I'm always looking to create something that makes other people happy, inspires them or just for my own self satisfaction. Usually my outlet has been art and video games. It's where I've built my career how I've managed to put a roof over my head. Over the last year I've had the privilege of playing board games once a week with a group of like minded friends. It's really opened my eyes to a world of gaming that I didn't know much about. I dabbled in Magic Cards eons ago when it first came out and I would occasionally played a game like Settlers of Catan or Carsanonne but on the whole I didn't know much about the world of table top gaming. I have to say I really like it.
So as many things I'm passionate about it sparked my creative juices. Many game ideas started sprouting in my brain almost right away but none of them really motivated me to sit down and actually design it. A few weeks ago that changed when I was up late working one night. Just as I was ready to call it a day and go off to bed I had this idea for a dice game pop into my head. It was a simple idea at it's core and the game clicked right away in my head. It got me excited and instead of going to bed, I stayed up and put the idea to paper. Now that it seemed to work on paper, I was eager to test it out. I ordered blank dice and made a mockup of the game. Testing with my wife helped me make some crucial adjustments to the game and although it wasn't intended for a 2 player experience it proved useful to work out some of the kinks. Finally I got together with my weekly group of board game friends and we play tested the game. I was so happy to find that it worked and not only that, my friends actually enjoyed it and so did I. Luckily for me, my friends are in the gaming industry and aren't willing to blow smoke up my ass just for the sake of my feelings. I respect honest feedback and being in the video game industry I've come to know how important it can be. A few suggestions were made but on the whole the game; as simple as it was; proved to be successful.
So now I'm ready for the next phase. Make this game! I've already started gathering quotes for manufacturing costs and I'm almost certain that I will take this idea to Kickstarter. It's worth a shot, right? As anyone who loves to create things, they want as many people as possible to enjoy the things they create. I think Kickstarter is the best place to start for a project like this.
If some of you are into table top and dice games I hope you check it out when the time comes. The biggest challenge I see in front of me is getting the word out. I know how to promote video games and get them into the marketplace but table top gaming is a whole other world. Hopefully it doesn't prove to be so hard that I can't still get this project off the ground.
Thanks for reading!
PS:I plan to post the game rules and show people how to make their own mock set to play the game. Be nice to get some additional feedback from gamers.