Although I am sad to hear that Gil Hova is leaving Breaking into Board Games, I am excited to announce that I will be joining the Tony and Ian as the publisher voice for the podcast.
What is Breaking into Board Games you say? Breaking into Board Games is a podcast about breaking into the hobby game industry. Every week, we interview a person of note, and give tips and tricks to make your way into the business of games.
My first episode on Breaking into Board Games released today! You can listen to it at:
I have been on before as a guest and am really looking forward to being on the other side of the microphone as one of the hosts! You can check out all of the previous episodes at: https://breakingintoboardgames.libsyn.com/
On Tuesday November 6th, from 9am to 4pm we will be hosting our very first Letiman games Playtest and Demo Day. This will be an all day playtest event for upcoming releases! We will provide water, coffee, snacks, and pizza for lunch!
For more information on the location and who will be attending (our good friend Cassie Elle of the Indie Game Report will be coming up from Florida and attending!!), please head on over to our facebook event and also be sure to let us know if you are coming!
Hey everyone! We just wanted to let you know that we will be at the Rochester Game Festival this weekend! We went to the first ever show last year and it was an absolute blast! You can check out both tabletop and video games in the works all by local developers.
If you have an interest in saying hi to us or checking out some of the other cool developers that will be there as well, you should come on by and see what this awesome Festival has to offer. The festival is being held at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gene Polisseni Center on Saturday, Septepter 15th from 12pm to 5pm.
We will be there showing off some of our games, so please be sure to come on over and say hi!
We hope to see you there!
It is that time of year again! We are launching the Neverland Rescue on Kickstarter tomorrow, May 8th, 2018 at 8am EST!
The Neverland Rescue is an asymmetrical 2-player game in which opponents take on the role of either our hero Peter Pan, or the treacherous Captain Hook. Hook will gather clues and deploy his dastardly henchmen to determine the final 5 hideouts of Peter Pan and his companions, while Peter will attempt to rescue his captured friends, keep them safe, and save the land he loves. Throughout the battle, players will feel the pull of their belief in Fairies, which could just as well lead them to victory in Neverland!
The base reward tier is just $25 shipped in the US, so be sure to head on over to the campaign and check it out! You can find images, reviews, and all sorts of information on the game and as always, if you have any questions you can reach out to us and we will gladly help you with anything you need!
Thanks again for following along and again, that link is:
All my best
I have just booked my plane ticket to Atlanta in May for ProtoATL! The event runs from May 4th-6th and is bound to be a lot of fun! Many publishers (including us) are slated to be there and I cannot wait!
I should be flying in Thursday night and staying until Sunday afternoon!
I am looking forward to finally meeting some great people that I have known online for years, making new friends, and playing some awesome games.
I will be participating in the publisher speed dating of course but if you would like to set up a time to meet to either pitch a game to us, talk about the industry, consider collaborating, or you just want to say hi, be sure to email us and coordinate a set time to get together.
If you live in the Atlanta area and are free that weekend, be sure to check it out and please come on over and introduce yourself, I cannot wait to meet you! You can get more informationabout the event or purchase your badge at
Early bird pricing lasts through March 17
Until then, happy gaming!
We are very excited to announce that the next game we will be publishing is The Neverland Rescue!
The Neverland Rescue is an asymmetrical 2-Player game designed by the fantastically talented Scott Almes and illustrated by the equally talented Jacqui Davis!
The Neverland Rescue will be launching on Kickstarter in the first half of 2018!
To stay up-to-date on coming information and launch dates, please follow us on Kickstarter, Facebook, and Twitter or join our mailing list!
I think that an amazing way to challenge myself as a board game designer is by entering game design contests. They provide constraints, give inspiration, and allow for a fun distraction during the hectic times of being a publisher. When I saw that the Game Crafter announced their Hook Box Challenge, I was eager to jump into the contest and work on another side project.
