Michelle Quillen

Copywriter, Copy Editor, Content Writer, Brand Journalist

United States

The Op Games
Match Magic with Fun and Laughter in Loteria: Harry Potter™ - Available Now from The Op!

With the fall season underway and the warm nights providing just the right atmosphere for entertaining, it's the perfect time for activities that brings loved ones closer together. Be it an interesting new game with familiar rules, or a time-honored family tradition, Loteria is a Mexican game of chance filled with surprises that will liven up any occasion!

The Op Games
A Game of Chance Gets Supercute with Loteria: Hello Kitty® and Friends - Available Now!

With the fall season underway and the warm nights providing just the right atmosphere for entertaining, it's the perfect time for activities that bring friends and family together. Be it an interesting new game with familiar rules, or a time-honored family tradition, Loteria is a Mexican game of chance filled with surprises that will liven up any occasion.

New from The Op Games

The Op Games
Match Magic with Fun and Laughter in Loteria: Harry Potter™

With the fall season underway and the warm nights providing just the right atmosphere for entertaining, it's the perfect time for activities that bring loved ones closer together. Be it an interesting new game with familiar rules, or a time-honored family tradition, Loteria is a Mexican game of chance filled with surprises that will liven up any occasion!

The Op Games
Slurp Up a Satisfying Victory with YAHTZEE®: Naruto

Stealth is the first trait you might associate with ninjas, but not all of them can be quite up to speed-especially shinobis-in-training like rambunctious teen Naruto from the long-running anime series Naruto: Shippuden.

The Op Games
Suit Up as Your Favorite Marvel Hero in Marvel Dice Throne

With the vast selection of Super Hero and comic themed cards, dice, and board games available to fans looking to battle vicariously through their favorite characters, it can be a feat in and of itself to find one that focuses on how their unique powers fare against each other's, let alone how to use them against your opponents.

The Op Games
Accept the Quest to Protect One of The Mighty Nein in CLUE®: Critical Role

The Harvest Close Festival is taking place in the spirited city of Zadash, where our favorite adventuring party, The Mighty Nein, are exploring the selection of games and merchants. But unbeknownst to the bold travelers, an anonymous threat aiming to take revenge on one of them is looming, and it's up to you to stop the attack!

The Op Games
Channel Your Dark Passenger and Seek Justice in CLUE®: Dexter™

CLUE: Dexter puts players hot on the trail of murderous minds at work, and it's available now! In this suspenseful twist on the classic mystery game, the quick moving squad of investigators from Showtime's award-winning TV drama are on the case of a homicidal maniac, and their own homicidal maniac might well beat them to it.

The Op Games
Master the Elements in Avatar: The Last Airbender Fire Nation Rising - Coming Soon from The Op

The story unfolds in the popular Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, but unlike the episodic journeys we've followed so far, soon we will be able to determine how the battle ends ourselves! Avatar: The Last Airbender Fire Nation Rising is the newest title to join The Op's Rising series of cooperative card and dice games, and it's coming this Summer!

The Op Games
Deckbuild with Durability with the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Battle Playmat

Congratulations, witches, wizards, and Muggles! It hasn't gone unnoticed that you've been doing your part to protect Hogwarts from foes in Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Battle: A Cooperative Deck-Building Game. By now you've mastered Incendio!, declared Dobby™ the house elf your favorite Ally, and know how to tailor your Qui

The Op Games
Disney Sorcerer's Arena: Epic Alliances Brings Epic Disney and Pixar Battles to Your Tabletop -...

Disney Sorcerer's Arena: Epic Alliances puts the limitless challenge brought to players with the mobile game in the hands of fans on an explorative tabletop journey with exciting character clashes! The challenge of the Arena is yours to accept in this Disney and Pixar boardgame battle royale, where each characters' every move and their unique abilities are in your hands as a powerful Summoner!

The Op Games
Celebrate 50 Years of Unrefusable Offers with MONOPOLY®: The Godfather - Available Now

Now you can "be a friend to" The Godfather with MONOPOLY: The Godfather, the classic game that pays tribute to the most iconic "Family film" franchise of our time, available now! Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the post-war story of Don Vito Corleone's organized crime syndicate has left an indelible mark on our popular culture with its iconic characters, fashions, locations, razor-sharp dialogue, and puppet-stringed graphics.

The Op Games
Embark on an Epic Journey with MONOPOLY®: The Dragon Prince

The King of Dragons that stood between two parts of a world at war has fallen, and the fate of its kingdoms now depends on the survival of his lone heir. Once a coveted egg, but now a flourishing youth, the Dragon Prince embodies the only hope for peace among humans and elves-and his safety is in the hands of hopeful adventurers set on reuniting him and his mother.

