The History Of Christmas Delivery

(Learn more about game play here.)

I was visiting my granddaughter for Christmas where I had an inspiration for a new game. I wanted to include her in the creative process of inventing something so she helped draw the squares and come up with the characters in the game while I worked on the board layout and  rules. 

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The First Board

She liked it so much we played every day during my visit - which was great because that allowed me to refine the game play and the board. At that time we were using beads from her bead collection to represent the sleigh and tree lights. I printed up a crude version of the game and taped the paper to a piece of cardboard.

This version, however seemed a bit complex with the one-way streets. I wanted the game to be so simple it was basically intuitive.

Refinement

That lead me to the pre-cursor to the final board design. This one worked really well and added many levels of excitement with the placement of the magic squares and Scrooge spaces. I left her with a cardboard version of the game and went back home to make a "real" prototype and do some market research.

The game has been a huge hit with everyone that has played it. It is simple enough for a five year old to play yet intreguing enough to keep the whole family interested. I knew I was on to something. 

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The Final Touch

As I made more prototypes and gave them out for people to try I came up with one improvement that would be the signature of the game: the Light-Up Christmas Tree. It took a month of constant redesign and tinkering to get the tiny electronic parts to fit just right, but here it is!

You wouldn't believe the reaction on kids faces when they play for the first time and get to light the star on the tree! There excitement is over the top and they want to play over and over. 

So I have high hopes that families all over the world get to make Christmas Delivery part of their annual Christmas tradition. I know in my heart it's possible, I just hope I can make enough of them!