GamingWe're the design team of the Dinosaur Island games, and we just raised 1,000,000 dollars on Kickstarter. AMA!
Apr 4th 2018 by CFMoss • 18 Questions • 76 Points
My short bio: Hello Reddit! My name is Christian Selmoni, Style and Heritage Director at Vacheron Constantin.
I know that the r/Watches subreddit is pretty active, so feel free to ask me anything!
My proof: https://imgur.com/arG4vTz
UPDATE : This session is now coming to an end, I had a lot of fun answering your questions. I will comeback next week and answer any questions I might have missed, thanks again for your enthusiasm! Christian
I think a great growing point for myself (and I imagine Brian) was when we trimmed about 170 components from the game in one sitting. We just sat and tore things out. We converted tokens to tracks, we eliminated things we didn't think were crucial to the game. And then we played it, and it was way better.
For me, it really taught me that less is more, and it's more important in how you are getting people to feel the experience. It also switched me to starting to design with MVP (Minimal Viable Product) at first, and then layer things on top.
I am an American with a passion for horology, and I have very little insight to the pathways of turning my passion into a career. I went to school for hospitality/event management, and I somehow want to inject those skills into a career within the watch industry. Any guidance/advice? Many thanks.
For me the biggest surprise was when they asked for playtesters for a super secret 2 player game and got over 1,000 submissions to try out Duelosaur and Totally Liquid.
We ended up narrowing it down to a reasonable amount of great playtesters who have grown both games into the amazing productions that are on kickstarter now, but it was still a shock to get that big of a response.
In Switzerland, one of the most know reference would be the EHL (Ecole Hotêlière de Lausanne) : www.ehl.edu
There are a lot of people active in hospitality in the watchmaking business that are coming from that school, maybe you could have a look!
And by the way, Lausanne is quite a nice city!
i first heard about Dinosaur Island a few months ago and have been wanting to pick it up ever since, even without playing it. Once I saw you guys were doing a second Kickstarter, I backed everything! So, my question to you is, as somebody who has yet to ever play the game, what is the best advice you could give to a newbie in this game?
First off, thank you for doing this Christian! This forward thinking approach to reach out to end customers is much appreciated.
As an Overseas owner and life long fan, how can I get my hands on that beautiful Montblanc Vacheron Constantin backpack??? 😇🙏
This backpack was created in 2016 when we did the relaunch of Overseas during SIHH, my advice would be to look on eBay but good luck with that!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to create their watch brand?
The product (and its design) is maybe the most important aspect in my opinion. I would also consider exploring the new distribution channels such as ecommerce and above all a lot of passion and perseverance. Good luck and show us what you come up with!