Seven Days writer Keith Morrill interviewed local designers Matt Golec and Robert Dijkman Dulkes about their forthcoming game Penny Press:
Two Upper Valley residents have managed to make a name for themselves in this land of plastic and cardboard. Matt Golec is a 45-year-old stay-at-home dad from Norwich; Robert Dijkman Dulkes, also 45, is a computer programmer from Lebanon, N.H. Last summer, they were two amateur game designers hoping to share their labor of love with a wider audience. Now they sit on the eve of their big debut as pro designers.
Their game, Penny Press, puts players at the helm of competing newspapers during the era of yellow journalism. Players attempt to outmaneuver one another, get the scoop on hot stories and print a superior paper, angling to become the most successful news baron in turn-of-the-century New York City. It’s almost enough to make you don a fedora with a press card tucked into the ribbon.
Naturally, such an experience includes playing Penny Press at Green Mountain Gamers’ recent Fall-loha event. Check out the article for details on the game, its design process and where you can try it out yourself — hint: at A Fistful of Carnage next weekend!
With the locally-designed board game Penny Press in the last stretch of raising funds to enhance the print edition, designers Matt Golec and Robert Dijkman Dulkes are making the rounds to get the word out to board game enthusiasts and potential backers. I was able to meet up with them last weekend at the Green Mountain Gamers’ Game ‘n Grill in Vergennes, where we took some time out from playing games to talk about playing games.
Check out Carnagecast 52, where Robert and Matt lay out how Penny Press plays, its journey from kernel of an idea to polished product and their experiences competing in the Tabletop Deathmatch design contest.
We’ve been following the story of Penny Press, a board game designed by Upper Valleyians Matt Golec and Robert Dijkman Dulkes, since the designer’s diary series began posting on Boardgamegeek.com. The designers submitted their work to the Tabletop Deathmatch competition, sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, in which judges whittle away contestants until one title remains. You can watch the web series chronicling the finalists on Youtube.
The final episode posted today, revealing that Penny Press, along with Discount Salmon, won Tabletop Deathmatch! Matt and Robert’s prize, beyond kudos, is the first print run is paid for! Timed to launch as the final episode went live, Penny Press‘s crowdfunding campaign has a modest goal, thanks to the prize money. After that, it’s all gravy and add-ons to make the product even better.
The funding campaign runs through July 10th. You can get a copy of the game at a discount, and contribute to making a better overall product that two local designers have put their hearts and minds into.
If you ever frequent the Upper Valley gaming scene — Carnage, MEGA Meltdown, Triple Play, Black Moon Games — you might glimps or try Penny Press, in which players vie to scoop news stories and create the best-selling newspapers of the 19th century. Robert Dijkman Dulkes and Matt Golec started with an idea for a board game over beers and steadily developed from there.
Last summer, Robert and Matt were invited to participate in Tabletop Deathmatch, a competition slash web series where game designers present their prototypes to a panel of game publishing professionals. This week, Penny Press‘ episode hit Youtube:
To learn more about the game’s development, check out the Penny Press Designer’s Diary, updating regularly over on Boardgamegeek.com.