Friday, February 22, 2008

The First Game of the First State

If you're a Delawarean, you're quite familiar with the sense of how small we are. We're the only state in the US that does not have a major television network. We're the lowest state, with an average altitude of 60ft above sea level. We're the second smallest state (ha-ha Rhode Island) and we have the fewest counties of any state (3).

So, when something breaks out of Delaware, we're pretty darn proud of it. In the 15 or so prior years I've gone to Toy Fair, I remember exactly one company that was from Delaware exhibiting there. So, it was cool this year to see the second one this year.

You've Been Sentenced, from McNeil Designs here in Delaware, is a game that we've carried now for years. We were the first store ever to carry the game, and, for the past two years, it's been our best-selling game. Plus, it's educational! Plus, it's fun! It's local, educational and fun! What more can you ask for?

The general idea is that you get ten five-sided cards - each side features a word. Turn the cards to match the words to form a sentence. Generally, the sentences formed tend to go to the silly side, but as long as they're grammatically correct, they count. The fun, of course, comes from the wacky sentences that are formed by the players.

If you haven't played the game, you can check it out online here (it's in beta mode). You can also read a brand new article about the game at the Delaware Today website.

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