Scurvy Dogs: Pirates and Privateers Sail the Seas

Darren Gendron, who had never designed a board game, has just designed Scurvy Dogs: Pirates and Privateers Sail the Seas.
Darren Gendron, left, Alex Chambers and Ralph Pripstein play Scurvy Dogs
Has the project got sea-legs? It probably does now, thanks to favorable coverage in The Washington Post:

Darren Gendron sees an opportunity — a niche, really — that he believes he can seize. It involves board games. It involves Gendron becoming a part of your Wednesday game night, entering the collective cultural consciousness through the living room. It involves pirates.

… Once the purview of larger game companies, such as Parker Brothers and Hasbro, game design is opening itself up to passionate, niche hobbyists.

Gendron wants to self-publish his game, and he estimates that he’ll need $20,000 to get it off the ground, through a micro­investing site called Kickstarter.

He has one week left to raise the money that might allow him to achieve the dream.

Monica Hesse @ Washington Post

David Jaffe on following your passion

David Jaffe delivered the PAX Prime 2011 keynote address, recounting some of his experiences and sharing lessons learned in the game design industry.

He began gearing up for his next big thing, which was called Heartland. He described the game as Red Dawn meets Saving Private Ryan, and Jaffe said that he wanted it to serve as a political allegory while also achieving “the Holy Grail of game design,” which is to make players cry upon completion for the right reasons.

The problem with this game, Jaffe said, was that he was making it in order to chase after the next big thing, instead of following his passion. The game was eventually given the green light, but it didn’t take long for members of the team to be reassigned to work on Sony’s reboot of the Warhawk franchise. Jaffe said that if he were honestly in love with Heartland, he would have never let this happen to his team.

Tom Magrino @ GameSpot

“Your life is going by so quick, the only thing you can do is the thing you have to do.”

— David Jaffe