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It’s how you play the game! has MOVED

March 19, 2012

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Here’s what country music stars say about the country music edition of You’ve been Sentenced! PLUS some hilarious outtakes!

March 16, 2012

You’ve been Sentenced! to the library? Public Library Assn. (PLA) Conference March 13-17, Philadelphia

March 15, 2012

This week, the PLA Conference gets underway, and You’ve been Sentenced! is there! The PLA Conference is the premier professional development event for public librarians, public library workers, trustees, Friends, library vendors, and others with an interest in public libraries.

PLA 2012 will provide opportunities to learn new ideas, share success stores, hear best practices, and meet colleagues from across the county and around the world. There are nearly 200 useful and entertaining sessions on the PLA program are loaded with both practice and policy.

And, of course, there are great exhibits, like the educational You’ve been Sentenced! word game — the perfect game for all word enthusiasts. Visit us at Booth #2311.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

You’ve been Sentenced! word game included in official gift bag of the LA Comedy Awards at the legendary Laugh Factory

March 14, 2012

The You’ve been Sentenced! word game, was recently included in the official gift bag for the LA Comedy Awards. The event was held at the infamous Laugh Factory, which has been recognized as “the #1 comedy club in the country” by such high-profile media as USA Today.

We like to think of ourselves as a pretty fun and funny bunch (after all, we play games for a living and our tagline is Seriously Hilarious!) but we’ve got nothing on the stellar talent showcased at the LA Comedy Awards.

This year’s nominees and recipients are a distinguished group (usually!) and some of the most sought-after comedic talent in the world. Nominees and award recipients were carefully selected by the community and industry producers on the merits of commercial success, talent, and popularity, plus the potential for commercial success of new faces.

MOST HILARIOUS VOICE OVER IN A SERIES
Davide Ruben & Greg Broadmore for Dr. Grordborts – RECIPIENT

Robert Burton
Steven Alan Green
Rob Little

MOST HILARIOUS ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Rick Overton
Brett Walkow
Elvis Winterbottom for Dick and Jane Show – RECPIENT

MOST HILARIOUS ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Rebecca Whitmann – RECIPIENT

Lisa Nova
Ashley Hugtime
Erica Rhodes

MOST HILARIOUS VOICE OVER TELEVISION
Rob Little
David Ruben
Robert Burton – RECIPIENT

MOST HILARIOUS WEBISODE
Just Getting By – RECIPIENT

Busted Reality
Dr. Grordbots
Dick and Jane Show

MOST HILARIOUS VARIETY ACT COMEDIAN
David Deeble
Jeff Bornstien
Scot Nery
Paul Venier – RECIPIENT

MALE STAND UP COMEDIAN
Dakota Younger
PJ Walsh
Al Del Bene – RECIPIENT
Frazer Smith
Rick Shapiro

TELEVISION SHOW HOST
S. Scott Conner
Gabrielle Birchack
Tamara Henry – RECIPIENT
Brett Walkow

FEMALE STAND UP
Tara Egnasios
Rosie Tran – RECIPIENT
Melinda Hill
Gayla Johnson

The LA Comedy Awards are produced by Max Worthington. For more information, please visit LA Comedy Awards.

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

Music News Nashville features country music industry insider and McNeill Designs’ Production Advisor, Preshias Harris

March 14, 2012

Preshias Harris (left) pictured here with award-winning country music singer/songwriter Deborah Allen at the 2012 Country Radio Seminar.

Music News Nashville, the online magazine for the country music industry, contains all the news you need to know about Nashville and beyond. So, we were thrilled at the magazine’s recent profile of Preshias Harris, McNeill Designs’ Production Advisor and Artist & Industry Relations Representative.

Here’s just a little of what they had to say:

“Preshias Harris, endearingly referred to ‘round “The Row” as the “Queen of Networking,” has announced her departure from PCG-Nashville as VP of Artist & Industry Relations. She has accepted the invitation to devote her time and talents on a full-time basis as a representative of McNeill Designs. Working alongside the brand as they unveil a Country Music Edition of the award-winning game You’ve been Sentenced!, Harris will act as Production Advisor and Artist & Industry Relations Representative.

