Articles, interviews, events, in the news and on the web...

In addition to writing The Game Aisle, I guest blog for a variety of other sites and am very active in the toy and game invention community.  To contact me regarding possible media events and interviews, please use the Contact page and I’ll get in touch with you!

In the News and On the Web

“Surfing For Games” • Toy Dreamers, July 26, 2016 LINK

“The Gaming Careers Podcast: 048 Kim Vandenbroucke – Professional Game Inventor On Spontaneous Creativity” • August 4, 2015 LINK

“Game Designer Habits Part 2” • And He Games, June 26, 2015 LINK

“How Kim Vandenbroucke Designer of Cheese Louise, Makes Games” • And He Games, November 28, 2014 LINK

“5 Trends” • The Toy Book, July/August 2014 LINK

“Play Experts: Kim Vandenbrouke, Inventor and Game Reviewer” • The WooHoo Factor, May 13, 2013 LINK

“Celebrate National Inventor’s Month!” News Segment • Chicago’s CBS 2 Morning News, May 13, 2013 LINK 1 LINK 2

“Rules of The Game” Cover Story • Illinois Alumni Magazine Volume 25 Issue 2, Winter 2012 LINK

“ChiTAG Preview” Local ABC News Segment • Chicago’s WLS-ABC TV, 11am November 13, 2012

Funding the Dream Episode 88 • The Game Whisperer Blog, October 3, 2012 LINK

“Fresh Faces: Kim Vandenbroucke” • Profile Magazine, Oct/Nov/Dec 2012 LINK

“Funding the Dream Episode 33” Podcast • The Game Whisperer Blog February 21, 2012 LINK

“Tools of My Trade: Kim Vandenbroucke, Game Inventor” • Fast Company Magazine, December 2011/January 2012 LINK (Pictured Above)

“Glen Ellyn Native Invents the Games You Play” • Daily Herald Suburban Parent November 20, 2011 and Daily Herald Business Ledger December 12, 2011 LINK

“ChiTag Preview” Local ABC News Segment • Chicago’s WLS-ABC TV, 11am November 14th, 2011 LINK

“Game Inventors: No Longer an Untapped Resource” • The Toy Book Volume 17 No. 4, 2011 LINK (page 50)

“Interview with Toy and Game Inventor Kim Vandenbroucke” • Ideas Uploaded, 2011 LINK

“Museum Features Chicago Toy & Game Invention” • Global Toy News, 2011 LINK

“Elmhurst Historical Museum Exhibit tells Chicago’s ‘Toys’ Story” • Chicago Sun Times, 2011 LINK

“Q&A: Meet Kim Vandenbroucke, Toy and Game Inventor” • The Smithsonian’s “Around the Mall” Blog, 2011 LINK

“Game Inventor and Blogger, Kim Vandenbroucke: The Logan Square resident and mind behind Scattergories Categories on ideas, games and dead inventors” • Onion A.V. Club, 2011 LINK

“Some of the Season’s Hottest Toys” Segment • CBS Chicago Morning News, 2010 LINK

“Is Chicago the Toy and Game Inventing Capitol of the World?” • Global Toy News, 2010 LINK

“Scattergories Categories” Interview/Article • Purple Pawn, 2010 LINK

“2010 Chicago Toy and Game Fair” Article • About Board/Card Games, 2010 LINK

NAPPA Award-Winning Board and Card Games • NAPPA Awards: Parenthood, 2010 LINK

Buffalo Games Interview • Buffalo Games Facebook Page, 2010 LINK

“Game Reviews from an Insider” Interview • Global Toy News, 2010 LINK

“Libraries Are More Than Books” Article • Global Toy News, 2010 LINK

Featured Board Game Blog • YEHUDA, 2010  LINK

Building Our Future Toy Conference 2009 • Playthings Magazine   LINK

Featured Website • Seize the Play Blog, 2009  LINK

“On A Roll” • NorthShore Magazine, 2005

“‘Tis the Season” News Segment • CBS Sunday Morning, 2005


About Board/Card Games’ People’s Choice for Best Twitter Account of 2011, 2012 LINK

Nominee for the TAGIE Award in Game Design Excellence, Toy and Game Inventor Awards, 2011

Wonder Women in Toys Award in Social Media, Awarded by Women In Toys, 2011


Past Events

T&GCon (Toy and Game Inventor Con) Speaker and Expert • 2006-2012  LINK

Top Trumps “Inventor Guru” Game Signings • ChiTag Top Trumps Booth, 2011

The Nick DiGulio Radio Show Guest • WGN Radio in Chicago November 12, 2011

Overdrive Radio Show Guest • Vocalo 89.5 FM in Chicago October 14th, 2011 LINK

“Toy Invention TV” Host for interactive display in the “Toys In the Hood” exhibit • Elmhurst Historical Museum, April 26-September 18, 2011 LINK

Special Guest on “The Late Live Show” • Second City Chicago, March 2011, LINK

Featured Inventor for the “Innovative Lives” Series at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center • March 2011, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, LINK

“Operation Game Creation 2.0″ Expert • September – November 2010, Indian Trails Public Library

“Meet the Gamer: Kim Vandenbroucke” • June 2010, Indian Trails Public Library

IIT Institute of Design Guest Lecturer on Game Invention • 2006 and 2007, Chicago

Ongoing Contributor

Global Toy News Online Magazine, Guest Blogger • Ongoing Since October 2010 LINK


Past Contributor

Games for Educators Website and Newsletter Article Contributor • 2010-2014  LINK Game Category Expert • 2013-2014



“Toy Fair 2013: Tips for Bloggers Covering the Show” • TIA website, 2013 LINK

“Bringing the Living into Museums” • Museum Minute, 2011 LINK

“License to Thrill, More than Just a Mover” • Playthings Magazine Toy Fair Issue, 2011

“Countdown To Toy Fair: An Inventor’s Perspective” • Purple Pawn, 2011 LINK

“Zombies Might Like Games Too” • Chicago Toy and Game Fair Program, 2010

“Write Right: PB&J and Game Rules to the Rescue” • ThinkFun Classroom Connection Newsletter and ThinkFun’s “SmartPlay” Blog, 2010 LINK

“Ugly Boxes Kill Good Games; Why Great Packaging Matters” • Global Toy News, 2010 LINK

“Idea Generation: If all else fails, take a nap” Article • Buffalo GameBuffs Blog, 2010 LINK

“Playing In Traffic” Article • ThinkFun’s “SmartPlay” Blog, 2010 LINK