An Overview Of Greater Than Games
By Tom Seest
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Greater Than Games first made their mark with their comic-style deck-battle Sentinels of the Multiverse deck battler in 2011. Since then, they have expanded and diversified, forging partnerships with distributors, wholesalers, and friendly local game stores like ours. Their impressive catalog and admirable business practices might explain why Flat River Group acquired them.
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Greater Than Games works closely with designers to bring their games to market. By working alongside designers directly, Greater Than Games gains insight into each game and can make changes that often improve player experiences. Furthermore, Greater Than Games provides its partners with access to resources they may need in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Publisher that specializes in working with smaller game developers. They advocate on behalf of these smaller firms and provide opportunities to launch their games successfully – for instance, they published OlliOlli World from Roll7 and Disintegration by V1 Interactive; additionally, they’re known for expanding games such as Ticket to Ride and Small World with expansion packs from this publisher.
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Flat River Group has become an impressive force in board game publishing in recent years. Their acquisitions include wholesaler Optimum Distribution Fulfillment and consolidator Impressions Game Distribution Services and Greater Than Games, publisher of Spirit Island and Sentinels of the Multiverse games.
Greater Than Games, founded in 2011 and initially known for publishing Sentinels of the Multiverse and mind-reading party game Medium, has quickly made waves within gaming since its first release. Since then, they have expanded by merging with Dice Hate Me Games in 2015 and acquiring Cheapass Games’ publishing rights (see “Ground Floor Acquires Cheapass Games”).
Greater Than has earned itself a strong reputation as an outstanding business partner with exceptional business practices and outstanding people behind them. They are highly responsive and enjoy strong ties with Flat River Group distribution brokers as well as Friendly Local Game Stores like us.
Flat River Group has experienced rapid expansion over the last few years. Not only did they acquire wholesaler Optimum Distribution Fulfilment last year, but they also purchased Impressions Game Distribution Services this year as well. Now, with Greater Than Games as their third tabletop games vendor acquisition in recent memory – creating an effective foundation for industry expansion.
Establishing an established distribution company is one of the hallmarks of being an outstanding game publisher, particularly now when online sales represent such an integral part of market demand. It’s not unusual for a large distributor to acquire one publisher, and this is exactly what happened here.
Flat River Group recently announced their acquisition of Greater Than Games from St Louis-based Greater Than Games, established in 2011 and publishing popular board games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Spirit Island, and Medium. Over time Greater Than has grown through mergers and acquisitions; most notably, they merged with Dice Hate Me in 2015 before purchasing Cheapass Games publishing rights this year.
Flat River Group’s impressive portfolio of games, exemplary business practices, and friendly relationships with Friendly Local Game Stores have won them an excellent standing in the industry. We are honored to stock their titles and look forward to working alongside them as they continue their journey forward – Matt Stahlin of Flat River Group
Greater Than Games has long been recognized for its high-quality board game publishing, including Sentinels of the Multiverse, Spirit Island, and Mind-reading party game Medium. Friendly Local Game Stores can rely on Greater Than Games as a reliable partner. They strive to strengthen and amplify minority voices within the tabletop community and boast an inclusive, welcoming, and responsive work culture. Stonemaier Games is both a design house and consolidator, having acquired Dice Hate Me Games in 2015 and Cheapass Games’ publishing rights in 2019 (see “Stonemaier Takes Distribution Brokerage In-House”). Their cooperative charmer Spirit Island will be released in 2022 as well. Flat River Group acquired Stonemaier in late 2018, adding them to its portfolio, which already included wholesaler Optimum Distribution Fulfillment and consolidator Impressions Games Distribution Services. (see “Flat River Acquires Greater Than Games”) (see “Flat River Acquires Greater Than Games”)
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