5/1/2012 1:03:00 PM Role-playing gamer rolls dice in new company in Camp Verde
Steve Willett’s Polyhedron Games, LLC, gets its name from the dice used in many role-playing games that can have anywhere from four to 20 sides. His one-man Camp Verde company has already produced three games, but he is seeking an artist/partner to help develop more.
CAMP VERDE - Steve Willett was first introduced into role-playing games in 1981 when a friend asked him to sit in on a game of Dungeons & Dragons.
Told to create a character that was his antithesis, he became a female, half-elf -- a warrior and user of magic.
With the exception of a 10-year hiatus for family and others diversion, Willett has continued to indulge in the fantasy world of castles, wizards, elves and monsters only vaguely known to the outside world.
Bookshelves loaded with volumes of rules and scenarios from such gaming favorites as Aces and Eights, Arduin and Hackmaster, along with sacks of dice, from four- to 20-sided, attest to his enthusiasm.
Today, in some circles of the role-playing world, Willett is known as "Bloodymage."
To be sure, Willett's world is not all fantasy. Sometime during his search for elfin gold and whimsical treasures, Willett's real life took a turn for the worse. He is now a 100 percent disabled veteran.
Living a quiet life down a back street in Camp Verde, he continues to pursuer his role-playing games, when he can find partners.
In the meantime he has begun designing games of his own.
He has formed an LLC, Polyhedron Games, and currently has three games on the market. One, of course is a role-playing game. Rather than having a tome-sized rulebook, this one follows a simple set of rules, short enough to be contained in a pamphlet.
He has also designed a barroom dice game called "Train in a Cup," along with a horseracing game played with two standard decks of playing cards, called "A Day at the Races."
Designing games, he says, is as much a challenge as playing them.
"They take tons of research. For instance, I was interested in a horseracing game but had never been to a horse race. So I studied up on the jargon and the mechanics and came up with a game, the object of which is not to win the race, but make the most money at the end of the day," he says.
His games are available on two website for now, rpgnow.com and drivethruprg.com.
More importantly he says he is looking for investors who also have a talent for layout, copyediting or graphic artistry to further develop the company's role-playing games.
Willett can be contacted at (928) 202-6253, or visit his website, www.polyhedrongames.com.