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HandwrittenAnthony's picture
Joined: 12/01/2011

Hi there BGDF!

My name is Anthony, and I run a small business called Handwritten Games from Perth, Western Australia. As well as game design and marketing work with local game developers, I've also turned my attention to developing my own board and card games. I think there's something incredibly important about the tangible elements analogue games bring to game design and experience!

At the moment I'm working on two games:

Grand City: The Family Business - A fictional mafia-themed card game, which is currently plastered all over the HWG website; and

Halfling Heist - A grab-and-run collection board game that features hungry Halflings getting the ever-living snot beaten out of them. Halfling Heist was recently entered into The Game Crafter's recent Resource Contest, and based on feedback I'm tweaking some components to get it ready for sale later this year.

If you want to keep up-to-date with these projects and future endeavours, I'm always announcing new bits on HWG's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting to know this community better and releasing some games this 2012!

pooryorickgames's picture
Joined: 12/19/2011

Hey there Anthony and welcome! I was looking over your Grand City game and it really looks like an awesome game, from what I can tell. I also like the web marketing extras you've done around the game, that is definitely one place where I personally need help is coming up with that sort of stuff for my games.

I did take a glance through your Quickplay Rules for Grand City. I understand (from the website) that these rules are still being worked on and are not the latest version. However, just as feedback, I noticed that it was not very easy from reading the rules to see the game in your head, and there were still a lot of questions that might not necessarily be answered by having the game parts as well.

Check out my article at my website, for "Writing the Rules on Writing the Game Rules". I'd also be happy to look at your rules rewrite and provide my feedback.

Thanks for listening, and welcome again!

HandwrittenAnthony's picture
Joined: 12/01/2011
Excellent article!

Thanks, fellow TGCer! =D

I should probably note explicitly on the site those rules there are an incredibly outdated reference for some of my playtesters - the actual rulebook is much more detailed, but still a work in progress.

I'll definitely take you up on that offer once I do my latest rewrite however!

That is an excellent article on your site about rules writing by the way. It can be so very, very easy to forget the information you need to convey to new players when you've already spent more than 100 hours with your ruleset.

Thanks again for the kind words! If you ever want to talk marketing or bounce some story ideas around, shoot me a message; I'd be more than happy to help, and Villains! looks like an excellent setting that you could do a lot with. =)

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