Working hard in preparation for this year’s Gathering of Friends

gof_logo1We haven’t posted in awhile – mostly because the weeks leading up to Alan Moon’s Gathering of Friends is full of testing and prototype re-making! If you’re not familiar with the Gathering of Friends, then read this article here as it explains my experience from last year!

So what are we doing to prepare? Well, I’m glad I asked..! We have some new games that we’re working on that have never been pitched before:

Herdables: This is a Bejeweled type game in which you’re trying to get three animals of the same kind in a row. The nice twist to this one is that you must place your 2 animals each turn adjacent to a third animal – each of which is drawn at the end of your turn – which means you can always see how your opponent could play, and alter your move accordingly. A cool 2-player game!

Firefly – With a Cool Subtitle: We were told by Toy Vault last year that they have the license for Firefly games and said they’d look at any Firefly games we pitched them. So we’re not ones to leave a request like that lying around! We came up with a really cool Advanced Incan Gold type of a game – where you have to escape back to Serenity before it’s too late. You don’t control any one character but instead are controlling the story of the characters as they go on missions to collect credits and battle the Alliance! Looking forward to seeing Toy Vault’s reaction to this one!

Zombie Slam: Well some publishers have seen this one…kind of! We had a game called Jam Slam that has been to many publishers – but it was deemed too old for a kid’s game and too young-feeling for an adult game. So what do we do? Slap a zombie theme on it and make it a full on adult game! But in doing so we’ve found many more things to do with the game that align with the theme.

What’s That?: This is a party game that uses an app! We partnered with Stefan Alexander to create the app, and then as a full partner in designing the game. It’s such a cool idea for a game! We showed it to Repos Production last year and they liked it – but we’ve never been happy enough with the app to send it to them…but we are now! I think this one will be exciting!

On top of these three new games we have some others that have seen publishers before but haven’t been picked up yet. Not sure if there will be any new publishers there this year that haven’t seen these – but I might as well bring them!

Chainables – a cool word making game with 2 decks of cards.

Lions Share – an interesting card game about sharing cards that you’ve won.

EI-EI-O – almost got signed last year – but the publisher backed out when they saw another game coming out that had animals and sound effects in it (even though the games are different).

Also I have partnered with another designer for the first time and we’ve got a really cool 3-dimensional tower building game called the Towers of Nakh. I love how it plays and it always draws a crowd because it looks so interesting while you’re playing it.

Finally, I have my first solo project that I hope to have ready. It’s called Ignotus (which is latin for Unknown) and it’s about figuring out a player’s secret goal, which trying to achieve your own.

So we’ll be busy again this year – but I mean that in a good way! I love going to the Gathering and hanging out with other designers, playtesting their games and having them playtest our games – as well as meeting publishers in such a relaxed and casual way. I’ll post more after the event. Wish us luck!!

-Jay Cormier

 

Blatant reposting of awesome James Mathe article

I really loved this article and so I’m just going to link to it here. If you’re an aspiring designer, then heed this advice. I have found myself giving all of this feedback time and time again. It’s all great advice that I strongly support.

Game Design for Dummies – by James Mathe

There is one caveat – if you are making a war game, then it is expected that there will be some player elimination. On the whole though, I’d recommend avoiding player elimination!

-Jay Cormier

The Number 1 Up and Coming Game?

Using some high tech math (division!), a user on boardgamegeek.com has figured out what the top 50 up and coming games are for February 2014, and guess what came out on top?

ThisTown-logoThis Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us is number 1! Basically he took the ratio of new owners to existing owners to come up with a number and This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us had a ratio of 14.43, compared to the next highest which was Android: Netrunner – Fear and Loathing which had 13.92.

Pretty cool!

 

-Jay

Review of upcoming game This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

20minutesoffiller20 Minutes of Filler Podcast just did a podcast where they talked a bit about Kickstarted microgames, followed by a review of a great game called 6 Nimmt and finishing with a wonderful review of This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us! Check out the entire podcast here. Jump to 17:20 to get right to the review for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us!

-Jay Cormier

New Interview with Sen and Jay by Bellwether Games!

Screenshot 2014-02-24 00.28.02Cool! Bellwether Games has just posted an interview we did over a few email correspondences we had over the last couple of weeks. It’s a fun interview that goes into details about the games we have coming out this year as well as some of our design philosophies!

Read the Bellwether Games Interview here!

