You have to start somewhere

Well it’s finally happened. I got off of my ass and made a damn board game prototype, actually 4 game prototypes at different stages since September 2016. So I have been playing tabletop games of various flavors for the last 10 years. I have had inklings to make a project for quite some time. Each time I would find some excuse to not pursue it further.  

“Who is going to buy it?”

“I’m not an artist, shoot I’m even not a strong writer”… 

The list goes on, years would pass and no progress was made. For the last couple of years I have been assisting my friend Brian demo his game “Cutthroat Kingdoms”, due out later this year (2017) from AEG! I attended various local cons to help Brian promote his game. Kublacon ,Pacificon , Haticon and Unpub to name a few. I was surprised to find so many designers in the Bay Area, just assumed that it was more centered on the large cons like Gencon or Pax. After attending the protospiel event at Pacificon 2016, I made a vow that I was going just make a game.  

The next morning I simplified my concept to get to the minimum viable product. I made my cards in excel and formatted them in Nandeck later that week I got the game to the table the very first time. See bellow it’s not pretty but it does t have to be it just needs to be find

I’m going to be detailing my experience and my progress on this blog. There are so many things to learn about game design and I want to share the lessons I learned to give back to this community.  

Let’s Try this Again.


Welp my blog was recently deleted (thanks Go Daddy) so I have defaulted to my old WordPress blog. Going to be reposting some of the 5e things I’ve made from last year.  I since my previous blogging foray I have gotten a new job and Got Married! Now that things are beginning to slow down I am prepping to run a Star Wars Edge of the Empire game for my Game group going to do some blog about prepping maybe make a small podcast from it.

Really liking Edge of the Empire Rules so Far.  Looking to adapt some concepts from FATE Core into ie Fractal Fate. Personifying environments or hazards just like other NPC’s. Also using this for Factions like The Empire or A Hutt Cartel. We’ll see what the coming months bring us.


Applying Board Game Design to Business Management.

When I started to get serious into board gaming this video got me to started thinking about board game design.  These can also be applied to general business practices. Making the customer experience paramount, for example reducing down time by keeping clients engaged and involved in the process.  The process of designing a board game is nearly the same process in developing a business.

This is a sample about what I had in mind.

Fresh Start


I have decided that I’m taking my personal website in a new direction. Before I didn’t really put a lot of care into my posts and my quality suffered. Now I’m taking the activities and hobbies that I enjoy and apply those to ideas towards business concepts.  We can draw inspiration from the world around us. Some background about me, my name is Keith Byrd and currently working as a consultant.  I’ve been playing guitar for 14 years, I played in a few different sorts of bands throughout the years, even got the opportunity to tour professionally for a few summers. I’m a casual athlete currently I’m a road cyclist and also I play disc golf. Telling stories is a passion of mine; main output is table top role playing games and board games. There are several writing projects I am currently working on.

I consider myself a generalist, which isn’t a terrible thing to be.  What I bring to the table is a breadth of experiences. Someone who specializes can work themselves into a dead end. While someone like me is able to turn situations around since we can approach problems from multiple angles.

I currently live in Monterey California which in my opinion one of the most beautiful locations in the country. See the picture above.  My objective is to change the way we approach business problems for small business and large alike.  Looking to post articles twice a week, with links to videos and things I like once a day.