Indie Bard

Product Review: The Game Crafter — Baramba

The Game Crafter is a print-on-demand service for anyone wanting a semi-professional copy of their analog game. The print-on-demand format allows The Game Crafter to create each copy of a game as needed. While this method does not produce the quality of traditional published work and carries a higher cost per item, it allows the developer to sell their product without a bulk publishing contract.

I used The Game Crafter for Vex. Despite some criticisms, I was largely impressed, and chose them for the production of Baramba. While I still enjoy their services, I was disappointed with several aspects of my purchase, which I will outline here. . . .

Full Sail: Sensory Tsunami

Assignment Instructions:

Write 5 pieces about 5 different senses.

Sound

Go to a public place by yourself. Sit down and close your eyes. For 15 minutes, silently scrutinize the place with only your ears. Don’t talk to people; don’t interact; just listen. Try to pick up the faintest sounds. Listen for the rhythms. Listen for the noises to which you usually don’t pay attention.
Now write about it in under 200 words.

Smell

Go to a place with strong smells –it could be a restaurant, a garden, a department store, a grocery store, a garbage dump, or another odiferous place. Sit down and close your eyes. For 15 minutes, silently scrutinize the place with only your nose. Don’t talk to people; don’t interact; just smell. Try to pick up a collection smells. What smells are overpowering? Which are subtle? How do they make you feel? What associations do they trigger? What memories?
Now write about it in under 200 words.

Taste

Get a meal with multiple elements and eat it very slowly. It could be a breakfast, a sandwich, a mixed salad. Just make sure it has a variety of different elements in it. For 15 minutes, silently eat and scrutinize the taste and texture of the meal. Don’t talk to people; don’t interact; just sense the textures and tastes. Try to pick out each flavor. What flavors are stronger? Which are in the background? How do the flavors interact? What sensation or texture is your favorite or least favorite?
Now write about it in under 200 words.

Touch

Go through the ritual of changing from one set of clothing to another. Change out of a full set of clothes and then change into another set of clothes that you’d wear for a completely different occasion. Include shoes, socks, and accessories. For example, you might change out of a work suit and into some comfortable shorts and t-shirt. Or you might change from your pajamas into exercise clothes. For 15 minutes, silently scrutinize how the process feels. Don’t talk to people; don’t interact; just feel. How does each article of clothing feel as it slides on or off? What is the pressure on each body part? What textures do you feel? How does each affect comfort, temperature, security?
Now write about it in under 200 words.

Sight

Go outside and observe the entrance to your house or apartment or another building. Get up close to the door, the walls, the corners, the floor. Scrutinize the colors, textures, flaws, shapes. Look for the small items that are usually overlooked. What changes in color do you see? What imperfections? What emotions are affected by the visual elements of the entrance?
Now write about it in under 200 words. . . .