International Tabletop Game Day 2017

I know this is a day late but in celebration of International Tabletop Game Day I wanted to just write an open letter to all of you that follow us and discover us.

Thank you. First and foremost, after doing this for four years and 7 games (atm) it has been a fun and wild ride. We would not be able to do all the things that we do without your love and support. We love the fan-mily and all you bring to the table.

That includes your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and support. Everything we have done we have done for you all and you have not disappointed at all in you support and drive to keep us going so thank you all!!!

I have been talking to a lot of people lately and many of you have been asking about how we got here and what is ahead for us – so this seems like a good day to share. Grab a hold of something….

The Beginning:
A buddy of mine and I had a game idea many years ago called ASSCAR (American Sterotype Supercar Action Racing). With some help from Angie we realized that would be hard to sell and market – so it became Thrash-Car in 2012. By the Kickstarter I learned soooooo much about what I did not know about creating games and production of said game. But in typical farmboy fashion muscled up and pushed through and learned from every bump, trip and bruised ego.

Thrash-Car was born in 2013 and while not a huge success – those that like playing it LOVE it (just ask Calvin Patten). While we were demoing it the process for me creating games emerged. I found that random things around me would trigger some creative burst that if I just listened to it would result in a game idea – that could possibly lead to a full design – so I started listening.

Dumpster Brawl was created in 2014 and delivered in 2015. This was the game where I started to learn and have to accept that not all games appeal to all people. Something that was conceived as a “combat rummy” has a great fan base but hard core deep game players were not those people. That was the time that I really thought about – am I making games to try to make them specifically leveraged to be a mass market success – or just make something that sounds fun and share it with people? I chose the latter. The hope is make something fun, the players will come.

The next year was spent compiling the things learned from making two games to try to optimize the process to make sure we could make them affordably for the fans and keep the process going.

For the next year worked on the creation of Nightmare Forest: Dead Run. Had a few goals – make a game that was quick, easy to learn and fun for the whole family, build a foundation we could build a connected game universe on, and bring all the things we had learned about game publishing to make something very nice and still affordable. Originally called Dead Game Hunter – that was scrapped and the Nightmare Forest universe was born.

Dead Run was successfully Kickstarted in 2016 and delivered in July 2016. The game funded faster than anything we had done before and helped learn more about the marketing side of building a Kickstarter.

The next project was Lords of Rock. Successfully Kickstarted in Aug 2016 and delivered Jan 2017. Good game, people really passionate about the art. Proud of the success and more lessons learned about the game design and publishing world. People seem to enjoy it and find it to be a great one off game within the game universe in which it exists. Mosh Pit was created at the same time as a standalone mini game but used some of the same art to great effect. For 10 cards it can deliver a nice 10 minutes of fun. This was where I learned to make sure if you are printing and using a full sheet of paper at manufacturing – make sure you do something useful with the blank part of the sheet.

In January 2017 we launched Nightmare Forest: Alien Invasion. The goal was to extend the NMF universe and it worked well. We took some parts of the Dead Run game mechanics and used them for Alien Invasion but were able to make the game have all new basis, function and play style. The game happens about a year after Dead Run and there is a connected story that ties the games in the NMF to each other. Additionally we were able to create Udder Terror, a small quick head to head game about aliens catch cows…how is that not a fun way to use up a print sheet and make some fun?

Coming up in just over a week is Archmage Origins. ( ) We wanted to make a small standalone 2-4 player game that would be an easy introduction for people to the Archmage fantasy universe. Yup launching another connected game universe that is just one dimensional hop from the NMF universe. Origins is great as it introduced people to the Archmage world, magical schools and much of the iconography and concepts that are contained in Dawn of the Archmage (a minis and configurable play area) game coming in August.

Now, out of the sheer fun of it, we have 2 parallel game universes building on themselves and building broader and deeper gaming experiences for the people who find them. If they come in late and like any of the games as a standalone, they can then explore the universe we are building.

That is the rest of this year. I get asked a lot what we have planned and how we plan to get there and what will happen with things we have done before…so I will try to answer that below:

Q: Will you ever go back to Thrash-Car?
A: There is a plan to go back and gut some of the mechanics and use them in a game that is a fantasy base hybrid of death race, fantasy chariot racing and a few other things all scrambled into something that is more fantasy combat chariot wars than Thrash-Car but the good parts people like will all me mashed in there.

Q: Do you put the jokes, puns and humor in the games on purpose?
A: Yes. If you can put a little smile on people’s faces while they are cooperating and or competing – how is that not a good thing?

