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Designing a Board Game: What’s the Sequence with Doug Reuter

July 30, 2018

The Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) will host Doug Reuter, inventor of the board game Sequence, on August 1.  Doug will do a game signing at 6:00 PM, and a presentation on the process of designing a board game at 7:00 PM at the History Center. 

 

In 1981, Doug entered into a license agreement with a Minneapolis based company to manufacture and distribute SEQUENCE, the family board game he invented. SEQUENCE has been continuously and actively marketed since April 1, 1982 - that’s over 36 years for those of you are trying to do the math. SEQUENCE enjoys world-wide distribution and has sold millions of copies.

 

Doug also invented a game called QB8 which he entered in the 56th Annual Minnesota Inventors Congress Invention and Idea Show in Redwood Falls, MN in 2013.  It was awarded the F. ROBERT STARR (GRAND PRIZE) AWARD – it is the ONLY toy or game to EVER win that inventor competition in its 56 year history.  QB8 was also awarded a Gold Medal and the PROFESSOR OTTO SCHMITT MEMORIAL AWARD for being “the most creative, innovative or unusual invention exhibited. . .”  He has since developed a spin-off of that game called QB8 WORDS - both of which are here tonight.  Doug has invented several other games – two of which will be presented to several game companies at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair this coming November in hopes that one or both will be licensed for distribution.

 

Doug will be talking about the inventing process he has used for all the games he’s invented and for the first time will publicly display the original hand-made SEQUENCE game board.

 

Doug Reuter, formerly from Owatonna, now resides with his wife Nancy in Denton, TX which is about 35 miles north of Dallas.Doug and Nancy have been married 47 years and have two daughters who are graduates of Owatonna High School, four grandchildren and a son who is deceased.He has a BA in Business Management with a minor in Business Finance.Doug spent his adult life in Senior Human Resource Management positions including serving in that capacity at Cybex right here in Owatonna. Doug also served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives - from 1997 to 2001 – representing the Owatonna/Waseca area.Doug is a Vietnam-era veteran and Honorably Discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1972.

 

Arrive early and visit Toys and Play, 1970 To Today on display now in the exhibit hall with Over Here, Over There: The Great War 100.   

 

The presentation is free to SCHS members; $5 for non-members.

 

The Steele County Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing. 

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