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I've been working on a number of original board designs for the better part of a year now. I enjoy reading game rules, breaking down mechanics and remixing them in unique ways.

I have a day job, so this is strictly a hobby for me, but I would like to be published one day.

I'm seeking a casual collaborator to bounce my ideas off of. This could become a formal partnership where we produce games together, or it could be a larger number of amateur designers (say 5-6) giving and getting feedback from a group of peers. Perhaps an invite-only google group to keep the conversation "private."

We'd have to treat all members and ideas with respect, honesty and all that jazz.

Surely someone else is in the same situation as I am. Does this idea interest anyone else?


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Funny ... I've always treated this forum as one big collaboration / idea exchange.
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I'm always trying to get people to make games with me, i believe its better to design with others because they will keep you interested in the projects.

I would be interested...
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I feel exactly the same way. Let's see if there aren't a few more aspiring designers out there looking for the same thing.

I'm pretty open to trying different methods of communication, but if you have any preferred methods, post them on the thread.
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For sure, no one's trying to replace BBG Forums as a resource.

Sometimes you just want to opinions advice from 5-6 voices that you trust rather than a deluge from the entire gamer-verse.
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markhiroki wrote:
I feel exactly the same way. Let's see if there aren't a few more aspiring designers out there looking for the same thing.

I'm pretty open to trying different methods of communication, but if you have any preferred methods, post them on the thread.


I live on the opposite side of the world so email if it could work out? Skype? Dont know how well it would work though, you guys are 6 hours behind me time wise, maybe not a good idea...
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Heya Mark, if you're interested in doing something locally, I'm up for it. Just as long as it's done at a fairly serious level, and is not just hanging out. We already have boardgame nights for that As someone used to running a business, I'm sure you're up for that of course.
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Hey Piper, yeah, local is obviously easier. I'd leap at the chance to set up a once-monthly meeting.

I still think starting a small network of aspiring designers is a good idea. Our local game group is only so large.

If we have collaborators across the world, then we can get some different perspectives (cultural, language, popular themes, etc.).

A game could be play-tested simultaneously in different countries before being published.

Could be useful to many people.
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Google Docs/Apps is a great online collaboration tool. It wouldn't matter what time-zone people are in.

You can just send a message or document and others can comment when it is convenient for you.

I use this service called Basecamp for communicating with my web-design clients (http://basecamphq.com/tour). They offer a free, single-project account.
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I'm interested as well! I'm located in Toronto
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I'd be interested as well. Let me know if you start it up.
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Excellent stuff. Sounds like there is some interest.

I will start a guild so we can continue fleshing things out.
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I'd be in for a small, online group thing. Some real time chat for everyone. If it can stick to a small or more than one small group of people talking about one subject at a time it could work.

(The more I type, the more I feel like I'm just describing this forum.)
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How about "Aspiring Board and Card game Designers' Exchange" or ABCDE for a guild name? The G is silent...
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I'd be interested in some more focused collaborations as well.

As for the few comments regarding this being exactly what this forum is already for, it's true to an extent. The difference being, in my experience, is that you'll see some threads that have a devoted person or three who are really giving feedback on the design which allows the designer to have a meaningful discussion about their game. The rest of the people reply with a "Looks great, can't wait to see it finished!" or not at all. A smaller group where there is guaranteed involvement and more focused expectations of opinions/comments and conversations on each design has a lot of merit.
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If everyone in the group has a gmail account you could set up a Google + group as well.

The document sharing on google docs can work, you just want to make sure you maintain version control as someone accesses the document and makes changes.

The google talk client works pretty well for group chat
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shanniganz wrote:

As for the few comments regarding this being exactly what this forum is already for, it's true to an extent. The difference being, in my experience, is that you'll see some threads that have a devoted person or three who are really giving feedback on the design which allows the designer to have a meaningful discussion about their game. The rest of the people reply with a "Looks great, can't wait to see it finished!" or not at all. A smaller group where there is guaranteed involvement and more focused expectations of opinions/comments and conversations on each design has a lot of merit.