Q: How far will Nightmare Forest go?
A: We have 2 more games planned. NMF: Monstrous Horde (back to the forest again a year later to fight of a invasion force from a parallel fantasy and magical based universe **hint**) – this will be cooperative PLUS tower defense (May 2018), then NMF: Darkness Rising. The game goes to a full sized box that incorporates parts of all 3 previous games in baddies, mechanics and fun and you find out who the big bad is driving the whole game line. – That is in theory the end of that line – but I am talking to someone who controls a well-known fictional universe to see if we can make a version of NMF using their characters. We will see.

Q: Are you doing any expansions or extensions of the Lords of Rock universe?
A: Maybe someday but there is a massive pile of games in the production schedule ahead of considering working on something that does not expand a universe.

Q: What is next?
A: Here is the current – planned production schedule and the in development concepts.

May 9 2017 – Archmage Origins
Aug 1 2017 – Dawn of the Archmage
Jan 2018 – The Kids vs the House
May 2018 – Nightmare Forest: Monstrous Horde
Aug 2018 – Galactic Raiders
Jan 2019 – The Kids vs the Quests
May 2019 – Nightmare Forest Darkness Rising
Aug 2019 – Dead Game Hunter (finally)

(TBD) Engines of Destruction (30%)
(TBD) The Dungeon Race Game (25%)
(TBD) Wyrmwyrld Adventures (1 & 2) (20%)
(TBD) War College: Year 1 (then 2,3 and 4) (30%)
(TBD) “Raiders” {expanding sequel to Galactic Raiders} (20%)
(TBD) Titan Wars: Coastal Defenders (75%)
(TBD) Titan Wars: Space Warriors (sequel) (10%)
(TBD) “WTH” {current code name} (75%)
(TBD) Must Eat Humans (aka MEH) (10%)
(TBD) GroundForces – Dominion (30%)

Yup lots of stuff and currently there are 3 games all having art currently being produced.

There is a lot ahead and we feel like things will continue to grow, expand and be a lot of fun. We have a few of the games will be large, deep and euroish. Many of them will be the light, fun and easy to learn style we are good at. We work to want things to be fun for family and friends and be great fillers or gateway games and we plan to “lean into that.”

Q: Do you accept ideas to consider being a publisher?
A: I am happy to have someone ask me – but ask them to not send anything until we talk first. As you can see we are pretty packed so may not have time to be your publisher… BUT

I am always happy to share what I have learned and know about game design, marketing and publishing for nearly anyone who wants to ask. This is a rising tide lifts all boats kind of community. Most people want to help each other be more and be better and I will be happy to help if I can. I can also help you understand pitfalls, what to avoid and how to protect your ideas, plan and goals.

THANK YOU! Each and every fan and supporter.We will keep working hard to make fun and exciting games for you – for as long as you want

Play many games and have a great weekend.

SolarFlare Games

Hermes Concert Review Celestial Daily News

From the Celestial Daily News:

Hermes - Guitarist - Greek Pantheon - The Lords of Rock -Tonight’s battle royale saw the Greek Gods bring their all to this whirlwind battle of the bands tour, its first sortie Artemis Temple
being held at the Artemis Temple (photo). Word of the battle had spread far and wide, ensuring that the Gods would play to a completely packed temple.

While the other pantheons put up a valiant effort, the ultra-high speed shredding performance put on by Hermes (photo) helped him live up to his name as Messenger of the Gods, as the other gods were delivered a message of “Go home, we own this place!”

His hands, ever a blur with the notes coming closer and closer together, tore his guitar to within an inch of its magical life. The other band
members rocked on with Hephaestus hammering out the beats, Poseidon bringing the bass and Hera providing the melodic vocals. Hermes, though, stole the show and DELIVERED.

The pillars trembled, the people screamed, and at the end of the night, the Greeks ruled the venue and the hearts (not to mention the souls) of the adoring crowd.

This is the first show in the long road to the final showdown August 1st being held at ‪#‎Kickstarter‬. This reporter is a fan and is looking forward to what this Soulbound Tour has ahead. Rock on!
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Check Out Cthulhu in The Lords of Rock

Cthulhu-Bass-Cthulhu-LThe Lords of Rock is launching August 1 on Kickstarter. One of the great stretch goals is to add the Cthulhu Mythos to the game. We believe in the game that we have already started the art for Cthulhu.

Cthulhu will be rocking the bass guitar to ensure his mythos pantheon will rule the universe in the ultimate battle of the bands!

Check out the Kickstarter campaign preview and Don’t forget to set yourself a reminder!


