Party Time Brainstorming
When I started creating the game, I knew it was going to be on a party theme, would feature the Party Animals! characters. I also knew it would not involve noise or batteries. (You know someone has played a lot of children's board games when . . .) A bingo/lotto game was the perfect fit - the rest was still blurry. I began to start to collect ideas for party themes, and got loads of ideas from our local Moms Facebook groups. Some were easy to rule out - themes that centered on one type of animals (dinosaurs, ocean, teddy bear picnic) would not work because I wanted all the Party Animals! to fit in seamlessly. Existing commercial themes were automatically out, as were themes that were already prominently featured in the book (e.g. camping).
And so the 4 themes were chosen: Monsters, Unicorns, Pirates and Robots & Rockets.
Finally, the game needed a name! Crowdsourcing to the rescue! My friends on Facebook and Instagram again came through. And we landed on Party Time.
From here, I needed professional help! Watch for the next blog post with details on the evolution of the boardgame illustrations.