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Flying Buffalo Incorporated (FBI) is a Scottsdale, Arizona game company that publishes role playing games, card games, gaming materials, and runs Play-by-mail games.
Founded by Rick Loomis and Steve MacGregor in 1970, the company got its start running a simple computer-moderated wargame, Nuclear Destruction, widely considered to be the first commercial play-by-mail (PBM) game. In 1976 the company started running a space exploration/conquest PBM game titled Starweb.
Flying Buffalo has also published games outside of PBM, starting off with the card game Nuclear War. In 1975 they published Tunnels and Trolls, a fantasy role playing game generally similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Later products included background materials for fantasy role playing games, which became the "Catalyst" series. They also produce a range of unusual dice (such as a set that tells you what toppings to order on your pizza), and currently hold the printing rights to the Ace of Aces and Lost Worlds flip book systems. The company also ran a gaming store at various locations in Tempe, Arizona until 1985.
Living Room Games is a group of friends and gamers who took the news of Earthdawn being canceled harder than most. They decided to start their own game company in the hopes of obtaining the rights to print Earthdawn, as well as come out with their own line of games.
LRG Members List
President / Earthdawn Line Developer:Mike Williams
Vice President / Art Director:Randy Manuel Navarro
Chief Financial Officer / World Tournament Line Developer: Joe Chan
General Members:Damon Earley,Scott Ferguson,Aaron F. Johnson,Ryan Kelley,Sean Kelley,Dwayne Koonce,Gary McBride,Austin Mills,Chris Palomares,Patrick Quarles,Kent Raymond,Bert Sanders,Marco Soto,Shirley Soto
Associate Members:Chris Barney,Joseph Chang,Scott Greisch,Henry Kahng,Toby Leonard,Mark Mandolia,Jason Middleton,Brian Spencer,T.R. Williams
Living Room Games publishes the Second Edition Earthdawn Role-playing game, Digital Burn, Tony Digerolamo's Complete Mafia for D20, and Capcom World Tournament.
Nightfall Games is a United Kingdom based role-playing game publishing company notable for publishing SLA Industries.
Nightfall Games was founded by Dave Allsop, Anne Boylan and Jared Earle in April 1993 in Glasgow, Scotland. In September 1993, Nightfall released their role-playing game SLA Industries. After releasing their first sourcebook Karma in 1994, Nightfall was purchased by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). Nightfall was started up again in 1998 by Allsop, Earle and Tim Dedopulos after regaining the rights to SLA Industries from WotC. In 1999, Nightfall partnered with Hogshead Publishing to continue publishing SLA. Hogshead closed operations in November 2002, after which Nightfall partnered with Cubicle 7 Entertainment. In 2004, Dave Allsop, the creator of SLA Industries, temporarily resigned from Nightfall.
In April, 2011, Nightfall Games returned to independent status while retaining Cubicle 7 as their publisher.
In April, 2012, Nightfall Games announced that Romark Entertainment had acquired the film and television rights to SLA Industries and that a joint venture would produce comics, games and other media.
Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, and formerly an operator of retail stores for games. Originally a basement-run role-playing game publisher, the company popularized the collectible card game genre with Magic: The Gathering in the mid-1990s, acquired the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game by purchasing the failing company TSR, and experienced tremendous success by publishing the licensed Pokémon Trading Card Game. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Renton, in the U.S. state of Washington.
Today, Wizards of the Coast publishes role-playing games, board games, and collectible card games. They have received numerous awards, including several Origins Awards. The company has been a subsidiary of Hasbro since 1999. All Wizards of the Coast stores were closed in 2004.
Wizards of the Coast was founded by Peter Adkison in 1990 just outside Seattle, Washington, and its current headquarters are located in nearby Renton. Originally the company only published role-playing games such as the third edition of Talislanta and its own The Primal Order.
BradyGames is a publishing company in the United States operating as an imprint of Dorling Kindersley, which specialises in video game strategy guides, covering multiple video game platforms. BradyGames published their first strategy guide in November 1993 and has grown to publish roughly 90-100 guides per year. Competitors include Prima Games and Piggyback Interactive.
In the US, most BradyGames strategy guides range from $14.99 to $19.99, with the most expensive guide BradyGames has ever published priced at $29.99. The company occasionally offers two different versions of the same guide: one regular and one limited edition (which usually contains bonus items like a CD soundtrack or separate book containing art from the respective game).
Columbia Games is a maker of board and role-playing games including Hârn and a variety of games, mostly wargames (Wizard Kings and various historical and quasi-historical games) using blocks instead of the more conventional chits. The company is based in Blaine, Washington; it is run by founder Tom Dalgliesh and his son Grant.
Columbia is one of the hobby's oldest wargame companies. Tom Dalgliesh, Lance Gutteridge, and Steve Brewster founded Gamma Two Games in Vancouver, BC in the early 1970s, and published their first game in 1972. Brewster left the company soon after its formation. Gamma Two Games became Columbia Games in 1982. In the mid 1980s, Gutteridge left the company, leaving Dalgliesh as its sole owner, although the two still associate frequently and Gutteridge still makes some contributions. Columbia Games moved from Vancouver, BC to Washington State in 1994 for a variety of personal and economic reasons.
Columbia's most well-known games are block wargames. Many of these games are suitable to introducing new players to the hobby, but there are also some very detailed games that have been produced, such as EuroFront, a monster wargame depicting the entirety of World War II
International Team (IT) was an Italian game company founded in the 1970s and active until the early 1980s. While the company started as a jigsaw puzzle producer, it is mostly remembered as a wargame company, a business that IT approached in 1979, after game designer Marco Donadoni joined in. IT was the first Italian wargame company and its most successful games, such as Zargo's Lords, were instrumental in introducing the wargame culture in Italy. IT games were translated in other languages (mostly French, German and English) and exported abroad. At the peak of IT's popularity, foreign branches of the company were founded, such as International Team France (established in 1979).
Besides wargames, IT also published a few roleplaying games (such as Legio VII and Magikon) and ordinary board games.
The company went bankrupt in 1988. Some of their assets were acquired by the French company Eurogames, that later published a few games based on designs and materials by IT, such as Colonizer based on IT's Kroll & Prumni and Zargos based on Zargo's Lords.
While some of IT's games were quite "typical" of their era and generally not on par with u.s. and British offerings (which benefitted from
Intellect Games made a series of board games in the 1970s. Many of these games were notable in that they did not rely on chance. The outcome of the games was dependent on tactics.
Hare and Tortoise (1974) — A race game where forward movement cost carrots, and moving backwards gained carrots. You also gained carrots by being in the right place at the right time, which required you to outguess your opponents.
Worldbeater — A game linked with a brand of Dunlop tyres. Travel round the world visiting places, the more the better. Then come back again, re-visiting the same places.
Cabbie — Drive a taxi around London, avoiding traffic jams and collecting fares.
Thoughtwave (board game) — A simple track laying game, where each of two players has the same set of tiles to use to lay a continuous track across a board, while blocking your opponent, or making them run out of necessary tiles.
International Games System (Chinese: 鈊象電子; pinyin: Xīnxiàng Diànzǐ) or IGS is a company based in Taiwan which develops video game software for the arcade and PC. It was founded in 1989.
IGS, International Games System Co., LTD was founded. Business items include design, RD(Research and development), manufacture, marketing, after-sale service for arcade games' software, hardware, and facilities.
Successfully developed the first combat game "Alien Challenge."
Successfully developed the first intellectual game "Dragon World."
Ranked as one of the most excellent importer/exporter in Taiwan.
2D Polygame Master (or PGM) was successfully developed.
Successfully developed "Oriental Legend," the first edition of scrolling of combat game.
First ranked at No. 943 among the best 1000 manufacturers in "The World Magazine".
Released "The Killing Blade," the first PGM combat game for double players.
First ranked at No. 1641 among the Cross-industrial business in "The World Magazine" (ranked at No. 903 among the best 1000 manufacturers).
Successfully developed "Speed Driver," the first 3D racing game.
Unleashed "Knights of Valour," the PGM scrolling action game.
New business item added: design and
Contested Ground Studios (sometimes abbreviated to 'CGS') are a small-press publisher of role-playing games, based in Scotland. The company is best known for a/state, a grim science fiction, almost steampunk role-playing game that focuses on a huge city that is isolated and plagued by horror. CGS is due to release two new games at the Gen Con games convention in Indianapolis in August 2006. These are Cold City (a game of trust, hidden agendas and monster hunting set in Berlin in 1950) and Mob Justice (a game set in an America where prohibition never ended). CGS is a member of the Indie Press Revolution network of small-press RPG publishers. Hot War (London 1963, same time line as Cold City, after "the Cold War went hot") was made available online in July 2008.
Precedence Entertainment was a publisher of collectible card games and role-playing games. Games produced include the Tomb Raider collectible card game which was nominated for an Origins Award in 1999,, the Babylon 5 Collectible Card Game, The Wheel of Time CCG, Immortal: The Invisible War, RIFTS CCG and The Terminator Collectible Card Game. The company ceased operations on April 12, 2002.
Selchow and Righter was a 19th century Bay Shore, New York game manufacturer best known for the games Parcheesi and Scrabble.
It dates back to 1867 when it was founded as E.G. Selchow & Co. In 1880, to reflect his new partnership with John Righter, the company name was changed to Selchow and Righter. Games were also produced by Chaffee & Selchow, particularly between 1897 and 1902. Until the mid-twentieth century Selchow and Righter was considered a "jobber", a game company that produced and licensed other peoples' games.
Their first hit was Parcheesi, which they purchased the rights to in 1870 and trademarked in 1874. In 1952 they licensed Scrabble from James Brunot, then purchased that trademark in 1972. Other notable S&R games include Anagrams (1934), which was a Victorian word game, originally published by Selchow and Righter, Jotto (1955), which was licensed by Selchow and Righter in the 1970s, Trivial Pursuit which was licensed from Horn and Abbot in 1982. Other games which were produced by Selchow and Righter were "Go For Broke", "Cap-It", "Cargoes", "Cabby", "Meet The Presidents", "Assembly Line", "Whodunit", "Mr. Ree", "Prospecting", "Super Market", "Blast Off", "Games
White Wolf Publishing is an American gaming and book publisher. The company was founded in 1991 as a merger between Lion Rampant and White Wolf Magazine, and was initially led by Mark Rein·Hagen of the former and Steve Wieck and Stewart Wieck of the latter. Since White Wolf Publishing, Inc. merged with CCP Games hf in 2006, White Wolf Publishing has been an imprint of CCP hf. The name "White Wolf" originates from Michael Moorcock's works.
White Wolf publishes a line of several different but overlapping games set in the "World of Darkness", a "modern gothic" world that, while seemingly similar to the real world, is home to supernatural terrors, ancient conspiracies, and several approaching apocalypses. The company also publishes the high fantasy Exalted RPG, the modern mythic Scion, and d20 system material under their Sword & Sorcery imprint, including such titles as the Dungeons & Dragons gothic horror campaign setting Ravenloft, and Monte Cook's Arcana Unearthed series. In order to complement the World of Darkness game line, a LARP system dubbed Mind's Eye Theatre has been published.
White Wolf has also released several series of novels based on the Old World of Darkness, all of
Out of the Box Publishing is a Wisconsin based Publishing Company specializing in family, card and party games. As of December 2008, they have published over 45 titles.
Out of the Box Publishing is best known for games that are innovative, easy to learn and quick to play. The company has received numerous awards including Mensa Select, Toy of the Year and National Parenting Center.
Out of the Box Publishing was established in 1998 in Madison, Wisconsin by Mark Osterhaus, Alan Waller, Cathleen Quinn-Kinney and John Kovalic. The first game published by the company was Bosworth, a four-player chess variant which has since been retired. In the summer of 1998, Out of the Box Publishing acquired the license for their most well-known game, Apples to Apples, from inventor Matthew Kirby. Over the next ten years, Out of the Box grew into a leading American game company, supplying games to thousands of specialty toy stores, Target, Wal-mart and Toys R Us. In 2007, the company sold the licenses to Apples to Apples, Blink, Snorta and Qwitch to the Mattel Corporation, several owners retired and several new owners (including children of the previous owners) were invited to join. Since the sale
WizKids, Inc. is an American New Jersey-based company that first made its mark in the game industry producing collectible miniatures wargames. WizKids was purchased by and is a subsidiary of National Entertainment Collectibles Association. The company was founded in 2000 by Jordan Weisman, a veteran of the game company FASA. It was purchased by sports-card manufacturer Topps, Inc. in 2003. (Topps was, in turn, acquired by Michael Eisner's Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007.)
Topps shut down Wizkids operation in November 2008 giving the economic downturn as the reason for the closure. The company was then purchased in September 2009 by NECA.
WizKids was best known for its collectible miniatures games (or CMGs) Mage Knight, HeroClix, MechWarrior, and HorrorClix, all of which made use of the company's Clix system, in which the changing combat statistics and abilities of each figure were indicated by a turnable dial inside the base underneath the figure. Their last CMG was Halo ActionClix (based on the console game Halo), released in August 2007.
WizKids was founded in 2000 by Jordan Weisman, previously of FASA, to publish Mage Knight. Mage Knight was the first
Decision Games is a wargaming company founded by Christopher Cummins that publishes Strategy & Tactics magazine. The company has bought the rights to many Simulations Publications, Inc. games and is reprinting many of them, as well as creating new, original games that vary in complexity.
