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Hohi 1816 : Boardgame Design

Hohi 1816 : Boardgame Design

We are thrilled to finally showcase ’Hohi 1816’ in the flesh! This boardgame about Aotearoa’s first school was created by Ruth Lemon and developed by Richard Durham with our Minty. We were also responsible for all of the graphic design, with Bek creating…

Harbour Bridges : Boardgame Design

Harbour Bridges : Boardgame Design

-In the game Harbour Bridges you play a city planner for one of the two great South Pacific cities: Auckland, New Zealand or Sydney, Australia. Your task is to build magnificent bridges in strategic places across the city’s beautiful harbours and prove that your...

WordChain Reading Software

WordChain Reading Software

The next version of the WordChain game/application has just started heading out to schools for final testing. WordChain is part of Betsy Sewell's comprehensive reading programme "Agility with Sound". Created from her own experiences as a...

Eat @ The Shelter : Media

Eat @ The Shelter : Media

Concept store The Shelter opened a new cafe in August this year. Nectarine created graphics for in-store signage, window graphics, a wall menu, a table menu, invitations, a postcard, take away coffee cup, a sticker and a road sign. [fusion_builder_container...

Salta Horses logo

Salta Horses logo

Dierdre Ryan already had a simple logo for her company Salta Limited: For her Salta Horses venture, she wanted something that retained the feel of her original logo, but captured the essence of the caring and therapeutic benefits she creates when working with people...

The Maths Truck Signage

The Maths Truck Signage

The Maths Truck is a mobile maths tuition program established by businessman and tutor Andrew Baker, who aims to make maths engaging, fun and easily accessible to young children and families. Andrew was inspired by celebrity chef Michael Van de Elzen's Food Truck, as...

Time Zone boardgame

Time Zone boardgame

David and Margaret Allis of Edugames came to us with a box re-design job for their award-winning game Time Zone.

Gareth Farr website

Gareth Farr website

Gareth Farr is one of New Zealand's most prolific and respected composers. His recent works include the Rugby World Cup 2011 theme,  the soundtrack to Vula, the NZ Ballet's "The Wedding", the music for the opening of Te Papa, composition for the 2000 Olympic games,...

Snacks and Bladders

Snacks and Bladders

Snacks and Bladders is a wonderful exploration of the human body and the food we eat to fuel it. Correctly identify body parts and make wise food choices to stay ahead of your opponents as you travel through the digestive system. An entertaining way to learn about...

Leather and Art website

Leather and Art website

Trevor Lamb is the talent behind Leather and Art. His work ranges from astonishing fantasy helmets, leather art, belts and a range of motoring and aviation helmets, the last of which can be seen in Peter Jackson's King Kong! Trevor was trying to reach a wider...

Skint To Mint boardgame Quickplay Rules

Skint To Mint boardgame Quickplay Rules

Being in a somewhat niche market like boardgames can lead to interesting phonecalls! A recent one was from the Reserve Bank who had an existing boardgame called "Skint To Mint". It's aimed at raising financial literacy and teaching people about the difference between...

Game Drive boardgame

Game Drive boardgame

GAME DRIVE: Race your fellow conservationists from Camp to each of the wildlife reserves. In those reserves, complete Game Drives with Animal Photo and Tracker cards, and use Rangers to protect the Big Five. Along the way, look out for flash floods and elephant...

Time Zone boardgame

Time Zone boardgame

David and Margaret Allis of Edugames came to us with a box re-design job for their award-winning game Time Zone. The original box was starting to look a bit dated: [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes"...

Waitangi Wellycon 2012

Waitangi Wellycon 2012

Those brilliant folk from Wellycon are at it again, with a single day boardgame gathering in Lower Hutt this weekend. Sam and I will be there... come on over for some gaming fun! All the details after the jump... Announcing the Waitangi Wellycon one day event this...

World famous in Carterton!

World famous in Carterton!

We've been featured in the latest Carterton Street Scene! Ian came out and had a chat and took some great photos, and we're chuffed to be smiling away on the cover and in the centre spread. The article covers our recent exploits in boardgame development along with...

Live demonstrations at All Aboard this Saturday

Live demonstrations at All Aboard this Saturday

This Saturday 17th of September, from 10.30 am to 1pm, I'll be at the fabulous Featherston game store All Aboard doing demos of Five Men Standing and other games in our range. Do drop by and say hi- it's great meeting fellow gamers! And even if the astonishing...