Serve Up Sizzling Competition with YAHTZEE® SPAM® Brand – Available Now

Think you’ve seen every combo there was when it came to the game of YAHTZEE? Feast your eyes on the newest edition of America’s number one dice game — and “don’t knock it ‘til you’ve fried it!” YAHTZEE: SPAM brand puts together two classic products known around the world for bringing excitement to the family table and it’s available now from The Op!

The Op
Strategize Your Way to the Surface in Mountains Out Of Molehills – Coming Soon from The Op

Start preparing now to attend the annual Mountain Maker tournament, where the title of “Top Tunneler” is up for grabs by moles all over the world! If you’ve never tested your digging skills before to rise above the rest, you’re in luck—sharp-clawed competitors are needed both underground and above ground in an all-new signature game by The Op! Mountains Out Of Molehills is the perfect light strategy game for players of all skill levels, and it’s coming soon!

The Op
Be the Cleverest in Jurassic Park Trilogy Facts with Jurassic Park Bid to Win Trivia Game –...

If you’re not only a fan of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s first three prehistoric blockbusters but have watched them with more wide-eyed fascination each time, here’s your chance to prove you’re the biggest fan! Jurassic Park Bid to Win Trivia Game is a one-of-a-kind, bidding style trivia game that puts your knowledge about the Jurassic Park film trilogy to the test, and it’s available now!

The Op
Keep Calm and Throw Flame in The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 – Available Now

Chaotic agendas. Shuffling priorities. Proximity to a team of “sus” colleagues. Compound this with being isolated in a research facility in Antarctica, and it sounds less like life back at the office but instead the premise of a suspenseful tabletop game you may know. A different type of challenge we’ve been anticipating is among us, and it’s a welcome chill and thrill to this already spooky season. “Trust is a hard thing to come by these days” because The Op and Mondo’s The Thing: Infection...

Celebrate 50 Years of History-Making Rock Music with MONOPOLY®: Queen Edition – Available Now!

In a timely encore for Queen’s 50th anniversary this year, classic rock and a classic game come together in a collection-bound edition made for the dedicated fans of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. The MONOPOLY: Queen Edition game pays tribute to one of the world’s most influential rock bands of all time, and it’s available now from The Op!

The Op Games
Prepare to Prove Your Wizarding World Alliance in Talisman: Harry Potter™ - Coming Soon

The conflict between Hogwarts™ heroes and villains is calling for witches and wizards to strengthen their forces-and time is closing in to decide where you stand! Talisman: Harry Potter™ is the newest title to combine the classic roll-and-move adventure game with the beloved characters of the Wizarding World, and it's coming to fans everywhere this fall!

The Op Games
Fend for Yourself to Represent the Light or Dark Side in Talisman: Star Wars - Available Now

A classic role-playing adventure needs YOU at the tabletop as Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi and others race to prove their mastery of The Force in a game that takes place far, far away! Talisman: Star Wars is now available to Europe, Middle East, and African (EMEA) regions, welcoming brave contenders to choose their side and rule the galaxy!

The Op
Scooby-Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion Available Now

The lovable clue sniffer Scooby-Doo and his adventure-seeking friends Mystery Incorporated are hot on the trail of all things paranormal, and the chance to tap your inner detective has arrived with Scooby-Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion - the newest Coded Chronicles escape room game from The Op Games is available now!

The Op
The Shining Escape Room Coming Soon | The Op Games

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film's release date, The Op is announcing the newest addition to our line of Coded Chronicles™ at-home escape room style games. The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel is the ultimate chance for fans to test their puzzle-solving skills, and it's coming this fall!

The Op
Litter Your Game Night with Nostalgia in MONOPOLY®: Garbage Pail Kids

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" has never been more literal now that the absurdly comical stickers you lovingly hoarded in your youth are making a comeback-this time with the objective of making you disgustingly rich! Flashback to the 80s as you fast track to victory with MONOPOLY: Garbage Pail Kids, available now from The Op!

Product Showcase Blogs

Hang with Your Favorite Crew from These Iconic New Rubik’s® Cubes – Available Now!

The Op’s latest collection of officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes has a posse. It’s composed of nine actually, each with their own new twist on the classic 3D puzzle! Find familiars such as crime-fighting ninjas, classic Disney characters, rampant dinos, “trashy” kids, and even metal icons among these oldies but goodies. They’ve held up through generations of fans, and screens big and small, and we’ve harnessed them below for a mixed bag of nostalgia.

