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Re: Gotta Catch 'Em All!
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Reply to: #930935 by The Lost Boys
Jul 13, 2016 9:19am
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Whew! Just when I was gettin' worried my kids weren't on their smart phones enough.
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Reply to: #930988 by Rocklun
Jul 13, 2016 11:41am
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I presume that means there will be knockoffs soon?
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Reply to: #930935 by The Lost Boys
Jul 13, 2016 11:45am
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Well, I tried to start a Pokémon GO thread on the Geocaching and Other Games board but it went nowhere, whereas this one -- on a board it clearly doesn't belong on -- is going great guns. Ryan, you can close down 90% of the boards on AQ, everything can get discussed on Letterbox Chatter.
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Reply to: #931001 by dingus dufus
Jul 13, 2016 4:38pm
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I keep seeing people out and about when normaly there is not a single soul. I think it's awesome that people are getting out. I'm a bit sad since I don't have a smart phone so I can't play too but really a great deal of these people would just be inside on their phones or whatever else, this way they are outside.
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Reply to: #930938 by MissMoon
Jul 13, 2016 5:48pm
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Why respond at all, if not for attention?...CLICK
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Reply to: #931012 by Kirbert
Jul 13, 2016 5:59pm
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Don't throw shade, Kirbert. It was my intention to promote the benefits of using Pokemon Go to inspire letterboxing...hence, mentioning said benefits on my original post....*sips tea*
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Reply to: #930981 by turkey feathers
Jul 13, 2016 7:37pm
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Sent this message via smoke signals, did ya?
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Reply to: #930988 by Rocklun
Jul 13, 2016 10:07pm
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My brother has worked in the game industry for 20+ years. Everyone is kicking their butts that they didn't come up with the idea first.

Don't worry. They're all now thinking up ideas to do something similar. Most will die quickly, but some others will catch on too, but not as well as Pokemon GO. One MAY exceed it eventually, but won't rise as quickly. There may even be one that you (every one of you) will be interested in.
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Reply to: #931012 by Kirbert
Jul 13, 2016 10:14pm
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Well, I tried to start a Pokémon GO thread on the Geocaching and Other Games board but it went nowhere, whereas this one -- on a board it clearly doesn't belong on -- is going great guns.

That's because this board has (nearly) everyone who reads the boards, but that other thread has only about 10% of this one. Apparently more people here are interested in Pokemon GO than are interested in geocaching.

Who's going to do the Pokemon series of letterboxes? Of course there doesn't have to be just one. Who's going to catch them all?
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Reply to: #931030 by kansas chick unstuck from OH
Jul 13, 2016 10:17pm
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I keep seeing people out and about when normaly there is not a single soul.

While I was out capturing munzees, I saw this group of about a dozen teens gathered around this small spot on a trail just off of the road. Another half dozen came up while I was walking by. I'm assuming that it is a poke-spot.
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Reply to: #931052 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 14, 2016 4:41am
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Where there are many Go players gathered, it could be one of two things, a Gym, where they can battle each other, or a PokeStop, where you can pick up free items, like poke balls, eggs, etc. If someone has attached/activated a Lure item at a PokeStop, this is what happens (text taken from a website):

When deployed, any PokeStop under the influence can be seen on the map with a shower of pink petals around the stop. This can be seen by all players, as Pokemon attracted to the location can be found by any player at that location - making it a great item to use with friends. A new Pokemon will show up approximately every 3 minutes.

So, instead of the player walking around in hopes of finding Pokemon, they are drawn to the PokeStop for a limited amount of time. ( yeah, both Pokemon and players, lol).

To get your freebies at a PokeStop, you spin the icon, and random items "pop" out. It's sort of fun, and takes about 5 seconds, maybe.
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Reply to: #931051 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 14, 2016 6:06am
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Who's going to do the Pokemon series of letterboxes?

I'm already planning an Eevee personal traveler, though I could be convinced to do an Eevee series, since that's one of my favorites, aside from Pikachu.
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Reply to: #930985 by marrtians
Jul 14, 2016 8:12am
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It is pretty fun. It's giving me a reason to get my fiancé out boxing with me, because he can get Pokemon on the way.
Also it's been a great cover as to why we're wandering around a park looking for things or sitting in an area too long. Twice people playing have noticed that we're playing but not that we were letterboxing at the same time!
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Reply to: #931070 by history buff
Jul 14, 2016 3:18pm
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And the thread comes full circle!!!
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Reply to: #930935 by The Lost Boys
Jul 14, 2016 4:27pm
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We saw a girl walk into traffic for a pokemon today. I also know a professor who had someone walk into her lecture, catch one, and leave without saying a word.

It's a cool idea, but people are surprisingly stupid.
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Reply to: #931011 by Kirbert
Jul 14, 2016 7:16pm
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I presume that means there will be knockoffs soon?

Soon? I made a game like this YEARS ago. Oddly, no-one wanted to find what I left lying around...
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Reply to: #931110 by fearlesscolon
Jul 14, 2016 7:19pm
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I made a game like this YEARS ago. Oddly, no-one wanted to find what I left lying around...

Ironically, even though yours was first, it would have been called "Pokemon Go Number Two".
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Reply to: #931110 by fearlesscolon
Jul 15, 2016 5:24am
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Have you seen the latest ... Chardonnay Go?
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Reply to: #931104 by The Lost Boys
Jul 15, 2016 7:00am
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Yes can we move it off of letterbox chatter. Games people play would be a more appropriate board. Hitting ignore thread after posting this one.
Great Lakes Letterbox Bingo!
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Dec 17, 2016 6:45am
Hey game lovers... consider joining Great Lakes area letterboxers in playing the world's slowest Bingo game! It's a thing we do every year to wait out the winter months and is always a good time! Anyone is welcome to participate, but you must be a member of the LB Great Lakes Yahoo group to play as that is where you will find the necessary information and forms, etc., and also where the daily word is posted beginning Jan. 1. Time is running short as forms and prize items must be submitted by Dec. 30.