Happy Sheep

Happy Sheep

Happy Sheep's a fast, fun game of memory, deduction and bluffing. It's a fabulous family game, but it's also got enough calculation and deception to make it a great light filler for serious gamers. The lovely thing about it is that is seems very simple: lay out the...

A snowy Carterton

A snowy Carterton

I've written before about what an interesting place the small town of Carterton is. It's full of lovely treats like the amazing French cuisine of Mirabelle, the joys of stone-oven pizza in the hills at Bolle and Gerlinda's rustic Swiss lodge, and a proliferation of...

Wellycon 2011 – 4th & 5th of June

Wellycon 2011 – 4th & 5th of June

Wellycon, the astonishing weekend of boardgame fun, is back again for 2011. With a new venue and an expanded program, it's going to be amazing! If you love games, you need to be there. Here's the spiel, directly from the Wellcon folk themselves: This year we are...

Five Men Standing

Five Men Standing

You're poised on the emerald pitch at Eden Park for the Final of Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s the dying moments of the game. The score is deadlocked and the crowd is screaming. The ball is passed out to the back line: the outcome hinges on what you do next! Five Men...

Webstock racing card game- post mortem

Webstock racing card game- post mortem

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Massive Five Men Standing giveaway in Rugby News

Massive Five Men Standing giveaway in Rugby News

Rugby News, the world's highest circulating rugby magazine, has a complete Five Men Standing game set (1 boxed game plus each of the 20 Country Team packs- retail value of $350!) and another 4 box sets to give away! For more info, check the Five Men Standing website....

Five Men Standing gets press coverage

Five Men Standing gets press coverage

Five Men Standing, the official game of Rugby World Cup 2011 that’s a collaboration between us and IQIdeas, has been getting a bit of coverage lately. Andrew Baker spoke to Murray Deaker on Newstalk ZB last night about the game, there’s an upcoming Otago Daily Times...

Amazing Mammoth Hunt in Chinese

Amazing Mammoth Hunt in Chinese

It seems that Chinese company Magic Bird has taken a shine to some of the games we've worked on, including The Amazing Mammoth Hunt and Toppletree. They're currently translating them and preparing for a release in the Chinese market. It's always fabulous seeing your...

Five Men Standing hits stores!

As I write this, Five Men Standing stock is arriving in Whitcoulls stores around the nation, and it's also available via online retailer Fishpond. And not forgetting our cousins in the great western island*, it should also be turning up in Angus & Robertson stores...

Five Men Standing – the official game of Rugby World Cup 2011

Five Men Standing – the official game of Rugby World Cup 2011

We've been very busy inventing, designing and otherwise beavering away at a new game, and we're very excited about it! It's called Five Men Standing, and it's the official game of Rugby World Cup 2011. Roll on Rugby madness- New Zealand is going to be a vibrant,...

Wellycon 2010

Wellycon 2010

August 14 and 15 was WellyCon Weekend, the fantastic annual gaming tournament organised by Andy Rae (of the recent "Your Weekend" article fame) and his right-hand men, Ian Anderson and Peter Freer. Sam and I headed down, taking a swag of games, including some I'd...

Happy Sheep is off to get samples made

Happy Sheep is off to get samples made

We've finished the design on Happy Sheep and it's off to the printers for final samples! Bek and I are very excited about this game; not only does it look fantastic and play hilariously, we're so keen on it that we're investing in the production rather than just doing...

Snacks and Bladders

Snacks and Bladders

Snacks and Bladders is a wonderful exploration of the human body and the food we eat to fuel it. Correctly identify body parts and make wise food choices to stay ahead of your opponents as you travel through the digestive system. An entertaining way to learn about...

Toppletree

Toppletree

Grow four in a row but don't topple on your go! What do you get when you cross Connect-4 with Jenga? A game that everyone wants to play again immediately after they've finished their first game! A delightfully tactile, action-packed game that builds to a nail-biting...

Frogmail

Frogmail

It’s a race to post the most and discover New Zealand along the way! Frogmail keeps hands and minds on the hop... *     Choose a native frog stamp *     Find towns and landmarks on a NZ map *     Affix stamps to postcards and post them in the box *     Look through a...

The Terrific Tuatara Trail

The Terrific Tuatara Trail

Ready to take the ultimate journey of discovery? Travel through time and rediscover New Zealand’s rich historical past.  Answer questions as you go, and earn points by collecting worms, wetas, millipedes and beetles. The player with the largest collection of delicious...

