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Deck-building for the younger set

I have been away from game design for over 3 years now, but something has finally drawn me back into it. And that something is my son who turned 6 this year and is started to get interested in "Daddy's games" and not kiddie board games. He is still a bit young to play most games on his own, but he is getting there. Forbidden Island in particular has been a big hit. Recently, he has really taken a liking to Dominion because of all of the different cards.

The Newest AV Card. version 4b

Duel Card.png

Here's card version 4b.

Added some cosmetic frills such as connecting the grids.
Changed font for nameplate.
All icons are leaning the same direction now.
I've gone with the 2 Cogmometers to the right and also gave them a glassy look. (HP)
I've put medals on the portrait of the character. (Denotes rank)
Medals are also above the weapons grid where I originally wanted them.
I had a lot of space in the middle so I added a small line break to put abilities (by name only) a character might have.

July 2012 Miscellany

Thoughts about some game-related topics that are not long enough for separate blog posts.

If you're into twitter, and game design, Reiner Knizia is worth following. Many of his tweets are attempts to encapsulate his experience.

I see that GenCon now charges a base price of $2 per event--but not for seminars


The AV Card Creation Process Continues

Card Design 4a

So I took BubbleChuck's idea and ran with it.

I've HASTILY worked on an unfinished copy in my own stylings. As much as I LOVE his card, I want the gritty, dull, browned colors I've been working with. It doesn't look half as good as his but again, this was hastily put together in the morning with no sleep.

The sword has been replaced with a fist.
The hat is now leaning the same direction as everything else.

Solo ... Errr test?

So I'm making an adventure game.

And this is my first attempt to create an actual board game.

... And your bound to have some issues during the creation of it.

One word comes to mind when I did a solo of the current incarnation of my game,"The Find", :boring.

Card suggestion for Evil ColSanders,

Helping Card - Front and Back

I saw your card proposals and quickly put these together - using elements from your developing design and some quick add ins.

The quality isn't great, I'm no graphic artist, and the spacing is slightly out in a couple of places. However, they should suffice for play testing or thought material for further development.

ColSanders, If you need me to send the file or any of the bits in it then drop me a message.

Newest Card Design (3)

Card Design 3

Here's the latest card design based off of the second card.

Tell me what you think.

Commercially viable game designs versus personally satisfying designs

I go to a college game club during the academic year. Recently a couple of the college students have designed their own games and brought them to playtest at the club. One of these is the past president, now a graduate student, who’s been working on games for several years and so it wasn’t surprising. His game that’s a combination of deck building and lots of dice rolling is quite popular. The other is more of a surprise, a 19-year-old woman who had not seemed very serious about games, who’s full of life and enthusiasm about all kinds of things, yet who buckled down and designed games.

Arcana Victoriana Cards part 2

AV Card 2

Here is the second card. I'm a bit partial to the first but the 2 card ideas were given to me so I made both.

If you care to voice your opinion on what you prefer, leave a comment.


This is a lot more tidy than the first. It takes up more space because of that.
The tabs to the right of the grid make it easier for people to know/remember what the stats mean and allows for quick reference. The first card does not have this. The first card relies on reading the rules and seeing the diagrams of the card which state what all the boxes, icons, and numbers mean.

Arcana Victoriana Cards

Card Design 1

After a long hiatus, I'm gotten back to working on my game. I got tired of having to use sheets of paper with 8 characters printed out on each. After about 2-3 weeks of discussion of the layout, I banged 2 possible card layouts in 3-5 days totally about 6 hours of actual work time. I can't put both in one blog post so I'll post the First submission here, then another in another blog. I'd like to have some input on whether you'd prefer this card or the second card I've posted.

Here are some of the differences:


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