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Another brick in the wall...

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File13Games
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Hello BGDF. Long time Lurker, maybe second time poster.

Before I launch into a bevy of huge posts, I want to make sure that I'm not traversing into the realm of bad form by my intent, so I thought I would throw up a litmus post first. I have been a rank amateur designer for a number of years. I put my designs on paper, and for many years, many of them have never gone anywhere aside from on paper. I have a filebox with countless ideas in it, that I 'lovingly' refer to as File 13 (hence my username.)

I've been working a lot lately though, with my later designs, to get them into the prototype/playtest phase, rather than letting them yellow with age in some forgotten filebox, and have been somewhat successful. I've had more designs go to playtest in the last couple of years than I have in as long as I can remember.

The problem is, that I moved a few years ago, and while I used to have an excellent support network for brainstorming and working through problems, I no longer have that. Invariably, my designs, even in a prototype stage "hit the wall" and I'm left agonizing over how to fix things until I end up with a new inspiration, and start another design altogether. This, I'm sure, is not an uncommon problem. I tend to treat my works as gold even though they're little more than polished pyrite and have long been hesitant to post them anywhere they might get 'stolen', though as I get older I realize something unfinished isn't really worth 'stealing'.

That's a long build up to basically ask this: I have some designs that are pretty much in a completion or tweaking stage, and I need help. Or at least somewhere to talk about design in general that might get the ol' gears turning. Would it be permissible (or even advisable) to post my designs into this forum, even though they're pretty much finished concepts, with an explanation of the current 'wall' in the hopes of getting a boost up and over it? Or is this part of the forum more for ideas that are less fully-formed?

Thank you.

File13Games

File13Games
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Well-- A deep subject.

Thank you for the warm welcome. I do so love the sound of crickets.

Orangebeard
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Chirp?

Welcome File13Games!

Even without posting full games or rules, I think there is a good chance someone here will be able to help you break through any design road blocks.

What's on your mind?

Dralius
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Sorry you got missed but we

Sorry you got missed but we have had a huge influx of new designers and it’s easy to miss posts with so many new ones every day.

This is certainly the place to talk though ideas and yes unfinished work is not worth stealing, plus we all want to do things our own way not yours. As for play testing you can always post here or at the game design forums at www.baordgamegeek.com to see if there is anyone in your area that would be willing to play test with you.

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