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Your Favorite Games
Played inside or outside
Or in bed
We started this project with the goal of just creating an affordable chess set that you can play on your wall. By playing on a wall you aren't limited to a short time frame. Play a little every day or every week if you want.
But we wondered, why stop with one game? Let's cram in as many great games as we can and make something remarkable.
Learn in 90 Seconds
We've got the following games so far:
Chess, Checkers, 4-in-a-Row, StackPhrame, LetterPhrame, SearchPhrame, GrabPhrame,
GrabPhrameRelaxed, SquabblePhrame, MessagePhrame, PoetryPhrame, StoryPhrame,
SentencePhrame, and HaikuPhrame.
As we and our community invent more, we'll post them for free on our site.
You can learn each of our new games in under 90 seconds.
Letter Search Games
Word Play Games
Play for months, a few seconds at a time.
You always have Time to Play. GamePhrame mounts on a wall, so you can play it while cooking dinner in a few minutes, or as you come and go between work, classes or practice. Need to stow it away for tidying up? That's ok too--you won't lose your place because the pieces stay in place.
The GamePhrame comes with a unique poster-sized, unfolded set of instructions. It's printed on heavy card-like paper for durability and lays flat inside the packaging.
We opted to not use a booklet so users may choose to attach the instructions to the back of the GamePhrame permanently.
The board game that can last 30 years
No plastic. No paper. No cardboard. Just extremely durable bamboo and birch wood. Even the back wall is solid bamboo, not MDF or plastic. (So solid you can literally drill holes wherever you want through it to screw it into a wall.) Bamboo is so tough it's frequently used for kitchen flooring. There just isn't much to break. A dog with strong teeth might chew a few cubes, but you can always order new cube sets from our site for a few bucks.
You may literally hand this game over to your grandkids one day. (Or your grandkid's robots, in which case it may not be your choice.)
Easy to hang. Easy to play on a table.
The solid weight and silicone feet make this the most stable tabletop game you've ever seen. It takes a serious shove just to make the game wobble.
The feet keep the hardware from scratching your table.
You can also use velcro mounting strips (not included) to hang on wall. We find that three strips of 3 inches each are enough. You don't need to remove existing hardware and feet to hang because velcro strips are thicker than the hardware.
Need to pick up the game to move out of the way? Not a problem. All the rows except the 4 Limbo rows have notches to hold cubes in place.
No more toddlers or Golden Retrievers stumbling in and knocking a game over.
Great for kids.
Practice spelling skills, writing skills, and just generally doing something that's not on a screen.
Great for families.
Busy parents can take a minute out of their day to respond to the latest game move or reply to a message their kid has left. Activity can go on for months, a few seconds at a time. Ideal for passive-aggressive parenting or finding a new way to dismiss your clueless mom.
Great for seniors.
There is a lot of evidence that board games can help with cognition and connection among senior citizens. GamePhrame's cubes are large enough to pinch and handle easily. There's also a nice mix of familiar, comfortable games to get going, and new games to keep things interesting. Plus, you can't accidentally knock pieces around if your hands are a little shaky.
Great for fans of the Queen's Gambit.
We mean the chess strategy, not the Netflix program The Queen's Gambit, which in no way endorses this product. The sudden and massive popularity of that show and the introduction of this product is strictly coincidental.
Great for waiting rooms.
If you have customers waiting in a lobby, give them (or their kids) something to do to pass the time. Unless of course you aren't yet ready to upgrade from that 14 year old issue of Newsweek.
Great for anyone who loves board games.
Know someone who owns 5 or more board games and has a home with 3 or more walls? They will probably like this product. Even if they only have 2 walls, the odds are still not bad.
Great for minimalists.
Replace a dozen board games with a single board game. This is the gift for people who don't really want to own things.
Great for parties.
If you have guests standing with drinks, it's surprising how quickly they'll turn to the GamePhrame on the wall and get a quick game going without even being told. It's a casual ice-breaker that lets people chime in over a quick game of 4-in-a-Row, or flirt a little with SquabblePhrame. Sometimes even a real chess game breaks out with party goers shouting advice at each other. It's a game that starts conversations and promotes mingling.
And let's face it, Charades is kind of awkward.
Great for college students.
Hang it on a wall in your dorm and watch people send messages and start games. It probably has drinking game potential.
Become a GamePhrame Developer
Ok, here's the part where we sell you on the idea that this is sooooo much more than a board game. Here we go.
There's a ton of potential to make games for role-playing, fortune-telling, calendars, cards and more. Have your own idea for a GamePhrame game?
- Make your own GamePhrame cubes. Get our Developer Edition, which includes 76 blank cubes you can write on with a dry or wet erase marker. We'll also be offering more blank cubes for under $20 on GamePhrame.com for you to play with without having to buy the cabinet.
- Share with our community. Invent your own game and submit rules and photos to our site. You'll be able to visit GamePhrame.com and share it with our community.
- We'll produce it! If the GamePhrame community likes your idea and you are ok with it, we can produce it in a GamePhrame Expansion Pack! We'll have a reward system to pay you for your idea.
- Do your own Kickstarter. If you'd like to create your own GamePhrame set of cubes and create a Kickstarter to make them yourself, talk to us about making an Officially Licensed GamePhrame Game. (We aren't charging for a license currently. We just want know that our brand has high quality games being made with it.) We plan on making it easy to just work with us, but if you want to go it alone you are welcome to. We figure that the more cubes that get sold will lead to more sales of our cabinets. (We have a patent on the GamePhrame cabinet that we are going to strictly enforce.)
We feel GamePhrame is a board game platform, where people can quickly turn ideas into games without the hassle of manufacturing or selling. Just like video game developers don't invent an Xbox or Playstation every time they release a game, board game developers can bypass hardware problems and go straight into game design.
You'll be able to visit GamePhrame.com to see the latest games you can play with your GamePhrame using current cubes. Plus, we plan on releasing new cubes for additional game cubes you can play, including role-playing games, fortune-telling, calendar and more.
Coming Soon This will feature new cubes with lots of numbers, math symbols, and sentence structure (verb, noun, etc). This will be useful in teaching young students the basics of math and writing, and feature an abacus as well! Visit GamePhrame.com for information on classroom discounts. If you think we should add this to our current Kickstarter, let us know and we can make it happen.