After a string of high profile business mergers and acquisitions in 2015, the board gaming world is starting off the new year with another company changing hands. Rather Dashing Games, the Kentucky based publishers of recent titles such as Dwarven Miner and Pirates, Ninjas, Robots and Zombies, has officially been acquired by the Kalmbach Publishing Co. Interestingly, Kalmbach has not had any previous involvement in the board game industry but instead is known for publishing a number of hobby/special interest magazines and books as well as organizing niche events.
Under the terms of the acquisition, game designers and Rather Dashing co-founders Mike Richie and Grant Wilson will remain with the company to design and produce the games while Kalmbach provides business support and resources for growth.
Read through the full press release below:
For immediate release: Jan. 5, 2016
Kalmbach expands reach with acquisition of Rather Dashing Games
Waukesha, WI – Kalmbach Publishing Co. today announced it has acquired Rather Dashing Games, creators of engaging and entertaining board games for all ages. The purchase marks entry into the world of board-game publishing for Kalmbach.
“Rather Dashing Games provides Kalmbach with an exciting opportunity to serve the passionate audience that surrounds the rapidly growing board-game market,” Kalmbach President Chuck Croft said. “We have more than 80 years of history of delivering quality products to enthusiast audiences, and we see a lot of similarities between what we do and the tabletop-game business. We look forward to entering into a new, growth area in publishing.”
Kalmbach publishes magazine titles such as Discover, Model Railroader and Trains and books, offers subscription video services and hosts niche events.
Rather Dashing Games, based outside of Lexington, KY, is the brainchild of longtime friends Mike Richie and Grant Wilson, who came together to start the company in 2011. Richie serves as president and game designer; Wilson is vice president and art director.
Since launching Rather Dashing, Wilson and Richie brought their creative energy to games ranging from fun family games such as Red Hot Silly Peppers to tile games such as Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses and creative strategy games such as Dwarven Miner.
Under the terms of the acquisition, Richie and Wilson will remain with the business, continuing to create the high-quality, entertaining games Rather Dashing is known for. Kalmbach will provide business support and resources for growth.
“Rather Dashing Games has always maintained its vision of bringing quality, fun and original games to the market that are accessible to both hard-core gamers and family gamers alike. Teaming up with a time-honored, creative and value-based company such as Kalmbach allows for an amazing future,” Richie said.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with such a talented, dedicated, and enthusiastic team. Kalmbach not only shares our values, goals, and love of tabletop gaming, they perfectly match it and magnify it,” Wilson said.
KALMBACH PUBLISHING CO., based in suburban Milwaukee, publishes 11 special-interest magazines including Discover, Model Railroader, Astronomy, Trains and Bead&Button and related books, and produces websites and events based on those content areas.
RATHER DASHING GAMES, based outside of Lexington, KY, boasts a catalog of entertaining games such as X Marks the Spot; Red Hot Silly Peppers; Dwarven Miner; Four Taverns; Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies; and Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses.
Mike Richie, Grant Wilson and Tim Kidwell of Kalmbach Publishing are available for interviews to further discuss the acquisition. Please contact Jeanne Wieland at Kalmbach, 262-798-6647, to arrange interviews.