14 – Secret Project: The Story

This is the third in a series about a board game I developed for my girlfriend.
Read Part 1
Read Part 2

I described what I wanted the game to include in a previous post. One of those things was references to things Sophie and I liked to talk about, and at the time I was developing the game, there was a certain political figure looming large. What better inspiration for my game’s antagonist?

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I decided that my villain was a usurper who had gained control of Queen’s Landing and made lives hell for those in the regions around it. Players take control of a character (read about them here) and head for the centre of the board, where the once-proud city stands. The characters have an uneasy alliance though, and can’t resist screwing each other over as they make their way to the capital to dethrone the mad man at its middle. The characters were each given their own back stories and motivations for taking down the tyrant.

A few other political figures and events also made an appearance, but the setting is whimsical enough that it doesn’t feel burdened by it (as we often are in life!). The mood is further lightened by a few pop-culture references and the weird kind of glee you get out of messing up your friends’ plans to win.

Once I’d concocted that story, the rules and gameplay fell into place very quickly and tied the whole thing together. I’ll go into that in more detail in the next blog post, so please follow my page to ensure you don’t miss it.

Have a productive day.

Points Earned:

Blog post +2
Editing with Sophie +5

Previous Total: 77
Current Total: 84

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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