Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Design Update

Continuing the new monthly update format. The number of games with "No news on this game this update" is kind of depressing, and probably a sign that I need to start culling projects... I should come up with a system. Also, I really need a camera so I can get good pictures of my prototypes to put with each project.

Assault on Mount Olympus

Standalone

Stage: Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is a 1-2 player tower defense game. Players can play as either Hades attacking Mt. Olympus or as Zeus defending it. I have an early draft of the rules and a map, but I haven't created cards or counters yet.


B-Sieged -working title

States of Siege™?

Stage: Alpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is a modular States of Siege™ game. The premise is that a town is being attacked by four B movie monsters, each of which uses a slight variation on the games core ruleset and have their own board piece. There are a total of 8 monsters at the moment. To win the game, the player only has to last 12 turns. Winning is rare.
I haven't officially submitted this yet, but I anticipate it being submitted to VPG at some point. If they refuse it I'll probably look into self-publication, as the cost should be fairly low. Of course, if they refuse it I can't call it a States of Siege™and may need to coin a new term. Honestly, there probably should be an industry term for the mechanic anyway... Maybe a converging track game?

C:\Execute_

Standalone

Stage: Playable Alpha - Hold

Update

I really don't think this game is going to work out. I'm officially dropping it and will not have an update in January.

About

This is a programming themed game using the core same basic sequence of play and mechanism for altering the card layout as I used in Rules Lawyer. I created a kit and tried it out. It doesn't feel right at the moment and I'm not sure how to address it.

Calisto Command -working title

Sol Series

Stage: Early Alpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

First person shooter. Uses cups and cubes with silhouettes of enemies for targeting. And the simultaneous reveal of cards for player movement. Modular boards.
Deathmatch and capture the flag style games are easy, but I need to come up with a good AI system for non-player characters to create a campaign style of play.

The Conquests of Sol: The war for Europa 2165

Sol Series

Stage: Submitted

Update

The update I guess is that I submitted the game to a publisher. We'll see where that goes.

About

This is a "Real Time Strategy" game in a box. It is not actually real time, but it very much has the feeling of a real-time strategy game. Basically, units keep moving until you tell them to stop or they can't anymore for some reason.
This is a war game but its a wargame without dice. The random element is player choice. And because the game is based on simultaneous reveal instead of an I go You go mechanism there is always a question about what the best move is.
I'm planning on officially submitting this game to Victory Point Games this Saturday.

Dark Age of Sol

Sol Series

Stage: Hold

Update

No news on this game this update. I really need to get another regular campaign going so I can actually test things...

About

This is my custom RPG system. It would be hard to cover it in much detail here without dwarfing everything else here.

Day at the Dawg Track

Dawg series?

Stage: Submitted to a publisher

Update

Another game I've submitted to a publisher this month. A new company. Apparently, they have another submission with the same theme, which is surprising. They asked for a PnP to review it. So, figures crossed. 

About

This is a programmed movement car racing game set in the same universe as my game Dawgs of War. Where Dawgs of War was basically a WW1 airplane combat game, this is sort of set between WW1 and WW2. It sort of plays like a tabletop version of Mario Kart.

Drunken Fist

Standalone

Stage: Entered into a Contest

Update

I entered this into the 54card contest on BGG. That kind of makes this a submission I guess since that contest is being run by a new publisher who might make a publishing offer on the games in the contest. For the contest, I've gone back to using only cards.

About

Two player combat between teams of drunk (if not drunken) masters. The bars just closed and the masters of two schools meet in the street.
This is essentially an abstract game in which the way a game piece moves is entirely dependent on the space they currently occupy. Whats more, the way one piece moves in a given space may not match the way another piece moves in that space.
The game is basically done from a mechanics standpoint. I need to either find the time to do the art or more likely the money to commission the art. Then, I'm probably going to self-publish this one. Its a particularly good candidate for self-publication because it has a low component count (36 cards and 14 counters), and therefore a low cost.

Factory Floor

Standalone

Stage: Playable Alpha - Hold

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is intended as a sort of deconstruction of deck building games but it doesn't have any cards. Instead, it uses dice placement on counters to trigger effects.

It plays up to 5 players and I feel like it probably shouldn't be played with less than 3 but it does work with 2.