The company publishes several magazines, which include:
The company was founded in 1988. In 1989, it started Desert Fox Games, which specialized in selling new and used wargames from various companies.
Games published by Decision Games include:
Looney Labs is a small game company based in College Park, Maryland, USA. It is named after its founders, Andrew Looney and Kristin Looney.
The company is probably best known for its card games, especially Fluxx , whose rules and goals change as the result of its players' actions , and Chrononauts, themed around time travel. Both of these were designed by Andrew Looney and derive much of their popularity from the whimsical, unpredictable nature that he tends to give his games. While a player can definitely benefit from an overall strategy, the games are random enough to demand far more short-term tactical skill than long-term planning ability.
Looney Labs publishes a number of less popular card and board games (see Andrew Looney for a more complete list), but one of particular note is Are You a Werewolf?, Andrew Plotkin's thematic variant of Mafia. The game, which requires a relatively large number of people to play, is especially popular at game conventions such as Origins, where it frequently draws in players (and sometimes entire families) from other areas of the convention.
Looney Labs also produces and sells Icehouse pieces, small, colorful plastic pyramids useful for playing
Eurogames is a publisher of board games, founded in 1984 as Jeux Rexton (Rexton Games) to publish the man-to-man miniature combat game, Cry Havoc and its expansions. In 1988 Duccio Vitale expanded the company to begin publishing more board games, starting with six games purchased from the bankrupt Italian gaming company, International Team. At this time the company became Eurogames.
Eurogames itself was later purchased by Jeux Descartes, and they remained an imprint of that company until Descartes' bankruptcy. Jeux Descartes's assets were then purchased by French publisher Asmodée Éditions, who appears to be slowly merging some of Eurogames and Descartes games into their own line.
In a brief interim period, Eurogames distribution rights were licensed to Cafe Games, who published the Mare Nostrum Mythology expansion in 2005 under a Eurogames/Cafe Games label.
Well-known games published by Eurogames:
Agents of Gaming was a game design studio that started out in January 1992 by Bruce Graw. The company's original purpose was to run Galactic Conquest, the play-by-mail game which became Star Fleet Warlord. Galactic Conquest had originally been run as a hobby (first created in late 1989), but proved its worth in the first eight games as a legitimate play-by-mail game. The public debut came at Gen Con/Origins 1992, followed shortly by a deal to make it an official Star Fleet Universe product (a change of the name to the Star Fleet Warlord).
Continental Conquest (then called Conquest of America) was written in 1992 and also started its first game at Gen Con/Origins. The European map was added in mid-1993 and the revision to the current rules (including the Oceania map) was completed in mid-1995.
The concept for Babylon 5 Wars was created by Robert Glass in April 1996 and pitched to Agents of Gaming, and was nearly dismissed as an impossible prospect. Robert persisted, calling Warner Brothers, and was able to secure the license with the help of Agents of Gaming credentials. Kelly Lofgren was brought on board shortly thereafter. The basic game system took nearly a year to write, refine
Alderac Entertainment Group, or AEG, is a publisher of role-playing game and collectible card game products. AEG was formed by Jolly Blackburn in 1993 and is based in the city of Ontario, California. Prior to getting into their current markets, AEG was involved in hobby gaming magazines, with their first product the magazine Shadis (winner of the 1994, 1995, and 1996 Origins Awards for Best Professional Gaming Magazine).
Including the three for Shadis mentioned above, AEG products have garnered eight Origins Awards (see the individual articles noted below for more details).
In 2009, AEG entered the board games market with 10 new board game releases. More are slated for 2010.
J. W. Spear and Sons was a significant manufacturer of board games during the 20th century. The company was founded by Jacob Wolf Spier (1832-1893) in Fürth, near Nuremberg, Germany in 1879, producing goods such as table mats, photo frames, and waste-paper baskets.
By the turn of the century, games had become the main product, and output gradually expanded until the company become one of the best-known international manufacturers of games and children's activity kits, employing up to 600 people.
In 1932, they set up a factory in Britain ton avoid customs duties. With the rise to power of the Nazis and the Spear family being Jewish, some members of the family moved to Britain. The Nuremberg factory was forcibly "purchased" by an Aryan businessman survived most of World War II under Nazi control until the Royal Air Force bombed it.
The UK factory switched to military production during the war and then returned to making games. In 1954 the company acquired the rights to produce and market Scrabble for markets outside North America. As well as board games they made the Brickplayer construction toy.
The company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1966 and was taken over by
Catalyst Game Labs was created in May 2007 by InMediaRes Productions, LLC for the purpose of publishing print Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun sourcebooks. In June 2007, Wizkids transferred the licenses for both Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun from FanPro's United States subsidiary to Catalyst, and in June 2008, Catalyst announced new novels for Shadowrun and Classic BattleTech, as well as the MechWarrior series.
Most of the individuals responsible for the success of both CBT and Shadowrun at FanPro moved to Catalyst when it acquired the licenses.
At the 2008 Gen Con, Catalyst Game Labs announced it was entering the casual gaming business (card oriented games) with new games Paparazzi & Ooze the Cook.
It was also announced that a new game will be released/published by CGL in the first quarter of 2009, named Leviathans.
TSR, Inc. was an American game publishing company most famous for publishing the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game.
When Gary Gygax could not find an established games company willing to publish Dungeons & Dragons, the new type of game he and Dave Arneson were co-developing, Gygax and Don Kaye formed Tactical Studies Rules in October 1973. However, needing immediate financing to bring the new game to market before several similar products, Gygax and Kaye brought in Brian Blume in December as an equal partner. When Kaye unexpectedly died in 1975, Blume's father, Melvin, purchased Kaye's shares, and the company was re-formed as TSR Hobbies. With the suddenly popular Dungeons & Dragons as its main product, the company became a major force in the games industry by the late 1970s. Melvin Blume eventually sold his shares to his other son Kevin, giving the two Blume brothers a majority control of the company, now renamed TSR, Inc.
Under the Blumes, the company ran into financial difficulties in 1984, and although Gygax managed to have the Blumes removed from the board of directors, they subsequently sold their shares to company manager Lorraine Williams, who succeeded in forcing
Vajra Enterprises is a small role-playing game publishing company founded in 2001. Vajra's games have a reputation for taking the conventions of more traditional genres and turning them around, into something familiar yet different. For example, at the beginning of Fates Worse than Death there is a page-long list of features differentiating it from traditional cyberpunk. Vajra strives to create very specific and detailed game settings, as opposed to many other companies which strive to create generic settings with wide appeal.
All Vajra Enterprises releases are based on the Organic Rule Components system, also known as ORC. The publisher offers free licenses to use the ORC system on approval of the subject matter by Vajra Enterprises. The ORC game mechanics have been criticized by reviewers as being too "crunchy". When used in a game system review, the term "crunchy" indicates relatively complex and number-driven game mechanics.
Vajra Enterprises' releases include published books and several games available for download as pdf files.
FWTD takes place on a fictional Manhattan in the year 2080, where decades of global crisis and war has crippled the city's economic and social
Überplay Entertainment was a board game publishing company located in St. George, Utah. As of April 2008, it had ceased operations. The company held three separate brands: Überplay provided family-oriented "Euro-style" board games; Inspiration Games developed games aimed at religious markets; Überplay Digital targeted PC based gaming.
Überplay-published games include: Ra, Motley Fool's Buy Low - Sell High, Alhambra, Metro, Hoity Toity, and Hansa. In 2004, New England won the Traditional Game of the Year by Games Magazine.
Under the Inspiration Games imprint, Überplay's published religious-based games, including Settlers of Zarahemla (similar to The Settlers of Catan) and The Ark of the Covenant (similar to Carcassonne).
Broccoli Co., Ltd. (株式会社ブロッコリー, Kabushiki-gaisha Burokkorī) is a Japanese media company that publishes manga, anime, and video games through its various subsidiaries.
Broccoli is the parent company of Broccoli Music Publishing, Broccoli International USA, and Anime Gamers USA Inc. Broccoli also published manga under Broccoli Books. Broccoli is well known for the Di Gi Charat franchise and series.
Satsuki Yamashita, the editor of Broccoli Books, explained that the company derived its president's desire to create a memorable name similar to the memorability of Apple Inc. While trying to imagine of another fruit or vegetable, he arrived at broccoli. This coincidentally has the same name in every language.
On January 23, 2008, Broccoli announced it would be collaborating with rival Animate to form a new company called "AniBro". Broccoli holds 30% ownership of the company, which is managed by the CEO of Animate.
Broccoli owns a chain of retail stores, Gamers, which are used for distributing anime, manga, anime music CDs, figurines, snacks, stationery, apparel, posters, calendars, trading cards and accessories such as cell phone straps and keychains. Headquartered at the Akihabara, Japan
Dream Pod 9 (also known as DP9) is a Montreal-based Canadian game publisher. In addition to games, they have been known to work on special projects, creating worlds and stories to order for a variety of clients.
The company got its start as the game design studio of what was then IANUS Publications, a Canadian publisher of anime-related magazines (Mecha Press, Protoculture Addicts). The team took care of the gaming sections of the magazines. They started publishing games on their own, releasing licensed Cyberpunk 2020 supplements and two Mekton books in the early 1990s. The group split off in 1994 to become DP9.
The company had a rise to fame in the mid and late 1990, fueled by the purported quality and depth of their books. It suffered from the general depression of the game industry after 9/11. Since 2004, the company has put an increased emphasis on wargames and has recently released the Heavy Gear Blitz! miniature game; both actions have done a great deal to counteract the problems encountered after the market downturn. While the company has not published RPG books prior to 2009, they have repeatedly stated they will continue to support the SilCORE system and the game lines,
Holistic Design, Inc. is an American game company that was founded in the early 1990s. Only one of the original partners is still with the company, Ken Lightner, though the other current partners bring a broad array of game design skills to the firm, most notably Bill Bridges, Andrew Greenberg and Chris Wiese.
The company has developed many computer games in its history, including Battles of Destiny, Hammer of the Gods, Final Liberation, Machiavelli the Prince, Merchant Prince II, Emperor of the Fading Suns, and Mall Tycoon. HDI also has a number of miniatures games in its inventory, including Noble Armada, Carnage and Combat Zone. Their most famous product is perhaps its role-playing game Fading Suns, but they also have a number of other RPGs to their credit, such as Rapture: The Second Coming, and their Real-Life Roleplaying series covering Afghanistan, Columbia, Somalia and the FBI.
Ral Partha Enterprises, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio produced miniature figures in 25 mm, 30 mm, 15 mm, and 54 mm scale from 1975 to 2001. Their products, manufactured by spin-casting, depicted soldiers, adventurers, and monsters inspired by history and fiction. The miniatures were sold at gaming conventions, in hobby shops, and by mail order for use in role playing games, wargaming, dioramas, competitive painting, and collecting. The company was founded by a group of wargamers around the talents of Tom Meier, a 16-year-old sculptor. The company grew with the increasing popularity of board and role-playing games. By 1982 Ral Partha products were sold worldwide. Ral Partha is best known for its historical figures, Fantasy Collector's series, and miniatures produced for TSR, Inc.'s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and FASA's BattleTech games.
Tom Meier became a freelance sculptor in 1988, and retains rights to much of his work for Ral Partha. He currently works on commission and operates Thunderbolt Mountain Miniatures, a boutique company for pet projects involving dioramas, 54 mm figurines, and a new series of elves and goblins. During its 26-year history Ral Partha employed more than two
Bully Pulpit Games, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a small publisher of indie role-playing games. Their games include The Shab-al-Hiri Roach, Grey Ranks, and Fiasco. Bully Pulpit's Jason Morningstar is also the creator of many other small, free games such as Dungeon Squad which are not published under the Bully Pulpit name.
The publisher is named for a phrase coined by Theodore Roosevelt. The site's logo includes a silhouette of the former President, and its front page includes a quote from him.
Chieftain Products was a Canada-based toy & game company which released games such as Scrabble, Atmosfear, etc. Funded in 1972 by Edward J. Scott in Toronto, Ontario, this toy company was closed down in 1996 after the release of Atmosfear 4. It moved in 1980 to Downsview, Ontario.
Eos Press was an American game publisher, originally established in 2001 in Seattle, Washington, as Hawthorn Hobgoblynn Press. Eos has expanded and now has operations in Taiwan, Singapore, and Suzhou, China. Eos is named after the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn.
The company was currently formed by Hsin Chen, owner and director, Jesse Covner partner and general manager and David Ramirez game project manager.
Since 2010, Eos had signed famed RPG designer and Nobilis creator Dr Jenna Moran, formerly known as Rebecca Borgstrom on an exclusive contract, to create future games and properties.
Notable products published by the company had been the card games, Abuse: The Final Insult, Creatures and Cultists and The Wormwood Tarot; A Victorian gothic inspired tarot set.
Regarding role-playing games it has published Godlike under the name Hobgoblynn, Unhallowed Metropolis; a game of neovictorian horror, and Weapons of the Gods; a Wuxia game inspired by the comic of the same name.
