Watch and Learn:
Here’s a list of places from around the internet where you can observe people playing various kinds of tabletop games. Watch and listen to what they do. Look for strength, weaknesses, and needs of different games!
[Videos] Geek & Sundry: Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop – Playlist
[Videos] Game Grumps: Table Flip – Playlist
[Video] Node: Call of the Wild – D&D MOVIE
[Podcasts] Nerdy Show: Dungeons & Doritos
[Podcasts] D&D: Acquisitions Inc.
Know of something I should add? Tweet me – @DustinParkerCa
I want to stay open about the whole process of the design phase. So, I’m going to be uploading artwork as I complete it. Also, I need to change the name “Zambies” to something else. Despite it not showing up in a Google search, it turns out there is an relativly unknown game called Zambies. So back to coming up with ideas for names.
Here’s the first completed card: This is the raw design, with bleed and slug areas. The cards will be a slight white border.
Over the last month I’ve dedicated my breaks at work to working on the card game. The rules are basically 100% written, which for me is the actual hard part of the game design, and all of the cards have been sketched. They’re very rough but I do most of my work on the computer. I’ll be using models for reference.
I actually decided to tackle all of the artwork by myself this time around. With the intentions of having a completed project that cost nothing but my time to produce. I personally don’t, currently, count time invested in a project as money. So, anything gained from any sales puts me in the black. It will be nice to have a product that cost me nothing to create.
In total, I’ll need to finish 11 card faces, 1 card back, box art, and a logo. I’ve already been tinkering away at the logo, which puts me a bit a head.
I’ll probably be writing up two more posts about the game before it’s ready for kickstarter. The first will be a breakdown of the card balances and the second will be the completed artwork for the cards. So stay tuned.
While I have a game currently being play tested, it turns out I created another one. A few weeks ago I had a fever and in about 10 minutes I somehow found the energy to rapidly design about 90% a new card game. The sad part is that I think that it’s going to be better than the game I’ve been working on.
So, I’m actually going to switch focus to it. I’ll dedicate some blog posts to following its design. I’d tell you what it’s called but I’m not sure yet.
I’ve been trying to come up with a few pages of questions to pick an choose from during interviews. The goal is to create a really tight-knit flow to the episodes. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be blasting out emails to Streamers in the next couple weeks to see who bites and agrees to come on the podcast! I think I’ve settled on the name “Stream Culture.”
More updates soon!