I Have A Board Game Idea – Now What? Part 33: Taking a Vacation

Welcome back! Sorry about the tardiness of this post, it has been a crazy week as I have been preparing for, you guessed it, vacation. As board game designers, it can feel like there is too much to do to be able to go on vacation, but there are some handy tips, tricks, and even some hidden benefits, that can make it a little easier.

Social media and blog post automation

There are a number of services, like Hootsuite and Buffer, that allow you to schedule social media posts in advance. WordPress also allows you to schedule blog posts in advance as well. While this takes a little more work leading up to your vacation, it ensures your content will continue to flow even if you aren’t there to physically post it.

You never know when and where inspiration will strike

Just because you are on vacation, doesn’t necessary mean you will be able to turn off your designer brain. Whether you are out in nature, driving on the highway, waiting in line at the airport, or just enjoying the scenery there are always opportunities to become inspired with new game ideas. Also, with the added free time, you will be able to play more games which can spark new ideas as well. Just remember to take a note pad!

Lots of opportunities for impromptu play testing and promotion

Don’t forget to take some prototypes with you so that you can play test with all of the family you will be visiting. Family visits are also a great opportunity to tell people about your game(s), which can help build that day one crowd that is so important for successful Kickstarter campaigns. You never know, you could also come up with your next best idea while you’re at it.

That is everything for this week, as I need to go enjoy my vacation! I would love to hear what you think, and hear what you do to help ensure you take vacations, but also make them as productive as possible. Until next time, happy designing.

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