The company has had several of their products reviewed by Game Geeks
Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is a Roseville, Minnesota-based game company that creates and publishes role-playing, board, and card games. Fantasy Flight Publishing was founded in 1995 by its CEO, Christian T. Petersen. Since the release of its first game product (Twilight Imperium) in 1997, the company has been doing business as Fantasy Flight Games ("FFG"). Since that time, FFG has grown to become one of the biggest names in the hobby games industry, being a marketplace leader in board games and maintaining strong businesses in the card game, roleplaying game, and miniature game categories.
In 2008, FFG formed an exclusive partnership with industry-leading, UK-Based Games Workshop, to represent its acclaimed IPs (Warhammer and Warhammer 40K) in the hobby games market, publishing new versions of classic titles such as Talisman and Horus Heresy as well as brand new games such as Warhammer: Invasion LCG and Chaos In the Old World.
In August 2011 Fantasy Flight Games bought the license which allows it to commercialize any card, miniature or role-playing game set in the Star Wars universe.
Living Card Games (LCGs) are a variant of collectible card games (CCG) developed by Fantasy
Simulations Canada is the name of a Canadian board wargame publisher established in Nova Scotia in 1977. The company was founded by Stephen Newberg and was one of only a handful of companies devoted to publishing wargames at that time. Other companies such as Avalon Hill and Simulations Publications, Inc. did not accept unsolicited submissions, resulting in the creation of the company.
Stephen Newberg, with assistance from other designers and graphic artists, produced a relatively large output of games in the first years of the company, focusing on a wide mix of historical subjects not covered by other publishers.
As the wargames industry grew, Simulations Canada turned its attention to computer games. The company made a number of text-only wargames that include a traditional board-game map and counters. In 2001, Simulations Canada entered into a partnership with Matrix Games to publish some of Simulations Canada's computer titles. In 2004, another partnership with Omega Games saw the rerelease of some of their board game titles.
Simulations Canada is currently based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and continues to create and produce innovating materials.
Games Workshop (often abbreviated as GW) is a British game production and retailing company. Games Workshop has published the tabletop wargames Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 and The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange with the symbol GAW.L.
Founded in 1975 at 15 Bolingbroke Road, London, by John Peake, Ian Livingstone, and Steve Jackson (not to be confused with US citizen Steve Jackson, also a games designer), Games Workshop was originally a manufacturer of wooden boards for games such as backgammon, mancala, Nine Men's Morris, and Go which later became an importer of the U.S. role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and then a publisher of wargames and role-playing games in its own right, expanding from a bedroom mail-order company in the process.
In order to promote their business, postal games, create a games club, and provide an alternative source for games news, the newsletter, Owl and Weasel, was founded in February 1975. This was superseded in June 1977 by White Dwarf.
From the outset, there was a clear stated interest in print regarding "progressive games," including computer gaming which led to the departure of
Ideal Toy Company was founded as Ideal Novelty and Toy Company in New York in 1907 by Morris and Rose Michtom after they had invented the Teddy bear in 1903. The company changed its name to Ideal Toy Company in 1938. In 1982, the company was sold to CBS Toy Company, which in turn sold Ideal to Viewmaster International in 1987, which renamed itself View-Master Ideal in the process. View-Master Ideal was later bought by Tyco Toys, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The Ideal line remained part of Tyco until Tyco’s merger with Mattel, Inc., in 1997. The UK assets were sold to Hasbro which has released Mouse Trap and KerPlunk under its MB Games brand.
Certain brands and toys that originated with Ideal continued to be manufactured by Mattel, including Rubik's Cube and Magic 8-ball.
Ideal began making dolls in 1907. Their first doll was “Yellow Kid” from the “The Yellow Kid” comic strip by Richard Felton Outcault. After that they began making a line of baby and character dolls such as Naughty Marietta from the Victor Herbert operetta and Admiral Dot. Ideal advertised their dolls as unbreakable since they were made of composition, a material made of sawdust and glue. Ideal produced over 200
Merillian is a US company that makes board games, including the build-a-board game set Flibbix and the Flibbix Puzzler iPhone-optimized web game. It is located in the Puget Sound near Seattle in Duvall, Washington and was founded in 2006 by CEO Jason Ivan.
The name "Merillian" comes from the words "Million," "Merry," and "Millennium." Together, it means "Lots of fun for a really long time."
Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. was a video game developer and publisher originally based in Alameda, California.
The company was founded in 1983 and was most famous for its simulation games, notably the Falcon series of flight simulators and Vette!, a driving simulator from 1989. Spectrum Holobyte published games for many platforms, including home computers of the 1980s and early 1990s, IBM PC compatibles, and some video game consoles. The company was the publisher of the Solitaire Royale, the first computer card solitaire program. They were the first to bring Tetris to gamers outside the Soviet Union and Sokoban to gamers outside Japan. It was also the distributor for Domark games before Domark set up its own US operations in San Mateo, California.
In 1993, Spectrum HoloByte acquired MicroProse. For the following years, games from both companies were published under their respective brands, but in 1996 all titles were consolidated under the MicroProse brand.
The merged company was acquired by Hasbro Interactive in 1998, and what had been Spectrum HoloByte ceased to exist when the development studio in Alameda was closed in 1998. Hasbro subsequently sold all the assets of the various
Bézier Games is an American manufacturer and publisher of board games and card games located in California. It was started in 2006 by Ted Alspach upon publication of Start Player (also designed by Ted Alspach). Bézier Games is the largest (by number of different titles) publisher of Age of Steam expansions.
Green Ronin Publishing is an American company based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2000 by Chris Pramas, they have published several role-playing game–related products. They have won several awards for their games including multiple Origins, ENnie, Pen & Paper, and Inquest Fan Awards.
Chris Pramas started Ronin Publishing, publishing at least two fantasy role playing games supplements, The Book of Hunts for The Whispering Vault and Blood of the Valiant for Feng Shui. He dissolved Ronin Publishing in order to create Green Ronin.
On May 12, 2010, Green Ronin Publishing announced a third edition of the superhero role-playing game Mutants & Masterminds would debut in the fall. This announcement came just 9 days after the publisher announced that it would debut a new DC Adventures game in August, based upon Mutants & Masterminds. According to Green Ronin President Chris Pramas, the two new games will "share a common ruleset."
They have written the second edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, which was published by Black Industries. Other notable products include the Freeport, Thieves' World and The Black Company d20 settings, Mutants & Masterminds, Blue Rose, and True20.
Kenzer & Company (KenzerCo) is a Waukegan (Illinois, USA) based publisher of comic books, role-playing games, board games, card games, and miniature games.
They are known for the Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign setting and for their own HackMaster and Aces & Eights: Shattered Frontier role-playing games (RPGs). Perhaps their best known product is the Knights of the Dinner Table (KoDT) magazine, which is a monthly publication that is part comic book and part RPG magazine. KenzerCo's line of comics now includes spinoffs such as Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated and Spacehack, licensed comics in the Dungeons & Dragons line, and the fantasy literature magazine Black Gate. Other products include the Fairy Meat miniatures game, the Fuzzy Knights web strips, the Monty Python and the Holy Grail card game and board games such as Dwarven Dig, Elemental, and The Great Space Race.
In 1994, Kenzer & Company released Kingdoms of Kalamar, a fantasy campaign setting compatible with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. This source book was a completely unlicensed product, and although TSR (the then-owner of the Dungeons & Dragons trademark) had a precedent of threatening legal action against similar
Ad Astra Games is a company that produces boardgames, miniatures wargames and role-playing games. It was founded in 2004 by Ken Burnside. The chief operating officer is former West End Games founder Daniel Scott Palter, and the office manager is Sam Pray, husband of horror and gothic romance writer Terri Pray. Ad Astra's licenses include the universe of David Weber's Honor Harrington books (the "Honorverse") and the Traveller-based space combat game Power Projection: Fleets. They also publish the magazine Nexus Journal.
Ad Astra Games produces pewter miniatures in support of the Attack Vector, Honor Harrington and Traveller lines, as well as full color source books on the militaries of the Honor Harrington Universe, such as Jayne's Intelligence Review: The Royal Manticoran Navy and Jayne's Intelligence Review: The Havenite Republican Navy, as well as other Honor Harrington merchandise. The name "Jayne's" is a pun on the naval books by Fred T. Jane.
Other products Ad Astra produces include calendars, tee shirts, patches and window clings for the Honorverse product line, and role-playing games set in their various licenses using a variant of the West End Games' D6 game engine,
Fundex Games, Ltd. is an American toy and game company based in Plainfield, Indiana. Founded in 1986, Fundex Games produces many different games including card games, dice games, domino-based games, magic tricks, board games, and children's toys. Fundex also produces a line of outdoor lawn and tailgate games. Fundex Games was founded by Peter Voigt and his son, Chip Voigt.
Fundex Games has an exclusive partnership with the Professional Domino Association to market PDA-licensed domino games and other products for the United States market. Fundex's best selling game is Phase 10, in which it is the second best selling cardgame in the world, behind Uno.
On September 7, 2012, Fundex Games, Ltd. filed for bankruptcy in the Southern District of Indiana.
Fundex Games has been awarded numerous iParenting Media Awards for its products: five awards for Hottest Products for 2004 and one award for Best Products of 2006. Additionally, Fundex Games earned an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award in 2006 for Alfredo's Food Fight, a board game for young children and Highrise a family Domino Game.
Jeux Descartes was a French publisher of roleplaying games and board games. Their most popular lines included: Eurogames, a set of serious board games, previously published by Duccio Vitale's independent company; Blue Games, small card games for larger groups; and Games for Two.
Jeux Descartes was founded in 1977 and went out of business in 2005. Their assets are now owned by former rival Asmodée Éditions, and are sold under the Descartes Editeur imprint.
Operational Studies Group, also known as OSG, is a publisher of tabletop wargames mostly devoted to the wars of Napoleon I. Some of their more notable games include Napoleon at Leipzig, Napoleon at Bay and Bonaparte in Italy. OSG is a leader in the design and production of Napoleonic Wargames. OSG's Board Wargames are played on historically-accurate heavy-stock paper maps. The armies and leaders that move across the maps are represented by 1/2" square die-cut cardboard playing pieces.
OSG is run by Kevin Zucker, a former managing editor at Simulations Publications. Zucker left OSG in 1979, and the company closed down soon thereafter, but Zucker renewed the company name to market new wargames, such as Four Lost Battles (a game representing the defeat of Napoleon's marshals in the campaign leading up to the Battle of Leipzig) and "The Habit of Victory" (*Napoleon's 1807 Campaign in Poland).
After a hiatus in 2009, the company once again commenced production in 2010. "The Coming Storm" (four battles of the 1806-07 campaign) was published on 22 December 2010.
An interview with Kevin Zucker:
The United States Playing Card Company, established in 1867, produces and distributes many brands of playing cards, including Bicycle, Bee, Hoyle, Kem, and others, plus novelty and custom cards, and other playing card accessories such as poker chips. The company was once based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but is now headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky. It has been a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation since 2004.
The company was founded in 1867 as Russell, Morgan & Co., a printing company. They began printing playing cards, with the "Congress No. 606" line being the first, in 1881. They began printing Bicycle cards, which would become their most popular line, in 1885. The playing card business was successful enough that it was spun off as a separate business in 1894, as The United States Playing Card Company.
USPCC has owned Spanish playing card manufacturer Heraclio Fournier since 1986. In 2004 they acquired Kem Playing Cards, makers of plastic playing cards.
The company offers several card brands, including:
Introduced in 1927 in commemoration of Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, Aviator playing cards feature a bordered, monotone back design of
Days of Wonder is a board game publisher based in the United States and France. Founded in 2002, Days of Wonder distributes its games to 25 countries. It specialises in German-style board games and have branched out to include some online games. Days of Wonder has published games in English, French, German and Korean. Days of Wonder was co-founded by Eric Hautemont and vice president Mark Kaufman.
In 2004, Days of Wonder received the Spiel des Jahres for their board game, Ticket to Ride, by Alan R. Moon. Ticket to Rides is the company's best selling series according to Boardgamegeek.com. It was the youngest publisher ever to take that award. Shadows Over Camelot won a special Spiel des Jahres award as Best Fantasy Game in 2006. In 2009, Smallworld received three awards including "Best Game of the Year", "Best Family Game", and "Best Game Artwork" from the Dice Tower Gaming Awards.
Below are just some of the games published by Days of Wonder:
Dwarfstar Games was a division of Heritage Models that published microgame-sized fantasy and science fiction board wargames in the early 1980s. They typically came with 12"x14" fold-out cardstock mapboards and 154 thin die-cut counters. The demise of its parent company also meant the end for Dwarfstar.
Last Unicorn Games (LUG) was a games publisher that was eventually absorbed by Wizards of the Coast.
Last Unicorn developed the collectible card games Dune (1997) and Heresy: Kingdom Come (1995) as well as the 1994 role-playing game Aria: Canticle of the Monomyth The company also produced role-playing games for Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, before the license was bought by Decipher, Inc., makers of Star Trek collectible card games. After the acquisition Wizards of the Coast published Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium (2000) a role playing developed by Last Unicorn Games.
