New Year, New Projects

Since the last update (I know it’s been a while but I will explain why later) things have moved along at a surprising pace here at Lincoln Game Company.

Project Baron has moved up a gear, you may remember that in my last blog post I detailed the code names for all the projects that Lincoln Game Company is working on and Project Baron was next in line. That means I can exclusively reveal that project baron is a pack of collectible playing cards. I have been collecting playing cards for years, I love the designs, the texture and the way they sit between function and art. They are something that greatly appeal to me, and the way I think about design function. A Project Baron blog post will be up in a few weeks time telling you about the design philosophy and the projected timeline for the Kickstarter campaign.

As I am sure you know the Boardgame Metro Maps didn’t quite make it’s Kickstarter goal and after calling time on the campaign I promised that it would not disappear.

As promised Metro Maps will be back, I have been working on the relaunch in the background (amongst finding a new job and other IRL things) and I am confident that after the completion of Project Baron, Metro Maps will be back on Kickstarter with new features and a more international friendly shipping format.

For the most part I have been trying to forget Metro Maps, not because of any disappointment or disillusionment but because sometimes you just need to reset your thinking. At university I used to be an advocate of getting bored, deliberately going out of my way to not entertain myself, to forget everything I was doing and get bored. I studied a creative subject and believed that boredom was an underrated part of the creative process. I found that the brain (or at least my brain) doesn’t like having nothing to do, it absolutely must think of something. So if you ever run out of ideas, or hit a creative block, try getting bored. I don’t mean do nothing and read a book, or do nothing and listen to music. I mean take away every distraction, sit in a quiet room and do absolutely nothing. Your brain is then forced to entertain itself without any external stimulus, at which point you start having your own ideas.

That is what I have been doing with Metro Maps, forgetting what I know and then getting bored. It’s the best way I can think of to inject new life into a project and, start seeing something I have been working on from an entirely new perspective.

Happy New Year and may 2020 bring lots of exciting new cards, games and opportunities to be bored.

Half Way

It has been a busy few weeks so I want to take a moment to reflect. Running a Kickstarter campaign is intense, there are so many messages, enquiries and questions to answer that it becomes very easy to become obsessed by detail and loose sight of what you are really trying to do.

Half way through the campaign for Metro Maps I want to return to the big picture. Lincoln Game Company is all about making games and sharing them with you. This means that I need to take every opportunity I can to reflect on the projects Lincoln Game Company will work on in the future. I was recently on BBC Radio talking about game development and ideas generation, I spoke to the presenter Melvin about the challenges of identifying good ideas and where to draw inspiration from. To paraphrase that conversation I mentioned the six or seven ideas I had this year and that I had subsequently discounted. The truth is there are a few ideas that have been fermenting at the back of my mind that I believe have a real possibility of doing something different.

The diagram below reveals the project codenames and where in development these ideas are, ranging from early development and prototyping through to Kickstarter and production.

Most of these projects have taken a back seat for the past few months in favour of giving Metro Maps the attention it needed to get to Kickstarter. I can however reveal a few details about the projects that I am working on. Project Earl will have its teaser launch in a few months time so look out for that reveal in the near future. Project Cerberus has over taken Project Gemini recently as I am very excited about the idea, it’s based on something I am quite passionate about about and will hopefully take fast paced gameplay to a whole new level. Project Baron is in its earliest possible stages and may not be something we see for a few years yet. These projects are a mixture of board games and playing cards that will keep everyone involved in Lincoln Game Company busy for years to come.

All in all there is lots to look forward too. Metro Maps is still on Kickstarter waiting to be funded and I have a series of expansions for it waiting in the wings at the full prototype stage.