Playroom Entertainment has announced a number of new games, both for children and adults.
BirdDay Party is a new cooperative card game for 1-4 players age 5 and up. Players want to help all the birds get to the party at the birdhouse, but must make sure each bird brings a gift. Players do this by matching card colors to peephole colors, encouraging memory and cooperation skills.
Three Lil Birds is another children’s cooperative game for 2-6 players. Players ages 3 and up must use simple math to progress around the board with cards depicting different numbers of colored birds.
Sitting Ducks Deluxe is a new edition of Sitting Ducks Gallery (2005) card game. In Sitting Ducks, players manipulate their line of duck cards to move the ducks down the row and avoid the line of fire. In this “take that” game, cards can target, shoot or move the line of colored ducks in various ways. The Deluxe edition plays 3-6 players and includes the “Birds of a Feather” expansion deck.
Claim to Fame (1990) has a new printing. Claim to Fame is a party game for 4 or more players that combines charades, drawing and verbal clues. Players guess five facts about a celebrity on their card, using a method determined from their space on the board.
In Costume Party Assassins, 2-6 players play assassins all invited to the same costume party. In a vein similar to AssassinCon, each player knows his own identity on the board, but not that of the other players. Try to eliminate your rivals and be the last surviving assassin at the party.
Spoiler Alert is a card driven party game for 4 or more players in which players try to get teammates to guess a title. But the clue giver cannot spoil the story, and like Taboo has a list of words they cannot say, each with a negative point value attached.
Geek Out Family is a new edition of the popular bidding and trivia game Geek Out (2013), with topic cards the whole family can enjoy.
Finally, Unspeakable Words Deluxe is a new edition of Unspeakable Words (2007), the Cthulhu themed word game. Words are scored based on the number of angles in the letters, and players must roll less than their word score on a 20 sided die to avoid going slowly insane. The Deluxe edition plays up to 8 players, contains upgraded components, a glow in the dark die, and new art by John Kovalic.
Playroom Entertainment’s best-selling party game, Geek Out!, is getting a fourth edition based on the popular comedy sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Warner Bros. Television and Cryptozoic are teaming up with them to bring this latest installment to the table with all the quality and humor that fans come to expect from both the Geek Out! series and the hit CBS show. For those unfamiliar with Geek Out!, it is at default a trivia game that asks players to list as many things that they can pertaining to a given category, such as Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Games among many others. The two editions of Geek out that have spawned from it’s original release, Pop Culture and TableTop, further delve into those particular categories. As announced in the press release, the addition of The Big Bang Theory to the series is almost a no-brainer:
“With subjects including, Comics, Games, SciFi, Fantasy and questions about Warner Bros. Television’s hit comedy series, Geek Out! The Big Bang Theory edition will be great for the show’s fans and those knowledgeable about tons of geeky subjects. […] Using the simple, yet competitive game mechanic, Geek Out! lends itself to amazing social interaction play that is perfect for fans of The Big Bang Theory.”
It’s not easy to say where the series will go from here, but it is a very entertaining idea to mix all the sets together to form an interesting challenge for those seeking to out-geek one another. It also calls to question what other franchises might we see for Geek Out! in the future…but only time will tell. For further information, check out Playroom’s and Cryptozoic’s website for updates on Geek Out! and similar upcoming products.
Looks like Ultra Pro is making their move within the industry as they just put out a press release announcing their impending acquisition of Playroom Entertainment. This will bring the entire catalog of Playroom’s under the Ultra Pro name including titles like Killer Bunnies, Geek Out!, and the Bright Ideas children’s line of games. You can read the full press release below, and then speculate as to what company they might go for next.
ULTRA PRO TO ACQUIRE PLAYROOM ENTERTAINMENT
|Commerce, Calif. – September 12, 2016 – Ultra PRO International LLC (“Ultra PRO”), a leading manufacturer of tabletop games and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Playroom Entertainment (“Playroom”), a publisher of board and card games of strategy, party and early learning genres.
