Monthly Archives: March 2013

Finland-Bound in July

Now that Ropecon has announced it, I can say that I’ll be a Guest of Honor at Ropecon XX in Espoo, Finland on July 26-28 this year. I’m really looking forward to it, and hope to see you there if you’re in the neighborhood!

Ropecon’s announcement is here.

Time “Marches” On…

If there’s one thing that really hits home as a freelancer, it’s the relentless March of time. Okay, I’ll stop with the March puns, I’ve got it out of my system now, I promise.  Anyway, seriously, time really rushes past as a freelancer. There’s a steady drain on your savings, while you race the clock to set up deals and sell games before the last grains of sand run out of your bank account. As I’ve said before, it’s scary for me, as I’ve had a steady paycheck for almost 15 years.

Fortunately, I’m doing pretty well so far. I’ve sold 4 games for sure since leaving FFG, have a pretty solid 5th, and have 2 more games finished and ready to sell, hopefully in a couple weeks at the GAMA Trade Show. Depending on how fast the publishers are, there might actually be quite a few games with my name on them out this year. We’ll just have to wait and see, really.

My main focus in February has been Rattler, now that Tweedledee and TopHat are pretty much finished up. I’ve made good progress on Rattler, and done a lot of world design for it. It’s an unusual setting that I’m very excited about. I’ve even seen a couple of pieces of test art for it, and that’s always exciting stuff for me. In March, Fury is going to start being my focus as I brainstorm and start designing for it, and hopefully I’ll be able to finish Rattler.

I will say that my favorite part of every game is seeing it come to life through art and components. I love opening up a new game that I’ve designed and pawing through the bits. There’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly opened game. Heck, I can even tell you what country a pack of cards were printed in by the smell of their ink (my friend Eric Lang showed me that trick).

In conventions this month, I’ll be going to the GAMA Trade Show, as I mentioned earlier, which is in Las Vegas. Maybe I’ll try and catch a show while I’m there if I’m not totally swamped with meetings. I’ve always kind of wanted to see the Blue Man Group perform, or maybe a Cirque du Soleil show. I doubt I’ll do too much gambling, though, maybe just a bit of slots and blackjack for the heck of it. Some other folks in the industry are pretty good poker players, but I’m only average, so I’ll stay out of the annual poker tournament.

I may also be heading out somewhere in the country to make an appearance for TableTop Day on March 30. Details haven’t been finalized yet, but if all goes well, Eric and I, as well as the publisher, will be showing off Tweedledee that day. I’ll let you guys know as soon as the trip is finalized where I’ll be appearing. If it happens to be in your area, come by and see us.

So, March is going to be a busy month for me, but I’m greatly looking forward to it.