Kickstarter for Get Adler!


What is Kickstarter and why are we doing a KS campaign for Get Adler?

KS is crowdfunding. Here’s a good definition I found on

Crowdfunding is by definition, “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”

I only recently found out about Kickstarter, but it’s really a fantastic idea – especially for small companies or individuals who cannot raise traditional funding for many reasons. In my case, I am on disability with a couple of health problems. And also, banks don’t consider board games to be collateral for loans, so it’s hard to get funding for board or card games.

Another important issue to consider is that small publishers or individuals make a relatively small amount of games or product. It is hard to make a profit.

So what a wonderful concept KS is! That you can present your project (your baby) to many people, and hope that they will see what you see and will want to be part of your story.

You can follow our KS campaign on our website, with a link to KS:

The KS idea is to share your project with backers: Exchanging ideas, answering questions, providing updates, receiving funding, and then providing the backers with the product in a timely fashion and with a big thank you! Usually the creator gives a discount on the retail price, and some other benefits to backers of all reward ranges.

This will be our first Kickstarter and we hope we can launch it successfully. Thanks to those who have gone before, like Jamey from Stonemaier Games, we have lots of great KS info to sift through to help.

Get Adler! is a social deduction card game for 4-6 players. There is lots more info on the game and me at the website link above. KS campaign begins on Jan. 4th.

Get Adler! A Social Deduction Card Game -- Kicktraq Mini

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Are Doyle and Christie believable?

Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie are two of the giants in detective writing. Their star sleuths solve all manner of fantastic crimes. But are these stories believable?

I recently found myself questioning almost every book or old episode that I saw. My female friend and I would laugh as we critiqued (days later) what we had just read or viewed.

In Christie’s “N or M”, we read about a young mother, who joins a frantic chase with the other characters, produces a gun that she just found in a room, and with a marksman’s aim, plunks a bullet directly into the forehead of the strange lady who had stolen her child. At this point, as the reader, you immediately say, well, that is one of the spies, no doubt! Yet Christie still tries to keep us in some kind of suspense, only for us to find out later that yes, indeed, the mom is one of the bad spies.



It is the same with many Sherlock Holmes novels or episodes. In one, a step dad is killing his own daughters by sending in an evil snake into the bedroom at night. Is that believable? The stories seem to make sense when you read or view them, but most times you must not really think about the plot too much. You have to suspend logical thinking.

One thing I will say in favour of Agatha Christie is that she has great characters and humorous scenes and dialogue. More than one time she has made me laugh. And her vivid descriptions of some women and men – the way their eyes or faces or bodies look, is extremely well done. In fact, I think I will look for another Christie novel soon…

What do you think? Are these giants, gasp, over-rated, in terms of plot? Is it better to write a more believable scene or to go for the incredible?




The Joy of Writing

One of the great joys I have had this year was writing a few short stories for my new detective/spy series, The Adventures of Gold and Sharpe. I don’t know if this is normal, but in this case, the game I was developing inspired the story, not the other way around. The game is Get Adler! Deduction Card Game.

I had a (surprising) heart procedure at the end of summer, so I almost did not get to finish the games I was working on or the stories. However, thanks to God, I have finished the first two stories and have the third one going strong, and the fourth one outlined. Yay!

I have decided to give away the first short story for FREE via eBook and it is on the website as a pdf download. Please have a read and let me know if you enjoy it. I welcome any constructive critique or advice. Thank you!

It was fun to develop the characters, especially Inspector Sharpe and Agent Gold, their cases, and their blossoming relationship. I kept the first story close to the game facts, as it’s a deduction card game based on their characteristics.

I would say these stories are good for the whole family, ages 10 to adult. Let me know your thoughts. You can always get me through the contact email on the website. Have a good day!

KS-Cover  Gold & Sharpe

A Time of Hope

It’s fitting on December 24th to talk about hope. There are many meanings to the lowly manger, but hope is a big one. Hope for mankind. That we can live in peace and joy in our own homes and neighbourhoods.

In the past two years I have been developing our two newest games. These games, of which I will focus on one for now, bring us hope.


Get Adler! is a social deduction card game for 4-6 players. A quick game of hidden identities. Like a lot of people I enjoy detective/spy stories, and did in my youth. I recently discovered this genre again, while watching the old BBC Sherlock Holmes series starring Jeremy Brett. I most enjoyed the character of Inspector Lestrade played by Colin Jeavons.

This inspirational time period lead to the creation of Get Adler! and has culminated (to this point) with the soon launch. In fact we will launch it on Jan. 4th on Kickstarter:


But the hope and joy you feel as an inventor is when you see people enjoying themselves with the first playtesting groups. When you see it is working, even though you have kinks to work out. To see others laughing and joking and deducing. That is a great joy to me, and leads me to hope.

Hope for a new beginning. Hope for success. Hope to take care of my family better. Hope to take care of the less fortunate better. Hope.