Kim Vandenbroucke

In elementary school, a teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I proudly said “an inventor!” I was promptly told that was not a real profession, so I went with my second choice: astronaut.  Turns out, creative problem solving, rapid idea generation, and out of the box thinking are my jam — and the idea of traveling in a tiny space capsule, really isn’t.  Thankfully, after graduating with a degree in Industrial Design the invention firm Meyer/Glass Design, a spin off of the original Marvin Glass & Associates, convinced me to try toy and game invention.  My very first game, Cover to Cover, was licensed by Hasbro during my first pitch meeting and I was hooked!

In 2006, I founded Brainy Chick, Inc. where I continue to invent, design, and develop toy and game concepts for companies around the world.  I’ve been nominated three times for a TAGIE Awards for Excellence in Game Design, a finalist for Play Creators Kids/Family Game Designer of the year, and listed in the Mojo Nation Top 100 Most Influential People in Toys and Games multiple times. From 2009 until 2023, I wrote the award winning game review website The Game Aisle which came out of my passion for sharing great games and the inventor/designers behind them.  Now that the love of tabletop games has become more universal, I’m focusing on idea generation to bring more games to all of the game lovers out there!


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