Flip, Flip Hooray for FlipOut (and a giveaway!)

We see a lot of card games here at Gamewright HQ. In fact, card games like Slamwich and Rat-a-Tat Cat are a few of the titles we’re best known for. Just when we thought we had played every type of card game, along came FlipOut.

FlipOut is a fun family strategy game where players switch, swap, and flip cards in order to get at least four-of-a-kind in a row. Sounds easy, but the cards in your hand are not necessarily your own! Every card is double-sided, so anyone can take and use any card in sight. The player that collects the most cards at the end of the game, wins! If this sounds like fun to you, want to win a copy of FlipOut? To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment telling us your favorite place to buy games. Don’t forget to leave your email address. The winner will be randomly chosen and emailed on Tuesday, 3/8/11. Comments must be received by midnight on 3/7/11.


One of the best ways to learn more about a game is to meet the person behind the game. Dan Weaver, the inventor of FlipOut, was kind enough to share some insight with us about creating awesome games like FlipOut.

Dan Weaver with his two sons, Benji & Dylan, playing Patchwork (now FlipOut)

What inspired you to create FlipOut? I discovered FlipOut where many great American inventions are discovered – in the shower!  The previous evening, I had played poker with friends and while shampooing my hair I started thinking “what have I never seen before in games?” I was visualizing the previous evening’s poker game and realized that the backs of playing cards are never used!  By the time I was done drying off, FlipOut existed in my head almost exactly as it is today.

What makes FlipOut different than other games on the market, and why will families enjoy playing it? First and foremost, FlipOut is the only game you will find that uses both sides of the cards, which itself makes FlipOut totally unique.  Moreover, FlipOut is that rare game which adults and kids authentically enjoy playing together.  Most games are either too simple for the adults or too complex for the kids – FlipOut hits a sweet spot: fun and engaging for kids and adults! Finally, like all games I invent, FlipOut is super easy to learn and plays quickly with lots of social interaction and subtle strategy.

What other games have you invented? I started inventing games as a hobby about 10 years ago, so I have invented quite a number of games.  However, until Patchwork (now FlipOut) I never had the courage to try to get anything published.

Original Patchwork box

Are you still inventing games, and if so, any in the works that you can talk about? I am totally bitten by the game design bug now and I have been working to invent new games for the past year.  I recently partnered with two other game designers, Dug Steen and Nate Beeler, and through our combined efforts, we have 7 new games.   They span a broad gamete:  Rough Cut is a family, party game where you get to design your own movie; Endangered Species is a fast, fun kids’ game in which you have to find the missing animal; and Crunch Time is like full-contact, multi-player Tetris®.  Most recently, we came up with an as-yet-unnamed game in which the players must use inductive logic to win – this game is shaping up to be very fun and unique.

So, go hop in the shower for some inspiration and maybe you will think of the next great Gamewright game! 😀

About Gamewright

Gamewright is a leading manufacturer of family games, best known for such household hits as Slamwich, Rat-a-Tat Cat, In a Pickle, Rory's Story Cubes and The Scrambled States of America Game. Gamewright prides itself on making games that foster laughter, learning, friendship and fun. Kids, parents, grandparents, and educators all agree that Gamewright makes some of the best games on the planet. For more information, visit www.gamewright.com.
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112 Responses to Flip, Flip Hooray for FlipOut (and a giveaway!)

  1. Amy K. says:

    I buy a lot of games from Amazon.com because they seem to carry every brand/line.

  2. Cathy R says:

    I usually buy and research games at Amazon. We ADORE Rat a Tat Cat and this game sounds like a lot of fun too!

  3. Emily says:

    This game sounds fun!

    My favorite place to buy games is Toys and Co in Greensboro, NC!

  4. My favorite place to buy GAMEWRIGHT games is at the Freckled Frog here in Pawleys Island at the Hammock Shops. The owner, Frank, does a great job explaining games and matching games to the needs of the customer.

  5. Amanda says:

    Amazon, because of the customers’ reviews… It’s like a community.

