Where are Atheris' games sold?
Currently our games are sold primarily through friendly local gaming stores. We're working on adding a list and store finder on the site shortly. We're also on Amazon.
If we don't have products in your friendly local gaming store please let them know you would be interested in purchasing our products from them. If they are in the US they can order from GTS or ACD. If they are in Canada they can order through Universal Distribution. If they are in Europe they can order through Enigma Distribution.
We appreciate you supporting your friendly local gaming store (FLGS).
What is the deal with the name Atheris Games?
We came up with the name Atheris for the first card in our first game - an automotive themed racing trading card game called Holeshot Heroes. The first card was a custom car that we felt resembled the ferocity of a snake, but currently there are other brands that use snake names for cars (Dodge has the Viper and Ford has the Cobra). Unfortunately, Andrew's favorite snake, the Bush Viper, was too close to Viper so he looked up the latin name and everyone agreed that the Atheris sounded like a cool car.
We named the card. We developed the game and ran out of funds, thereby pivoting to working on Cul-De-Sac Conquest. We needed a company name now that we were more than just one game and decided to name the company after the first card we ever made. Thus Atheris Games was born.
What led you to becoming a tabletop game designer?
Well, oddly, when I was came up with the concept for my first game, Holeshot Heroes, I was in high school and hadn't played any TCG in years. I had been a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh when I was younger, but that was about the extent of my physical gaming until I developed the concept for an automotive themed trading card game.
I worked on a business plan while applying for colleges, but ultimately didn't really have time for it while working, going to college full-time with dual enrollment at my high school and applying to top universities. When I was admitted to the University of Florida I entered a pitch competition and won. I was then given the honor of pitching at a national competition with the idea of Holeshot Heroes.
After about a year of studying game design and studying business at UF I decided to bring on a few co-founders and we developed a much better business plan that placed in the top 16 of UF's Big Idea Business Plan Competition in 2015. By 2016 the company changed significantly as we pivoted from Holeshot and launched Cul-De-Sac Conquest on Kickstarter - raining over $20,000. Utiltizing that success and revamping our business plan we won 3rd in the UF 2016 Big Idea Business Plan Competition and 2nd in the Florida Venture Forum Collegiate Competition.
After Cul-De-Sac I just sort of had the game design bug. I became really interested in playing, designing and publishing tabletop games. Now it is a huge part of my life and I could not be more grateful that everything worked the way it did.
Ultimately I would still love to publish Holeshot Heroes down the road, but we'll see how far down the line that is shortly.
Will you publish my game?
Probably not. We're really focused right now on bringing our own concepts to market so though we might potentially look into a few projects, most of these will be ones we seek out.
Though, if you would like help with your game feel free to reach out and we'll try our best to assist you. Maybe if the game is good enough we'll consider it, though, don't hold your breathe. We're still a little company and cannot spread our resources too thin.
What is your favorite super hero?
Batman. Batman is a successful and wealthy entrepreneur with a really cool car, a dutiful butler and charisma for days. Though, we must admit Iron Man is up there, especially with the thought of the movie character persona being based on one of the entrepreneurial legends of our day, Elon Musk.
What are your favorite foods?
I tend to love Shepard's Pie. It is a dish that my mom made a lot when I was growing up so it definitely has its nostalgia value, but I also like the combination of corn, meat and potatoes so much so even that I wrote a poem about Shepard's Pie for a class in 6th grade. Food is life.
Another thing I love is arroz con gandules (rice with peas) Spanish food is amazing.
Your games are weird.
Thank you. We don't see a question there, but we try to push the bounds of what people normally think of when it comes to games. We gravitate towards themes that are relatable to the everyday man/woman and thus bring real life problems/topics and morphs them into unique and exciting games.
Andrew's hair is long and he has a beard. Does anyone ever compare his look to Jesus?
Yes, people do call Andrew Ginger Jesus from time-to-time. It was more original the first time.
After the Kickstarter pledges get their copies, where can I pick up a copy?
We are focused on fulfilling our Kickstarter pledges first. You can pre-order the game on BackerKit as well.
Long term, we are looking to sell the game through this website, on Amazon (maybe), and through local gaming stores. We had a few retailers back the Kickstarter project, so the game will be available first at those retailers. We will keep you posted when the game is available through the website.