I’m Dave Wetherall, the designer of KaleidoCards and founder of GGG Games. I’m passionate about playing all sorts of games, loving the fun you can have with family and friends. I love designing and playtesting games too, and have been producing various hand-crafted games with small production runs for several years.
KaleidoCards will be my first mainstream published game (or rather set of games). One of the things I like most about it as a game system is that its really easy to make up new games that can be played with KaleidoCards – I get a great buzz after I’ve introduced people to them and after playing a few different KaleidoGames they start ‘KaleidoCreating’ their own new ones.
I originally created KaleidoCards in 2012 after I went to a talk on the psychology of colours and an event about boardgames at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Afterwards, I played Set and came up with the idea of a simple but mind-bending game. In this new game, coloured cards were used to make sets of colours. I mocked up a prototype (then called ColourCards) and created more games to play with it. These games were a great hit with my kids, Georgia and Joe, then aged 9 and 7, who then invented their own games to play. Being small and compact, we would sometimes carry ColourCards around with us to play when we had spare moments with friends and family.
Since 2014, I’ve been involved with PlaytestUK, where game-designers meet to playtest each other’s games. Other designers, including several who have used Kickstarter to fund their games, have given me really positive feedback on KaleidoCards and encouraged me to pursue publishing it. I’ve therefore done more extensive testing over the last year with different gaming groups and the public at various British game conventions (including UK Games Expo, Dragonmeet, Airecon, StabconSouth). This has inspired me to self-publish KaleidoCards by running a Kickstarter campaign in October 2017. The campaign is timed to follow on from taking KaleidoCards to GenCon in Indianapolis, USA, and will end soon after showing KaleidoCards at Spiel ’17 in Essen, Germany.
Assuming the campaign is a success, KaleidoCards will be ready for delivery to Kickstarter backers in early 2018. Thereafter they will be available to buy via this website or from retailers.