The first quarter of 2012 has flown by! We started off the year finalizing games to show at the New York Toy Fair in early February. It was meant to be a less hectic trip than in past years, as we were intending to show only a few games. This would have given us the chance to be able to network with other game-industry peers, enjoy the seminars, parties, and other activities. However we came home with over 25 submission requests! We even met with several new companies. It was a very productive Toy Fair and we were happy to see lots of familiar faces and make some new friends.
Since then we have been working hard to get those game submissions out to all the companies that requested them. We’re almost finished and we’re really excited about some of the new ideas and technologies that have been developed. We have been collaborating with other game designers and engineering firms to come up with some really interesting projects. Hopefully we will be able to reveal all of the new stuff we’ve been working on soon!
In March we went to Toy Fest West in Long Beach. It was our first trip to this show, and we really enjoyed it. The Long Beach show was much less busy for us than the New York Toy Fair and we were able to take the time to network and see new products throughout the weekend. It was also nice to catch up with some of the toy companies that we missed in New York.
In the meantime, we are continuing to develop and test play several games for submission later this year. We are also planning many other shows and activities for the Spring and Summer. Be sure to contact us if you are a school, children’s charity, or military organization as we try to support these groups when we can. Check back with us soon for more news and updates.
So we know we’re not the greatest at keeping our blog up to date. So here’s a quick review of 2010 to catch everyone up. We attended several events, which included: the New York, Long Beach, and Chicago Toy Fairs.
We also had the unique opportunity of attending Inventor Forums with both Mattel and Spin Master. The team got to check out new products not yet available to the public, and received the companies’ wish lists for the following year.
Besides inventing, we spent some time on grass roots promotion of our games and community outreach through school visits in the San Diego area and in Michigan. We also participated in Barnes and Noble game nights, the Marine Corps Air Show, and Toys for Tots.
For our Toys for Tots campaign we were interviewed by San Diego NBC morning news and San Diego CW 6 News. Through help and support from USAopoly and Spin Master, and over 1000 Facebook fans, GaZima Games was able to donate over $5000 worth of games and toys to the Toys for Tots program.
Stomple was officially released to the public by Spin Master!
Ratuki, licensed to USAOPOLY, had great sales in 2010. Ratuki was sub-licensed to Hasbro in December and had its very own commercial on national television.
Check out the commercial (and the outtakes for a good laugh): [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elW9PZvPCfU&NR=1]
That’s it for 2010! Stay tuned for our 2011 blog… hopefully we’ll get it out before 2012!
On the Gaming Front
The last six weeks have been a whirlwind. Being invited to Mattel for Inventor’s Day was a tremendous honor and experience. We were able to see the inner workings of the toy and game giant as well as network with 140 inventors to discuss our games and future ideas. Since then, we have had meetings with both Mattel and Spin Master to present our games. We have also been very busy promoting our speed card game Ratuki. Since the beginning of December, we have hosted three game nights at local Barnes & Noble stores, exhibited at the Children’s Christmas Carnival on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and shared our games with a local philanthropic game playing group. We post our events on GaZima Games facebook so if you want to stay connected or attend an event feel free to friend us!
In the community
Since our last posting, we made a donation to the Occupational Therapy department at Camp Pendleton Hospital to support the Wounded Warrior program. Our games Ratuki, Gobsmacked, and Zip made a tremendous impression on the staff. We are thrilled that our games are helping our brave service men and women.
GaZima Games coached a ten and eleven year-old youth soccer team, the Devil Dogs, through an undefeated season from October to December. We had an amazing time passing our soccer knowledge on to the kids and watching them develop as individual players and as a team. We even won the league canned food drive!!
Gobsmacked™, won the Creative Child 2009 Game of the Year Award and the prestigious National Parenting Seal for 2010.
Ratuki™, manufactured by USAopoly was released exclusively in Barnes & Nobles and was one of their top sellers for the holiday season.
Rate ItTM, our newest family party game, has just been released in Barnes & Noble. We are very excited to see it on store shelves.
We look forward to the 2010 and all it has to hold. And, as always, we appreciate everyone’s support and feedback from playing our games with friends and family.