New Year, New Country, New Games…

Happy New Year to one and all!


December saw a satisfying increase in our sales. It is heart-warming for us to think that hundreds of people in NZ and some farther away opened Xmas gifts containing *our* games!  One satisfied customer sent a photo of their Raid cards they had sleeved in plastic to protect them from overuse.


While Mil was in Melbourne over the Xmas hols she enjoyed teaching her niece’s children to play SchilMil Games. During Raid the Pantry seven year-old Thalia asked – “Aunty Mandy, did you colour in all these cards yourself?”
So sweet. I recounted a brief summary of the real world which was an eye opener for them, I think.


Coming up in the first bit of 2013:

  • Schil is on holiday in Akaroa and visiting current and potential retailers in Canterbury
  • Mil will be taking a brief sojourn to Fjiordland in early Feb and visiting potential retailers in Queenstown, Riverton & Invercargill
  • Preparations are under way for our visit across the ditch to the Australian Toy & Hobby Fair – our first ever Trade show, where we hope to connect with distributors to help us get product into Australian shops
  • Prototypes are being worked on: Squirrels, cargo, pirates, and more are getting closer to being ready for testing
  • We will be at Battlecry on Feb 16th with some games available to be played and possibly brand new hot-off-the-printer prototypes too
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Time to Wrap It Up

And so 2012 is in the home stretch.  We are both very proud of how far we’ve come in our first full year as Game Designers & Publishers. What will 2013 bring?

Sadly, the recent passing of Julia’s father has taken the shine off an otherwise momentous year for the two of us and our fledgling company.

We wish you a very peaceful holiday, and hope you can make time to relax, enjoy some fun times with family & friends, and get those games out!

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Bonding with Mr K

Not satisfied with being lauded with awards and getting rave reviews from the respected game reviewer Tom Vasel, our Mr. K has really got some strange ideas into his head lately.  For some reason he thinks he’s now a big movie star: he wants his suit re-pressed every morning and keeps calling for cocktails. At this rate we are going to have to send him back on the next boat to Indonesia.

If you think you can handle his tantrums and mock secret-agent manouvers, you can catch him at the following upcoming appearances:

  • Saturday Dec 1st at Mainly Toys, Mt Eden, with Schil
  • Sunday Dec 2nd at Puzzled on Devonport Wharf, with Schil
  • Sunday Dec 2nd at Coatesville Market, with Mil

Just watch out for his acid tongue, corny wit – and flatulence if he has been at the beetroot again.

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The Mr K Challenge and Other Events

Dear Fans, followers and lovers (well I can hope),

Mr K here.

Schil and Mil have been so busy gearing up for the holidays that they let me write this. They say there will probably be an update posted weekly through Christmas, so this is a great time to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already.

BREAKING NEWS: American reviewer Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower likes me, he really likes me! You can watch his video review of Komodo here. I’m still blushing!

And on to this weekend’s events:

Come and see Mil and me at Puzzled on the Devonport Wharf this Saturday, November 17 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM.

I’ll also be appearing with Schil at Whitcoulls Botany Downs Kids Store from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on the same day. Yes, I can be in two places at once! We’ll be challenging patrons to house as many animals as possible with the tiles and cards they are given. Oh yeah, there may be a challenge related to that SchilMil cooking game too.


Mil will hit the Takapuna Market bright and early on Sunday, November 18. Come by before noon to see her.

Finally, this Sunday is Boardgaming Day at King of Cards in the Auckland CBD. If you drop by between 11 AM and 4 PM, you can enter the Mini-Kenakalan Tournament. Play Kenakalan once–it takes about 20 minutes–and go into the prize draw to win a copy. You needn’t be present to win.

Your friend (and ‘excellent family game’)

Mr K

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Another World First Event and More

Board Games by the Bay is coming up in Hamilton this weekend, November 10-11. Organized by Seriously Board, it is a chance for serious board gamers and those new to the hobby alike to mingle, try different games, win prizes and purchase games, including ours,  at great prices. Hours are 10 to 10 on Saturday and 10 to 6 on Sunday. The location is the Hamilton Contract Bridge Club at 20 Richmond Street.

Schil will be on hand to conduct the World’s First Ever Kenakalan Mini-Tournament from 1 to 4 on Saturday. Participants need only play once and everyone who plays will go into a draw to win a free copy of the game.

We are planning other promotional events and appearances through Christmas:

Mil will be appearing at Puzzled on the Devonport Wharf on Saturday, November 17 and at Coatesville market on Sundays: December 2nd and 16th (that’s a 3-7pm twilight market).

Our games will be on sale at the Takapuna Market on Sunday, November 18 and at the Mt Albert Board Gaming Group’s Trading Night on Tuesday, November 27.

