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Showing posts from May, 2020

Card Art Evolution: Forest Troll

UPDATE: Since this article was written, Deck of Wonders launched on Kickstarter, funded in less than 2 days, and is now racing through stretch goals! You can check the Kickstarter page out here , and I've added the full, final art for Forest Troll in all it's glory to the end of this article. Enjoy, and you can check out a bunch more final card art here ! I've taken a very iterative approach to developing Deck of Wonders, and card art has been no different! Below is the journey of one card's art over the course of development so far. Forest Troll is one of my favorite cards in the game, and its art (at all stages) has become a kind of avatar for Deck of Wonders. I'm sure it will evolve even further before the game is released (e.g. the card template is obviously still in development), but it's really fun to look at how it's evolved over time! Let me know your thoughts on where Forest Troll and the card template should go from here, and let me know if you

Digital Demo at Con of Champions

Tomorrow I'll be demoing Deck of Wonders via TTS at the digital Con of Champions. Everyone is still figuring out what to expect from the convention experience, so I have no idea what exactly I'm getting myself into. How to make digital "booths" feel peruse-able is an interesting challenge, and I've seen everything from Second Life style exhibit halls to every booth getting their own channel on Discord. Hopefully it results in some great connections and fun games of Deck of Wonders, though! If you're interested in participating, you can sign up here . Also, quick shoutout to Wes Woodbury of  FunDaMental  Games for helping me set up this sweet demo booth in TTS! Click here  to back Deck of Wonders on Kickstarter!

Board Game Equity Pyramid

As I've gotten into game design, I've found many of the tools from my "day job" in brand strategy super helpful. I recently put out a poll to the game design community asking what brand strategy topics might be useful to them, and overwhelmingly the #1 request was for help clearly communicating the equity of a game to others. I mashed up a couple of brand strategy tools through the specific lens of board game design, and this is the result! You can get a blank template for yourself right here . Fill it out (either for the board game you're designing, or for an existing game as practice) and post your results here. I geek out about this kind of marketing stuff, and would love to deconstruct it with you! What about the template is most useful? What's not useful? What's missing? Click here  to back Deck of Wonders on Kickstarter!

Card Art

Welcome to Deck of Wonders! The game is coming together across several fronts right now, and probably the most exciting of those is card art. Every card has a "good" and an "evil" side, and which side you use depends on when the card is drawn. The art reflects this duality, and is being created by Lauren Brown . Enjoy! If you'd like to get email updates on Deck of Wonders, sign up here !                   Forest Troll                                     Pixie Cavalry                                     Gnomish Servant                         Click here  to back Deck of Wonders on Kickstarter!