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Award Winning Game Maker Seeks To Thrill Retailers With Nostalgic and New Front Porch Kids Line And Game Adaptation Of The Beloved Children's Tale

Seattle WA (February , 2007) -- Drawing on its unique brand of "unplugged" entertainment, Front Porch Classics, the maker of award-winning quality Coffee Table and board games, reintroduces magical favorites by expanding game titles in their affordable Discovery Edition series with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and welcoming a new line of child-friendly games with Front Porch Kids. Reminiscent of fond diversions played in childhood, the latest additions to the Front Porch family features traditional yet simple game play in different thematic and engaging collections offered at an affordable family price point.

Retailers will have an opportunity to preview these new games at the American International Toy Fair in New York City February 11th – 14th (Booth #2353)

"Taking America's most beloved children's tale and translating it into a board game was a natural fit for our company," said Front Porch Classics Creative Envoy, Steve Hart. "Connecting multiple generations through nostalgic play is one of the principals Front Porch Classics was founded upon and no other tale resonates with generations more than The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

At an entry level price point, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz brings an artistic take to Front Porch Classics' Board Game Series. The game features four beautifully designed character playing pieces, more than thirty multi-colored gems and one-hundred unique playing cards.

Also being unveiled at Toy Fair is Front Porch Kids, a new line of titles designed specifically for children between the ages of four and ten.

"Titles such as Zoo Bingo and Piggies & Winks put a youthful spin on classic games that parents and grandparents can relate to and still have the ability to fascinate kids," said Helen Rockey, Chief Executive Officer of Front Porch Classics. "With the latest additions to the Front Porch family we can bring together even the smallest members of the family with games and skill levels that are appropriate at a very impressionable age."

Incased in travel-size wooden boxes with magnetic lids, portable tubes and durable canvas bags, the Front Porch Kids titles are designed to capture the curiosity of a child, as well as the memories of a doting parent. The line, exclusively dedicated to kids, is the latest series that expands upon the Front Porch tradition of creating timeless and well-loved games that can be passed on from generation to generation. Front Porch Kids games will feature whimsical illustrations developed with natural materials. Like Front Porch Classics' Coffee Table Games, these pint-size versions are purposely created to live in a child's bedroom – not the toy chest.

For those retailers unable to attend the New York Toy Show, Front Porch Classis has just announced that they will also premier their Wonderful Wizard of Oz game and their Front Porch Kids line at the first annual Games Expo '07 March 18th – 23rd in Las Vegas Nevada.

"We realize how difficult it can be for the west coast retailer to make Toy Fair," said Creative Envoy Hart. "We feel that Games Expo offers these retailers a convenient event to check out our new products and meet us face to face."

Attendees at Toy Fair and Game Expo can expect the 2007 line-up to include adventure and classic themed titles:

    The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz – Discovery Edition
    In Front Porch Classics' The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion work together against the Wicked Witch to get Dorothy to her home in Kansas. During the course of the game, each player becomes the leader of the group, making decisions as the Wicked Witch tries to capture and defeat the team. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a game for two players or two teams of players, ages eight and up. Estimated retail price is $27.95.

    Front Porch Kids
    Front Porch Classics' new Front Porch Kids line will feature a variety of nostalgic game themes married with familiar game play. Product formats include, wooden boxes, tubes and cloth bags favoring travel and portability. A limited number of Front Porch Kids games will be available to retailers nationwide beginning May 1st, with subsequent games to follow throughout the year. At least four titles will be unveiled at a Toy Fair preview (Booth #2353) including…

    Dread Pirate: Walk the Planks
    A simple game of match making, Walk the Plank takes Front Porch Classics' highly successful, award winning Dread Pirate world to younger kids. Featuring 36 playfully illustrated tiles, and handcrafted wooden playing pieces, players roll dice and move their playing pieces in an effort to match collected tiles. Estimated retail price is $20.00

    Piggies & Winks
    In this classic tiddly game, players try to flip all their pig-winks into a miniature sty. Designed to enhance dexterity and coordination, Piggies and Winks feature 16 small winks, 8 large winks, four squidgers, a cloth farm yard map and a sticker sheet for players to decorate their own winks. Piggies & Winks is a two player game for ages 4 and older. Estimated retail price is $10.00

    Bowling Knights
    Saving the maiden is the objective in this medieval themed table top bowling game. Players roll a ball across the table and try to knock over knight-pins without knocking down the princess-pin. The game features 2 miniature bowling balls, 10 handcrafted wooden miniature bowling pins and a travel bag. Bowling Knights is a two player game for ages 4 and older. Estimated retail price is $20.00

    Zoo Bingo
    America's favorite party game now has a wild, kid -friendly twist. In Zoo Bingo players try to match colored zoo animals instead of numbers in this exciting game of anticipation. Zoo Bingo features 16 beautifully illustrated Animal tokens, 4 Bingo boards with sliding markers and a colored travel bag. Zoo Bingo is a two to four player game for ages 4 and older.

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About Front Porch Classics
At Front Porch Classic we believe that play time is quality time. We make award-winning, giftable games with nostalgic designs, timeless themes, and familiar game play—all designed to rekindle old memories and create new ones. Handcrafted from distinctive, natural materials, Front Porch Classics makes games worth owning AND giving. Front Porch Classics games come in a wide variety of formats and prices and set the standard for low-tech family fun. For more information, go to

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