My Gen Con Schedule

GenconIt’s been too long since my last update, and my only excuse is that I’ve been busy making games. And travelling. To make games.

Speaking of travel, I’ll be heading to Gen Con tomorrow afternoon. I have a pretty full schedule: demoing games, doing panels and maybe even showing some super secret prototypes! Maybe.

New games I’m showing at the convention:

I’ll also be doing televised demonstrations for most (if not all) of these games at the Boardgamegeek booth.

Also, as an industry guest of honor, I’ll be participating in some really cool panels with some of the industry’s best and brightest. My panel schedule:

  • Designing card games; bottom up and top down: Friday @ 1PM – room 210
  • Game development: Friday @ 2PM – room 210
  • Cooperative games: Friday @ 3PM – room 210
  • Balancing skill & randomness in game design: Saturday @ 2PM – room 211
  • From screen to tabletop: Saturday @ 7PM – room 210
  • Board games: the last 20 years: Sunday @ 1PM – room 211

I’m really looking forward to the show this year, and hope to see many of you there!


Kaosball Preview: Overview

KAOSBALL is played on a large, full color board known as the “crossfield.” Two, three or four players, each controlling one team of five figures, can play simultaneously.

The sport of Kaosball is played over four periods (with half time in the middle). The team with the highest score at the end wins.

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Players score every turn by if one of their runners with the ball can hold either a minor scoring mound (the four in the center) or a major scoring mound (the colored space worth 5 points on the opposite side of the field to them).

At the end of a period, every runner figure scores points for standing on a scoring mound, if they have the ball or not.

Players also get to repopulate their team to a full five players with replacements from their bench every period.

During half-time and at the end of the game, players also score bonus points for whoever killed the most of their opponents figures. They can also lose points based on who has collected the most fouls from playing cheating cards.

Turns are lightning fast, the action is brutal, and the card-based play puts players more in control of their own fate. Do you have what it takes to be a Kaosball coach, and bring your team to the finals?


Kaosball Preview: The “Die” in Team

May 27, 2013

The sport of Kaosball is epic and world-spanning, but at its heart are the different teams. Each is unique in its approach to the game; strategy, tactics and abilities. There are a ton of different teams, offering endless variety from game to game.

Let’s take a look at the Gotterdammerung Fangs’ team dashboard.

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Team Ability – The Fangs are the only team in the sport that can heal themselves during a period, and they do it through aggression, which already helps them control the field. Healing can be vital, as the sport of Kaosball is brutally violent, and players succumb to their injuries all the time (that’s why each team has a reserve of 8 players!).

Cash and Fouls – You have to manage your cash to buy upgrades and Ringers (we’ll talk about those later) each game, and also to bribe the ref if you play powerful Cheating cards, which generate Fouls and can cost you a lot of points in a game.

Upgrades – Each team has four slots in which to place upgrade tokens, like Speed Training for a running boost, Hardy for extra toughness or Piledriver which lets you score for each tackle. Upgrades customize your team even further, and are purchased during a pre-game draft, making each game a different experience.

Team Stats – Each team is rated in three categories: Handling (your ability to control the ball), Tackling (your ability to knock others down and resist knockdown) and Fighting (your ability to cause and resist damage in combat). Your team stats affect all of your players; Bruisers (who can tackle and attack but not score) and Runners (who can score but not tackle or attack). Your players also have a Health score; take more damage than your health and it’s off to post-game resurrection for you!

Kaosball Facebook Page, and Previews

May 20, 2013

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I’ll be posting periodic updates and previews for Kaosball in the next few weeks leading up to our Kickstarter campaign. You can also find daily updates on the official Kaosball Facebook Page (moderated by yours truly along with the top dogs at Cool Mini or Not).
This game, my newest obsession, has consumed the better part of my year in design, development and production. I’m really excited to start rolling out content to share with you all!

Cool Mini or Not Expo

April 30, 2013

CMON-ExxpIn a couple of weeks I’ll be attending the inaugural Cool Mini or Not Expo in sunny Atlanta, GA. I’ll be showing off and playing a brand new Kaosball prototype, as well as attending some panels about game design and development at the show.

If you’re anywhere near the Atlanta area and looking for some awesome gaming and miniature hobby goodness (I hear the company is pretty good about minis), come on down and join us for a great time.