Orcish Wisdom

Our latest game, Runes & Bones, has seven days left to close. We have been very happy with the popularity and success of this project, and have been spending every spare moment making games. Ok, confession time… Corey has been spending every spare moment building the games, but now is where my part comes in. I will be helping him sand, burn and mark the runes and then my favorite part – the bones!

To make the bones we take an enormous bucket of Sculpey, roll out and shape the clay bones, and then bake them in the oven. I can do that all day, it reminds me of play dough, and who doesn’t love play dough?

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Ok, not a bucket of Sculpey, but we are going to find one!

We are excited to hear whispers of an Unpub Game convention coming to Denver the first week of April and are already planning our games to bring. Unpub is a group of game developers that do nothing but network, share advice and experience, and play test new and exciting games. The developers group we are forming will kick off the week after Unpub, and we hope to meet many local developers at the convention that share our love of game creation.

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A rare glimpse of Wasad Qa, Spirit Talker, in his natural environment..

 

 

 

My loving husband’s alter ego, Wasad Qa, is now joining our game company. Our first Wasad Qa video is now on our Kickstarter page, but you can watch it here.

 

 

There is no better way to spend your days than doing what you love, and those words were always hollow to me before launching this game company. Success is not what brings happiness – happiness is what brings success.

Runes & Bones Deluxe

Our latest game release, Runes & Bones, has been a huge success. Our request was $500, hoping to send a few hand made copies out into the world. We are currently over $3000, and nearly sold out of every set.

This week has been a flurry of updates, stretch goals, and reaching out to other companies to partner with. We have included a new digital game called Sticknia, which is a hoot to play!

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In addition to Sticknia, we added a deluxe version of Runes & Bones, leather bags, and personalized runes.

Thank you to everybody who pledged their support, and we are excited about where this game is leading us!

If you haven’t already, please swing by our Kickstarter page and check out Runes & Bones!

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We Love Our Local Game Stores

Magic The Gathering pre-release events were today, and there was quite a hubbub surrounding this event. People were out in droves, spending their Saturday at local game stores playing the game. How do I know this, you ask? Today we spent visiting local game stores to leave fliers and meet the game store management. There were pros and cons to hitting the streets on the same day as the release.

The pros:

1. There were hordes of gamers out and about.

2. There was excitement in the air as players’ favorite game was played around the many tables in the stores.

3. The managers and owners were present in nearly every store.

The cons:

1. There was so much activity we only had a few minutes with each store manager.

2. Parking was impossible to find!

Despite the flurry of activity in the stores, almost every manager and owner present took the time to visit with us. We were welcomed into their store, they expressed interest in our game and company, and were helpful and supportive in every way.

Local game stores offer so much more than selling games. They have tables for people to play games and visit. They have tournaments to play their customers’ favorite games. They provide a community – a place to meet other gamers, hang out and do what they love to do. They also support their community by posting community boards, they sponsor gaming events, and they have inside knowledge of what is happening in the gaming world. Visiting with a gentleman from one of the stores, we discovered a game developers group that we are going to visit to meet and support other like minded people.

Next time you are considering buying a game online to save a couple of bucks, remember your local game store. Keep our gaming community alive and well, and check out what they have to offer.

Project Update:

We are ordering our T-shirts for the contest and to wear at the game convention, Genghis Con, in a few weeks. Once the winners are selected, we will get sizes and send them off to print. Here is an example of what they will look like:

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Thank you for supporting our project, your local game stores, and Goblin rights everywhere. Once again, here is a link to our project, The Goblin Pit Fight.

GOBLIN PIT FIGHT

The Trouble with Goblins

The trouble with goblins is that they are such nasty little creatures, they are hard to drum up sympathy for.

The trouble with after hours geeks is this: We are, by and large, introverts. We had to take off our game developer hats and put on our marketing hats, which we wear much less often. These hats will fit much more comfortably every time we wear them.

We made huge changes to our campaign and game and posted them last night. We have been working around the clock with artists, our focus group, and getting the word out. With the new changes in the project, we are excited and ready to show it off with pride. Tonight, Corey and his local support team are out and about, hitting local game stores and playing the game. This is the most fun part of promotion, of course, the chance to play the game. There was a point last week where we were working so hard that we forgot to have fun, and really, isn’t that what games are for?

Lessons learned:

1. All work and no play is no way to promote fun.

2. Art takes time, don’t under estimate how long it takes.

3. We are fortunate people with the best support team anybody could ask for.

Project Update:

We have redone our artwork and worked closely with a focus group to achieve the our new masterpiece. Here is an example of the new art:

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We posted the contests that are running last night, click here if you missed it. We are pretty excited about the Goblins Awareness T-Shirts and had a ball making up..errr… researching goblins statistics!

