CSE Games Receives Three “Major Fun” Awards

March 25, 2014

CSE Games is very proud to announce that QuartexGridstones and NHL Ice Breaker have received the Major Fun Award.

The Major Fun Award, developed by Bernie (General Fun) DeKoven and identifies games that: 1) have clear and comprehensive rules that can be read in 5-15 minutes, 2) are played in under an hour, 3) are fun enough to play over and over again, 4) are suitable for a wide audience, 5) are easy to store, 6) are made to last, 7) are uniquely fun, 8) tend to make people laugh, and 9) are deep enough to withstand a lot of changes.

Both Quartex and Gridstones are designed by Toronto-native Tim W. K. Brown. “I am excited that Quartex and Gridstones have been recognized as Major Fun games,” says Brown. “Bernie DeKoven is a true leader in field of fun and play. To have his seal of approval is something really special.”

Quartex-box-w-tiles2-majorfunQuartex is an engaging abstract strategy tile game for the whole family. Play your tiles by matching and placing them beside other tiles already in play. If your tile completes a four-corner shape, you earn a point token of that color. But remember – as the number of tokens collected increases, their value decreases.


Gridstones is easy to learn, but tough to master. On their turn, players place or remove STONES on, or from, the GRID to create a match with the patterns on their cards. But be careful, opponents will be trying to match their cards too, and the grid will change with every turn. This critically-acclaimed abstract strategy and puzzle game is quick, thought-provoking, easy-to-learn and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

NHL Ice Breaker boxNHL Ice Breaker was one of CSE Games’ first product releases. NHL Ice Breaker is a hockey-simulation board game and playing card game. Use your cards to battle for puck possession and advance it up the ice for a scoring chance. Just like the game on the ice, the object is to out-score your opponent. One time through the deck represents one period of play; three time through the deck and that’s a full game.

For the full Major Fun review of Quartex, click here; Gridstones, click here and NHL Ice Breaker, click here.

About Bernie DeKoven and the Major Fun Award

MajorFunAward-medBernie De Koven is a game designer, author, lecturer and fun theorist. He is most notable for his book The Well Played Game, for his contributions to the New Games Foundation, and his pioneering work in computer game design, and for his long-running web site deepFUN.com.

Bernie focuses on games that help people share and build energizing, supportive relationships – friends, couples, family members, neighbors, communities, coworkers, teams, teachers and students, patients and healers. Games give people a way to do serious things without taking them seriously. Major Fun Award-winning games are key components of his toolkit, which helps explain why he developed the Major Fun program. For more information on Bernie DeKoven and the Major Fun Award, visit majorfun.com.

About CSE Games

CSE Games, is a developer, publisher and distributor of sports and entertainment board games, card games and other fun consumer products. CSE’s goal is to develop unique and entertaining products with multi-level appeal and enjoyment. For more on CSE Games, visit www.csegames.com.


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