The Op
What We Love About SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton Rising

When The Op partnered with Nickelodeon to bring the very first officially licensed SpongeBob SquarePants hobby game to market, a school of our in-house, diehard SpongeBob fans soaked up the opportunity to lend their talents, and brought to life the charming, challenging, and one-of-a-kind cooperative card and dice game-SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton Rising.

Arm The Animals Clothing Co.
ATA Ambassador Feature: This is Michelle

Learn more about the emotional rewards of being an advocate for animal rescue in this guest blog by ATA Ambassador, Michelle Quillen.

Buzztime Business
Get The Buzz on Nightclub and Bar 2015

The taxing preparation and long hours invested by thousands of exhibitors from the bar and restaurant industry came to fruition last week at Nightclub and Bar 2015, where new products were demonstrated, connections were made, and entrepreneurs and bar managers alike came to capitalize on the annual experience.

Advertorials (online/print)

Fanboys Anonymous
10 Things You Didn't Know About E3

This is the first time in 4 years that I won't be able to attend E3. The times I have attended certainly proved to be memorable; I wasn't there to work, so my exploration of its technical playground abounded.

Fanboys Anonymous
Blue Kitty Boutique Delivers Geek Chic

With the holiday one week away, the need for a last-minute gift or perfect accessory for your New Year's Eve ensemble may be becoming urgent as 2014 quickly approaches. Luckily for you, Blue Kitty Boutique has you covered with her impressive and adorable collection of handcrafted goods.

Fanboys Anonymous
Retro Game Cartridge Soap Will Clean Out Your Wallet

You might think that soap shaped like a game cartridge would be the perfect gift for a gamer. It might also be a subtle hint that the recipient should shower him- or herself with actual water rather than achievements. While the former is pretty accurate, the latter ruse would be futile.

Fanboys Anonymous
Top 10 Collectibles Gift List from Entertainment Earth

If there's anywhere you should go to comb through thousands of options for getting the collector in your life something he or she doesn't yet own, consider your destination Entertainment Earth. The Simi Valley-based company and online licensed product powerhouse came from the humble beginnings of a garage operation 17 years ago and has grown to currently offer almost 15,000 individual items from their online store.

Fanboys Anonymous
Epic Rights Brings All New KISS Toy Lines to Fans in 2015

As if licensed clothing, condoms, and coffins weren't enough to accommodate the ultimate KISS fan's rock and roll lifestyle, global branding company Epic Rights has announced a forthcoming KISS merchandise lineup to strum the heartstrings of collectors in 2015.

The Game Fanatics
Choose Your Side... The One to Go with Your Star Wars Burger

"Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D" is invading Europe, and fast-food chain Quick is commemorating the arrival by adding three Star Wars-themed burgers to their menu. The marketing campaign-which compels hungry, option-laden customers to "Choose your side of the Force"-features pictures of their sinister "Dark Vador" [sic] burger and mildly-rebellious "Dark Burger" pitted against a comparably angelic and acid-washed version of both.

Press Releases

Hi-Def Ninja
Project Raygun Announces Adult Swim Samurai Jack: Back To The Past Board Game

USAopoly Inc., announced today a partnership with Cartoon Network's Adult Swim division and Project Raygun to release a new board game that lets fans of the award-winning, hit animated series trail a well-known hero's journey in Samurai Jack: Back to the Past. Project Raygun is a revolutionary boutique board game, puzzle, and collectibles brand division within USAopoly.

Dice Tower News
USAopoly Introduces Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War

USAopoly has been foraging more into the hobby board game industry as time goes by. With huge hits such as Harry Potter: Hogwart's Battle, USAopoly has shown that they are growing into much more than a Monopoly re-skin company.

Product Packagaing | Copy Editing

The Op Games
Geek Out! Disney packaging copy

Packaging for officially licensed Disney verison of social trivia game Geek Out! by Ultra Pro Entertainment and The Op Games

MONOPOLY: Coraline

Copy written for box bottom of officially licensed Coraline version of Monopoly by USAopoly

MONOPOLY: BoJack Horseman

Officially licensed BoJack Horseman (Netflix) edition of Monopoly box bottom packaging

MONOPOLY: Riverdale

Officially licensed Riverdale edition of Monopoly box bottom packaging

USAopoly 2018 Product Catalog

USAopoly's newest catalog of hobby, party, classic, original, and co-branded games for 2018 edited for product description accuracy and consistency.

