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Martin Wallace Teams Up With SchilMil Games

Fantastic News – Martin Wallace teams up with SchilMil Games! We are delighted to announce that we’ve just entered into a two-year contracting agreement with internationally renowned board game designer Martin Wallace.  Martin has resided in New Zealand since 2012 … Continue reading

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Goat, and Shipping news

Winter has arrived with a gale and a storm here, leaving plenty of time for a concerted burst of game design.  The Devil’s Goat has been out and about terrifying play-testers at Board Games By The Bay, WellyCon as well … Continue reading

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Introducing an Evil Goat

About a month ago I was talking to a friend, who is also a game designer, about how he got his inspiration for designing new games. At that time I had a sudden brain wave that a ghostly goat that … Continue reading

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Names galore!

Thank you to all who submitted name suggestions for the Rock Band game that’s under development. There were 88 names suggested! And lots of good ones. I have not made the call yet as to what the game will be … Continue reading

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Rockin’ & Rollin’

Since Manifest has built up a head of steam and is journeying well I’ve turned my attention to designing a new game. It is a theme that has been rumbling around in my head for many months; I have now … Continue reading

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The Shipping News! MANIFEST was officially released August 20th and has now been delivered (or at least on its way) to the 300+ Kickstarter backers. The game is available from some of SchilMil’s existing retailers plus a few new locations … Continue reading

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Shipping news and flying the coop

First the break-up news: Julia Schiller and Amanda Milne have agreed to divide their operations into two companies to better meet local and international demand. To this end, Julia Schiller has left us to form a new company, Cheeky Parrot … Continue reading

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Pirate Pop Quiz

Here’s an exciting chance to be part of our Manifest game.  Send us an email with the answers to the questions below by 5:00 PM on March 26th (New Zealand time). We will draw a winner from all of the … Continue reading

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Looking for a crowd!

Today we launched Manifest on Kickstarter, the crowd-funding website. It is our most ambitious game yet – with lots of components, beautiful artwork and a great theme! It has gotten off to a pretty good start, with over $1,100 pledged … Continue reading

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Covered – front and back

We are now so close to launching the Kickstarter campaign for Manifest, I can almost feel the sleepless nights waiting for me. All the artwork for the game innards and box has now been done, and the rulebook is 95% … Continue reading

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A New Year Manifests – Artfully

We had a great surprise on Jan 1st NZ time (although it would still have been 2013 in Seattle) – most of the artwork including previously unseen components arrived from Franz Vohwinkel. We are extremely happy with Franz’s designs and … Continue reading

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Boxes in, out, and all about

So, they arrived. Granny Wars is now in stock and around 150 copies have been relayed back out again to fulfill our PledgeMe supporter and retailer pre-orders. Here, co-designer Brad Thompson looks chuffed as he signs the first copy of … Continue reading

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Cute little onesie fits any size of Granny…

We had a tense few days waiting for the Granny Wars proof copy to arrive. It was down to the wire, as we were fast approaching the cutoff time for the shipment to be cleared into the forwarder’s warehouse. But … Continue reading

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Hotting up

Summer is coming. Auckland is warming up, and we have several rods in the fire, ready to be pokered into action. Does that even make sense?  Who knows. With Granny Wars being printed, we are resuming work on other projects. … Continue reading

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Pledged and Polished Grannies for Christmas

Our first experience using a crowd-funding system (PledgeMe) just finished last night. We made the target plus a little bit: money that will cover about half of the manufacturing and shipping cost of Granny Wars.  It was exciting to run … Continue reading

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Granny War outbreak reported in New Zealand

So much to do, so little time to knit! In the last week, we’ve finished shooting and editing the promotional video, signed off the artwork for the box cover, launched a crowd-funding campaign on Pledgeme, launched a canine auction on … Continue reading

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Crafty Grannies and small ships get polished

The new SchilMil games under development have moved closer to realisation.  Testing and blind testing has proved that we have got two very fun games to unleash: Granny Wars: a game of Tit for Tat is a fast-playing card game … Continue reading

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Mr K gets a strop on

Grrrr!! Those two that call themselves the ‘Designers’ are getting me hot under my leathery neck-skinned collar. Here I am locked in the prison they call ‘The Warehouse’ while they go swanning off around the country to various shows and … Continue reading

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Sticking it to the card again

Both Schil and Mil are back at home base after our traveling and marketing efforts. Now we are about to unleash two new games into Stage 2 testing. Excitement mounts as we put the finishing touches to these prototypes. They … Continue reading

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Show Time

Schil and Mil waiting for visitors to arrive at the start of day 2 of the Australian Toy and Hobby Fair last week in Melbourne. Back in New Zealand. We are happy with the trip, having sold all the stock … Continue reading

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