The Greatest Thing Ever Created –by me

Mutant Vampire Sharks.

They glide above you and drink your blood when they’re hungry.  They may eat your bones and organs, and muscles too, but that’s just because those things are in the way of your blood.  And I’m pretty sure they taste good.  To sharks anyway.

Mutant Vampire Sharks pull cards you shouldn’t have from the Power Tree into a Face Off.  Then they prevent people from claiming that card after you claim the VC card.  They are awesome in every way.

The Most Powerful Card in the Market!

Most things in games, Face Off included, happen conditionally.  Do x if y happens.  Or under q conditions you may do r.  The Ark of the Covenant makes a declarative statement.  Kick someone out of the Power Tree.  Boom.  Done.

 

True story, I once saw a Cowboy player who was dominating the HQ, use the Ark to kick Billy back into the discard pile so he could be used again in a Face Off.

The Secret to Making People Like You!

The Secret to making people like you is playing more Face Off.

Some people will tell you it’s about being confident in yourself first, and driving a cool later.  Other people will tell you it’s about developing razor sharp taste in movies, art, music, and literature.  And still other people will tell you it’s about kindness, compassion, and taking an interest in what interests others.

But I’ve done A LOT of research on this and I have three whole friends if you count that the one that recently got very, very busy and won’t call me back or respond to my emails or texts or….  Whatever.  He’s really busy.  Anyway the point is, play more Face Off and people will like you.  If you don’t you’ll end up manipulating your husband into murdering his best friend, like Lady MacBeth.

AGdR. TCB Since 2016

Which isn’t as long as Willie.

Willie is one powerful piece of cardboard.  With a power of 8 he is stronger than every starter, and only behind five power tree cards.  Plus his action, which gives you victory tokens, allows you rack up points regardless of what your opponents are planning.  He’s like your own personal ATM.  Only instead of cash Willie hands you wins.

The Chilling Secrets behind the Face Off Story! (The End… Or The Beginning)

My friends and I made a game that was fun and challenging and thought provoking. There is no single best strategy to exploit. There is a decent catch up mechanism. Players are rewarded for smart choices but not forced to quit for mistakes. Perhaps most importantly, it’s fun. There is humor and violence laced throughout the game. I’ve yet to see someone play and not at least chuckle over something we’ve put in.

So now the question shifted from how to me make a great game to how do we publish a great game. This is where my area of expertise (and confidence) ends. So the first thing we did is play test with strangers. We thought it would be a good idea to give them a set of cards and a set of rules and leave ‘em too it.

Yeah that didn’t work at all.

The cards didn’t have final art –more importantly they didn’t have the final set-up/break down icons. So our poor play testers spent two hours combing through our typed-but-not-designed rule book without actually starting to play. One group actually drew a diagram to help them out.

Eventually we stepped in and showed people how to play. Then things got better. Live and learn.

The biggest thing we learned from our first public play test was we needed art. We hired some great artists. Some local, some abroad, and some really far abroad. We hired graphic designers. And then we started to argue.

For the first time our triumvirate had some fairly serious disagreements –particularly about card layout and how much iconography to include on each card. This speaks to personal play styles. Things like how to like to hold cards in your hand. Do you fan them? Do you flip through them? Do you stack them? The answers affect what information you want where.

Then there is style. I like oil paintings. My partner likes water colors. My other partner likes anime….

The discussions were long. And sometimes bitter.

Every group is going to be different. Every argument is going to be unique. The bottom line is this: when you assemble your team to help you build your game, you need a mediator. Someone who is going to set aside emotion and bridge gaps. We have one is our group and we make him work hard. All the time.

And that brings us to the present. We’re in the midst of marketing Face Off, preparing for Gen Con, and developing other games for the future.

I can’t say for certain if any of this is going to work. But it seems to be going pretty well so far.

Stay tuned to this blog and our social media stuffs and we’ll keep you posted.