KEYMASTER GAMES

I’d like to shine a spotlight on one of my favorite game companies in the industry right now :@KeymasterGames. Keymaster Game has created  titles such as CAMPY CREATURES and most recently SPACE PARK. The thing I admire most about them is their design work. The founders have graphic design backgrounds which comes out in the projects they create. Keymaster Games works with clean design that one normally sees with executive branding or high end product design. The accompanied illustrations are always colourful, vibrant and sharp. Check out their catalog of titles here.

GAME SPOTLIGHT: TWILIGHT IMPERIUM

@ShutUpShow released a very nice summary video last year of the famously large game: Twilight Imperium. Twilight Imperium is currently in it’s 4th edition reprint, the latest published by @FFGames. I’ve been drawn to large games recently, although after reading into the rules on this one I think it may be hard to find a group to play with. That aside I really love the diplomatic stalemates that can arise during game play, making it very much a wargame, where war can hurt a player more than help.

FIGURE PROTOTYPING

Armies of Primus features many figures, nearly 150. The original plan for the game was to make a print & play paper miniature game, as I am obsessed with a bunch of Patreon artists who are creating them mainly for Role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. The figures I created for my beta game were created by spraying Rustoleum NeverWet on cheap colour print outs from my local office store. You can use pretty much any acrylic spray fixative available at any craft/hardware store. For the bases I purchased a bunch online from LITKO Game Accessories (@litkoga)  that are designed for flat paper miniatures. After the figures are printed and sprayed you just glue, fold, cut  and color the white edges with a black marker for a final polish. In the end you’ve got a pretty nice result.

DICE PROTOTYPING

For Armies of Primus I needed some custom dice for attacking and defending. When I was starting out I simply used standard d6’s from the dollar store and provided players with a roll chart. Using a roll chart was useful when fixing the die face balancing before I committed to a final layout and design. After I was sure of the balance, I printed black and white symbols onto mailing labels and cut them by hand. As an added protection I spray lacquered the stickers with some Rustoleum NeverWet spray. It was a bit of work but in the end, the beta dice work great and are much easier to use than a roll chart.

GAME SPOTLIGHT: STOP THIEF!

I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across this game not too long ago on @boardgamegeek. The title was familiar because I recalled the 1979 tile of the same name. This was a game my brother and I used to play with our grandparents, as they had (and probably still own) the original game. Stop Thief! is now back with stunning new art and a mobile phone app. @RESTORATIONGAMES has taken the nostalgia in gaming to a new level. Their mission of refreshing old and seemingly forgotten titles is exciting to me, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for new games from them.

ARMIES OF PRIMUS

Armies of Primus is the flagship title for Quillow Games. It is a 4 player strategy game featuring, army and deck building mechanics. Players take the role of powerful sorcerers who compete to draft the mightiest army and master the most powerful spells all in order to claim the coveted title : Lord of Magic, over all of Primus. Stay tuned to get updates and posts involving beta testing, game design and crowd funding announcements.