Each round a number of dice are rolled (3 times the player count) and then the players take turns placing the dice for effects. Effects include generating goods, increasing sales force, rolling and placing more dice. Additionally, those tiles can be linked allowing you to chain effects. After all the dice are placed, players may sell goods based on their accumulated sales force, and then buy new tiles or even stock in each other companies.

There are some really cool things here, but it's just not quite working. I'm sure I'll come back to it at some point with fresh eyes and see something obvious.

Federation of Sol

Sol series/States of Siege™

Stage: Proofing

Update

I'm doing a bit of reworking of the rules in terms of layout, phrasing, etc.

About

This is my Solitaire epic. Its a States of Siege™ game being published by Victory Point Games.


Humanity has just gotten to the point technologically where it can settle words outside of our own Solar system. Turns out, we aren't alone... And all the locals systems are already claimed by neighboring empires. So... you're going to upset a few Aliens.

Like all States of Siege games, you have to defend a central location (Sol) connected by converging tracks, but it differs in several fairly important ways. The most obvious of which is that instead of being a game about survival, its a game about expansion. You still lose the game if the central location is lost, but you can only win by colonizing 6 location outside Sol. Additionally, the game is driven by dice rather than cards.

This game has a fairly detailed political system including; how your people feel about your rule, how the local empires feel about you, and how they feel about each other.

I'm in the process of integrating proof feedback into the game. Once that is done, it will effectively be out of my hands and awaiting its slot in the Victory Point Games release schedule.

Game Company -working title

Standalone

Stage: Early Concept - unplayable

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This one is inspired by games like Game Dev Tycoon on the PC. But, since its going to be a board game I figure the games being made should be board games. At this point its little more than a concept. I have a simple theoretical sequence of play and notes about how certain mechanisms might work but nothing I've tested yet.

International Air -working title

Standalone

Stage: Concept Only

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

Players are the CEOs of airline companies. Its largely inspired by a video game I used to play with my family, Aerobiz.

The Lab of Dr. Martuesse

Dawn of the Zeds

Stage: Submitted, awaiting development queue

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

So, in this game, you are a Chimp. Specifically, you are one of the Chimps that Dr. Martuesse uses in his lab to try to create Super Zeds. You may be a loyal assistant who wants to help the Doctor in any way you can. Or you may, in fact, be Horatius and secretly be trying to slow down the process long enough for the Police to arrive and put a stop to the Doctors efforts.
This is a hidden identity game in which the hidden identity belongs to the good guy. Horatius is a playable character in the Dawn of the Zeds game. He was added as part of a stretch goal during the Kickstarter campaign.

Law Offices

Standalone

Stage: Playable Alpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This started as an experiment of including every form of card drafting I could think of in one game.

Loboski - working title

Standalone

Stage: Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is basically an exercise in how I would approach making a game about The Big Loboski. Obviously, I'd have to retheme it because there is no way I'd ever get that license.

The basic concept though is that players would play the various forces influencing "The Dude". The Dude would be controlled by an AI system that players could manipulate in some way but not directly control. They are attempting to get the Dude to fulfill their victory condition. If at the end of a given number of turns none of the players have gotten the Dude to do whatever it is they need him to do, then the Dude (and therefore the game) wins.  

Market Share

Standalone

Stage: Alpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is a game about production chains. Want to publish books? Ok, you need to get the paper from a Paper Mill, which will need wood from a Lumber Yard, which will need to cut that wood in a Forest. If you own all of those buildings you can keep costs low. Alternatively, you could buy your paper from the open market, but it will be more expensive :0)
This is basically a worker placement game with a tableau. The tableau is sequenced so that certain things always happen before other things.

Ninja Death Battle

Standalone

Stage: Alpha

Update

I'm talking to a publisher about this. A new publisher who is specifically looking for low-cost starting games.

About

What happens when I challenge myself to make a roll and move game? You get a 2 player fighting game in which player action selection is based on players rolling 3 dice, picking 2 and a direction. The game board consists of two major areas; an inner board on which the players actually fight and an outer board where players move a pawn to select their next combat maneuver.

