Here is a quick catch-up of what’s been going on lately:
Empire of Sin
It’s out, boss! Empire of Sin was released on December 1st on PC, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This is several milestones rolled up into one. I had never released a game on a console and now it’s out on pretty much all of them! Also, until now all of my videogame releases had been digital so it’s a special thrill to be able to hold it in my hands (once my copy gets here) and to see it on store shelves.
Imirt represents game developers and creators from all disciplines throughout Ireland, both analog and digital. I’ve been following their work from abroad and now that I’m back I want to help. The first step was to give a talk, the second was to run for their 2020 board elections and now I was elected! Thank you to all of you who voted for me.
Now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start putting those plans in action!
Cortiça made it to the top 10 finalists in Button Shy’s 18 card worker placement contest. I haven’t really mentioned this one here, have I? This one deserves its own post. Soon.
So much has happened since the last post, I thought I’d do a couple posts to catch up. This one is about my analog projects, in chronological order:
January 7th: I gave my first talk! I was one of the speakers at Run for the Border 2020 in Dundalk along with Jordan Bradley, Pete Mc Nally and Donal Philips. It was a short talk called “So, you’ve designed a board game. Now what?”. It was about the different paths you can follow in order to get your game published, with the suggestion of using print and play as a way to grow an audience before either showing it to a publisher or trying to release a full/premium version of your game.
I’m not used to public speaking so I must have made all the newbie mistakes but the reaction was very positive and I would like to do it again.
May 13: Agent Decker was featured by Shut Up & Sit Down! During the quarantine they’ve started looking at both solo and print and play games and they noticed mine! I’ve been a fan of theirs since their first video nine whole years ago, so this was an honor.
July 27: It was a long journey but I finally have my copies of Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker. Nine months after the backers got theirs so I might have been the very last person to get one. Board & Dice decided to make it a kickstarter exclusive after the campaign was over so unfortunately you won’t find it in stores but there is the option of getting the print and play version online.
Oct 2: Recently I felt inspired to go back to Fortune Tellers. This is a prototype I was working on 7 years ago. At the time the mechanics had some issues but I was enamored by the theme. Now that I have a bit more experience I might be able to do something with it, even if it means I have to scrap the mechanics and start fresh.
I can’t stop thinking about this game. I don’t know of others like it, which makes me feel like I am on the verge of creating something original and that feeling is so great that I want to share the process with you. Step one was bringing the blog back to speed.