Have you ever been in a situation where you said, “I wish there was a way of doing ABC” or “Why doesn’t someone invent XYZ?” I’ve recently had my own Ah-Hah moment. I was playing Settlers of Catan when, for what had to have been the hundredth time, I thought about how the pieces should have some sparkle to them, you know, pizzazz. I realize some people (and sheep) are happy playing with the pieces that come with the game, but sometimes a gal just needs to add a personal touch to her stuff. It’s no different than going off to college. What kid only brings sheets, books, clothing and a fan to his or her dorm room? Kids bring pictures and posters for their walls, small toys and figures for their dressers, velvet pillows for the bed, and shag rugs to make the room cheery and homey. Along with my purple fuzzy pens, teal curtains and hot pink faux-suede ottoman, I had my name in big poofy, glittery styrofoam letters on the wall above my bed. I even added a vase full of paper flowers for a pop of color. Real flowers never last around me for obvious reasons, and the Freshman 10 doesn’t apply to just humans, you know. The idea is to take the space you are in and make it your own. Why shouldn’t we do the same to our board games?
When I sit down to play Settlers of Catan, and I look at those settlements, I can’t help but think how adding some jewels to my cities would make them stand out. Forget the longest road, I want the prettiest road! I mean, everyone remembers the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz because it’s colorful, shiny, and it stands out in a way that screams, “I’m going places!” That’s what I want my settlements, cities, and yes, even the robber in my board game to scream. Well, maybe the robber wants to be a bit more discreet, given his profession, but there’s nothing saying he can’t sport a well-made hat or cape.
While I have all the equipment I need to start embellishing my board games, I realized not everyone has a large supply of crafting materials. And then it struck me. I could help all those people who are desperate to give a personal touch to their board games. I could design a Board Game Crafting Kit with all the necessary tools, embellishments and decorating ideas. This could well be a moneymaker too! I could make a fortune! They say you should do what you love in life. And while I love working on The Bob & Angus Show and playing board games with my friends, I have a passion for crafting that WILL NOT BE DENIED!
That does it! I’m going to start my own business! But don’t worry. I’m not quitting The Bob & Angus Show. Far from it. This will be more of a side business, so keep this quiet until I have everything up and running (and no, I’m not worried about Bob or Angus reading my blog… they never read my blog, *sigh*).
I’m going to list my project on Crowdstarter.com, and pitch my idea to investors. With enough financial support, I’ll be able to launch my Board Game Craft Kit (yeah, I know I need a catchier name than that, but one step at a time. Let me know if you have any ideas)!
Wish me luck and please invest in my new idea!