Some very exciting news for our newest game Duple. First off, we're really excited to announce that Duple is the recipient of the Major Fun Award. To win this award your game must meet the following criteria :
* clear and comprehensive rules that can be read in 5-15 minutes
* played in under an hour
* fun enough to play over and over again
* suitable for a wide audience
* easy to store
* made to last
* uniquely fun
* tends to make people laugh
* deep enough to withstand a lot of changes
Bernie DeKoven, the man behind the Major Fun award, gave Duple a lovely review noting ..."the joyous intensity ..., the constant engagement, the challenge, the, perhaps, yelling..." inherent in any round of Duple. Thanks Bernie, we are truly honored that Duple is the recipient of the Major Fun Award!
Duple was also just reviewed on Wired Magazine's Geek Dad blog. Game reviewer, and self-proclaimed Geek, Jenny Williams calls Duple "a challenging variation on Anomia" and notes that it is "great fun for groups of people who like to think quickly and laugh readily."
We're excited to see Duple making it's way out into the world this fall and doubly excited to see it receiving such great attention from some wonderful game reviewers.
Though it's only been on the market for a couple of months, reports of Duple sightings are coming in from around the globe! Anomia Press fan Ken Gagne sent us this photo recently with a note saying, "I love Duple so much, I took it with me on a recent trip to Macchu Picchu, Peru!" (Wonder what the llama is making of it all....)
We've gotten more and more inquiries about our games from international fans, and we're excited to report that numerous foreign-language versions of Anomia are currently in the works! More on that soon......
Do you have a photo of Anomia or Duple in a faraway land? Send us your sightings at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share them here!
Approximately 1 billion people, in 111 countries and 43 languages, have played Monopoly since Parker Brothers published it in 1935. The traditional story goes that Charles Darrow, an unemployed radiator repairman, invented the game and populated it with property names from Atlantic City where he had summered as a child.
There is, however, an earlier chapter in the story that most people don't know about. Namely that Monopoly was actually based on "The Landlord's Game" released in 1906 by an actress from Maryland named Lizzie Magie.
The October issue of Harper's has a great feature article on the true, and somewhat surprising, origins of the Monopoly. You can check it out here.