Mattel, Inc. ( /məˈtɛl/; NASDAQ: MAT) is the world's largest toy company based on revenue. The products it produces include Fisher Price, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, Masters of the Universe, American Girl dolls, board games, and, in the early 1980s, video game consoles. The company's name is derived from Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler, who founded the company in 1945. Handler's wife, Ruth Handler, later became president, and is credited with establishing the Barbie product line for the company in 1959. After the release of the Barbie doll, Mattel revolutionized the toy industry with its talking dolls and toys. Major successes in the 1960s with the talking Chatty Cathy doll in 1960 and See 'N Say toys in 1965 moved Mattel to its position as the number one toymaker in America. Mattel closed its last factory in the United States of America, originally part of the Fisher-Price division, in 2002, outsourcing production to China, the beginning of a chain of events that led to a scandal involving lead contamination. On Friday, September 3, 2010 a small-scale "Flash Crash" appears to have occurred in Mattel shares which plunged 22% in pre-market trade for no
Buffalo Games Inc. (Buffalo Games) located in Buffalo, New York is a table-top and card games manufacturer, as well as puzzle and puzzle accessories manufacturer. It was founded in 1986. Buffalo Games Inc. continues to develop their product line with an emphasis on family.
Buffalo Games Inc. was originally founded in 1986 as a family run business. The initial product line consisted of several board-games, and one puzzle, referred to as The World's Most Difficult Puzzle. The initial revenue from their product line came from their sales and marketing to bulk mail catalogs and department store gift sections. They began mass manufacturing of games and puzzles in 1996. The success Buffalo Games Inc. received in the puzzle market drove their product development for much of mid-1990s to early 2000s. In 1998, inspired by viewing a photomosaic image in an issue of Wired magazine, Buffalo Games Inc. pursued and received the license to create puzzles based on the photomosaic trademark/patents owned by Robert Silvers.. After acquiring the rights to reproduce photomosaic images, Buffalo Games Inc. garnered further success by signing licensing agreements with several companies (see below), most
Mayfair Games is a publisher of board, card, and roleplaying games. They also license German-style board games and publish them in English throughout the world. They license the worldwide English-language rights to publish the The Settlers of Catan series from Catan GmbH.
The genre of Crayon Rails board games was started by Mayfair's publication in 1982 of Empire Builder.
Mayfair Games was originally founded by 1981 by Darwin Bromley in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Robert T. Carty, Jr., its current Executive VP, came on board in 1998. Its current President, Mr. Larry Roznai, took over in 1999 and now oversees operations. Chairman since 1997, Pete Fenlon became CEO in 2007. Coleman Charlton became Director of Products that same year, the latter half of which marked a major reorganization with a refocusing on Catan and other core brands.
In 1982, Mayfair released its War in the Falklands game just as the war ended, leading the English press to accuse Mayfair of "ghoulish" exploitation.
Gary Gygax had advocated arranging a licensing agreement between TSR, Inc. and Mayfair Games for their Role Aids line of game supplements, but was outvoted in the board meeting considering the
Z-Man Games is a company incorporated in 1999 in the USA to produce games. The headquarters is in Mahopac, New York, near New York City. It is named after its proprietor, Zev Shlasinger. Its productions include:
In 2011, Quebec-based distributor Filosofia bought Z-Man Games. Shlasinger remains head of Z-Man games.
Card Sports & Entertainment Inc. (CSE Games) is a games publisher and licensed-products manufacturing company incorporated in 2004. Its main products are the award-winning boardgames Card Football and NHL Ice Breaker.
In early 2009, CSE Games will release NCAA Football Hand-Off, an updated version of Card Football which features 20 of the top U.S. college football programs.
The company's games use the D54 Game System which is based on a standard 54-card deck.
Endless Games is a games manufacturer based in South Amboy, New Jersey and founded in 1996 by industry veterans Mike Gasser, Kevin McNulty and game inventor Brian Turtle.
The company publishes classic and retro board games, including ones licensed from long-running television game shows such as The Price Is Right, Family Feud, Password, and The Newlywed Game. The company also features a separate line of games called "Quick Picks" which are packaged for travel use.
In 2008, the company added "Endless Collectables", authentic dinosaur and wildlife collectibles from Collecta, as well as the first jigsaw puzzle offering, a series of puzzles celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Wicked.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is an American multinational toy and board game company. It is one of the largest toy makers in the world. The corporate headquarters is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The majority of its products are manufactured in East Asia.
In 1923, two brothers, Henry and Helal Hassenfeld, founded Hassenfeld Brothers, a textile remnant company in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Over the next two decades, the company expanded to produce pencil cases and school supplies.
In the 1940s, Hassenfeld Brothers produced doctor and nurse kits, its first toys. Hassenfeld Brothers' first toy hit was Mr. Potato Head, which the company purchased from inventor George Lerner in 1952. The toy was a smash success. In 1964, Hassenfeld Brothers produced the G.I. Joe toy, which they termed an "action figure" in order to market the toy to boys who wouldn't want to play with "dolls." The company shortened its name to Hasbro Industries in 1968. Its promotional efforts included the catchphrase "Boy Oh Boy! It's A Hasbro Toy!" in television commercials and print ads. In 1969 Hasbro bought Romper Room, Inc., and re-branded it as Claster Television Productions.
In 1982, Hasbro produced another
TerrorBull Games is an independent games studio, based in Cambridge, UK. TerrorBull Games was founded in October 2005 by Andrew Sheerin and Andy Tompkins in order to self-publish their first board game, War on Terror. According to their own blog, TerrorBull approached several existing publishers with the game and found themselves "laughed out of the room". Starting their own game design and publishing company appeared to be the only path Sheerin and Tompkins could take.
TerrorBull Games' mission statement says it intends to 'grapple with the nasty things in life through the medium of the board game'. Indeed, their first release, War on Terror, generated a huge amount of controversy and opposition, with several UK Members of Parliament offering their (negative) opinion at the time. Opponents claimed that a board game is not a suitable platform for dealing with such issues - see press coverage on the main War on Terror (game) page.
In the second part of 'Games Britannia', a three-part BBC documentary series on the history of games in Britain, aired in December 2009, TerrorBull Games were praised for their use of merging satire with gameplay. Presenter and historian, Benjamin Woolley,
Rio Grande Games is a board game publisher based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The company primarily imports and localizes foreign language German-style board games.
In 1995, Jay Tummelson began working for Mayfair Games. At that time, Mayfair had begun to import German-style board games for sale, without doing any localization. Tummelson first suggested that they incorporate an English translation, and then that they completely localize the game for American audiences. Tummelson acquired the rights for Detroit/Cleveland Grand Prix, Manhattan, Modern Art, Streetcar, and The Settlers of Catan, which were published together in 1996.
One part of the localization process was to create original art and components. Tummelson thought that a better solution would be to use the same artwork and components as the originals and to share the cost of printing with the European publishers, as well. In 1998, he founded Rio Grande Games to take that approach.
Since then, Rio Grande Games has published over 350 games and has had a significant effect on board gaming in the United States.
The most popular of the games published by Rio Grande Games are Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Dominion, Power Grid, Race
Tenacious Games is a publisher founded by industry veterans to meet the evolving needs of a growing market. Their flagship product is The Spoils Tournament Card Game￢ﾄﾢ. Developed and play-tested over the course of five years, The Spoils￢ﾄﾢ has garnered impressive reviews from enthusiasts and professional players alike. It's a deep and involving game that is nevertheless simple to learn and fun to play. The Spoils￢ﾄﾢ has a unique game mechanic that allows skilled players to minimize the influence of luck while maximizing the opportunity for strategy, making the game highly rewarding and ideally suited for tournament play. In short, it is a superior tournament game that's fun for every type of card game player.
Wyrd is a miniatures and games company. They produce a range of 30mm metal miniatures, in several genres, for painters and gamers. In 2009, Wyrd published its first game, Malifaux, set in a dystopian city in a parallel world. Offering its first miniatures in 2005, the company is owned by Nathan Caroland and Eric Johns.
A short history of the company and its founding can be read in the Malifaux rule book:
I talked to a lot of people, asked questions ceaselessly, got told more than once that the market was saturated and to not peddle my wares or questions where not wanted, and basically to pack it up before I got started. Good thing I'm hard headed. Eventually I figured out what I needed and got to work with a lot of great individuals who not only answered my questions but supported my quest to create interesting miniatures. I'll be honest, I was lucky as I managed to talk to the right people, find the sculptors that suited my needs, and got some fantastic painters to give those miniatures just the right look before unleashing them on the world in December 2005.
— Nathan Caroland, Malifaux, 2009
Malifaux is Wyrd's premiere game. It is a skirmish-level miniatures wargame involving
Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co. is a media publishing house based in Stuttgart, Germany, founded in 1822 by Johann Friedrich Franckh. In the nineteenth century the company published the fairy tales of Wilhelm Hauff as well as works by Wilhelm Waiblinger and Eduard Mörike.
The "Friends of Nature Club" (Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde) was set up in 1903 in response to booming public interest in science and technology, and by 1912 100,000 members were receiving its monthly magazine "Cosmos" (Kosmos). The company moved into publishing books on popular science topics under the brands Franckh’sche Verlagshandlung and KOSMOS, including successful non-fiction guidebooks by Hanns Günther and Heinz Richter. Children's fiction and Kosmos-branded science experimentation kits were introduced in the 1920s.
Kosmos's current output includes non-fiction, children's books, science kits and German-style board games. Many of their games are translated into English and published by Rio Grande Games, Mayfair Games, and Fantasy Flight Games. Their line of experiment kits and science kits is distributed in North America by Thames & Kosmos.
Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH is a German game company and market leader in the European jigsaw puzzle market.
The company was founded by Otto Robert Maier with seat in Ravensburg, a town in Upper Swabia in southern Germany. He began publishing in 1883 with his first author contract. He started publishing instruction folders for craftsmen and architects, which soon acquired him a solid financial basis. His first board game appeared in 1884, named "Journey around the world".
At the turn of the 20th century, his product line broadened to include picture books, books, children’s activity books, Art Instruction manuals, non-fiction books, and reference books as well as children’s games, Happy Families and activity kits. In 1900, the Ravensburger blue triangle trademark was registered with the Imperial Patent office. As of 1912, many board and activity games had an export version that was distributed to Western Europe, the countries of the Danube Monarchy as well as Russia.
Before the First World War, Ravensburger had around 800 products. The publishing house was damaged during the Second World War and continued to produce games in the years of the reconstruction. The company focused
The Sword and Sorcery imprint is used by White Wolf to publish its d20 & OGL material. It publishes the Scarred Lands and Ravenloft D&D campaign settings, as well as the EverQuest Role-Playing Game and Warcraft the Roleplaying Game pencil and paper game lines. This imprint is also used on the print versions of books published by Monte Cook's company, Malhavoc Press, including Arcana Unearthed and its supplements and sequel.
FarEast Amusement Research (F.E.A.R. for short) is a Japanese company founded in 1993 by the current president Tarou Suzufuki, which produces role-playing games, board games and light novels. F.E.A.R. has a subsidiary publishing company named Game Field. Game Field publishes bimonthly RPG magazine Gamers Field since 1996. An anime television series adaptation of F.E.A.R.'s Night Wizard! began airing in Japan in October 2007.
F.E.A.R.'s products are published by several publishers including Game Field, Enterbrain, Fujimi Shobo and Shinkigensha.
F.E.A.R.'s products include:
Tresham Games is a board games publisher featuring the games of Francis Tresham. It was formed by Francis after he sold Hartland Trefoil, Ltd to Microprose in 1998.
Tresham Games has published several 18XX games, including 1829 Mainline and various units of 1825.
The Australian Design Group is a game company that specializes in wargames and strategic board games.
The Australian Design Group was formed in 1982 by a group of Canberra gaming enthusiasts in order to publish the game Empires in Arms. The game was designed by Harry Rowland, who was thirteen years old at the time. Empires in Arms was published in 1983 and proved to be an almost instant success, receiving a nomination for Game of the Year at Origins in 1984. The game was licensed to the Avalon Hill Game Company in 1985, and still sells strongly.
The Australian Design Group went on to produce the international smash hit World in Flames, a popular game based on the Second World War, which won the Game of the Year, State of the Art, Best 20th Century Game and Game of the Decade awards.
Since then, the Australian Design Group has produced Days of Decision, Rub Out, World Cup Football, America in Flames, Patton in Flames, 7 Ages and numerous World in Flames kits.
Bandai Co., Ltd. (株式会社バンダイ, Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai) is a Japanese toy making and video game company, as well as the producer of a large number of plastic model kits. It is the world's third-largest producer of toys (after Mattel and Hasbro). Some ex-Bandai group companies produce anime and tokusatsu programs. Its headquarters is located in Taitō, Tokyo.
After the merger with game developer and amusement facility operator Namco, Bandai Co., Ltd. is now under the management of Namco Bandai Holdings and a member of Bandai Namco Group. After group reorganisation in 2006, Bandai heads the group's Toys and Hobby Strategic Business Unit (SBU).
Bandai was founded in 1950. In the 1960s Bandai expanded to include export sales. Bandai's racing car set, which first appeared in 1962, became a huge success. The 1970s continued to see Bandai expand, with Bandai Models being established in 1971. Although not their most profitable range, Bandai's 1/48 scale AFV models dominated that segment of the model kit market. Bandai America Inc. was established as local US sales/marketing operation in 1978.