-Jay

This Interview Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

ThisTown-logoHere’s a funny story: During our Kickstarter campaign for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us, I opened it up to the backers in the comments section to questions they had for me about – anything! Well, I got a bunch of questions…and then a bunch more. One backer has taken all his questions and my answers and made a couple of blog posts about them! So if you’re interested in learning a bit more about Sen and me and how we design games – there are a lot of interesting questions (and hopefully interesting answers) to be found!

Part One of the interview.

Part Two of the interview.

Thanks Sanders for putting this altogether! It’s a nice way to end off the Kickstarter campaign!!!

-Jay Cormier

Both our Kickstartered Games have been successfully kickstarted!

ThisTown-logoYay and thanks to everyone who supported in whatever way you could for getting both Tortuga and This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us funded! It was a fun ride – especially the last day for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us as we had a swell of comments and engagement from our backers! In fact, we had more comments on the final 2 days than we did over the rest of the entire campaign! Wow!

Here are some stats:

How much funds we brought in each day for This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

How much funds we brought in each day for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

How many backers we had for This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

How many backers we had for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

How many comments we had per day for This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

How many comments we had per day for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

The last day was only an hour or so – so you could really combine those last 2 columns into the same day! Note that while we had more funds raised on the last day than the previous day – we had almost the same number of backers – which means that existing backers raised their pledge level – awesome! So the game is funded – 601% of our initial target, so that’s fantastic! In the future the game will only be available on the TMG website (Tasty Minstrel Games). But it’s cool to know that at least 4687 people will be playing this game in a few months!!

Let’s compare to our other game, Tortuga:

Funds per day for Tortuga

Funds per day for Tortuga

Backers per day for Tortuga

Backers per day for Tortuga

Comments per day for Tortuga

Comments per day for Tortuga

Tortuga-BoxScreenshot 2014-01-30 08.08.40It’s definitely saddening to see so many people back out of their pledge throughout the campaign. I believe it had nothing to do with the game but some people didn’t feel like the stretch goals were enticing enough (though I think the extra island is pretty darned cool!) and some people were turned off from the fact that the game was already available for pre-order elsewhere. Oh well – we still hit 284% of our target and the game is coming out! Once it comes out – all these negatives will hopefully be forgotten as the focus then shifts to the actual gameplay.

So an exciting couple of weeks for the Bamboozle Brothers. We’ll be back on the Kickstarter bandwagon in a month or two when our next game, But Wait There’s More starts its campaign from Toy Vault! That should be a lot of fun because the game has the Monty Python license attached to it!! Wow! Stay tuned for all those details. And thanks again for those that backed either or both of our recent games on Kickstarter!!

-Jay

Check out this overview video of our new game Akrotiri!

Eric W Martin from Boardgamegeek.com went to Nuremberg last week and took a bunch of videos of upcoming games – and lo and behold, he filmed an overview of our new game ,Akrotiri coming from Z-Man games later this year! This is exciting as it’s one of – if not my favourite games that Sen and I have designed. JF from Filosofia/Z-Man explains how the mechanics work in the game and it gives you a quick overview of some of the interesting decisions you’ll have in the game. Check it out!

-Jay Cormier

Finally – English Rules are posted for our new game Tortuga!

Queen had the German rules posted for awhile but have now posted the English rules to our new game, Tortuga! So if you’ve been on the fence about backing this game on Kickstarter – well, now you can read more about it to see if it’s your jug o’ rum!

Tortuga-rule-front-page

Check out the rules on the Kickstarter Update page – and help us get that last stretch goal of 6 more treasure tokens! Less than $1000 to go!!!!!

-Jay

This Town Ain’t Big Enough for GeekDad’s review…wait – yes it is!

ThisTown-logoScreenshot 2014-02-10 15.03.08GeekDad wrote up a nice review of This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us! In short, he liked it and while it won’t replace Carcassonne as his main tile-laying game, but that “it’ll be great for a quick fix.” Check out his review…

Oh also – you knew that the game is still funding on Kickstarter right?! Hey with a minimum pledge of $3 you can get yourself a copy of the game…or what about free? Sure – you can even try the game for free as a print and play. Click on Free Games above to find it.

To back it on Kickstarter, click here!

If you just want to share the Kickstarter campaign with your friends (because it fun to do!) – then you can use this link:

http://tinyurl.com/p5bealm

-Jay