It's quite possible that this will be the only article that I'll be posting this month, and that's purely because it's been a quite busy month for me!
This being October means that I've had quite a busy month insofar as Ten Candles. Not only has business been active, but I have also been working tirelessly after getting the final copies back from my editor to finalize the Deluxe edition so I can finally get the games in the hands of my Hardcover-level backers. I'm thrilled for this edition, despite it's microscopic print run, so I want to make sure that I do everything I can to get it set up and ready to go.
That also means finalizing PDFs for the Ten Candles fiction companion, and for the variant guide, which I hope to be releasing in PDF form or softcover form at some point in the future.
A portion of my time this month was dedicated to working on a small card drafting game called Monsterwalk. This game was on my backburner for the foreseeable future, however I was prompted by a game competition put on by Hasbro to get some actual work done for the game and throw it in as a submission. Truthfully, I'm not 100% happy with the game as submitted, but if the game is accepted as a finalist it will provide me with an opportunity to really workshop the game and playtest the heck out of it prior to the required Indiegogo campaign launch that exists as part of the process, to ensure that I'll love whatever game does go out there.
I don't have a ton of information to release about Monsterwalk yet since it's all still up in the air. GOLD supporters, you can check out the rulebook currently over in the Google Docs folder, but for everyone else I'm happy to share some of the gorgeous concept art that Scout Wilkinson was able to do for me in preparation for the contest:
Beyond Ten Candles, the bulk of my month has been preparing for METATOPIA. If you aren't familiar, METATOPIA is an annual convention in New Jersey that is based around game playtests. I am attending my very first METATOPIA this year, so I decided that this is the one year I get to make absolutely horrible decisions and WAY overbook myself. I figure it's a good way to see what my limits are and will allow me to approach future METATOPIAs with a bit more experience, while also letting me get some great playtests in for a few games I've been working on.
If you're attending METATOPIA, I will be running the following games:
- To Serve Her Wintry Hunger (two playtests, one of which is a HIGH playtest)
- Uncanny Valley (three playtests)
- Gather (two playtests, available to GOLD supporters in WIP folder).
Even though I'm not running official games of Annalers of the Skein I hope to have a copy with me in case anyone's looking to play a quick game. I won't be running any games of Too Many Mediums, but again, I'll have the game with me if anyone wants to play. I look forward to hearing how it does in the Golden Cobras on Saturday! I am also also also hoping to run an after-hours game of Ten Candles for some folks. If you'll be at METATOPIA and want to play, please let me know!
I will ALSO be running a panel at METATOPIA, about implementing emotional triggers into game design.
So, as you can tell, I have been heavily working to get these three games ready to go for METATOPIA. The games are all basically ready to go, with the exception of Gather which is within spitting distance of being done. If any GOLD supporters are out there and have any clever ideas for questions I can add, hit me up.
I have no doubt that METATOPIA will light a fire under my butt to get things done, and I look forward to seeing the results of the convention.
Thank you all for bearing with me during this quiet month. Let me know if I'll see you at METATOPIA!