Since the 1980s, Bandai has become the leading toy company of Japan, and to this day, has the main toy
Habermaaß Inc. is a German toy manufacturing company based in Bad Rodach, Bavaria. The company defines itself as an “Inventor for inquisitive minds”, offering a broad selection of products such as wooden and textile toys, home furnishings and accessories for babies and children. Today the company is still a family run company, under the leadership of the managing partner Klaus Habermaaß and the managing director Harald Grosch.
In 1938, Eugen Habermaaß and Anton Engel founded “Habermaaß & Co.” as a “factory for fine wooden products”, and a couple of months later “Wehrfritz & Co." in cooperation with Karl Wehrfritz. In 1940, only two years after its foundation, when Anton Engel withdrew from the company, Eugen Habermaaß became its sole managing director. When he died, in 1955, his wife Luise Habermaaß took over the management of the company. At the same time, their son, Klaus Habermaaß, later to become the managing director of the company, decided to start an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking. On finishing his engineering studies in 1961, he became actively engaged in the running of the company, which grew and expanded in the following years.
The small manufacturer of wooden toys sets
L2 Design Group was established in 2001 by Art Lupinacci. Its primary business activity is to publish strategy games.
L2 Design Group has published The Russian Campaign, Deluxe Bitter Woods and Russia Besieged. The Russian Campaign Expansion Kit, Deluxe Bitter Woods Expansion kit and |ADC modules are also in print. L2 Design Group also produces game-related play aids such as the Suction Tweezer and a spring-loaded Line of Site tool. In 2006 L2 Design Group launched a new line of smaller games under the Folio Series moniker. Blood & Steel is the first game to be published as part of an ongoing series of smaller games on various subjects.
Streets of Berlin, Streets of Arnhem, Achtung Panzer, Grand Fleet, Victory at Sea: War at Sea, Deluxe Fortress Europa, Rommel's War, Conflict of Heroes, Waterloo: Fate of France, The Gothic Line, ZULU among others.
Task Force Games was a game company started in 1979 by Allen Eldridge and Stephen Cole. Mr. Cole left the company in the early 1980s, but continued to design the company's best selling Star Fleet Battles game. Mr. Eldridge sold the company to New World Computing in 1988. The company went through an additional change of ownership and is currently out of business.
The Star Fleet Battles series of games is currently published by the original designers, Amarillo Design Bureau Inc.
TFG published many games, including the Starfire series of games which were later novelized by David Weber into such books as In Death Ground, The Shiva Option and Insurrection. They also published historical games such as Battlewagon and History of the Second World War.
Task Force Games also published a series of Pocket Games, their version of microgames. Several of these microgames were later expanded and released as board games. TFG microgames include:
Many of the games were considered cutting edge for their time. One distinct feature that many of them had was that unlike many wargames of that era, players often had a degree of customization over their armies—For instance, in the Starfire series, a player
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a non-profit corporation created by an act of the United States Congress and funded by the United States federal government to promote public broadcasting. Between 15 and 20 percent of the aggregate revenues of all public broadcasting stations have been funded from federal sources, principally through the CPB.
The CPB was created on November 7, 1967, when U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. The new organization initially collaborated with the pre-existing National Educational Television network. In 1969, the CPB talked to private groups to start the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In 1970, the CPB formed National Public Radio (NPR), a radio network consisting of public stations.
The CPB provides some funding for the PBS, NPR, and, to a lesser extent, for other broadcasters that are independent of those organizations. In more recent years, the CPB has started funding some Internet-based projects.
The CPB's annual budget is composed almost entirely of an annual appropriation from Congress plus interest on those funds. For fiscal year 2012, its appropriation was US$445.2 million, including $1M
The Milton Bradley Company is an American board game company established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. In 1920, it absorbed the game production of McLoughlin Brothers, formerly the largest game manufacturer in the United States, and in 1987, it purchased Selchow and Righter, makers of Parcheesi and Scrabble.
Milton Bradley was taken over by Hasbro, Inc., in 1984. Now wholly owned by Hasbro, it is still retained as one of Hasbro's brands, similar to the manner in which Parker Brothers is one of Hasbro's brands.
Milton Bradley was a board game designer, he made his money by making games that people enjoyed playing.. In 1860, Milton Bradley moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, and set up the state’s first color lithography shop. His likeness of Abraham Lincoln sold very well until Lincoln grew his beard and rendered the likeness out-of-date.
Struggling to find a new way to use his lithography machine, Bradley visited his friend George Tapley. Tapley challenged him to a game, most likely an old English game. Bradley conceived the idea of making a purely American game. He created “The Checkered Game of Life”, which had players move along a track from Infancy
Palladium Books (sometimes erroneously referred to as "Palladium Games") is a publisher of role-playing games (RPGs) perhaps best known for its popular, expansive Rifts series (1990–present). Palladium was founded April 1981 in Detroit, Michigan by current president and lead game designer Kevin Siembieda, and is presently based in Westland, Michigan. The company enjoys the support of a small but dedicated fanbase who praise its various game series for their innovative settings and ease of adaptability to various personal preferences, play styles, and power levels.
The first game released by Palladium Books was The Mechanoid Invasion in 1981, followed by the first-editions of The Palladium Role-Playing Game in 1983 and Heroes Unlimited in 1984. Other popular titles include adaptations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1985) and Robotech (1986). Palladium was also one of the major distributors of Robotech merchandise for several years. Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, all of Palladium's licenses lapsed and were not pursued for renewal. In September 2007, Palladium finalized negotiations with Harmony Gold to produce an RPG based on Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.
Privateer Press is an award-winning role-playing game and miniature wargame production and publishing studio founded in 2000 by Brian Snōddy, Matt Staroscik and Matt Wilson. Mike McVey joined the partnership early on as Miniatures Director. The company is currently owned by Wilson following the departure of Snōddy and Mike McVey.
The company's signature products are Warmachine and Hordes, tabletop miniatures-based wargames with a steampunk/magical aesthetic. Noted webcomic creators and game critics Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik of Penny-arcade are fans of Warmachine. Privateer press also publishes a house magazine called No Quarter.
The company's products are distinguished by the quality of their art, production values, and game play. They have received many game industry awards, including six Origins awards and numerous Ennies.
The company has been a longtime supporter of Child's Play, a charity which gives toys and games to sick kids in children's hospitals around the world. In 2009, Privateer Press bid on and won an item at the annual Child's Play Holiday auction, donated by Harmonix, which brought them the rights to commission a downloadable song track for the Rockband game.
Runic Games is a Seattle-based American computer game company formed by Travis Baldree (creator of Fate), Max Schaefer and Erich Schaefer (co-founders of Blizzard North, of Diablo fame), Peter Hu, and the Flagship Studios Seattle team responsible for Mythos. It is a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. In 2009, the company released Torchlight, a single-player action role-playing game. They released a sequel, Torchlight II, on September 20th, 2012. It was at this time the developers revealed they were no longer pursuing plans to create an MMO in the "Torchlight" universe.
Runic Games was founded in August 2008 by Travis Baldree, Max Schaefer, Erich Schaefer and Peter Hu. The company formed specifically for the purpose of keeping the Mythos team together to develop a new action RPG video game as a "spiritual successor" to their previous project. Following the dissolution of Flagship Studios in 2008, all 14 members of the Seattle team that developed Mythos signed onto Runic Games.
Full production on the game started around November 2008, meaning that the game's total development period was approximately 11 months. At the 2009 Game Developers Conference some members of the Runic
Tilsit Éditions is a French game publisher started in 1997 by Didier Jacobée. It makes board games, strategy games, games for kids, and other such games.
Tilsit also distributed a number of French versions of Kosmos games, but the collaboration ended in 2006. Since 2003, Tilsit has published three main lines: Tilsit Collection for large-box games, Tilsit Poche for small-box multiplayer games and Tilsit Famille for intermediate games.
West End Games (WEG) was a company that made board, role-playing, and war games. It was founded by Daniel Scott Palter in 1974 in New York, but later moved to Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Its current and past product lines include Paranoia, Torg, Shatterzone, Men In Black, DC Universe, Star Wars, The World of Indiana Jones, Junta, Necroscope, Tales from the Crypt, Bloodshadows, and Metabarons.
Previously a producer of board wargames, the company began producing roleplaying games in 1984 with Paranoia. The high production values demanded by the wargames industry made them one of the few companies who could compete with TSR, and they were able to acquire the license from Columbia Pictures to produce an RPG based on the film Ghostbusters. This game, Ghostbusters: A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game, formed the basis of the D6 System which was to be heavily used in many of their licensed products.
Around 1987, the company acquired the license to produce a Star Wars role-playing game. Since the films had been released some years previously, and there was (at the time) no new media forthcoming, the success of these books came as a surprise. Their early work on the Star Wars Roleplaying
Simulations Publications, Inc. (SPI) was an influential American publisher of board wargames and related magazines, particularly its flagship Strategy & Tactics, in the 1970s and early 1980s. It produced an enormous number of games and introduced innovative practices, changing the course of the wargaming hobby in its bid to take control of the hobby away from then-dominant Avalon Hill. It went bankrupt in 1982. TSR acquired the company's trademarks and copyrights in 1983.
The company was founded in 1969 by James F. Dunnigan to take over publishing Strategy & Tactics, which had been in financial trouble. SPI, however, quickly proved that it was primarily a game publisher; not only did it produce many regular wargame designs, but starting with SPI's takeover, each issue of S&T included a complete wargame, comprising a map, rulebook and a sheet of die-cut counters.
In SPI's first two or three years, it embarked upon an expensive advertising campaign, including - but not limited to - full page advertisements in Scientific American magazine. New subscribers received free copies of its most successful game, Napoleon At Waterloo - an "easy to play" pocket-sized game with a foldout map and
Paizo Publishing is an American publishing company in Redmond, Washington that specializes in game aids and adventures for "the world's oldest fantasy roleplaying game" (Dungeons & Dragons) and its flagship spin-off game and setting, Pathfinder. Paizo also runs an online retail store selling role-playing games, gaming aids, board games, comic books, toys, clothing and other products, and has an Internet forum community.
The CEO of Paizo is Lisa Stevens. The company's name is derived from the Greek word παίζω (IPA pεzo), which means 'I play' or 'to play'.
Paizo formerly published Dragon and Dungeon magazines, both published under license from Wizards of the Coast. Publisher Erik Mona is former Editor-in-Chief of Dragon. The former Editor-in-Chief of Dungeon is James Jacobs, who is now Editor-in-Chief of Pathfinder. In early 2007, it was announced that the license had lapsed and would not be renewed, effective September 2007.
Paizo announced on 18 March 2008 that they would be launching the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Through the new product line, Paizo would modify, update, maintain, and publish the 3.5 SRD (under Wizards of the Coast's OGL). The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game would
Parker Brothers is a toy and game manufacturer and brand. Since 1883, the company has published more than 1,800 games; among their best known products are Monopoly, Cluedo (licensed from the British publisher and known as Clue in North America), Sorry!, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Ouija, Aggravation, and Probe. Parker Brothers is currently a subsidiary of Hasbro.
Parker Brothers was founded by George S. Parker. Parker's philosophy deviated from the prevalent theme of board game design; he believed that games should be played for enjoyment and did not need to emphasize morals and values. He created his first game, called Banking, in 1883 at the age of 16. Banking is a game in which players borrowed money from the bank and tried to generate wealth by guessing how well they could do. The game included 160 cards which foretold their failures or successes. The game was so popular among family and friends that his brother, Charles Parker urged him to publish it. George approached two Boston publishers with the idea, but was unsuccessful. Not discouraged, he spent $40 to publish 500 sets of Banking. He eventually sold all but twelve copies, making a profit of $100.
Parker founded his game
Avalanche Press is an American company that publishes board wargames and has published some role-playing game supplements. They have produced The Great War at Sea and Panzer Grenadier series, as well as Red Parachutes, one of their earliest games and a detailed study of the Soviet crossing of the Dnepr River in 1943.
Avalanche Press was started in 1994 by Mike Bennighof and Brian Knipple. In 1996, Avalanche Press released the first game in the Great War at Sea series. Twice, the series has won the Origins Award for the best historical game of the year. They have also received many finalist nominations for the Origins Awards.
In 2001 Avalanche Press began to produce products using the open-source d20 system. The book Celtic Age won the 2002 Origins Award for Best RPG Supplement.
Avalanche Press' physical plant is located in Irondale, Alabama after previously being in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
On September 12, 2008, Avalanche Press posted a survey so that fans could vote on games that they would like to see made. These games include a variation of the Great War at Sea series during the age of sail, a conflict between the United States and Canada on the Great Lakes during the 1920s,
Late for the Sky Production Company is a U.S. based board game production and manufacturing company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were founded in 1984. They are best known for their manufacture and production of games based on Monopoly. The company's major product lines include "-opoly" games for nearly sixty major colleges and universities in the United States, and the "City in a Box" games, localized for major U.S. cities. They also have a line of specialty games, and produce custom games for other themes. In addition, they have licensed many of these games to Outset Media for sale in Canada. Outset Media also expanded on the "City in the Box" and -Opoly series in order to produce new games, exclusive to Canada.
(City) -opoly games Monopoly-inspired games, produced by Late for the Sky, with boards and rule variations based major cities through the United States. This theme was introduced in the 1990s. Cities include:
Some examples of Late for the Sky's college campus games include:
Some examples of Late for the Sky's specialty games include:
Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd is a games publisher located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, United States.
