I’m not talking about a literal gaming table. Specifically, what skills, life experiences, or points of view do you have that you want to share with the world that you can do better than anyone else? Here’s what I came up with:
Problem solving and system design: I have over 20 years of software developer experience that gives me the engineer’s perspective on board game design — how can I accomplish the design with the simplest, most elegant, and efficient design?
Graphic design: I have over 10 years experience in graphic design as a side gig. That, along with software user interface design, helps me create components that are clear and beautiful.
Storytelling: Although I didn’t follow through, I briefly had a creative writing minor in University. Dungeon-mastering, writing my own fiction, and being a voracious reader give me a wide gamut of ideas, themes, and experiences to share.
My relatively new interest in designing board games is partly from a realization that it combines so many things I’m interested in. What are you bringing to the table? What do you need to tell the world?
What games caught your attention, inspired you, or furthered your interest in board games?
For me, I have to start with Monopoly at a very young age — it was a game my older brother played with his friends and I would beg to play. They would eventually relent and proceed to rip me off every chance they could! Despite that and my repeated losses in that game (not to mention my subsequent realization of Monopoly’s many flaws), Monopoly has always been special for me.
The next major influence would be Dungeons and Dragons in high school. I dropped out of Geometry (even though I had a “B”) to add another study period in the library so me and my friends could play more D&D. Nothing fascinated me more than the world-building involved in being a Dungeon Master.
All of us who enjoy board games have thought at one point or another, “I could do this! Why don’t I create my own game?”. With crowdfunding and the growing interest in board games, it’s not a crazy dream. The question is, why? What are you hoping to get out of it? Even though I have some ideas, I’m still trying to figure that out myself.
Let’s explore those ideas together using this poll. You can select as many options as are applicable for you.
Although this is my first real post, I will be updating this continually over time. The intention is to capture all the steps that lead up to a published game. In addition, there are step that I intend to do (maybe), that are marked in italics. Besides continually adding new items to this list, I will also periodically flesh this out with links that describe further details.
Choose game company name
Buy domain and arrange web hosting
Create LLC or other corporate structure
Trademark company name
Setup WordPress to begin blogging
Create domain email, social networking, and other associated accounts
Hi, I’m Robert. I’ll be exploring board game design, game publishing, and using Kickstarter in this blog. As things progress, I hope to collect some useful information that can help you along a similar journey.