Off the Rails creator Andrew Platt on Kickstarter, Minecraft and Escape Room games

We caught up with Platt to find out more about the year-long development process behind Off the Rails, and why Kickstarter was a “no-brainer” route to market for the game.

Façade Games’ Travis Hancock on the origins of the firm’s Dark Cities series

Each game in the series focuses on a city and year, has a dark or mysterious aspect of gameplay, comes in a faux book box and accommodates at least four to nine players.

WowWee’s Sydney Wiseman named Creator of the Year at Wonder Women awards

Wiseman, a brand manager at WowWee, is the creator of Fingerlings.

Fingerlings and LOL Surprise share Toy of the Year accolade at TOTY Awards 2018

“The 2018 collection of extraordinary TOTY finalists and winners have brought endless fun and learning to kids across the globe,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association.

Building a bigger boat

There’s more games, more players and more designers around than ever before. Games designer Brett J. Gilbert takes a look at what the explosive growth of the tabletop space means for those looking to ensure their game stands out from the crowd.

Hasbro debuts new crowdfunding platform dedicated to ‘trophy items’

First product to grace HASLAB is Jabba’s Sale Barge; the largest Star Wars product Hasbro has ever created.

Stop creativity dead in its tracks

Creative consultant, Deej Johnson, looks at how firms unwittingly hinder creativity, and what to do instead.

Over 3,500 toys donated to KidsOut at Toy Fair 2018

“The generosity of exhibitors mixed with the enthusiasm of volunteers made the day a true success for KidsOut,” said Sandra Doherty, head of children’s services at KidsOut.

Spin Master accuses Alpha of patent infringement over Screechers Wild; “We stand by our products,” says Alpha

Firm alleges that Alpha’s Screechers Wild toy infringes the patents covering its Bakugan toys, specifically the product’s magnetic transformation feature.

Grand Designs: Fuse London, Seven Towns and Triclops talk innovation, industry shifts and 2017 highlights

We caught up with figures from Fuse London, Seven Towns and Triclops Studio to find out about recent success and how they assess creativity in the sector at present.

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