I went to Gen Con 2018!
Gen Con is not normally on my calendar of events but for the last few years there’s been so much buzz from my c..
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..
This is it! To read Part 1 of the 2018 Toy Fair Game Trends CLICK HERE, for Part 2 CLICK HERE, for Part 3 CLICK HERE, for Part 4 CLICK HE..
Continuing & Evolving Trend: Adults ..
Continuing Trend: Silly Action Games that Aren’t POOP
To read Part 1 of the 2018 Toy Fair Trends CLICK HERE.
I’ve always said that good games don’t die, they just sort of go away for a ..
There was poop everywhere. EVERYWHERE. People were making jokes about it being a “shit show.” I really cannot believe how many feces-the..
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..
I really love Dr. Eureka from Blue Orange! Quick overview of the game (if you haven’t been lucky to play it yet!) is that you have to get..
I’m sure most of you know Funnybone Toys for their amazingly beautiful games — but if you don’t you should check out their nice selection..
UPDATE: Sagrada wins the 2017 Best Casual Game of the Year Award
If you follow me on Instagram you know that earlier this month I took so..
I hate reading articles about games that aren’t out yet. I get all excited about something new (like the Splendor expansion) but then I h..
I’m a fan of puzzle-y games like Rolling America where you feel like it’s a puzzle you’ll never quite win but doing “mildly decent” is a v..
Kingdomino was pitched to me as a “family light strategy game that plays in 15 minutes” — sounds great, right? And it totally is! It ca..
You love playing games and if/when you have children you want them to love playing games too, right? But there aren’t that many games for..
I have to say first that the artwork in Tricky Trunks is just so darn adorable — which makes any game that’s supposed to appeal to kids t..
I don’t have a super sweet tooth so gobs and gobs of Easter candy just isn’t my thing. However, if the Easter Bunny filled my basket with..
Only a few people out there know that I started off as an architecture major in college but I quickly switched to industrial design. Deep..