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Ryan Skinner Joins Passport Game Studios!

Passport Game Studios, publishers of tabletop games, has hired Ryan Skinner as the company’s new Marketing Manager, responsible for branding, marketing and advertising our fun and exciting games!

Since 2014 Ryan has been the Sales Coordinator for Cryptozoic Entertainment, following several years as volunteer staff at events and conventions. At Cryptozoic, Ryan managed entertainment products, collector cards, and tabletop games as well. Prior to joining the industry Ryan spent 10 years in customer service & workforce management for T-Mobile USA.

Scott Morris, President of Passport Game Studios, is excited to have Ryan joining the team. “Ryan has a great perspective on the different markets that encapsulate the board game hobby and industry. I’m excited to have him bring his experience and outlook to the team to help us grow. He has a keen eye that will help Passport’s brand, and our partner’s brands whom we work with, grow to become more successful while bringing great games to consumer’s tables around the world!”

As Marketing Manager, Ryan will be working closely with our advertising partners as well as with our Community and Customer Service Manager, Chaz Marier, to ensure both the Passport brand, and our partner’s brands, are represented professionally and highlighted in the marketplace.

Ryan begins his role immediately and can be reached at Ryan@PassportGameStudios.com for further questions or inquiries. In addition, Ryan will be attending Gen Con 2016, in Indianapolis with Passport Game Studios at Booth #2533.

Passport Game Studios is an independent board game publisher based in the Pacific Northwest. Since the company’s founding in 2012, Passport has partnered with a selection of hand-picked companies to publish over 30 English-language titles for gamers in North America and beyond. For more about Passport Game Studios, visit http://www.PassportGameStudios.com/

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GenCon News!
Passport Game Studios is excited to announce our new game reservation system, which will allow you to skip the lines at our GenCon booth!
 
Between now and July 15th, use our Game Reservation system at http://passportgamestudios.com/pgs_game_reservation.php to reserve your copies of the 35 different games that we’ll have at the convention.
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Instead of rushing to get in line at PGS’ booth when the doors to GenCon open, to grab the games you want before they’re gone, we will hold the games you reserve for you at our booth. They’ll be ready for you when you are. Come by our booth at your leisure to pick up the games you have reserved.
 
So reserve your copies of Passport’s new and returning titles, including 3 Wishes, Mythe, Quartz and Tokaido, and pick them up at your pace. It’s another way that we want to be your Passort To GenCon! #PassportToGenCon

GenCon Volunteers Needed!

Passport and Anthony Racano from The Cardboard Jungle podcast need volunteers to assist with Passport events at GenCon.

pgs_demoingIf you’re interested in being part of the team and having some extra fun at GenCon, please contact Anthony at cardboardcorps (at) gmail (dot) com for more info and to sign up!

Insert Contest Here:
This is the big one! “Insert Here”, manufacturer of board game organizer inserts, has launched a mega-contest with big prizes. It’s super-easy to enter, so be sure to follow the link below to get in on this fantastic giveaway.
http://www.inserthere.me/contest

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The prize list for Insert Here’s contest includes:
– A copy of Tokaido
– A copy of Hansa Tuetonica, + its Brittania and East expansions
– Insert Here’s insert for Hansa Teutonica
– CV + its Gossip expansion
– Insert Here’s insert for CV
– Trajan
– Insert Here’s insert for Trajan
– Apollo XIII
– Insert Here’s Insert for Apollo XIII

The contest runs through July 18th, 2016. Good luck!

PGS News Updates: Origins 2016!

News items and game release updates for today, June seventh, 2016:
Rather watch than read? Here’s the news in video form!

Today’s installment of the news is all about the Origins Game Fair taking place next week in Columbus, Ohio, where Passport Game Studios will be available in booth #138 in the dealer hall. A booth that will be replete with our current and new releases, plus several special things throughout the event.

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First of all, two of PGS’ new games will be available at Origins to demo, purchase and play. These include the innovative, new dragon-laden, tile building game Simurgh, and the paranoia producing game of witch hunts and accusations, Salem.

In fact, Josh Balvin, who designed both Salem and Fool’s Gold, will be joining us at the Passport Game Studios booth on Friday and Saturday to demo his games, shake hands, and generally be pleasant to be around. As an added bonus, those who purchase Salem at the show will also receive a unique art print that was produced especially for Origins.