It published Serenity Roleplaying Game in late 2005 to coincide with the release of Joss Whedon's feature film Serenity based on the television series Firefly. The company received a Gamer's Choice Best Roleplaying Game of the Year Origins Award and the Gold Medal in the Best Production Values of the 2006 ENnie Awards for this game. Two Serenity supplements have won Origins Awards for Best Roleplaying Game Supplement: Serenity Adventures, in 2009, and Big Damn Heroes Handbook, in 2010.
In 2006, it was announced that Margaret Weis Productions had entered into an agreement to create a role playing game based on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series.
In 2006, it took over production of Dragonlance d20 supplements from Sovereign Press. Both companies are run by many of the same people, and both are owned by Margaret Weis.
In 2008, Margaret Weis Productions published the Dragon Lairds boardgame, created by James M. Ward and Tom Wham.
On August 10, 2011, Margaret Weis Productions announced that it was developing a tabletop role-playing game based on the Marvel universe, which
Cranium, Inc. was a company founded in 1998 by two former Microsoft executives who created the Cranium board game. Richard Tait and Whit Alexander are the "brains" behind the board-game Cranium. After realizing that he always won at the game Pictionary, but lost more than frequently at the game Scrabble, Tait decided to make a game where everyone could win at something. Taking certain aspects of other favorite games, Cranium requires players to spell, draw, mold clay, and answer trivia questions. Tait and Alexander "create a board-game where everyone has heroic moments" Cranium, Inc. tested and modified their new game over and over. They knew they had a hit game on their hands when one day game the game testers tried to steal the game Without having a retail outlet to sell their game, Cranium, Inc. ordered 20,000 units to be manufactured in China. Cranium, Inc. did have big name investors, such as Starbucks, where they were able to raise 35 million dollars. Cranium, Inc. went on to win over 130 awards and sell over 22 million games and toys. Despite Cranium Inc.'s success, the company was bought out by Hasbro, Inc. on January 4, 2008 for 77.5 million dollars.
Game Designers' Workshop (GDW) was a wargame and role-playing game publisher from 1973 to 1996. Many of their games are now carried by other publishers.
Game Designers' Workshop was originally established June 22, 1973. The founding members consisted of Frank Chadwick, Rich Banner, Marc Miller, and Loren Wiseman.
GDW published a new product approximately every twenty-two days for over twenty years. In an effort of bridging the gap existing between the milieux of role players, board wargamers and miniature wargamers, the company published RPGs with fantastic settings alongside ones with realistic or military themes, as well as rulesets about WW2, WW1, modern warfare and the American Civil War (meant to be used with 15mm or 20mm miniatures) and board-based wargames such as the Air Superiority series or Harpoon.
The company disbanded February 29, 1996 after suffering financial troubles. Designers working for the company attributed a part of GDW's failure as burn-out. Miller stated in interviews that the closure was voluntary, resulting from burnout after years of producing games very rapidly, a pace that he believed that they could not sustain in the long term. "Everybody was just
Mongoose Publishing is a prolific British manufacturer of role-playing games, miniatures, and card games, actively publishing material since 2001. Its licenses include products based on the popular science fiction properties Traveller, Judge Dredd, and Paranoia, as well as fantasy titles Conan the Barbarian and RuneQuest.
Mongoose Publishing grew out of the d20 System boom sparked by Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition, quickly achieving popularity and notoriety in equal measure by virtue of the sheer volume of its releases, and the early successes of its initial lines. Early product lines were aimed directly at supplementing the Dungeons & Dragons game. The first releases, the Slayer's Guides, concentrated on different monster types for the d20 system, while the subsequent Quintessential books, detailing specific character classes, went on to become one of the best selling D20 lines outside of Wizards of the Coast. The latter were to span three years and thirty-six different titles.
Mongoose was to gain a reputation for being 'predatory' and targeting other publisher's release schedules by producing similar books at the same time. However, Mongoose later denied any malicious intent,
Open World Press is a publisher of role-playing games, founded in 2001 by Ed Cha, best known for its "World of Whitethorn" series of adventure settings. It is a member of Indie Press Revolution, a fulfillment house for publishers of indie role-playing games. Open World Press was nominated as "The Most Exciting New Company to Emerge" in 2003 by GameWyrd.
In 2005, "World of Whitethorn 1B: The Village of Oester" published by Open World Press was nominated for an ENnie as "Best Adventure of the Year". In that same year, Open World Press gave permission to author William Kooiker to publish the fantasy novel "Tower of Ruin" based on the characters and plotline in "World of Whitethorn 1B: The Village of Oester".
Pacesetter Ltd was a game company based in Delavan, Wisconsin, founded in 1984. Company founders included Mark Acres, Troy Denning, and Stephen Sullivan. Pacesetter produced both tabletop role-playing games and board games.
Chill was possibly Pacesetter's most well-known product. It was subsequently republished in revised form by Mayfair Games after Pacesetter's demise. Star Ace is currently owned by Phillip Reed and Christopher Shy of Ronin Arts. Timemaster and Sandman are currently owned by Daniel Proctor of Goblinoid Games (publisher of Labyrinth Lord, among other games), and Goblinoid Games also owns the copyrights and trademarks to the Pacesetter brand and logo.
Pacesetter products include:
Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH is a German board and card game publisher. Though many of their own games are language-independent they themselves publish only printings for the domestic market which include only German-language rules; English-language printings of their games have been published primarily by Rio Grande Games, Dutch versions by 999 Games and so on.
They are named after a story recorded by the Brothers Grimm, called "Hans in Luck" or "Lucky Hans" in English, hence the logo of Hans riding a pig.
Guidon Games produced board games and rulebooks for wargaming with miniatures, and in doing so influenced Tactical Studies Rules (later TSR, Inc.), the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons. The Guidon Games publishing imprint was the property of Lowrys Hobbies (later Lowry Enterprises), a mail-order business owned by Don and Julie Lowry. About a dozen titles were released under the imprint from 1971 to 1973.
By the late 1960s the miniature wargaming hobby had grown large enough that there was a demand for rulebooks dedicated to a single historical period. Don Featherstone of the UK produced booklets for eight different periods in 1966. A few years later the Wargames Research Group began producing rulesets with an emphasis on historical accuracy.
With this trend in mind Lowry conceived the Wargaming with Miniatures series for which he recruited rulebook authors from the ranks of the International Federation of Wargamers. Through the IFW Lowry met Gary Gygax, who served as series editor. Gygax began working for Guidon in 1970. Gygax also co-authored the first title in the series, Chainmail, which became Guidon's best seller. Other notable titles in the series are Tractics, one of the
The British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association, or BCSEA, is a non-profit association of citizens, professionals and practitioners committed to promoting the understanding, development and adoption of sustainable energy, energy efficiency and conservation in British Columbia, Canada.
BCSEA's vision is a future in which all of BC’s energy comes from clean, renewable, efficient sources.
BCSEA's mission is to facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy future through education, advocacy and tangible community projects.
Volunteer driven and member-supported, the BCSEA has hundreds of individual, business and agency members. They are kept informed through regular chapter meetings, an actively updated website, listservs and regular electronically circulated publications, such as "The Joule" and "Watt's Happening".
Significant BCSEA initiatives include: SolarBC, 100,000 Solar Roofs, the Climate Change Game, Climate & Energy Solutions Webinars. Clean Energy Classrooms, Building Stock Retrofit Program and Sustainable Energy Policies & Sustainable Energy Solutions for BC.
The BCSEA has a decentralized organizational structure, with an 11-member board of directors at its core
Greg Stafford's Issaries, Inc. is a publishing house for mythic material. Its flagship game is HeroQuest (the second edition of Hero Wars: Epic Roleplaying in the World of Glorantha).
Issaries, Inc. was incorporated in California in 1999 with the support of loyal fans around the globe who raised money by joining the Glorantha Trading Association (GTA).
Jedko Games is an Australian importer/wholesaler of games, jigsaws, playing cards, wooden toys, board games, traditional games and puzzles. It was originally a publisher of original games and Australian editions of overseas wargames.
The company was founded in the 1970s by John Edwards, the designer of The African Campaign (1973), War at Sea (1975) and The Russian Campaign (1975) which were published by Jedko and later licenced to TSR, Inc. and Avalon Hill.
Other games published by Jedko include an Australian edition of Dungeon!, Alan Jones Formula 1 Grand Prix Racing Game and Basic Training, an introductory wargame between World War II Australian and Japanese in New Guinea.
Brand names imported by Jedko Games includes Jumbo, PIN Interwood, Heye, Paul Lamond, Ceaco, United States Playing Card Company, House of Marbles, and more.
John Wallis (died 1818) was an English board game publisher, bookseller, map/chart seller, print seller, music seller, and cartographer. With his sons John Wallis Jr. and Edward Wallis, he was one of the most prolific publishers of board games of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Wallis's company occupied a number of sites in London, England including:
GMT Games, probably the most prolific of the wargame companies in the 1990s and 2000s, was founded in 1990. The current management and creative team includes Tony Curtis, Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch, and Andy Lewis. The company has become well known for graphically attractive games that range from "monster games", of many maps and counters, to quite simple games suitable for introducing new players to wargaming. They also produce card games and family games.
GMT's name comes from the first name initials of founders Gene Billingsley, Mike Crane, and Terry Shrum. However, Crane and Shrum soon split acrimoniously with GMT, and founded their own company, the Fresno Gaming Association.
After the downsizing of the game distribution network in the mid-late 1990s, the company decided they needed a new way to fund the production of new games. This prompted them to introduce the "Project 500" system, which allows customers to vote via pre-order for the games they most want to see produced. Production of a new game does not start until there are a minimum number pre-orders for a particular game (originally about 500, but now more realistically about 750). Pre-orders are offered at a
Waddingtons was a publisher of card and board games in the United Kingdom. The company was founded by John Waddington of Leeds, England and Wilson Barratt, under the name Waddingtons Limited. The name was changed to Waddington's House of Games, then John Waddington Limited, then Waddington Games, and finally just Waddingtons.
The company was initially established as a printing business, entering into game production in 1922, due to a boom in demand for playing cards around World War I. Waddingtons subsequently sold both original games (especially tie-ins for UK television programmes) and games licensed from other publishers.
The company was eventually bought by Hasbro in 1994.
Beginning in 1994, Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzles were released annually until 2007, a total of thirteen puzzles. The first twelve in the series depicted a scene from a Victorian-era Christmas. The final puzzle depicted a scene from the fairy tale Cinderella. The small number of puzzles, combined with the fact that they were all limited editions, has made these puzzles among the most sought-after in the world.
Among the games published by Waddingtons were:
2. In Avid Merrion's Bo! in the USA during a
Asmodée Éditions is a French publisher of board games, card games and role-playing games (RPGs). The company was founded in 1995 by former employees of the RPG publisher Siroz Productions. The company publishes its own games, as well as French language editions of other publishers' games. Notable games published by Asmodée include:
Asmodée holds the French publishing rights to the WizKids and Pokémon lines of games.
Asmodée is currently distributing games under the imprints Descartes Editeur and Eurogames, acquired when they purchased Descartes. However, they have not used these imprints for any original publications since the purchase.
Paradigm Concepts, Inc. is a small-press game publishing company located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They published the award-winning Arcanis campaign setting and managed the Living Arcanis campaign independent of the RPGA. Previously Arcanis operated as a d20 system campaign setting using the rules of Dungeons and Dragons. Arcanis is now featured in Arcanis the Roleplaying Game, being released summer 2011 and the Legends of Arcanis campaign - inheritor of the Living Arcanis history. They also publish the self-developed Witch Hunter: The Invisible World game-line. The company was founded by Henry Lopez, Nelson Rodriguez, and Eric Wiener in 2000.
Paradigm Concepts Inc. also produces Spycraft, d20 System, Legend of the Five Rings and True 20 books under license.
The company won the 2005 ENnie award for Fans' Choice Best Publisher.
Paradigm Concepts is known for an active and very successful Origins Game Fair performance and manages the Gathering, the primary Origins Game Fair organized role playing game event.
Replay Publishing is a game company based in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, that develops and publishes sports simulation games for the tabletop and computer. They currently produce Replay Baseball, Replay Basketball, and PC Replay Baseball. Competitors past and present include APBA, Strat-O-Matic, Big League Manager, Design Depot, Negamco, Pursue the Pennant and Statis Pro Baseball.
Replay Baseball was first developed by Norm Roth and John Brodak, and first published in 1973 by Replay Games of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. They continued publishing the game until 1991, when they moved on to other pursuits due to the rising financial cost due to licensing with the Major League Baseball Players Association. In 1998, Pete Ventura and Replay Publishing resurrected the franchise with the release of their first yearbook for Replay Baseball. A brand new Replay Basketball was released in 2003, and PC Replay Baseball was created for computer play and released in 2009.
In August 2007, the company held Replay Retreat 2007 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Replay Baseball is played using three dice (red, white, and blue), and a Chart Book. Play is controlled by rolling three dice (red/white/blue), and using
Universal Games is a Nevada company that produced such board games as Merger, Titanic: The Board Game, and the Apollo 13 edition of Solarquest.
