Why I’m starting a new creative project with my son for the umpeenth time
Our last project was to create the Iron Man suit!!
We’re not talking a simple costume here; he wanted the whole shebang: flying jet propulsors, laser canons, and good old Jarvis.
Not one to let him down, I decided to convince him that we could start by making a replica of the helmet, draw simple plans based on the Iron Man Mark I suit, and maybe test a few mechanical hinges and gimmicks; all attempts at deceiving him failed miserably.
Needless to say, that project sank faster than the Titanic and was added to an archive of other failed projects, including, among others, an animated movie that would have lasted 14 hours and cost in the billions of dollars to make, or an iPad game that was a mix of Clash of Clans, Jurassic Park, and Angry Birds and would have taken 28 years to develop.
So, instead of giving up I decided to propose a new project we could work on together.
This time we have decided to create a fun board game.
It would be a strategic board game with planets to conquer and armies to defeat, while hoarding all the resources you possibly can.
Believe it or not it was inspired by a cartoon my son was watching called Adventure Time. Jake and Finn are playing a board game, Card Battles, where the assets are holographic animations.
In order to avoid past mistakes we decided to simplify the concept and leave the holographic effects and animations for later (much later) when our game has become a solid playable and fun game.