A week ago today about a score of board and card game designers and enthusiasts congregated at The Board Room. Sam Fraser had this report (originally posted on Google+)
Last night I hosted the first Halifax Board and Card Game Designers meetup at the Board Room Game Cafe. It was a big success! 19 people showed up, and 1 person more couldn’t get in, so an even 20 people made the effort. That’s a great turn out.
Beforehand, I was worried that I would be the only one with a prototype to work on, but there were at least 5 people with a playable prototype, so that’s awesome. There is a 4x civ-building/exploration game, a deckbuilder set in the French Revolution, a bluff-based nuclear war card game for 3-5 players that takes under an hour, my uncooperative dungeon crawl, plus one super secretive proto.
We agreed that we would meet on the second Monday of each month at the Board Room, while designers would sign up for their weekly Open Gaming night to try out their protos and get feedback from the public. The monthly meetings would be a chance for a show & tell session, and to dig into some of the deeper challenges.
There were a lot of good discussions about things relating to game design too. Which print on demand service has the best quality components (The Game Crafter beat SuperiorPOD), best Kickstarter strategies, and using using games for social change. We even talked about creating an official society that would enable us to send a “Nova Scotia delegation” of designs to different conventions, thereby minimizing costs and maximizing exposure. Cool idea.
So if you are in Halifax or not too far away and want to join us, send me an email at email@example.com or join the FB group athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/halifaxgamedesigners/. It’s gaining lots of momentum!