Rules
Try online at Tabletopia

The Oregon Trail

Standalone

Stage: PreAlpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is loosely based on the Tokaido engine, but with a bit more dysentery :0)

Politics of War -working title

Standalone

Stage: Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

The core concept of this game is that each player has two roles. One role is that they are a general making military decisions for an army trying to capture territory and resources. The other role is that of the political leadership of one of the countries fighting over said resources. The thing is, that while they are filling both of those rolls, they are not doing so for the same force. Each player is the political leader of the player to their right. Likewise, each player is the military leader for the player to their left.

Power Broker -working title

Standalone... for now.

Stage: Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

I haven't settled on an actual theme for this yet. I'm considering making it part of the Sol series.

Players are influential power brokers of some variety (noble/merchant/priest/whatever) There is a deck of such individuals from which they are randomly drawn at the beginning of the game. Those not play by a player may be influenced, and have powers that may then be used by spending that influence.
The player has logistic points. These can be spent to add influence to a character in play, activate and spend influence they accumulated on a character, manipulate the board (troop movement?), maintenance of lasting effects, or to perform one of their own influence actions.
Over the course of the game victory condition cards are revealed allowing players to gain victory points. Most victory points at the end wins. Ties to the player who has influence over the most characters.

Roll and Rondel -working title (obviously)

Standalone

Stage: Late Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

So, the core concept mechanically is that players will roll a number of dice then place those dice on rondels to determine how far they advance on those rondels. My current prototype uses 4 rondels and players roll 4 dice. They don't have to put a die on ever rondel but they must place all the dice. So they can have a little more control of where they end up on an individual rondel by sacrificing an action on another.

In terms of theme, I'm thinking a medieval trading game. Fairly complex market with multiple towns and trade between them. Player owned businesses. Maybe even a bit of politics.

Scarcity - From Barter to Post

Standalone

Stage: Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

Players start out as primitive tribals societies with barter economies, and over time (and through card drafting) they could end up with more complex economies which give them more choices when interacting with the other players. The idea is that they could eventually mover from Barter to Fixed Asset (gold standard) to Fiat (our current standard) to a Renewable resource backed economy. There is a LOT more to do just in terms of research before I can even get this to a playable state. I am not an economist, but I may need to be close to one to get this right. While still having it simple enough to play it without being one... Honestly, just because of the amount of research I'm going to have to do, this will probably be dropped at some point.

Shrunken Heads

Standalone (although it has almost limitless expansion potential)

Stage: Alpha

Update

I've spent a little time coming up with new cards and editing existing one. At the time of this writing, I'm up to 242.

About

So, this is basically my take on the Cards Against Humanity style party game. That said, it is nothing like Cards Against Humanity.
Basically, one player is the Doctor and all the other players are Patients. And the Doctor is trying to diagnose the patients. If they succeed, they get points. If they fail, the patients get negative points. So... everyone wants the Doctor to get their diagnosis right.
Gameplay wise, the Patients draw a card that tells them what their condition is and then they make a short statement (in character). They can't directly say whats wrong with them or use any keywords indicated on the card. Then the Doctor asks them up to two questions, which they must answer in character. After that, the Doctor makes a diagnosis. If they are right they take the card and place it face down in front to them. If they get it wrong it is revealed and placed face up in front of the Patient.
I'm pretty comfortable with the rules and gameplay at this point, but need to make new cards. I want about 500 cards in the final product.

Quantum Worker Placement Spy Game-working title

Standalone

Stage: Conceptual

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This game is built on the idea of quantum tic tac toe, which is a game used to teach the idea of quantum entanglement. I'm using it in a worker placement game as a stand-in for conflicting rumors/reports about what agents are doing. Essentially, when placing workers, instead of just placing one worker, you place two workers. Then at some later point, players will resolve workers by indicating that a given worker actually is in that space, which means the other one isn't. This can and will lead to chains of workers being resolved. And when they are resolved they will affect the main board, where the game is actually won or lost. 

Reich

Orders from Above

Stage: PreAlpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

Basically, I'm taking my engine for The Chosin Few and modifying it somewhat to work at a much larger scale. The whole of WW2. Its played from the German perspective, but you are not playing High Command. Rather you are one step down and have to carry out orders of those above you. Some of which will force you to make bad decisions. You can selectively fail objectives of course but doing so too often may get you removed.

