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Game designer Dominic Crapuchettes is hotter than movie star Daryl Hannah!
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The masses have spoken! By popular vote, game designer Dominic Crapuchettes (from North Star Games, and well known for his great party game Wits & Wagers) has beaten out movie star Daryl Hannah for the 2010 Rising Star Game Inventor of the Year award at the 2010 TAGIE Awards held last month! Read a pictorial report here. A balding game designer hotter than a popular movie star - I think that's worthy of making some noise about here on BGG! And since Dominic isn't doing it, I'll do it for him - this deserves to be noticed, don't you think?



Congratulations Dominic! I'll wager that your wit in the leadup to these awards may have had something to do with your success! (see Dominic's great posts here and here). While Daryl Hannah promoted her game at Barnes & Noble stores across the US, poor Dominic was changing his young son Daniel's diapers, and trying to pay the bills for his game publishing company. In his words ahead of the awards: "The Lions have a greater chance of winning the Superbowl than the Today Show returning a call from an anonymous balding gamer named DomCrap."

These pictures said it all: them (promoting their game in Barnes & Noble and on TV)



Versus DomCrap (parenting his youngster Daniel)



To your son pictured here I say: your shirt has it right, and hurray for the fact that your dad's success is being appropriately recognized! Well Dominic, I don't know how you pulled it off, maybe the fact that some of us from the BGG stepped up for your cause helped somewhat, but however it happened, congratulations!!

I'm posting this as a GeekList, so that hopefully with the help of some thumbs up, it will give Dominic some well-deserved exposure on the BGG front page for a day or two! Please post your comments about Dominic's games (which is your favourite, and why?), and your thoughts on this award.

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1. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:361]
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The trivia game for people who don't like trivia - this is the game that really did it for Dominic. A favourite!
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2. Board Game: Wits & Wagers Family [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:940]
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The family version. Simplified scoring, works great for children, and in our experience it works very well for kids and families!
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3. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:537]
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This is one of our favourite party games! Top stuff!
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4. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2110]
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A party game that uses clay puzzles - I confess I've never played this one, and don't own it. Comments anyone?
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5. Board Game Publisher: North Star Games, LLC
 
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Dominic's company, that publishes Wits & Wagers and the other titles above. They've sponsored countless copies of games for libraries, and it seems to me that they've been very generous in supporting gaming with lots of giveaways over the years. Bravo!
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The intriguing story behind the publishing company! A good read!
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Dominic's first thread about the awards.
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A very funny list, where Dominic uses his wit to make us sympathize with his plight of facing up to a movie star. Very clever and well done!

Once again, congratulations Dominic!
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9. Board Game Designer: Dominic Crapuchettes
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Congratulations also to the other nominees and winners:

Excellence in Toy Design
Nominees: Paul Rago & David Small, David Fuhrer
Winner: Robert Croak (Inventor of Sillybandz)

Excellence in Game Design
Nominees: Donald X. Vaccarino, Joe Wetherell
Winner: Mary Jo Reutter (Sumo Ham Slam and many other games)

Rising Star Inventor
Nominees: Joe & Dave Herbert, Daryl Hannah & Hilary Shepard
Winner: Dominic Crapuchettes (Wits & Wagers and other games)

Young Inventor of the Year:
Nominees: Scottie Ballantyne, Ali Ryan
Winner: Kate Daniels
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10. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1526]
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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Here is a picture of a prototype that I am working on. It will probably be the game that most people on the BGG like best. Just for kicks, I'd love to hear what people think the rules are to this game. I'll give a free copy of the game to the person who describes it best (that is, if it ever gets published). Cheers!


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