Army Ants and 4CD

I’m really excited about this week’s episode of the Tell’em Steve Dave Podcast. I’ve listened to the show since the first week it was put out and couldn’t love it more. They asked for sponsors for the 2015 summer show which is going to be the One, True, Three Championships. I sent in copies of We Are Dead along with a shirt and some buttons to sponsor one of the players and be part of the prize pool.

If anyone is interested in picking up a copy of the game they can be ordered through local board game stores, on Amazon, or me directly. I’ll do a deal for the game that can compete with Amazon and include some promo cards. I don’t expect many orders though this, but if you are interested email me directly at derak_morrell@hotmail.com (I check this email most frequently).

I’m so happy I’m able to give back in any way to the show that has meant so much to me over the years!

In other news, I’ll be pitching my next game to a major toy manufacturer. If they are interested in it then great! If not, I’ll still plan to put it out through Kickstarter. The best part about this is that they contacted me and want to see what I’ve been working on.

-Derak

Long Beach Comic Con & SoCal Comic Con

This past weekend was the Long Beach Comic Con. I have a real love for this convention. The show runners do a fantastic job with this event. I think they made a small misstep this year in moving it to September and dropping the horror aspect of the show. It really seemed like the attendance was down. I had a table in Artists Alley near the back and still did okay. I loved every interaction with each attendee and fellow creators!

This coming Sunday, October 5th, I’ll be at SoCal Comic Con which is a 1 day convention in Oceanside, CA with a table selling my game. IT’S ONLY $7 TO ATTEND!!! I love the price for people to come and enjoy this con. I’ll be there selling more We Are Dead in time for Halloween and Christmas, and Starcade prototypes. I’m going to try out a new prize bag where people can win a copy of We Are Dead, T-shirts, Starcades, and all my other loot for just $1!

Right now I’m sorting my comic book collection and trying to sell off some of it on eBay and getting the art for Starcade done so I can launch the Kickstarter.

If you’re in Southern California on October 5th and near Oceanside consider coming to the show!

Thanks!

-Derak

Awesome Times

When I started making games I would have never thought I would get invited to a gaming convention as a special guest. Well, I was wrong. Victor and the fine folks over at Strategicon gave a once in a lifetime experience when they asked me to be one of three special guests at the Gateway convention this past Labor day weekend. They went all out and put me up in a hotel room and gave me a booth to show off my games.

I’ve been going to the Strategicon series of conventions for the past few years and I’ve always had a fantastic time. In the past I just played in events. Once We Are Dead arrived I ran events at the last Strategicon, now I got to demo and mingle at my table.

We Are Dead was a great success again with the casual crowd and almost everyone was excited about the new micro game: Starcade. I brought 50 early edition copies and sold 46 of them! I couldn’t be happier. I’m really happy with the way it plays, demos, and how quick it is for people to play.

At the end of the month I have a table at the Long Beach Comic Con. Mike Morris and Mike Collins will both be there on Saturday, so if you want your copy of We Are Dead signed, this is a rare opportunity to do so!

I’m SO looking forward to the next Strategicon next February!!

-Derak

Strategicon Update

Hi All!

I’ve been working really hard to get a small print run of Starcade (50 copies) ready for Strategicon and they will be available for $5. Check out the page! As a Special Guest at Strategicon, they have given me a booth and I’ll have a ton of stuff for everyone to check out: We Are Dead games, demos, buttons, stickers, shirts, and prints; Starcade games, demos, and buttons; and a small demo of Dead@17 the deckbuilding game.

If you are going to this show please, please, please stop by and say hello! If you can’t make it to the show, keep checking back or follow on Twitter to find out when Starcade goes up on Kickstarter.

Thanks!!

-Derak

So Busy!

I had a great time at Strategicon over Memorial day weekend. I did about 8 hours of demoing and had over 40 people play We Are Dead. That con is so much fun. I really love it and feel at home there.

Here is a picture of the first event where 3 full tables were running!

Strategicon Demo

I’m going run more of these at future Strategicons, but oh man was it hard teaching so many players at once!

I’m super busy right now, but I’ll share those details later as I want to start posting on here more consistently.

-Derak

Fantastic Things

So much is going on right now. All of the Kickstarter copies have either been received or are in the mail out to the backers. I’m trying to handle any issues as they arise.

Since I got most of the games in the mail almost 500 copies of the game have gone out to gaming and comic book stores. Following the release I went to the GAMA trade show and interacted with over 100 stores and got to show them the game first hand. It was incredibly successful! Finally, I had a table at WonderCon and had an amazing reception from the crowd there.

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Someone from almost every demo session picked up a copy of the game and couldn’t be happier with peoples reaction when they play the game.

Moving Forward

This weekend (April 25) I’ll be in San Diego at KingdomCon. I’ll be demoing all day Friday and Saturday. If you are in the area come check out the con. This will be my first year there, but it sounds like it’s going to be a great time. It seems to me that the con was built up around the local miniatures community and is growing their board game and RPG events and presence. I’m excited to be apart of it!

In the next couple of updates I’ll talk about the Dead@17 Kickstarter Reboot and a new micro-game that I’ve made and want to do a quick limited release for. More info to come!

-Derak

We Are Dead Shipping and Dead@17 Relaunch

 

So the first Kickstarter campaign for Dead@17 didn’t fund. We got very close and I wrote a postmortem which you can read here. I site one of the main issues as not having delivered We Are Dead yet. Well, that is being corrected right now. As of this post I have all most 600 of the 750 games shipped out and will have the rest done within the next week.

Following the shipping of We Are Dead to backers it will also be coming to gaming/ comic stores. If you are looking for a copy make sure to ask your local store for it and they will be able to order it through normal distribution.

Once the shipping is done, We Are Dead is in a good place and I will have demos, events, and convention presence whenever I can. Moreover, I working on getting Dead@17 rebooted for Kickstarter. The campaign will be simplified and streamlined. I can’t wait to get that game green-lit. Currently I’m looking at late March to mid April for the reboot. Follow on Twitter or Facebook to keep informed on the launch date!

Thanks!

-Derak

Production Updates

We Are Dead is in the tail end of Pre-Production. We are just working out an issue with the card quality. I think I’m going to spend extra and get even better cards for the game. They are rushing more samples out to me so I can evaluate them. I’ve made an un-boxing video of the hard proofs that I’m working on as an update for the Kickstarter page.

Dead @ 17 is still progressing nicely. We are working on getting everything ready for the Kickstarter campaign.  There is just so much that goes into it and I want to make sure we start off on the best footing possible. There is still more to do, but it will be online soon!

Thanks!