11 – Secret Project: The Board

This is the first in a series about a board game I developed for my girlfriend.
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Those of you that have been reading my blog for a while might have noticed that I’ve mentioned a “secret project” on a few occasions. Well, it’s time for the big reveal!

I MADE A BOARD GAME!

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The completed game board

It was my girlfriend’s birthday back in November. We’re both fans of board games and visit cafés like Thirsty Meeples in Oxford every so often to try out new things (Read Sophie’s post about it here), so it seemed like a good idea to MAKE a board game especially for her. I had no idea where to start, but I wagered that beginning with the board itself couldn’t be a bad idea.

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The first sketch

I came up with the idea of creating five distinct “regions”. At this stage, I had a rough idea of what shape I wanted the game to take: I knew that it had to involve rolling a die to move, that it would involve drawing cards that would affect other players, that it would have references to things that Sophie and I liked or talked about, and that it would have a fantasy theme. With that in mind, I went out to Sainsbury’s and bought some crayons and coloured pencils, then took up drawing for an hour at a time on my lunch breaks.

The five regions developed quickly, and I soon had:

  • Plunder Bay (Pirate Themed)
  • Quinzel Cemetery (Swamp/Cemetery Themed)
  • Immortal Mountain (Mountain/Mine Themed)
  • Wild Woods (Enchanted Woods Themed)
  • Queen’s Landing (Medieval City Themed – No prizes for guessing the reference here!)

Once all five had been drawn, I scanned them into my computer and stitched them together in Photoshop, leaving me with an almost-finished game board. All of the gameplay elements were missing, but I had a base to work from; a base that I was incredibly happy with! Next I had to develop a story, but more on that next time. Follow The Points Project for more!

Are any of you prolific board game players? What do you like to play?

Have a productive day.

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10 – Breaking the System

For the first few months of the Points Project, I gave myself points for spending time on productive things and completing projects, and took away points based on time and money spent on recreation. You know what breaks a system like that? Buying a house.

It broke the points system AND the blog!

But, that’s all said and done now, and I’ll be back blogging again from here on out. I’m already learning things about being a homeowner. For example, I’ve come to appreciate days when I don’t get post, because letters are now a sign of people wanting money. Also, you don’t realise how little furniture you own until you move out of your parents’ house. It was a good 6 weeks before I had sofas, and I still have to sit on the floor to use my “desktop” (hah!) computer.

Needless to say, the house purchase won’t be making an appearance in the points tally, otherwise I’d be in figurative debt for literal decades, but I’ve added “house homing” to my list of creative projects now. It’ll pop up every now and again, sandwiched in between my usual nonsense, though I’m not about to turn this into an interior design blog; my taste is awful and I have no desire to make you vomit from your eyes.

With all of that said, I’m zeroing out the points tally. Time to begin afresh!

Have a productive day.

Points Earned:

Blog post +5

Total Points: 5

05 – Music – An Introduction

Years ago, I stumbled upon that oh-so-unique area of Youtube where the singer/songwriters reside; now I’m one of them.

I began songwriting in December 2010; I fell in love with the art after listening to Catrien Maxwell singing in her bathroom (she released a video… I wasn’t physically there!). Fast forward five and a half years and I’ve got more than two hundred gigs under my belt, have released two mini-albums (MAs), and put a bucketload of videos on Youtube. For those interested, a bucket-load is 43.

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In particular, I’m super proud of what I’ve created over the last two years. In early 2015, I released the Misfits mini-album, netted myself some radio play, and got some fantastic responses, including invitations to play festivals near and far. I’m now back in the studio working on a follow up release with my good friends Tom (recording guru and drummer) and Andrew (bass wizard), while also producing videos and promo materials to keep Misfits relevant.

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Over the next few months I’ll be documenting it all as part of The Points Project, covering everything from setting up gigs and photoshoots, to writing songs and dealing with the PPL, ISRC codes, VPL, and PRS… I know, that’s a lot of acronyms, but I promise to make it an entertaining somehow… My first goal is to get back into the local open mic scene, and the first step towards doing so is to attend at least three in the next week! Let “Will’s Week of Warbling” commence!

Have a productive day.

Points Earned:

Began In The Black Blood compendium + 5
Wrote a blog post +2
Recording +10

Total Points: +24

04 – In The Black Blood – An Introduction

If you’ve been keeping up with my previous blog posts, you’ll have noticed “Edited book chapter” pop up in the points tallies pretty frequently. I’ve been writing creatively for as long as I can remember and it’s largely influenced by my penchant for the farfetched and unusual; I’ve written novels or short-stories about all sorts, from mystery earth-bound plots to twisting sci-fi dramas, and I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ve just finished the third round of editing on my latest creation; In The Black Blood!

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In The Black Blood has been a project of mine for the last few years, satisfyingly filling time around my music and professional careers. It’s set approximately 400 years after a zombie apocalypse and follows the stories of seven characters, several of whom have fates that are unknowingly intertwined. It’s a story about greed set against the backdrop of post-apocalyptic England (and a little bit of France). There’s a long way still to go, but I’m proud of my accomplishments with it so far.

While doing my third major edit I wrote a list of everything I wasn’t completely happy with in the book; the next step for me is to go through that list and decide what needs changing. After that I’ll do an edit by character, rather than chronologically, to double check that I’ve ironed out any inconsistencies in the “voices” of each character. Following that I’ve got the daunting (and extremely exciting) task of trying to find a writing agent! Over the next few weeks and months I’ll keep this blog updated with information and any further developments on the book.

Wish me luck!

Have a productive day.

Points Earned:

Edited a book chapter +5 (x3)
Created a Social Media scheduler +3
Installed TweetDeck +1
Wrote a blog post +2

Pre-purchased No Man’s Sky -40 (oops)

Total Points: +7