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The Coster Family

If you know me well, you know one of the best things (and there are many) that I LOVE about my job is getting to know the Toy and Game Industry people. Heading Inventor Relations, I have the privilege of meeting really cool people all over the world. At Mary Couzin’s ChiTAG event in November, [...]

I’m Back!

Okay, I’m embarrassed to say it’s been over a year since I posted to my blog.  I could give you so many excuses, I’m too busy doing other job responsibilities, I was confused about what I should actually write about, I didn’t know anymore what the focus should be for my blog, etc…  After all, [...]

TAGIE/ChiTAG!!

Remember how you felt waiting for Christmas when you were a kid?  The excitement and anticipation?  This is how I’ve felt for the past few months waiting for these Chicago Toy and Game Conferences!  They’re finally here.  Mary Couzin is the organizer.  I met Mary at the NY Toy Fair in February.  She has been a blessing to me [...]

California Dreamin!

Harry, Me and Claire

 

Harry Nelson

In 2006, I met Harry and Claire Nelson at my first International Puzzle Party in Boston.  I was thrilled to meet Harry as he’s a legend in the puzzle world.  His accomplishments are numerous in the areas of puzzles, mathematics, computers and chess.  Harry was also the editor of the Journal of Recreational Mathematics for [...]

Toyland for Sale!

Now you can purchase the movie Toyland!  I blogged about this movie in a past post.  I met Tim Walsh at an industry conference called ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailers Association).  He’s an inventor and I was thrilled to meet him.  He’s a really nice guy and I enjoyed playing games with him. 

Me and Tim [...]

Inventors at G4G

I was pleased to connect with many inventors at G4G this year.  I have collected puzzles and played board games for as long as I can remember.  I also was an avid user of both in my classroom when I was a teacher.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to first meet Bill Ritchie.  And now it [...]

Meet the Puzzle Hunter!

Do you love mechanical puzzles?  Do you love games?  I do and I’m lucky enough to be making a living at the things I love.  For me, I feel like I have the best job in the world.  My name is Tanya Thompson and I work for a wonderful mind challenging game company called ThinkFun.  [...]