Prototype Decks & Giving Back

Today, our first prototype deck arrived in Chicago to get feedback from some wonderfully kind people: Elaine and Max of CAH fame. We’ve thanked profusely in many different forms, in many different places, and who we’ll thank many different times in the future.  We may wind up annoying them by thanking them too much. They’ll just have to deal with that.

Because we’re good people and all, but in terms of games, we’re nobody. We made a good game, I think, and I hope to be somebody in the future. I hope that people get excited to hear what we have to share with the world next – but right now, there’s nothing to base that on.  Still, Max and Elaine asked us to send the game to them for them to check out.

I think people are, generally speaking, good, but the response we’ve gotten from people and their willingness to help has been amazing. Brian Mazurowski, who just released Tontine on the world through Kickstarter, has been amazing, too. He gave us some excellent advice about where to look for production, and he’s been really supportive, too.

The only bad part about getting help like this from people is that there’s no real way to pay them back. What could we do? Give Max advice on the next CAH expansion? He doesn’t need it. Put up a link to buy Tontine? Uh, actually, yeah. That. But what sort of payment is that? The thing that’s so amazing about what they’ve done is that John and I can’t pay them back…and they helped us (and are continuing to help us) anyway.

So what the hell can we do? The only thing, really, is this: try to do the same thing in the future. So, we’re calling it right now: if this whole Meltdown Games thing works out, we’ll give back. Max held some office hours and gave people great advice. We’ll do the same – though people will rightly want to talk to him more. Brian got back to us quickly with good advice, too. We’ll do the same – though I can’t guarantee we’ll have the insanely short turnaround time that he has for emails.

And even if this Meltdown Games thing doesn’t fly, we’ll still be happy to talk to anyone who wants to listen about what we think went right – and what we think went wrong.  Because that’s how you really thank someone who didn’t need to help you: you help people who might think that you don’t need to help them.

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