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.

It’s alive!

I have been working on a new project for the past six months and finally I have something to show for it. It’s amazing, as soon as you have something physical in your hands, it’s almost as if you all the hard work you have been putting in has paid off. Since the beginning of this project I have been working digitally, with designs on screen and bits of inkjet print outs where necessary. But when an actual box turned up with board and cards and pieces it felt as though the work had come to fruition.

So what is the project…

Metro Maps is the board game I have been working on. In the game, players build routes exactly as they appear on the cards by spending resources, and placing pieces on the board. The difficult bit is other players can interfere and block you at every turn, consuming your valuable and ever decreasing resources.

The designs aren’t final yet, the box and board both need tweaking and refining but I am so pleased that I finally have a product that I can get in front of a new group of play testers. I will update you all on the final round of play testing as soon as I start to get the feedback.