The title just about covers it. Yesterday, the Board Raptor Games team was delighted to hear that Velociraptor! Cannibalism! has been nominated for Indie Game of the Year by the Philly Geek Awards! We are thrilled.
For those of you unfamiliar with V!C!, a team of six game designers (including myself) who’d never met before came together during Philly’s 2012 Global Game Jam and made a bizarre, silly, unique, and clever little board game about dinosaurs mutating in hilarious ways and eating each other; all in 48 hours. We were really excited by the game, our team’s dynamics, and the game’s reception by the other jammers. It was decided that very first night. We were Kickstarting this thing and getting it out there for other gamers to enjoy.
Sprinkles! One of 12 playable characters from V!C!, shown on the official player mat.
Velociraptor! Cannibalism! blew. Up. Our campaign raised over 1000% of our funding goal and it soon became clear that we weren’t just finishing up our Game Jam version of the game. We were delivering it to a thousand backers, finding a publisher, getting it in stores, polishing it up to a product worth sitting on the shelf. This thing is going somewhere.*
I worked very hard on producing the final version of this game. Creating over 200 illustrations, art-direction, editing, communications with publishers and printers and anything else needed to get V!C! to print. It was difficult, but the game is one of my proudest accomplishments and, whether we win or not, it’s immensely satisfying to see this kind of recognition.
Thank you, Geekadelphia. This means a lot. See you in August.
* Velociraptor! Cannibalism! will be published by Game Salute and is currently in production in China. News on the release date, price point and other fun stuff coming soon. If you’re not a Kickstarter backer, keep an eye on the game’s official Facebook for updates.