Kevin B. Smith
For about 4 months I have been working on a game I dubbed "Piñata." I took it to a big game day and tested it and have been doing a bunch of play tests since. I was working the way I wanted and we were working on smoothing out a few of the rough spots in the bribing and trading mechanics.
Bribing and trading in a game about piñatas? Hmmm....
One day I was scanning over BGG (like everyday) and came across a game on the hotness named Piñata. Needless to say I wasnt very happy about it. Now my game has a different set of mechanics and seems to be a bit deeper. My question is, should I even continue on the game or move on? The few games I am trying to make I pride myself on using odd themes. This one I was beaten to though. So what do you fellow designers do when an idea you have is snatched up?
Ironically, Piñata was designed over 10 years ago, but was re-themed by the publisher to be released as Balloon Cup in 2003. I don't know if that makes you feel better or worse. Either way, I can understand your disappointment.
Only you know enough about your game to know:
1. Whether you could re-theme it
2. Whether it really is different enough to co-exist (it sounds like it would be)
If you keep the theme, you would presumably need to rename the game. It could be a tweak like "Piñata Party", or maybe something related but different like "Cinco de Mayo Party".