More scope creep! Yes, I should be marketing it, and instead, I'm creating new big features... But, I figured that with COVID still around, people will be playing a lot of online board games, and if I can provide a killer feature specifically for them, then great!
So, the Shared Game Timer can now track VP and Money using the app. Around a table IRL you would never want to lose the tactile feel of the tokens, but online it is often more a nuisance. And wait, there's more! You can put in mathematical formulas like 5*8 , and the timer will figure out the result, AND display the formulas next to the amount in the logs so players can double-check that everyone is doing the right thing. Awesome!
I'm working myself closer to launch! And for it, I need a kickass explainer video! And I have never made anything like it before so of course I have to learn it all from scratch.
I am still working on new features and improvements and stuff, but I won't mention them all here. But the big new thing is that I'm creating an icon for my app! And, in doing so, I'm really learning how to make SVG graphics and how to use Inkscape.
Us IndieHackers! We sure must have a lot of strings in our bow don't we?!
This is like the definition of scope creep, but.... When Bryan said he joked about wanting the board game timer integrated into Tabletopia, I saw it as a challenge! And, today I finished version 1 of my solution, a chrome extension!
The idea is simple. We play tabletopia board games in a browser. So, if I can put the timer UI in an overlay on top of the game, then ... well, then it is as good as if it was integrated into tabletopia itself! :-) So, that is what I've done, and it works!
From my private journal:
[..], and then also some more development on my game timer, getting it ready for the trial this evening when I had a game of Viticulture with Bryan and Oby. The app worked just as intended. When asked what they thought of it, they said it was fine. Just a bit shame it wasn’t integrated into Tableteopia. But, when they found out I had built it, they were a bit impressed. Not much but a bit. And they seemed keen to try it out more now knowing it was made by me.
Well that was pretty quick! The MVP is done. It looks crap, but it works! I can polish it later.
I've re-used a lot of the ideas and structure from the Phojo project. So, it is a Vue/Nuxt/Firebase PWA project. With Firebase, I get the synchronization of the board game timer done with like no effort at all!
I love board games, and I play a lot of them with my friends in London, both online and IRL.
In real life, we always use a timer to keep Analysis Paralysis from slowing our games down to a crawl. But, there is always the annoying part of passing the phone/timer around the table. What I want is an app that works across multiple phones, kept in sync, so we don't need to pass a single phone around. And surprisingly, there are very few of them around!
And, online, there isn't really any good option either.
So, I will make this app! I know just how to do it, and I think it will be pretty quick to do.
My board game group uses timers, and I was annoyed that none of them worked across multiple devices. So I made my own.