Nightmare Forest: Dead Run Pre-Order Now Available

nmf-middle-313x200-POIf you missed the Kickstarter and still would like to order, now is your chance. We are happy to announce that Nightmare Forest: Dead Run is now available for pre-order!

But hurry, this will only be available for a short period of time.

So grab your friends and run for your life to escape a forest overrun with the furry undead in this classic side-scroller board game mashup.

Pre-Order Today!

Nightmare Forest: Dead Run Gearing Up!

Circus Bear NMF

This Week

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Things are progressing nicely here at SolarFlare Games and wanted to update everyone on the Nightmare Forest: Dead Run Kickstarter progress.  We now have all of the zombie art complete and being configured for printing. The box (as noted last time) is ready. The manual should be completed this week.  We plan to let you see that as soon as we have it ready for consumption.

We expect to see the funds released from Kickstarter Monday or Tuesday.  We have not heard of any new delays in the new system and so we are expecting things to be on time.


Please expect to see your surveys come this week.  Since we have been working to be prepared to enter manufacturing as quickly as possible – the surveys have not been the highest priority.  Expect to see them and please fill them out as quickly as possible and completely.   We are very excited to be rolling along and looking forward to delivering the game on time.

ART – The Circus Has Returned

Here are the five Circus Zombies you have not seen yet (in an update). Terrifying AND Entertaining they are.  Just glad we did not have to make zombie clowns as I am not sure I could have gone through with it.

The only art left to complete are the custom people art cards and they are actively being worked on by Natalie one of the artists on Nightmare Forest.


We have had several of you ask about the Nightmare Forest “splatter shirt” and if there will be some way to get one with your game.  We are working on a way to allow for a companion order of the shirts – so more to follow.  For those that have forgotten, here is the image of the shirt.

 A Few Repeat Reminders

Since you backed the project you are obviously a fan of this game. We would like to asked if you would go the following link:

And do the following: Click the heart to “Be a Fan” (green and black arrow below)

Go to the forums for NMF and comment on what you think of the game and the campaign to this point. (green and yellow arrow below) – we do not ask people to rate the game until they have played it.

Thrash-Car Review by The News Wheel

Check out this new review of Thrash-Car by The News Wheel

The News Wheel




Thrash-Car Board Game Review: A Riotous, Reckless Racing Game!

When can you win a racing board game without crossing the finish line? When you’re playing Thrash-Car!

For those who thought that tabletop versions of racetrack competitions were too tame, uncompetitive, or commercialized, this wild game pits players against each other in aggressive automotive attacks. Whether you side with the hippies, rednecks, old folks, or soccer moms, your team will be prepared to send others crashing into the wall.

As the title suggests, Thrash-Car is more about attacking other cars than racing. However, it’s not entirely a destruction derby game, as players can still win by completing the race. Originally funded as Kickstarter project in 2013, Thrash-Caris a riotous, reckless ride. Read more…..

5 Stars

Thank You for Getting the Car Started oh and Funding Nightmare Forest


We do not know a better way to says that. As a team you Foresters blew through every goal, hacked your way through the brush and geared up and fought your way to the end with the whole forest chasing you.

Great work! Good job! MUCH THANKS!
No Slowing Down
Here is what is ahead of us.

  • Collecting the Funds (next 2 weeks)
  • Send Surveys (next 2 weeks)
  • Artist finish last 4 Holiday/Funny Zombie Critters
  • Finalize the manual for manufacturer (with 1P rule option included)
  • Finalizing all text and artwork for the manufacturer for the cards
  • Finalizing the final art for the box
  • Doing the custom “people in the game art” – they are all in process of submitting their photos so that Natalie can “camperfy” them (some are done)
  • Tell MeepleSource to GO on Meeplefoot production Done!
  • Send art to the mat manufacturer (art is done)
  • Proof read it all one more time 🙂
  • Send a link to each of you for song download (before March is over)
  • Post download for mat art for DIY mats
  • More stuff but this is the bulk
  • Funding Begins

Make sure you watch for your funding notices. Kickstarter will notify you of any funding issue they may have (if any). Make sure that if you get a notice to rectify it as soon as you can.

The faster we fully fund the quicker we can get all the balls rolling. Thanks!

The Schedule (Planned)

Below is the timeline we are planning on:

  • Feb29 to March 18 – Collect Funds and most of what is above
  • Approx: March 19 to May 6 – Proofing and Manufacturing
  • Approx: May 7 to June 18 – International and Continental Freight
  • Approx: June 19 to June 30 – Prepare to Ship/Some Margin for Issues
  • Approx July 1-30 Shipping

This is the timeline barring any issues. We all know there can be unknown issues or challenges that can arise but I will make sure that you are kept update to date on all steps of the process.


