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Monday, October 20, 2008

Jishaku!

My husband and I own tons of board games, but lately we just haven't been playing them all that much. I like to blame this fact on our toddler, but there really is no good excuse. So when Jishaku arrived in the mail, I plunked it down on the coffee table and forced us to play it. Turns out, it wasn't so bad...in fact we had a wonderful time playing it.

Jishaku (the Japanese word for magnet) is the kind of game that literally makes you jump out of your seat. Comprised of 18 magnetic hematite pieces (which are beautifully polished and smooth) and one cushy egg crate piece of foam, the game requires a fair amount of strategy and skill without compromising the fun. As you place your magnets on the foam board in an attempt to get rid of them all, they may suddenly connect to each other - you then have to collect those pieces and start over. The trick is to figure out which magnets repel each other and use that to your advantage.

We had a lot of fun trying to be strategic and jumping every time our magnets attracted each other. By the end of the night, we were both extremely satisfied and happy that we had decided to play the game. Next time, we won't need to be forced - bring on the Jishaku!

To purchase the game and to see it in action, visit the website here.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of the game Jishaku. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, October 27th at Midnight.Please don't leave general comments like "Enter me" or "Love it." Also, please make sure you leave an email address so that I can contact you if you win. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

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112 comments :

  1. The hubster and I love a good round of competitive games. We would play this...and I would win...all the time. Please count me in for this!

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  2. Hi. I'd love to win and I'll tell you why....with this economy, my husband and I find ourselves staying home a LOT, and enjoy games, with or without the kids involved. Our Scrabble games are legendary, we clear the table after dinner and enjoy a good game. There's always a silver lining in bad situations, even with this economy. cdziuba@aol.com

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  3. This sounds like a great game. The hubby and I have ton of games... I always love having another I can beat him at!

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  4. looks fun to play- we love games- keeps your mind young, your voice in tip top shape and tylenol in business sometimes! mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

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  5. This does look like a fun game to play.

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  6. My boyfriend and I like to play games after dinner. The loser has to wash the dishes. This brings on much cheating! This game looks like a fun one!

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  7. This sounds like a fun game. One or twice a week we have a game night. This would be a terrific addition to our collection of games to choose from.

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  8. Wow what a cute game. I would love to play this with the hubby and kids. Thanks for showing us such great new things :)

    Diane

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  9. This sounds like alot of fun, I love competive games.

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  10. My family needs a game to play together and this sounds great.

    samsakara@twcny.rr.com

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  11. We would love to try this game. We play board games all the time, especially in the winter. Our favorite right now is UNO attack

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  12. Sounds like loads of fun.

    rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

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  13. Looks like a fun game to play!
    abrockelman73[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. This game looks like somehting my hubby and I could play

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  15. looks like a great game for teh whole family

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  16. This sounds like a wonderful game that the whole family would enjoy. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  17. I checked out the website and I love that the magnets jump around unexpectedly. This game looks fun and challenging.

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  18. I get so bored of the same old board games. This looks like a fun one and I'd love to start playing! Whoever invented it came up with a great idea.

    bebebells [at] aol [dot] com

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  19. My boyfriend and I like to play games after dinner.

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  20. My girlfriend and I really like playing games of any kind, cards, board, video...this would make a nice addition and be just another one I kick her butt at.


    stakesarehigh@live.com

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  21. I have been wanting this game ever since I first saw it a couple months ago. It looks fun! Thank you.

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  22. Sounds like a great game to strengthen spatial visualization and fun too!

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  23. been eyeing this game for a christmas gift -- fingers crossed!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  24. very cool the family would have fun with this

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  25. This sounds like a nice family game. I try anything to get my kids off the Wii

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  26. My family loves to play games and this one looks and sounds very fun. Thank you for the chance to win.

    thedirtyshirtblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. we have game night on friday night this sounds like a great fun addition

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  28. What a cool game. My hubby and I like to play board games too, we have a pretty nice collection. thanks for the contest.

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  29. i'm a big fan of board games, but we generally play the older games - would love to try this one though

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  30. awesome looking game ! thanks for the opp!

