Demon Hunter: Mike Bilter

Demon Hunter is where we grill a NaGa DeMon participant about games, their goals for November, and more. Read on to meet today’s Demon Hunter, Mike Bilter!

Hi Mike! Tell us a little about yourself. 

My name is Mike, AKA ElfIRL.  I have been a gamer my entire life and was blessed in the 80s with parents that didn’t think D&D was the devils work.  While I find most games interesting and will play anything I can get my hands on, my favorite gaming has been in RPGs.  So many hours have been spent writing, making maps, and telling stories over the last 24 years of my GMing, and I wouldn’t change any of it.

My day job is spent building communities, and I decided to take this experience and start a community for gamers of all tabletop games.  We provide forums, blogs, and groups to help gamers schedule and plan with their current groups, find new groups and places to game, and share gaming experiences to introduce each other to new games.  We are also working with publishers to bring new and exciting titles to our members and help the gamers voice reach the publishers.  Feel free to come by and join –

I’ve been a creative force most of my life, but have never sat down and tried to make a full game.  When I found out about NaGa DeMon I knew I had to get involved.  This November will be very busy and I can’t wait to get started.

Which games impress you and why?

I have spent a lot of time lately with non-collectable card games.  Games like Cutthroat Caverns, Ascension, Poo, Epic Spell Wars, and Chez Geek to name a few.  I find these games to be a ton of fun.  They’re fast paced, the rules are simple and they provide hours of entertainment, and that is why they impress me.

How are you participating in NaGa DeMon this year?

As a wanna be designer, I will be using my first year in NaGa DeMon to work on a non-collectable card game idea I was joking about a few weeks ago.  The game will be silly like Poo, and it involves pickles.  I don’t want to give too much away yet.  =)

I will also be on the sidelines trying to help spread the word, and providing gamers a place to share in discussion on our site –

What are you expecting to be a challenge over November?

As far as my game goes, I have an idea on the rules and I think that is one of the hardest parts of a new game.  My challenges will be with art, both the pictures on the actual cards as well as the card itself.  I am no artist and intend to ping my friends to lend a hand.  I mean, how hard can it be to draw silly looking pickles?

What are you looking forward to over November?

Aside from actually making my own game, seeing the reports of all the other participants on their projects.  I can’t wait to see what sort of challenges come up and learning about new resources for things like art, print on demand services, etc. as the community shares what they find.

Who would you most like to play a game with?

My wife.  She doesn’t play games at all, so if I could convince her to play something with me, it would be a huge step towards her understanding why I love these games so much.

Thanks for participating!

Thank you for having me.  Best of luck to everyone out there taking a step to make their very own game.

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