In addition to Simurgh and Salem, we’ll also be demoing two of our soon-to-be-released games at Origins too: the push-your-luck game of mischievous dwarven mining, Quartz, and the small game with big possibilities: 3 Wishes. Come by the booth and take these games for a spin, in anticipation for their release later this summer.

Whew! With so much going on at Origins, it’s shaping up to be an excellent, exciting show. If you’re going to Origins, be sure to stop by booth #138 and try out a new game with the Passport Game Studios team!

Board games on a Greek island?! Cardboard & Sun 2016

 

Board games + sun = happy gamers!

Ever wanted to play board games in a truly spectacular setting? Our friend and partner, LudiCreations (…and then, we held hands, Pocket Imperium), hosts an annual event known as Cardboard & Sun. Taking place on the Greek island of Paros, Cardboard & Sun is a week full of board games, beaches, and bread! (Yes, bread – it’s made fresh and delivered direct every morning! Mmm…)

Cardboard & Sun is a small event, hosting only 30 or so gamers each year. The close quarters contribute to the spirit of gaming during the week, and has created epic friendships that last well past when people go home. (Past Passport friends who have attended have included Rahdo, as well as Andrei Novac and Agnieszka Kopera of NSKN Games!)

On top of the beautiful setting and excellent friendships, Cardboard & Sun has even been the site of some very cool game premieres. Imperial Settlers premiered there, as did expansions to Eclipse, well before they hit store shelves! Passport Game Studios will be sending its latest and greatest to Cardboard & Sun this year; who knows what cool new games participants will discover?!

If partying with board games and cool people on a spectacular Greek island is appealing to you, great news – Cardboard & Sun is open now for registration! Space is limited, so it’s a good idea to book ASAP if you’re interested. As an added incentive, you’ll get 10% off if you mention Passport Game Studios in the comments of the registration page!

The cost for Cardboard & Sun 2016 is 395 Euro; for Americans, you just pay whatever the exchange rate is that day. (As of publication, the rate is $450.69.)

FAST FACTS:

  • Cardboard & Sun 2016 (website)
  • 6 days/5 nights in Paros, Greece
  • 22-27th August, 2016
  • Cost: 395 Euro

For full details, visit the costs and inclusions page here.

Check out the press release from our friends at LudiCreations for even more info after the photos, below!

 


BoardGameTravel.com is proud to announce the fourth edition of the premier vacation for board gamers, Cardboard & Sun 2016.

Cardboard & Sun is held on the Greek island of Paros, which combines sunny and beautiful surroundings with great food and the warm hospitality of Alea Apartments. Home to an ever-growing collection of 600+ games, Alea has hosted hundreds of board gamers, including annual Cardboard & Sun trips since 2013.

On top of the near-constant playing of hobby board games everywhere from the hotel to the beach to underwater, highlights include board game cafes and escape rooms in Athens, delicious Greek food, and hanging out with notable designers, artists, and personalities from the board game industry, such as Richard Ham (“Rahdo Runs Through”), Touko Tahkokallio (Eclipse), Andrei Novac (Versailles), Agnieszka Kopera (Exodus: Proxima Centauri), Emil Larsen (Burning Suns), David Turczi (Anachrony), and Kurt Van Hoeyveld (“Vitruvian Gamer”).

Each Cardboard & Sun participant receives individualized attention and travel advice before arriving in Athens, ahead of an overnight stay and ferry trip to Paros. Following the traditional playing of Cyclades as the inaugural board game, participants visit historical sites around the island, including the ancient marble mines and one of the oldest churches in the world. Nearby tavernas and bakeries serve genuine Greek cuisine, featuring traditional specialties and fresh seafood.

With beautiful beaches only two minutes away, people have been known to try scuba diving, windsurfing, underwater Hive, ultimate water frisbee, and more. On the board gaming side, there have been Neuroshima Hex tournaments, previews of hot games months before release (e.g., Imperial Settlers, Legacy, Eclipse expansions), and even the occasional signing of a new prototype for publication.

Cardboard & Sun is an event for a compact group of 30 board gamers, which results in participants forming friendships and enjoying each other’s company long after they have left Greece. Each participant gets a “game box” containing a commemorative t-shirt, local information about Paros & Athens, and even a surprise giveaway game or two!

As Richard “Rahdo” Ham said, “Easily one of the best vacations Jen and I have ever had. We just had so much fun!”

Visit BoardGameTravel.com now to book your spot at Cardboard & Sun 2016!

“This is the board gaming destination!” – Rahdo