I spent a lot of my childhood keeping myself busy in simple ways. Someone once told me, "I could keep myself entertained with a rubberband and a paperclip." I eventually came up with a concept for a good game, but I faced huge obstacles. My original vision was a bulky game that was not very cost effective, and too expensive to make.
Years passed and I figured that my opportunity had disappeared. Yet, for years, there was always a "monkey on my back". I always felt that I needed to publish this game.
After several years of reselling hard to find, and unusual board games on the internet, I looked down at the unpunched "game counters" from the "Outdoor Survival Game". That day, a light bulb went off. These cardboard counters word be perfect double-sided word tiles for my game. Take away all plastic pieces and electronics, and my game would still be really fun.
When I went to my first game expo, someone there told me that EVERYONE had a game. I believe it's probably true. I found that most people, including me, are excited to show the games they're interested in, but often reluctant to try something new.
I originally thought about the obstacles to creating a successful new game were Hasbro/Mattel, and other gaming giants. But I think the real obstacle is in all of us. When we buy our lattes at Starbuck's, drive by the local bookstore on our way to Border's, and let our friends keep playing the same old titles on game night...
It's an uphill battle. But with belief in yourself, and with the right game, I believe a person can still succeed. Good luck all, and keep on gaming!