Calliope Games is a board game publisher that focuses on “gateway games.” This means that they focus on games that are easy to learn, quick to play, and are accessible to players who may not have been playing hobby board games for years. Put simply, they want to build the board game industry by bringing more players into the fold. They assume that there are some players who need some coaxing, and by giving them a simple game to learn first they may open their eyes to the wild world of hobbyist gaming and hopefully the rest of Calliope’s games while they are at it. (You an read our reviews of some Calliope Games right here!)
It’s become my personal mission to introduce as many people as possible to tabletop games and the experiences they create.” ~ Ray Wehrs, Calliope Games’ president
Recently, they announced the Titan Series; a line of games developed by legendary game designers. This fantastic team of game designers is responsible for amazing games like “Magic: The Gathering, Shadowrun, King of Tokyo, Mechwarrior, HeroClix, Marvel Dice Masters, Quarriors, and many more!” Each of them will be designing their very first gateway games! Check out the graphic below to see some of the talented designers they have brought on board! (Head here to view some interview videos with several of them!)
Everything is being funded via a massive Kickstarter that will launch tomorrow March 31st! The games themselves will be staggered over a period of three years so they are, naturally, at different stages of development. We don’t even know their themes or genre’s yet! Its all a huge mystery, but that really is part of the appeal of this process. Calliope is planning to involve backers as much as is reasonable throughout development. This will give prospective backers behind the scenes access and a glimpse at the work these geniuses do as they take a game from concept to prototype to full retail release!
This is huge news for family gamers because each of these games is planned to be family friendly. We won’t have to worry about any of these games being inappropriate for our kids. Kickstarter projects can evolve over time and having a publisher commit out the gate that these games will be family appropriate is a boon.
Keep your eyes peeled on Engaged Family Gaming for more updates as we have them!