Martin and Nick were nice enough to reach out to us a while back to do an interview for their new game, ‘Lords of War’! Here’s our little convo with them:
GaaC: Please tell us what inspired you to make the game.
MV: Nick and I had been making games as a hobby all our lives – it took us meeting for the first time to inspire us to turn our hobby into a business. Plus, because the company (Black Box Games) is so small, just the two of us plus our friends and family volunteering for conventions and so on, we found it very hard to get the attention of the bigger companies out there. But we received tonnes of positive feedback about our prototypes from retailers and gamers, so we decided to self publish.
GaaC: Is this the first game that you’ve designed?
GaaC: How did you start getting into games?
GaaC: What are your favorite kinds of games?
Elsewhere though, I’m massively into video games and – my true love! – D&D. I like to DM and have been running the same 5-6 person campaign for 7 years now, using my own systems and world. Designing all that stuff is its own kind of game, and is a great test-bed for Black Box. Plus, when you’re playing D&D, that sense that you can bend rules is really powerful – the limits are your imagination. As you might have picked up though, I’ll play most things!
GaaC: Do you have any advice you would like to give to anyone who wants to design/publish their own game?
MV: I would say that the amount of work you’re going to have to put in is going to equate to a part time job – and a part time job you won’t be paid for! Nick and I have been working for between one and three hours a day for three years now, seven days a week. Often our hours are more than that, and we haven’t made a penny of profit yet, just to be clear. The company keeps itself ticking over, but imagine things go well for you – everything you bring in will have to be piled into the next print run as you expand. Risk follows risk!
ition of a fair amount of critical acclaim, having won a big award (Lords of War won the UK Games Expo Best Strategic Card Game 2013), being available in over 80 UK retailers and having distribution secured in the US, most of Europe and some other countries too. But it’s really, really hard work. We love it, but I’ve shed friends along the way, dealt with heaps of disappointment and have really had to graft. It’s relentless and exhausting and… really rewarding when it goes well!
GaaC: Will we find you at any conventions in the future?
MV: Oh yes, most certainly! We’re going to be at Chichester Con on the 30th November, then Dragonmeet in London on 7th December celebrating Lords of War’s 1st birthday! Then, next year we’ll be at Salute, the UK Games Expo, Colours, Essen, GenCon… perhaps Origins. We get around!!
GaaC: And finally, what’s your favorite curry and where can we get it?
MV: Are we talking Indonesian, North Indian, South Indian, African, Thai? My wife is British Asian and a fantastic cook, and grew up overseas moving from place to place so I’m deep into this kinda stuff! Let’s go Indian in my wife’s honour, and keep it simple. I’ll go for a Aloo Baingan (a Potato Eggplant Curry). Super easy to make, great hot or cold, and you can eat it by itself, with other stuff or in chapatti, which is my favourite way to go about it. As for where you can get it, it’s so simple you can make it your damn self!