Cover Story

Cover - 501 - All 4 versions - 080318As I previously posted, we’ve had to change the name of our game, Center Stage, to Upstaged. As I’m writing this, I feel overall the name change has been a blessing in disguise. “Upstaged” seems to really bring out the excitement that I want the game to elicit, and it seems a bit more marketable.

I recently took to Facebook via Koalatie’s FB page, some board game development groups, and my own personal page to ask opinions on what cover we should go with for the game. The results were a little surprising. Continue reading Cover Story

Now Presenting…

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  • Make your game look presentable
  • Present in a functional way
  • Make sure you yourself are presentable

Last night I participated in my first Publisher Speed Dating event as one of the potential game designer bachelors. I had signed up for the event, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to go through with it, because we are still looking into whether or not we want to go it alone, go through a publisher, or somewhere in between. My team convinced me to go through with it just to see what’s out there. So yes, my wife pushed me out into the dating world again. Luckily, I had enough on me to still be date-able (is that a word? “Datable?” “Datatable?” Continue reading Now Presenting…

Playtesting Essentials

As I’ve mentioned previously, March is going to be a huge month for playtesting for Koalatie Games. By the end of the month, I’m hoping to have at least Center Stage ready for blind playtesting and hopefully Icon as well.

For those new to the world of board game development, playtesting is the process of putting your unfinished game in front of others to play in hopes of gaining constructive feedback. True, there are good and bad playtesters, but you can still learn a lot from the bad ones.

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Spinning in Circles

Today is short blog post day! Mark that in your calendars. Because it’s an annual thing. Okay, not really. But it is for me today. Why? Because I’m busy Gearing Up for my own March Madness. So…I’ll leave you with this. My working prototype for Icon. Now you want to play, huh. Well, look to the right and you’ll see where I’ll be. Come join me!

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Latest board for Icon. Still touching it up. Art nowhere near final. Yes, I’m looking for graphic designers and illustrators. Hit me up.

Myke

 

*Clipart on the vinyl record label courtesy of 4-designer.com.

Prototype Creation

Highlights

  • It Doesn’t Have To Look Great
  • Or Does It?
  • It Does Need to Be Legible
  • Understand That it Will Change…A Lot

Ah…prototypes. They both bring me joy and cause me a lot of trouble. I love making them. Maybe it’s the creative, artsy person in me. My wife likes to say I’m “crafty,” so it doesn’t sound like it’s girly. I don’t care. It is what it is. I’m man enough to say I like doing arts and crafts. That being said…

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Google Drive!

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  • Start a New Email Address
  • Great for Collaborating
  • Calendar!
  • Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Keep!

If you haven’t been introduced to the world of Google Drive or something similar, consider me your welcoming party! In the real world, this is like your Microsoft Office suite in the cloud. In the gaming world, it functions similarly, and I’ve barely touched the surface on all that it can do for Koalatie Games. I’m sure many of you are far more versed in Google Drive’s capabilities than me, so please feel free to comment below on what you’ve found and what I can actually improve on. Continue reading Google Drive!

Get Organized!

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Harbor Freight Storage Bin
The big trays in this thing hold poker-sized playing cards quite nicely!
  • Filing system
  • Game creation kit
  • Expenses

By now, hopefully you’ve jumped into creating a game and you’ve loved it! You want to do more. Awesome! If you plan to do a lot more designing, this is the point where you may feel the first bit of this as being a “jobby” rather than a hobby. You’ve got to get organized. Personally, I like organizing. It makes me feel like I’m productive while preparing to become even more productive. Continue reading Get Organized!