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Don’tcha hate those times you say something that seemed reasonable in the back of your head where you never thought about it, but out loud you suddenly realize that you’re an emotional cripple? Man, I hate that.
FUN & GAMES
Finally having the Stanky Creek book done, I had time to tinker with another project that I’ve wanted to fiddle with for a while. It’s the Game that springs from the Book.
My friend Brian plays games- not like chess or checkers, though I don’t doubt that he’s pretty adept at those too- but the kind of Role Playing Games and Board Games that are so elaborate that you actually have to read the instructions to play them. In my family, we usually only play games that the rules can easily be argued and agreed upon without reading a darn thing.
After seeing Brian and his cadre of game-playing hotshots at the last two MidSouthCons, I finally asked him if he’d mind helping me work on a game based on The Great Stanky Creek Snake Oil Outdoorfest. And he agreed to.
So a few months ago, on a Saturday evening that would possibly have been better spent trying to get your books completed, I went over to Brian’s house with a stack of index cards, and a lot of different color pens. Oh, and notes! I had make a couple of pages of notes here and there. We batted things around a while, Brian improvised a neat dice trick to generate some randomized numbers, and a couple of hours later, we had enough info for me to go away and prepare to make this stuff:
These are the bits we used for Stanky Creek Game Beta Test #2. It went okay. There’s probably a better term than Beta Test. What’s the earlier stage before that? Anyhow… We played a round with four Events, got a sense of the pace, found out I’d miscalculated some basic gameplay statistics, and figured that we need one more great big new element for the game to work better. Fun, right?
So, maybe two more beta test rounds, and then contact Brian’s crack team of Gamers for the acid test.
Then… well, then, hopefully we pitch it to a game company that wants to manufacture these things to sell, ’cause if you guys wanna play, you’d have to come here otherwise- it takes forever to build just one set, lemme tell ya!
By the way- the next piece that I need to make before we can test again? A Board. Yep, It’s gonna be a board game with cards now instead of a card game without a board. The layout’s done, but I gotta fill in the daffy stuff that players are required to do, and maybe draw some art for it. No reason for the Beta Tests to be totally ugly, right?
Remember when you were a kid, and you didn’t have any idea how the genders were supposed to get along outside of whatever random instinctive behaviors bubbled up in your partially formed brain, and for what you’d seen in mass entertainment where the primary theme of any visual medium was ‘Sex Sells’?
Yeah, me neither.
You guys are very patient.
Thanks for letting me have time to go play with my cartoonist pals.
I thought you might like to return to the current storyline for a minute. Here we are, back again in color and seeing what’s going on,
So, I’m finally admitting that the Stanky Creek book isn’t going to get done with my regular schedule in action. Which means that cartoons I originally thought would only be seen in the book will make some kind of limited appearance… HERE!
Today’s two cartoons have three (count ’em, three) of Team Us making appearances near the beginning of the book.
And away we go…