Horizontal Murals

This past month's Upstream Art Project in Springfield was a huge success. Our artist, Shelly, with the help of Gil, our graphic designer, painted for two days straight on unyielding concrete, with finicky road paints, with only a few short breaks. For this week's blog, I thought a montage would be more fitting, considering the …

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Above-Board Update

What makes a successful board game layout? Well, there's no "one size fits all" board design, that's for sure, as the multitude of styles will attest to, but there do seem to be a few key elements that shape the majority of iconic table-top board games. Let's check 'em out together, weighing the pros and …

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Movin’ Upstream

I am proud to announce that our artist, Shelly Dax, has been selected as one of five local artists to paint an art installment on the sidewalks of Springfield, Oregon, as part of the city's Upstream Art Project, an effort to raise awareness about storm-drain pollution and habitat protection. Congratulations Shelly!! She'll be awarded $1000 …

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Mining the Media Landscape

In this high-tech new media landscape, it’s more difficult than ever to get attention. We’ve reached a saturation point, you could say, where once-spectacular content passes like morning dew amongst our news-feed. Hiking Mount Everest? Meh. Sailing off the Florida Keys? Seen it. To garner engagement one must generate something truly unusual, unique, or even …

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Parading About

Well, it's official: we entered our first parade to promote Reel Me In! The decision was somewhat last minute, but we eventually agreed that it would behoove us to extend our presence more into the real world, to supplement the online community we're building. Don't get me wrong, our various social media platforms are a …

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Playtesting 1 – 2 – 3

Last Saturday, we were invited to an open playtest by Four Fine Fellows, a local game design company in Eugene. This event was both informative and inspirational. We got to playtest a handful of games, in various stages of development, by local designers, as well as chat about marketing, production and distribution. We were hoping …

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Upon the Liquid Veil

I have come to perceive the mystery – I, in my world, feet planted upon the foundations of Earth, Waiting for you, who float amid the blackness, Like a sentinel before the gates of heaven. We puncture a hole in the firmament of time and space, And dance upon the liquid veil – A line …

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Meditations on Fishing

I will get to the game momentarily. But first, a little backstory. I grew up on the banks of a river -- the Row river (pronounced like “ow”) in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It’s a somewhat lesser-known river in the Willamette valley, but well-known to me and my family. This river left an indelible impression on …

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