Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spirits of the Rice Paddy now on Kickstarter

It's finally here! Spirits of the Rice Paddy just went live on Kickstarter! Here's your chance to build some paddies, pull some weeds, eat some pests, and harvest loads of rice. Check out or page for all the info, on visit BGG for even more. We also have an especially good endorsement from Rahdo himself. Thanks for helping us fund this exciting game.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A New Year and a New Kickstarter

Welcome to 2015! Thanks for checking in despite the abysmally low frequency of new posts. Here are a few projects I have coming up in the new year:

Spirits of the Rice Paddy - This game launches on Kickstater tomorrow!

Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers - This customizable mini-game will be set in Tasty Minstrel's EmDo universe. It should be launching on Kickstater in another month or so.

Unnamed Zombie Game - In a weird twist of fate, I'm designing a zombie-themed kid's game for a California-based publisher. More about this in the coming months.

Hitler Must Die - This Game Salute title should be hitting Kickstarter later this year if all goes well. We will see how it goes.

I'm also working on some expansions for AEG. I can't really go into detail about those, either.

Treasure Map - Finally, I've been slogging away on a 16-24 card game about pirates fighting over a treasure map (it was originally about A Mid-Summer Night's Eve, but that just wasn't clicking). It's been a long and difficult process, but I've learned quite a bit as well. Once I get it over the next hump I'll be asking for help from more playtesters.

In other news, we've been playing quite a bit of Splendor (a Christmas gift). The Interwebs have recently been on fire with this topic as people struggled to discover what all the fuss is about. All I know is that my dad and brother each immediately bought a copy of the game after playing it with me a few times. Clearly, the Space Cowboy folks know a little something about how to make a fun, accessible game.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending the day with friends and family. I am thankful to God for His mercy and forgiveness, and for the wonderful family He has given me. I'm also thankful that I get to be involved in such an amazing industry--playing and making board games!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Princess Bride Card Games


Just wanted to mention my Miracle Pill card game is now on Kickstarter with two other Princess Bride card games from some of my designer buds. The goal was $100 and it will run for 10 days only, so it's a smaller campaign. There are currently 6 days left and we are at about $7K. Here's a bit of game info:

Designed by Philip duBarry, two to six players attempt to capture a little magic in the form of a not-so-little pill that will hopefully bring the Man In Black back to life! You'll need to create the perfect mix of ingredients by choosing cards from your hand to create groups of different types. Each round involves drafting cards and revealing them all at the same time, building up your ingredients that will eventually combine together, but remember to follow any immediate instructions that are revealed! In the third and final round you'll add scoring cards to your tableau, making those collections of yours finally pay off! Just remember to cover the finished article in chocolate; we hear that helps when swallowing the pill...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Catching Up

Just to recap, Skyway Robbery was successfully funded in the last few minutes! Very exciting--see this update for more details. Here is the funding chart:


It's been a while since I've written a post. I've been working on several new designs behind the scenes. In the meantime, I still have a few more Kickstarters coming very soon. Right now, it looks like Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers will be launching in just a few weeks. Spirits of the Rice Paddy will also be launching soon, but we'll have to see how it all comes together.

Finally, in other news, Revolution!: Anarchy is available for purchase! Check out this review from Tom Vasel.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Final Days for Skyway Robbery

Only a few more days remain for the Skyway Robbery campaign. This has been a real challenge. I'm still very much in love with this game and still really want to see it published. Just looking back, I've appeared on 16 podcasts and done 3 written interviews. We got 6 major reviews (all quite positive--some embarrassingly so!). We had at least 4 or 5 people construct the print-and-play version of the game and talk about it in various places. Finally, I did a local event Saturday which was attended by around ten people.

There is still a bit of time to turn things around and hit our goal. The 48-hour reminder notices will be going out soon to loads of potential backers. Kickstarters are weird creatures, and unexpected things can happen quickly. If you are still trying to decide whether or not to jump in, now is the time! Not every Kickstarter project can boast 350+ backers and $20K in pledges, so we have certainly done some things right. Help us finish the campaign! Thanks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Skyway Robbery at (Almost) 60%


Time for another blog update. Skyway Robbery is right at 60% funded! We are on track to be successful if we keep at it just a while longer--10 days to be exact! That may seem like a short time, but it's fully one-third of the campaign. A lot can (and will, I believe) happen in the next few days--and I'd like you to be a part of it!

In game terms, we have reached the mysterious Underwater Museum of Volmare. It takes a hardy crew to break into this place and steal the giant pearl. Well done!

Please help us find those last few backers as we near the finish line. Here are some of the most recent media appearances and reviews:

Happy Mitten Podcast: http://www.happymittengames.com/41/

Whose Turn Is It Anyway: http://whoseturnisitanyway.com/skyway-robbery-the-airship-heist-of-the-century/

Little Metal Dog Show: http://littlemetaldog.com/2014/09/12/episode-81-skyway-jabbery/

I will also be doing a local demo here in Cincinnati this Saturday!

Let your friends know about these items and the project itself. Help us get a bit more exposure on BGG by thumbing the pics and commenting. Thanks for your support!