Museum of Curious Toys & Games: The (Not So) Funny Face Board Game

Hello and welcome to an exclusive showing of the Museum of Curious Toys & Games. Each item featured in this unique collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Featured Item: The “Funny Face” Board Game

Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
The “Funny Face” board game — the stuff that nightmares is made of.

Whitman was a board game company that was founded in 1916 as a subsidiary of Western Publishing Company. In 1968, Whitman had the crazy idea to make the “Funny Face” board game — screenshots from which you see here.  In 1979, Mattel purchased Whitman and they were eventually phased out. Lucky for us, “pieces” of this terrifying clown face game still live on.

My Top 10 Observations from Casual Connect USA (SF, 2014)

One of the premiere conferences catering to the world of casual games, Casual Connect USA 2014, has come and gone. I know this because I was there — attending the show in San Francisco.

My list of 10 observations from Casual Connect is a random mix drawn from the business, the people, the culture and the industry from the past few days at the conference.

1. Playmatics Made a Good Show for Branded IP

All self-promotion front and center, my gaming company, Playmatics, was well-represented at Casual Connect — especially in terms of all the work we’ve done with major brands. Since we’ve been in business, my company has collaborated with everyone from Red Bull, David Cronenberg for Body/Mind/Change, the American Museum of Natural History, AMC’s The Walking Dead & Breaking Bad….