Interviewed on: 08/24/16
Evan Hunt is working on getting his first game published through Kickstarter right now! He and partner Alex Kampmann have been working on Originz for around two years now and are excited to see their game come forth on Kickstarter. Be sure to check it out, especially if you are into super hero card games!
Have something else you'd like to ask that I didn't cover here? Go ahead and comment on this post. I'll ask the designers interviewed to answer any questions!
Tell me a bit about yourself.
Two to five years.
We wanted to bring an accessible, comic book style, superhero/villain deck-battle game into the world!
Originz The Superpowered Card Game (www.originzthegame.com)
Our Kickstarter launched September 6th!
I am a Director of Business Development at a Laser Company and Alex is Director of Sales at a publishing company.
Your Gaming Tastes
My readers would like to know more about you as a gamer.
Friends and Family
A cooperative card game like Sentinels of the Multiverse or battle game like Warhammer 40k Conquest
Yes- acoustic versions of popular music.
The Portal in Manchester, CT
Originz is my favorite (but I'm biased), least favorite is SOTM because it is too Mathy, worst is Probably monopoly!
Mechanics that limit note-taking and mathyness are my favorite (like the deck is your health.). Least favorite is the concept of Health points that need to be tracked.
Warhammer 40k conquest - adult theme and I have kids!
I like to play Board Games, Card Games
I like to design Board Games, Card Games
You as a Designer
OK, now the bit that sets you apart from the typical gamer. Let's find out about you as a game designer.
Themes first! The mechanics must match the theme or you are in trouble! The theme is the 'heart' of the game. The mechanics are just the vehicle!
Originz placed 'Runner up to Best in Show' at the CT Festival of Independent Games
Greater than Games must be a fun place to work! I've watched them grow with admiration!
I think of a type of game I want to play, but can't find on the market.
Start with friends and family, then branch out to Cons. Tabletop Simulator has been enormously helpful.
Alex and I are co-designers. We contract our art and graphic design.
Kickstarter has been populated by experienced publishers. The community is used to 100% completed games, with reviews and stellar presentations. These days, if you want to make it as an indi publisher, even on Kickstarter, you better be willing to invest in a finished product (art included.)
Peter Clines 'Ex-Heroes' series about Superheroes in the Zombie Apocalypse.
Where to invest our limited time and funds, in what priority. We got most of it right, but we wasted some money and LOTS of time.
You can't do anything without the right artist and graphic designer. After you have that, be prepared to playtest a ton. Solicit feedback from everybody and don't be sensitive! Be willing to change.
Games that will soon be published are: Originz - The Superpowered Card Game (launched Sept 6th)
This is what I have currently crowdfunding: Originz - The Superpowered Card Game (Sept 6th)
Games that I'm playtesting are: 6 expansion Originz
And games that are still in the very early idea phase are: A mobile version of Originz
Tabletop Kickstarter Advice and Kickstarter Spotlight by Druid City Games are two of my favorites.
And the oddly personal, but harmless stuff…
OK, enough of the game stuff, let's find out what really makes you tick! These are the questions that I’m sure are on everyone’s minds!
Star Wars, Coke, VHS!
Golf, reading, playing with kids!
We learned about how services like BackerKit may help your campaign.
Love almost all music. Sci-fi / Fantasy / Superheroes are my favorite.
Ex-Communication by Peter Clines.
Wish I did! My dad is awesome at guitar.
I was a Weapon Systems Officer on B-1 Bombers for the Air force
Scuba Dove by myself - almost died because of it!
Meeting and falling in love with my wife, Lara.
I think President Barack Obama is as cool as they come. (Politics aside.).
Nothing - never mess with the space-time continuum!
Spider- Man. He's such a humble guy, driven by guilt, but never forgetting to have fun and put everything on the line!
3 dogs, 2 frogs and a fish
I love the internet, but a part of me hopes it disappears, forcing us to enjoy and learn from the friends and family immediately around us. Plus, more people would play board games, which do the same thing!
Alex Kampmann, my co-designer at Flavor Faction Studio; Nate Brett of Wilderland Campaigns (our graphic designer) and Matt Ryan of MattR Illustration (our artist). Also all of friends and family who have been so supportive while we pursued our dream to bring Originz into the world!
Just a Bit More
Thanks for answering all my crazy questions! Is there anything else you'd like to tell my readers?
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