Personal Project - Ongoing

Avast Ye- Blimey!

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- Systems Design

- Content Design

- Writing Rules

- Testing Management

- Budgeting

- Expansion Design

- Funding Campaign Planning

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How to Play

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How to Play

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Project Description:

You and another player are bitter rival pirate captains. After years of squabbling, you come across one another on a foggy night at sea. Thinking this is your best chance to finish off the other, you both set down the boarding planks to fight. However, the fog is too thick to see who’s who, so you must plot and place your crew to improve your odds of knocking your opponent Captain overboard in a devilish game of strategy and chance.

When developing Avast Ye- Blimey! I was determined to create an easy to learn strategy game focused on odds and prediction. I also wanted it to be easy to expand and be cheap to do so.

Development:

I have been developing Avast Ye- Blimey! for a very long time, taking whatever free time I could find to refine it. Originally, the game was designed for a academic project to be a digital card game for mobile devices. Once the project ended, I decided to switch from it being a digital experience, to a purely digital one. From there, I had conducted hundreds of tests to refine each and every component for release.

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The Cards:

The cards the the backbone of Avast Ye- Blimey! and have gone through by far the most changes across its development. I ran multiple tests to determine which cards should be kept, how many cards players could keep track of at once, what types of effects cards could and couldn't have and much more. In all, I had designed over 30 characters, and whittled those down to 14. I also did some considerable work to make the cards not only polished for this game, but for any potential expansions to be released in future.

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Tri-Fold: 4" x 18"

Playing cards used for scale*

The Board:

the board has gone through a number of changes to reach it's current shape and design. Originally, the board wasn't included. However, testing showed that it was incredibly helpful for players to keep track of gameplay. To keep the board in cost, I took inspiration from a number of other games to reach this final design. Not only does it help track gameplay and statuses, but the card placement design makes it so cards rest at an angle, making them far easier to pick-up and flip (which occurs a lot during play).

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The Doubloon:

Used to resolve ties

Funnily enough, the resolving ties has evolved drastically across development. Originally, ties were resolved by rolling dice. Later, I switched to a coin toss, so I could include a doubloon for promotional reasons. This worked out fine, at first. However, as I began to finalize the cards, coin tosses were deciding the winner more and more. With help from The Game Makers Guild, the system changed where the doubloon's favor would flip with each win; turning this aspect of pure chance into one of pure strategy.

On Reflection:

I am very proud of what I accomplished  with Avast Ye- Blimey!. It has tested all of my skills and help expand them in ways I never would have imagined. However, I can't say it's been easy, with multiple roadblocks that that could have been avoided with better planning.

- Starting art far too late for the original release schedule

- Exploring logic and rules for expansions after designing the base game's core content

- Attempting to work too far away from contract workers (given my then experience)

- Not contacting a graphic designer till after the box art was majority completed

I will always hold this project close to my heart, and will likely continue to work on for years to come. However, had I considered these issues earlier in development, I might have been able to publish as early as early 2019. 

Continuing Development:

Avast Ye- Blimey! is still well underway, with work being done to finalize art, set-up crowd-funding campaigns and creating new content and expansions.

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The Art

The art has been in development for some time, with the main components being completed only a month ago. At the moment we are focusing on the Box Art and Rule Booklet, aspects which will help towards marketing the product.

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The Team:

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