  6. I dont have a place to buy boardgames, but i love buy games from amazon 🙂

    FlipOut sounds fun, where i can buy one?

  7. C Dionne says:

    I buy family games from amazon.com.

  8. Mike says:

    Sounds like a cool game.

    We get our games at Just Awesome in San Francisco, CA.

  9. Stephanie Rolfs says:

    I like to buy games on http://www.boardgamegeek.com. You can read all the reviews from different users, see the current selling price at a variety of locations, and then get the most Gamewright Games for your buck!

  10. Beth says:

    I usually buy my games from Amazon, but a friend who introduced me to Gamewright also recommended http://www.funagain.com. It looks like they have a very large selection. Thanks for the chance to win. :o)

  11. adrienne says:

    3 faves:

    Top Shelf Games, Ft Wayne IN
    Game Preserve, Indianapolis IN
    Game Knight, Huntingburg IN

  12. anash says:

    my favorite place to buy games is amazon.com and csnstores. they have virtually everything at my fingertipe!

  13. skirkham says:

    I usually buy my games at my FLGS called Hypermind in Burlington NC. If they don’t have it they can order it pretty quick.

    Flipout looks like a great game. Hope I can get a copy from you.

    Thanks – SKirkham [at] triad.rr.com

  14. Shana E. says:

    We usually buy games at Toys R Us because they have the biggest selection and are closest to our house.

  15. Mark Jackson says:

    Online, my favorite place is Game Surplus (http://www.gamesurplus.com)… their service is amazing.

    Locally, the Crazy Squirrel Game Store in Fresno, CA is a GREAT place to play & to buy games… the owners are running a place that is both gamer & non-gamer friendly! http://www.crazysquirrelgamestore.com/

  16. Peter says:

    I buy them at Barnes & Noble.

  17. David Sinur says:

    I like to get my games from Funagain Games website.

  18. Lisa says:

    We buy alot at amazon because we like to read the reviews. I have also bought some gamewright games at Puddle Ducks in Williamsville, NY. That is actually where I first discovered them. Started with Slamwich and Sleeping Queens and now I’m not sure I could list everything we have 🙂 We are huge fans.

  19. BearChi says:

    I buy a lot of games (mostly Gamewright games, I love Gamewright games) on Amazon.com, which offers free shipping on selected products for orders of $ 25 & up. The only downside is the wait…especially when it’s an awesome game it makes the wait seem like forever. Next in line is Toys R Us, followed by a 3rd place tie between Target and B&N.

  20. Jim says:

    My favorite place to buy games is the Gencon gaming convention, just because it is a fun game friendly atmosphere and its always nice to buy directly from the companies and maybe meet the staff and/or designers. Gamewright should go to Gencon with some of your newer gamer games (Forbidden Island, Flip Out, Gubs).

    The closest good gaming store that I like to buy games from is Game Knight in Huntingburg, IN. It’s a great little store with a young owner full of good ideas about generating a gaming community. I wish we could get over there more often.

    So most of the time, we get games from Amazon.

  21. Sarah Thompson says:

    We buy almost all of our Gamewright games on Amazon.com – we are Prime members so we get free 2 day shipping, plus no tax! CAN’T WAIT for the new spring games, my 8 year old daughter Nora keeps asking when the mermaid game is going to come out! Thanks for making amazing games that bring our family together!!!

  22. Mike says:

    I usually buy games at Amazon or Target.

  23. Tracy says:

    They have great games at Barnes & Noble!

  24. Megin says:

    I love to buy games at Magic Beans!

  25. Sheryl W says:

    My favorite place to buy gamewright games WAS Walmart but they don’t seem to stock them anymore 😦

  26. Liesel Beagley says:

    I love buying my games at Calendar Club Go Toys and Games. http://www.calendarclub.com/
    They allow you to open the game, (if its not already on a display table,) and to play the game. They are very knowledgeable about their games! 🙂


  27. Anthea says:

    For kids games and games for work I usually go to Master Mind. For adult games I go to Hairy Tarantula.

  28. tomgurg says:

    My favorite place to buy games is Hypermind, my FLGS in Burlington, NC. Great customer service and a fantastic gamer community.

