Eventually they agreed to "only a slightly less frightening number" which sent Poses scrambling to find a solid distributor to offset the licensing risk. Ultimately, Barnes & Noble committed to carrying 20,000 copies of the game - or about two-thirds of his initial production run - in exchange for being the exclusive national distributor.
Barnes & Noble won't talk about its sales, but on the company's online shop earlier this week the game had a sales rank of 187 - ahead of classics such as Monopoly (ranked 1,262); Scrabble (ranked 1,706); and even Loaded Questions (ranked 741).
Poses said he is already dipping into reserves to restock certain outlets and independent game stores.
A holiday hit would be something of a welcome home present for Poses, who recently returned to Miami Beach from California.
The story of how Poses left Florida in the first place is as entertaining as any of his games.
After earning a history degree from Emory University, Poses was working as a copywriter in Miami when the idea for Loaded Questions hit him. After raiding his savings account and borrowing $33,000 from his parents, Poses made 5,000 copies of the game. On April Fools Day 1997, he loaded the games into his car and started driving around the country looking for customers.
As the media caught wind of the young toymaker pitching the game at campsites and mom-and-pop shops, he left a trail of headlines and press clippings in his wake that led all the way to the office of Toys-R-Us.
Within three months of starting his road trip, the national toy store had committed to buying 7,500 games that year. "And I was able to pay back my parents in the first year of production, which felt good."
Poses never slowed down, churning out at least eight more games, including Words of Wiz-Dumb, and Loaded Questions Junior.
"There are some games that never were and some games that never should have been, " he said.
And Poses has more in the works. In 2007 he's planning to launch one game based on creating movie plot lines, and a spicy version of Loaded Questions, which will contain zingers such as: "If there was a sexual Olympics what would you win the gold in?" Poses is the first to admit that most of his ideas aren't groundbreaking.
"Everything I've done has followed the Loaded Questions model, where answers are collected and the roller has to guess who said what, " he admits. "I'm a one-trick pony."
But good tricks bear repetition.