Yes we know we have been silent for a long time but we’ve been busy bees. We re-did this site as you can see, so it is now nice clean and accessible, but that’s not all… We’ve finally put up all of Trivia Obscura’s social media channels up.
Firstly you can get all the deliciously dark trivia that you’re so fond of, through our . Aptly titled “do you know darkness?” it will cater to all your needs. Or even join our grand facebook group… We need your help, so go on start posting away .
Then you can get to our game facebook page . Oh I almost forgot we have a nice and scroll-a-licious one page site for Trivia Obscura here… and if you into tweeting nadanull will be doing that .
Oh we also have an office now…yes we managed to piece the desk together. Still missing a few light bulbs though…..
First of May today and out of the blue most of our work table arrived….I know it is not very exciting to you but to us it is something we have been waiting for since forever. It is nice, it is wooden and metal and it is missing a linkage so we can’t really use it yet…
Oh well at least we got 3 out of 4 components in the office….Maybe next week we will be working from our custom ordered beauty and not our aging IKEA paperboard sad excuse of a work desk.
Hello dear patient reader…Yes I am talking to you that feel betrayed by our broken promise of a daily post…Yes it was good while it lasted but we must at this point admit to defeat…No we have not given up on you, but you will have to quench you thirst for nadanull related info on a weekly basis from now on.
So what have we been up to since we last spoke to you? Well we have been busy bees and as you will have noticed from our previous post, we are now officially a company. Oh I can hear some of you complaining… “-And did this take you 3 whole months? Are you kidding me? I can do it in two days tops.” Yes dear reader 3 months of paperwork… Remember we are based in sunny but paper laden Greece. Let me give you my side of the story…
Part one…The accountant…Ok I must admit that was the easy part…We did find an office that more or less have the same outlook in life as we do and also seemed to know their stuff and we were informed that we will be up and running in a week…First of all we need to rent some office space and then it is all sugar…Pumped from enthusiasm we breezed out of the door praying to god that we be graced with a landlord with understanding and entered the search for office space…
This took us a month…We had the opportunity to marvel at many many many perspective places but most of them failed even the lowest standards even the most humblest of business has. We came across office space conveniently placed inside the landlord’s house… “Don’t worry I will keep the door closed and never disturb you”… We came across moisture so grand that if we were in the cave exploration business we would be millionaires…We were informed that exposed bricks are all the rage in New York even when they are exposed because the plaster has rooted off them…We even had to communicate with a landlady that was in a coma and her housekeeper obviously gifted with the sight of mind reading was acting as her voice.
Finally light shone on us in the form of a really cozy office with nice wooden beams and plenty of electrical wiring to meet our computing needs. It even is a mere 5 second walk from a postcard view of the Aegean. Office space check.
Dear meticulous reader…As the Christmas season is drawing nearer we have to be honest with ourselves…We are not doing much work on the game at this period…We have put up a tree…we are looking for what presents to buy to our nearest and dearest but are we doing very little work on our game…So we thought we better stop posting for 2016 and we’ll start all over again in the new year!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everybody!
As mentioned in an earlier post we are now at a stage of contacting manufacturers to see who gets to materialize our visions of making a game that is not only fun to play but also an object that can hold it’s own when seen proudly lazing around the savvy owners coffee table (yes that is possibly you dear reader of exquisite taste and intellect).
The moral here is that you are going to spend a pretty penny on manufacturing, (well all of the penny to be exact), so make sure you know what you are getting with your money. Get the quotes you are offered as analytical as possible, remember nothing is implied if it is not written on paper and also do not forget to ask for a samples of what material or games with similar specs to your own your manufacturer has actually made.
About a week ago we asked one of the manufacturers we are approaching for some sample work. Today a box arrived in the post office. I cannot describe how surprised I was to find out that the manufacturer had sent us about 15 full games. The quality is perfect and they have completely sold themselves to us.
Ok guys we are convinced. Manufacture sorted..On to the next step….
This is a post about your two best friends when it comes to actually making your game. Yes I am talking about mr Designer and mr Manufacturer. You’d think that since everyone is on the same team here things would be hunky dory between those two. After all mr designer makes your product look good, and mr manufacturer well he actually makes the thing, so it is no longer stuck in the limbo of concept-land. Since mr manufacturer actually makes mr designers ideas materialize you’d thing that mr designer loves mr manufacturer. No…they hate each other…keep them separated…Have you seen the photos of cute cat and cute dog cuddling along…well they are not true…dog makes a move on the cat seconds after the photo is taken.
We are at a stage in our project now where our lovely most talented goddess of graphic design has got everything tied down and it all looks nice and impressive… so as natural progression goes we are approaching manufacturers to see how much it will actually cost to make our glorious game.
First point of conflict is that after receiving a couple of quotes you’ll have to convince your graphic designer that fold out shapes using spot uv and ultra rare specialist paper handmade by virgins in the amazon rain-forests using ecofriendly zero carbon state of the art inks is out of the question, as most manufacturers when you inform them of your budget want to print your game on loo paper.
Since printing on loo paper is not an option try to keep things simple at first… get to a game of acceptable quality and you build from there on. Oh wait I forgot here you have an issue with mr manufacturer…They don’t like changes, even the smallest change in your games configuration bears a huge impact on your games price.
Another think that I have noticed is that you are going to have as many different game configurations as the manufacturers you approach. Each one makes his own box sizes, card sizes, pawn sizes etc, so it is my advice to find one that you can work with and stick with them….I nearly gave my graphic designer a cardiac when I told her that I was considering to go from bridge size to tarot size on my cards. No don’t worry Chiara bridge size is good I love bridge size bridge size is our friend….
This is my piece of wisdom for today…they say opposites attract so maybe my Manufacturer will get to be best friends my Designer and they can have long conversations about color palettes. Who knows?