Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Yearly Blog Update

It seems that my blog publishing schedule has now defaulted to once per year. Sad face. :( Part of this is due to the fact that I can't really talk about a lot of what's going on behind the scenes with specific games. But most of it is that I'm lazy busy. So without further apologies, here is an update on the current state of my board game work.

Topping the list is the near arrival of Black Orchestra, 2nd Ed. Copies will begin flowing out of warehouses and into the hands of unsuspecting Kickstarter backers in a matter of weeks. My advance copy is in the mail as we speak. Meanwhile, because the board game world is truly strange, the Spanish version of the game (Orquesta Negra) has already hit distribution. My Twitter feed is filled with Spanish praise and joy!

Next, my overhaul of the 2011 Kingdom of Solomon will soon be heading to Kickstarter, probably before the summer, under the new-and-improved title, Wisdom of Solomon. We now have a BGG page, so please give some thumbs to the cover image! You can also play the game RIGHT NOW on Tabletopia for free! Please let us know what you think--there is still time to make final tweaks.

 Other upcoming games include: Embark (Tasty Minstrel Games), Spaceways (Daily Magic Games), Spirits of the Rice: The Dice Game (might be called Rice Dice) (APE Games), and The Dark Crystal Card Game (Toy Vault, co-designed with Jason Kotarski). A few more titles are farther out--we'll hear about those next time (hopefully not next February, but you never know).

I'll end by letting you know that I'm also doing some development work for AEG, as well as some art direction! So far, this has been a really cool experience. So look forward to yet one more slick AEG title by the end of the year.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Black Orchestra 2nd Printing

As I write this, Black Orchestra is finishing up an amazing Kickstarter campaign for its second printing. It has surpassed all my previous KS totals and continues to climb. The game has also been nominated for a Golden Geek award in the co-op category (a first for me as well).

A few other projects on the horizon:

I'm still working on the version of Kingdom of Solomon (now with a slightly new title soon to be announced). Art is nearly finished and final testing is underway. Expect a KS for that later this year.

Jason Kotarski and I just wrapped up work on a new Dark Crystal card game with Toy Vault. The art and graphic design should begin soon. I don't believe this will go to KS, and I'm not sure when it will be released.

I'm also working on a cool new game with the talented Daryl Andrews. We've made steady progress on the overall concept and are well on our way to producing the first prototype. It will be a worker placement+ game about the history of St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the country.

As always, I have a number of other projects in various stages, and several prototypes being evaluated by publishers. I'll try to continue to update this space periodically, but following me on Twitter and Facebook is probably the best way to stay current.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Join the Conspiracy

We are in the final stages of development for my first co-op game, Black Orchestra (previously called Hitler Must Die). Soon, elements of the art and components will be revealed. In the meantime, here is our teaser site: You can sign up to be notified when the pre-order site goes live in a few weeks.

That's right--no Kickstarter for this game.

Rather, we are doing a pre-order campaign. It was felt that this method will give us better control over the project. We will also be hosting a number of live demos on Tabletopia in the near future. Help us as we introduce this tense and realistic adventure to assassinate one of the most notorious tyrants in history. This one should pack a real punch!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Upcoming Games & Events

Once again, it's been many months since I updated this space. That means I have several items of interest to note. First off, new games updates:

Several of my outstanding Kickstarter projects are finally wrapping up. Spirits of the Rice Paddy has done well, selling out the first printing at the distribution level! More news about this game later. Skyway Robbery has shipped and is available for purchase in a number of places. Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers has also nearly finished shipping and is in limited distribution. Finally, we got our copy of Isabel's Tiger Stripes! It looks quite amazing! These should be shipping in the near future--sorry for the horribly long wait.

A couple of games are nearing the end of development and the start of the Kickstarter phase. Game Salute has revealed the cover of my new title for the Gaslight Empire line, Chief Inspector. This quick-playing card game features a deduction and memory element as players attempt to discover and arrest the most notorious criminal (flipping the table on some familiar faces from Skyway Robbery).

We are also almost finished with the final tweaks to Hitler Must Die, which will now be called Black Orchestra (my original title). This gritty co-op game about assassinating Hitler has really shaped up in the last few months and become even more tense and exciting!

Finally, I just signed Kingdom of Solomon with a new publisher! This is not really an official announcement, but note that the new version will be significantly updated, including all new art and great high-quality components. We expect this to hit Kickstarter towards the end of the year.

As usual, I have several more projects in the works, some of which are currently being considered for publication. Others are still in the testing and prototyping stage. That brings me to my summer plans.

I will be attending 2.5 conventions this year! I will again be making a quick 1-day appearance at Lexicon in Lexington, KY, on Saturday, April 23. I will also be going to Origins for 3 days and GenCon for 3 days. I plan on meeting lots of new people and lots more I already know! Will you be going to any of these cons? I'll post my specific plans in a few weeks, so maybe we can meet up!

This year is looking to be a good one for my games--hope to share more info soon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kingdom of Solomon Revisited

Kingdom of Solomon was published by Minion Games back in 2011. It met with early Kickstarter success, great reviews, and a low number of sales. While the game play was engaging, the game suffered from poor presentation and less-than-stellar components (due mostly to some miscommunication with the manufacturer).

Recently, I decided to revisit this older design and try to breathe new life into it. I have included a number of changes, both mechanical and visual. Minion Games is not interested in pursuing this project, but James has returned all the rights to me (sans art) so that I can explore new options for the game. Before approaching a new publisher, I need to get some good playtesting done. That's where you come in!

If you are a fan of KoS and own a copy of the game, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest version. ***UPDATE: We will be running future playtesting on Tabletopia! Let me know if you'd like to participate.***

FYI, changes include:
  • upgraded board
  • overhauled all cards
  • a fourth bonus space (2 new ones)
  • a sixth resource: Exotic Goods
  • improved market
  • all pawns resolved immediately
  • supports up to 5 players
  • scales better for different player counts via non-produce tokens on random spaces each round

Monday, October 5, 2015

Spirits at Essen

If you are on your way to Essen this week, take a moment to check out Spirits of the Rice Paddy from APE Games. You can still pre-order the game for pickup at the show. Doing so will also allow you to snag a free copy of the solo expansion!

If you are already a backer, then thanks! Here is the latest Kickstarter update. I'm looking for a great response and some good ratings at Essen, so help us make a splash!

The game will be officially released in November.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GenCon 2015

Before I get into the lowdown on my GenCon plans, here is a little infographic I made after reading Reality is Broken. The first few chapters are the most helpful, so don't feel bad if you end up quitting after about chapter three. Anyway, here is the money quote:

Now, on to GenCon. I will only be able to attend on Friday, but I'll be bringing along my daughter Isabel and my friend Tony Miller (budding game designer @beardedrogue). The largest portion of my time will be spent doing demos of Skyway Robbery in the Game Salute demo area. Sessions are as follows: 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 6:00-7:30. The finished games will not be delivered for a few more months. :(

However, they mentioned possibly having a production copy of Tiger Stripes for Isabel to show off. These games are a little closer to being delivered. And my Miracle Pill game should be available for purchase--along with the two other small Princess Bride games.

APE Games will be demoing Spirits of the Rice Paddy and a few of their newer games. Production is going well on these, but they will not be available until Essen. But they will be at Essen!

As for the remainder of my time, I will be stalking the Exhibit Hall from 2:00 to 6:00 and hanging out with designers, etc. in the demo hall from about 9:00 until . . .?

So let me know if you'd like a sneak peak of any of my new games including Hitler Must Die, Chief Inspector, Dwarves of Darkspring, Treasure Map, or a few yet to be unveiled.