5 Game Publishers We Are Passionate AboutMarch 3, 2020
Ryan highlights publishers that we, at Adventures in Gameschooling, think everyone who loves family board games should know about.
Many of our readers are likely aware of the family board game publishers like Gamewright, Blue Orange Games, and Days of Wonder, but we wanted to tell you about some of the publishers you may not have heard of, but Adventures in Gameschooling are passionate about.
Zerua Games | https://www.zeruagames.com/
A one-woman indie company run by game designer and illustrator, Amelie Le-Roche. Zerua Games published Dino Dig Risky Sites (click here for review) in 2019. Not only is this a really good game, but it is a in my son Gavin’s Top 5 games. Currently, (at the time of this article publishing) Zerua has another game on Kickstarter called Corgi Circus; which is a great little twist on trick-taking card games (and you can pick up a coloring page based on the game on our site here). Zerua Games really should be on your radar. You can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ZeruaGames/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/ZeruaGames.
25th Century Games | https://www.25thcenturygames.com/
I am new to 25th Century Games with only recently previewing both Winner Winner Chicken Dinner and Jurassic Parts (reviews can be found by clicking here). Why should you take note of them? 25th Century Games are making the best family games you’ve never heard of. This will be a big year for the Atlanta-based 25th Century Games, with the releases of the two previously mentioned titles, as well as, Kingswood, Tutankhamun, Cloud Control, and Color Field. They are also co-releasing Kohaku, a tile-laying koi pond building game. Readers can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/25thCenturyGames/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/25thCG.
HABA | https://www.habausa.com/
HABA is a German toy company that has been around since 1938 and been publishing its signature yellow boxed board games since at least the 1980s. HABA makes some of the best children titles on the market, and they are often great quality games (some have nice wooden components). They make games for all ages, including chidren as young as 2-years-old. Their games are really worth a look if you have children under the ages of 8 (check out our reviews here for several of their games). We are constantly recommending HABA games to families looking for quality children games. However, recently they also have been making some family games that have become popular include Adventure Land, Kuruba, and Miyabi. Readers that want to find more about their games can find their US Game division on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/habausagames/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/HABAGamesUSA
KTBG | https://www.kidstablebg.com/
Based out of Ontario, Canada; Kids Table Board Gaming (or KTBG) is family affair, run by public school teacher Helaina Cappel, and husband Josh Cappel. Their purpose is to publish games that kids can play and adults will enjoy also. Tom, from Adventures in Gameschooling, highly recommends their Haunt the House and Ryan recommends their worker-placement game, Wreck Raiders. Coming in 2020 KTBG will be releasing, Fossilis, a 3d paleontology board game where players dig through stacks to uncover fossils. Their 2020 Kickstarter game, will be named very soon. If you don’t want to miss out on that announcement or any future ones, you can find them Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kidstableboardgaming and Twitter at https://twitter.com/kidstablebg.
Genius Games | https://www.geniusgames.org/
Up until this point, these companies have been really ones that I (Ryan) are passionate about. However, now we get to one of the Adventures in Gameschooling’s co-founder Tom Gurganus, favorite board game companies, Genius Games. They not only publish family board games, but all of them are also STEM-based, most dealing with science themes. Genius Games publishes games on subjects like cells, atoms and the periodic table. They recently finished a Kickstarter about Gregor Mendel’s genetic model called Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game (see Kickstarter page by clicking here). Tom recently reviewed their set collection game, Periodic: A Game of Elements (see review by clicking here), that takes place on the Periodic Table. This is a great company to watch if you are gameschooling and looking for STEM games. You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GotGeniusGames/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GotGeniusGames.