In 1965, their address was in Houston, Texas. Universal Games released Merger, a financial game for 2-4 players. This game simulated automobile production and stock manipulation. Each player is a plant manager. The goal of the game is to make the most money. The game is similar is style to many of the 3M bookshelf games.
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Kunoichi is a boutique creative, interactive, and animation/video studio, specializing in extending brands, advertising, and marketing campaigns across all media – consumer products, television, film, online, mobile, video games, and more. Focusing primarily on youth entertainment, specifically the toy and game industry, Kunoichi’s clients include Capcom, Cartoon Network, Hasbro, McDonald’s, New Balance, Step2, and more.
In February 2007, Devil's Due Publishing (DDP) partnered with Kunoichi to share expertise. Kunoichi are involved in much of the artwork for the upcoming Dragonlance movie. The e-card viral marketing campaign for Hot Topic and RED Distribution was based on a Macromedia Flash application designed by Kunoichi.
Kunoichi bought Archaia Studios Press in late 2008 and in early December it was announced that DDP CEO P. J. Bickett had stepped down in order to focus on Kunoichi.
Miro is a game manufacturer in France. Its most notable publication is "La Conquete du Monde," the first version of Risk ever produced.
Miro was founded in Paris in 1936 by Fred Mirowitch and Leo J. Frankenthal. The company changed hands in 1950, after which it became the producer of French-language versions of Waddington Ltd. and Parker Brothers games. In 1980, Miro Company merged with Parker Brothers France and Meccano France under the name Miro-Meccano. In 1986, the company was acquired by Hasbro.
Winning Moves Games is a maker of classic card games and board games, puzzles, action games and adult party games.
Winning Moves Games was founded in 1995 by four game industry professionals: Tom Kremer (who discovered and licensed the Rubik's Cube from behind the "Iron Curtain"), Philip Orbanes (formerly at Parker Brothers, and the leading expert on the game Monopoly), Mike Meyers (formerly at Milton Bradley), and Alex Randolph. The company then forged a close relationship with the world's largest game company, Hasbro, Inc., owner of Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games. As a result, many long-lived Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games have been and continue to be made exclusively by Winning Moves Games. The company continues to primarily produce family and children's games, including both retro and original designs.
There are currently four Winning Moves companies in the world: Winning Moves France, Winning Moves Germany, Winning Moves UK, and Winning Moves USA.
Winning Moves USA has published a number games and puzzles throughout the years. In 2008, they produced:
In 2005 Winning Moves UK started producing custom games on behalf of companies in Europe. Originally their
Amarillo Design Bureau is a company which specializes in tactical and strategic board wargames. The company is a successor to Task Force Games, and is owned and operated by Steve and Leanna Cole, with partner Steve Petrick, and based in Amarillo, Texas. The company created and developed the series of games set in the Star Trek-based Star Fleet Universe, under license from Paramount Pictures, which includes the tactical combat games Star Fleet Battles and Federation Commander, the strategic-level game Federation and Empire, the card-based tactical game Star Fleet Battle Force and the role-playing game Prime Directive. They also produce a large series of miniatures under the Starline 2400 label, as well as the biannual Captain's Log magazine.
Games developed by Amarillo Design Bureau have influenced other game designers such as Taldren, Inc. and they have been used in the development of some video games.
999 Games is a Dutch board game publishing company. In Belgium and the Netherlands it publishes mostly German-style board games such as The Settlers of Catan, El Grande and Carcassonne. The company also imports foreign games, such as Magic: the Gathering cards.
In recent years, 999 Games has moved away a bit from designer board games and turned more towards family, kids or even party games, with Agricola being a popular exception.
Battleline Publications was a board wargame company founded by Steven Peek in 1973. Output was relatively low at first, with each game being funded by sales of the one before, but their games were generally well-respected. Several were re-published by Avalon Hill, and their second game, Wooden Ships and Iron Men designed by S. Craig Taylor is still considered one of the better games on its subject. They also put out a couple games that can be considered card wargames, and at one point became a division of Heritage Models.
Battleline Publications at BoardGameGeek
Group SNE is a Japanese company founded in 1986 by the current president Hitoshi Yasuda, which produces role-playing games, light novels, board games and card games. Ryo Mizuno was one of the founding members. Group SNE is named after Syntax Error, the programming language BASIC's term. The most famous product of Group SNE is Record of Lodoss War well known for a fantasy anime adaptation. Moreover, there are several anime adaptations based upon Group SNE's products such as Legend of Crystania, Mon Colle Knights and Rune Soldier.
Group SNE's products are published by several publishers including Fujimi Shobo, Shinkigensha, JIVE, Enterbrain and Hobby Base.
Group SNE's products include:
Konami Corporation (コナミ株式会社, Konami Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM) is a Japanese developer and publisher of numerous toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade cabinets and video games. Konami is famous for popular video game series such as Castlevania, Contra, Dance Dance Revolution, Gradius, Frogger, Suikoden, Metal Gear, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Konami is the fifth-largest gaming company in the world by revenue.
The company was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan, by Kagemasa Kōzuki, the still-current chairman and president. The name "Konami" is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman), Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako.
Konami is currently headquartered in Tokyo and additionally operates health and physical fitness clubs in Japan. Konami also operates United States activities in El Segundo, California for video games and Paradise, Nevada for the casino gaming industry. Its Australian gaming operations are located in Sydney, Australia, and distribution of Konami's games in Australia is handled by Mindscape Australia.
On March 21, 1969, Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman
Multi-Man Publishing, LLC ("MMP"), founded in 1994, is a Maryland based game company that publishes many wargame titles, including Advanced Squad Leader and Operational Combat Series.
Multi-Man Publishing (MMP) was founded in 1994 by four Avalon Hill playtesters and a graphics art designer. Their first publication was Backblast, a fanzine for Avalon Hill's wargame Advanced Squad Leader (ASL). Around the same time, Avalon Hill had made the decision that ASL did not have a future, and so MMP sought to keep it alive among fans by publishing occasional scenarios and a fanzine. MMP also entered into discussions with AH about purchasing the rights to ASL. In late 1995, professional baseball player Curt Schilling, who was a devoted player of ASL, separately also tried to buy the rights to ASL. Avalon Hill did not agree to either offer, they held out for more money, but introduced Shilling to MMP, who subsequently joined the company as a one-third partner, the other two thirds owned equally by Perry Cocke and Brian Youse.
After Avalon Hill was sold to Hasbro in 1999, MMP negotiated to license ASL from Hasbro. MMP would also develop, print and sell some of the other former Avalon Hill
Founded in 1993, Nexus Editrice was an Italian game publisher.
Nexus produced board games, role-playing games, card games, miniature games, published magazines devoted to games, and licensed to the Italian market games from many major international games publishers, such as Fantasy Flight Games, Games Workshop, Fasa and Kosmos.
Nexus also created original games which have been distributed worldwide, including:
Nexus also published original game lines:
Nexus Editrice also re-launched on the international market a classic brand of historical miniatures, the "Atlantic" figures.
Nexus Games is now a brand owned by the Italian company NG International, a subsidiary of Italeri.
Target Games was a Swedish publisher of role-playing games active from 1980 until the year 1999 when they went into bankruptcy proceedings.
They published much of their early material in the form of stapled books in G5 (169 by 239 mm) format in a box together with dice.
They released the role-playing games Drakar och Demoner (1982), Mutant (1984) (with the later versions Mutant (1989) Mutant RYMD (1992) and Mutant Chronicles), Kult (1991), Chock (1985, a translation of Chill), Sagan om Ringen (1986, a translation of Middle-earth Role Playing) and Stjärnornas Krig (1988, a translation of the WEG Star Wars role-playing game). Target Games also published Warzone, a miniature wargame.
They also released three generic sourcebooks, Grymkäfts fällor (1987) (translated from the classic game supplement Grimtooth's Traps), Stadsintermezzon (1988) and Skattkammaren (1988) as well as many adventures and sourcebooks for their games. Until the mid 1990s Target Games published their Swedish roleplaying games under the brand name Äventyrsspel (meaning "adventure games"). Target Games was reconstructed in 1999 and ceased publication of all of its inventory and the intellectual property rights were
The Wargames Research Group (WRG) is a British publisher of rules and reference material for miniature wargaming. Founded in 1969 they were the premier publisher of tabletop rules during the seventies and eighties, publishing rules for periods ranging from ancient times to modern armoured warfare, and reference books which are still considered standard works for amateur researchers and wargamers. They are best known for their seminal ancient and medieval period rules, and also for De Bellis Antiquitatis and Hordes of the Things fantasy rules.
WRG was founded by Phil Barker, Bob O'Brien, and Ed Smith in 1969, when they published War Game Rules: 1000 B.C. to 500 A.D..
The rules quickly gained widespread acceptance through the miniature wargaming world, espcially in the UK, and quickly became the acknowledged standard for ancient warfare. WRG followed with rules for other periods which gained similar widespread acceptance.
Innovative features of the rules included:
While very much a minority interest, both the 6th Edition and the 7th Edition continue to be played even at a competition level.. Both, however, are no longer supported by WRG.
WRG rules have been sufficiently widely
Fantasy Productions Medienvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH (aka FanPro ) is a German publishing company based in Erkrath.
The company was founded in 1983 by Ulrich Kiesow, Werner Fuchs and Hans Joachim Alpers to produce small metal miniature figures. When the Droemer Knaur Verlag and the Schmidt Spiel & Freizeit GmbH published Kiesow's role playing game "Das Schwarze Auge", Kiesow organised the editorial work at FanPro. After the bankruptcy of the Schmidt Spiel & Freizeit GmbH in 1997, FanPro published Das Schwarze Auge by itself.
In 2001, when FASA closed, FanPro founded a sister company based in Chicago, although most of its employees worked remotely. This sister company was named FanPro LLC, and is sometimes referred to as FanPro USA or Fantasy Productions USA, although neither title is correct. FanPro LLC initially licensed the rights to produce English-language Shadowrun books in early 2001, and by the summer of 2001 had also signed an agreement to publish Classic BattleTech in English.
From 2001 to 2005, FanPro LLC released over a dozen original Shadowrun titles and reprinted core titles that FASA had originally released. In 2005, FanPro LLC released Shadowrun, Fourth Edition.
Lemada Light Industries Inc. is an Israeli game manufacturer. It was founded in 1978 by Mariana and Micha Hertzano, the children of Ephraim Hertzano (who invented Rummikub, their most famous game), and it is still run by the Hertzano family. The head office is located in Arad.
Evil Hat Productions is a company that produces role-playing games. Chief among them is the free indie RPG, Fate, which has won numerous awards. In 2005, the company began producing a series of commercial role-playing games using an updated version of the FATE system, each focusing on a different genre. These include the 1920s pulp adventure Spirit of the Century and the hard sci-fi Diaspora. In 2010 they released The Dresden Files RPG, based on the The Dresden Files series of novels by author Jim Butcher. The FATE system has also been licensed to Cubicle 7 Entertainment who used it for Starblazer Adventures, based on the British Starblazer comic.
The Gamers was a wargaming company founded and run by Dean Essig in Homer, Illinois. Their distinction was the focus on a few series, with special rules for each individual game. This made it easier to play new games within a series that was well known to the players. Homercon, a convention for The Gamers games is held each September in Homer, IL. This company was bought out by Multi-Man Publishing in 2001 who continues to publish new materials for the original Gamers series and plans to release new ones designed by Dean Essig.
The Gamers produce games in several different series:
The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is a Palo Alto, California–based think tank established in 1968, as a spin-off from the RAND Corporation, to help organizations plan for the long-term future, a subject known as futures studies.
IFTF was founded by Paul Baran, an early Internet pioneer and co-developer of packet switching, futurist Theodore Jay Gordon, and Delphi method co-inventor Olaf Helmer. After a year in Middletown, Connecticut, the Institute relocated to Silicon Valley, where it has been ever since.
During the presidency of Roy Amara (1969–1991), the Institute conducted some of the earliest studies of the impact of the ARPANET on scientific research, and was notable for its research on groupware. The Institute attracted several notable researchers in this period, including astrophysicist and computer scientist Jacques Vallee, sociologist Bob Johansen, and its most consistently mediagenic figure, technology forecaster Paul Saffo.
Today, the Institute maintains research programs on the futures of technology, health, and organizations. It publishes a variety of reports and maps, as well as a blog on emerging technologies.
Currently, the Institute offers three programs to its
Sabertooth Games (STG) is a now defunct Memphis, Tennessee based game company, founded in 2001. The company primarily produced collectible card games as a subsidiary of Games Workshop, PLC. Sabertooth Games was considered a "sister company" of the other divisions in BL Publishing.
Sabertooth Games was a small company which primarily targeted hobby stores, rather than attempting to sell through standard mass-market channels. The company's mission statement from CEO Stephen Horvath emphasizes that this focus benefited and helped to support such smaller retailers. In an interview with GameSpy, Horvath notes that the company encourages players to "buy the game where you play the game." Towards this end, the company often sponsors events and provides free promotional cards at local stores.
The games produced by Sabertooth Games made use of existing game licenses or intellectual property. Traditionally, these games were based on other board game or role-playing game properties, such as the Warhammer 40,000 universe. However, with the introduction of the Universal Fighting System in 2006, the company expanded into the area of video game properties, partnering with Capcom, Namco, and
FASA Corporation was an American publisher of role-playing games, wargames and board games between 1980 and 2001.
