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Just stepping out to say HI everyone.

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Anonymous

Hi everybody... I'm new to the boards, been reading for a while but finally decided to jump in with everyone.. (when I can find time.. )..

I've only been designing games for about 2 years now and I'm on my 5th game. I've not published yet, nor have I self published (though I do have 5-10 prototypes of my games out and about.. )

I create games based on TV shows I like (such as Who Killed West, and clue type board game based on Family Guy), card games and board games. I also really like making expantions for games I allready have..
I'm currently working on Area 52, my newest board game, however it could be my ultimate downfall (it has 6 different dice, 10 dry erase player sheets, a 2 level board (double sided) and over 300 cards in 4 different decks types)...
I'm eventually hoping to put one of my games in the GDW area later (after I've had a chance to contribute first.. )

Some of my other games are - The Unoffical Nodwick card game, 2 expantions for Film Frenzy (a movie watching card game that I felt was lacking.. ) and D3 (D&D for dummies)... All self published and really only avalible in Colorado at this time...

But.. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to everyone... I'm not expert by any means, but I have had alot of experiance in the creating a prototype and playtesting areas (I have 3 groups play testing my games right now... ) so maybe I can help a bit...

Satori

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Re: Just stepping out to say HI everyone.

Satori wrote:

Some of my other games are - The Unoffical Nodwick card game, 2 expantions for Film Frenzy (a movie watching card game that I felt was lacking.. ) and D3 (D&D for dummies)... All self published and really only avalible in Colorado at this time...

But.. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to everyone... I'm not expert by any means, but I have had alot of experiance in the creating a prototype and playtesting areas (I have 3 groups play testing my games right now... ) so maybe I can help a bit...

Satori

Hi Satori, welcome aboard. What took you so long? LOL. Just kidding. Good to have you. If you can offer any insight into the process you used to self publish your games, it'd be greatly appreciated!

-Michael

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Re: Just stepping out to say HI everyone.

Hi Satori, welcome aboard. What took you so long? LOL. Just kidding. Good to have you. If you can offer any insight into the process you used to self publish your games, it'd be greatly appreciated!

-Michael

The biggest thing that I've noticed (for myself) is that as long as I just make games because I like to, and look at any games I might sell as a 'bonus' then it works out great.. (if we could all just do this huh.. )..
Granted it's a bit easier for me (since I've got access to the equipment/resources to do it easily/semi cheaply.. )
So for me it's not that expensive to print up 10 boards and boxes, a few hundred cards and laminate them myself then see if anyone's interested...
The one thing that's saved me the most money...
Reusing old games for my games... I go to the flea market, buy old board games (just the board/box is all I want) then just take my printed box/board (I print them on vinyl) and put them over the old box/board... works great, looks great and it only costs 1 dollar per box/board (well okay.. about 4 bux with printing and materials..)

But the most important thing for me is to just think of it as a hobby, not a life change, business or investment (unless the games take off bigtime.. that's different... ) .. As it is I've only taken my stuff to 2 conventions in 2 different states and givin a few games to 1 company to look at...

But.. reusing old games has been my big cost saver (and ordering laminate in bulk... )

Satori

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Hello Satori

Hey Satori,

My name is Chris Lauria, and I am one of the inventors of the Film Frenzy card game (I am also the lead developer, creative director and the main artist). I noticed you are actually working on an expansion for our game...

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Some of my other games are - The Unoffical Nodwick card game, 2 expantions for Film Frenzy (a movie watching card game that I felt was lacking.. )

We are thrilled that you have picked up the game and have played it, and we are also interested in what improvments you feel you can make to the game. Our objective was to make the most simple, fun, movie-watching game we could. Our goal with the gameplay was to make a game that ANY player could easily play within minutes, not just 'gamers' but casual players as well.

The biggest "gray area" (and also the heart of the game) is the fact that EVERY aciton movie is different. While they all share many clichés, some move very quickly and some are pretty boring. The game-play really depends on the pace of the movie to a large degree.

Before we fully playtested the game, we watched dozens of action movies and listed as many "action clichés" as we possibly could. We also kept track of just how many times these clichés took place during each film. From that list, we made a chart of the most frequent clichés and the ratio in which they occur.

We then found that during some playtest games, some of the clichés were not fully understood by players, some were hard to define and therefore played incorrectly, and some just were not that interesting. Many clichés became "bonus points" or were dropped for the sake of clarity.

Once we signed our licensing deal with Comic Images and moved forward to production we had to drop more cards due to the deck size constraints (the deck could be no more then 120 cards).

As you can see, we have spent countless hours developing and designing our game as best we could. Some decisions were easy, some were not.

While it's next to impossible to make the "perfect game" we feel that we have explored many of the possible paths this game could take. If sales for the initial set meet their expectations, we are planning to develop additional sets (Sci-fi, Horror, etc.) that could stand alone or be combined with each other for those "cross-over" movies (I.E. a Sci-Fi / Action thriller like Aliens etc.) That's why each card has a code number at the bottom right corner. We would also like to do licensed versions - can you imagine a Star Wars Film Frenzy, Star Trek Film Frenzy, or Die-Hard Film Frenzy....

If you have some comments or critiques in regard to our card game, please let me know. Actually, if anyone has a comment or critique of our card game, please fire away. Any and all feedback is truly appreciated. I guess you can post them here or create a new thread - it's up to you. If you want, Satori, you can send me a private message and I will give you my email. We are just looking for some feedback to help us make the best game we can. Thanks!

Chris
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