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  31. This looks like a great game. we love to play games at our house but we are getting tried of all the new and improve versions of old games. Move over Monopoly!!!

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  32. We love games and science; this would be a huge hit at our house.

    galeogirl(at)comcast(dot)net

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  33. This is a game that would be great for the whole family to play together. Looks like fun.
    -Terra
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. What a great game...would love to win to play on 'game night' with husband and teenage kids. THANKS

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  35. this would be a great game to own
    i would love to win this .

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  36. This game looks challenging, some games are just too boring for us.

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  37. Our boys would have fun with this including myself.

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  38. I always get my son a board game for Christmas. I would love to have this for this Christmas.

    DAVEDANA@AYE.NET

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  39. looks like a good makes you think game

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  40. Have never tried this game - looks like fun!

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  41. I love strategy games because they make you think. This would be fun during our weekly game night.

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  42. I can see where this would be fun to play. We already have very similar magnets and they really "jump" at each other.

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  43. Thank you for having this. I would love to win this to play with the family. Thank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  44. this would be great for some much needed mommy and daddy bonding time.

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  45. Would love to win this to play on family game night!

    ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

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  46. Sounds pretty unique...we don't have any magnet games yet! Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  47. Sounds like something fun for hubby and I to play together when the kids are in bed. What an unusual concept using magnets in that way to make a game.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. We love to play board and card games.

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  49. That looks quite fun. My favorite boardgame is Scrabble but no one likes to play with me :( They prefer Monopoly which I don't like. Maybe Mr. Man and I could agree on this one.
    This is the first game I've seen this year to get this great of a review; everybody's playing it!
    I certainly don't want to be left behind so here's hoping I win!

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  50. I love games. This will give us a good excuse to sit down and enjoy each others' company.

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  51. Sounds like fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. This looks like it would be a fun family game.

    In the cooler weather we play more family games and I prefer the fun ones.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  53. I would like to play this unique and simple game.

    Cheers!

    emerald420@hotmail.com

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  54. This game looks like lots of fun - I'd like to play it with my kids

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  55. I love the element of surprise in this game. My family is all about laughing and I just know this game would cause oodles of it!
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

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  56. I am super competitive and love board games. I know I need to chill out, but I can't help thinking that I would love to add this to my collection of games that I beat my boyfriend at...haha

    wordsmovem(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. This looks great! I'd love it for our family game nights!

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  58. My BBF love these kind of puzzle games. I hope I win on for her!

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  59. This sounds like a super little game; a great stocking stuffer. Thanks for the great giveaway

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  60. We are board game and puzzle lovers. It would be fun to try this. Thanks!
    1bmore @ gmail . com

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  61. This looks like it'd be fun for the whole family and educational.

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  62. We like playing board games as a family and are always on the lookout for new ones. I particularly like that Jishaku would allow us to add a multi-cultural element to our fun!

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  63. My kids would love this game for Christmas

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  64. I would love to play this with my girls. I want to see the look on their face when they are playing and all of the magnets come up at one time. I know the look would be priceless. Thank you!

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  65. This looks super fun. It would be great for game night!

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  66. Lately I am getting tired of talking when we meet for play dates, atleast 2 every weekend. I have started to ween people from talking to board games. I am sure some would love this game.so far I have been buying them either from garage sale or borrowing from friends.
    herry123_us@live.com

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  67. We love playing games here at our house. I've heard good things about this game. Now I just need to win it, so I can try it out!

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

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  68. We play alot of games and this one sure looks interesting. Would sure love to win it

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  69. We're trying to watch less TV, I'd love to try this.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  70. my girlfriends and I love playing board games (and havin g a glass of wine) I would love to bring this to the table! thanks!

    kmsst19@gmail.com

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  71. I haven't seen this game before but it sounds intruiging. I love challenging puzzles and this game sounds like that. Thanks.

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  72. Jishaku sounds like a fun game!
    elyaklang@hotmail.com

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  73. My family loves board games. Jishaku sounds interesting. I like the fact that it involves strategy. Maybe my 17 year old will even play! Thanks for the contest!

