Tim Walsh
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Author/Game Inventor/Entreplayneur
A little about me (so that you know I am a real person and not a spammer!)
In 2004 I self-published my book, The Playmakers, which won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Foreword Magazine and the pretigious Grand Prize in the 2004 Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards. Shortly thereafter, I licensed the book to publishing giant Andrews McMeel-Universal, who released it as Timeless Toys.

I just finished writing a new, retrospective book on WHAM-O in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Chronicle Books will publish WHAM-O Super-Book in October of 2008. Also in 2008 comes a feature-length documentary film on toy inventors for which I am creative consultant. The yet-to-be-named film is by local director Ken Sons.

I am a frequent speaker on toys and play, and have appeared on many national TV and radio programs, including The Early Show on CBS, NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox’s After Breakfast, The History Channel’s Our Generation, HGTV’s Games We Grew Up With, and CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch among others. The board games I invented or co-invented have been featured on Good Morning America and written about in The New York Times.

In 1990 I co-invented TriBond, a game that has sold over 3 million copies in thirteen countries. And in 1994 I invented the board game Blurt!, which went on to sell over 1 million copies. Blurt! is currently sold by Educational Insights and TriBond is sold by Imagination Entertainment. In 1996 I co-developed Mad Gab, a million plus seller currently sold by Mattel. Over the years Tim has also licensed toy or game concepts to BRIO Corporation, Great American Puzzle and Time Factory.

I came to Sarasota in 1989 to try out for the Chicago White Sox. I never made it in baseball, but fell in love with the area and a lovely girl. The happy ending is that today I still get to play for a living and I married the girl.
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Toyland wins Best Documentary

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 10:56pm 1 Comment

Local director Ken Sons made a splash in Chicagoland by winning Best Documentary at the Naperville Independent Film Festival! last week I'm in the film along with Christine Alexander! Check it out HERE!

I'm working on my third book and YOU can help choose the content!

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

In the marketing of my own games, TriBond and Blurt, I've often said that if you record a piece of music that sells a million copies, you're awarded with a platinum album and promoted on the cover of Rolling Stone. If you write a book that sells a million copies you become a "New York Times Best-selling Author" and you're promoted in that prestigious newspaper. Yet, if you design a game that sells 10, 20, 50, or a 100 million copies, you are unknown outside of toy nation. Alfred… Continue

My New Book! (Coming October 2008)

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments

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At 8:26am on June 22, 2010, Jack Alexander said…
Hi again Tim -- Here's an update for you my friend. Enjoy my gift to you. I've been painting images of my visions since age three. Let us become friends while networking through this site.

Truly, Jack

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At 11:11am on September 10, 2008, L. D. Knowlton said…

And congrats on the Chronicle Wham-O book!

At 10:05pm on August 26, 2008, Christine Alexander said…
Where is the documentary?? I am SO excited to see it!
At 10:04pm on August 26, 2008, Christine Alexander said…
Pretty page!! ;) Who took that AMAZING shot of Timeless Toys?? OH, that's right! Herb Booth! ;) tee hee.. have fun on our site!! xoxo
At 8:33am on August 25, 2008, Rick Hughes said…
Hi Tim,

Welcome to the community!

Make yourself at home, add some photos, engage members in dicussion and, of course, invite your friends to join us --the more the merrier.

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