Why am I making a board game?

Hi there. My name is Wonmin (pronounced like one minute) and I wanted to explain how/why I decided to make a board game (for the literally dozens of people out there who are curious).

A bit about my background–

  1. I am a 27 year old based in NYC.
  2. I worked for a tech company out of college for three years.
  3. I quit when I realized that there was nothing stopping my youth from disappearing into the giant machine of corporate America.
  4. I started an internet service with my brother to help people sell domain names.

While it was gratifying to be my own boss and to build a product from the ground up, I knew deep down that it wasn’t what I truly wanted to do.


“What made you decide to make a board game?”

I get asked this question a lot at these social gatherings people call "parties."

I get asked this question a lot at these social gatherings people call "parties."

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez

When people ask this question, I usually give the following spiel:

  1. I’m a huge gamer and I’ve always wanted to make my own game.
  2. I’ve been coding for the past two years and I’m a bit burnt out.
  3. So the only way to make a game without coding is to make a board game!

Usually this satisfies whoever is asking and stops them from prying further into my private life. But that’s not what this blog’s about, right? You deserve a more detailed answer than that.


My thoughts before making my game.

Here are some of the thoughts and considerations I had before plunging into creating a prototype.

  1. But I’m not a huge board game enthusiast!

    I had three board games when I first started in May and now I own about eight. I have probably less than a hundred total hours of board gaming. Meanwhile I have over 2,500 hours on Dota 2 alone.

  2. I saw someone do it on Reddit (so it must be easy, right?)

    About eight months ago, I saw an AMA post on Reddit that made me realize that there are people in the world who make board games for a living.

  3. My dad owns a printing company

    This is a huge competitive advantage that I have over some others in the same boat as me that I fully intend on leveraging.

  4. I have technical (coding) skills

    If my board game is ever a success, making an phone app or web version would be a relatively easy next step.


I have no idea what I’m doing.

On a more philosophical note, I am trying this new-age thing where I do things that I want simply because I want to do them.

Here’s a cool tweet I found the other day that relates to this.

It’s a huge privilege to be able to follow one’s dreams without worry for the basic necessities of survival. Therefore, I want to share my experiences to hopefully inspire others in similar situations (or dissuade them from doing what I am doing).

Below are some topics that I want to explore in future blog posts:

  • Being unemployed and single when what feels like literally everyone around you is getting promoted and/or married.
  • Balancing cultural expectations of filial piety with chasing your own dreams.
  • Climbing the corporate ladder or endlessly chasing the carrot?

At the end of the day though, I have no idea if what I’m doing is the right path for me or not. I’m just doing it because I want to. And that’s a lot more than what I could’ve said tens of thousands of dollars in salary and a few years ago.

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