Back in secondary school me and some friends used to spend most of our lunch breaks playing a Punjabi card game called Babhi. Years later after leaving school I would often bring up the game to see blank faces looking back at me as it was described. The more and more this would happen the more I would want to teach people the game and the more that I would start to think of small ways to improve on the game.
Eventually all of the ideas and improvements I had for the game led to me starting to develop an adaptation of the original game that I called ‘Bobi’. I put together the design for the original prototype of the game over the course of a weekend and had the prototype deck of cards printed at a local print shop. For the next year or so this deck was the only one I had, and used, as I would show new people how to play the game. This was until I stumbled upon the online print on demand service, the Game Crafter.
As the Game Crafter offered the ability to print a deck of cards on professional card stock I made a start on the final design for the game. After going through a few iterations and design ideas I eventually settled on a design that used a pixel based font that I designed especially for the game (this font is available for download at fontstruct). As the Game Crafter was an all purpose print solution I was also able to design the rule book and box that would come with the game before putting it all together and releasing it for sale through the site.
A few months after releasing the game for sale it was reviewed by ‘Gamer’s Remorse’ as part of the YouTube channel ‘The Dice Tower’ (the full review can be viewed on their YouTube channel).
This is one of those games that doesn’t need a theme, yet it is immersive, somehow you’re drawn into the game.
– Brian Bremner, Gamer’s Remorse
From this review I was able to implement a number of changes to improve the game like removing the dice element, and improving the choices of colours to make it easier to see what cards you have at a quick glance.
Overall Bobi is one of my all time favourite projects as I was really able to get involved with a range of new things that I’m not likely to be involved in again. Every now and then I come back to the game with small design tweaks and improvements but Bobi is now at a stage of being a fully realised product.