Recap: I’m participating in National Game Design Month (NaGaDeMon) again this year, making a kid-friendly card game called Otters. Previous posts:
Now that I have the mechanics of the game and the art for the cards, I need good graphic design to bring it all together. Specifically, I need:
- Card layout
- A game logo
- Card back illustration (incorporating the logo)
- Rules layout (probably on a card)
- Maybe a box design (depending on how I make this game available for purchase)
Fortunately for her, Bree now works for Wizards of the Coast, doing awesome graphic design work on their games. That’s a bit unfortunate for me, though, since it means I need a new graphic designer.
Making my choice
I put out a call on Twitter, asking if anyone had any recommendations for graphic designers. Several recommendations came in, and I followed up with three different designers.
Ultimately, I decided to hire Dane Ault. You should definitely check out some of his earlier work over on his portfolio page.
Dane has done a lot of work for kids, and I love his aesthetic. I almost regret that I’m using photos instead of illustrations on Otters, since Dane’s illustration work rocks. But, since I want to get this game out before the end of the month, the photos are much faster to work with.
Want to play Otters?
While the graphic design isn’t finished yet, Otters is completely playable right now with my own (kinda crappy) graphic design. If you’re interested in trying it out, you can download a PDF with the cards (and my experimental “rules on one card”) right here! If you’d like some more detailed rules (which would probably help), you can download the rules here. I’d certainly love any feedback that you might have, especially if you try Otters with kids.
I’m aiming for a game that’s interesting for adults to play (with some strategic choices), but accessible for kids, probably ages 6 and up or so. Try it out, and if you have some feedback (good or bad), drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Iachini – Clay Crucible Games
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