  29. sara says:

    i buy games at a local store called childs play, they even have game nights!

  30. Nannette says:

    I usually try to buy games from a small local independent toy store (Doodlehopper), but research on Amazon.com first and end up buying from there if I can’t find what I want locally.

  31. megan says:

    I love to buy games at Fred meyer!!!

  32. Christopher Montoya says:

    I get my games at Adventures in Learning in El Paso, TX. Love Gamewright games!

  33. Lynne Bagby says:

    I buy most of my current games from Adventures in Learning in El Paso. The owner has the latest and greatest choices if you are looking for educational games.

  34. My favorite place to by games is HyperMind in Burlington, NC. This game looks pretty neat. I’m sure my nephews would love to play.

  35. Kim says:

    I also like to buy games on Amazon — mostly because I can read reviews before I buy. We also like to shop at Recess games at the mall in North Olmsted, OH. They have games you can’t always find elsewhere.

  36. Michael Taylor says:

    Myriad Games in Manchester and Salem NH is a fantastic place to buy Gamewright games (as well as all the other games too). http://www.myriadgames.com

  37. Michele says:

    We buy our games from our FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store) The Hobby Corner in Iowa City. If you’re in the area, stop on in. They are the BEST!!!

  38. My family loves buying games from our friendly local game store, Evolution Gaming in Eugene, OR!

  39. Jennifer Spaulding says:

    I purchase most of my games at either Target or Amazon. My girls have a snow day today, so we broke out Slamwich, Wig Out! and Chomp! . We just ordered Ring-o-Flamingo for our daughter’s birthday. We love Gamewright products. They hold the attention of our daughters and are fun for the entire family. Flipout looks as if it’s going to be another winner.

  40. Bob says:

    I generally purchase games online. My favorite OLGS are ThoughtHammer and GameSurplus. This looks like a great game for the family.

  41. Cliff Roberts says:

    Lon at Lon’s Lair is a great guy. I’ve had superior customer service from him every time I have ordered from lonslair.com!

  42. Maria says:

    Love gamewright ! This looks like it could be fun. Usuallly buy from Amazon thanks

  43. Hank says:

    I tend to buy online from several retailers….boardsandbits.com, coolstuffinc.com, gamesurplus.com. If I buy locally it’s usually at Once Upon a Toy.

  44. Trent says:

    We’ve bought a number of our games from our local game store – Boardgame Revolution. We love that they have a game rental program. So you can rent a game for 10% of the cost and if you want to buy anything when you bring it back, you can apply that amount as a credit on your game purchase. They also sell games online.

  45. Chris says:

    Thor at Gamesurplus.com is great! That’s probably my favorite place online. There’s also a store local to me called Mudpuddles that has a bunch of great kids games and toys.

  46. Chris says:

    The Hairy Tarantula in downtown Toronto is a great place for games.

  47. Becky says:

    We love our Gamewright games, and for our “fix” we go to our FLGS Once Upon A Toy / Lagoona Magoo! ( happyupinc.com ) . Shawnta’, Neal, and the crew are wonderful and recently helped us out with a family game night at school where we hope more families were bitten by the gaming bug!

  48. Quint says:


  49. Juan says:

    I mostly buy my games at
    a local Game store in Plano, TX (Madness games and comics)
    Barnes & Noble

  50. Stephanie H. says:

    My favorite place to buy games is Amazon, because I can purchase any Gamewright game there that I want, without ever leaving home

  51. larry mendel says:

    I buy most of my games at my flgs Comic Quest in Lake Forest, California, but occasionally I will buy from Amazon too.

  52. Paula Webb says:

    I am fortunate enough to live in Ashland, OR so I buy all of my games from Fun Again Games. They have great staff and do a lot for our local community.

  53. Maurice says:

    We buy our games at Gametime, a store in Haarlem Netherlands. Good place for kids games too, all good quality.
    The kids really like Rat-a-Tat Cat, so I’m curious if they will like FlipOut too.