Stellar Ambitions -working title

Standalone

Stage: Concept

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

This is a BIG concept. 4X with multiple types of FTL. Pulls elements from Twilight Imperium, Eclipse, and Stellaris.

Suicide is Painless

Standalone

Stage: Alpha

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

Inspired by the MASH theme song of the same name.
A very small card game about suicide. It's a push your luck game. You score points while alive but lose points for friends who've killed themselves. Currently, its built around 25 cards, but since there is a contest on the gamecrafter right now for 18 card games, I may try to cut it down. To do so I'll probably have to cut it from 5 players down to 3 and add a card per player.

Surrounded! With a Shotgun

States of Seige™

Stage: Proof/Final Layout

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

Another States of Siege™game, but playable up to 4 players. This one is kind of a love letter to 70's action movies. Players are trapped in a building surrounded on all sides by various hoodlums (think Assault on Precinct 13) and have to fight to survive. Simple mechanism. Difficult choices. And the artist did an amazing job capturing exactly what I asked for :0)

The only thing left for me to do is writing a single paragraph about each of the heroes to include in the rulebook for flavor.

Tradeport of Sol

Sol Series

Stage: Submitted to a publisher

Update

I submitted this to a publisher.

About

In the not too distant future, vast fortunes will be made for those clever enough to position themselves to take advantage of trade between worlds. In Tradeport of Sol, you represent a small faction trying to do just that.
This is an area influence game. The areas being influenced are ships coming and going from the port. The more influence you have the more profit you can get out of the ship.

Trader of Sol

Sol Series

Stage: Alpha/Hold

Update

No news on this game this update.

About

A pickup and deliver style trading game that takes place within the Sol System. Planets move so you will have to consider that when planning your next move. There is a lot going on in this game. And honestly... it kind of ballooned up beyond what it should be. I'm going to need to come back at it with a chainsaw at some point. The biggest culprit is the addition of (or attempted addition of) combat to the game. I've more or less decided that's going but I need to find the time to come back in and make sure nothing else breaks.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November Design Update

I'm going to try to do more regular design updates here. Even if they aren't that interesting. That is after all the whole point of the blog. To date, I've mostly just updated when I felt like talking about something in particular, but that has led to a blog that is updated infrequently and with each update having little to no continuity with the blog as a whole.

So, starting today and continuing on the first Sunday of every month I'll be doing large updates on my current design projects. ALL of my design projects. Where possible I will include art and links to rules and or print and play versions.

Assault on Mount Olympus

Standalone

Concept

This is a 1-2 player tower defense game. Players can play as either Hades attacking Mt. Olympus or as Zeus defending it. I have an early draft of the rules and a map, but I haven't created cards or counters yet.


B-Sieged -working title

States of Siege™?

Alpha

This is a modular States of Siege™ game. The premise is that a town is being attacked by four B movie monsters, each of which uses a slight variation on the games core ruleset and have their own board piece. There are a total of 8 monsters at the moment. To win the game, the player only has to last 12 turns. Winning is rare.
I haven't officially submitted this yet, but I anticipate it being submitted to VPG at some point. If they refuse it I'll probably look into self-publication, as the cost should be fairly low. Of course, if they refuse it I can't call it a States of Siege™and may need to coin a new term. Honestly, there probably should be an industry term for the mechanic anyway... Maybe a converging track game?

C:\Execute_

Standalone

Playable Alpha - Hold

This is a programming themed game using the core same basic sequence of play and mechanism for altering the card layout as I used in Rules Lawyer. I created a kit and tried it out. It doesn't feel right at the moment and I'm not sure how to address it.

Calisto Command -working title

Sol Series

Early Alpha

First person shooter. Uses cups and cubes with silhouettes of enemies for targeting. And the simultaneous reveal of cards for player movement. Modular boards.
Deathmatch and capture the flag style games are easy, but I need to come up with a good AI system for non-player characters to create a campaign style of play.

