“Dicey Curves” Makes the BoardGameGeek News

Dicey CurvesW. Eric Martin, author of the BGG News, makes the folks reading “The Geek” aware that I will be demoing Dicey Curves at GenCon … and that it should be out in mid-August.

Not sure how dorky it is that I am posting about someone’s post about one of my posts from a day ago … but, well, yeah … here it is.

Still waiting on my shipment from TGC — should be here tomorrow … cannot wait to see how the track cards turned out!

Catch Me at GenCon Indy!

GenCon Indy 2011I will be in Indianapolis next Thursday and Friday (August 4th and 5th) attending GenCon Indy 2011 (“The Best Four Days in Gaming!”).

Thursday will be my day to wander around and see what there is to see, get the lay of the land, and hopefully run into some of my game designer/publisher friends to talk with.

On Friday, I will be at the booth with the guys from TheGameCrafter.com, showing off the games I have published through their site along with one of my kids favorites by Dave Dobson (“Diggity“), and giving demos of my soon-to-be-release Dicey CurvesLook for me there between 11am and 2pm.

Starting at 2, I will be part of a panel of designers talking about Protospiel — an annual game designer get-together in Michigan.  I attended a couple of summers ago (and had originally planned to go this past summer), and it was a thoroughly entertaining time and greatly beneficial to me as a designer.  So, I am happy to introduce others to what it is about, as well as get another chance to talk with great folks like the other designers on the panel.  From the information I have, this will be event SEM1120131, starting at 2pm on Friday, in the Marriott’s Santa Fe room.

I can’t wait to get there … if you will be attending, I’d love to hear from you.  See ya there!

Upgrade at TheGameCrafter.com

TheGameCrafter.comThe website and available products and services at TheGameCrafter.com just went through a major upgrade this past week.  The changes are requiring me to update the web graphics associated with each of the games I have available there.

Jump Gate has already been updated, but I need to hunt through my archive files in order to update Castle Danger and DareBase.  I expect to have them updated before the end of the weekend.

One of the best parts of the update is that they now ship the games in an actual gamebox … and that is then packaged into a shipping box.  It’s all very generic at the moment, but now that they’ve moved to the updated site and production capabilities, more good stuff — such as actual folding, chipboard game boards, and tuck boxes — will be coming in the near future.  The pricing for parts has been reduced and more parts have been added.

A very nice upgrade indeed!

The Room was Finally Ready

Matt and his Dad

A few days ago, my dad told my mom and sister “I think the Lord is getting a room ready for me … but it’s not quite ready yet.”  Well, just before 1 p.m. today, it seems that the room was finally ready, as he calmly passed away.

It had been a long and hard journey over the years.  He had a major stroke almost 30 years ago, when I was an 8th-grader.  It was a surprise that he not only survived, but that he was able to learn to walk again and regained most of his vocabulary.  His sense of humor certainly returned.  He always loved it when the family got together — he never wanted to miss a party.

And since that point, several times he edged near death, but then returned in a flurish.  Heart bypass surgery, aeortal replacement surgery, and a major staff infection had the family gathering multiple times to mourn his loss … only to fall victim to his amazing ability to survive and recover.

However, his alzheimers continued to progress the past few years and he had another stroke-like event this past Easter.  He never returned home.  The Marywood Center was a wonderful place for him to be — I would recommend it to anyone needing nursing home and/or hospice care in the Wausau area.

From what I’m told, I’m happy that I never had to sit across the table from my dad during a negotiation session in his prime.  He was clever, a true wordsmith, tenacious and stubborn — those last 2 terms probably giving a clue as to his ability to survive all the tramatic health issues over the years.  What I knew was that dad was a caring father who worked hard to provide us kids with the best opportunities possible.

But now he’s resting, and no longer burdened with the health problems.  I’m curious what his new room looks like.

Hello to Wausau Daily Herald Readers

Wausau, WisconsinKeith Ullig of the Wausau Daily Herald — the main newspaper in my original hometown of Wausau, Wisconsin — did a nice column about my board game designing adventures.

We had a great phone conversation that lasted just over an hour and covered a wide range of topics.  Obviously, the pre-specified column space force Keith to have to do much boiling-down of what we talked about — and I think he did a pretty good job of it.

One item that he didn’t have room for that I would like to highlight is that the emergence of internet-based, publish-on-demand services — such as those offered at TheGameCrafter.com — have really opened up the ability for someone to turn a hobby or niche interest into something bigger.  Same thing can be said for Lulu.com for publishing books or CafePress.com for producing custom clothing and other novelty items.  Without TheGameCrafter.com, Jump Gate would still be another mostly-finished game design that I’d be shopping around to traditional game publishers.

In any case … it’s pretty cool to see an article on something you did in the newspaper you grew up reading! 🙂

Where to Buy “Jump Gate”

Box top artwork for 2nd Edition of "Jump Gate"If you’re looking to buy Jump Gate but haven’t been able to find it, here are some suggestions.