We created a new promo video focusing on the injustice that goblins face. I know I posted it last night, but I have to post it again tonight. It cracks me up every time I watch it!

Thanks for following our adventure, this has been worlds of fun! Don’t forget to check out our project, The Goblin Pit Fight:

GOBLIN PIT FIGHT

52 Goblin Challenge

This week’s contest for the glorious prize of a “Goblin Awareness T-shirt”.

5 awesome gamers will take the prize by flexing their geek muscles.

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Goblin Pit Fight has 52 goblins in the deck.  They are very upset that the high level adventurers have slain their families.  Those same high level adventurers have left town to chase a dragon or defeat an evil sorcerer.

52 goblins attack your town!  Angry and jealous of the cushy life you live.

You have 4 “level 1” adventurers.  Describe what your party is made of and how you would deal with this 52 goblin challenge. Post a comment here with your response to the 52 Goblin Challenge.
Check next Monday’s update on our Kickstarter page for winners of this contest and the “Nominate Your Local Game Store” contest.

Anticipation

As we are working on furthering our marketing, adjusting the artwork, and narrowing our focus, we find ourselves in a constant state of anticipation. Did they answer our email? Are the mock ups ready? Which are the best avenues for us to spend our precious little time on? Our excitement is hardly containable.

It’s similar to online dating, obsessively checking our phones, updating each other with any development or idea via text, eagerly awaiting the outcome. It’s every bit as thrilling and exhilarating, but even more rewarding because we are doing it together.

Tonight’s update is not going to be about our project, but about a cool project that’s happening in our own community in Boulder, CO. I hope you don’t mind the change of pace.

Today’s lessons include:

1. Even the best iPhone batteries can only handle so many refresh requests.

2. Patience is something we are learning, whether we like it or not.

3. We aren’t the only people with an awesome project.

Project Update:

Tonight, we are sharing another Kickstarter campaign that launched close to the same time we did. This campaign is for the Boulder Outdoor Theater. The girls met in film school at the University of Colorado and have been actively involved with the Theater ever since. Their request is to replace a 17 year old screen.

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We wish them the best of luck, because this project serves the entire community. Please check out their page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/190104776/kickstart-boulder-outdoor-cinema-were-goin-mobile

And while you are there, make sure you swing by our Goblin Pit Fight, too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284196867/goblin-pit-fight

Schooled by Eighth Graders

I know I introduced myself as Corey and Christina – Scribelife Games – and though I didn’t mean to be misleading, I was slightly misleading. I (Christina) am the blog writer, blog follower, blog blogger. This is our joint project, but I am who you are reading when you stumble upon our little corner of WordPress. I am clearing that up now, because I want to tell you about my day.

Today I visited five girls in the school. These girls are eighth graders who are working on a project called “Students are Authors”, and the story they are writing about is the story of a little girl I lost to cancer some years ago. We have been communicating back and forth sharing a Google doc, they ask questions, I write answers – they write paragraphs, I write corrections – they draw artwork, I upload my daughter’s artwork. We have been doing this for several weeks and today was the first time I met them in person.

What an experience! Initially, they were too intimidated to ask many questions. I imagine the scenario they wanted to avoid was a broken hearted mother crying on their tender 13 year old shoulders, and who can blame them? Once I proved myself solid and no tears sprung from my eyes, they began to show enthusiasm for their story. They talked about how to spin it, what to focus on, how to market it. Their eyes shone with excitement and enthusiasm for their project. They couldn’t write fast enough. Ideas flew from their mouths faster than anyone could type and their project time ended far too soon.

That is the kind of passion I want to embrace with every project. That is the kind of dedication, dreaming, creating that is needed when embarking on a new journey.

Today, I learned from eighth graders what it takes to make ideas happen.

Today’s lessons include:

1. I really am not smarter than a 13 year old.

2. Passion is contagious.

3. Dreaming big is the only way to go.

4. Don’t invest half your heart in anything, give it all if it is worth doing.

5. Student toilets are much lower to the floor.

Project update:

Hurray! We have an artist who is drawing goblins for our cards, and we should have them ready by Monday! I hope to have something ready to post very soon.

We are working on our marketing campaign and you will definitely hear me beating the goblin drums! Our consultation with Richard Bliss (The Game Whisperer) was so helpful that we are in the same place the eighth graders are – too many ideas to count!

Here is our project link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284196867/goblin-pit-fight