The Conquests of Sol: The war for Europa 2165

Sol Series

Submission Ready

This is a "Real Time Strategy" game in a box. It is not actually real time, but it very much has the feeling of a real-time strategy game. Basically, units keep moving until you tell them to stop or they can't anymore for some reason.
This is a war game but its a wargame without dice. The random element is player choice. And because the game is based on simultaneous reveal instead of an I go You go mechanism there is always a question about what the best move is.
I'm planning on officially submitting this game to Victory Point Games this Saturday.

Dark Age of Sol

Sol Series

Hold

This is my custom RPG system. It would be hard to cover it in much detail here without dwarfing everything else here.

Day at the Dawg Track

Dawg series?

Ready for Beta

This is a programmed movement car racing game set in the same universe as my game Dawgs of War. Where Dawgs of War was basically a WW1 airplane combat game, this is sort of set between WW1 and WW2. It sort of plays like a tabletop version of Mario Kart.

Drunken Fist

Standalone

Alpha

Two player combat between teams of drunk (if not drunken) masters. The bars just closed and the masters of two schools meet in the street.
This is essentially an abstract game in which the way a game piece moves is entirely dependent on the space they currently occupy. Whats more, the way one piece moves in a given space may not match the way another piece moves in that space.
The game is basically done from a mechanics standpoint. I need to either find the time to do the art or more likely the money to commission the art. Then, I'm probably going to self-publish this one. Its a particularly good candidate for self-publication because it has a low component count (36 cards and 14 counters), and therefore a low cost.

Factory Floor

Standalone

Playable Alpha - Hold

This is intended as a sort of deconstruction of deck building games but it doesn't have any cards. Instead, it uses dice placement on counters to trigger effects.

It plays up to 5 players and I feel like it probably shouldn't be played with less than 3 but it does work with 2.

Each round a number of dice are rolled (3 times the player count) and then the players take turns placing the dice for effects. Effects include generating goods, increasing sales force, rolling and placing more dice. Additionally, those tiles can be linked allowing you to chain effects. After all the dice are placed, players may sell goods based on their accumulated sales force, and then buy new tiles or even stock in each other companies.

There are some really cool things here, but it's just not quite working. I'm sure I'll come back to it at some point with fresh eyes and see something obvious.

Federation of Sol

Sol series/States of Siege™

Proofing

This is my Solitaire epic. Its a States of Siege™ game being published by Victory Point Games.

Humanity has just gotten to the point technologically where it can settle words outside of our own Solar system. Turns out, we aren't alone... And all the locals systems are already claimed by neighboring empires. So... you're going to upset a few Aliens.

Like all States of Siege games, you have to defend a central location (Sol) connected by converging tracks, but it differs in several fairly important ways. The most obvious of which is that instead of being a game about survival, its a game about expansion. You still lose the game if the central location is lost, but you can only win by colonizing 6 location outside Sol. Additionally, the game is driven by dice rather than cards.

This game has a fairly detailed political system including; how your people feel about your rule, how the local empires feel about you, and how they feel about each other.

I'm in the process of integrating proof feedback into the game. Once that is done, it will effectively be out of my hands and awaiting its slot in the Victory Point Games release schedule.

Game Company -working title

Standalone

Early Concept - unplayable

This one is inspired by games like Game Dev Tycoon on the PC. But, since its going to be a board game I figure the games being made should be board games. At this point its little more than a concept. I have a simple theoretical sequence of play and notes about how certain mechanisms might work but nothing I've tested yet.

International Air -working title

Standalone

Concept Only

Players are the CEOs of airline companies. Its largely inspired by a video game I used to play with my family, Aerobiz.

The Lab of Dr. Martuesse

Dawn of the Zeds

Submitted, awaiting development queue

So, in this game, you are a Chimp. Specifically, you are one of the Chimps that Dr. Martuesse uses in his lab to try to create Super Zeds. You may be a loyal assistant who wants to help the Doctor in any way you can. Or you may, in fact, be Horatius and secretly be trying to slow down the process long enough for the Police to arrive and put a stop to the Doctors efforts.
This is a hidden identity game in which the hidden identity belongs to the good guy. Horatius is a playable character in the Dawn of the Zeds game. He was added as part of a stretch goal during the Kickstarter campaign.

Law Offices

Standalone

Playable Alpha

This started as an experiment of including every form of card drafting I could think of in one game.