Wondering what Letterbox Bingo is or how to get in on the fun? Head on over to the LB Great Lakes Yahoo group (you must be a member to play, but any letterboxer can join the group)... or message me for more information!

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LBGLK/info

SpringChick
Puzzle Postal Ring Open
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Oct 1, 2017 7:59am
If you would like to receive 11 puzzles during 2018 to solve check out the following postal tracker.

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?trackerId=9541
Inventing a board game
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Jan 1, 2018 12:05pm
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Has anyone actually invented one and tried to get it produced?

Can I ask, how?

Who would you recommend to help design the board and cards?

Who or what to avoid?

Did it work it out for you?

Anything would be really helpful.

Thanks!

csk
Re: Inventing a board game
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Reply to: #955043 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jan 1, 2018 12:57pm
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CSK- please send me a message if you aren't able to find some help here. I can grill a friend of mine for some answers :)
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Reply to: #955043 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jan 1, 2018 3:17pm
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Has anyone actually invented one and tried to get it produced?

I haven't actually invented one, though I do have an idea I need to develop. The owners of Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) and Mayday Games play in our game group, Northern Utah Gamers Guild so I've played a few prototypes. If you were in northern Utah I'd invite you to come. (Anyone in the area is welcome to come as well.)

There is actually a game designers group in Salt Lake City. I haven't been to that, but if you're near a large city there is probably such a group near you. Use Board Game Geek to find your local board game group and they will probably know where to get in contact with such a group.

Let me give you the advice from the sessions from SaltCon 2017 on getting your board game sold from the (I kept notes): Play test the game. First get it playable personally. Then play with a group so that you can work out the kinks with other people. Before it is ready to be published it must be played at least 5 times without your help, though you can silently observe. Don't be afraid to put it aside for a while. Most board game designers have several ideas in the works at the same time. Keep notes.

This came up in multiple sessions from multiple designers: If someone tells you that something is wrong, they're almost always right. When they tell you how to fix it, they're almost always wrong.

When you get it ready to publish, don't worry about art work because the publisher will most likely redo the art work anyway. You can publish through Kickstarter, but the three board game companies presenting said that after that they are unlikely to pick it up. It is an issue of having the demand already served, but it can happen.

And when you sell your board game to them you get a percentage of the sales. The figures they gave for averages were: Mayday Games: 5% of wholesale which is about 40% of MSRP = 2% of MSRP. TMG averages 6% of their cost which is about 2.4% of MSRP. It doesn't seem like much but you don't have to worry about manufacturing, marketing, distributing and dealing with replacement parts.

And different game companies have different genres or audiences. Mayday and TMG had some games that they had reviewed that weren't right for their company that they referred the other company.

Good luck.
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Reply to: #955056 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 1, 2018 4:50pm
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Wow, thanks for the information.

So you recommend selling the game and not producing it myself?

I have been sitting on this game way too long so I have considered hiring professional testers to get some neutral/professional feed back.

csk
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Reply to: #955059 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jan 1, 2018 5:27pm
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Wow, thanks for the information.

Like I said, this was from sessions on this topic at a board game convention.

So you recommend selling the game and not producing it myself?

That's what they recommended, but they are in the business of selling games so from their perspective it will be better to go through them. I'm not even close with my own idea so I haven't really evaluated the end of the route at this point. You would have to evaluate your own situation.

A lot of people have successfully gone through Kickstarter. I've even bought one (that should be arriving soon), a deluxe edition of a previously produced game by a professional game company. Another I've bought through KS is a neat idea for a game. Two others that were on Kickstarter are from one of the local game companies I mentioned so I'll pick them up at the local game night (because he has extras) so that I don't have to pay shipping.

Weigh your options.

I have been sitting on this game way too long so I have considered hiring professional testers to get some neutral/professional feed back.

This may be an educational game; something I'm not familiar with except playing Krypto. However, someone over at Board Game Geek will know more about that than I.

Your location is "Planet Earth" so I don't know what major cities are near you. You should be able to find a local game club. Check Board Game Geek for players near you (called guilds). Even a small group will be very helpful in play testing. At least a group in larger city will have a large group.

All of Utah has a population of 3.1 million people, most from Ogden (where I'm near) to Provo (less than 100 miles south of me). Board Game Geek lists 18 in Utah. Find one in your state, or found one in your state. Game stores will often sponsor game nights or at least know how to contact local groups.

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to play test. I don't even know how to contact professional play testers. And Board Game Geek has forums too. The people over there would be even more helpful than I have been. Nevertheless, I'm still willing to discuss anything else you would like to discuss here.

Regardless, please let us know how it comes out.
Be my Pokemon Go friend?
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Jul 2, 2018 6:49am
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Alright, yes, I'm still playing PoGo. I'm loving the new "friends" feature, especially because when others send you gifts, you receive little pictures of where they're from (how very letterbox-ish). Is anyone else still playing that would like to be friends so that I can see pictures from far away places? If so, respond here or AQ mail me your trainer number? Pretty please?
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Reply to: #961951 by Honeychyck
Jul 2, 2018 10:42am
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My husband is still playing. His trainer code is 7823 0970 4168.
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Reply to: #961969 by Rebiccola
Jul 2, 2018 12:23pm
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Request sent!

I'm now friends with 2 letterboxers' husbands. I love it ^_^
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Reply to: #961973 by Honeychyck
Jul 2, 2018 4:40pm
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I play but don't know anyone else who does, I would love to try the new friend feature. My trainer code is 2827 9847 2998

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