Cover Image: Game Changer

Game Changer

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I read a preliminary copy and now have had the pleasure of reading the final product. Game Changer should be in every University's entrepreneur classes, on every business owner's desk, and in the libraries of every SBA and SCORE office in the US. Rob raises the curtain to show how he created Pictionary and made it the bestselling board game in the World, it's true. But he also interweaves his fears, vulnerabilities, joys, milestones, and a deep yearning to know how much fun each person who played Pictionary was having. It's a deeply moving part of Game Changer to see how much he fought, scratched, dreamed and worked his ass off to make sure the game was legit and people were having fun. Thank you for sharing your story, Rob!
Was this review helpful?
This book explores the success of the board game Pictionary. It is truly a success because it is totally independent of the major chains and overcoming that competition in the board gaming industry is huge. I enjoyed the read and for anyone that is interesting in breaking into a field that is exclusive of industry giants I would recommend this book.
Was this review helpful?
Rob Angel is the creator of the popular board game, Pictionary, and Game Changer is his story of how the game came to be a house party standard. The author is quick to say this is not a how-to, but rather a you-can-too book, and that is a totally honest assessment. You'll find no hard and fast rules, no insider tips, no checklists or timelines, instead Game Changer is a simply-written chronological and personal recounting of the life of Pictionary.

The writing was casual and conversational, the storyline was clear and engaging, and the author kept to the topic.

Game Changer was a quick, fun read filled with personality and insight into the working mind of an entrepreneur. And, if you're like me and have occasionally wondered how hard it would be to create a new game or some other product, this book will give you ample food for thought. It will either inspire and motivate you, or make you run for the hills!

If you're curious about Rob Angel, Pictionary or the world of board games, Game Changer is a satisfying read, however if you're looking for a hard-hitting entrepreneurial bible ala Steve Jobs, you might be disappointed.

This review is based on an advance copy read.
Was this review helpful?
Great story and a very engaging book about an entrepreneur who said "yes" to an opportunity. This book is a strong motivation that leads by example: if one person could do it, you also can.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you for allowing me to review this memoir by Rob Angel. His business success seemed to be a combination of luck and family startup funding along with a dash of perseverance along the way. I think we all have memories of Pictionary when board games, along with Trivial Pursuit, were a popular pastime. The world of games has changed considerably with video and digital platforms since he and his friends played charades on paper during college. Those looking for a nostalgic look at the invention of Pictionary will find insight here.
Was this review helpful?
A rather short version of How I Built My Game. It was okay but a bit more details would've been better.
Was this review helpful?
I am an obsessed fan of Pictionary because I love word and picture games. So glad there is finally a book about the creator and how he came up with the idea. This whole book was absolutely fascinating and worthwhile. And to think this wasn't super popular at first? Seriously?!! How can you not like making an ass of yourself with friends and family playing this game? This game is a must have, especially when going out isn't option because of Coronavirus. All of our favorite games are getting some much needed use.

This was well written and researched. Great to know the history of the game and creator.

Thanks to NetGalley, Rob Angel, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for honest review.
Was this review helpful?
Game Changer is an excellent book about having a passion and going for your dreams, no matter what or how outlandish they are.  Whenever you think that the little guy never wins and that you will never achieve your goals, think of Rob Angel.  Not only that, but read his book.  It will change your life.
Was this review helpful?