Board game development on the go
Now I want to talk a little about development while being on the move...
As many propably already know - It's not easy to finance a living by creating board games which is why many people would stick to their jobs until their games prove worthy of a huge profit... or just keep board game development on a part/free-time scale.
For me this is the very situation! Therefore I have to make the most of my sparetime... being able to develop on my board games while I'm on the go is essential for me to keep progress high.
Here are a few pointers...
1) Notebook and pen
This may seem sooo basically that it hurts your feelings - but it has to be said.
If you're going on a train, bus or whatever... have it with you and start drawing, writing etc.. :)
These days most people can afford a notebook (as in Laptop) but this may be a bit clumsy to carry around when you just want a few notes here and there and it doesn't really allow you the same "from the top of your mind" drawing.. which mean you may loose some of the creative inputs.
And remember to place them on your night table before you go to bed.
It sure makes your life easier when you have smartphone on you.
It's very obviously why you should buy one of these as soon as you can afford it.
- Take pictures of stores, board game and what have you.
- Writing notes
- Surfing for board game reviews
- Present your new designs to your friends
The list goes on... which is why the smartphone becomes a very essential part of your board game research when you're "in the field"!
3) Dropbox / Online Documents
I would also recommend you to get a dropbox and/or some online document service.
There are many way to approach this of course.
You can set up your own servers, buy a regular web hotel somewhere or create a google account or the likes.
The important thing is that you have some place online where you can put ideas/pictures/notes when you create them or by any means need them while you're on the go.
These are the words for now - happy gaming until I see you here again :)
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