Created to go above and beyond family fun, You’ve been Sentenced! has become an educational tool that is garnering rave reviews in homes, classrooms and educational facilities around the world and is now staged to reach a brand new audience. McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds, the game manufacturer, is set to introduce the You’ve been Sentenced! Country Music Edition to entertain the country music fan. Harris will work in alliance with McNeill Designs to elevate industry awareness and to produce and promote the new Country Music Edition…

“You’ve been Sentenced! is a fun-filled, educational game that can be played by one and all and it is a natural fit for the country music format,” said Preshias Harris. “The response we all received playing with artists–sharing the literacy movement–during CRS was overwhelming and early proof that the Country Music Edition will be a winner! We’re excited to see what fun is in store for us.”

To read the article in its entirety, please visit Music News Nashville.

Preshias Harris can be reached at preshiasharris@hotmail.com or 615-482-5823.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

You’ve been Sentenced! wins 19th award; Play on Words honors game with a PAL Award for language advancement

March 13, 2012

Established by respected speech and language expert Sherry Artemenko, the PAL Award recognizes exceptional toys, books and games like the You’ve been Sentenced! word game that, through their design, content, quality, and character, promote play that advances language. PAL winners in the hands of kids spark fun and creative play with lots of talk!

Products are chosen on the basis of Play on Words’ experts’ practical child development experience, and are complemented by thoughtful reviews, showing parents how to best use each toy, game or book to build language.

For more than 35 years, Play on Words founder Sherry Artemenko has worked with children to improve their speech and language, serving as a speech language pathologist in both the public and private school systems and private practice. Sherry started Play on Words to advise parents, companies and authors on the attributes of the best toys, games and media to build language.

Here’s a little bit of what Sherry had to say regarding the merits of the You’ve been Sentenced! word game:

“As speech therapists, we spend a lot of time helping kids put together a good sentence and eventually a story. “You’ve Been Sentenced!” can help such language learning and provide a lot of fun in the process. Racing against a timer and your fellow players, one must construct a meaningful sentence from a random set of words. So many skills are tapped it is hard to list them–grammar, parts of speech, meaning, word order etc. I guarantee a laugh!  Check out their website for Lesson Plans and suggested variations on the game…

Do you want to get friends and family together and have an educational challenge, quick game and loads of laughs? Check out “You’ve Been Sentenced!” and get ready to put a silly sentence together.

Flip over your 10 cards, each with 5 word options to start building your sentence. Themes start swirling in your head as you try to link words in a grammatically correct sentence.

How do I combine spill, sliding, fish and lunch? Oh yes, I have 6 more cards to use. The fastest player to complete their sentence turns over the timer as the rest of the players race to finish theirs and hope that the first contestant gets his entry voted down.

Our testers found that there is a balance between throwing a sentence together fast and taking too much time to think. The cards offer 5 clever variations of a root word such as rusher, rushed, rush, rushes, and rushed.

An incredible language learning game, “You’ve Been Sentenced!” calls on players to know their parts of speech, draft a theme, and use correct grammar. Players act as members of the jury, deciding the fate of proposed sentences adding a social language component to this game also. Add-on decks like their newest “NASA Space Terminology” continue to expand the vocabulary kids and adults can learn. Get sentenced at home or the classroom!”

To read the full review of find more PAL winners, visit Play on Words.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

You’ve been Sentenced! Sentence of the Week: March 12-16

March 13, 2012

Nervous (5) Buffalo Bill (5) took (5) and (5) squashed (5) the (5) dangerous (5), colorful (10) eye glasses (5).

Total cards used: 9/10

Total Points: 50 points

My explanation? I guess Sally Jesse Raphael makes old Bill a little bit crazy…

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

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