Behind the scenes of book covers and board game design

Silent night

When the Christmas market falls asleep.

One year ago I was able to enter the closed christmas market / amusement park at Alexanderplatz in Berlin to capture a special moment: the crowd is gone, the lights are out and only a calm and misterious atmosphere remains.

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At the crossroads of publishing #getgamedone 003

To be or not to be a self-publisher? That is the question that even Shakespeare would probably find hard to answer.
Though the board game convention in Essen gave me a broad spectrum of possibilities, it also showed me strengths and weaknesses of each of the publishing paths. It’s never black and white.
As if it ever was?! Great! And what now?

So, in order to understand which way to go I took all the insights I received and experience I gathered from other creative businesses and summarized them in seven factors that in my opinion determine the publishing process.

Grimmonia in the making #getgamedone 001

The idea for this blog-series came when I vainly tried to find detailed information on how to produce the board game in Germany.
So this blog for now would be the making-of diary of the publishing process for Grimmonia, a board game that I did as my bachelor project at the university. Here I would share the steps taken, mistakes done and knowledge obtained along the way.

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Of mice and men #2

The idea for this version of the cover for “Of mice and men” was to use the symbolism of the rabbit from the previous concept and to make it bolder. Combining it with an idea of masks hiding the true nature of oneself brings more depth to the meaning.

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein

… or you can create a fairy tale together with your children.
See how in my Grimmonia board game.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Being the prototype for many modern Doppelgänger-motifs in film and books, the story of a genius doctor and (spoiler) his evil alter ego fascinated me with its dark Victorian setting, amazing story and deep idea about different personalities that coexist in all of us.

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“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”

Harper Lee

Of mice and men

I remember my first encounter with “Of mice and men”. In a scene from the series “Lost”, the villain had it on his desk. I thought maybe reading it would help me understand his motives and view on life. So I read it. The symbolism of it could definitely be related to his personality, but there was much more to it.

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