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TEDxPennQuarter 2011 - Dominic Crapuchettes - Reinventing Board Games

Dominic Crapuchettes has always been passionate about designing board games. One of his early games, Kabloogi, was banned from 8th grade because classmates played it during class. In high school, Dominic designed a trivia game called Conceptual Pursuit, which was later turned into the wildly popular Wits & Wagers. During college, he won over $30,000 playing on the pro tour of a card game called Magic: The Gathering. In 2001, Dominic co-founded Protospiel, an annual convention of game designers which focuses on a European design style that is growing in popularity. Upon graduating from the MBA program at the University of Maryland in 2004, Crapuchettes founded a board game company called North Star Games with $10,000 in seed capital. Their flagship product, Wits & Wagers, has gone on to win more awards than any party game in history. It is now available at Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, Barnes & Noble, the Xbox, and 13 European countries. Previously, Dominic spent 12 seasons working as a captain of a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska, 3 years as a programmer at an internet company, and 2 years as a consultant to entrepreneurs. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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