The basic constraints of the Hook Box Challenge were that the game must include 18 cards or less and be in a Hook Box (a small folding cardstock box that holds 18 cards). I like designing small games like these because they are super easy to print, iterate, and develop due to their small size. The last time I tried my hand at this was for the Button Shy design contest in 2016 and I ended up having my game Mint Julep signed and published by them just a few months later.
For the Hook Box contest I started working on a game that I wanted to inspire my daughters. They both love ballet and this theme seems underrepresented in board games. So I set to it and developed a core set of rules and cards. I quickly found I had little time to devote to it and started collaborating early on with my friend Jeff (who just so happened to have worked with us on some of the graphic design work on Groves). He also has two daughters in dance and even enlisted them in making sure we were using appropriate terminology in the game. He and I bounced a lot of ideas off of each other and made what I think is a really neat little card game (that even has a solo mode designed by Jeff).
The entire project was a lot of fun and was a nice breath of fresh air stepping away from a Letiman Games project for a few weeks. Please consider checking out Center Stage, trying the Print and Play (free download available) and maybe consider voting for it in the Hook Box Challenge!
Now that the game is submitted into the contest, we are moving back into developing our next project in full force! We have started receiving a lot of art and we hope to announce the game very soon!
Until next time, I wish you many happy game nights!
Happy New Year's everybody!
We here at Letiman Games are very much looking forward to a fun and exciting 2018! Here is a quick glance at what we have coming for you this year!
1.) Games in production
- Groves is currently in production and expected to hit doorsteps in March of this year! The game is looking awesome and we cannot wait to get it to you!
- Dino Dude Ranch 2nd printing and its first expansion Hatchlings are both in production and also expect to hit doorsteps by March of 2018. We are SO EXCITED to have Dino Dude Ranch back in stock and to bring you such a fun and engaging expansion!
2. Games in the works!
We have a lot of games we are currently working on! One game is already signed and expected to be produced in the first half of 2018. We have not announced it yet but art has already started (by the amazingly talented Jacqui Davis) and we look forward to showing you it once it is ready!
We also have a few games that have been pitched to us as well as some other games we are designing. All of them are in various stages and we have not decided what to focus on yet as we are pretty much focusing all of our energies on the previously mentioned Work in progress as well as Groves and Hatchlings. Hopefully we can choose one to develop further once we have delivered our games in production.
3. What else is in the works?
I am judging a contest through the Game Crafter. The contest is a design contest where the theme is Escape Room games. The contest is still in the design phase, so if you have any ideas, be sure to get cracking on them. You have until April to finish up your designs! It will be a lot of fun to play these and maybe we will even sign one or more of them for publication!
4. A final thank you
Thank you all again for such a fantastic 2017! This was by far our best year yet and we hope that 2018 is even better than this past year. We have met a lot of great people this year and have developed some great new relationships that we hope to cultivate into some great projects this coming year.
If anyone has anything they would like to discuss with us, be it games you would like to submit for publication, projects you would like to collaborate on, or something you would like to see us produce in the coming year, please be sure to reach out to us!
We have a great plan for 2018 and we are sure that you are going to love seeing what we have coming. Keep your eyes peeled and thanks again for supporting us through another year!
Dan and the Letiman Games Team
I am very excited to be attending the Rochester Mini Maker Faire for the 4th year in a row! This is definitely one of my favorite shows to attend. I love it because everyone there is excited about making things. It does not matter if what you specifically make excites someone, they are just interested in creating something from nothing, which means a very excited and engaged audience!
From making honey, to 3-d Printers and tech gadgets, to jewelry and dolls, there are all sorts of cool things being made in Rochester and I am always excited to go and teach people about what I do and how they can do it too.
If you want to come learn about designing and publishing games, or you just enjoy learning about making things, consider coming by next Saturday, November 18th, from 9-5pm at the Rochester Convention Center downtown! Oh, I should also mention they have a 30 foot fire-breathing metal dragon this year!
For more information or to purchase tickets, you can head over to the Rochester Mini Maker Faire website! I hope to see you there!