My name is Curtiss and I'm currently working on my first 3 games - a tabletop board game (The Road to Reno) and 2 card games (Rainbow and Rock, Paper, Cherry Bomb). Not my first 3 this year, my first 3 ever. I have no fan base, no industry experience, no connections. In fact, right now this is what I would affectionately call a "side hustle". I have a full-time job that I love but there is always a pull to do something outside of my work that lets me be creative in ways managing a consulting firm's website doesn't always allow for. In the past I've made music, written/illustrated a couple of ridiculous children's books, and created and sold a lot of different types of t-shirts. For the last 3 or so years, however, something new has captured all of my creative passion... games. Board games, card games, video games, really anything you can play.
I've always loved to play. Growing up I played sports from the last bell at school until the second my parents dragged me in for dinner. I loved the competition, I loved seeing results from practice and hard work, and most of all I loved the fun. I now have 4 kids from 3-9 years old. We ski together, play football and basketball, go on bike rides and hikes, pretty much anything you can do outside of the house. But every once in a while we find ourselves gathering around the kitchen table and breaking out a board game or a deck of cards. It doesn't matter if you're 5 or 75, a great board game can bring a whole room together.
I love watching my kids take that first peek at a poker hand and be hilariously unsuccessful in not giving away their Aces. It makes me smile every time they jump out of their chair after rolling the exact number they needed to land on an unoccupied Boardwalk. Board games are, as a rule, made to be fun and we all like to have fun.
The best board games, in my opinion, combine fun with luck and skill in a delicate balance. Strategies evolve as players get more experienced. Each time you set the board up you feel like you're going to be a little bit better than last time. There's a hush at the table every time a new hand is dealt or a card is played. Great games make you feel joy and excitement while you play them.
So that's our goal: to make great, challenging, exciting, fun games. As we learn about the industry and the process we'll write articles here for future designers to reference. If you ever have any questions or comments please make sure to contact us and let us know.