Cognition

Cognition

No matter what your thinking style, Cognition is a game that is guaranteed to test your mental stamina and tickle your funny bone in equal measure!  Designed by talented (and slightly twisted) Kiwi brothers David & Andrew Akers, Cognition is the perfect game to...

Trilith

Trilith

Trilith is a 3D connection game for two players, played on a square 9x9 grid board, with simple rules, complex strategy and cut-throat outcomes! A gladiator type competition between two opponents that will force you to outwit, outbuild and outmaster the competition in...

Monkey Mayhem

Monkey Mayhem

It's night time at the zoo. All the visitors have come and gone, and the zookeepers have headed home. Amongst the packing crates scattered around their enclosure, the monkeys gather for their regular competition! Each Sunday night, the monkeys race to push the crates...

Moa Hunt : Off The Beaten Track

Moa Hunt : Off The Beaten Track

Building on the achievements of The Amazing Moa Hunt, this is the first expansion pack. You need the original game to play, but this adds a new set of intriguing (if less well-known) Kiwi places. We rolled some of the Amazing Mammoth Hunt improvements - the clue sheet...

The Amazing Mammoth Hunt

The Amazing Mammoth Hunt

Riding on the success of The Amazing Moa Hunt and The Great Goanna Hunt, we turned our attention to world geography. For The Amazing Mammoth Hunt there were a host of key changes that make it, to me, the best of the three 'Hunt' games. Firstly, we went to a huge,...

The Great Goanna Hunt

The Great Goanna Hunt

Soon after The Amazing Moa Hunt hit shelves, it was seen by an Australian games distributor, who got excited about an Aussie version. So we went full steam ahead and soon The Great Goanna Hunt was in game shops and Australian Geographic Stores throughout the big isle...

The Amazing Moa Hunt

The Amazing Moa Hunt

This is the game that started our involvement with boardgames (although Minty had certainly played enough of them in his time!) Romina Marinkovich had created a pencil-sketched geography game to help home-school her kids. She asked Bek if she'd bring the graphics up...

WebDU 2009 Trading Card Game- rule tweak!

WebDU 2009 Trading Card Game- rule tweak!

So we all know about the theory of adding a flaw to a perfect creation, thereby even further highlighting the glory of the endeavour? Well, that ain't what happened here. It's a simple cockup, and we don't like to be at home to Mr. Cockup. Last year the card game...

WebDU- 10 days away! With a card game!

WebDU- 10 days away! With a card game!

WebDU is only ten days away and I'm getting more excited than a tweeny at a Jonas Brothers concert! There's a stellar line-up of speakers across 5 massive concurrent streams. My only concern is that I'll probably jump from stream to stream, and as we all know, you...

Webstock Trading Card Game – Post Mortem

Webstock Trading Card Game – Post Mortem

The Webstock Trading Card Game was an evolution of the one Kai and I ran at WebDU, but this time there were 28 cards (instead of 15) and more attendees. So with lots more rules and potentially heaps of entries, how did it go? Well, from my end, brilliantly! There was...

Webstock Wellington post-mortem

Webstock Wellington post-mortem

Whew. Back from Webstock, and I'm both exhausted and inspired!     It was my first Webstock, but I loved the genial atmosphere and excellent organisation. Mike and Tash, ably assisted by their fabulous special agents, have something very special going on....

Webstock Welly conference and card game!

Webstock Welly conference and card game!

Those of you who were at WebDU last year will no doubt remember the joys, tears, triumphs and trauma of the Trading Card Game that Kai Koenig and I ran. Well, we're at it again at the fabulous Webstock Wellington! Here's one of the cards, designed by the fab Ange...

WebDU 2008 – Trading Card Game post-mortem

WebDU 2008 – Trading Card Game post-mortem

Whatever nervousness I had about the WebDU Trading Card Game rapidly disappeared as it quickly became apparent that most people at the conference, from speakers to attendees, had caught the trading fever. It was lovely how enthusiastically people embraced the idea,...

WebDU 2008 Trading Card Game

WebDU 2008 Trading Card Game

We all know that we'd trade in our kick-ass hi-tech jobs in an instant if it meant we could spend our lives designing and playing games, right? I mean, the new features of Flash Player 10 are amazing, but how can they compete with the latest...