Game cre­ator back on board af­ter in­spir­ing walk with her dog

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

TEN YEARS ago, Bev­er­ley Ross cre­ated a board game which won a con­test on a Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel re­al­ity TV show and was all set to be launched on to the mar­ket.

But it never made it to the toyshop shelves. A sim­i­lar game called Cra­nium was brought out around the same time, caus­ing pro­duc­tion of Ms Ross’s game to be aban­doned.

Cra­nium went on to sell tens of mil­lions world­wide and was ul­ti­mately bought up for 77 mil­lion dol­lars by Has­bro, the com­pany that makes Mo­nop­oly.

Ms Ross was left to re­flect on what might have been.

But now the 55-year-old from north Manch­ester is fi­nally about to find suc­cess with a new game she has cre­ated.

De­scribed as a fast-paced ac­tion game for young chil­dren, it won the back­ing of ma­jor French dis­trib­u­tor As­modée Édi­tions, which mar­kets games across Europe and the United States.

With a tele­vi­sion ad­vert be­ing fi­nalised, the game — called The Sea Lion Show in France — will be avail­able on Ama­zon’s French site.

It is due to be launched in the UK and should be in the toyshops in time for Chanu­cah.

“It’s taken 10 years but it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. I’ve never given up,” said Ms Ross.

“I in­vented the game while walk­ing my dog, Ruby. It is based on the sim­ple game of fetch.”

“The French com­pany loved the con­cept, but there are a lot of dog-themed games on the mar­ket in France al­ready, so they changed it to sea lions.”

Whether sea lions or dogs will fea­ture in the UK ver­sion is not be­ing re­vealed. Ms R o s s s a i d t h e de­tails, as well as the game’s Bri­tish name, re­mained a closely

guarded se­cret.

Bev­er­ley Ross with her dog, Ruby. Her game was in­spired by play­ing fetch

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