It was exactly one year ago today that I posted to our handful of Facebook fans that Adventure IN moved on to be a semi-finalist in The Game Crafter Classic Arcade Challenge! Ken Shannon and I may not have won the contest with Adventure IN, but we knew the potential our game had. Still, It's hard to imagine we have been developing this game for over a year.
It's been a journey! Like all journeys, there have been feelings on all ends of the spectrum, hiccups and revelations. Working on this project has helped me learn and grow as a designer and as an artist. Adventure IN started as a testing ground where I could apply everything I learned about game design from developing my own projects. I had no idea it would show me how much further I could go. And it gave me the opportunity, for the first time ever, to collaborate with another game designer on a project. As rewarding as that is alone, it also built a friendship.
Regardless of how successful we are with this project, I have gained some things that only come with time. I have been a part of the Adventure IN journey, and I am a better designer and a better artist because of it. I will soon have the opportunity to apply even more knowledge and skill into making my other projects reach their full potential. You may have noticed my games disappear from the site. I am taking this opportunity to let you know that it's not because I am moving away from tabletop game design. On the contrary, I intend to redevelop those games and re-release them as the most awesome projects I have ever done.
The journey of Adventure IN may soon come to a close, but we're still at the beginning of my journey as a game designer and artist. I am reminding all of you that you're invited to be a part of that journey! If you are into tabletop games, if you are into art, or if you are just into supporting bald, creative geeks in your area (it's okay, it's not weird) - I am going to be unleashing a whirlwind of awesome on the heels of Adventure IN! And I am giving you a lot of options for keeping track of it. You can like my page on Facebook, there's an option to subscribe to my mailing list for this blog, and you can follow me on Twitter. Let the journey continue!
Article by Noble Valerian
Digital Arts Instructor