So every year on April 1, we tend to go sort of overboard on the April Fool’s jokes. Some pranks have gone off better than others. Bodily harm jokes have been used (coders cutting their thumbs off) to mediocre results. Matt Damon making an offer on Finn’s house in France barely mustered a high five. Amazingly, we got the best response from pretending we’d booked a Go Game for the players of the Golden State Warriors (kinda…meh). This year we set out to get Lisa, our CFO. Lisa is always stressing that Finn and I spent too much money on hair-brained ideas that rarely make any money. She is also generally ‘correct.’ For this prank, Finn and I concocted an email from a colleague (we’ll call ‘Mr. S’), stating that we’d gone out the night before, drank a lot, and decided to invest in his company. He played along, sent the email, cc’d a bunch of his fake lawyers AND Lisa. All was set for her to flip her lid. She actually thought it was a great idea. So much for that. We did kinda mess with Mr. S though — made a fake Valleywag page detailing how this investment info had been leaked. Apparently he freaked out for like 15 seconds. So was 2 hours of my time worth it. Of course.
If a group of people stop trying to prank eachother, a key peice of joy is missing.
The Go Game Board met today up at Finn’s house in Bernal. That consists of Finn, Ian and Lisa. We talked about the direction of things to come, where we want to focus and how we see ourselves fitting in as a game company as well as a company that serves the corporate team building market. We have several directions that we are considering and need to flesh out plans for each one. The big goal of the Everywhere Game is still big on our list, but we also want to get into the iPhone games, as there is finally a viable platform for distributing location aware games.
Our focus for the next month is to get a functioning version of Hijack The Band up and running and ready to film in Seattle with the Spaceship Excellent Band. With that footage in hand, we are going to approach labels and distributors about possible acquisitions or partnerships.
We are also going to finish up the code for Go Game Lite, a game that can be played anywhere on any HTML phone without a facilitator. Teams will upload the photos and videos on their own after the game and conduct their own judging complete with music and voting.
We have been closely watching the other games that up and coming out there and have reached out to theextraordinaries.org for partnership on our giving back game.
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