Loboski - working title

Standalone

Concept

This is basically an exercise in how I would approach making a game about The Big Loboski. Obviously, I'd have to retheme it because there is no way I'd ever get that license.

The basic concept though is that players would play the various forces influencing "The Dude". The Dude would be controlled by an AI system that players could manipulate in some way but not directly control. They are attempting to get the Dude to fulfill their victory condition. If at the end of a given number of turns none of the players have gotten the Dude to do whatever it is they need him to do, then the Dude (and therefore the game) wins.  

Market Share

Standalone

Alpha

This is a game about production chains. Want to publish books? Ok, you need to get the paper from a Paper Mill, which will need wood from a Lumber Yard, which will need to cut that wood in a Forest. If you own all of those buildings you can keep costs low. Alternatively, you could buy your paper from the open market, but it will be more expensive :0)
This is basically a worker placement game with a tableau. The tableau is sequenced so that certain things always happen before other things.

Ninja Death Battle

Standalone

Alpha

What happens when I challenge myself to make a roll and move game? You get a 2 player fighting game in which player action selection is based on players rolling 3 dice, picking 2 and a direction. The game board consists of two major areas; an inner board on which the players actually fight and an outer board where players move a pawn to select their next combat maneuver.

Rules
Try online at Tabletopia

The Oregon Trail

Standalone

PreAlpha

This is loosely based on the Tokaido engine, but with a bit more dysentery :0)

Politics of War -working title

Standalone

Concept

The core concept of this game is that each player has two roles. One role is that they are a general making military decisions for an army trying to capture territory and resources. The other role is that of the political leadership of one of the countries fighting over said resources. The thing is, that while they are filling both of those rolls, they are not doing so for the same force. Each player is the political leader of the player to their right. Likewise, each player is the military leader for the player to their left.

Power Broker -working title

Standalone... for now.

Concept

I haven't settled on an actual theme for this yet. I'm considering making it part of the Sol series.

Players are influential power brokers of some variety (noble/merchant/priest/whatever) There is a deck of such individuals from which they are randomly drawn at the beginning of the game. Those not play by a player may be influenced, and have powers that may then be used by spending that influence.
The player has logistic points. These can be spent to add influence to a character in play, activate and spend influence they accumulated on a character, manipulate the board (troop movement?), maintenance of lasting effects, or to perform one of their own influence actions.
Over the course of the game victory condition cards are revealed allowing players to gain victory points. Most victory points at the end wins. Ties to the player who has influence over the most characters.

Roll and Rondel -working title (obviously)

Standalone

Late Concept

So, the core concept mechanically is that players will roll a number of dice then place those dice on rondels to determine how far they advance on those rondels. My current prototype uses 4 rondels and players roll 4 dice. They don't have to put a die on ever rondel but they must place all the dice. So they can have a little more control of where they end up on an individual rondel by sacrificing an action on another.

In terms of theme, I'm thinking a medieval trading game. Fairly complex market with multiple towns and trade between them. Player owned businesses. Maybe even a bit of politics.

Scarcity - From Barter to Post

Standalone

Concept

Players start out as primitive tribals societies with barter economies, and over time (and through card drafting) they could end up with more complex economies which give them more choices when interacting with the other players. The idea is that they could eventually mover from Barter to Fixed Asset (gold standard) to Fiat (our current standard) to a Renewable resource backed economy. There is a LOT more to do just in terms of research before I can even get this to a playable state. I am not an economist, but I may need to be close to one to get this right. While still having it simple enough to play it without being one... Honestly, just because of the amount of research I'm going to have to do, this will probably be dropped at some point.

Shrunken Heads

Standalone (although it has almost limitless expansion potential)

Alpha

So, this is basically my take on the Cards Against Humanity style party game. That said, it is nothing like Cards Against Humanity.
Basically, one player is the Doctor and all the other players are Patients. And the Doctor is trying to diagnose the patients. If they succeed, they get points. If they fail, the patients get negative points. So... everyone wants the Doctor to get their diagnosis right.
Gameplay wise, the Patients draw a card that tells them what their condition is and then they make a short statement (in character). They can't directly say whats wrong with them or use any keywords indicated on the card. Then the Doctor asks them up to two questions, which they must answer in character. After that, the Doctor makes a diagnosis. If they are right they take the card and place it face down in front to them. If they get it wrong it is revealed and placed face up in front of the Patient.
I'm pretty comfortable with the rules and gameplay at this point, but need to make new cards. The current set has some issues. Plus I only have 200 or so and I want about 500 cards in the final product.

