A question often asked, naturellement, and now - at last - answered for the ages! Introducing Blitz!, the first foreign language version of Anomia, released last month by Asmodee Editions and Cocktail Games of France (makers of many fine games including Dixit and Jungle Speed!). Same basic play as Anomia, with some sartorial changes (such a suspenseful color theme!) and a few added twists. Soyez vif comme l'eclair! (Translation: Gotta be fast as lightning!)
Playing Blitz! anywhere out there? Post a photo to our Facebook page, and let us know what you think! (Our French is passable.) Look for German language editions of both Anomia and Duple in 2014, and more to come!
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!
One of our favorite silly-named local toy stores.
Well, we’re catching up after a busy summer and a busy start to fall. Andrew and I are looking forward to blogging more regularly about Anomia Press, games, design, running a small family business with two young kids, and whatever else catches our fancy and seems remotely relevant to the subject at hand.
Yesterday I finally managed to finish some much-needed updates to our website. The most exciting (and arduous) part was updating our retailer list – the ever-growing list of places you can now pick up a brand-new copy of Anomia. Believe it or not, there are now nearly 650 independent stores and small chains in the U.S., Canada and Australia that carry our little game. Go into any of these stores and with any luck, you’ll see it sitting there on the shelf in its unassuming blue box, humming to itself, waiting for a home. We visit our games regularly whenever we travel. It’s fun watching our tiny little empire spread.
Putting together this list made me think about one of the pleasures of working in the toy industry (which, believe me, is not something I ever expected to be doing in this short life!) It’s a multibillion dollar industry based, essentially, on having fun. And you really see that at the mom-and-pop toy store level, more than anywhere else. Just the names of the stores say so much about the level of silliness that must prevail when one is a purveyor of toys and games. It must have been such a blast to come up with store names for some of these folks. Sure, there are lots of Toy Chests and Geppetto’s Toy Boxes, and those have a sweetness of their own. But some of the stores we work with have to get a special shout-out for having the most original, silly, head-scratching, and/or generally awesome names. Here are my Top Ten, in no particular order:
At Once All Agog (Limerick, ME)
Snickelfritz Toys (Vernon Hills, IL)
Toys on Fire (Nepean, ON)
Snakes and Lattes (Toronto, ON)
Strange Adventures (Halifax, NS)
Brain-a-thon Emporium (E. Hartford, CT)
Bean Head Toys (Sandy Springs, GA)
The Doll Hospital (Berkley, MI)
Anglo Dutch Pools and Toys (Bethesda, MD)
(OK, I admit I included this one because…wha?? But they do offer an explanation on their website.)
Mumbles and Squeaks (Ellicott City, MD)
I gotta admit, these guys rival our other favorite list of brilliant store names: hairdressers in rural Maine. But that’s a topic for another post.
Trust me, these aren't all. See who else is a proud Anomia stockist, and look for the store nearest you. And we'd love to know - what’s the best toy or gift store name you’ve ever come across?