Oly Sibthorpe
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Greetings to all board game enthusiasts. My name is Oly and live in the UK. I have been working on a game for the past year which i am now ready to self market.
My game is called KingBrick and involves flicking plastic bricks to remove your opponents bricks from the board and ultimately to defeat your opponents KingBrick. It is a simple format, playable by children but has options for adding 'special bricks' which lead to more complex strategy play for adults.
If you have a minute please have a look at the website http://kingbrickgame.com/ for more details and let me know what you think.

KingBrick has some vague similarities to chess and also finger-flick sports games like subbuteo but otherwise i believe it to be quite original. If there are any other games like it please let me know.
This is the first game i have developed to sell and i would appreciate any advise on how to get KingBrick out there. Should i contact board game clubs? Are there any conventions in England i can take it to?
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
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It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. And we put a little sand inside to make the experience more pleasant.
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Interesting... any pictures or videos?

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There are pictures on the website
http://kingbrickgame.com/
and if you register on forum you can see more in the gallery.
I am working on getting videos done too.
 
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Definitely. He needs to get a YouTube account and post some vids.

The name seems somewhat... the word 'brick' does not engender many positive feelings, i.e. 'thick as a brick', brick bat, a brick dropping on your head, brick wall (stubborn, insurmountable obstacle), etc. I think the word 'block' would be better. How about King's Blockade? Blockbattle, Battleblocks (or Battleblox?), Block Brigade, Block-Off (as in knock your), Knockablock?

Anyway, the game does seem fun and slightly dangerous, which appeals to me, but I'd like to see it being played. Good luck!
 
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P.S. Will I need a glove for my flicking finger?
 
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I registered for the forum and could not see any pictures there.
 
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Since it's more dangerous in your opponent's territory than your own, how do you avoid stalemates?
 
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In the KingBrick forum click on gallery for pictures.
 
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I agree, YouTube vids are a must and will be done asap. I want to show slo-mo action shots as well as full games.
A glove is not necessary but hey, if you wanna go down that fashion route then go for it!
For those who wish to protect their finger-nails i can offer rubber thimblettes but my dozen or so test players all prefer to go naked (regarding the fingers you understand).
 
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Sorry craniac i put pics in my personal album (KBM) isntead of Public Gallery. There are more in the shop page of the KingBrick website too.
 
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Thanks for your comments so far.
I realise people need to see my game being played so i have done a quick video of KingBrick and got it on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSzXYt4EZHA

You can also see it through http://kingbrickgame.com/ and i have added more photos to the gallery in the KingBrick Forum.

As you will see from the website there are several options for special ability bricks along with more pending so what you see on the video is a very simplified version.

I know the pizza box style packaging could be improved on but what do you think of the game?
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I think the game looks really fun. It's sort of a cross between marbles, billiards, chess, and Bakugan. The simple design probably turns off a lot of hardcore gamers, but those obviously aren't your intended audience. I would play this game.
 
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Looks like fun. Just wondering what the 'bricks' are made off; will this stand up to repeated, repeated, repeated gameplay?

Definately interested and I'll bite once I get my next paycheck in a few days
 
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Actually, this looks very good.
 
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Looks like a lot of fun. I like to find games that are good for adults and kids to play together (since that makes up about 95% of my gaming!), and this looks like it would fit that category well.

One note on the website: The blue text against the green background is really hard for me to read.
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lindelos wrote:
Looks like fun. Just wondering what the 'bricks' are made off; will this stand up to repeated, repeated, repeated gameplay?


This would be my concern too - are the stickers(?) going to come off easily? Looks like a fun game though. I have a young son and this is the sort of game I can sense I will be in the market for before too long

The website, to be brutally honest, is pretty ugly. Maybe ask around and see if a friend of a friend can spruce it up for you. It's a small project that a web designer might do for free/cheap to flesh out his cv/portfolio.
 
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lindelos wrote:
Looks like fun. Just wondering what the 'bricks' are made off; will this stand up to repeated, repeated, repeated gameplay?


This would be my concern too - are the stickers(?) going to come off easily? Looks like a fun game though. I have a young son and this is the sort of game I can sense I will be in the market for before too long

The website, to be brutally honest, is pretty ugly. Maybe ask around and see if a friend of a friend can spruce it up for you. It's a small project that a web designer might do for free/cheap to flesh out his cv/portfolio.


Or check with a dice manufacturer like Chessex about doing custom dice. May raise the price a bit, but would increase the quality at the same time.

Edit: I, too, would like to check this game out. Looks interesting and I have a penchant for dexterity games lately.
 
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Thanks for your comments. In reply to a few -

The KingBrick Bricks have been specially manufactured for me to suit the requirements of the game. They are strong, yet lightweight for flicking purposes. The stickers are a durable vinyl.

Yes, my website is an ugly duckling! It's my first attempt and it will improve over time.

Yes, KingBrick IS fun to play. I enjoy playing it with my kids, then sending them off to bed for us adults to have some serious fun! I realise it's a simple idea but as more special ability bricks are introduced the strategy increases.

I want to self-publish (at least to start with) but not sure of the best route for this type of game. One fun idea put to me was just to go to a big public event like in a park with a few friends and just set it up and play it (enthusiastially) inviting people to have a look and play and hand out leaflets to those interested. It sounds like a fun way to spend an afternoon to me.
Does anyone have experience of this kind of thing?
 
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okicoki wrote:
Thanks for your comments. In reply to a few -

The KingBrick Bricks have been specially manufactured for me to suit the requirements of the game. They are strong, yet lightweight for flicking purposes. The stickers are a durable vinyl.

Yes, my website is an ugly duckling! It's my first attempt and it will improve over time.

Yes, KingBrick IS fun to play. I enjoy playing it with my kids, then sending them off to bed for us adults to have some serious fun! I realise it's a simple idea but as more special ability bricks are introduced the strategy increases.

I want to self-publish (at least to start with) but not sure of the best route for this type of game. One fun idea put to me was just to go to a big public event like in a park with a few friends and just set it up and play it (enthusiastially) inviting people to have a look and play and hand out leaflets to those interested. It sounds like a fun way to spend an afternoon to me.
Does anyone have experience of this kind of thing?


A couple hours and you could give Essen a shot in October. other than that, hit up local game stores and post demo days and times on the walls. Bring a few sets to sell, possibly slightly discounted, and word of mouth may help it take off quicker.

Also, what would you charge to ship a set to the US?
 
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Really cool!

Nice idea and design.

Go for it!

Just one question: why not include the other bricks with the starter box? I am sure people would not mind paying a little bit more in order to get more variety without having to order any extras. I would not mind :). Shipping to Canada?

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apeloverage wrote:
Since it's more dangerous in your opponent's territory than your own, how do you avoid stalemates?


Just 'bumping' this in case you missed it the first time.
 
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Ever consider "King of the Block"?
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I have checked shipping from UK to USA, CANADA and AUSTRALIA for The KingBrick game (starter set) and it is £19 GBP. This is mainly due to the weight of the board.
The KingBrick board is made of a rigid hardboard which gives a nice flat surface and does not fold or dent like cardboard, but it is heavy.

I have just added another YouTube video for those interested.
http://www.youtube.com/user/KingBrickMaster#play/all/uploads...
I hope you enjoy it.
 
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