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  74. Looks like a great game to play with the family!

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  75. I think my fiance and I would enjoy playing this! We've been playing a lot of board games lately and I like games that require some stratagy to them as opposed to "luck of the dice."

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  76. I've never heard of this game before this but it looks like the family would enjy it

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  77. Excellent prize- I've had my eye on it since hearing about Jishaku earlier in the year. Hope I win!

    c81280 at hotmail dot com

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  78. I like the idea that skill can be upended by magnets.

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  79. This game is great the kids friend brought it over and we got so caught up in it and played for hours

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  80. sounds like a unique and fun game! Thank you for the opportunity to check it out for free!

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  81. We try and have a game night every once in a while with friends. We usually do dinner also, and it turns into a really inexpensive, fun night. I would love to add jishaku to our game collection!

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  82. We have game nights on occasion and this would be a welcome addition to the ones we play.

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  83. This game sounds like lots of fun . . . and, educational for our oldest child, 6yrs, too! I hope it allows for multiple players. If not, teams would be fun when friends are over. I'm glad to learn about this game!
    lizzauski@hotmail.com

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  84. wow what a cool game! the magnets make it a unique game. imjessica@mail.com

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  85. I like games that challenge - this will be up there with scrabble
    joy_ven@wideopenwest.com

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  86. Reading that reminded me of the time my husband and I stayed in a hotel with a highly polished metal sink. My husband turned on the water and yelped. I laughed and laughed, then he said, okay, you try it, see how you like it. I knew it was coming, but I yelped, too! It was so funny... So, all of that story means that we'll probably jump and/or yelp playing this game. That does extend your life, right?

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  87. this would be sooo fun to play as a drinking game, we're always trying to find new ways to come up with excuses to drink! hahaha, and it's fun for the whole family so we could play it on Sundays as well :}

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  88. This game sounds fun...we don't have any magnet games yet! Thanks for the chance to win. I love having any opportunity to sit and bond with hubby!

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  89. It sounds fun. I get bored really easy with games that you don't have to think much on and this one sounds like you have to really think about what you do.

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  90. My grandkids would have a lot of fun with this.

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  91. This looks like a fun game. My family would enjoy it. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  92. I've been SEEING this game around, and getting more interested each time -- it looks like it combines an interesting mix of logic AND random luck, and would keep us laughing and playing! Thanks!

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  93. We have been actively searching for games which will creatively "nudge" and reinforce our older son towards a)manual dexterity (don't BUMP things) and b)thinking things through (plan it out, see what kind of feedback you can get before you just plunk it down). THIS would work awesomely. Thanks!

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  94. This would be great for "game night",a night in with friends and family is always fun . A new game to boot is even better. Count me in
    matternu@aol.com

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  95. We have no games here.. I wish we did

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  96. I like strategic games, I'm curious to see how well we could play this one.

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  97. PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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  98. This really sounds like a great skill game, and we are always looking for different and challenging games for family game night.

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  99. Ohh magnetic fun.. i'd love to play. Please enter me :)

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  100. this sounds like a really fun game! really interesting and unique game. It's so simple yet really entertaining, i'd love to win!

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  101. My husband and I used to play games all the time, we really need to start up again. This game looks really fun, I would love to give it a try!

    mattandjen[at]gmail.com

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  102. I love games like this. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  103. Sometimes it is hard to find games for just two people which is why this looks so great. plus it's simple - doesn't need batteries or have moving parts, always a good thing and I love games of strategy like Mankala! acirucci(at)gmail.com

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  104. this sounds like a really fun game

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  105. This looks fun. I would like to try it.

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  106. We have heard nothing but positive comments on numerous occasions about Jishaku - the game for all friends and family members to enjoy. ;)

    mcj4tlj@comcast.net

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  107. Our family loves to play board
    games.It is a way to stay connected
    This game sounds like alot of fun
    for all.Thanks for the giveaway


    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  108. Jishaku looks very interesting. I can't wait to try it out!

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