How will my Uncle Harry and Grandma Betty get along? What should we do with all the kids? What presents should I get? How much should I spend? Every host over the holidays has a host of questions, but thanks to traditional board games, there is a one-stop solution consumers can count on to suit both their holiday gifting and gathering needs.
“The right game can be a gift that keeps on giving and bring any group together, no matter how diverse,” says Eric Poses, creator of Loaded Questions, a popular discussion-oriented board game with more than 1 million sold.
According to a recent survey conducted by GfK Roper, 53 percent of Americans say that socializing with other players is the most enjoyable part of playing a board game. Winning may not be everything, but bringing the whole family together for under $25 is a victory that everyone can enjoy.
And it’s not just families playing board games. Game nights have also become a growing trend among friends, couples and even singles looking for ways to socialize and maximize their entertainment dollars.
Recent figures released by NPD group corroborate this trend, as board game sales are up 10 percent in the face of high-tech video games and the toy industry’s overall decline during the first six months of ’09. Games like Loaded Questions, with an entrepreneur at the helm, are paving the way for small manufacturers to join the Goliaths of the industry in this trend of inexpensive, social entertainment.
This holiday season, Poses is opening up his game for fans to come up with their own “loaded questions” and offering $25,000 in cash prizes for the five winning suggestions. To enter the contest, people can visit www.loadedquestions.com to submit up to five original questions for consideration. The new edition of Loaded Questions is now available at Target, Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Borders and hundreds of specialty retailers nationwide.