Games in Development

Full disclosure: These games are in various stages of development, and are presented in the title’s alphabetical order. These are not finished games, and some games may be shelved to focus on other projects.

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Apocalypse Garden

Lots of decision-making, unusual theme, five difficulty levels, simple but deep.

Well, the end of the world came and went — as one of the world’s ‘preppers’, you survived. Now, you’re trying to regrow civilization — and a little garden from the seeds you saved. In this one-player-only resource management game, you’ll need to ask the age-old question: ‘how does your garden grow?’ Those ration packs won’t last forever, after all. Grow your vegetables, protect them from intruders, and don’t starve!

While originally conceived as a one-player game, a two-player competitive and cooperative mode have also been created. All modes can be played with a single copy of the game.

Submitted to Board Game Geek’s single player contest September 2018.

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The Audition

This game is all about imbuing meaning in a word to convey a specific character and personality — a happy, fun, silly, light party game.

You are all Actors trying to impress the Director with your acting chops. Each round, you’ll receive three cards: a Word card, a Character card, and a Personality card. Your job is to communicate your Character and Personality by only saying that word. Players score points every time the Director correctly picks the Character and Personality a player had.

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Bento

Make something pretty tasty!

Create the best bento box you can! Players bid on foods as they’re put out for sale (drawn from a bag). Arrange what you win, then collect a goal or ability card. Collect points from your goals and the foods in your bento box – most points wins.

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Bug Bounty

Pretend you’re a hacker, or defend your business from getting hacked!

According to WIRED magazine, “Bug bounties are programs that let security researchers submit potential flaws and vulnerabilities in a company’s software. Anyone can send a report and, perhaps, receive a reward for helping lock down a company’s systems.”

You represent a hacker crew or a tech company in today’s modern world – hackers are trying to hack others, while companies defending against hacks or hacking others. Make money, keep up your Reputation, and don’t hesitate to try hacking another player!

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Crazy Travel Stories

Hilarious story-starting cards set players up to succeed. Stories can be as clean or as dirty as the group desires.

Whether you’re traveling right now or can’t wait for your next vacation, everyone loves a crazy travel story. Shuffle the deck of words and deal seven cards to each player. These cards are worth 1 to 5 points – easier words to use are worth less, harder words to use are worth more. Next, deal two story-starting cards to each player.

Once everyone has these nine cards, get creative! Pick one of those story-starting cards (discard the other one) and come up with the best travel story you can from up to five of the word cards. (As an optional house rule, you can also pass two word cards you don’t like to the player on your left — do this right after drawing them.) Organize the cards in your hand — when time is up, put all your cards face-down in front of you.

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Cryptomillionaire

Multi-use cards make you choose which actions are most important to you. Simple game with deep strategy, trendy theme.

Honorable Mention in the Board Game Design Lab contest.

The newest gold rush is cryptocurrency, and in this light strategy card game, you can become incredibly rich or lose it all in the flip of a card. Be greedy! Time the market to sell at the perfect time, use your gold ‘superpower’ cards at the right time, and watch out for crash cards! Win by having the most points after the last crash card is revealed.

Each turn, you’ll play a card from your hand. Do its action, then move the market (each coin has a value that can go up or down). Add the coin to your portfolio, then choose to sell coins if you want. The game ends with the fourth and final Crash card is revealed from the deck — score points for any coins in your portfolio and any Gold cards left in your hand. Most points wins.

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How Much Money

Challenges people to put a price tag on crazy stunts. The party game you can learn in seconds and never gets old.

They say everyone has a price. What’s yours?

Guess how much money it would take your friends do some crazy stuff, then score points based on how close you got. One person is the daredevil, who chooses a ‘mild’ or ‘wild’ card, then reads a crazy or embarrassing stunt. They’ll draw a card, read it out loud, then write down how much money it would take to get them to do the stunt. Everyone else writes down their guess at how what the Daredevil wrote, then place bets on what they think the right answer is without going over. How well do you know your friends?

Important: the ‘mild’ deck is playable by teens (dirty, dangerous, and crazy, but nothing sexual), but the ‘wild’ deck is for adults only.

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Layover: Bangkopolis

A roll-and-draw game with strategy and luck. A collaboration with Paul Drecksler.

You’re all on holiday – yay! As you’re landing, you suddenly remembered those cheap tickets have left you with a long layover. It’s a beautiful day, so you’ve all decided to explore as much of the city as you can. Draw paths, circle districts, and score points to win!

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Next Great American Novel

A deck-building game about writing a book. 

You’re a writer trying to write the next Great American Novel, but you can’t seem to find the words! You’ll start with a few scattered pages of notes, then put them together to build your novel. Score points by collecting ideas and adding them to your novel. Collect the most points to win.

This game is aimed at familiarizing writers with dozens of writing terms, both familiar and obscure, while being a fun new deck-builder.

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Orbit

A rondel-building game about building your very own solar system!

It’s the 23rd century, and you’re all Captains developing new solar systems for your Emperor. In this mini-4x rondel-builder, one person relays an order (Scout, Buy, Mine, or Zap) that all other players must follow. Each Captain chooses how they’ll do it. Score points based on how well your system matches your personal goals at the end of the game – most points wins.

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Pirate Grannies

Simple, family-friendly worker placement game with some interesting choices to make.

You’ve been Granny-napped! Pirates have pillaged your village and taken you aboard their ship. Normally, women on a pirate ship were bad luck, but you’ve convinced the captain of your skills. Move around the pirate ship to fulfill quests, gain skills, then meet one of your secret win conditions to win!

This worker-placement, skill-management game is simple enough for kids to play with grandparents but strategic enough for a fun, short game.

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Secret Recipe

A logic and deduction game with worker placement and a family-friendly theme and a little bit of luck. 

Secret Recipe is a logic and deduction game with a family-friendly theme and a little bit of luck. Take notes, ask good questions, and guess wisely!

Players are all siblings, and you’re all at grandma’s house. She’s made a huge batch of her world-famous chili, and naturally you all want her secret recipe. She’s said that the clues are all around you, but she’ll give the recipe to the first player who can figure out which ingredients she uses. You all race to the kitchen for clues…

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Spin the Banana

A party game learned in a minute, yet offers deep strategy.

Don’t slip on a banana. Simple as that.

Play cards from your hand to protect yourself, then spin the banana. If the banana’s pointing at you, play a card to deflect it to someone else. If you’re out of cards, take a slipped card. Collect 3 slipped cards and you’re out – everyone else counts cards in their hand. Most cards in hand wins. You want to play enough cards to protect you while keeping enough cards to win…

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Squirrels vs. Grandpa!

Simple, strategic, one vs. all game for the whole family!

The squirrels were just minding their own business collecting and burying nuts for the winter when Grandpa started shooing them away! They retreated just long enough to form a powerful squirrel army. Together, the squirrels will try to collect their buried acorns, free the trapped squirrels and drive Grandpa back into the house before the winter arrives!

In this gateway / breakthrough family-friendly one vs. all game, one player plays as Grandpa while all other players team up as the squirrel army. First to collect 7 acorns wins!

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