About time…

I suppose I should start doing some blogging again, this last half a year apparently became a sort of unscheduled break. I had plenty of other things on my mind, didn’t feel like writing. Read the rest of this entry »

Maracon Press

I’m going to a local convention this weekend. It’s Maracon in Oulu, and I have a car full of students and other youngsters who are going with me! The plan is to play the Best Session of the Year with all my friends who are coming as well. I’m also probably going to sell enough new games to pay the expenses of travel, which makes this convention a win-win event for me. People are coming all the way from Helsinki, this convention is just that good. Read the rest of this entry »

A Blog Recommendation

I don’t read many blogs – I have enough in my hands reading my correspondense and a couple of forums. I’m also pretty bad at reading recommended linkages, but I do make the effort. Some time back Joshua Bishop-Roby linked me to an excellent blog. Then I just read the article he linked, but during my first annual State of the Blog address yesterday I went there again, and man that’s one amazing blog! Read the rest of this entry »

My Gencon

Ho ho ho, as some of you might already know, I’m going to Gencon this year. (That assumes that they don’t have to cancel because of their bankrupcty or something, of course.) One big reason is that I’ve wanted to participate in the Forge booth for a long time, and for some reason I have this feeling of closure, that if I don’t go this year it won’t be pertinent next year anymore. (Perhaps I’ve just let too many years pass without going or something.) Another reason is my most fine and excellent zombie game (still only in Finnish) I’m going to produce for the English-language market and publish at Gencon. A third reason to go is that I was thrust into the role of republishing The Shadow of Yesterday by surprise, which is more than enough reason to go shop it around like a mad elephant. Read the rest of this entry »

Back with news

Ho hum, a human is a busy creature, and apparently the first thing I cut when I’m busy is blogging. This is a fortunately non-pressurized medium, though, perhaps because of the singular publication model: no need to edit, print or publicize yourself when you want to write. Nice.

Anyway, as a brief explanation for the latest month-long silence, I offer thee this. In other words, I’m going to Gencon this year with the Forge booth if everything goes well. There’s quite a bit of planning involved with all the flight plans, hotels and, foremost, preparing products for the convention. I’m going to perchance discuss my products in greater length later either here or some other medium, for now it’s sufficient to say that I’m being pretty busy writing and producing the games I want to sell at Gencon.

I’m still hoping to write the blog as well during the summer months, though. The first order of business is to write more extensively about different flavours of fantasy gaming, which topic has stood open for a while now after my latest post. A big topic, but I’ll tackle it soon.

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A context-dependent game

I created a pretty interesting little game yesterday. It’s called Missä miehet ratsastaa, which already tells to my Finnish readership what it’s about: the Finnish power metal band Teräsbetoni is going to the Eurovision Song Contest, and this is a game about that. The motivation for the game was actually in one of those small, curious design competitions we see at the Forge from time to time; this one was about double dice, started by the esteemed Michael Adams, and slated to end today. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Cause I’m worth it

Last year I wrote about how to get a cultural grant for game design in Finland. Apparently I knew my stuff then, as yesterday The Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded me a 9000 € grant in the category of “children’s culture” for finishing, writing and illustrating my game Eleanor’s Dream. I applied as a team with my brother Jari, who’s going to illustrate the book. As far as I know, there haven’t been too many grants like this yet, so I’m pretty excited about it, and will be trying to make a good impression on the cultural elites of the country. Read the rest of this entry »