Space Lion: System Design Choices

Armies in Space Lion are dramatically different but they are bound by a few key rules that make the framework of the game easy to understand Players always have cards numbered 0-6 and never more or fewer cards This makes it easy for players to understand the card advantage they may have over another player….

Space Lion: Concepting the Game

About 3 years ago, Space Lion was born out of the quick design of an 18-card game jam. It was really fun and it stuck with me long past that design retreat.  A few months later, I asked myself what a fully developed version of this idea would look like.  The Core Mechanic of the…

What is Space Lion?

There are alien armies on all fronts! Space Lion is a game about bluffing and unit placement on several battlefields shared by players. Play as one of five asymmetrical armies and destroy your enemy’s towers and then their base to win the game. Your left battlefield only involves your left-most players and the same is true for the…

Pocket Paragons: Burgundy Octopus vs. Blue Allure Crew Video Series

Check out the Hands on Deck characters in action! Which team will be victorious?  Burgundy Octopus or Blue Allure? These Pirates were originally only intended for use in the Hands on Deck VR game, but we decided to produce a small print run to use as a promotional tool for the game. These promo cards…

Pocket Paragons: Blue Allure Crew Spotlight

In my previous article, I had discussed half the Pirate characters that I had designed for a crossover promotion with the Hands on Deck VR game. Today, we’ll be covering theBlue Allure Crew. This crew is represented by the Anglerfish and are all about luring your opponent into their doom. They prefer to exhaust the…

Pocket Paragons: Burgundy Octopus Crew Spotlight

Out of the blue one day, Chris Solis (of Solis Game Studio) came to me with a unique promotional idea for Pocket Paragons. A games company called Sunset Division wanted to include Pocket Paragons in their cross-platform VR board game simulator. They were going to include our base game (Origins), but also wanted some new,…

Announcing several Pocket Paragons Duel Sets: The Hands on Deck Bundle

Announcing several Pocket Paragons Duel Sets: Hands on Deck Bundle About this Duel Set: This bundle contains 3 Duel sets featuring 2 characters each for a total of 6 new characters. There are two Pirate factions: Burgundy Octopus crew and The Blue Allure crew. Each  faction has a Captain, First Mate, and Sea Creature! Which…

Pocket Paragons: ARNF Duel Set Spotlight

A Robot Named Fight! is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer made by Matt Bitner. Due to the game’s success, Morningstar Game Studio decided to do a special physical collector’s edition of the game and include a bunch of extra items for its diehard fans. What wasn’t announced but secretly included with those games was a unique Pocket…

Announcing A New Pocket Paragons Duel Set: A Robot Named Fight!

A new Duel Set is available for Pocket Paragons featuring characters from the popular Metroidvania-style action-platformer by Matt Bitner, A Robot Named Fight! About this Duel Set This Duel Set features Fight!, our robot protagonist, and Tutorial Smith our guiding friend with a lot of secrets.  Fight uses a special ‘Orb’ mechanic to gain new…

Pocket Paragons: Solo Mode Spotlight

What’s the Pocket Paragons Solo Mode all about? Check it out here as Chris Solis does on camera preview. The Pocket Paragons Solo Mode has an A.I card for all 30+ characters and a challenge more for each. That’s 60+ matchups possible in the solo mode! You can grab the Pocket Paragons Solo Mode here. 

Temporal Odyssey 2: What’s New?

A few years ago I published Temporal Odyssey with Level 99 Games. Now with Solis Game Studio, we are reinventing Temporal Odyssey with streamlined gameplay, more content, and a campaign mode! Here is a quick look at just some of the features in Temporal Odyssey 2. AP and Stat Changes The amount of actions you…

Announcing Project Space Lion

Our next game is coming up! Currently tentatively titled Project: Space Lion. This is a tentative title. Space Lion is a competitive board game about winning a battle of attrition between 4 warring armies. It’s designed to capture the feel of a huge battle and being a commanding officer having to make difficult battlefield decisions. …

Pocket Paragons Blog: Pepper the Dog [April Fools 2021]

 Hello Gamers,  We are excited to announce a bonus Pocket Paragons character we are sending to every house in America! Pepper the Dog.  Pepper is the dog of Pocket Paragon’s design, Brian McKay. Pepper is also the current Pocket Paragons world champion as a result, she got to become a character herself in the game!…

Foxy Strategies in Frenemy Pastry Party

This edition of Frenemy Pastry Party adds the Fox as an animal friend. The Fox has a big impact on the game in a clever way. Fox’s effect is “If you have the least amount of cakes scored (ties do not count) you gain +3 points.” Since the Fox wants the least amount of cakes,…

Temporal Odyssey Story

I was hanging out with a friend at a fast food place playing Yu-Gi-Oh! once when I was in college. One of our cards got removed from play and something possessed us to concoct an insane story about where this character on the card went. It must have gone to a distant world and lived…

Pastry Party Free on Tabletop Simulator

Hello, I heard you are an ally of animals and a fan of cake. You’ve come to the right place, my friend. Frenemy Pastry Party is a great way to celebrate both with your friends and family. Want to try out the game right now? It’s available on Tabletop Simulator for free! Check out the TTS…

Beginning Solis Game Studio with Frenemy Pastry Party

In 2019, I was at the Essen Game Faire, one of the few chances we have to meet boardgame publishers from all over the world. While wandering the halls, I ran into John Brieger, who was extremely excited to show me a tiny game he’d found called Frenemy Pastry Party. He loves to pick out…