The Big Announcements

So I have been keeping a couple secrets for more than a year now. And, no, this isn’t about the big expansion to Gloomhaven that secret will continue to be kept for a long time yet.

But with this year’s Gen Con came two announcements that I am pretty excited about. In fact, they may have been the two biggest announcements to come out of Gen Con this year, which makes me feel like a bit of a rock star (more…)

So what’s going on with Forgotten Circles?

Around a year ago, I was visiting Richard Ham in Malta, and we got to talking about Gloomhaven expansion content. At that point, it was well-known that I was (and still am) working on a big expansion for the game, but it was (and still is) going to take years to finish. What he was interested in was getting one of the people who had contributed a lot to the content of the original game to make a smaller expansion on their own to tide people over until the big expansion was ready (more…)

My Crazy Month

The month of March was dominated by two major events: South by Southwest (SXSW) and RobbCon. I’ve been planning on going to RobbCon since I had such a great time at last year’s event, but SXSW took me a little by surprise after Price (Cephalofair community manager) told be I should apply for their tabletop game of the year award. I did, and the next thing I knew, not only was Gloomhaven nominated, but I got two free platinum badges to attend the event.

The platinum badge gives you priority access to pretty much everything at the event, and I had been kind of neglecting my wife recently because of all the logistics of delivering the second printing, so we decided, what the hell, let’s fly down to Austin for a week and a half and get the full experience. (more…)

Is my company innovative?

So a month or so ago I got a letter in the mail from a magazine called Fast Company. It said that I was going to be on their list of most innovative companies for 2018. I had never heard of them before, though, and letter seemed mostly geared toward getting me to purchase the rights to use their logo on promotional material and whatnot. The thing seemed kind of like a scam at first glance, if I’m being honest, but then my wife saw it, and she got very excited.

Apparently this was actually a big deal (more…)

So it’s a new printing, not a new edition

Back when Forge War first came out and we sold through the initial printing, I started up a new printing of it and made a small mistake. I changed the SKU from CPH0101 to CPH0102.

The SKU is a series of numbers and letters written on the box, typically next to the UPC, which serves a similar function as the UPC – to distinguish it from other products. Where a UPC is usually used for electronic scanning, a SKU is easier for a human to identify. It typically starts with a three-letter representation of the company (CPH in my case), followed by a series of numbers to identify the specific product of that company (more…)

Thoughts on the New Year 2018

Well, here we are. 2018. I was born in 1982, so 2018 will mark the point where I have lived half my life on this side of the millennium. I also graduated from high school and turned 18 in the year 2000, so that means I will also have effectively spent half my life as an adult.

Most of that adulthood was spent in college – roughly 15 years, which is a silly amount of time. I’ll be the first to admit that. It seems now, though, that once I was able to break free of grad school, my career as a board game publisher has taken off very rapidly. Did you know that Gloomhaven is ranked the #1 board game on BoardGameGeek now? That could be a whole post to itself, but, wow, I did not ever expect that to happen so quickly (more…)