We will be appearing at the Auckland area Whitcoulls Kids Stores in November and December. Details here.

For more, check back here. We’ll update this post as December dates are confirmed.

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Party time

Phew! Boxes delivered. Stockists are stocked. Prizes despatched. The launch party has been and gone and now we are three. It’s not as traumatic as giving birth but it’s up there.

Kenakalan is out there in the world. We’ve also fronted up at nine sessions of in-store demos at Whitcoulls branches so I think a small breather is needed before we get into Xmas PR and marketing activities.

Here’s some monkey business captured at last Friday’s launch party where Schil’s MP Simon O’Conner (Nat) was one of the sharper dressed attendees…..

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Ship Ahoy

Auckland must be on the horizon soon for the Captain of the Cap Manuel as the Kenakalan carrying cargo ship approaches Auckland. ETA 14:00 today.

The wait seems to have gone much quicker than last time when we were excitedly bouncing up & down to get our first delivery.

Can’t see any monkeys on the poop deck…

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A busy month ahead

We’re excited about our ever-expanding retailer network: Napier, Nelson and New Plymouth being some of the newest pins on our map. There are now about 30 shops selling SchilMil Games throughout New Zealand.


Schil and Mil will be appearing at the three Auckland-area Whitcoulls over the school holidays. You can click here to see a schedule of all the fun events happening at their Albany, Botany Downs or Sylvia Park Kids Stores.


Schil will also be appearing at the Napier Hobby Jamboree event this Saturday, October 6. Along with board game demonstrations, all sorts of other interesting activities are planned, from medieval sword fighting to making pinhole cameras and war game miniatures. Admission is just $5/person, $2 for children, and funds raised will go towards sending students from Napier Boys High School to Japan.

Meanwhile, we’re on target to launch Kenakalan in less than three weeks. Check out Mr K’s latest cartoon adventure and go to our online store to preorder a copy so you can be one of the first to get down to some monkey mischief this summer.

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Outshone by Some Upstart Primates!?

Dear Mum,

I know I haven’t written for a while. Life in the super-stardom fast lane is just so – fast!
However,  I have shocking news to tell you. I just tripped across this new movie purporting to star me and you know what? They’ve used some stand-in Komodo!

And what’s worse – the star of the show seems to be a bunch of monkeys. As soon as I get out of this warehouse I’m locked up in I am going straight to my lawyer re breach of contract.

**I** am the star and it’s going to stay that way. Ha!

Your everloving scaly son,
Komodo Xxx

PS Crikey – I hope they don’t expect me to share this space with the shipment of monkeys. It’s bad enough there’s so much beetroot in here.

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World famous – in East Auckland

Who’d have thought two geeky 40+ somethings would be cover girls….

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Monkey mischief – fresh off the plane

SchilMil are proud to unveil the very first copy of Kenakalan.

Fresh off the plane, via Fedex, these wise and wicked monkeys seem a little jaded after their journey. I will introduce them to our resident Komodos – that should wake them up. Ha!

We are hoping to get the shipment in about 4-6 weeks time so we can share the fun and mischief before Christmas. Are you ready for some monkey business?

 

 

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An Award Winning Day

Gold stars all around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We just heard that Komodo has won not just one, but 2 awards from the New Zealand Games Association.

And we received confirmation of our first order from Whitcoulls: their Kids Stores at Albany, Botany Downs and Sylvia Park will soon be featuring Komodo and Raid the Pantry.

If we only didn’t have to do the accounting and GST return it would be a perfect day!

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Name that Plane!

Our unlucky mascot, Mr K, needs a break after suffering the slings and arrows of giant flying chickens, sarcastic dingos and flighty females, so he has packed his bags to go on holiday. But what airline would agree to transport our hapless reptile? If you have an idea, post it below and you just might see your made-up airline name featured in his next animated adventure, which will celebrate the arrival of Kenakalan.

 

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New monkey on the block

Whew! Or rather, Ha!

The wicked monkeys we’ve been promising for the last 3 months have been polished and buffed (we literally spent a good half hour today giving one of them a full manicure), and are on their way to China for the manufacturing to commence.   Our new game, Kenakalan, will be taking a bow in the not-too-distant future.

In the meantime here are some pics taken today of the first mock-up box, home-made lovingly by the hands of Schil. All the artwork was done in house this time. We are proud parents indeed.

