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How

BUILDZI was Built .

For the past several years , Kevin and Steve have had a blast selling their growing family of simple , fast games : TENZI , SLAPZI , ITZI and PAIRZI . It ’ s been a whirlwind of laughs and fun .
Yet behind the scenes , there was another story playing out . Kevin ’ s son , Collin ( who had invented SLAPZI ), had another idea for a game . He told his father , “ When kids play with blocks , they ’ re usually slow and deliberate . Why don ’ t we take regular building blocks and turn them into a speed game ?” Kevin liked where Collin was headed and suggested he make a prototype .
A few weeks later , Collin pitched the idea to Kevin and Steve . Steve also liked the concept of a speed building game , but he didn ’ t like using regular old blocks . So off and on over the next three years the guys would meet and , bit-by-bit , improve the game , which they had started calling BUILDZI . But those old block shapes continued to bother Steve ... so when he stumbled upon the cool pentomino shapes you see in the game now , well things just fell into place !
Of all the games that Kevin and Steve have created , BUILDZI has taken the longest , by far . But , as they say , Rome wasn ’ t built in a day . We hope you enjoy !
For more information or to order contact Steve @ ilovetenzi . com | 203-622-8117
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