SOURCE: Cold Harbor AZ

October 02, 2005 20:47 ET

Game of "Illegal" Mexican Vampires Prepares for Its First Halloween

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 2, 2005 -- OCHO VAMPIROS, the game based on an urban myth of "illegal" Mexican vampires, debuted last November and established a reputation as a trendy party game for teens and young professionals. For this game, usually described as "a cross between blackjack and dominoes ... with vampires," Halloween 2005 will mark a first:

"Last year our goal was to debut before Christmas," says Mike Blevins, game designer. "We made that goal, but missed Halloween." Because the game is especially popular with fans of vampire legends and urban myths, the team behind OCHO VAMPIROS is going all-out this Halloween. "We're treating it like a Harry Potter release for vampire fans," explains Blevins. The company is distributing "How-To-Invite-The-Undead-To-Your-Halloween-Party" instructions, debuting new OCHO VAMPIROS products and presenting valuable coupons to thank their customers. Additionally, a dozen new Ocho Vampiros "City Sites," including, and are now officially open. These are useful sites for strategy-game lovers or anyone who wants to throw a creepy Halloween Party. Due to a resurgence in the popularity of traditional and folk games, October '05 is expected to shatter the December '04 sales record for individual decks of the OCHO VAMPIROS card game.

In July '05, the "Minute Men controversy" prompted the game distributors to gradually replace the Ocho Vampiros slogan "Game of Illegals," with a less controversial slogan, "The Card Game with Fangs." Blevins says, "Most fans still call it 'The Game of Illegals,' so changing a slogan in order not to fall into the footprint of politics can be a gingerly paced journey." or

The OCHO VAMPIROS card game is trademarked by Cold Harbor AZ Gallery, an art gallery and traditional game developer located near Pittsburgh, PA. Cold Harbor AZ Gallery's phenomenal growth over the last year is attributed to a strong presence on the Web, unique advertising, and a resurgence in popularity of traditional card games.

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