257 – Lucky Duck Games w/ Vince Vergonjeanne – The Family Gamers Podcast
Welcome Vince Vergonjeanne, one of our “favorite human beings in board games”, and the founder/CEO of Lucky Duck Games.
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Topic: Lucky Duck Games!
Let’s talk about Vince!
He’s always loved children and is thrilled to be a father.
Worked for many years in the video game industry, and founded 2 video game studios (Kobojo in France, then EVERYDAYiPLAY in Poland).
How did Lucky Duck Games get started?
5 years ago, jumped to board games. Their first one was Vikings Gone Wild – an adaptation of their own video game from EVERYDAYiPLAY, starting with just Vince and his brother.
Their mission for the first 2 years: turn video games into board games. First Fruit Ninja, then Kingdom Rush. And then Jetpack Joyride, which we love.
Recently, Lucky Duck has pivoted to games that use a unique style of app-augmentation (starting with Chronicles of Crime). The goal was to let a cell phone be central to the gameplay without being invasive: a “digital book”.
Lucky Duck is also the distributor for certain games in English, like Tang Garden – a game that’s reshaping what we think of board games, art, and perspective.
They’ve grown from 2 employees to 35. Wow!
Destinies, recently released, is a story-driven game that is unfortunately not appropriate for families. But there will be a children’s version coming!
Lucky Duck is one of the only companies currently investing in this digital/hybrid, trans-media type of game.
Lucky Duck Kids
Let’s talk about some kids games!
Kids Chronicles – by the same designer as Chronicles of Crime. This is set in a fairytale world. But there’s a huge difference in how kids experience the world between the ages of 6-8, which makes it hard to design for both ends of the age spectrum.
The answer was to design the game to be played *as a family*.
Yummy Yummy Monster Tummy just announced officially! – This is another hybrid board/app game. A silly color mixing game (based on Soviet Kitchen Unleashed from HYBR).
Find out more about Lucky Duck Games
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