big Big Belly

Big Big Belly

Your votes have been tallied and… Team Goblin wins by a landslide! Team Goblin received 156 votes +3 bonus votes for a total of 159. Team Fairy received 106 votes +2 bonus votes for a total of 108. The goblins have clearly run amok, and it’s not going to be easy to send them back where they came from. For now, we will have to appease their vanity by creating a special Team Goblin desktop wallpaper. We’ll let you know when the wallpaper is finished and ready to download. In the meantime, you can find a few previously released wallpapers here.

As we begin our last week of this Kickstarter campaign, we want to provide the community another way to have a lasting positive effect on Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! We have a fun idea to add a little extra mileage to the gameplay experience, but to do so we’re going to need the help of your creativity.

We want to add a poem as an optional rule for the game. Each player will recite this poem on their turn, inserting the different card names where appropriate. The idea for the poem was originally suggested by Andreas Pelikan (aka Puschl) in this discussion on BoardGameGeek. A very special “thank you” to you, Andreas, for setting us down this path!

"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" goblin - Salamander Snoop

Salamander Snoop

Here is one suggested version of the poem:

(Add a card)
Here comes Gobble T. Goop!

(Flip rhyming cards)
Good night
Lemon Loop,
Salamander Snoop,
and Rainbow Swoop.

(Take matching symbol cards)
Sleep tight
Needs a Shower,
and Poppy Smock.


Here is another version:

"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" goblin - Chicken Pock

Chicken Pock

(Add a card)
Gobble T. Goop jumps inside! 

(Flip rhyming cards)
Now flip to hide

Lemon Loop,
and Salamander Snoop.
— or —
Now flip to hide
no-one far and wide.

(Take matching symbol cards)
The Sun will shout:
Needs a Shower out,
Poppy Smock rout,
… is a trout,

— or —
The Sun will shout:
No-one’s about. 

"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" goblin - Cringe and Cower

Cringe and Cower

I’m willing to bet that you can come up with something even better than this. So send us your ideas! This is your chance to flex those creative muscles and have your clever words repeated at gaming tables around the world. Ideally, the poem will be cute/funny AND help convey what is going on during the actions that the players are performing.

There is no deadline for submitting your ideas, nor is there a limit of how many. We’ll pick our favorite entry (with some possible editing), and add it to the rule book when GDFR! is ready to go to print. You can submit your ideas on the comments page, or in the BGG rules discussion, or by emailing –> contact [at] game-o-gami [dot] com

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good Luck,

– David


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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:
Discussion on the BoardGameGeek forums link:

Good luck, and let the best team win!

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"Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" by David Luis Sanhueza

First, a BIG thank you to everyone who has helped us move closer to our next funding goal, and to all the loyal supporters who have been promoting our cause however they can. We want to deliver this game to you at the highest possible quality we can, and that goal looks more and more attainable each day.

Second, we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! – from our play-testers, the gaming press, and around the ‘net. Here is a sample of the positive vibes that parents and gamers like you have been sending our way:

“It can actually be a very intense game, as you’re sitting there trying to figure out which cards to get rid of. I like the fact that it’s so small and portable, and yet packs a pretty powerful punch.” – Tom Vasel, The Dice Tower

“I really like the idea. A mechanic that uses rhyming, with charming images is… rather charming.” – Liam Coutts

“As a father of four precocious and incurably imaginative girls and the son of a retired elementary school teacher, I cannot overstate the relevance and importance of projects like this. Game designers, like so many others in creative fields, have a unique opportunity to spark young minds, and it’s delightful to see Mr. Sanhueza bend his talents toward this noble pursuit.” – J. Herschel Jeffrey

“I had the opportunity to playtest Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! with four adult strategy gamers… it took about 30 seconds for them to be giggling like little girls. We played four games in a row and we’re eager to see the game when all of the art is complete.” – David MacKenzie, Clever Mojo Games

“This sounds amazing! I adore Mike’s art and I love playing games with my 8yo daughter who’s a big fan of fairies. Sign me up!” – Charles Sumner

“I cannot wait for this game! LOVE the art, and even more the concept/mechanics — as an elementary school teacher, this game seems ideal.” – gbreden

“As someone who is an avid gamer but married to someone who is not, I appreciate games that are light enough to appeal to my wife but have enough underneath to keep me interested. The simplicity of the rules and beautiful artwork draws in those who are not heavy gamers but underneath is an intriguing mind puzzle for the serious gamer. Throw in the educational value for my little girl and you have a game that has something for the whole family.” – Richard Sandberg

“It was obvious that the fairies appealed to my daughter. She was happy when she got another one and always tried not to lose them. Its a nice game, I like its simplicity and elegant mechanics.” – Greg Hjelstrom

“One of my favorite aspects of this game is the beautiful artwork which appeals to both boys and girls. The fanciful names add even more to the fun.”American Geek Mom

“This one is a fun game for kids (particularly those who like fairies and/or goblins), but it has some fun memory-based mechanics that can make it a good short game for adults as well. And if you love games with great illustrations, you should definitely check this out.” – Jonathan H. Liu, Wired GeekDad

“Wowed. That’s what I was… wowed. I sat down to play a rhyming game with cutesy art with the kids, and I ended up playing a reasonably in-depth strategy game.” – Randy Newnham, Growing Up Gamers

Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! when it is at its best is like a good Pixar movie… The rhyming feature is just such a great gameplay aspect that I can just not praise enough. This is edu-tainment that adults can enjoy too.” – Ryan and Amanda Moses, He says, She says

GDFR does a great job of satisfying both our inner children and our inner gamers. Aside from the gameplay, the game is almost worth its price alone as an art piece.” – Chris Kirkman, Dice Hate Me

You can try the game out for yourself with this FREE Print-and-Play Edition. The download includes the full game using sample art, resized to fit standard playing cards, and contains the latest version of the rulebook. Enjoy!

