The new Metallicus rooster card for Chicken Caesar: Fowl Play. This guy will come in every copy of Mars Needs Mechanics. Gotta catch em all.

The new Metallicus rooster card for Chicken Caesar: Fowl Play. This guy will come in every copy of Mars Needs Mechanics. Gotta catch em all.

The BoardRoomers first game design contest as has to a close. 30 entries and lots of fun to be had! The winners were announced today via press release on the BoardRoomers website.
http://www.boardroomers.com/board-game-design-contest-winners/

The BoardRoomers first game design contest as has to a close. 30 entries and lots of fun to be had! The winners were announced today via press release on the BoardRoomers website.

http://www.boardroomers.com/board-game-design-contest-winners/

Prototyping is Key

The artist in me can get caught up in prototyping cards for hours. This is great for creativity, but bad for prototyping. I believe in the idea that if you have an idea for a game get it to the table as fast as possible. After years of taking my time, my Google Docs has gotten bloated beyond belief with only a handful of prototypes ever built. This is a real problem for game designers. The ideas are a dime a dozen. The hardest part is getting it to table.

I recently discovered some tools that have been out there for awhile it seems. Deckromancy is an app for just about anything (PC, Mac, iOS and Android) where you can quickly throw together prototype cards like this…

It’s not beautiful, but I made it in 2 minutes on my iPhone. The only thing I had to do outside of the app was jump on a browser and snatch a photo from google. I saved the image to my Photo Gallery and then pulled it inside Deckromancy. Easy. (Ignore the word “Beast” across the figure’s robe, I forgot to delete that from the template).

Being able to prototype cards quickly on my lunch break (from my phone no less) is game changing for me. I can mess around in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign all day to make prototypes, but all that really does is give me the tools I need for longterm procrastination. We’re talking about prototype design here. The quicker the better. Just get it to table! Apps like Deckromany and even Card Warden are exactly what I need to pop some designs out in minutes and get the game to table.

Here’s the link:  Deckromancy   

An old photo of a prototype I haven’t played in a long time, Animocity. This is one I need to get back out one day.

An old photo of a prototype I haven’t played in a long time, Animocity. This is one I need to get back out one day.

The Component Card backs for Mars Needs Mechanics look beautiful. I went with an aged “Space Jack” flag, something created for the theme of the game. The limited edition box wrap will also be of this flag.

The Component Card backs for Mars Needs Mechanics look beautiful. I went with an aged “Space Jack” flag, something created for the theme of the game. The limited edition box wrap will also be of this flag.