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September 8, 1959

Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

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7 Tlm«i Herald, Carroll, la. Tuaiday, Sapt. 8, 1959 Still Finds Romance In Gome Trade By AILEEN SNODDV NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — The world of games is no laughing matter for the men who discover, develop and manufacture progressive board games in this country. But the "romance of games" that gives this 151 million dollar industry an aura alt its own can make even a 40-year-veleran such as L. K. Anderson misty-eyed. Anderson describes himself as a true ramblin' wreck from Georgia Tech (his alma mater), but he never went to work as an engineer. Now an executive with o.ne of the leading game companies (Selehow & Righter), he came to New York fresh from the campus to sell his first game, one he helped invent. This initial venture as an inventor taught him his first maxim of gameology —"Timeliness is essential." The majority,of game buyers in New York stores during 1916 were German and Anderson was peddling a game to "cop the Kaiser." As another example, Anderson cites a golf game that flopped in the early 1920s because only the rich played golf then. As in other businesses, a failure is expensive. A new game costs from $6,000 to $10,000 to manufacture and a firm must sell all 30,000 copies of a so-called test run not to lose money. Nonetheless, it sometimes seems to Anderson and his associates that everybody thinks he has a sure seller. Five thousand ideas a year flow into the office of his firm, which already has in its catalogue such classics as "Parcheesi" and "Scrabble." The obviously unworkable suggestions are rejected by form letter, but a board of game experts looks over hundreds of possible sellers each year. These are the areas Anderson says an inventor should avoid if he hopes to sell a game idea: war, politics, sports, stock market, space travel, mathematics or numbers, words, any item similar lo "Monopoly" or "Scrabble," any variation of checkers, chess or tic-tac- toe and playing cards. At first glance such a list of un- wanteds appears to narrow the idea field considerably. But Anderson confidently says there are untapped ideas which would make money as game classics. Game experts look for a feature never seen before and one with a gimmick to maintain interest. Maintaining interest in a game is easy if the game is fun to play, progresses to a goal in a sequence of moves and is challenging. These are major points an inventor needs to keep in mind when he works out an idea. "It is strange," Anderson says, "that many inventors submit good game ideas with no climax. They don*t end the game." That's why on a normal business day experts such as Anderson sit at their desks "playing with games" and looking for a successful ending to make everyone happy — the player, the manufacturer and the inventor who receives five per cent royalties. Ladies' Night School Program Begins Sept. 16 (Ttmp« Hrrnlrt N'PWA Srrvlrei MANNING — Mrs. Christine Sanders, home-making instructor, and director of the Ladies' Night School, has announced the program for the ten-week session, which will begin Sept. lfi, and end with a Norwegian dinner party. Sept. lfi — Fun and Fancy Food. Mrs. Ernest Ahrenholtz, Buck Grove, will show new ideas in cake decorating, fancy mints and festive cookies. Sept. 23 — Make yours a Well' Dressed Home. Slide film and commentary record by Christine Sanders. "Bread Basket Beauties," 4-H demonstration by Marilyn Vennink and Sharon Borkowski. Sept. 30 — What Women Should Know About Money. George Sip- vert. Manning banker, will be guest speaker. Oct. 7 - Cold Salads. Hot Breads. Florence Gcnzen of Manning will display food assortments. Oct. 14 — Behind the Ticker- Tape Walter Hinz, Boone, will continue the Sept. 30 lesson on money, from a standpoint of stocks, bonds and investments. Oct. 21 — Beauty with Wax. 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