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A blog about a young entrepenuer trying to make a living in the awesome and crazy world of board and wargames. I am Alex a recent graduate from CBS and I have been running Ulfsark Games since 2014. You should expect development updates on our up and coming game Taiyo Dynasties and our various other projects and products!

By ulfsarkgames, Aug 21 2018 09:01PM

Adopting out my baby


I have been working on Taiyo Dynasties the miniature skirmish game *flash back to first blog post* for 4 years between study and it has gotten to the point where it is 90% finished and I should be looking to release. My baby that I have been raising for years is ready to take its first steps. However, am I happy being a single parent or should I adopt out my baby? Analogies aside, I am looking to get my game published by a company who can help the game grow into a successful IP. Losing control is a bit of an issue but, if I never release this game it doesn’t matter. Giving up a little or a lot of control to help the game is what I want to do. Taiyo Dynasties just left Beta version 2.0 and 3.0 will be out within the week. I have now created 9 warbands within the 6 factions, all of which are in various states of polish. Ranged units have had their damage reduced in half and many new smaller rules have been added to make cool actions for the new models. You will be able to see the change log by joining the Beta Testing group.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/763465483851457


I have invested a lot in 3D models for the game but, I have now taken it upon myself to sculpt the third warband. This is both exciting and scary at the same time. I won’t say much more on that and show you instead. Here is my first model as a part of the Akira Yakuza Gang. I have limited experience with Zbrush and never to this level. Would love your feedback.






Kickstarter success


The Dragon Scales coin Kickstarter *second flash back to first blog post* has less than two days left. It I s our most popular Kickstarter yet, over 380 backers. We are on track to release the Pirate coins (name pending) stretch goal and I am super excited to get this project delivered and move onto the next set of coins. Thank you to everyone who backed it!


http://kck.st/2uM0DmY


Opportunities in the Lead Belt


Living in Nottingham has given me great opportunities to meet experts and people in the industry. I think my proactiveness of attending coffee mornings, industry socials and board games nights has worked. I now know plenty of people to go to for help.


Thank you for reading my second blog post and I hope you are intrigued enough to continue following my haphazard adventures into the tabletop industry.


You can find me on most social media or you can contact me via email.


Email: UlfsarkGames@outlook.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UlfsarkGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UlfsarkGames or @ulfsarkgames

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-atkinson-9142ab94/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+UlfsarkGames








By ulfsarkgames, Aug 7 2018 08:05AM

The story so far


Not to sound cliché, but Kickstarter really did help open the tabletop industry and for me this is very much the case. My first Kickstarter was launched in 2014 and I sold aluminium gaming dice called Dragon Scales. As one of the first projects offering metal dice I had explosive success. I had a target of £500 and ended on £12,292. I don’t know whos idea it was to give an eighteen-year-old over ten grand, but Kickstarter facilitated it. The question next is, what did I do with that money? I reinvested it in the business and one year later I launched a Kickstarter for “Polyhedral Dragon Scales® Metal Designer Gaming Dice”. This one raised £21,893 and I again suddenly found myself in possession of way too much money. So logically I lost it all at a casino in Vegas. No, one day I decided I’m going to make my own miniature game. Why? You ask, because I could, and my young naivety removed the doubt most rational people would have. We will get back to the game soon.




Metal gaming coins were starting to pop up on Kickstarter. With the Kickstarter bug firmly imbedded within me, I launched “Dragon Scales Coins - Wave 1 - Dwarven and Elven”. They were received well by my “fans”, raising £9,602 and inspired the subsequent two waves. Despite my continued success attempts to rejuvenate our Dragon Scales Dice was met with much less success with two failed dice Kickstarters. Both projects fell short of their goal but, were not without support.




While all these other projects were thriving and failing, Taiyo Dynasties was progressing behind the scenes. Taiyo Dynasties is a Japanese anthropomorphic miniature skirmish wargame and its development is fuelled by both passion and stubbornness to succeed. I have been working on Taiyo Dynasties for 4 years between studying for my bachelor in International Business Management with Japanese Language and Culture in the Asian Studies Programme at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. I have now graduated from this course with full marks in my final thesis and have begun working on Ulfsark Games and Taiyo Dynasties full time.




Future on the Table


Inspired by advice of people I have met since moving to Nottingham, I have started this blog. My plans are to write a summary once a week about my progress trying to make it in the “Tabletop World”. I will also post progress reports on the development and testing of Taiyo Dynasties and all my other projects.


Dragon Scales Coins - Wave 3 - THE UNDEAD & THE OLD ONE


Currently running on Kickstarter and doing well. My skills have reached a point where I can confidently put out products that I have done all the artwork for. This is the second time I have done this and is really humbling and satisfying to see people enjoying something you have created. So please go check them out if you need some quality beautiful gaming coins.


http://kck.st/2uM0DmY







Taiyo Dynasties – Beta 2.0 Testing


Recently I released my baby into the world take it’s first steps into the spotlight. It has received great reactions and response. I think it is an awesome game and really want it to succeed. Therefore, I have reached out to get help from the community to test the game. If you are interested in following the progress of the game online, you should join our testing group on Facebook. However, you can also follow the development here. On top of this I have started regular playtesting at local clubs and events in Nottingham. You can see when and where on the group too.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/763465483851457


Thank you for ready my first blog post and I hope you are intrigued enough to continue following my haphazard adventures into the tabletop industry.


You can find me on most social media or you can contact me via email.

Email: UlfsarkGames@outlook.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UlfsarkGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UlfsarkGames or @ulfsarkgames

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-atkinson-9142ab94/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+UlfsarkGames