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  • So I’ve recently been pushing hard to make sure Evil Hat has enough plates spinning at once that we’ll have a pretty steady (if a bit irregular) slate of releases once the projects start reaching their conclusions. This means I have a spreadsheet with about a baker’s dozen projects listed in it, all in various [...]

    State of the Hat: 2012 and Beyond

    So I’ve recently been pushing hard to make sure Evil Hat has enough plates spinning at once that we’ll have a pretty steady (if a bit irregular) slate of releases once the projects start reaching their conclusions. This means I have a spreadsheet with about a baker’s dozen projects listed in it, all in various [...]

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  • Recently I realized I was out of my depth when it came to doing graphic design on the cards for Race to Adventure, and brought Daniel Solis on board to do the work. It’s absolutely been proving out as the right decision. Daniel’s bringing a level of polish to the cards that I think would have eluded [...]

    Fear vs Caution

    Recently I realized I was out of my depth when it came to doing graphic design on the cards for Race to Adventure, and brought Daniel Solis on board to do the work. It’s absolutely been proving out as the right decision. Daniel’s bringing a level of polish to the cards that I think would have eluded [...]

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  • So Metatopia went smashingly, and I think you’ll start to see some posts from Rob Donoghue about the details of that in the next few days. Also keep an eye on the Jennisodes, as she managed to catch one of the panels helmed by Kenneth Hite. I got to run a few panels too, but [...]

    Kickstarter Bulletpoints

    So Metatopia went smashingly, and I think you’ll start to see some posts from Rob Donoghue about the details of that in the next few days. Also keep an eye on the Jennisodes, as she managed to catch one of the panels helmed by Kenneth Hite. I got to run a few panels too, but [...]

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  • Jeff Tidball and I have been looking at pricing on the Zeppelin Armada card game over the last several months (and yes, the process has taken months just getting in quotes and where warranted samples of the materials we’ve wanted to look at), to get a sense of what we’ll be looking at. (Sidebar: The [...]

    It Comes Down To This

    Jeff Tidball and I have been looking at pricing on the Zeppelin Armada card game over the last several months (and yes, the process has taken months just getting in quotes and where warranted samples of the materials we’ve wanted to look at), to get a sense of what we’ll be looking at. (Sidebar: The [...]

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  • This is Part II of the Q&A with Evil Hat co-president Fred Hicks. If you missed Part I, start here!  Q: How does the playtesting process differ from RPGs to board/card […]

    Designer Diary 7: Q&A with Evil Hat’s Fred Hicks (Part II)

    This is Part II of the Q&A with Evil Hat co-president Fred Hicks. If you missed Part I, start here!  Q: How does the playtesting process differ from RPGs to board/card […]

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  • This is Part II of the Q&A with Evil Hat co-president Fred Hicks. If you missed Part I, start here!  Q: How does the playtesting process differ from RPGs to board/card games? What has the RtA playtesting process been like for Evil Hat? Fred: Card games have a much more strict range of possible outcomes because there’s [...]

    Designer Diary 7: Q&A with Evil Hat’s Fred Hicks (Part II)

    This is Part II of the Q&A with Evil Hat co-president Fred Hicks. If you missed Part I, start here! 

    Q: How does the playtesting process differ from RPGs to board/card games? What has the RtA playtesting process been like for Evil Hat?

    Fred: Card games have a much more strict range of possible outcomes because there’s [...]

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  • Fred Hicks is co-president of Evil Hat Productions, the publisher of Race to Adventure! He’s also a really thoughtful and knowledgeable guy who shares his views on the gaming industry […]

    Designer Diary 6: Q&A with Evil Hat’s Fred Hicks (Part I)

    Fred Hicks is co-president of Evil Hat Productions, the publisher of Race to Adventure! He’s also a really thoughtful and knowledgeable guy who shares his views on the gaming industry […]

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  • Fred Hicks is co-president of Evil Hat Productions, the publisher of Race to Adventure! He’s also a really thoughtful and knowledgeable guy who shares his views on the gaming industry in his blog, Deadly Fredly. Fred offered to do this week’s Designer Diary in the form of a virtual Q&A session from the publisher’s perspective. We [...]