Quantum Worker Placement Spy Game-working title

Standalone

Conceptual

This game is built on the idea of quantum tic tac toe, which is a game used to teach the idea of quantum entanglement. I'm using it in a worker placement game as a stand-in for conflicting rumors/reports about what agents are doing. Essentially, when placing workers, instead of just placing one worker, you place two workers. Then at some later point, players will resolve workers by indicating that a given worker actually is in that space, which means the other one isn't. This can and will lead to chains of workers being resolved. And when they are resolved they will affect the main board, where the game is actually won or lost. 

Reich

Orders from Above

PreAlpha

Basically, I'm taking my engine for The Chosin Few and modifying it somewhat to work at a much larger scale. The whole of WW2. Its played from the German perspective, but you are not playing High Command. Rather you are one step down and have to carry out orders of those above you. Some of which will force you to make bad decisions. You can selectively fail objectives of course but doing so too often may get you removed.

Stellar Ambitions -working title

Standalone

Concept

This is a BIG concept. 4X with multiple types of FTL. Pulls elements from Twilight Imperium, Eclipse, and Stellaris.

Suicide is Painless

Standalone

Alpha

Inspired by the MASH theme song of the same name.
A very small card game about suicide. It's a push your luck game. You score points while alive but lose points for friends who've killed themselves. Currently, its built around 25 cards, but since there is a contest on the gamecrafter right now for 18 card games, I may try to cut it down. To do so I'll probably have to cut it from 5 players down to 3 and add a card per player.

Surrounded! With a Shotgun

States of Seige™

Proof/Final Layout

Another States of Siege™game, but playable up to 4 players. This one is kind of a love letter to 70's action movies. Players are trapped in a building surrounded on all sides by various hoodlums (think Assault on Precinct 13) and have to fight to survive. Simple mechanism. Difficult choices. And the artist did an amazing job capturing exactly what I asked for :0)

The only thing left for me to do is writing a single paragraph about each of the heroes to include in the rulebook for flavor.

Tradeport of Sol

Sol Series

Ready to submit

In the not too distant future, vast fortunes will be made for those clever enough to position themselves to take advantage of trade between worlds. In Tradeport of Sol, you represent a small faction trying to do just that.
This is an area influence game. The areas being influenced are ships coming and going from the port. The more influence you have the more profit you can get out of the ship.

Trader of Sol

Sol Series

Alpha/Hold

A pickup and deliver style trading game that takes place within the Sol System. Planets move so you will have to consider that when planning your next move. There is a lot going on in this game. And honestly... it kind of ballooned up beyond what it should be. I'm going to need to come back at it with a chainsaw at some point. The biggest culprit is the addition of (or attempted addition of) combat to the game. I've more or less decided that's going but I need to find the time to come back in and make sure nothing else breaks.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Postcard Games

A while back (almost a year now), I experimented with Postcard games. Specifically, I made two games. The first game was a simple conversion of one of my abstract games, Symmetric, to a postcard game without any gameplay changes. And Second I made a very simplified version of Dawn of the Zeds. We ended up handing out copies of that Dawn of the Zeds postcard game at BGG.con last year.

While organizing my computer today, I found the files for the Symmetric postcard game.



I really like Symmetric, but it didn't do all that well for me and the publisher gave me the rights back. I'd like to expose more people to the game so I want to find a way to self-publish. But, abstracts don't sell very well in my experience and given the mechanics, any theme would feel very tacked on. So I can't really justify to myself trying to raise money for a print run.

So, I'm considering selling the postcard instead. Postcards are inexpensive to print even at low quantities so they could, in theory, be a very cost-effective way to publish simpler games.

I would welcome any thoughts on the matter. Would you ever consider buying a postcard game?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Drinking Games :0)

A while back a friend and I started talking about drinking games. We kind of half started a concept for a drinking game subscription service. (half started as in we talked about it a lot... then didn't start it.) During the discussion, we did come up with a couple of games though. Not at all flushed out and likely not something I'll ever come back to, but I figured I could put them out there.


