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Jan 29, 2016

Epic Chess printable version download!

It's been a long time since I've worked on Epic chess, but like many projects, sometimes motivation just surfaces without warning. So here I am!

I am totally willing to go out on a limb and try to market Epic Chess. I think it's simple and fun enough that people would get a kick out of it. In order to get to the point of putting it on Kickstarter (not to mention actually commissioning illustration/illustrating them myself), I need the game to be playtested. A lot. I have a few versions of art I've been kicking around, the latest of which was pure Photoshop, but I think I'm going to end up doing a more customized, texture art version like my Battle Cards 2.0 I did a while ago.

However, until then, I made a more basic, black-and-white printable version for easy printing and playing. This will allow you and your friends to easily get a rudimentary copy and help me playtest it! If you're interested, click the link above. It contains all the files you need to print, as well as instructions and advice for how you can best help me playtest it.

When and if Epic Chess (probably not its final name, as an Android app recently took it) takes off and fulfills a Kickstarter campaign, I would be happy to publicly credit you with helping if you playtest the game.

Have fun!

Jan 27, 2016

Figurines and Board Games

Recently, I've become rather obsessed with the card game Munchkin. It's been fascinating to see things like fantasy races, classes, equipment, curses, and mounts have their rules tweaked to fit a specific set of rules. Anyone who knows me and my creative side knows that's what I live for. I've also been extremely fortunate to find an actual weekly group to play Munchkin with at work. Usually I never have that kind of luck (See Dungeons & Dragons), so I've been glad to have a consistent chance to practice the game and have fun.

Anyway, I've also been getting interested in figurine painting. I made a couple of figurines out of Sculpey as Corridor game pieces, and I made this guy, the Munchkin mascot as seen on the box, as a weekly trophy for whoever wins that week's game. Even though the stupid thing leaned when I was firing it in the oven, you can't really tell from the angle seen above. It was fun to practice painting on a small scale like this, too.

I also recently got an amazing board game, Talisman, which comes with 14 character figurines. They're solid gray in color, but they're paintable, and seeing as how I'm going to have that game for many years to play with my kids, I'm going to paint the figurines myself (It's also hard to tell them apart at a glance during the game when they're all the same color). This is a medium I've never really practiced before, so it's fun to get into it. I'll definitely post my progress when I get around to it.

I also hope to get into working on Epic Chess this year!