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Can I just ask how you go about designing a game? It's something I'd love to do (you know, on that magic day when time ceases to be an issue). I'm constantly seeing new boardgames that I have to try; designing my own might be cheaper! emoticon
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My very first game idea was way back in 1987, but I had no way of getting it to anyone to try and see if it could sell. I got the idea because I had played several games daily with my young cousin, whom I was babysitting. And one day, while playing "Life," I thought, "There should be more to this game," and that led to an idea for a game that's far more complicated than "Life."

Then I got another game idea that I still haven't fleshed out yet. I'm hoping to get back to it eventually. I came across 'The Game Crafter' website several years ago, but my Mom's bad health kept me from getting into the mood to do anything. I had been working on a nonfiction book, and one day I got the bright idea to also turn it into a game. It's more like the children's games where they solve a problem. The card has a problem or instructions that a person deals with on their own, or with others.

Another one of my game ideas came from Tic Tac Toe. I spun it on its ear to come up with something similar, but different. In my research for another game idea, I came across something that might help explain what I've been doing.

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So ... what games do the characters in your works play? Are any of the games real? Are any of the games made up just for that story? If you have ever created a game for your characters to play, why not Indie-Publish it/them too? It could be another marketing ploy to bring attention to your work/s ... and your work/s could be a marketing ploy to sell your game/s.

Can you turn one of your works into a game? A card game? A board game? Then why not do it? That thought process opened the floodgates on ideas.

The downside is that my first game board is too complicated for Indie-Publishing as I have designed it. The Game Crafter doesn't have the ability to do what I envisioned, at this time. So, I'm reworking the design. Plus, the more parts there are, the more expensive the game set is. So, I'm trying to figure out what I can switch out or cut out to make the game somewhat cheaper. Like, dice instead of spinners. Games that only use cards, because they're cheaper than boards. Card games & board games that can be sold separately, but can also be played together ... maybe even used to play a whole different game. So, buyers can purchase what they can afford, and then maybe get another game later on that will go with the game they have already bought. They can get three or more games out of the two games.

It's kind of like writing. You take a game you love, or loved, playing, and ask, "What if ... ?" What if this game did 'this' instead of 'that?' And then you run with it until you have something that may be similar, but very different. And once you do that, you just might open yourself up to completely new ideas. emoticon





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You know... I never thought about my characters playing games... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you for expaining all this, Jox. It's certainly inspirational. I may have games in my stories from now on. emoticon

Thanks to the inspirational thread about villains (thank you Dan for reviving that!), I figured out the scene I wrote yesterday (400+ words, yay), and when I was awake during the night, the villain told me her name. Turns out she's in "Dragon Prey", and seeing her doing what she's doing 20 years later is... wow. Totally in character.

I love it when that happens. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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That's incredible information, Jox. Thank you so much. And actually yes, I did kinda-sorta design a game for the collaborative novel I wrote a while back... Best start hunting around for the scenes when it gets played! I know I based it on something archaeological, that's all I can remember!

I'm really, really grateful. You've opened my eyes to something I'd only ever thought about somewhere in the darkest recesses of my mind; now suddenly I see there's yet another whole new world out there!

I suppose you have to commission things like art? Or teach yourself to be da Vinci?

And yes, Firle, it's lovely when something just slots into place without being asked.

In terms of my own writing, I haven't done a great deal of word-production, but much like Firle a couple of things have slotted into place, which is going to make tonight a lot of fun (and sweet).

Got a writers group meeting tomorrow, too, so I'm looking forward to that emoticon
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You know... I never thought about my characters playing games... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you for explaining all this, Jox. It's certainly inspirational. I may have games in my stories from now on. emoticon



You are most welcome. I hope it leads to other roads to creating income.


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Thanks to the inspirational thread about villains (thank you Dan for reviving that!), I figured out the scene I wrote yesterday (400+ words, yay), and when I was awake during the night, the villain told me her name. Turns out she's in "Dragon Prey", and seeing her doing what she's doing 20 years later is... wow. Totally in character.

I love it when that happens. emoticon emoticon emoticon



I love when I find inspiration and creativity when/where I least expected it.



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That's incredible information, Jox. Thank you so much. And actually yes, I did kinda-sorta design a game for the collaborative novel I wrote a while back... Best start hunting around for the scenes when it gets played! I know I based it on something archaeological, that's all I can remember!

I'm really, really grateful. You've opened my eyes to something I'd only ever thought about somewhere in the darkest recesses of my mind; now suddenly I see there's yet another whole new world out there!



You're very welcome. It's a lovely feeling when the mind is stimulated creatively. It has the wonder and excitement of childhood.


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They have artists there who will work for a fee. You can also scroll down this page for links to free art sites: [sign in to see URL] It somewhat like paying someone to create book covers.





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I put 1,111 words into Dragon Prey yesterday, after being inspired. It took shutting down everything else, though.

Today, a friend suggested doing Pomodori together - i.e. bouts of 30 minutes of focused writing time. We did three, and I'm over 2k already. Plan to do one more on my own. Will report.

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