November 2017 - Transparent Road To Publishing

November, 2017

Written February, 2019

Naive November as I remember it. This was a month of excitement, probably one of the best months of my life. I had been dating my now fiancee for almost a year now and we were celebrating our first thanksgiving together, she was also my major motivator and #1 guinea pig in my new creative journey. A lot was accomplished in this month.

For my first “best idea ever” I was highly influenced by a mobile game called stormbound. I loved grid based games and thought it would be super easy to design a game similar to it but with a few different twists. After a week of prototyping and playtesting (very slowly since I didn't have the tools I have today like multideck) I came to a standstill. I didn't feel the game was coming along as I imagined and thought that it might be because of the constraint to make it like stormbound. So I did the obvious thing, decided to make it bigger and make 5 different races based upon the 5 chinese elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

Now that I had my next “best idea ever” all I needed was some art and then I could launch a Kickstarter campaign, so I found an artist and had him make this for me. <insert picture> The plan was to get about 10 pieces done and then I figured I would have enough to get the idea across so that I could use a Kickstarter to fund the rest of it. So about another week passed and I realized my design had all sorts of problems, so I told the artist that we needed to delay the art until I figured the game design out. I never did…

So my designs weren’t going well, but I had another creative project that kept my spirits up. Designing my first website. This was something I had always wanted to do but never had a reason to until now. Since I am not a programer, I ended up using squarespace to build my website. Squarespace made things very easy to get a modern looking website up in a few hours, though I will eventually learn some programing and build and host my website from scratch as that will provide me more customization and a much lower cost as you do pay quite a convenience fee for squarespace.

Along with game designs and making my website I also had my logo designed using fiverr, which I know a lot of people have mixed feelings on. But with the little knowledge I had it gave me a convenient place to find an artist for my logo and despite the name I definitely paid more than a fiverr for it!

Anyways, November was a busy month where creativity and motivation were flowing. I would love to hear about some of the silly mistakes you made looking back now that you have more experience.

Cody Thompson, Founder / First Player

Gold Nugget Games