News and Interviews | Gaming and Entertainment

Fanboys Anonymous
Capcom's Game Lineup for E3 2014, Latest Titles Announced

E3 2014 is four days away, and as per usual, social networks are abuzz with excitement for what this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo will bring us. Among what's ahead are the latest titles from Capcom, which were just announced, along with the lineup of playable games that will be available to us at the Capcom booth.

Fanboys Anonymous
Capcom and Twitch Unite Street Fighter Fans with Capcom Pro Tour

If there was ever a winning combo in fighting game history, the latest collaboration between Capcom and Twitch should have Street Fighter fans celebrating a major victory. Recently announced by the industry leader who brought us the Mega Man, Resident Evil, and Devil May Cry franchises, the Capcom Pro Tour will celebrate the popularity of the Street Fighter franchise by forming the first-ever fighting game league for its series.

Fanboys Anonymous
Dustforce Keeps it Clean on Consoles, Out Today on PSN and Vita

In the same fashion that BurgerTime may have enticed our earliest aspirations to be a home cook or Mario Kart gave us all Mario Andretti envy, present day gamers yearning to be maids and custodians now have a game to inspire them.

Fanboys Anonymous
Steam's Early Access MMO Entropy Gives Players Some Space

Earlier this week, Steam released the latest title by the makers of Battlestar Galactica Online through its Early Access program. Entropy is an open-universe MMO that places gamers in an expansive cosmos, challenging them to both battle and cooperate with each other to hold up an interplanetary evolution.

Fanboys Anonymous
Toon Up and Creep Out at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, November 23-24

The Long Beach Comic & Horror Con (LBCHC) will be rearing its ugly head at the Long Beach Convention Center on November 23 and 24. Having recently announced a partnership with ComicVine, fans can expect the exclusive interview segment The Marshall Report to return with host Rick Marshall.

Fanboys Anonymous
Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo Crash Lands in Los Angeles November 1-3

Stan Lee was reported missing. Choppers swarmed overhead while news commentary doubted his emergence from the valleys of Southern California, just days before the weekend of a scheduled appearance. The imagery was unreal. He's 90 years old, I thought. What about his fans...?

Fanboys Anonymous
Vanguard Princess Up for Votes on Steam Greenlight

San Francisco-based publishing company eigoMANGA announced this week that its latest title, Vanguard Princess, has been launched on Steam Greenlight for your upvoting pleasure. Anime aficionados' eyes will be drawn to this 2D fighting game's design, which users can "rate up" to make it available on Steam's digital distribution marketplace.

Fanboys Anonymous
Extra Life 2013 | Enter to Win Visceral Signed Dead Space 3 Schwag

Let's face it, not all of us are fortunate or strong enough to fight off the necromorphs in our life. That's why I've decided to participate in this year's Extra Life gaming marathon to benefit a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for the third year in a row.

The Game Fanatics
Rovio Entertainment and PowerA Licensing Partnership is for The (Angry) Birds

Continuing their footsteps of adding huge franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Call of Duty to their lineup, the Washington-based game accessory company recently showcased items from the Rovio Entertainment’s properties of Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space, and Bad Piggies among their booth displays at this year’s E3.

The Game Fanatics
Justice is Served with KontrolFreek's New GoW-Inspired Thumb Grip

KontrolFreek, the aptly named company out of Atlanta who creates accessories that improve leverage and comfort for gaming, has introduced Justice , the newest addition to their thumbstick collection. Inspired by Gears of War: Judgment , Justice 's design was actually the winner of a contest held by KontrolFreek among the Gears of War community.

The Game Fanatics
Rock and Road This Summer with Ride to Hell: Route 666

In between watching episodes of Sons of Anarchy and fixing up that ol' chopper you don't even have, look forward to living out your dreams of feasting on pavement this June with Ride to Hell: Route 666 , coming to PlayStation3, Windows PC, and Xbox 360.

The Game Fanatics
Capcom Announces New Multiplayer Modes for Lost Planet 3

Capcom has provided us with details and screenshots of two of the four new multiplayer modes featured in the latest installment of the game, Scenario Mode and Akrid Survival. Spanning over six different maps, you’ll be able to side with the Snow Pirates or join the NEVEC forces.

The Game Fanatics
Tribes: Ascend Game of the Year Edition Available on 2/15

Available as a single-purchase digital download, this release commemorates the acclaimed multiplayer shooter's reception of five editor's choice awards and its Game of the Year recognition since being released by Hi-Res Studio last April.

The Game Fanatics
Award-Winning RPG Series Ends with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Yesterday, The Game Fanatics brought you the release announcement for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and artwork featured in Game Informer. Since then, we've received more details and a closer look at the dynamics of this title from the perspective of studio head Adam Badowski.

