Raincoast Books – #PlayTestShare Fall 2017! ~Giveaway!

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the year again – time for some fun with Raincoast Books and their #PlayTestShare for Fall of 2017! That’s right, it’s time to test out some fun activities and then share them with you! And of course, it also means there’s a giveaway attached! Let the fun begin!  I received two games this time around! There’s always some excitement around this house when something arrives that can be played with!

The first one I got is called “Donner Dinner Party“. Now, if you’re like me, you’ve never heard of the Donner’s. If you’re like my husband, the master of knowing little bits of trivia on so many different topics, then you’ve heard of them! Way back in 1846, there was a wagon train headed for the new frontier. However, winter hit early and they got stuck in the mountains with next to no food left. There are suppositions that the survivors survived via cannibalism! Ack! So for a bit of morbid humour, here’s a game to lighten the mood! First, there are eight survivors. Two of them are cannibals and the rest are pioneers. The aim of the game is for the pioneers to survive – and for the cannibals not to! After all, who wants a couple cannibals around!? My husband and I have a game that is a bit similar (more along the line of outlaws and sheriffs!) so we picked up on the idea behind the game pretty quick. Since it was just the two of us, we played a four player game, each of us playing two. The game play is pretty simple – each person gets a role card that tells you whether you’re a pioneer or a cannibal (keep it hidden). Then you get a supply card that gives you extra options for cards. From there, you get three hunting cards each turn, one of which you can contribute to “supper”. There are the options of contributing empty hands, squirrels, poison, medicine or fish. It doesn’t take long to realize that a couple people contributing empty hands leads to some empty bellies! And poison means that no food can be eaten if medicine wasn’t also contributed! Naturally, the cannibals tend to want to contribute empty hands or poison as they want to try to live to the end, while the pioneers want to contribute food and live! Given that your contribution to supper is hidden (handed in and then shuffled), and only the camp leader has the option to see what one person contributed, the group has to vote on who to eat if there isn’t enough food! So you see, there is a necessity to be secretive about what you’re doing and who you are! I can see this being a riotous game with 6 or 8 players, as there’s more confusion with more players! Oh, and I love how the box is small, the “board” is also tiny, and folds in half, and the cards and instruction booklet are printed on a material that feels like canvas and feels very resilient! I foresee many “dinner parties” in our future!

The second “game” I got is actually not a game as such. It’s called “After Dinner Amusements” and consists of the cutest teeny tiny tin box filled with 50 different conversation starters! There are questions like “If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?” or “Describe a perfect day from beginning to end”. Given the age of our kids, some the questions are a bit “old” for them yet, but it was fun to go through a few different questions a few nights ago. The next night at supper, the kids were asking to do a few more! Score!  It’s always fun to have a few things to talk about that aren’t just the standard school chats and such!  Although, I’d have to confess, our family does *not* have any troubles keeping the conversation flowing! Haha!  It is also suggested that you could take these along when traveling – break up the trip with some Q&A!

The other items that are included in the #PlayTestShare fun are shown below!

Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle
From a gorilla in a party hat to a hedgehog rat-a-tat-tatting on his drum, these animal friends from different habitats-the jungle, farm, woodland, and Arctic-know that togetherness is something to celebrate. Featuring twelve double-sided uniquely die-cut pieces by artist Junzo Terada, this fun puzzle offers (nearly) endless combinations, providing hours of entertainment.

Say Zoop!
The newest book from Herve Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page’s reaction. Tullet’s books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book’s pages.

Ghost Story Box
Based on a unique and original format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even two alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story!

Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs
Press out, slot together and play with your very own T-Rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon. Created by talented paper artist and engineer Sato Hisao, each of these detailed 3D models comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. No scissors or glue required!

Star Wars Super Graphic
Graphic-design guru Tim Leong presents STAR WARS trivia via playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda’s idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin’s management decisions, STAR WARS SUPER GRAPHIC shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast STAR WARS universe will enchant fans of all ages.

Travel Matching Game
Mix and match with this classic matching game, which includes 36 robust, jumbo-size cards featuring charming illustrations by Greg Pizzoli that will have kids ready to pack up their bags and explore the world! Children will adore pairing colorful images of suitcases, taxis, stop signs, and other classic travel imagery as they develop memory, concentration, and identification skills.

Royal Bingo
This majestically illustrated bingo game features portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world. Spot famous faces like William and Kate, or meet some less familiar figures such as the playboy prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. Each royal is further brought to life in an accompanying booklet, which details their personalities, foibles, gaffes and romances. Who will reign supreme?


#PlayTestShare with Raincoast is always loads of fun! It’s great to see the new books and games out there and to test out a few! Head over to Raincoast and check out their post. Go check out the other bloggers who have posted about the item to get their viewpoint! And best of all, enter all the giveaways! Tag your favourites with #PlayTestShare and @RaincoastBooks.


Yup, one Glimpse reader is going to win their choice of ONE item from these nine! Contest ends September 28, 2017. Please use the entry form below to get your entries!

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    The Star Wars Super Graphic would be a huge hit with my oldest 🙂

  2. Monique L.S. says:

    I think After Dinner Amusements sounds fun. I could use some conversation starters.

  3. The Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs would be a great one for my grandson, he would have a lot of fun with this!!

  4. Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle would be the hit here.

  5. The Dinner Amusements! Thanks 🙂

  6. Stephanie Wheaton says:

    My dinosaur obsessed toddler would LOVE the make and move mega dinosaur

  7. I would like the Make and Move Mega Dinosaurs for my son.

  8. kathy downey says:

    The item that most interests me is the Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle

  9. Jennifer P. says:

    The Royal Bingo game interests me the most.

  10. I think Star Wars Super Graphic would be interesting to read for me & my kiddo, Star Wars fan!

  11. My little man would love the make and move dinosaur. Thanks for the chance.

  12. the star wars super graphic would be awesome.

  13. The Star Wars book would be perfect for our Star Wars loving family!

  14. I’m most interested in Donner Dinner Party.

  15. kristen visser says:

    My favorite is Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle

  16. My family would enjoy the Donner Dinner Party the most.

  17. i think we would enjoy the Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs

  18. ivy pluchinsky says:

    We would love the Animal Friends on Parade.

  19. Would love to own Royal Bingo!

  20. I like Say Zoop

  21. “Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs” interests me the most!

  22. Florence Cochrane says:

    The Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs sounds very interested. I have a nephew who would love it.

  23. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d love to know what the winner chose, there was lots of choice. 🙂

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