For a quick look at how the game is played, watch this video recorded by Chris and Cherilyn Kirkman from Game Salute:

We’d love to hear YOUR feedback too. If you have taken the time to assemble the print-and-play version and play GDFR! yourself, or if you are simply a fan of the art and game concept, your perspective is important. Thank you!

– David

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The "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" Springboard campaign on KickstarterIt’s been a while since our last update on the blog. I have been very very busy, as you have probably been aware, because last week our first game project went live on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. And man, the reception has been overwhelming!

It took us less than a week to reach our initial funding goal of $5,000, which is the amount we need to move forward with bringing this game into full production, onto store shelves, and into the homes and hearts of gamers young and old. A few days later, our supporters pushed us past our next goal of $8,000. As a result of reaching that stretch goal, everyone who orders a copy of the game on Kickstarter will receive fun little stickers featuring Goblin and Fairy characters from the game!

Concept render of the GDFR! stickersThe success of our campaign thus far is in no small thanks to the boost we have gotten from Game Salute’s Springboard team. They have been instrumental in setting up and conducting this fund-raising campaign, and the quality of the presentation is due to their talent and dedication. I would like to express a special thanks to Chris and Cherilyn Kirkman, and to Dan Yarrington, for their monumental efforts on behalf of GDFR!

The next stretch goal that we are trying to reach is $15,000 in funding. We are really excited about this one, because those extra funds will go back into the game. If we hit the $15k mark, then the packaging for GDFR! will be upgraded from a cardboard game box to a really cool collector’s tin box! So from this point on, the more people who back this game on Kickstarter, the better it will get for EVERYBODY.

Concept render of the GDFR! box

By pledging support for our project, you can get your own copy of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! and many great bonus rewards, depending on your pledge level. Some of these rewards include:
A GDFR! double-sided jigsaw puzzle, with goblin art on one side, and fairy art on the other
The Art of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! hardcover book, featuring large, full-color illustrations from the game
A PDF version of the Art Book, and exclusive desktop wallpapers
Original pencil sketches of goblin and fairy characters from the game, drawn and signed by artist Mike Maihack
Your name printed in the credits of the art book, the game rule book, or even on the game box (including an official title in the goblin or fairy court!)
Your own goblin or fairy nickname, given to you with a personal thank you from the creator, David Sanhueza

Concept render of "The Art of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" hardcover bookIf you do not already have a Kickstarter account, you will be asked to create one when you pledge. You will then be taken to an Amazon Payments screen to finish the transaction (Kickstarter uses for their credit card processing, to make sure everything is secure.) If you have already ordered stuff on, then you should already be set up. The pledging process is quick and easy, taking less than 5 minutes. In case you have difficulties or questions, you can refer to the Backers FAQ on Kickstarter.

The Kickstarter project for Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! will run until June 17th. So when you get a moment, check out the project link – and if you like it, tell your friends about it! We are an independent, grassroots-level game development studio, so no pledge amount or word-of-mouth recommendation is too big or too little. Every little bit counts! Thank you so much.

– David

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As our new game gets closer to its debut on Kickstarter, I wanted to show you all some sketches of soon-to-be-revealed goblins and fairies. With each new batch of characters, Mike creates sketches based on my written descriptions. The sketches are either approved right away, or sent back for some (usually minor) changes, before moving on to the full color versions. Can you guess the names of these four characters?

A sketch from "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!"A sketch from "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!" A sketch from "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!"A sketch from "Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!"

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Powered by Game Salute Tabletop games distributor Game Salute is working with us to bring Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! direct to you. Who is Game Salute? According to Dan Yarrington, Game Salute’s CEO, they are “a publishing ecosystem – a team of passionate, experienced gamers dedicated to working every day to make game companies and the industry overall more successful.” Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? I think so!

In addition to distribution and fulfillment services that get the game into stores and direct to customers, Game Salute will also be providing GAME-O-GAMI with support for conventions and tradeshows, customer service, and relationships with printers for our card game. The pool of experience, talent, and resources that Game Salute brings to the table makes them a powerful ally for tabletop game publishing. I strongly believe that this move will result in a better product, and will help GDFR! reach gamers around the globe.

One of the biggest benefits of this alliance is our combined efforts to offer Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! on Kickstarter. We are leveraging the crowd-funding site to raise the money needed to complete this game and get it onto your game table. The more pre-release copies that we are able to sell through Kickstarter, the higher quality the final product will be.

The talented people at Game Salute have been playing an important part in the development and testing of GDFR! over the past month. I’m really happy to tell you that they are excited about this game too, and they are showing it by backing the Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! Kickstarter campaign with their Springboard Seal of Quality. This means that they stand behind the high quality of design and craftsmanship that GAME-O-GAMI has put into this game. Like us, they know that this is going to be a very fun and beautiful game to play with your friends and family. Game Salute will be taking an active role in the Kickstarter campaign, and you will be getting a better game because of it.

The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to launch on May 15th. More exciting news to come soon!

– David

The Springboard Seal of Quality

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Vegas Game Day

20 Apr
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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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