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Story #81All Things EqualMiami Beach, FL

Aside from the sheer fun of game play. I love how games have the power to bring people together while teaching the value of fairness in the context of winning and losing.

“A single question can spark an hour of conversation.” For Eric Poses, this thought was the light-bulb moment that changed the course of his career. While at the Miami airport waiting for an ex-girlfriend to arrive, “I was wondering what we might talk about after all these years of being apart.” Soon after, Poses quit his job and founded the board game company All Things Equal in 1997. The first and most well-known game Poses concepted, Loaded Questions, involves players answering open-ended questions and guessing who said what.

The gaming industry was a natural route for Poses to take, as his mother’s family was part of the Goodson-Todman team who created long-standing game shows The Price is Right and Family Feud. “Any time the family is together, we’re playing card games or table-top board games.” For Poses, this has instilled a love of games that bring people together and can be played at family gatherings, with friends, or at bars, as opposed to role-play or video games that are usually played alone.

Despite his family history, Poses worked hard to get where he is today. When he was 23, he hit the road, essentially selling Loaded Questions out of the trunk of his car to anyone who would listen. “My big break came outside Las Vegas,” says Poses, where he played the game with a former merchandising manager at Toys ‘R Us. They would go on to become his first national customer.

Being on the road holds a sentimental value for Poses, and he plans to do it again with his family in an RV he has customized with decals of all of his games. Passing time while driving is also a great time to come up with new concepts. “I turn everything into a game,” says Poses. A lesson he has had to learn, however, is the importance of outside opinions when it comes to his ideas. “We have groups play-test the games to get a good feel for how it might be perceived in the marketplace.”

Poses hopes that one of his ideas will become the new classic family game and a household name. “I’d love to create a game that millions of families around the country, and ultimately the world, want to sit down with their kids and play.”

 

Photos by Kike Arnal

  • Eric Poses, owner of All Things Equal, playing his game Loaded Questions with his family. “My family is the most important thing to me. I love playing games with my family, and I’d love to create a game that millions of families around the country, and ultimately the world, want to sit down with their kids and play.”

  • Eric Poses’ daughter Nicole holds a Loaded Questions card.

  • Eric Poses’ daughter, Nicole, playing Loaded Questions at home. Poses takes advantage of his family’s devotion to tabletop games when developing and testing new ideas for his company All Things Equal. “The most important thing I have learned with product development is to get feedback from as many different people from as many walks of life as possible,” says Poses.

  • A selection of games created by All Things Equal being put on display at their Miami Beach, Fla. office.

  • All Things Equal owner Eric Poses shows the box for his new game Wise Man Says.

  • Eric Poses, owner of All Things Equal, planned the route for his three-month work/holiday trip across the United States. Along with his family, Poses traveled around the states meeting toy industry representatives. One of the goals of the trip was to recapture a bit of the magic of his first trip, when he was 23 years old and selling Loaded Questions out of the trunk of his car.

  • Different versions of the game Loaded Questions are stocked at All Things Equal’s downtown Miami Beach office.

  • All Things Equal owner Eric Poses and his collection of games. Poses’ mother is from the Todman family, of the production team Goodson-Todman, who were behind long-standing game shows The Price is Right and Family Feud.

  • A card from the game Loaded Questions, one of All Things Equal’s most successful games. The game combines hundreds of fun, open-ended questions that players answer and then guess who said what.

  • Eric Poses, owner of All Things Equal, working from his home in Miami Beach.

  • Eric Poses, owner of All Things Equal, talks about the development of a new game. Poses founded All Things Equal in 1997, specializing in board games and tabletop games that people can play with friends, at family gatherings, or at bars.

Business Details

Proprietor: Eric Poses
1680 Michigan Ave. 7th Fl. Miami Beach, FL 33139
PH: 305-358-9998 / Website
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