In Memoriam: Robert Axelrod

Today I’m sad to hear about the passing of Robert Axelrod. I got to know him on the convention circuit; he loved participating in my games and was always asking when we were going to be at a show together.

As a tribute to him, here’s some video of games where Robert appeared as a celebrity guest. You’ll be missed, Robert.

 

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Coming late 2019/early 2020: Pricing Game Packs

Last month I released the Contestants’ Row and Showcase Showdown wheel for purchase in the Etsy shop. If you haven’t seen them, you can check out the listing here.

Later this year I plan on releasing packs of pricing games that will allow you to host your own Price is Right home game for your event or Twitch stream. The initial plan is to release three packs of six pricing games each. Each pack will contain two “car” games, one “grocery” game and three other games. The packs will contain six individual software programs, so if you have multiple ones you can mix and match to make your own game lineup.  I also plan on releasing a fourth pack that will consist solely of games that require additional physical props to make the game realistic to the television show (Dice Game, Race Game, Three Strikes, and others).

The next planned releases are a Wheel of Fortune puzzle board and Three on a Match. The plan afterwards is to begin work on these pricing game packs. Expect to see them around the end of the year or early next year.

In the meantime, here are screen shots of some of the games as they appeared on “Anime Price is Right” over the years:

Family Feud, Super Password and Play Your Cards Right now available!

Since the last update more software is up in the Etsy store.

Family Feud presentation software is available! This was the software I wrote for the Celebrity Family Feud games featuring Team Four Star. Find it here!
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Super Password (converted from Anime Password) is also available, with everything converted over from the anime-themed to the actual television style logos. Find it here!
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Finally, the scoreboard and survey results board for Play Your Cards Right is available. If you want the Card Sharks game with the UK feel, here you go!

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Twenty years ago…

My first game show was at A-Kon in Dallas back in 1999. With A-Kon happening this weekend, I thought I’d take a moment to reminisce on that first show.

The first Anime Match Game featured a panel that included voice actor Tiffany Grant, translators Anna Exter and Neil Nadelman, ANIMERICA writer Geoff Tebbetts, Justin Sevakis, who had just launched Anime News Network, and Rodney Caston, who would go on to co-create the Megatokyo webcomic.

Ruby Boiko, cosplaying as a frame-perfect Hsien-ko from the Darkstalkers franchise, was my lovely assistant and the official judge for the day.

I hauled my desktop PC to the convention to provide the music and sound effects for the show, and had spent most of an inkjet printer cartridge creating nameplates for the celebrity panel. There is video of the game out there somewhere in the dusty archives of A-Kons past, but I’ve only ever seen one clip, where a rotten answer turned into a win for a contestant on this question:

“Mihoshi is SOOOOO dumb (audience: “HOW DUMB IS SHE?!”) that when she was invited to the Galaxy Police’s Ball, she asked if she would need to bring her _______ .”

I was expecting sports-related answers. I wasn’t expecting the contestant to respond with “condoms.” I REALLY wasn’t expecting Tiffany to respond with “her diaphragm.” Which we matched. And that 1-0 win stuck.

Prizes were furnished by my pocket and consisted of cash, cash and more cash. I think we gave away twenty bucks that day?

After the show I was introduced to up-and-coming actors Brett Weaver and Jessica Calvello, who would have their turns on Match Game over the next several years and would go on to have fun careers in the industry themselves.

I’d continue to host Anime Match Game at A-Kon for the next six conventions, adding new twists and tech each time.  Since that first show I went on to host hundreds more at conventions all over the world. But it all started in a hot panel room in Dallas in 1999.

 

Recent software additions

Since Match Game was added last month, I have added new presentation software to the Etsy store: Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Sale of the Century and Bullseye.

Press Your Luck comes in two different varieties: a standalone version that features prizes culled from recent game shows, and a version that you can have me customize with your own board configurations and prizes. If you purchase the standalone version first, you can add my customization to it at a later time with this link.

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The software for Card Sharks includes the podiums where you can host your own Hi-Lo questions and a scoreboard for the Money Cards. This software works as a supplement for your own giant playing cards (and can even be used for the new version of the show). You can find the link to the Card Sharks software here.

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Sale of the Century uses the “Winner’s Board” I created specifically for a one-off event, since the original game show required games to straggle as the player proceeded down the path towards the grand prize. You can find Sale of the Century here.

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Finally, the very first game show software I wrote for my return to conventions in 2009 is available in the Etsy shop. It will allow you to host a game of Bullseye, the short-lived but memorable B+E game of knowledge and daring. You can get Bullseye here.

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Software bits and bobs

I’ve been taking a few custom orders for software and have added some components that might be of interest.  All of these are available in my Etsy store for purchase.

First of all, I’ve made my faceoff podium from Family Feud available. You can use this as a simple 2-player keyboard buzzer for your own game or presentation. Find it here.

Second, I’ve created a scoreboard that emulates the look and feel of the contestants’ podium from “The Chase.” You can find it here.

I’ve also got a generic 4-player scoreboard that you can use for most any trivia game, with a selection of fonts to suit your need. That’s available here.

Finally, I’ve made a ladder similar to the one that was used on “Greed.” It has fully customizable text you can use for your own trivia tournament games. Find it here.

I’m in the process of uploading more things, so make sure to check out the shop for new listings!