We had many of you ask about the box and now is the time we will share the look of the top of the box. The projected box size is 8.250″ H x 5″W x 1.45″ Deep (approximately the size of a Boss Monster box.

So here is what 60+ layers of various pieces of art looks like as a box. Sorry for the writing you might see – when the die layer is pulled up (to show design to you) the dimension notes are visible. So TAH DAH!


Spiffy right? We want the box to be as cool and as fun as the game. Hope you like it. I will post the back as soon as I finish it up. Suggestions welcome of what you think would make friends buy the game if they found it on as shelf.


A Few Favors/Asks

Since you backed the project you are obviously a fan of this game. I would like to asked if you would go the following link:

And do the following:

Click the heart to “Be a Fan” (green and black arrow below)
Go to the forums for NMF and comment on what you think of the game and the campaign to this point. (green and yellow arrow below) – we do not ask people to rate the game until they have played it.
Click the publisher link and check out our other finished games and coming games.


Contact your local game retailer and let them know they can contact us to be able to get direct retail options from SolarFlare Games.

Like us on Facebook:

Follow us on Twitter:

Follow us on Instagram:

Some or all of these, along with your backing of this project, will keep you in synch with us and all the things going on with Nightmare Forest and SolarFlare Games.

Some Questions Y’all Had:

1) No wife didn’t find the Frank is Da Devil update as hilarious as me
2) We already have 75% of the rules ready for NMF2: Alien Invasion (KS Jan2018)
3) Yes there is a NMF3 noodling around
4) We will be at BGG Spring, AKON, WACON (if it happens), BGG (Nov) and PAX South
5) We will make a Pre-Order option for NMF available soon (but will not be comparable to having backed the project) and any Pre-Order will ship AFTER backers copies
6) T-Shirt Orders can still be made for the shirt if interested – just message me.

Thank you all for an amazing project and a wonderful run through the woods! Back soon with more info, art and news.

Nightmare Forest Kickstarter Ends in 5 Hours!

Circus Bear NMFWOW! We can’t believe that there are only less then 4 1/2 hours to go on the Nightmare Forest Kickstarter. All stretch goals have been unlocked and the game is now Over 200% FUNDED.  We can’t say enough about our foresters that have help unlocked the amazing Circus and Holiday/Famous Zombie Animals.

With time winding down on the Kickstarter, please share with your friends so more people can get lost in the forest filled with creepy zombie animals. You are ALL awesome!




Come on Everyone, I can see the Road!

After Running an Running…

Well Foresters after running and running for the last month we have accomplished many goals and created a lot of great success.  We are in the final 24 hours of the campaign and as of this writing we are just a little over $400 from the final stretch goal.

As stated in the last update, we will be adding the over-sized autographed cards to all Kickstarter deliveries.  After the last update, some of you sent in some suggestions and we work hard to listen. If we break the last stretch goal, we will be able to unveil the mystery in the shadows below …and barring any issue with including it into manufacturing of the game, we will add it to all copies.

If, for some reason, we just cannot include it into the game – we will make sure it is one of the voting choices for over-sized cards.  We will make the art that is under the boxes on the play mat a voting choice as well.

We cannot promise 100%, but we promise that we will do everything we can, without causing an delays with the game, to get it included if we break that last stretch goal.


I know! He is totally evil looking right?

Those of you who have met us have heard the story about “Frank – Da Devil!”  I (Dave) thought I would share a fun little story here near the end of the campaign.  When I met my wife she had this pug/beagle mix named Frank.  Frank does not really like men and would just give me regular stink-eye.

So, I started referring to him as “Frank da Devil” and his cat friend Kitten as “Da Minion.” This has been an ongoing joke in the house and even lead to turning Frank into one of the zombies.

I know! He is totally evil looking right?

I Still Hear ‘Em…The zombies are still out there and right behind us!  So, please help us all and share this link with as many people as you can as the campaign winds down.

  • The more people who know (wait that’s not quite right)
  • Knowing is half funded (no that’s not quite it either)
  • Share and share for stretch goals (hmmmmmm)

Well you get what we mean! Thank you all so much for your continued support and belief in this project.  Dare we call you fans?  If you think of yourself as one, please visit and click the heart on the Nightmare Forest page and show that you are a fan.

Frank thanks you too, but he thinks you have food.

Have an amazing Monday and I look forward to seeing you all (most of you intact) at the car!

Team SolarFlare Games