The Game Fanatics
Beta Testers Needed for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

A revamped version of Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix's MMORPG, is opening up its beta version for fans who want to give the title another go. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn literally indicates with its title that this is a do-over of the original game which, as you may remember, was released more than a couple years ago (but most likely you're still trying to forget.)

The Game Fanatics
TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning Brings Lara Croft to Comics

Square Enix and Dark Horse have partnered up to produce a comic book prequel to the highly anticipated release TOMB RAIDER game, as announced yesterday by the publisher. Titled "TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning", the series' debut is the collaboration of Square Enix studio Crystal Dynamics and the US's largest independent domestic comic publisher.

The Game Fanatics
Take off with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Paladin Multi-Mission Aircraft Edition

If this package doesn't launch your interest in Ubisoft's forthcoming release, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist , you might want to check your fuel gauge. The action-adventure series' latest release is coming to the US and Latin America on August 20, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but fans who hop on board prior to its release will have a hard time keeping the pre-order bonus items in their box.

The Game Fanatics
New Max Payne 3 DLC is a Deathmatch Made in Heaven

Rockstar has announced the release of the last DLC for Max Payne 3, the "Deathmatch Made in Heaven Pack". Available now on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC, the pack includes five game modes full of new weapons, items, achievements and trophies to feed your need for more of the action-packed third person shooter.

The Game Fanatics
J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams has been announced as the director for the newest installment of the ultimate franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII . It's more of a commotion than a disturbance that you're sensing in the force. Abrams , producer of films such as Star Trek, Cloverfield, and Super 8 is no newcomer to the sci-fi scene.

The Game Fanatics
Premature Star Wars 1313 Release Announcement Keeps Details Underground

Star Wars fans were in flight this morning with excitement over the news that Star Wars 1313 , the newest game from LucasArts, was to be released this year for the PlayStation 3. Thanks to a flub on PlayStation Germany's Facebook page, however, that new hope met the ground like a jet pack fresh out of fuel.

The Game Fanatics
Q&A with Guinness World Record Gamer Efren Ballestamon

It's not every day one of your friend's friends makes the Guinness Book of World Records. We first introduced you to Efren Ballestamon Jr. the day after he won the record for "Longest Gaming on a Tablet" at this year's E3.

The Game Fanatics
Exclusive Batman: Arkham City Replica Coming to San Diego Comic Con 2012 * The Game Fanatics

New York-based creator of high end replicas and exclusive producer of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City collectibles, TriForce, will be offering their newest creation at this year's San Diego Comic Con. Exclusive to this year's event, the Pink Catwoman Riddler Trophy Full Scale Replica will be available to pre-order from the show floor over the four-day gathering.

The Game Fanatics
Robert Kirkman's Thief of Thieves Picked Up for Fourth Printing * The Game Fanatics

Creator of the post-apocalyptic graphic novel and AMC addiction The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman is leaving yet another legion of fans hungry for more, this time with cinematic crime comic Thief of Thieves . The series has become one of the best-selling indie releases of the year, with only four issues having been published, which are now entering its third and fourth printings to boot.

Direct Marketing | Storyboarding

Gen Con June Newsletter
The OP's Latest Battle for Harry Potter Fans is the Game That Must Be Seen

Let the magic of USAopoly's latest creation attract you to booth #137 as Harry Potter™: Death Eaters™ Rising makes its magical debut at Gen Con this year! Prepare to be spellbound by an eye-catching display featuring He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named at the center of this cooperative dice and card game for collectors and hobby gamers of all skill levels!

New Release Rundown on Gen Con TV!

Check out this week's newsletter for information about a new tabletop news program on Gen Con TV! Plus Trade Day Events, Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist, The Eldritch Foundry on Kickstarter, Codenames: DUet XXL, and new merch from OffWorld!!

USAopoly on Facebook
Celebrate National Puzzle Day!

USApopoly Facebook page post copy promoting Legend of Zelda line of puzzles for National Puzzle Day 2018

Buzztime Tablet Single Player Arcade - product page

In addition to 15 hours of programmed trivia on the Buzztime network, did you know there is an on-demand suite of single-player arcade games for players of all ages and skill levels? It's right on the tablets you're already offering and it's perfect for families dining together, trivia players between rounds, sports fans during commercials and anyone looking to fill downtime with fun.

Chappie Promo Page

Copy for Buzztime's partnership with Columbia Pictures to promote "Chappie" via movie pass giveaway.