If I can get my players shouting that famous line from the film 300, I’ll know I’m doing something right. I’ve also been keen to simulate the second Peloponnesian War of 431 to 404 BC, and to make a small 2-player board suitable for conventions. These were all great reasons to design a new “Athens vs… Continue reading Diary #24 – This is SPARTA!
My aim post-Expo was to have a relaxing few months with no board game work. Is that what happened? Of course not! I’ve attended another Board Game Bash, designed another board and visited a gaming-focused youth club. On arrival at the village hall I almost collided with a nerf gun-wielding teenager riding an office chair.… Continue reading Diary #23 – Young Heroes
While promoting my game, trident in hand, today, a group of young women passed accompanied by (I think) their grandmother. Some of them responded when I said my usual “Can I interest you in Master of Olympus?” but they carried on walking; I then called after them “You get to hold the Trident!”. This earned… Continue reading Diary #22 – Little Fish, Big Pond
UPDATE: scroll down for a picture of the real Mini-Me Today the team at Inside the Box Board Games were offering an unusual service: an infrared scan of a whole person standing on a turntable, which would then be used to create a miniature. That’s right, visitors can now literally reproduce themselves in board game component form,… Continue reading Diary #21 – I Am the Miniature
Yes, you read that right: I may still be crazy but I’m no longer working alone! With the help of Amy and Will (who will be joined tomorrow by Sarah) I was able to run an effective stand today at UKGE. At least, by my usual measures of mailing list sign ups, business cards and… Continue reading Diary #20 – Team
It’s here – the countdown to the UKGE has begun! Like many fledgling board game designers, I am creating a company to act as a vehicle for my game(s), which will be listed as my stand (1-M5): Buckyball Games. What is a “Buckyball”? It is a cage made of 60 carbon atoms arranged into tessellating… Continue reading Diary #19 – Buckyball Games
At my UKGE stand this year (1-M5), I was hoping to demo a review-ready copy of Master of Olympus. In this photo I’ve shown the evolution of the game’s Creature piece, from Lego piece to custom cube and back again. Today, I realised that journey may be far from complete: some playtesters suggested stickered poker… Continue reading Diary #18 – Back to Cube One