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  • October 18, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

    We're pleased to announce that very soon we will be launching a new line of "party games." These games will be slightly smaller than our current Dark Cities line, will accommodate even MORE players at a time, and will be very quick to learn and to play. Each game in this series will have "A Game for Thursdays" written on the box.

    Trophies card game components

    For the first time we are skipping Kickstarter and launching "Trophies" directly from our website!

    In the game of Trophies, the judge will read a topic and show the group a random letter. Be the first to say a word that matches the topic and the letter and you win a trophy card! The player with the most trophies wins the game and gets to hoist the included teeny tiny metal trophy high above their head in triumph! The person who “tried their best” gets a participation trophy. That’s all there is to it!


    You may be surprised by how simple yet addictive (and loud) this came can be. Great for Thursdays or other evenings when you want to play a game but don’t have much time and want to jump right in!

    The 1st Edition will retail for $14.99 and will be packaged in an antique-looking metal tin. The game features 70 unique trophy illustrations and funny (at least we think so!) captions, 350 topics, and over 9,000 topic/letter combinations.

    The game was actually invented by my parents! As stated by Travis' dad Robert, "Early in our marriage we didn't have a lot of money of store-bought gifts at Christmas time but we wanted to give a gift to each of our siblings and their families.  Since we each have a lot of siblings we needed to find a homemade gift that we could mass produce inexpensively.  We had played different types of word games throughout our lives and thought that some kind of word game with printed letters representing the first letter of a word and categories might work.  We printed cards with a letter of the alphabet on one side and a category on the other side. By showing a letter to a group and then reading the category off the back of a different card the game was always changing and it turned out to be a lot of fun for a family or group of friends.  We called it the "Better Letter Game" and our copy hung around our game closet for years.  We would pull it out every once in a while and play it again as a family.  Our version was not very fancy but it did the job and provided some enjoyable group interaction and got the competitive juices flowing."

    We are SO excited to show this family classic to the world, and we really think that it's going to be big. Join our newsletter to be the first to hear about the launch that will occur in just a few weeks!

    The core line of Facade Games' Dark Cities games (Salem 1692, Tortuga 1667, Deadwood 1876) will continue in early 2020 with Volume 4.