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The Seaport Games Story Makes the Sunday Paper!

pirate party women of the high seas and seaport games featured in the peninsula daily news sunday paper PDN kickstarter card game

Pirate Party Makes The Peninsula Daily News Sunday Paper

Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas and the Seaport Games story was featured on the front page of section B of the Peninsula Daily New Sunday paper on October 3, 2021.  The article took the entire full page!   This is an amazing amount of coverage for Seaport Games, a start-up business and the Pirate Party Kickstarter project.  It is wonderful to receive this level of support from the community of Port Angeles and the entire North Olympic Peninsula.  Everyone at Seaport Games is thrilled!

Read the article online HERE

Ending Soon on Kickstarter

Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas is fully funded on Kickstarter!  Several stretch goals have been reached and there is still time to unlock even more value.  Visit the Kickstarter project today and back at whatever level is right for you.  Every bit helps as we bring this game to life.

Launching on Kickstarter September 14!

Launching on kickstarter pirate party women of the high seas from seaport games

Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas is Launching!

Check out the Kickstarter project page now! You’ll see previews, reviews, play though videos, how-to-play videos and the rule book.  Be sure to follow along. Thank you to those who have already backed the project. We have fun activities planned throughout the campaign!  

The best way you can help make this game a reality is to back the project at whatever level is right for you.  Every pledge helps.  Share Kickstarter project link with your network of friends and family.  We have social stretch goals to celebrate and reward hitting milestones such as 200 people joining the Pirate Party Facebook group.  It’s easy and free!

Inspiration for a New Game

Inspiration for a New Game

My favorite part of designing a new game comes at the very beginning.

For my board game Be A Rockstar, I started with a theme I have a deep knowledge of – music.

All I needed was some inspiration, cardboard, a pencil, sticky notes, index cards, and a good eraser. Handmade games are fun, cheap, and easy to make.  The image below is a very early example.

hand drawn game design components, early game concept, Rockstar Board game,

Handmade Game Board and Components

Take your creative spark, the inspiration for the game, and run with it! Jot down a word or two that makes the game sound fun and exciting. The word that conjures up that feeling for me is “rockstar”. Sketch the board, cards, and other components.

Then think about the goal of the game. Will it be last meeple standing or most points or something else?

What game mechanics do you like? Do you prefer the traditional board game where players roll dice and move tokens or miniatures? How about set collector or deck-building card games? Game maps for dungeons?

If the mechanics bog you down, keep it simple.

Seaport Games, beach, corgi dog, inspiration

Sources of Inspiration

The inspiration for a new game can come from anywhere. Think about your favorite place or hobby. Trains and travel were the inspiration for the hit game Ticket to Ride.

There’s no shortage of animal and pet-themed games such as Wingspan which features birds, cat games Calico, Isle of Cats, and Magical Kitties , and dog games (there’s even a new Corgi Butt game coming soon).

Many people are inspired by being in nature. If you love the great outdoors, here are some new board games inspired by natural habitats: Cascadia, and Keystone: North America.

I bet you can name several games based on dragons, monsters or aliens, magic and wizards, space travel, and sci-fi themes.

What game or theme inspires you?

custom modification, handmade map for Teraforming Mars, Seaport Games, JD Stark

Customize and Modify Your Favorite Games

Take an existing game (simpler the better) and play it. Then tweak a rule or two and try the game again. How did game play change? Did it work? Do you like the game better?

As kids, we modified existing games all the time. We customized house rules to Monopoly, used handmade player tokens, and re-imagined game maps for Risk which kept the games fresh and fun.

The image above is a custom, handmade map for Terraforming Mars.

Start with something you know. What games have you played that are now more fun after you changed an element or rule? What games do you already own?

Have fun messing with game rules and test things out. If you start with a card game, try combining rules from two different games into one new game. It could be a glorious disaster and a complete failure of a game, but you’re sure to have fun being creative and you will learn a lot in the process.

I’d love to hear about the board games you have customized and your source of inspiration for a new game.

 

TOP PHOTO CREDIT: Marge Rosen, Seattle, Washington.