Game 1) Miniature War Shots

What you need

  • 2 or more players (if more than 2 players, you will play in teams)
  • 10 shots, divided evenly between players/teams
  • 12 Round Coasters, divided evenly between players/teams
  • A flat surface on which to play. We’ll just call it a table going forward

How to Start

Each player sets up by placing 5 shots on coasters somewhere on their side of the table, in any way they want. One player should use the coasters face up, and the other should use the coasters face down. Each player will have one coaster without a shot; this is their starting movement pool.

What you do

Starting with the oldest player (or the team with the oldest player), each player takes turns moving their shots in an attempt to force their opponent(s) to drink them.
To make a move, place one or more of the coaster(s) from your movement pool so that they physically touch the starting coaster, then move the shot from the starting coaster to the coaster that was just placed. If this causes you to have two of your coasters (with shots) physically touch a coaster of your opponent, the opposing player must drink the shot. If at any time a team only has 1 shot remaining, they must drink all shots left on the table. Any coasters that do not have shots placed on them are removed from the table and go into the movement pool of the player/team that owns them. The opposing player now gets to go.



Game 2) Wenches & Flagons

What is it?

Wenches & Flagons is a drunken role playing game.

What you need

  • Beer, bottled. Lots of it. All different brands. The caps will represent your character stats and the dice you will roll.
  • Some sort of container for each player to hold said bottle caps (we recommend a large glass). These are basically your character sheets.

How to Start

Each session/campaign starts with character creation. Each player assumes the role of a character, and you will drink a beer for each attribute or skill you want to purchase. We recommend starting with one attribute and one skill (meaning you should play this game when you are on your second beer). An attribute is something core to your character's being that helps you do things. A skill, on the other hand, is a learned behavior. In this game, there are three Attributes and three Skills:
  • Attributes
    • Physical
    • Mental
    • Social
  • Skills
    • Sneak
    • Fight
    • Sing? (This might be fun to do when drinking)

What you do

As it is a role-playing game, one player has to take the role of a Game Master (GM), and the rest are players. The GM will set up a situation, and the players will make decisions based on that situation. The GM will have them “roll” to determine the result of the decision.

How to “Roll”

To roll, a player takes whatever bottle caps they have that match the situation and shake them up in their hands and plop them down on a table. Any bottle caps that end up brand side up are considered successes.

Failing a roll

On a failure, the GM takes a cap from your pool of caps. Before he or she does, you have the option of opening another beer and adding its cap to the roll. Of course, you have to finish your current beer first, since we know you wouldn’t DARE break the following rule... right?

The UNBREAKABLE Rule

You may not open a new beer until you finish your last beer. You may only use bottle caps from beers you are drinking or have drunk previously during a session.

The Party Foul Rule

If you spill a beer or otherwise waste a beer, the GM may take a bottle cap away from you.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Big Box Contest is just about to start judging!

The submission deadline for the Game Crafter contest I'm entering with Day at the Dawg Track is in a little less than 6 hours. I've just uploaded a short video of me explaining the game briefly to add to the page on The Game Crafter. 


I had wanted to do an unboxing video as well, but it appears that I waited for just a hair too long to order a copy, as it is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I'll still probably make the unboxing video, but I'm not sure if it would be frowned upon to add a video during the judging process. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My entry to the Big Box Challenge

Today I submitted Day at the Dawg Track to the Big Box Challenge at The Game Crafter. The official deadline is in 11 days. This is the first contest I've entered at The Game Crafter, so I'm not 100% sure what to expect, but from what I understand, unless there are very few submissions there will be a community voting period after that deadline is reached to narrow it down to a list of 20 semifinalists.

So, in 11 days, I get to start stressing out about how well the game is being received on The Game Crafter :0) Wish me luck.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Entering Contests

The Game Crafter runs a number of Challenges (i.e. contests) every year, and for the most part, I've ignored them. Usually, because by the time I notice one I'm interested in they are just about finished and so I don't have time to design something for the contest. Right now, there are three contests running that I'm interested in. And I have designs mostly "ready" for two of them, and an idea for the third.