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So, Now What?

This has been a rather surreal week.

Over a week ago, last Monday to be exact, I started my new job as Director of Conquistador Games, a company that develops and publishes boardgames. If you have been reading No High Scores for any length of time, you know we’re all boardgamers to some degree — from the fanatical to the Brandon. So the idea of running the day to day of a company that deals in boardgames…well that’s something I couldn’t pass up.

However over the past week or so, I have played precisely zero videogames. Well, that’s not entirely true: I am still playing my online Summoner Wars matches, but that’s it. I remain hooked on that game despite my ineptness. It’s very odd — these types of tactical games are normally right in the sweet spot of the bat for me, but I continue to lose a LOT. I think I’m 8-15? I’m a friend list target.

My Xbox hasn’t been turned on in two weeks. My PC has been used solely for Firefox, Adode InDesign, Word, and Email.

(Again I am technically lying as I continue to run our OOTP 13 baseball league.)

But for the first time since the Clinton years, I spent a week that I wasn’t on vacation not following the videogame industry in any way, shape or form. If anything went down last week — I missed it. I am somewhat grateful to the fact that it remains a downtime for new releases and Steam Sale aside, there isn’t a lot going on at the moment. That will certainly change in August.

Dark Souls on the PC. Enough said.

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But what does the Director of a new game company actually do? Yeah, see, I wasn’t sure either. Turns out, so far at least, a little bit of everything.

Still, it was a bit strange not playing anything plugged into a wall.

I certainly played a lot of stuff this week, though, all in cardboard and plastic form. Over the past week I have playtested The New Science (our latest game that is currently still in development), taught people how to play Lancaster (a brilliant worker placement Euro), lost a game of Olympos (got crushed actually), watched helplessly as my monster got trounced in King of Tokyo, and tried out the new Leaders expansion for 7 Wonders. I also traded Quarriors for yet another worker placement game called Fresco. Hooray! I have been in a serious Eurogame mode of late. It’s like Barnes and his JRPG thing. Hard to explain.

Oh, and I also taught myself how to play Macao.

So, a Director just plays boardgames all day!

OK, not really. There is much to be done and I have been exceedingly busy, which is why I haven’t been posting much.That WILL change once I start playing games again but in the meantime:

  • The CQ website needs an overhaul. I am starting to learn the CMS but there’s a lot of work to be done here from basic updating with our current designs to getting the store to work.
  • I have been editing The New Science manual, which is another high priority as the game nears completion. If CQ Games has bad instruction manuals, well, we can’t have that.
  • We’re also getting another Kickstarter campaign, this time for The New Science, prepared for the coming weeks.
  • We are also gearing up for WBC and getting the Kickstarter orders for Road to Enlightenment ready to go. This is going to be a long trip but I’m looking forward to it.
  • Speaking of — if you are in the Lancaster, PA area on August 3rd or 4th stop by the Academy Games booth. We are sharing their booth this year at the Con and I’ll be there in full Company Man mode, talking Road to Enlightenment and we may also be showing off Pocket Armies: Red Storm.
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So a rather busy week. This does not include a trip to a chiropractor in yet another attempt to fix my neck/arm/hand nerve issues. That was wild. I have never heard my neck crack like that.

But I will close with puppies.

Jack and Monty came home last night and we have some great pictures of the little devils. They are full brothers and have been a blast so far. We have been visiting them for the past month so they already know us to some degree.

Little brown furballs of awesome.

Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

20 thoughts to “So, Now What?”

    1. Play me and you surely will. I’ve won three games, I think, and two of those were by the turn timer expiring on the other guy.

        1. Todd beat me due to equal parts strategy and me getting three rounds of ridiculously horrible rolls in a row.

  1. First things first, is that lead shot indication of some inside knowledge of new factions? If so I want. Just saying.

    Mark right now in our game you have the advantage. Not saying I’m gonna lose, but my margin for error is rather thin at the moment. Of course we are doing cloaks vs jungle elves, so things get messy quickly.

    1. There are eight factions not in the IOS game.

      Wait ’til you see the Sand Goblins, Vargath, and the Filth.

      1. I know. I heard the developer at Plaid Hat Games on the GWJ podcast last week. Basically said that future development of factions will be side by side in both physical and iOS.

        I’m the consummate tinkerer, and never play the same faction twice in a row. I’ve usually got at least one game going of each faction, and play them pretty evenly, except the tundra orcs. So getting more factions would make me very happy.

    2. Ooh, I thought you were taking it easy on me!

      If I can pull a win against you it will do well for my self esteem. 😉

  2. I don’t know what it is, but I just couldn’t get into Summoner Wars enough to justify buying the DLC. I wanted to love it, but I just found myself preferring Ascension and Hex.

  3. Puppies?!

    No seriously… lil fur balls of urine death?

    that’s why ur not playing anything. poop patrol!


  4. PUPPIES! They are adorable.

    CQ does good work, and I have enjoyed helping Dirk on the margins. Glad to see he hired a real assistant to help with the salesmanship.

  5. Mr Abner based on that bgg link the new science looks more in line with my groups taste. Any idea when it will be available?

    1. “Soon”

      I’ll be sure to let everyone know. We’ll also have a Kickstarter up for it in the coming weeks.

      1. Speaking of soon, and Kickstarted games, any idea what method of delivery you’re going to be using for RtE? Will it be USPS, UPS, FexEx, other?

        Depending on which I might need to make an arrangement.

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