Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fun Freetime: RPS Revolution and Game Night Tips

Family game night just got more fun and creative thanks to RPS Revolution—a new take on the tried and true Rock Paper Scissors game! 

With fun characters that encourage storytelling, and easy to learn rules from Rock Paper Scissors, families everywhere are excited to try a new twist on an old favorite. RPS Revolution takes the best parts of Rock Paper Scissors and transforms it into whimsical characters that are grouped in set of three called Trios. Trios like a Knight, Princess, and a Dragon encourage kids to create fantastical stories surrounding their characters as they play. Each player holds three characters in their hand and then either secretly picks one or lets one fall out of their hand surprising both them and their opponent! Each character has either an R, P, or S on the bottom to remind the players of who beats what in each game. 

RPS Revolution is the perfect game to change your family fun time! Simple rules means everyone can play from kids to adults! At only $15 per set of 2 Trios plus shipping per trio, RPS Revolution won’t break the bank. There are tons of amazing trios with all kinds of themes planned and kids can collect and be creative. RPS Revolution encourages storytelling and imagination. Bonus: Solve family dilemmas quick and easy (and with a little fun!). 

RPS Revolution was developed by a mompreneur who realized that her kids loved new toys and games that were easy to get the hang of, and had a trading element to them. She saw how her kids liked trading cards, but didn't always get how to play them and she started thinking of ways to create a fun and easy game that could feature tradable characters at the same time.

I had a chance to interview the creator to learn more.

1. What was the inspiration behind creating this game? 
The inspiration was seeing how much my kids enjoyed the newest toy craze -- especially if they had multiple sets to collect.  They loved to collect multiple sets of the toy if each set had something new and interesting about them.  They really enjoyed if it was not just something they could collect, but if they could play a game with their friends with the toy, and trade them.  My kids were a part of helping develop the idea and we worked at it together. We wanted something that kids instantly knew how to play.  We also knew the look of the figures themselves were important.  We wanted to design whimsical, endearing figures that kids would love and get joy out of collecting and interacting with.

2. What are the characteristics of a good family game that you tried to include?
I wanted the game to be familiar and versatile, a family could have a few quick rounds before or after dinner for a few laughs or a family could make it longer and decide together on creative new layers to the game.  You can add rules like a set number of points you need to get to in order to win, and then you trade partners.  The family could decide together what happens when you tie, maybe you have to thumb wrestle and the winner of the thumb wrestle gets a point.   You could decide that when there is a tie, there is more at stake in the very next round and the winner of the next round gets double points. 

3. How can parents encourage family camaraderie and fun?
I know sometimes in our family if someone suggests a really long board game a few people groan and don't want to play a game for the next hour and then we don't end up playing anything, and next thing you know, our family has dispersed to their screens.  RPS Revolution it is a simple game and not too long, there is more of a chance we would play it more often and have that fun family memory. 

4. What are ways that parents can include kids of different ages in family game night?
It is such a classic game that most kids and adults already know how to play.  I think everyone has fun at that breath-holding moment before you reveal your choice of play to see what the other person has chosen and who will win.  So it is simple enough for young kids to play and yet fun and engaging enough to keep everyone's attention. As mentioned earlier, the family can come up with some more levels to the play that fit their age groups and keep it interesting and memorable and truly their "own" family game.   It can also be a time of story telling, as you make up new trios and tell stories of what strength and weakness each figure has that causes the figure to win or lose against the other figures. 

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