About: sdhowar1

Board Game Designer. Board Game Reviewer. Award winning Brewer & Oenologist. Purveyor of Nerdery and Shenanigans.

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Unlocked – The Mansion of Mana (Part 2) Diary

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It was about this time when I started looking for a cover artist. A cover artist is a difficult thing to find. The artstyle needs to ‘gel’ with the message you want to convey to the players. For Unlocked, I was hoping to convey that this game was going to be a magical romp through a mansion with all sorts Continue Reading...

Unlocked – The Mansion of Mana

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Wait… did the name of these diaries change? You bet they did. Like all ideas, they evolve. Unlocked began as a simple sequential set collection card game but an artist came along and changed everything. The inspiration I got from her artwork infused my game with purpose. But it brought about challenges as well. It was now time to fuse Continue Reading...

Unlocked – The Mechanical Mansion (Part 3)

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I forced… *coughs*… begged my coworkers to become my test bench for working through and developing some of my games. The most notable of which was Unlocked. I was truly at an impasse with my design. I loved the key building aspect and I found the sequential set collection mechanic to be truly novel and yet it didn’t really have Continue Reading...

Unlocked – The Mechanical Mansion (part 2)

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Previously I had discussed how the original idea came to be. In this part I will discuss the artwork, the playtesting, the development, and then what happened. The artwork was fairly tragic for the first iteration. It was a first draft and I was honestly more interested in the game play rather than the artwork anyway. I took a thick Continue Reading...

Unlocked – The Mechanical Mansion

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Unlocked is a game I came up with about 5 years ago (Early 2010). There I was sitting in a stuffy meeting with a board of engineers working through an issue we were having on a government contract. The problem is that we had to embed a cryptographic engine into a small portable device. We had to figure out how Continue Reading...

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