Hi! My name is Matt, and I’m one of the co-founders of ODAM Publishing, the makers of the fine tabletop RPGs Of Dreams and Magic and Dreamscape: Laruna. This blog is going to follow the production of our very first board game project (tentatively titled The Shared Dream), from more-or-less inception to the final product. We’re launching what we consider to be an exciting experiment with this site, and hope you decide to follow along with us. In order to tell the story of this site, first you’ll need some background.
I’m glad to say that ODAM Publishing has been involved in two successful Kickstarter campaigns for our RPG products, Of Dreams and Magic and Dreamscape: Laruna. I’m even more glad to say that ODAM Publishing has a very specific ethic about how to handle our Kickstarter campaigns. We don’t make promises we can’t keep, we don’t flood our campaigns with non-game addons, and most importantly, we deliver what we say we will, when we will. I’m not telling you all this so we can pat ourselves on the back; this is a pretty simple set of standards that we think everyone should be following. I’m mentioning this because holding ourselves to this standard requires us to do things in specific ways, and one of those ways is to not launch a Kickstarter until deep into development. We said nothing about Of Dreams and Magic throughout most of its development and launched our Kickstarter with the majority of the writing completed and with a rules sample already available. Dreamscape: Laruna had even more assets completed, with full sections written and edited and a large amount of writing complete.
There are a lot of great things about running a Kickstarter but the part I’ve enjoyed the most is the people. We’ve met a lot of great people both online and in person. I’ll never forget the late night talks we shared at our GenCon hotel lobby – from hearing the unique ways people thought to use our system (a group of players turning into white blood cells to cure a sick friend), to the personal conversations that had nothing to do with gaming (I hope you know who you are!) The brightest spot of the Dreamscape: Laruna Kickstarter was opening up a Google Hangout and getting to answer really insightful questions about our product and our thoughts on gaming in general.
And now, to the point (I have been very charitably been called ‘verbose’). When it comes to a Kickstarter, all of these conversations are happening at the END. We’ve already launched our Kickstarter page, we’re already collecting money, and a lot of things are already set in stone. We’re having conversations about what we’ve already done.
This time, I want to have conversations about what we’re going to do. This blog will be an avenue for us to start a conversation about The Shared Dream, that will let us lay out more of the process than we usually do. Art assets, design ideas, play-testing – we’ll be documenting a lot of the process here. We’re also going to do something that’s been requested of us a lot – more video content!