Minor Site Face-lift Completed — Ready for 2014

Land of DangerIn preparation for some of the design direction I plan to take in the new year, I’ve updated my website header, menu tabs, and right column content.

It’s all rather minor, but should set things up nicely for new content that will be coming.

One of the more dramatic changes are the declaration of 2 “Core Themes” — Jump Gate and Land of Danger. I expect that nearly all of my new TGC-published games going forward will fit under one of these two themes. Jump Gate should be obvious, while Land of Danger will be a newly fleshed-out back-story of the setting for Castle Danger.

Stay tuned and keep an eye out! 🙂

 

2013 Reflections and a Holiday Pause

Merry Christmas 2013 from Matt Worden Games

It’s time for me to put the game operations on pause until after the New Year. I’ll likely still be on Twitter and Facebook during the next couple of weeks, but I don’t plan on doing much with moving my game designs forward, or posting about things until we’re into 2014.

So, it seems like a perfect time to look back at the fun and excitement that’s been had over the past year, and to mention a few things that I see coming up in the near future.

Let’s start with a walk through the 2013 calendar. Continue reading

Slowing it Down for a Bit

It's a Snail

I have a few originally-unplanned exciting weeks coming up starting right now … I took a new job. 🙂

After 10 years at my current employer (actually, it’s 6 under it’s current name, which bought out the previous company, which had bought out the original company that had hired me), I am switching to something new.  It’s similar work, and a similar mostly-work-from-home setup, but in a different industry.

So, after 2 weeks of travelling to close out my old job, and another week of travelling to orient to my new job, I should be able to get back into my usual groove again.  And at that time I expect to be able to continue on with this game design stuff.

But, in the meantime, I may not have a lot of game-related updates over this next month.  Keep an eye on my Facebook page and Twitter feed for more real-time updates as things go forward. Drop me a line if you have any questions. 🙂

My GenCon Indy 2013 Schedule

 

Dicey Curves Demo Play at GenCon Indy 2011It turns out that trying to keep my schedule open for as much gaming and schmoozing as possible has lead to pretty full-scheduled evenings at GenCon.

I definitely want to find a way to meet as many folks as I can and to get in as many games as will fit.  This year, I am rooming with the other three guys that I joined for the “FreeStarter” contest a few months ago — Chevee Dodd, Grant Rodiek, and A.J. Porfirio. You’ll likely finding me hanging out with one or all of them (or in the Gaming Library, or in the game event hall)  whenever I’m not scheduled to be elsewhere.

Here’s what I’m looking at with a couple days left to add more stuff … come find me: Continue reading

What I’m Bringing to GenCon Indy 2013

Jump Gate, 3rd Edition, Box in Shrinkwrap from TheGameCrafter.comWell, this is the “Go!” week for GenCon Indy 2013, and I am totally pumped!

I will be bringing 5 different prototypes with me, in addition to my shiny new copy of Jump Gate, 3rd Edition.  If you bump into me (I’ll be posting my schedule tomorrow), please be sure to show me the games you have (if you’re a designer), offer to play anything you’ve got on you that you’re excited about, or ask to play one of these mentioned in this post.

Here are the 5 prototypes I’ll have on me: (If you are a publisher and are interested in trying any of these out, please e-mail me or catch me on Twitter.) Continue reading

Back At It!! (summer 2013 edition)

Jump Gate, 3rd EditionSo it’s been a few weeks … errrr, a month. 😉

Summer always gets me overly busy into fun things that aren’t necessarily game related.  So, I’ve been off doing that sort of thing over the past month — camping, canoeing, hanging out with the family, mowing, weeding, grilling, visiting family and friends, etc.

Bedroom TV Cabinet, Top OpenI even picked up a new thing: woodworking!  During June, I built my first piece of supposed-to-look-good-furniture, pictured to the right.  It’s a TV & linen cabinet for the corner of our bedroom, made to match the new bedroom set we recently bought as a 20th wedding anniversary present to each other.  My wife did the cool stain & poly work.  I also have to give thanks to Chevee Dodd, who turns out to be an experienced woodworker and general fix-it guy … lots of good advice from him.  Also, from the folks at the lumber yard in Mayer … good folks there, and good lumber too. 😉

But, I’m guessing that if you’re reading this site, you probably don’t care that much about my camping and woodworking exploits … you’d really rather have me talking about games.  So, here goes … Continue reading

FreeStarter Results

FreeStarter GroupLast week’s freestarter silliness on Twitter was a ton of fun for the four of us designers that put it on!

With it came some great results.  We gave away 8 games (2 sets of 4 games), posted “get to know us better” interviews, amped-up the (somewhat) witty banter between the 4 of us, and gained a number of new followers in the process.

The winners of the games were announced here: http://hyperbolegames.com/2013/05/24/freestarter-and-the-winners-are

The interview posts for each of us can be found here:

I hope everyone had a great time with this … we sure did.  Now see you all on Facebook or Twitter or at GenCon! 🙂

FreeStarter Game Design Community Group Hug Giveway

FreeStarter Game Design Community Group Hug Giveway

I’ve been chatting over past couple weeks with a couple of game design friends — namely Grant Rodiek from Hyperbole Games, AJ Porfirio from Van Ryder Games and Chevee Dodd — about how we all met through the online game design community, and that most of  us already have almost 1000 Twitter followers (Chevee is … special 😉 ).

FreeStarter GroupWe wanted to have some sort of event to celebrate this and share some of our games with those who are following us on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

So, we came up with the overly silly “FreeStarter Game Design Community Group Hug Giveway,” where each of us are giving away 2 games for two different drawings:

The Serious Gamer Drawing … The entrant who wins this will receive free copies of:

The Casual Gamer Drawing … The entrant who wins this will receive free copies of:

Entering the contest is easy. Follow these 2 Steps!

1. Follow each of us on Twitter:

2. Email Grant at grant@hyperbolegames.com. Tell him which drawing you wish to enter: Serious or Casual.

The drawing for both sets of games will take place on the morning of Friday, May 24th.  So , make sure you are registered before then!

If you are anti-Twitter for some reason, we can make that work out as well … we each have a website/mailing list and/or Facebook page as well as our Twitter accounts — we just want to spread the online connectedness love in one way or another.  So, if the Twitter thing seriously doesn’t work for you, send me a note and we’ll find a way to go you in.

FINALLY … for those of you that DO follow us on Twitter, you’ll be seeing links to discussions and other silliness as the week unfolds … please join in and help make things even merrier. 🙂

Watch for “FreeStarter” this Coming Monday …

Matt Worden Games Logo - 2013Do you like to get free things? Do you like to participate (at least vicariously) in silliness on the way to the free things? Do you have a soft spot for folks who try really hard to be creative and witty (but the jury is still out on each of those points, of course)?

Then follow me on Twitter and see what happens on Monday! #freestarter

http://twitter.com/MattWordenGames

TGC’s Shrinkwrapping Crowd Funding Project

TGC's IndieGoGo ProjectTheGameCrafter.com, which is the site I use for publish-on-demand for most of my games, has their own crowd-funding project on IndieGoGo to help them add shrinkwrapping to their offerings.

I was all set to write-up a pitch for you all to take a look at the project and offer your support if you could … but then Noble Valerian already did an excellent job of just that.

So … please read Noble’s description of the project, and why it should be funded: http://www.noblevalerian.com/1/post/2013/03/the-game-crafter-indiegogo-campaign.html

Thanks for considering it! 🙂