Jack and I had a great visit with Rudicon at RIT on Sunday. Not only was MetaCheckers enthusiastically received by the organizers, but Jack got to spend a lot of time with the students of RIT’s game design program.
Jack is a high school junior and very interested in a career in game design and writing. He got answers to questions, but also learned what questions he still needed to get answers to.
“This is the kind of game I wish I had invented!” one organizer said about MetaCheckers.
This is the kind of reaction I often get when gamers sit down to play. MetaCheckers exists in a unique space between checkers and chess. As I say, more fun than checkers, easier than chess.
I know there is an audience out there for MetaCheckers. It’s just a matter of putting it out there until we can build a following.
Everywhere I have been able to sit down and play the game, someone takes an interest. Someone asked me yesterday how many games I’ve played. I said dozens, but by now it is probably in the hundreds or more. MetaCheckers — and under its previous name of Stealth Checkers — has been played at schools, camps, game stores, conventions. Plus, there have been more than a thousand downloads of the Stealth Checkers app on iOS devices, (which will be updated to MetaCheckers soon!)
Very often, new players are amazed at how much fun the game is and wonder why no one thought of such a simple innovation before. We just got very lucky.
Rudicon offered every kind of board game to play and created a fun, relaxed atmosphere. You should put it on your schedule for next year.
So, I’ve lined up MetaCheckers for a series of conventions this spring. If you are in Upstate New York/PA and happen to be nearby, stop by and play a game.
Maybe you might even win a free set of the game.
Sunday, Feb. 28, at Rubicon at RIT in Rochester.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at SIMCON at University of Rochester Commons.
Friday to Sunday
UBCON in Buffalo
Friday to Sunday in Scranton, PA
April 22 to 24
Hudson Valley Comic Con
Saturday and Sunday
May 7 to 8
Sorry, I can’t make these:
Lilcon in Buffalo on April 30 or Arcon at SUNY Oswego on April 1-3 because of schedule conflicts.
Looking ahead to:
TooManyGames in Philadelphia June 24 to June 26.
So, if you want to stop by at any of these events and check out my games or anyone else’s, please come say “Hi!”
So, I’m starting a blog — right here — about MetaCheckers, the game I’ve invented with my son, Jack.
Really, the whole family has been involved since the beginning. As I’ve said in other posts on the website, it all began with a dream.
That was four years ago.
It’s been a long journey, but worthwhile. Getting the patent … finding a name and landing the trademark … getting the product made … networking … building social media … and now finally going to game conventions, stores and making sales. Many lessons learned.
What keeps me going is the positive response and feedback I get whenever I demonstrate the game. It’s been played by hundreds of kids at an elementary school, by dozens of Boy Scouts at meetings and camping trips, college students, friends, neighbors and family.
Last week, we took the game to Running GAGG in Geneseo and had a good response. It’s not a game for everyone or even every gamer. But everyone who sat down to play enjoyed it and told me it was solid.
So, I’m very encouraged.
I’m scheduling a slate of convention appearances in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the upcoming year. I’ll post about each of these in this blog.
Thanks for following!