This entry was posted on Sep 30 2012

So Saturday I was playtesting a new strategy game with a friend of mine.


It was a good game. Stupid moves were made (I fell into my own trap). The advantage went back and forth constantly. We both kept gaining and losing control of the board. I managed to take a path that my friend was making away from him and use it to my advantage. My pal got himself trapped behind enemy lines but that also managed to cut me off from the path I was going to take. In fact, I do not think there was a single point in that game where I did not feel threatened. It was a good game.


Eventually, I conceded, just so I could go to bed. It was five in the morning at that point, after all.

It was his first time playing, and my third, but he picked it up rather quickly.

But what really let me know that we are on to something special is that I have never seen this particular friend of mine drink so slowly. If we are hanging out, usually by that point we are pretty much gone, but not this night. We barely even talked, we were too busy playing.


I cannot wait to test some more.

About jkempf

James Kempf, CEO of Cliché Studio, has made two games for Mercury Retrograde Press, learned from managing the comics at Criminal Records that John Stewart is the best Green Lantern, and once happily played a 12 ft. dwarf in Rifts.

  • AndreaNaomi

    I feel a little silly asking this but is Hexes the name of the game? I really enjoy strategy games and this peaked my interest!

    • No, it doesn’t have a name yet. We’ve been tweaking it and getting the rules ironed out. I think we’ve got a good solid set now though.

  • Any game that has you not talking OR drinking definitely sounds like a success in terms of entertainment! Looking forward to hearing more about your journey to creating it:-)

  • James, at some point we need to get some closer up shots of the hexes, can’t see the numbers in any of these shots.