  54. Kim B says:

    I like to buy games at our local toy store, Learning Express. They have a good variety there.

  55. Aubrey W says:

    We try to buy as many games as we can at our local gaming store – Dr No’s in Marietta Ga. When we have to go online to buy, we shop at boardsandbits.com

  56. Christiaan Meijer says:

    My favorite place to buy games is Amazon.de. They have a lot of games for a very good price.

  57. Eddy Richards says:

    My favourite place to buy games is Black Lion Games, Edinburgh.

    But I’ll happily go to any game shop, I just like to see and handle the goodies!

  58. Andrew says:

    I buy almost all my games online at boardsandbits.com

  59. Roger says:

    I usually buy my games from my local hobby shop, either Imperial Hobbies in Richmond or Drexoll Games in Vancouver.

  60. Jeff Jarosch says:

    My favorite place to buy games is my FLGS, Cat-n-Mouse Games, Chicago, Illinois!

  61. Russell C says:

    I typically get my games from http://www.boardsandbits.com and do all my research on boardgamegeek.com

  62. J. Riddell says:

    My favorite place to buy games is Millenium Games, though I buy most of my games on-line. I buy several at Barnes and Noble, too. I also frequent garage sales, Goodwill, and closeout stores for bargains.

  63. Philip Migas says:

    Best Freindly Local Game Store in Ohio
    Underhill’s Games
    1747 State Rd.
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

    or online at http://www.griffinstoychest.com/


  64. Bryan Laird says:

    I buy my games at one of two places, normally Barnes and Nobles, or Amazing Fantasy in Frankfort, IL

  65. kenny says:

    I like to buy games from The Source Comics and Games in St Paul. My usual online place is coolstuffinc.com

  66. Beth Kievit says:

    I buy games at Amazon and local stores, I only could find rat a tat cat, at Amazon. For a christmas gift.

  67. Sean Boyll says:

    I prefer to buy my games at my FLGS. But most game acquisitions lately have been from math trades and amazon with gift certificates.

  68. Michele says:

    My favorite place to buy games in Amazon.com

  69. Ben says:

    I like to buy games at CoolStuffInc.

  70. Andrea says:

    I buy games at Toys R Us

  71. Donna says:

    My favorite place to buy games is Walmart

  72. Deb says:

    I buy all my games at Toys R Us.

  73. Charlie says:

    I use amazon to buy games.

  74. Diane H says:

    With kids, I get a variety of games, sometimes from boardsandbits.com, coolstuffinc.com or thoughthammer.com or even at Borders. Lots of places to shop at.

  75. John says:

    My favorite place to buy games is http://www.boardsandbits.com

  76. Michael says:

    Fantasy Flight Games Event Center

  77. Lillian says:

    I like to buy at online stores like Boards and Bits, Time Well Spent, Board Game Revolution, and Cool Stuff Inc. I have also bought games from Amazon and brick and mortar stores. Great contest, thanks!

  78. Travis Cooper says:

    I buy a lot of games online, probably the majority of my purchases have been from thought hammer. They can usually get games to me within 2 days of my order.

  79. Osirus says:

    I tend to buy from CoolStuffInc.com, as they have a large selection, solid customer service, and great prices. Sadly, the closest “local” store with any selection is an hour away.

  80. Jeremy says:

    My favorite place to buy games is Boardgame Revolution. They have a phyical store close to where I live with great prices and service.

  81. thegrey says:

    Favorite… http://www.nobleknight.com. Excellent service, quick shipping and good prices. So far, so good.

  82. hilkman says:

    I buy at the Spieleburg in Göttingen, Germany. Friendly and competent place.

  83. Dave S. says:

    For a local Brick & Mortar store, I like Attactix in Aurora, CO.
    My favorite online game stores are Funagain.com and Thoughthammer.com

  84. JM says:

    I buy most of my games at thoughthammer.com

  85. Kdiddy13 says:

    I usually buy games online (Coolstuffinc.com, cardhaus.com, amazon.com), but locally I really like Uncle’s Games in Redmond.

  86. Danny says:

    Usually I get games from CoolStuffInc.com.