Your FLGS (“Friendly Local Game Store”)!  To buy the best modern board and card games, always start at your local board game store.  Look for stores that specialize in board games … although they may also sell comic books, puzzles, kids toys, etc. If your local games store doesn’t currently carry Jump Gate, please have them e-mail me at: matt@mwgames.com … I only sell direct to retailers at this point.

Fun Again Games (for a special edition) … Fun Again Games is a major online store that offers a unique edition of Jump Gate, which contains additional artwork.

Major Online Board Game Retailers Jump Gate is sold through the following online retailers:

The Game Crafter (for the original 1st edition) … The original version of Jump Gate was published in May 2010 through TheGameCrafter.com.  That edition is still available for purchase through the on-demand publisher.

Buy from Me Directly … I’m happy to sell games directly to any family and friends who would like to get it from me, or to anyone who isn’t able to get a copy from one of the sources listed above.  Just send me an e-mail.

Thank You for Supporting “Jump Gate”!

Matt Worden and Jump GateAfter a year of board-games-related craziness, I’d like to pause to shout a big “THANK YOU!” to everyone who has supported me around Jump Gate!

From the original launch through TheGameCrafter.com, GAMES Magazine naming it the “2011 Traditional Game of the Year”, fine reviews (by Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower, and Skip Maloney of Examiner.com, among others), the “box assembly” party with our family and friends, the mention in Dork Tower, the special limited release available through FunAgain.com, the various early-adopter retailers, the great time at Con of the North, and those FLGSes who took advantage of our “Spring Special” … to all of the amazing family and friends (online and in-person) who’ve talked with me about the game and ask how things are going around the game business … I’m simply humbled and very, very appreciative.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, it’s been a difficulat start to this year for our family … but summer is allowing us plenty of time to go camping, play some ball and visit family and friends, which is helping us get things reset.  And I am getting a few new game ideas rolling … hope to have something new out on TGC in the next couple months, working through a new computer-based game targetted for the fall, and have a handful of solid designs that need some more testing time before being submission-ready for traditional publishers.

And we’re not quite finished with the Second Edition of Jump Gate yet either!  We are getting toward the end of our inventory of parts to assemble games with.  So, we will be making one last, large push over the next few weeks to give retailers reason to order this game while we still have something to send them.  Retailers (both online and brick-and-mortar) are going to want to be on the mailing list for this — so, e-mail me at matt@mwgames.com to get connected.

Walking Softly, Fighting with Grace

Mike with a TurkeyMy father-in-law, Mike Kersten, finished off his battle with cancer earlier tonight.  In the words of my wife: “He won.”

We are celebrating his life … a great example of someone who walked softly and fought with grace — especially over the past 18 months, since the cancer was diagnosed.

He is well-loved by many.  That might be all that needs to be said.

Thank you, Mike … couldn’t have asked for a better father-in-law.  And thank you, along with Margy, for raising Britt to be the amazing woman she is.

Now, rest.  The fight is over.

Up and Running at Con of the North

"Jump Gate" Table at Con of the NorthI have arrived at Con of the North, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  That’s my table pictured to the left there.

The wifi works (guess that means I’m “live blogging”), I have “rock tape” on my back (guess that means I’m ready to rock), my banner is up (see pic at the bottom of this post), my wares are out, and I’m ready to talk with folks about Jump Gate!

Con of the North Gamers doing what they doThe crowd is already a nice size already and quite active in their game-playing.  There’s quite a range of games going on, from naval ship-plotting battles, to 3D minatures skirmishes, to family board games like Ticket to Ride.  I like how the vendors’ area is around the outside edges of the main gaming room — great traffic, and great people-watching all in one.

So, I’ll put in a few hours here tonight to get the feel of how things work, be back for a longer time tomorrow (I plan to do game-demos at my table, since I signed-up too late to get into the real game session schedule), and perhaps some more on Sunday.  I’m located in the center of the back wall — stop by and say “Hi!” 🙂

"Jump Gate" Banner for Con of the North

Selling Jump Gate at Con of the North

Con of the NorthThe “Con of the North” is an annual gaming convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This year, it runs from Friday, February 18th, through Sunday, February 20th.  (Click the link to see the dates, time and location details.)

I will be at a vendor table selling Jump Gate this year.  I will have 2 different Second Edition releases with me.  The “standard” version contains all of the normal game components and retails for $25 (tax included) at the convention.  The “Friends & Family” release contains the extra spaceship artwork, ship cards and card stands that are only otherwise found in the games sold through Funagain.com.  The F&F Release will retail for $30 (tax included) when you buy it from me at my table.

Assuming I can get a working wifi connection, then I will be able to take credit card payments in addition to checks and cash.

Please stop by the table and say “Hi”. 🙂