    Designer Diary 6: Q&A with Evil Hat’s Fred Hicks (Part I)

    Fred Hicks is co-president of Evil Hat Productions, the publisher of Race to Adventure! He’s also a really thoughtful and knowledgeable guy who shares his views on the gaming industry in his blog, Deadly Fredly. Fred offered to do this week’s Designer Diary in the form of a virtual Q&A session from the publisher’s perspective. We [...]

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  • Dear Deadly, I’m getting pretty close to publishing my book and am considering a .pdf distribution along with print as you do with your products. Obviously there is some concern for a small publisher for releasing something as .pdf not least losing potential sales. If I recall correctly your personal view is that this constitutes [...]

    Dear Deadly: How Do I Price My Book?

    Dear Deadly, I’m getting pretty close to publishing my book and am considering a .pdf distribution along with print as you do with your products. Obviously there is some concern for a small publisher for releasing something as .pdf not least losing potential sales. If I recall correctly your personal view is that this constitutes [...]

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  • My name is Chris Ruggiero, one of the co-designers of Race to Adventure! and co-owner of EndGame in Oakland, Calif. Evan has been doing a bang-up job on these designer […]

    Designer Diary 5: Why Publish?

    My name is Chris Ruggiero, one of the co-designers of Race to Adventure! and co-owner of EndGame in Oakland, Calif. Evan has been doing a bang-up job on these designer […]

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  • My name is Chris Ruggiero, one of the co-designers of Race to Adventure! and co-owner of EndGame in Oakland, Calif. Evan has been doing a bang-up job on these designer diaries, and I’m taking a turn this week. Hope you enjoy it. Race to Adventure designers (left to right) E.K. Lytle, Evan Denbaum & [...]

    Designer Diary 5: Why Publish?

    My name is Chris Ruggiero, one of the co-designers of Race to Adventure! and co-owner of EndGame in Oakland, Calif. Evan has been doing a bang-up job on these designer diaries, and I’m taking a turn this week. Hope you enjoy it.

    Race to Adventure designers (left to right) E.K. Lytle, Evan Denbaum & [...]

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  • EDIT: Thanks everyone for the lively and educational conversation today. I am worried that we’re soon going to veer into This Is On The Internet So It Can’t Ever Stay Wonderful territory, so I’m shutting off comments at this point. I’d like to keep the excellent conversation the way it is, largely unblemished and full [...]

    My Privilege as a Publisher

    EDIT: Thanks everyone for the lively and educational conversation today. I am worried that we’re soon going to veer into This Is On The Internet So It Can’t Ever Stay Wonderful territory, so I’m shutting off comments at this point. I’d like to keep the excellent conversation the way it is, largely unblemished and full [...]

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  • Is it Q3 already? Let’s look back on Q2, then. Summary: it’s all about watching the long tail taper. A few early numbers in for Do, though, getting a very strong debut thanks to its Kickstarter. Booyah, Daniel! As always, you can find our titles at the Evil Hat webstore and at other fine game [...]

    Evil Hat Sales Numbers: Q2 2011

    Is it Q3 already? Let’s look back on Q2, then. Summary: it’s all about watching the long tail taper. A few early numbers in for Do, though, getting a very strong debut thanks to its Kickstarter. Booyah, Daniel! As always, you can find our titles at the Evil Hat webstore and at other fine game [...]

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  • I’m lucky to work with several talented editors. Editorial folk aren’t someone you go shopping for often: you find a few good ones and you give them as much work as they can handle. The trick, then, is what to do when other publishers come around and ask me who I’d recommend for editing their [...]

    Available Editors

    I’m lucky to work with several talented editors. Editorial folk aren’t someone you go shopping for often: you find a few good ones and you give them as much work as they can handle. The trick, then, is what to do when other publishers come around and ask me who I’d recommend for editing their [...]

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  • When it came time to figure out what the right name for Race to Adventure! should be, we knew we were going to be way off track if we tried to figure it out ourselves. What we needed was an expert at playing games, but also had a perspective on what would appeal to kids [...]

    Ian Hanrahan is Magnificent

    When it came time to figure out what the right name for Race to Adventure! should be, we knew we were going to be way off track if we tried to figure it out ourselves. What we needed was an expert at playing games, but also had a perspective on what would appeal to kids [...]

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