Family Of 11 Manufacture North Shore Board Game

By KBJR News 1

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - If you're out shopping for holiday gifts this weekend and you are wondering how to outdo yourself over last year, we may just have the right idea for you.

A family from Superior is in the game–making business and they're putting their own twist on a game many of us have been playing for years.

Board games--we all have them--and most of us have been snowed in on a weekend or two, looking for a fun way to spice an afternoon or evening.

One family of 11--that's right--11, has taken a hand in creating a locally made game called North Shore–Opoly.

"Well, it's very similar in rules to a game that everyone knows already," Brian Minor, the North Shore -Opoly creator, said.

Rules Brian Minor had to change up just a little.

"I had to go through and re–write the rules entirely from the ground up. I changed a few things here and there but if you look at the board it looks very similar to a game that ends with Opoly," Minor said.

From generating ideas to crafting the game, since its production in 2010, they have sold more than 100 individual games.

"Everything in the game is made right here in my home except for the two dice and the white box that I fix my art to," Minor said.

The object of North Shore–Opoly is to have the most money and assets at the end of the game.

Game pieces include recycled wood and pebbles right from Lake Superior.

"I'm no Andy Warhol," Minor said.

Brian and his wife are both artists and wanted to find a creative way to combine their talents.

"And the board itself—I used my wife's painting that she did in 1998 of Split Rock with the children playing in the rocks, and it's just a beautiful painting to look at," Minor said.

"I help with the edging of the board," James Minor, Brian Minor's son, said.

With each having their own role, the best part, Minor says, is being able to play the game with one another.

For more information or to purchase your own game, follow this link: http://www.minorfineart.com/northshoreopoly.html

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com