Give to Game is a board gaming event in Austin, Texas, whose goal is to raise funds for the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. Come join us for a day of gaming!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Rio Grande Games!

This year Dan and I decided to branch out and ask for sponsorship outside of our local realm. I got the official e-mail this weekend that Rio Grande Games will be donating 4 of their hottest games for the Give to Game auction! Here is the catch, the games they have donated need to have their oppening bid in the auction be at MSRP. It is important for Mr. Tummelson that the person bidding for the game be "donating" as well. Let me know what you think about this in the comments of this post.

About Rio Grande Games,
In case you are unfamiliar with Rio Grande here is their history off of wiki,

" In 1995, Jay Tummelson began working for Mayfair Games. At that time, Mayfair had begun to import German-style board games for sale, without doing any localization. Tummelson first suggested that they incorporate an English translation, and then that they completely localize the game for American audiences. Tummelson acquired the rights for Detroit/Cleveland Grand Prix, Manhattan, Modern Art, Streetcar, and The Settlers of Catan, which were published together in 1996.

One part of the localization process was to create original art and components. Tummelson thought that a better solution would be to use the same artwork and components as the originals and to share the cost of printing with the European publishers, as well. In 1998, he founded Rio Grande Games to take that approach.[1][2]

Since then, Rio Grande Games has published over 350 games and has had a significant effect on board gaming in the United States.[3]

The most popular of the games published by Rio Grande Games are Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Lost Cities, Power Grid, Bohnanza, and Race for the Galaxy[4]. More recently, Rio Grande Games has begun publishing its own games and has even begun licensing its games to partners in other countries wanting to localize the games in their local languages. Thus, Race for the Galaxy will soon be seen in Chinese, Korean, and others, as well as its original English, French, and German."[Source: Wikipedia]

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