Bloody Knuckles

We celebrated our first successful Kickstarter project last night with wine, food and friends. 

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As I write this post, Corey is cutting and shaping runes in the garage. We are actually having to weed out the bloody runes from the rest of them so we aren’t sending any out with spilled blood. Who knows, maybe that would make them more appealing? Corey isn’t the only one spilling blood for the love of the game, our friends that volunteer to help are taking their share of injuries, too. All for the love of the game!  On the days he is building our game, he comes home dirty, bloody, and happy. His hands are chewed up and his nose is caked with sawdust, but he smiles all night. 

ImageWe may spend several months making copies of Runes & Bones and focusing on our education materials, so don’t look for new projects before June! In the meantime, we will keep our blog updated with other gaming related topics and send out monthly newsletters to keep people posted about our projects. 

Our online presence may be spotty in the next week or so, however. We are not only building the games, we are expecting a grand child. She is due today and we can’t wait to see her!

 

Be patient with us the next few weeks and know that we are making runes, sculpting bones, and spending time with the new baby!

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

Runes & Bones have been sources of power and divination for Tribal Orc Spirit Talkers for countless generations.  As the wisdom of the few remaining spirit talkers fell to the blood lust that consumes the race, the Runes and Bones once used to guide the strategy of the warriors now serve only to entertain them.  What once was an honored system of divination, now serves as a campfire game for Orcish warriors everywhere.

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Corey and I have spent many hours over the last week hand crafting our newest game, Runes & Bones.  It is now live on Kickstarter. We launched our game this morning, and we met our modest goal by noon. As hand making these versions of the game are time intensive, we are making a limited number of copies with the goal of getting a few copies in the hands of players.  It is our hope that with the game in the public, we can receive reviews and feedback and be more prepared to launch the manufacturing campaign this year.

We made our goal before noon, and are currently at 166% funded.

In our video, we show the process of making this game by hand. It’s a lot of fun, but a lot of work. It’s a good thing we love what we do!

We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excited about the interest and enthusiasm for our game and our company. We cannot thank our backers and supporters enough.

Please check out our game, if you haven’t already!

RUNES & BONES EDITION ZERO

Game Night

This afternoon we will be hanging out at our local game store, Total Escape Games, playing Goblin Pit Fight and possibly play testing another game for a member of our Board Game Group on Facebook.

This has been a full week of gaming, last night we played Space Alert with our friends, pizza and beer. If you haven’t checked this one out yet – run, don’t walk, to you local game store and buy it. Who knew fighting aliens could be so much fun?

We are board game designers because we are board game lovers. Board games provide us fun nights with our friends in a personal, face to face kind of way. Video games are great escapes, board games are great times. Game nights bring friends, beer, laughter, food and a quality of relationship that you just can’t replicate with Xbox Live. Yesterday was the last night we had to spend with our dear friend, James, before he returns to Japan.

James has been a lifelong gaming friend of Corey’s, and a new friend to me.  James lives in Japan with his wife, Keiko, and new son Jamie. The last few weeks he has returned to the states for work and has spent most of his free time helping us with our project. He has play tested, offered feedback, helped with the design and visited game stores with us. He is also a project backer, even though he will receive a copy of the game either way. This level of support and friendship could not have been found without their mutual love of board games.

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Thanks so much for everything, James, and safe travels home!

Project Update:

As mentioned above, we will be playing Goblin Pit Fight tonight at our local game store. We love this store and cannot wait to feature it in our next post. If you are anywhere near the area, swing by. We would love to meet you, play a game, and generally hang out.

We ordered the t-shirts today and are excited to get them in the hands of our contest winners. We also can’t wait to get our own and proudly sport them at Genghis Con in Denver in a couple of weeks.

Thanks again to all of our friends and supporters, and make sure to swing by our Kickstarter page, the Goblin Pit Fight.

GOBLIN PIT FIGHT

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

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