Good point.
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I can see a list or guild being used to post smaller groups. The group initiator can specify certain criteria (similar to match-making in an online game or dating site):

geographic location (if important)
how many "seats" are open (0/1, 3/5, etc.)
what type of games you want to talk about (DBG, party game, empire-building)
level of seriousness (casual, prototyping, publisher-ready), etc.

Designers seeking a collaborator can scan the list and contact the initiator directly, or add a listing if there isn't a suitable one.
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Smaller groups is good. I think we should give each member 'the floor' basically. Time that everyone can pitch in and help him/her out with their game design.

This can be done in a weekly focus thread or through live chat. Live chat I think would be key to this venture.

Basically, we need a platform that allows live chat, forum-like threading, and file sharing (of some type, hyperlinks to dropbox items could work) at a minimum.
 
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Stalp wrote:
Smaller groups is good. I think we should give each member 'the floor' basically. Time that everyone can pitch in and help him/her out with their game design.

This can be done in a weekly focus thread or through live chat. Live chat I think would be key to this venture.

Basically, we need a platform that allows live chat, forum-like threading, and file sharing (of some type, hyperlinks to dropbox items could work) at a minimum.


I'm a big fan of the 37Signals products, having used them successfully in my web design work.

Campire sounds like it offers everything you suggested:

http://campfirenow.com/

They offer a free, 4-person account. Could be a good options for a small group.
 
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markhiroki wrote:


I'm a big fan of the 37Signals products, having used them successfully in my web design work.

Campire sounds like it offers everything you suggested:

http://campfirenow.com/

They offer a free, 4-person account. Could be a good options for a small group.


I think 4 people is too few. Basically, imagine BGG with live chat and instead of everyone posting threads all the time causing some to get lost and forgotten. There would be one dedicated thread at a time. I'd say spend up to a week on it, if it doesn't take that long, move on to the next dedicated thread.

Something like 8 - 12 people would be a good resource that wouldn't be too crowded.

 
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Re: Seeking Board Game Design Collaborator
The free Google Apps suite has a 10 user max:

http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html

There is a paid one for $5/month that has unlimited users and "IM access." I wonder if that means GoogleChat.
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Seems like people have differing opinions on communication method, size of group, geographic proximity, etc.

How about we post our individual expectations and preferences and let everyone team-up as they see fit?

We can still set up an umbrella group to help designers team up in the future.
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I'd like to find one or two serious collaborators, preferably in close geographic proximity (Vancouver, Canada), but am open to communicating across time zones. I have roughly 8-10 hours a month to devote to communications.

I have several game ideas, none published, 2-3 in prototype form.

My Skills:

Graphic Design and Layout (proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator), (I actually enjoy) Writing rules, Web Design, considerable patience.

What I'd like to get out of a collaboration (and am happy to return):

Honest Feedback, Objective Feedback, help with playtesting and prototyping, motivational support.

I prefer strategy games in the 90-120 minute range with a balance between theme and strategy. These days I enjoy playing Agricola, Caylus, Eminent Domain, Puerto Rico, Race for the Galaxy, etc.

I'm open to a broader range. I'll play anything once.

More here: http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/markhiroki?own=1&su...
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markhiroki wrote:
The free Google Apps suite has a 10 user max:

http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html

There is a paid one for $5/month that has unlimited users and "IM access." I wonder if that means GoogleChat.


This looks like a great idea. Especially if paired with GoogleChat.

markhiroki wrote:
Seems like people have differing opinions on communication method, size of group, geographic proximity, etc.

How about we post our individual expectations and preferences and let everyone team-up as they see fit?

We can still set up an umbrella group to help designers team up in the future.


This works. As far as geographic proximity is concerned, its not really an issue for me. Like you, this is purely a hobby for me, I'm in no position to meet up with people right now (I doubt anyone here lives near me anyway). I can, however, devote time on the internet for this.
 
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