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Out of the Box Publishing is a Dodgeville, Wisconsin based Publishing Company specializing in family, card and party games. As of December 2008, they have published over 45 titles.

Out of the Box Publishing is best known for games that are innovative, easy to learn and quick to play. The company has received numerous awards including Mensa Select, Toy of the Year and National Parenting Center.


Out of the Box Publishing was established in 1998 in Madison, Wisconsin by Mark Osterhaus, Alan Waller, Cathleen Quinn-Kinney and John Kovalic. The first game published by the company was Bosworth, a four-player chess variant which has since been retired. In the summer of 1998, Out of the Box Publishing acquired the license for their most well-known game, Apples to Apples, from inventor Matthew Kirby. Over the next ten years, Out of the Box grew into a leading American game company, supplying games to thousands of specialty toy stores, Target, Wal-mart and Toys R Us. In 2007, the company sold the licenses to Apples to Apples, Blink, Snorta and Qwitch to the Mattel Corporation, several owners retired and several new owners (including children of the previous owners) were invited to join. Since the sale Out of the Box has new growing games, such as Backseat Drawing, Ninja versus Ninja and Word on the Street.


Out of the Box Publishing is best known for games that are innovative, take less than 5 minutes to learn and less than a half an hour to play. All Out of the Box games are family-oriented and appropriate for kids and adults. Out of the Box accepts game submissions from new inventors as well as established inventors. The company receives over 600 submissions a year and publishes about 5 games per year. Instructions for submitting a game are located on the company’s website.

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The artistic director and one of the founders of Out of the Box Publishing, John Kovalic, was also the illustrator for Munchkin.

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