It’s been well over a year since my last post here. Where does Cork Board Games sit as of the end of October 2019? Let me catch you up.

ARC (Animal Revival Collective): This was the game I created for the GenCan’t contest last year. I didn’t win. I did hear I made it to the finals, but it wasn’t quite what they were looking for. I did a few tweaks to it to try and maybe help usability and balance the playing field, but the game remains largely untouched. I plan to revisit it soon and consider expanding the game outside of just cards.

Astroventure: This game was shelved for a couple years after I grew to hate it. But earlier this month I had an idea for how it can be rebuilt from the ground up. It’ll keep the theming and the main feel of the game will be there, but the mechanics and foundation of the game is being redone. This will take some time, but I have a good plan and I look forward to what it can do. I hope to have something ready by the end of the year.

Compact Carnival: This is another game that went on hold. Not because I hated it, but because it just never was quite what I wanted it to be. I had a few ideas for things but nothing ever really worked, mostly because I was still sticking to the root of what made it not work. I recently revised it from the ground up like Astroventure and I’m going to get it to the table this weekend for the first time. I really think there’s something to this new version.

Conventions: I’ve been attending conventions, mostly Origins but I also did Grand Con and CinCityCon last year. I took this year off mostly because of work and life changes that got in the way, but I plan to hit the circuit again next year. I’ll be at Unpub 10 on Saturday and Sunday, so come say hi and try out what I’ve got. I’ll also be at Origins, most likely with a Protoalley table following up from Unpub. I also plan to venture back up to GrandCon as well so look for me there.

2019 was a slow year for game design. Took me 10 months to get into the spirit and get an idea that actually has some meat to it. I have yet to test any of these ideas, but the games are coming together quickly and I’m excited to see where things go. I’m not out of this yet. I plan to get back into the gaming world again and get back to work. Look for Friday’s weekly posts (maybe biweekly) on the updates of the games. I’m going to call it the “Road to Unpub” and I’ll be discussing where each game is at, what I’ve learned, and how I’m getting ready for the event. You can also follow me at twitter.com/corkboardgames where I’ll share links to all these posts when they go live.