Sky Roy, a friend that I knew in highschool and have gamed with in the past couple years, is a hobby table-top game designer who recently decided that it was time to publish one of his creations. He approached me last summer and asked if I was willing to do the illustration for a game he designed, Camp Nightmare. He could not pay me a lot, but it was a great opportunity to start into an area that I would like to pursue further, tabletop game layout and illustration. Fast forward to this Fall and we have a complete game print ready. Having spent a great deal of time and creative energy on the project I feel it is a mutual project. I often refer to it as our project or our campaign even though it remains Sky’s overall project and goal.
The Kickstarter for Camp Nightmare began a few days and I have mixed reactions. Surprise over the fact that many of the larger pledge items have been taken – it’s great to know that there are people out there willing to spend a lot of cash to help see a project they are interested in come to life. There is a little anxiety as well. What I suspected would be the most popular choice by far (1 copy of the game) has not attracted that much attention. There are only a handful of pledges made each day so unless these numbers are brought up the campaign will not be successful. So far we are about a quarter through the campaign and at about 20% of the goal. That’s not too bad. It looks like we have a shot here but we will have to do better. From the get go there are things I would have done differently with the campaign and in preparation for it but for now the focus is on getting the word out about this great game.