I recently spoke with Matthew Rivaldi, president of Wiggity Bang Games, about the company’s first experience at Gen Con and their latest games.
Michael Tresca (MT): Please tell us a little about your company.
Matthew Rivaldi (MR): Wiggity Bang Games, LLC (WBG) was founded on the belief that a sense of humor is the key that unlocks the universe. With that in mind WBG launched its first board game Quelf* in 2005. It has since won dozens of awards and received many accolades. The WBG team followed Quelf’s enormous success with FlapDoodle, a game of totally silly nonsensical fun, for ages 6 and up (now Quelf Jr.*). And QUAO, the Ultimate Dictatorship Card Game for ages 12 and up, featuring an evil bovine. Next WBG unleashed FURT, a befuzzling eruption of laughter, on the world. And now we’re hatching Magic Feather, for ages 7+ and families, that has just hit store shelves! WBG’s mission is to bring people together the good old-fashioned way — face-to-face — to talk, play, laugh and have fun.
MT: And tell us about you.
MR: WBG is comprised of Matthew Rivaldi (President & Creator), Robb Earnest (Vice President & Creator) and Jean Rivaldi (Chief Creative Officer). Matthew & Jean are married and run the day-to-day dog-and-pony show, along with creating the games. Robb lends creative talent and support as often as needed
MT: Was this your first Gen Con?
MR: It was our first Gen Con and it turned out very well. We had some sales and felt that it was a good marketing tool and a great way for us to raise awareness of our company and products.
MT: What products did you debut at Gen Con?
MR: We debuted our new kids game, Magic Feather, to the consumer market at Gen Con. We also showed FURT and QUAO. QUAO was by far the most popular, but has been out longer than either of the other two, so has more recognition already.
MT: How was your Gen Con experience?
MR: The show was great for us. We had a lot of traffic to the booth, good sales, and an overall good experience. This show definitely has a slot on our annual calendar!
MT: What type of gamer will be interested in your products?
MR: Casual gamers, gamers who like to laugh and need a break from the more serious strategy games, and gamers who like to introduce games to their families. Our games are family friendly party games that are meant to get people around the table talking and laughing face-to-face.
MT: What makes your games unique?
MR: The sense of humor in our games is unique. We’re a little warped and pretty weird with a very dry sense of humor. It’d be hard for anyone to duplicate.
MT: What was your favorite aspect of Gen Con?
MR: Our favorite part was interacting with people who are passionate about gaming and getting to meet all the ‘characters’ who come out to the show!
MT: Any new products coming out this year?
MR: Magic Feather is new for 2012, and we’ll have two new products out in 2013.
MT: Where can fans find you next?
MR: Our next appearance will be at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) in November.
MT: Where can we find out more about you online?
MR: http://www.wiggitybang.com, and on Facebook (/wiggitybang) and Twitter (@wiggitybang, @furtgame, & @magicfeatherwbg)
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