Welcome To NagaDemon Eve…

NagaDemon Eve is a thing, right?

The streets around my place are filled with ghosts, goblins and all manner of other monsters. I see a spooky pumpkin on the fence across the road. My Facebook stream is filled with blood and creatures and adorable princesses (?!). The meaning couldn’t be clearer – NagaDemon is about to begin!

It is Halloween here in Australia, and it will be everywhere else soon enough. Which means tomorrow NagaDemon 2015 officially begins. I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best of luck.If you haven’t done so already, make sure you subscribe to the newsletter (hit the big red button!) and introduce yourself on the 2015 Roll Call page.

See you when the demon slaying begins!

A Brief Check-In

Hi all,

This is just a brief check-in and apology. I promised a newsletter and discussion of the survey for February, but that obviously didn’t happen. Life, illness, and a serious lack of mental fortitude conspired to drag my attention away from this most noble project. I have a lot going on at the moment that requires much of my attention and my few moments of respite have been spent with my family or engaged in mind-numbing distractions to keep me sane!

I will say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that contributed to the survey – there was some excellent feedback, and your kind words were much appreciated. NaGa DeMon is a labour of love, and it is good to know the efforts are appreciated.

I am also pleased to see there are a number of you continuing to work on your NaGa DeMon projects, and making great progress. Top work! NaGa DeMon was originally conceived as a way to kick-start people, provide some extrinsic motivation and help them (You!) on the path to completing their work, so it is great to see exactly that happening. I would love to hear from anyone who is still working on their project, either in the comments below, or via email.

Thanks for all your support and patientce. I will have more for you soon.

– Nathan

2013 So Far

Hi all and welcome to 2013! I hope you had a great festive season and enjoyable new year. I have enjoyed spending some time with my family, beginning a project or two, and generally trying to relax. It was my birthday a couple of days ago, so I ate way too much cake, but otherwise have been trying to look after myself! I have also had a chance to play a host of interesting games, including a few deck building ones, which have my interest at the moment? Have you been playing games?

I am going to collate the results of the 2012 Survey in a few days time. If you have not taken the survey I would really appreciate your feedback. You can find the survey here.

I am also currently putting together the next newsletter. I have been waiting to collate the survey results, so it will likely go “live” early February. You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking the Newsletter link to the right.

I have been thinking about how best to use this website so that it isn’t a ghost town for eleven months of the year. My plan is to do a couple of posts a month related to games and game design. Maybe I can get some guest posts, too. What would you like to see on the site?

Cheers,

Nathan

Now It’s December

Hi all! I hope you have been enjoying a well-earned rest after the effort and hi-jinks of November!

I just wanted to let you all know that the first issue of the NaGa DeMon newsletter went out to subscribers today. It’s short and sweet (just like me, some would say) and if you aren’t a subscriber yet, you can be by clicking here!

I am hoping to send a short newsletter each month, probably with a brief article about game design, and / or update on NaGa DeMon. If you would like to write something either for the newsletter or the website, then get in contact with me! If you wanted to spit out a few hundred words on your “journey”, or just share how awesome you were at slaying the demon, I wouldn’t stand in your way!

Speaking of contributors, I really appreciated the help of all the people that wrote articles this year – without them this site would not have been updated anywhere near as regularly as it was! So, everyone give a big round of appreciative applause to Ben Gerber, Rob Lang, Michael Wenman, Chris Watts, Keith Fyans, Mike Bilter and Andrew Smith. You lot rock!

I would also like to thank everyone who has responded to the 2012 Survey. That’s about 50 of you so far, but I know there is more of you out there that have participated or thought of participating in some way! Any kind of feedback is appreciated, no matter how much or how little you completed in November, and I would love it if you took 3 minutes to complete the survey. The feedback I have received so-far has been very enlightening, and the comments have been both enthusiastic and valuable.

I am really pleased to see so many of you still blogging and tweeting about your continued NaGa DeMon adventures. Some of you made amazing progress in November, and even more of you are tying up loose ends in December. Great work, and don’t forget to post a comment here, on the Facebook or Google+ pages, or via Twitter when your work is done!

Enough from me, for now. Once again, thanks for a great November.

– Nathan Russell

Congratulations!

Helpful Hint: play “We Are The Champions” by Queen as you read the following.

Congratulations Demon Hunters, you have reached the mighty station of Demon Slayer! Whether you finished your game or not, you should know that you have left a mighty mark on the world, making it a better place through the sheer desire to want to create games. To those of you that fell by the wayside on this epic quest, we salute you and thank you for joining us. For those of you that made it to the very end, we commend you and are now, at this very moment, penning mighty ballads about your deeds, to be sung in the halls of Valhalla!

No matter how much you achieved, you truly are mighty. Pat yourself on the back right now.

I am bone weary and looking forward to an evening where I don’t sit in front of the computer. I am happy that I made such magnificent progress on my game. But I am also sad that this event is over, because I have so enjoyed, and been truly amazed by the participation and enthusiasm of people from all around the world. I’ve met a lot of new people and am looking forward to playing some awesome games in the future. You guys have made NaGa DeMon 2012 totally amazing, and I thank you for that.

I am looking forward to continuing the conversations on game design, too. Many of you have indicated that there is more to do on your game, and that your work will continue even though November is over. That is just fantastic and I plan on following your progress, so continue to share! I will be posting my own NaGa DeMon wrap-up soon, over on my website, too. And, of course, there is the NaGa DeMon newsletter. The plan for that is to send out a semi-regular (is that a thing?) email to subscribers with a useful article or interview, and an update on NaGa DeMon 2013. I already have some ideas and look forward to sharing them with you. Speaking of next year, can I please encourage you to take the 2012 Survey – by knowing what worked this year, I can work at making next year even better.

Before I sign off and leave you to your rest, here is a badge you can use on your website or have embroidered into a stylish jacket. It’s not much for all your hard work, but I give it to you with genuine appreciation of your efforts.

(The big image is 377px, the smaller is 150px.  Right-click and “save as”.)

Newsletter

Hi all,
As November quickly draws to a close I am thinking ahead to next year. While I won’t go into that sort of stuff yet, I just wanted to let you know that I have created a newsletter subscription via MailChimp. The intention is to put out a newsletter a few times next year to mostly keep you excited about NaGa DeMon, but also share interesting related information. I imagine the newsletter will not be out more than once a month, but it will be a good way for you to keep connected with this awesome event.

I strongly recommend you subscribe. You can subscribe here.