There are so many cool things going on at this year’s Chicago Toy and Game fair (ChiTAG) and to make it easy to navigate, I’m just going t..
SEVEN times… that’s how many times Magic 8 Ball was nominated and it has finally made it into the Toy Hall of Fame! Along side Magic 8 ..
Nuts So Fast is a new speed visual quick grabbing game from the lovely folks at Smirk & Laughter Games. If you play a lot of games in the..
The October 31st deadline to register for ChiTAG’s Young Inventor Challenge is quickly approaching and what a good time to talk to one of ..
You know what I love about this industry? That us inventors, while we’re competitors, we’re also friends. I spend part of this week with..
Can we chat about exclusive games for a minute?
I’ve been in this business for a while — not as long as some, because once you’re in y..
Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New York
This morning The Strong National Museum of Play announced the 2018 Toy Hal..
I ran across an article about two terrible sounding golf themed games with a somewhat appropriate title, “Yes, there are golf board games ..
MINDO is dubbed “My First Logic Puzzle” from Blue Orange Games is a tile and card based multi-level solo player puzzle game. MINDO comes i..
Gen Con is not normally on my calendar of events but for the last few years there’s been so much buzz from my clients and friends about how it’s been growing, so I figured I HAD to go to Gen Con 2018 and take a look.
Chugga Choo from Peaceable Kingdom is so deliciously cute I’m thrilled that it’s in my portfolio. Obviously, I come up with the idea ..
What a perfect day to discuss Cottage Garden, because it’s too darn hot to step outside and enjoy a real garden. Last I checked, it’s 92 ..
There are vacations where you take small quick games, and vacations where you take larger games that you’re dying to spend some time learn..
I’m sure the delivery driver has seen weirder, but I was a bit surprised when I picked up a package outside my house and it mooed. Yep, I..
Memorial Day is getting closer and if you are one of the large numbers of people who head away from home for the weekend or longer I’ve go..
Where’s Mr. Wolf? is one of the new cooperative pre-school games from Blue Orange, and I must say, it’s very cute. It’s got a memory aspe..
Remember the story of the Princess and the Pea? Where if the girl is a REAL princess she’ll notice that there’s a pea hidden below a whol..
Put down that giant bag of Easter candy — don’t you know the Easter Bunny is bringing GAMES?! Yes, it’s my annual article covering games..
First review back after all of my New York Toy Fair trends articles (whew!) is a fun new introduction from Educational Insights, Sculp..
Lastround of trends for Toy Fair 2018… Parents with the littlest gamers should be excited about all of the adorable new games coming out this year. Lots of different ways to play for parents to play alone with their kids or with a small group of kids.
Adult games are still so hot (14+ or 18+) because Adults Rock! As Dave Manga of Outset Media pointed out in his Toy Fair Review blog post, “There is no question that board games are hot…..
Third installment of trends seen at Toy Fair 2018.. and these don’t involve poop.
Second installment of trends seen at New York Toy Fair 2018… I’ve always said that good games don’t die, they just sort of go away for a bit and then they’re freshened up and rereleased for a new generation of gamers to enjoy.
New York Toy Fair Trends part 1… and it’s all about Poop. (No.. I’m not kidding)
North Star games is introducing a new line of games called “Happy Planet,” which I presume is to build on the wild success of their game H..
I’m always so excited to see what’s new at Gamewright as their games regularly make it to my Holiday Picks list. Just look at the last fe..
Congratulations to Floodgate Games and designers Adrian Adamescu and Daryl Andrews on their Best Casual Game of 2017 win for Sagrada!
I might as well start by getting the self promotion bit out of the way. Panda Rollers is one of my games and while it was on sto..
Happy 2018! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and played tons and tons of games with family and friends! Can you believe it’s Toy..
As of yesterday, it’s officially winter here in the Northern Hemisphere! I was really hoping to tie this post in to a lovely pre-holiday ..
‘Santa’s Portrait’ byThomas Nast, published in Harper’s Weekly, 1881
Happy December everyone! Can you believe it’s the last month of ..
It’s been more well than a week since the Chicago Toy and Game Fair ended so I’ve had a chance to review what I saw there and I’ve chosen ..
A while back toy industry veteran Phil Albritton asked me to go on his podcast, Power Kid, to have a nice chat about the industry — and o..
Hi All! Some of you kind folks have asked about buying my games to support The Game Aisle and I absolutely appreciate that. So here are ..
Can you believe 2017 is almost over??!! Every year I compile a list of my holiday picks — mostly they’re my personal favorites from the ..
Every family has their own idea of what a “stocking stuffer” should be, but when I was growing up smaller gifts and candy ended up in stoc..
On Friday night of Chicago Toy and Game Week, we all attended the 2017 TAGIE Awards (Toy and Game Innovation Awards) and this year there I..
Can you believe that it’s time for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair already?? I can’t. This year has flown by but here it is… a litt..
It’s time! The 2017 Toy Hall of Fame Inductees were announced this morning! This year the nominees were: Clue, Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Ca..
I love donuts. I know they’ve got zero nutritional value, but there’s nothing quite like a well-made old fashioned donut with a great cup..
When you’ve been in the biz for a while, you end up with ex-coworkers all over the place. Right now most of mine seem to be at Hasbro, bu..
Believe it or not, this is a BOOK review. Yeah, this is still The Game Aisle, but something interesting is coming from Educational Insigh..
Know what pretty much all small children love? Big buttons…. or little buttons, or medium buttons, heck — if you can press it, a small..
Remember last fall when The Oregon Trail Card Game first landed at Target and people went NUTS? This year Pressman released The Orego..
You know it’s fall when The Strong National Museum of Play announces the Toy Hall of Fame nominees. Last year we saw Dungeons & Dragons, ..
Have you noticed that I haven’t posted in a little while? Yeah, I decided to update my business website – which I’ve been meaning to do f..
Playing spies is pretty classic childhood play and Yulu has now made a line of action games out of this fantastic theme under the brand Sp..
There’s a part of me that’s really enjoying this time of year – the time when they release the Target Exclusives!
A little over year ago an industry friend of mine, Tim Walsh, and the owners of Tree Toys started the US based company Getta 1 Games. I g..
Yesterday they announced the Spiel des Jahres winners! ( If you don’t know about the Spiel des Jahres, it’s the game of the year awards in..