  87. Herb Leliwa says:

    Favorite place to shop for games? The thrift stores. But I do also shop from Amazon and occasionally from Game Surplus. Thanks for the contest.

  88. Nathalie says:

    I like to buy my games from the Sentry Box, our Friendly Local Calgary Game Store. 🙂

  89. salish99 says:

    The last few games we bought were through Thalia.de, because they were the only ones who had the games we wanted in Germany, and had free shipping.

  90. Craig Duncan says:

    I tend to buy games online, typically at Fair Play Games or Time Well Spent. I keep my eye on sales and coupons at Barnes and Noble and Borders too. I’m glad to see those stores stock more and more games each year.

  91. We buy from so many sources! FLGS (Guardian Games), Barnes and Noble with coupon deals, Boards and Bits or Thoughthammer online, and we buy used games off Craigslist and from Goodwill.

  92. kostas says:

    Very often I have buy games from my local store (although their prices are little higher than others). From on-line shops I have buy from http://www.spiele-offensive.de and http://www.milan-spiele.de from Germany, http://www.philibertnet.com from France and http://www.boardgameguru.co.uk from England.

  93. Ernie Lai says:


  94. Simone H. says:

    My favourite place to buy games is The Spiel in Essen, Germany (game convention). Here you can test most of the more than 500 new games each year before buying them.

  95. Ben R says:

    I like to buy from my FLGS whenever I can!

  96. Emily Lauren says:

    I buy games from Amazon and from my local store: Underhill’s in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

  97. Bobby Doran says:

    I buy my games all over the place. I have just under 1000 games. I purchase on line from Thoughthammer.com, Tanga.com, Funagain games, Gateplay.com…
    The brick and mortar stores are far away but i purchase from Seth’s games in Ventura, CA. and All Ways Gaming in Chatsworth, CA. and The Last Grenedier in Burbank, CA. … and sometimes at Borders and Barnes and Noble.

  98. Joey J says:

    Hi everyone, we usually buy from Troll and Toad or Funagain games, but recently discovered a bunch of interesting games (and prices) on Amazon .com


  99. Ryan Moore says:

    I like to buy my games online. Boardgamegeek auctions, amazon.com, ebay, etc.. where ever I can find a good deal! 🙂

    I also like to find deals at Salvation Army and big box stores.

  100. Simon says:

    I enjoy shopping at Australia’s biggest online game store: http://www.milsims.com.au. Can’t be beaten for range. There are other options though and ebay also works for me.

  101. bbacher says:

    We buy our games at the Game Preserve in southern Indy: http://www.gamepreserve.com/Articles.asp?ID=122

  102. Greg Duff says:

    I like to buy my games at Lone Star Comics in Arlington, Texas

  103. Simon says:

    Located in Australia, it can often be difficult to get games, but I’ve found milsims to be a wonderful source of games, and always at good prices.

  104. Richard Lok says:

    Most of my games are purchased at Good Will. Nothing like playing that game that keeps on giving.

  105. chris says:

    I try to spread my game-buying dollars around, focusing especially on local independent toy & game stores (Eugene Toy & Hobby, Elephant’s Trunk, Evolution Gaming to name a few).

  106. Adam Baldwin says:

    We already love Rat-a-tat-cat so I’m sure we’ll love this too. I mainly buy online from either IGUK, Boardgamegeek or eBay

  107. the jerm says:

    I buy most games on Amazon. Not any game stores in the Far West Valley (Phoenix area).

  108. Syvanis says:

    We just had a store open up in our town called Duelist Kingdom in Loveland, CO. Roger who owns the store is great.

  109. Spiros Kostoulakis says:

    I Buy my games from Kaissa in Thessaloniki/Greece. Good people with a lot of knowledge on board games.

  110. Jonathan Leech says:

    I buy games all over. Amazon, ebay etc but my two favourite place are Boardgameguru,com which is the best UK based website and Travelling Man in Newcastle which is my friendly local gamestore and they really are friendly.:)
    I really want Flipout as we all loved it when we played at the UK Games Expo in Birmingham.

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