Keeping up with this blog has been a lot of fun. I have gotten the opportunity in such a short time to connect with amazing game designers at various places in their lives. It all started when one person reached out to me and asked if I would like to do an interview with him to talk about his drinking game. That blog post sparked a thought to continue this as a series. That has quickly evolved to not being just a series but a primary focus for the blog.
I have been doing research into the art of interviewing people. There are quite a few schools of thought, and looking around in the board game community the one thing that I feel to be lacking are the stories of the designers themselves. There are great resources to hear about mechanics, business practices, and even the creative processes various game designers use. These things are important for budding game designers and consumers to hear and understand, and these are things that I will still want to delve into. Pushing further though, there is something to be said about the lives of designers. Their hopes and dreams… the stories that led to the developing their game. Why their heart and mind happened to sync up and push them to not just have a fun idea, but to create a physical thing to offer to the world.
These are the things that I have become more fascinated with. These are the kinds of things I want to focus in on. The board game industry doesn’t need some manufactured separation of designer and player. Celebrity can happen in any industry, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look at a popular designer and see them as a fellow human being.
During this time, I was approached by a friend of mine, and he asked a very simple question: Can I submit a sample to you and start writing some blogs for you? Again, a simple request started to get me thinking about what could be. Was this blog solely to focus on me… or can it actually be a home to other contributors? My view on games that I play comes from a certain perspective on the world around me… so when I highlight games – I can be missing games that can speak to other people on different levels! There are a lot of discussions about the importance of diversity. That idea has a lot of things to really break down – but the one concept that I firmly buy into is that if you have a platform and you can invite other voices to share in your power then doing that only benefits humanity – so do it.
So readers, I am really excited to say that Foolish Panda Games will be adding some contributors in the next few months. Hopefully by end of October you will be reading blogs from at least three different people. This is really exciting and I can’t wait to introduce them to you. There is also a podcast being dreamed up and a possible video series. These are going to be slower to come out, but when they get closer to a reality, you will know!
I hope you are reading this post as not just an exciting update for the blog, but as an invitation! If you would like to be part of this blog, then reach out to me and let me know! I can’t wait to get to know more of my readers and hopefully we can create an inclusive storytelling environment and encourage more people to play games.
As always – Stay Foolish!