Pacificon 2012

I just posted a monster entry, so I’ll try to keep this one short, for my sake as well as yours.

I’m attending Pacificon Game Expo this weekend in Santa Clara.  Greg is on vacation this week, so I am forced to go without him. However, I have a valiant friend standing in for him, because Pizza Theory must be sold! That’s right, I will be in the dealer’s room with Pizza Theory for sale.  Stop by to learn the rules, challenge me to a game, or bring some friends and challenge them.  Or just say hi to me. This may be the last time we personally sell Pizza Theory at a convention, so don’t miss it.

More importantly, I am hosting the 3rd official Pizza Theory Tournament on Sunday from 1 PM to 3PM.  If we have at least 18 participants, then the winner will receive a free copy of Pizza Theory. Already have one? You can gift it to a friend because you know they love pizza and board games almost as much as you. The maximum number of players is 27, so don’t let it fill up without you. Signup sheets should be somewhere.

I hope to see you there,

Brian Powers

Summer 2012

Loyal Fans and Internet Wanderers,

We have been neglecting this for too long, so I am going to give a quick update about what we’ve been up to the past few months.  Pizza Theory is in print, and we have been promoting it.

We had a meet-the-designers day at Gamescape North in April and another at Endgame in Oakland in May. It’s always fun to play Pizza Theory with strangers, and watch them as they “get it.” Also, we have some pretty awesome game stores in the Bay Area, that really care about supporting their community. Thanks to both stores for hosting us!

We went to Conquest Sac in Sacramento from March 16-18, 2012. This was special, because we got our first dealer’s table to sell copies of Pizza Theory. It was a little different than just meeting people in the open gaming area, because you feel like you have to pitch the game.  But once we got into it, we learned that all you have to do is teach the game, and let people play it, and the game can be it’s own sales pitch. Conquest Sac is a little smaller than some of the Bay Area conventions, but the games and the staff are both great.

We were at KublaCon over Memorial Day weekend, during May 25-28, 2012. We again had a dealer’s table to sell Pizza Theory. The highlight of the convention was our 2nd official Pizza Theory Tounament, which drew 26 participants! Getting to participate in the designer’s competition was fun, too. Being on the other side of the table made me feel a little trapped at first, but it let us meet a lot of cool people like the staff and other dealers and panelists that we wouldn’t get to hang out with normally.  It was worth getting the table just for that, though getting Pizza Theory into more hands is a worthy cause too.

We attended PolyCon from June 22-24, 2012.  We decided to take a break from selling Pizza Theory, and just hung out with all of our friends in San Luis Obispo, and played some games. It’s always fun to see what Tom Jolly is up to, and we got to play a prototype of his dexterity asteroid mining game, which is so fun and simple, you wonder why no one has made it already.

Next up, we’re heading to Pacificon.

Pizza Theory in the Newspaper!

photo courtesy of Jorgen Gulliksen (Napa Valley Register)

That’s right, there was an article written about Pizza Theory in the Napa Valley Register print newspaper on Saturday, March 3, 2012.  It also talked about the creators, Brian Powers and Greg Powers (that’s us!).  Thanks to Jennifer Huffman for the great article.  Go here to read the article for yourself!

-Brian

SaltCON 2012

We returned to SaltCon in Salt Lake City, Utah this year from February 17-18.   If you’ve been following us, you might remember that we won the Ion Award competition at SaltCon last year with our game Pizza Theory, and connected with Gryphon Games to publish it.  Well, this year was the grand unveiling of the first shrink-wrapped copies of Pizza Theory on the one year anniversary of the award.

It was awesome to get our hands on the final product, and it was fun to introduce the game to new players with the clean artwork and components (no longer a prototype)!  You can see pictures of the game pieces and the box over at Board Game Geek.

We also hosted an official Pizza Theory Tournament along with Rick Soued of Gryphon Games, which was a blast.  We started with 18 contestants, and narrowed it down to 2 finalists after two rounds (with two wins to move on each round).  To round out the Final Match, Greg and I alternated as the third player, until someone could get 2 wins.  Those final games were intense, and I only got one win in the 4 games it took to select a winner.  Sadly, Greg was unable to win a game, which goes to show how deserving the finalists were!

While we didn’t have any new entry into the Ion Award competition, we had some friends among the finalists.  Wade Herrboldt, from our own Gamescape Designer’s Guild, was a finalist with his game Nix Six.  And the winner of the 2012 Ion Award was a designer that we met at KublaCon last year, Joseph Kisenwether with his card game Rocks!  Congratulations to both of them and all the other finalists.

It was another great year at SaltCon, and it was, once again, well worth the drive.

-Brian

Gamescape Designers Guild

We’ve been wanting to start a regularly scheduled game design group to cultivate a local community of playtesters and designers for a while.  And now it begins:Gamescape Designers Guild

Hosted at the amazing San Rafael based gaming store (Gamescape) the first meeting will comence on Saturday, November 19th 6-9pm.

Events will be hosted monthly at the store, where local designers can playtest game prototypes, meet-n-greet each other, and discuss any or all aspects of board game design and manufacture. Everyone is welcome, whether you have your own game prototype, an idea for a game, or just want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the different processes of design and production.

We also have a board on the Gamescape forums to facilitate discussions and answer any of your questions or concerns.

We hope to see you there!

See the full announcement here

Pizza Theory Pre-Order

It’s Official! Pre-Orders for Pizza Theory are now available via kickstarter.  It also shows the finalized box and game art that was designed by our publisher. Take a look:  http://kck.st/rOIKP5

KublaCon

May 27-30, 2011

Burlingame, CA

We are heading down to KublaCon this weekend!  It’s the biggest board game convention in northern California.  We will be demoing Empower and our fancy new prototypes of Pizza Theory.  We will try to post some pictures of them after the con.  Greg met some other game designers there last year, so hopefully we can share some ideas with them and come away with more inspiration.

We had wanted to get our next design up to playable prototype status by KublaCon, but a new job and other distractions put that on hold.  Hopefully we will have something new by Polycon later next month.

I haven’t had much time to sit down and play some long board games lately, so I’m looking forward to a whole weekend of nothing but that!