Artist Cards - Cut to Size - 0209184Elliot
Genre: Country
Points: 8
Focus: Talent

Who is Elliot to me?
Elliot is as down home and simple as they come. But that’s alright, because he lets his talent do the talking for him. No flashy clothes. No fancy hairstyle. No gimmicks. Just pure, unadulterated talent and a genuine appreciation for his fans.

What do I have in common with Elliot?
Like Elliot, when it comes to my personal appearance, I like to keep it simple. There was a time when I rocked a big fluffy fro and tried to dress to impress. However, all that work on image takes away time and effort that could go into honing your craft and your true self. I’d like to think that these days, in terms of image, I’m keeping it as simple as Elliot.


Artist Cards - Cut to Size - 0209188Daniel
Genre: Pop
Points: 7
Focus: Image

Who is Daniel to me?
Ha! Well this is strangely awesome. When I see Daniel, he reminds me of one of my good friends, Dan. He’s a tall Asian man with a heart that shines like a diamond. The power of suggestion is strong in this card, because physically speaking, my friend Dan doesn’t have that haircut. But we could get my friend Dan a wig. Yeah. We’ll get him a wig.

(disclaimer: The Daniel in Upstaged is not my friend, Dan. My nieces named about half of these characters, so the Daniel they were thinking of was probably one of their friends).

What do I have in common with Daniel?
Well, I have a lot in common with Daniel because of my real-life friend. Therefore, I would say Daniel and I have in common the love of music. Back in the day, we even wrote a song together called, “Drama.” Yeah. It was a pretty depressing song about infidelity. I think our friend, James, made it even darker by changing the last line from, “Goodbye,” to, let’s just say something more morbid that rhymes. Yeah. Good song, but it sure was a buzz kill during gigs. Haha.


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Genre: Hip-Hop/R&B
Points: 8
Focus: Talent

Who is Bella to Me?
Bella is attitude personified. She’s tall and carries herself with a lot of confidence, which can make her intimidating at times. Though what really makes her stand out is her musical ability. She’s a talented presence that doesn’t demand attention — she just naturally receives it.

What do I have in common with Bella?
I’ve heard that I can be intimidating at times because of my natural physical stance and the way that I look. Though I wish I could pull it off like Bella in a positive way.  I’ve also been told that I carry myself with confidence in the spotlight. In general, I’m pretty sure I have solid musical talent though I’m not one that likes being in the spotlight. But if I could somehow find a way to effortlessly receive attention for my music, that would be cool.  Haha.


Artist Cards - Cut to Size - 0209182Amelia
Genre: Country
Points: 7
Focus: Image

Who is Amelia to me?
To me, Amelia is someone who has a lot of potential but is only beginning to tap into it. As a Country artist focused on image, Amelia seems to have keen fashion sense. She even wears an earring in the shape of a star, so that signals to me that stardom is her ultimate goal. Though it makes me wonder if the pursuit of stardom is not letting her explore her talent more. She can sing, play guitar, and maybe she can even write decent country songs.

What do I have in common with Amelia?
Well, this is strange. As an artist myself, I believe I am a formidable force as a piano player and songwriter, and I have learned to become adept at using my singing voice to maximize my potential. However, early in my music career in my youth, my main pursuit was to become an overall force in the industry. Perhaps I should’ve explored my talent more in my youth and really focused on the music and songwriting rather than trying to be everything all at once.

Shadows of Inclusivity: Why We are Using Silhouettes for Our Artwork

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Inclusivity has become a buzzword in the board game industry, even more so given the current sociopolitical climate of the country and the world. Historically, the industry has been dominated by white, middle-aged males. Thankfully, I’d say that most are trying to be more inclusive, which has been very much appreciated. Lately, women and people of color (POC’s) have taken great strides in the industry. But as the pendulum swings towards inclusivity, there are low grumblings here and there, mainly behind the “safety” of computer screens, that perhaps it is swinging too far the other way. While I personally disagree as a POC myself, it is also incumbent of me as a human being in general to do my best not to ignore or disrespect anyone’s point of view. I mean, that’s one of the main reasons we are where we are today, right? Consequently, all this helped to inform our team’s decision to use silhouettes to represent people in Upstaged and Icon — so everyone can see who they want to see for themselves in the games.Continue reading “Shadows of Inclusivity: Why We are Using Silhouettes for Our Artwork”

PAX Unplugged!

Pax UnpluggedJust a short update. This weekend, me and the wifey are headed to PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia for some games.  We’re gonna be at the Unpub Proto Alley event for most of the event, testing out both Upstaged and Icon.  Hopefully we’ll be putting the final touches on those and have them ready to launch on Kickstarter next year!

If you’re going to be in town, hit us up! We’ll get some games in together and hopefully some grub. Maybe you can even stroll down to Boyz II Men Boulevard with us.  No, seriously! We’ll also be checking out the other historic sites too.  Lol.Boyz II Men Blvd


Look for the Cool Blue Crew!

T-Shirt frontI’m not the best marketer in the world, by far. In fact, I’d say that I’m subpar. It’s because I don’t necessarily like the limelight, and I’m not very good at tooting my own horn (man, that’s a weird saying). Since I’m not great at talking about myself, I figure one of the best ways to get the word out is by letting my fashion sense do the talking. Hence, new Koalatie Icon T-shirts!Continue reading “Look for the Cool Blue Crew!”

Unpub Mini at The Guild House

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Where: The Guild House, 16631 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

On Saturday, November 10th, Koalatie Games, in conjunction with Axenic Games and The Guild House, will be hosting an Unpub Mini playtesting event! These type of events enable board game designers to test out their latest games in order to tweak and improve them. The event runs from 11am – 9pm at The Guild House in Bellflower, CA, and after each of the four sessions, we will hold a raffle for sweet board games and other awesome prizes. Best of all, the event is FREE to both playtesters and designers.Continue reading “Unpub Mini at The Guild House”

“Azul” Was Its Name-O

Azul - boxThere was a game on sale at Target and Azul was its name-o! (sing this to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O”).

Why? Because at its base level, Azul is like new-age Bingo. And now the much-hyped, rightfully hyped game is on sale at Target after winning the prestigious Spiel des Jahres 2018 Award earlier this year. In case you didn’t know, the international award is given to the best game of the year.Continue reading ““Azul” Was Its Name-O”

What’s in a Name, Part 2: Drop the Mic?

Microphone 2Part 1 of this little set of blog posts discussed probably the most significant thing that has happened to Koalatie Games in the past few weeks. We have changed the name of the game Center Stage to Upstaged! Today, we discuss what seems like a little issue, but I’m wondering if it will have implications in the future. Here’s the issue. Should we drop the exclamation point at the end of the name, “Upstaged!?”Continue reading “What’s in a Name, Part 2: Drop the Mic?”