Monkey Mischief for 2-6 playersKenakalan, monkey mischief card game for 2-6 players

Kenakalan card game of monkey mischief by SchilMil Games of New Zealand

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Getting about a bit

Schil and Mil have been busy. Mil attended a session at the New Zealand German Business Association about the Nurnburg Spielwarenmesse next January.  We also held a corporate test session of the Kenakalan prototypes at our Accountants’ offices. It may have been something to do with Friday night drinks & nibbles and the naughty monkeys, but there was riotous laughter and lots of good feedback from the gang there. Some of them demanding to know when they can buy a copy.

That was just a warm up to the weekend activities in St Heliers where “Board Games by the Bay” is now an annual event in Auckland. SchilMil held the world’s first ever Komodo tournament on Saturday and on Sunday the premiere Raid the Pantry tourney. These attracted a good amount of interest, with 16 people playing in each over a 2 hour period.

The winners (pictured below) were Brad Thompson and Patience Davis. They each went home with a copy of the game they had played. Brad told Schil he owed his success to the noble dugong.

Brad Thompson: The winner of the worlds first Komodo board game tournament. Auckland July 2012

Patience Davis: the world's first Raid the Pantry tournament winner. Auckland July 2012

At the end of a hectic and enjoyable weekend we wound down by playing some new games with new friends. I particularly enjoyed learning Tsuro and DiscWorld, which I managed to win even though I didn’t really know what I was doing and have never read a Terry Pratchett book in my life.

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World’s First Komodo and Raid the Pantry Tournaments

In cooperation withBoard game events in NZ Seriously Board and Board Games by the Bay, SchilMil Games will run two mini tournaments during the Auckland Board Games by the Bay event, taking place this Saturday and Sunday in St Heliers from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The venue is the Tamaki Ex-Services Association Hall, at the corner of Turua Street and Polygon Road. It is on the 007 and 767/769 bus routes and there are many cafes and amenities nearby.

Since the games are not too well known yet, the aim of the tournament is to introduce them to new players in a fun environment. All players will receive a discount coupon for SchilMil Games purchased at the event. You ony need to commit to playing one game. The winner from each game will go into a draw to receive their own free copy of the game.

The Komodo tournament will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and Raid the Pantry at the same time on Sunday, July 22.

You are requested, but not required, to register interest in participating ahead of time. Copies of the games will be available in the event’s games library, should you wish to brush up any komodo-housing and crepe-making ahead of time.

Watch this space for photos from the event. In addition to running the tournaments, we will have prototypes of our new games Kenakalan and Manifest on hand for play and feedback.

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Winning Post

It is July so it must be time to announce some winners.

Firstly, we’ve chosen our favourite shop names from all the suggestions that were posted two blogs ago.

The winners are:

  • David Taylor
  • Joanna Bosman
  • Alistair Stafford
  • Nathan Grange

Each will receive a free copy of Kenakalan once it has been manufactured. We are aiming to have it produced before Xmas.

Also, we’ve drawn the names from a virtual hat for the June Draw to win a copy of Komodo or Raid the Pantry:

  • Alyssa Field
  • Trisha Brodie

Congrats to you both. Your games will be on their way to you asap.

 

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Clever stuff

Since the stock arrived we have been beavering hard to get retailers on board and generate some publicity and awareness. You can see from the growing list of retailers that we are making progress.

Also in the last few weeks we’ve managed two pretty good outbursts of publicity.  Both games were reviewed by Susan Baldacci on Radio New Zealand’s Afternoon show with Jim Mora.  We’ve linked the audio file here for those who missed it.

Susan recommends Raid the Pantry for adults to play before a dinner party especially if Greek Salad or Flan is on the menu. Regarding Komodo, she said, “The concept behind this is incredibly clever….. You create the board in each game so each game is going to be completely different.” Which is a bang on accurate description so she must have played it.

Also, we managed to get a cover feature and article in the current issue of Menzed (the NZ Mensa magazine), and are waiting to see if we also appear in TableAus, the Australian Mensa publication due out on 1st July.

OK, that’s enough trumpet blowing. Back to the nitty gritty of designing new games.

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Name that Shop Contest: Win a Free Game

Kenakalan (aka Monkey Mischief) is a new card game we are developing. Each player has a shop front card to display their progress on. It’s not integral to the game itself but we thought it would be fun to give each shop a name.

You get the idea from the examples below. The trouble is we need more ideas for funny Travel/Tour shop names…….

Leave a comment below with your suggestion. If we use your shop name in the game we’ll send you a free copy of Kenakalan once it’s been manufactured.  (You need to leave us your email address for the prize, but it won’t be shown on this page).
Closing date for entries: June 30, 2012.

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Mainly Fun

Schil and Mil and a bunch of demo games will be camped out upstairs at the Games Loft, Mainly Toys, Mt Eden Road tomorrow (Sat 9th) from 10:30 to 3pm.

Come and play with us.

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