board games

Chapter 11 for Fundex

One company I have admired for many years is Fundex.  What impressed me about this company was their consistent branding.  Whether it was their logo, their packaging design, their website, their tradeshow presence and other marketing materials, Fundex kept a consistently professional appearance and appeared to live their motto “Where fun comes first!

And with games like ‘Phase 10’, the second best selling card game next to Uno in their line, Fundex was indeed a company to watch!

Time to renew my mobile phone

Consumers of BlackBerry phones have been jumping ship to Apple and Samsung in record numbers.  Last week, both investors and the press were quick to jump on the latest sales figures from Research in Motion (RIM).  Some of last week`s headlines were blunt and brutal:
 

Magazines and the game industry

Apparently working for a board game company must sound pretty interesting.  When people find out what I do for a living, it usually prompts a whole host of questions.  Have I ever heard of Settlers of Catan?  What is my favorite game?  Did I invent Trivial Pursuit?  What is that game called in that brown box with those pieces and that board?  But the two questions I get asked the most often are:

Do people really still buy board games?

Do we sell video games?

The end of an era at Screenlife

Earlier this year, Screenlife announced it would be shutting down its operations. Makers of the popular “Scene It” board games, Screenlife was an important fixture in the North American market.

A brief history on Screenlife. The company released to original “Scene It” game back in 2002. Adding DVD technology into a board game format was new and exciting. With slick production value and excellent marketing, the game was an instant hit. Entertainment behemoth Paramount Pictures purchased Screenlife in 2008.

Time to enter the 21st Century

I’ve always been a technophobe. Programming the date and time into my VCR has thus far eluded me. And yes, I still own a VCR.

But what the heck… we make board games and jigsaw puzzles for a living. It is a great industry for us technology-challenged Neanderthals.

But I can acknowledge that the Internet has changed how we do business. The exchange of ideas, the access to vast amounts of information, and the speed at which this can be accomplished is what makes the Internet such a powerful tool.

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