Once Upon a Game – my precarious career as a games inventor

Michael Kindred (2013)

Biography   Hobbies / General Interests   Inspirational & Self Development   Non-fiction

Find out about the intriguing, sometimes frustrating, world of games inventing from someone who has spent 55 years exploring it and has had over 50 different games marketed, selling around 3 million in more than 20 countries. There is also a glimpse into the fun and toil of co-writing 20 books. He didn’t get rich – it doesn’t work like that!

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How do you get an idea for a game? What’s involved in developing it and making an initial prototype? How important is play-testing, and whom do you involve in that process? What are the tips for writing rules? How do you go about trying to get your idea onto the marketplace? What are the important parts of a contract?
This book won’t provide all the answers, but it will give you an insight into the fascinating, and sometimes frustrating world of games inventing based on Michael’s 55 years of experience of the successes and failures; the laughter and tears, the delight and the boredom. Along the way he met his wonderful wife, Maggie, and had a child who loves games - what a surprise! And worked with some great friends and colleagues. For about 30 years, Maggie and Michael and some of these people shared in the writing of books, mainly ones to do with groupwork, communication, teamwork and social care. You will also find out about a collaboration which saw a couple of books about cryptic crosswords launched.

About Author

Michael Kindred

I was brought up in Nottinghamshire, England and lived there until I was 68. I now live in France with my wife, Maggie, who was a social worker and lecturer, and is now an author. We have a daughter, Cath, who lives in the UK. I started training to be an architect when I left school, but eventually decided this was not my métier. When I was in my late teens, I started a hobby of inventing board and card games and turned it into a career when I became self-employed at the age of 39. Eventually I became an author as well. Most of the games and books were family orientated, the rest were specifically educational. I also loved cryptic crosswords which resulted in a couple of books. My other interests are similar to Maggie’s; groupwork, teamwork and communication. Creativity has always intrigued me, and I have spent a lot of time trying to improve my ability to come up with ideas, and also to try to help others in the same way. I love maths and English, which [...]

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