The Unbearable Multifariousness of Being a Self-Published Game Designer

The more I find out about trying to fund a game on Kickstarter the more I know that it is not for me. Getting funded on KS is essentially an exercise in marketing. The process of self-publishing as a whole does appeal to me, but it is clearly something that requires many different skills and... Continue Reading →

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Games in Education

When not designing board games I work as a supply teacher, and I recently met a highly intelligent nine-year-old named David. On our first day together he was busy making pirate ships out of Lego, and he took me on an adventure involving ports, taverns and sea battles. “Let’s take this sugar to a port... Continue Reading →

Games Hack coming up

Ever wondered how easy it is to get from first ideas to working game? Wonder no more. Come and have a go! Vince at Asgard Games in Walsall is letting me put on a Games Hack this month. We'll meet up late afternoon on Saturday 22nd July in the shop, then teams and individuals will... Continue Reading →

Dicing with Probability

How many different ways can you make 7 from two dice rolled at random? The answer, obviously is six different ways. 1 plus 6, 2 plus 5, 3 plus 4, 4 plus 3, 5 plus 2 and 6 plus 1. I know some people disagree over counting the combinations in both orders, but the bottom... Continue Reading →

Designers at Expo ’17

The annual UK Games Expo, held last weekend at the NEC in Birmingham, has just become the third largest hobby games convention in the world. For local designers like us it is, unsurprisingly, a pretty big deal. This year a number of us coughed up £25 each to co-exhibit with Utherwald Press, an indie RPG... Continue Reading →

Competition, Creativity and Close Calls

A few months ago I had a brilliant little idea based on a prompt from Kickstarter. They wanted to see projects based around one-off or one-of-a-kind creativity, among others. I immediately threw together the bones of a Games Hack evening at my friendly local games store and stuck it up there on Kickstarter for the... Continue Reading →

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