Playroom is a well-recognized publisher of the Killer Bunnies game line, the Geek Out! party game series, the Bright Idea Games children’s educational line and several other popular toys and games.
“We have some tremendous plans for the games currently in our catalog and have a wide range of new titles that we can’t wait to bring to market. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be focused on 2017 planning for these great brands and the future additions to the line. With Ultra PRO’s global reach, incredible resources, and valuable relationships with manufacturing, licensing and marketing partners, this is the start of an exciting next level for Playroom. This is truly a great culmination of our efforts from the past 17 years and I’m very excited to embark on this journey with a well-known brand like Ultra PRO.” said Dan Rowen, Founder of Playroom Entertainment.
With the recent purchases of Jolly Roger Games, TableTopics, and exclusive rights to Stone Blade Entertainment’s portfolio, including the highly acclaimed Ascension deck building games, the acquisition of Playroom continues Ultra PRO’s strategic plans to deliver, along with popular accessories, premium content to the global toys & games, and geek & pop culture markets.
“Playroom Entertainment has a long history of developing successful brands and licenses that have had an indelible mark across various markets. This will truly complement the existing titles and our overall Ultra PRO Entertainment portfolio. Together, we feel extremely confident about bringing consumers, retailers and our vast distribution network the best games yet from Playroom Entertainment.” said Sean Lashgari, Senior Director of Ultra PRO’s Entertainment Division. “With this acquisition, we now have a solid, diversified foundation in our Entertainment Division, and we plan to leverage our global distribution network and expand our market reach to accelerate growth.”
Ultra PRO’s immediate post-closing plans include investing in new inventory to ensure deep stock levels of its top product lines along with pursuing the numerous projects that are in development. Mr. Rowen will join Ultra PRO as the Director of Playroom Entertainment and continue to manage Playroom’s product portfolio on a day-to-day basis.
This acquisition coincides with the launch of several new Playroom Entertainment titles, including Pass the Pandas, a social game geared towards all ages, the Family edition of its popular Geek Out! trivia game, and the releases of Sitting Ducks Deluxe and Cthulhu-themed Unspeakable Words Deluxe.
About Playroom Entertainment
Playroom Entertainment is a publisher of a broad range of tabletop games. Its flagship Killer Bunnies title offers a fun and casual strategy game experience with a unique sense of humor, full of puns and pop culture references. The Geek Out!line of party games challenge players to bet on their knowledge and answer geeky trivia from a wide variety of popular topics. The Bright Idea Games portfolio presents specialty and mass market retailers with a full array of educational games that introduces and reinforces math, deduction and pattern recognition skills in children ages five and up. Playroom Entertainment also offers a wide variety of other titles and specialty products including licensed hobby games such as The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug and Lord of the Rings: the Battle For Middle-Earth card game from the popularLord of the Rings series, and other family and party games, seasonal holiday gifts, and arts and craft kits.
About Ultra PRO International
Ultra PRO International LLC is the leading manufacturer and supplier of memorabilia, collectibles and tabletop gaming accessories, photo and scrapbooking albums and pages, Ultra Sleeves™ disposable, protective sleeves for computer tablets and school and office folders. Ultra PRO’s Entertainment Division is a publisher of strategy board games for mass retail and hobby markets. Ultra PRO’s TableTopics Division offers a wide variety of conversation starter cards designed to create stimulating conversations and social experiences. Ultra PRO is a privately-held, family-owned company with head offices near Los Angeles, California and a secondary warehouse in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For more information please visit www.ultrapro.com
Coming Soon From Playroom Entertainment
Geek Out! Pop Culture Party!
Geek Out! Pop Culture Party is the game of mind-altering fun that finds out once and for all which player is the most knowledgeable about your favorite pop culture subjects! You don’t have to be a geek (but it helps!) to win this amazing social interaction and bluffing party game!
- 2+ players
- Ages 10+
- 20 minute play time
- Over 1000 Topics on 205 List Cards
- 20 Penalty Chips
- One 6-Sided Die