Fresh from its triumph on Dragons' Den, Pants on Fire Games will be taking part in a dedicated board game panel session at this month's Toy & Games Inventors Workshop.
Chaired by Toyologist and co-founder of Board Game Club, Peter Jenkinson, the panel of board games experts will discuss hot board game-related topics. These will include the impact of tech/apps on the sector, their popularity, how to navigate your way through licensing when you've got an idea for a branded game and how best to test your games ideas.
Together with his co-inventor Stuart McKenzie-Walker, Pants on Fire Games' Richard McLuckie secured £50,000 from Dragons Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne. They have invented and brought to market nine board games, including two new officially licensed Marmite board games.
McLuckie will be joined on the panel by Tristan Hyatt-Williams, Dean Tempest and Ben Drummond from Big Potato. The trio's first game was Linkee, which they took from box to app to small screen (via a stop off on Dragons' Den along the way). Now releasing new titles under the Big Potato label, the trio have plenty of experience in coming up with concepts and taking them right through to market, as well as experience of licensing a game to a big distributor - event sponsor John Adams handles Linkee.
Esdevium's marketing manager, Ben Hogg, will also join the panel to offer a distributor perspective. Among others, the firm currently looks after games from The Pokémon Company, Wizards of the Coast and Asmodee. It has also enjoyed great success with Dobble and has recently signed as the UK distributor for Pants on Fire Games.
The Toys & Games Inventor Workshop takes place on Monday, September 22nd at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London.
As well as the morning conference sessions, delegates will have the chance to pitch their ideas to event sponsors Asobi, Cartamundi, Hasbro, Flair, John Adams, Sambro, Vivid and Casdon. Associate sponsors of the day are Fundamentally Children, Big on Toy Innovation and Be Inspired.