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01Apr 2020

So, GEODE should have been live now. After all the headaches and troubles, failed art projects and endless delays, I only feel numb tonight. Five years ago I had the dream to launch my own publishing company (I’ve done it for so many other companies, why not)? I had all the skills and the enthusiasm; […]

27Mar 2020

No gaming post today; with all that’s going on in the world, anything I say about gaming would be pointless. There are far more important things happening and there’s fear everywhere you turn. So instead I’m going to say: I know without a doubt that things will get better. But in these dark and fear-filled […]

25Mar 2020

After writing on Monday about the endless delays to District 31, it breaks my heart to have to say that due to the current pandemic, I am faced with the reality that Geode isn’t going to do as well as I had hoped on Kickstarter. And it deserves to do really well! Believe me, this […]

23Mar 2020

I’ve been in publishing a looong time. Really, my first story was writing about the mass-extinction event that killed the dinosaurs. But I joke. … It was covering the fall of the Roman Empire. Publishing is easy; it’s changed a lot in twenty five years, but the basic concepts are the same. Technology has moved […]

20Mar 2020

I won’t deny. I am excited about the Geode launch on the 1st of April. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I am practically terrified that the backers aren’t going to come back and that all the good work I did with Ember has washed away over the past year. The problems with […]

18Mar 2020

I’m SO proud of Geode. It’s a freaking awesome game, but the truth is: there’s a whole extra game out there that you might never see. Geode was always designed to be a simple game, you complete a geode, you win a contract tile. It’s all about not giving your opponent any opportunities to score […]

16Mar 2020

The ultimate publisher issue: hundreds of playtests and months and MONTHS of time and no one has said anything even remotely negative about Geode. Nothing beyond lots of effusive comments and requests to play again… and then. And then the reviews come in. A few reviewers have castigated Geode saying: “too much randomness”. It’s nothing […]

01Mar 2020

As a journalist, one of the first things they tell you is “don’t Google yourself”. OK, so this was 1990 and there was no Google or even the Internet, but the point stands (don’t read your reviews in magazines). As a publisher in 2020, I have no choice but to face the unenviable task of […]

27Apr 2019

Due to a bereavement, there’s no update this week. Harley, the magical familiar, passed away at 11.57 on Saturday 20th April 2019. He was beloved beyond words. RIP little man. Loved you more than all the games in the universe!

19Apr 2019

Trick or Treat is printed and will be shipping to us soon. Probably next week. Hurrah! Then, all we need to do is get some boxes printed (which should be a super quick task) and we can finally put Ember to bed. That means sending out your cards to you all. Exciting! Stay tuned as […]