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The Odd Fox
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Hello everyone! I have been listening to the Board Game Design Lab podcast and I've been loving that! The podcast led me here and I see such a great community that is well established and full of good resources! I'm excited to join in!

As the title has already told you, I'm from Utah. I'm married and a father of 4, one of my kids was adopted from China, which was a really incredible experience. I'm a therapist (LMFT) and am currently the Assistant Clinical Director of a residential treatment center for teens. Board game design is a passion of mine and I hope to publish some games in the coming years! I'm an artist as well and would ideally like to incorporate my art into the game designs I'm currently working on.

I'm currently working on a handful of games. Two have primarily been my focus though.
1) Fox in the Henhouse. Small 14 card game I started play testing with my 10 year old daughter (who usually plays far better than me at this). Hope to finish this up sometime this year.
2) The King's Market. Also a small card game. This one consists of 22 cards. Have done some play testing on this one then made some dramatic changes. Hoping to start play testing again soon. Also, I will probably change the name of this one at some point. The King's Market is just a fill in name for now.

Hope to get to know many of you and I also hope to contribute in a way that will be helpful for others!

Thanks!

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Greetings

Welcome to the BGDF!

You might want to reconsider telling people in this community that you are an artist (sort of a joke... sort of not at the same time)

I am intrigued by the sound of your games, and would love to hear more about them! Games that have only a few physical components are of great interest to me, this is because many times they have very streamlined and unique takes on the mechanics they use.

You should start some threads for your games under "New Game Ideas"... they don't need to be "new" ideas for you... but they will be new to us.

-Eamon

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Welcome! I'm really glad the

Welcome!

I'm really glad the BGDL podcast led you here.

I'm in the adoption process myself, so I know what kind of emotional roller coaster that can be. Game design has definitely been a good thing to bring calm and peace in frustrating times.

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Welcome fellow Utahn! I'm

Welcome fellow Utahn! I'm currently living in deep south Texas, but will be returning to UT next year. Have you met with the board game designers guild there in Salt Lake?

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eamon,

Thanks for the advice. I agree with you about games with few components having more streamlined mechanics. I'll post my games in the New Ideas area when I have some time to write it out. I'd love to get some thoughts on it!

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Gabe,

This is Dustin (I've emailed you a few times). I wasn't sure whether to put my name here or the company name I'm hoping to publish my designs through.

That's great you're going through the adoption process! Yes, roller coaster is a good way of describing that. Good luck!

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Mokheshur,

Yes! Nice to meet a Utahn here! Hope your travel back from Texas is uneventful. I have not met with the Board Game Designer's Guild, however, I've read up on it and thought about it. Seems intimidating, though I'm sure it's not. My understanding is they are mostly geared toward the euro style games. I'd like to design that kind of game, it's just a little deep for me right now. Hopefully I can do something at that level after I get my feet wet.

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The Odd Fox wrote:Gabe, This

The Odd Fox wrote:
Gabe,

This is Dustin (I've emailed you a few times). I wasn't sure whether to put my name here or the company name I'm hoping to publish my designs through.

That's great you're going through the adoption process! Yes, roller coaster is a good way of describing that. Good luck!

Hey Dustin! You're the guy that's been sending me really good podcast interview ideas. Thanks for those.

Yeah, the adoption process in Honduras is like a game that lasts far too long and has a terribly written rulebook that requires a 20 page FAQ. It's called "Frustration and Inefficiency."

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Gabe: your adoption process

Gabe wrote:

Hey Dustin! You're the guy that's been sending me really good podcast interview ideas. Thanks for those.

Yeah, the adoption process in Honduras is like a game that lasts far too long and has a terribly written rulebook that requires a 20 page FAQ. It's called "Frustration and Inefficiency."

Gabe,

Regarding your adoption, perhaps it's some kind of litmus test to see who's really got good enough intentions to follow through after jumping through all those hoops! Will you eventually fly out to Honduras to complete the adoption or will your child be flown to the Unites States? We flew to China to complete our adoption and we were there for just over two weeks. We anticipated doing some sightseeing, however, we didn't actually do much of that since our son didn't really want to be with us initially (who could blame him). Most of our time was in the hotel or in short walks around town, apart from any mandatory travel to doctor's appointments, paperwork etc.

I don't know that we need to go into all the details here, but feel free to reach out if you have questions. I'm certainly no expert on the subject, but going through it to some extent may grant me some ability to give assistance.

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