Game maker picks up local creation

Gamewright, a puzzle and game manufacturer based in Newton, Mass., has launched the card game This Big!, invented by Central Point resident Rosie Allen Roberson.

This Big! is a fishing-themed card game for two to six players ages 8 and up. Players cast lure cards, then pick from opponents' cards in hopes of reeling in the biggest fish, while avoiding river rubbish cards. The player with the most points wins.

This Big! has already received three awards, including a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Parents' Choice Approved and Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products.

According to an e-mail from Gamewright, Roberson became interested in designing games after her oldest child received Hisss, a Gamewright game, as a birthday gift. She had been itching for a creative project and this inspired her to start designing and making her own games.

Roberson began submitting to game publishers in 2005, and while she published her first few games with other publishers, she approached Gamewright in 2008 with her concept for the game This Big!, which went into production this year.

Gamewright is a Massachusetts based manufacturer family games, including Slamwich, Rat-a-Tat Cat, In a Pickle, and the Scrambled States of America Game. For more information, see

Roberson, a software designer, grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School in 1995. She then attended college at Willamette University where she majored in studio art and minored in computer science and mathematics, graduating cum laude in 1999. She lives in Central Point with her husband and three children, ages 9, 6 and 2.

— Staff reports

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