Back in September, I wrote a piece about Osmos. I decided to try recording a slightly modified version of the article as voice-over for the video for a new idea – a collaborative YouTube channel, Fist Bump Game Videos, with a friend. It was a fun experiment, and I think I’ll do more like this.
I drafted this on 9/11 and forgot to post it. I honestly have no idea why I didn’t post it.
Diamond Trust of London is a DS game about the (real) diamond trade in Angola during the year 2000. It’s a strategy game about bribing, spying, and more. What drew me to it was the fact that it was an indie game that was attempting to be player-funded over Kickstarter. I pledged $55, which gave me this package:
A limited edition boxed copy of Diamond Trust of London. Only 1000 of these will be available, ever, and this is the main route to get one. Signed and numbered. Special inclusions inside the package. (Free USA shipping. Add $13 to your pledge for international shipping.)
You can see what I got in the photograph above! If you look at the bottom of the front cover of the game, you’ll see it says “limited edition” and is numbered 685 of 1000. Along with the game, I got a traveller’s cheque, four stamps from countries involved in the game, a coin from a country involved in the game, an archival envelope from the actual Diamond Trust of London, and three small envelopes from the actual Diamond Trust of London. Do you see those specks, one on each small envelope? Those are diamonds. They might not be great diamonds, but they’re diamonds!
The back is autographed by developer Jason Rohrer and musician Tom Bailey. And no, Jason Rohrer is not related to the Rohrer with whom I work at Toshiba! I asked.
How’s the game itself? I don’t know yet! But it looks fun, and more importantly, I’m glad I got to contribute to something to interesting.