I've been playing board games all my life, and evolved into the modern board game community over the past few years. In the last couple of years, I've begun working on some of my own designs. Some of them were awful and have been thrown away. Some weren't good, but I kept them around because there's at least an idea there. But lately I've had a few good ideas that I've been working on bringing to the table.
At the start of 2016, I began creating a prototype for a rocket launching game that had some real promise. There was strategy there. The parts had purpose. Actions that players took mattered. But most of all, it was fun. After showing it off at Origins 2015 to a couple of people in the industry, I determined this is the game I want to move forward with. That game is called Astroventure. In Astroventure, players represent private aerospace companies looking to build the best reputation they can over the course of a month before going public. Over the course of the game, players will launch rockets, complete contracts, acquire upgrades to their rockets, and explore planets in order to gain the most reputation they can. Whoever gains the highest reputation will earn the favor of NASA and win their bid.
In the vein of Eminent Domain: Microcosm by Tasty Minstrel Games, I developed another game meant to distill the concepts and essence of Astroventure into a pocket sized version you can take on the go. In this version, rocket cards are used as contracts, rockets, and resources in order for players to achieve their goals. Once again, the player with the most reputation at the end of the game is declared the winner.
The Canterbury Tales is a storytelling card game based on and inspired by the story of the same name by Geoffrey Chaucer. This game has players taking a role of one of the storytellers from the story and using a series of cards in order to tell a story. While there are several ways planned to allow players to play this game depending on their group, the various rule sets as well as their win conditions are still in the planning stages.