Heartland Consumer Products, LLC, Makers of Square Shooters Game, Bring Innovation to GenCon Indy

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Second Release Wins a 2012 Game of the Year Award and Original Game goes Digital.

There’s no question that busy Americans are seeking fast-action game play alternatives when they have a few precious moments to spend with family or friends. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the average time people (ages 15 and up) spent playing board games for leisure was less than a half hour a day. Games that are easy to set up and don’t take long to play are clearly preferred by game players of all kinds.

Dice games deliver the action and speed that game players need, and Cleveland, Ohio-based game maker Heartland Consumer Products, LLC, has the solutions. The company launched the Square Shooters® dice game in 2011, earning three awards and national retail placement in more than 15,000 stores. The game has already sold more than 150,000 copies in its first 12 months.

“Square Shooters® is off to a strong start because it could be the most overdue game invention of all time,” says Tom Donelan, Heartland’s CEO. “It’s cards on dice. The two things have 7 centuries of legacy together, and when people see them combined in our game they feel a deep sense of familiarity.” The 9 Square Shooters® dice contain a full deck of 54 playing cards, arranged in special manner that allows players to achieve combinations for the most popular card games, including rummy, 21, and poker.

Heartland is now delivering a few encores to its 2011 debut:

  • Rodeo RummyTM, Heartland’s second title (http://www.squareshooters.com/rodeo-rummy.html), is designed especially for busy families. You just spin, roll and win. Introduced in July 2012, the game has already earned two national awards: 2012 Game of the Year honors from Creative Child Magazine and a Tillywig Best Family Fun Award.
  • The Square Shooters® iPhone App is launching this fall, and the company is already recruiting fans for beta testing at http://www.squareshooters.com/mobilegames.html.

Square Shooters will be kicking off its “10 Games in10 Days” Facebook sweepstakes on August 16, just in time for opening day at Gen Con. Enter for a chance to win one of 10 Rodeo RummyTM games by visiting http://www.facebook.com/squareshooters..

The company is exhibiting in Booth #241 at Gen Con.

Square Shooters® (MSRP $12.99/Basic Set and $17.99/Boxed Set) is designed for one or more players ages 8 and up. The game is available nationwide at Walmart, Walgreens, Barnes & Noble and many independent toy/game retailers. For more information, visit squareshooters.com.

Rodeo RummyTM (MSRP $17.99) is designed for two or more players ages 8 and up. The game is available online at squareshooters.com and nationwide at Go! Games and many independent toy/game retailers.

About Heartland Consumer Products
“Bringing People Together” is a mission that Cleveland-based Heartland Consumer Products aspires to achieve through products that fuel the fun when families and friends get together. The company’s Square Shooters® family of dice games joins its Vegas® Brand of playing cards to bring both fresh and familiar alternatives to game players. Square Shooters® is a patented invention of Carmelyn Calvert, a grandmother of seven from Eldred, IL. For more information, visit http://www.heartland-products.com and http://www.squareshooters.com.

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Square Shooters® is a registered trademark of Carmelyn Calvert. The Square Shooters® game is copyrighted by Carmelyn Calvert. Both trademark and copyright are under license by Heartland Consumer Products, LLC. Rodeo RummyTM is a trademark and copyrighted game of Heartland Consumer Products, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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