FASA first appeared as a Traveller licensee, producing supplements for that Game Designers' Workshop role-playing game, especially the work of the Keith Brothers. The company went on to establish itself as major gaming company with the publication of the first licensed Star Trek RPG, then several successful original games. Noteworthy lines included BattleTech and Shadowrun. Their Star Trek role-playing supplements and tactical ship game enjoyed popularity outside the wargaming community since, at the time, official descriptions of the Star Trek universe were not common, and the gaming supplements offered details fans craved.
The highly successful BattleTech line led to a series of video games, some of the first virtual reality gaming suites, called Virtual World (created by a subdivision of the company known at the time of development as ESP, an acronym for "Extremely Secret Project") and a Saturday-morning animated TV series.
Originally the name FASA was an acronym for "Freedonian Aeronautics and Space Administration", a joking allusion to the Marx Brothers film Duck
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company located in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest gaming company by revenue. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade hanafuda cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as a cab company and a love hotel.
Abandoning previous ventures, Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan's third most valuable listed company with a market value of over US$85 billion. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team.
The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as "leave luck to heaven". As of October 18, 2010, Nintendo has sold over 565 million hardware units and 3.4 billion software units.
Nintendo was founded as a card company in late 1889, originally named Nintendo Koppai. Based in Kyoto, Japan, the business produced and marketed a playing card game called Hanafuda. The handmade cards soon became popular, and Yamauchi hired assistants to mass produce cards to
Steve Jackson Games (SJG) is a game company, founded in 1980 by Steve Jackson, that creates and publishes role-playing, board, and card games, and the gaming magazine Pyramid.
Founded in 1980, six years after the birth of Dungeons & Dragons, and before the height of role-playing games, SJG created several role-playing and strategy games with science fiction themes. SJG borrowed and expanded upon ideas pioneered by strategy game companies such as Metagaming Concepts, Avalon Hill and TSR. Despite these similarities, SJG had a unique feel all their own and became popular with their releases. SJG's early titles were all microgames initially sold in 4×7 inch ziploc bags, and later in the similarly sized Pocket Box. Games such as Ogre, Car Wars, and G.E.V (an Ogre spin-off) were popular during SJG's early years.
Today SJG publishes games of numerous varieties (card games, board games, strategy games) and genres (fantasy, sci-fi, gothic horror); they also publish the book Principia Discordia, the sacred text of the Discordian religion.
On March 1, 1990, SJG's offices in Austin, Texas were raided by the U.S. Secret Service. The manuscript for GURPS Cyberpunk was confiscated although this
Games published:World of Warcraft Trading Card Game
The Upper Deck Company, LLC (colloquially as Upper Deck and Upper Deck Authenticated, Ltd. in the UK), founded in 1988, is a private company primarily known for producing trading cards. Its headquarters are in Carlsbad, California, United States.
The company also produces sports related items such as figurines and die-cast on top of having exclusive agreements to produce memorabilia (under the brand name Upper Deck Authenticated) with such sports superstars as Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Andrew Bynum, Ernie Els, Albert Pujols, Grady Sizemore, Matt Kemp, James Loney, Sandy Koufax and Ken Griffey Jr. Under the Upper Deck Entertainment name, the company also produced card games such as World of Warcraft.
On December 23, 1988, Upper Deck was granted a license by Major League Baseball to produce baseball cards, and just two months later, on February 23, 1989, delivered its first case of baseball cards to George Moore of Tulsa's Baseball Card Store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upper Deck sold out its baseball cards midway through this inaugural year, then pre-sold its entire 1990 baseball stock before the year began.
The 1990 set included the industry's
Avalon Hill is a game company that specializes in wargames and strategic board games. Its logo contains its initials "AH", and is often referred to by this abbreviation. It has also published the occasional miniature wargaming rules, role-playing game, and had a popular line of sports simulations. It is now a division of the game company Wizards of the Coast, which is itself a subsidiary of Hasbro.
The company was started in 1954 by Charles S. Roberts under the name of "The Avalon Game Company" for the publication of his game Tactics, considered the first commercial wargame. Following the success of Tactics Roberts changed the name "The Avalon Game Company" to "Avalon Hill" in 1958, name kept by the company until it folded in 1998. The first game published by the company under the name of "Avalon Hill" was the second edition of Tactics, titled Tactics II and also published in 1958. Between 1958 and 1963 Avalon Hill published many different games, many of them being wargames: 1776, Starship Troopers, Africa Korps, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, Richtovens War, Battle of the Bulge, Gettysburg, Tactics II, U-Boat, Chancellorsville, D-Day, Civil War, Waterloo, Bismarck and Stalingrad.
Capcom Co., Ltd. (株式会社カプコン, Kabushiki-gaisha Kapukon), or just Capcom, is a American-Japanese developer and publisher of videogames, known for creating multi-million-selling franchises such as Mega Man, Resident Evil and Street Fighter. Originally established in 1983, it has since become an international enterprise with branches and subsidiaries in North America, Europe, and East Asia.
The original companies that spawned Capcom's Japanese branch were I.R.M Corporation founded on May 30, 1979, as well as its subsidiary Japan Capsule Computers Co., Ltd., both of which were devoted to the manufacturing and distribution of electronic game machines. The two companies underwent a name change to Sambi Co., Ltd. in September 1981, while Capcom Co., Ltd. itself was first established on June 11, 1983, for the purpose of taking over the internal sales department.
In January 1989, the old affiliate company Capcom Co., Ltd. merged with Sambi Co., Ltd., resulting in the current Japanese branch. The name Capcom is an abbreviation of "Capsule Computers", a term coined by the company to describe the arcade machines it solely manufactured in its early years, designed to set themselves apart from
Cheapass Games is a game company founded and run by game designer James Ernest, based in Seattle, Washington.
Cheapass Games operates on the philosophy that most game owners have plenty of dice, counters, play money, etc., so there is no need to bundle all of these components with every game that requires them. Cheapass games thus come packaged in white envelopes, small boxes, or plastic resealable bags containing only those components unique to the game - typically a rules sheet, a playing board printed on card stock, and game cards banded by magazine-cutout "sleeves". This allows the company to produce games for prices well below the market average. Later, Cheapass started offering some higher-quality, full color games under the "James Ernest Games" brand.
Ernest originally developed the idea for selling basic games without all the common components while freelancing at Wizards of the Coast during the 1990s. However, Wizards rejected the idea, and in 1995, Ernest quit and started up the company. Creating the games by hand, he initially showed the games at tradeshows and conventions, resulting in sales demand from game stores. The company creates and assembles each game pack by
Česká deskoherní společnosti - Czech Board Games is an association of Czech board game players and authors. Our main goals are to support playing and especially creation of modern board games in the Czech Republic and introducing original Czech board games abroad. We are going to pick the best board games recently created or already published in our country and present them at international market through this web and taking part on the international game fairs. One of our main goals is not to only publish games, but help starting czech game authors via workshops, meetings, publications and other activities.
The Five Rings Publishing Group (FRPG) was formed as a spin-out of Alderac Entertainment Group and ISOMEDIA.
In 1996, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) and ISOMEDIA divested themselves of their joint operating venture, and created Five Rings Publishing Group. Using the joint venture the two companies had co-created the Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game in 1995, and realized that in order to continue to successfully publish the game that a stand-alone company focused on the game-publishing business was the best solution.
FRPG was incorporated in the spring of 1996, and was funded by a pool of investors recruited in the Seattle area by Robert (Bob) Abramowitz, who became the CEO of the new company. John Zinser, CEO of AEG took the additional role of VP of Sales, and Ryan S. Dancey of ISOMEDIA left the company to become the full time VP of Product Development for FRPG. Other initial staff at FRPG included Mindy Sherwood-Lewis, Philip Lewis, Arnold Koppel, Heather Beiderman, Al Skaar, Blake Beasley and Daniel Landers.
FRPG signed a development deal with AEG to allow the AEG team to continue to work on Legend of the Five Rings, and licensed the L5R property to AEG for its
Funagain Games is a board game, card game and table game retailer that generally stocks more than 5,000 different games from all over the world. It maintains a physical shop and warehouse in Ashland, Oregon, but is best known for its online business, www.funagain.com, which has more than 200,000 customers in 100 countries.
Funagain carries a wide variety of games, but specializes in German-style board games and other imports. Some manufacturers say that Funagain holds the lion's share of the online board game market because it reliably stocks the newest and most popular games, as well as the older, hard-to-find titles.
Founded in 1996, the company derived its name from its original (now discontinued) practice of collecting used copies and parts of old and out of print games from Goodwill and other donation centers. These incomplete sets were then combined into complete editions for re-sale.
With the success of The Settlers of Catan (Die Siedler von Catan) and other German games, Funagain began stocking new games both produced in the U.S. and abroad, especially German-style board games, the leaders in the industry. Company representatives annually attend the Internationale
Goodman Games is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. Goodman Games is best known as the publisher of the Dungeon Crawl Classics series of adventure modules, as well as the Dragonmech and the award-winning Etherscope role-playing games, and has produced licensed adventures in the following lines: Wicked Fantasy Factory, Judges Guild, Xcrawl, Iron Heroes, Castles and Crusades, and Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer.
Goodman Games was founded in 2001 by Joseph Goodman. Its first product line was Dinosaur Planet: Broncosaurus Rex. Since then, Goodman Games has expanded substantially into a wide range of fantasy and science fiction RPG supplements. Their card games include Geek Wars, World Championship Dodge Ball, and Scavenger Hunt.
In January 2011, Goodman Games announced that it would be developing a new OGL-based role-playing game called Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game (DCC RPG). The design intention being to "to create a modern RPG that reflects D&D’s origin-point concepts with decades-later rules editions." DCC RPG is scheduled to be released in 2012.
In July 2009, Goodman Games held a contest to award a Game Store with the
Queen Games is a German publisher of tabletop games, based in Troisdorf and founded in 1992 by head Rajive Gupta, which specialises primarily in German-style, family-level games but has also published smaller numbers of both simpler, children's games and more complex, gamers' games.
They have shown a propensity for re-releasing previously self-published games in professionally illustrated editions, having drawn multiple times from the catalogues of db-Spiele and, more recently, Winsome Games, and re-releasing those already published by themselves with a different theme and varying degrees of revision of the rules. One of their more popular releases is Alhambra, itself developed from a game originally self-published in 1992, which won the Spiel des Jahres and placed second in the Deutscher Spiele Preis in 2003. Alhambra has since spawned many expansions and a number of standalone spin-offs and could be considered the "franchise" of the company. They are also known to some extent for publishing many games designed by Dirk Henn (and not only, though primarily, those previously self-published by him), with illustration by Jo Hartwig or Michael Menzel and/or with an Arabian theme,
Realms Publishing is a British small-press roleplaying games publisher, owned and run by Matt Machell.
The imprint began as an outgrowth of the Realms.org.uk roleplaying review, commentary and discussion site. The first publication from Realms was the Covenant RPG. However, another game by Machell, entitled The Agency, had previously been published in the indie RPG collection The No-press Anthology.
Games published:Buffy the Vampire Slayer Collectible Card Game
Score Entertainment was a trading card design and manufacturing company based in Arlington, Texas. Their first card game was the Dragon Ball Z: Collectible Card Game in 2000. Score Entertainment was a member of the Donruss Playoff LP family of companies. Donruss Playoff LP was bought out in early 2009 by Panini America and Score Entertainment was closed down.
As with several other companies in the trading card and collectible card game industries, Score Entertainment licensed popular intellectual properties for their games and trading cards. These are drawn from a variety of television programs, animated series, and video games. Their game properties included the following:
The company was also responsible for the Epic Battles Trading Card Game, as well as the newer Afterworld game.
Specialist Games is division of Games Workshop which sells tabletop wargames that are no longer part of Games Workshop's core market (which is served by such games as Warhammer 40,000).
The Specialist Games rules are normally developed openly by the design studio and the online community and playtested by hobbyists over the world, although some closed-source development occurs too.
Most of the rulebooks and supplements for the games are released both as physical books and downloadable PDF documents (The exception being 'The Battle of Five Armies').
The Games Workshop policy regarding how to promote the Specialist Games division is a source of some concern to fans, since releases for the games are few and far between.
The Specialist Games lineup contains the following games:
Yaquinto Publications was the wargame publishing arm of the Robert Yaquinto Printing Company of Dallas, Texas. In March 1979 Robert Yaquinto hired Steve Peek and Craig Taylor, both experienced wargame designers with several famous titles in their resumes. Their goal was to rapidly create a first class wargame company.
Yaquinto brought several innovations to the industry, largely because they operated within a well-established printing company, with its attending expertise. Yaquinto was notable for its use of extra thick cardboard for the counters in its games, making them easier to handle. The most unusual innovation by Yaquinto was their series of Album Games. These games were packaged using the jackets for double vinyl record albums. The jacket often opened to reveal the mapboard printed within, the components contained in the two pockets of the jacket where, in normal use, one would find the vinyl record. Zip closing bags were provided to hold the components of the game. The concept of the album packaging was designed for Yaquinto by Larry Brom, designer of The Sword and The Flame.
While concentrating on wargames for most of its history, the company also branched to the more