All of my life, I have been an avid gamer. It started with a simple dice game my grandfather taught me when I was 4 or 5 years old. Then it gradually became an obsession. Over the years, I've played hundreds of games, video and board. I have a special fondness for playing miniature board games. There is something about moving characters on a map and encountering the unknown that really clicks with me. In games we can image any world presented to us, live in that place, conquer our fears, get the treasure and even experience a major ass kicking from a family member or friend, all in good fun. I'm always on the look out for new and innovative board games on Kickstarter and often spend hours in game stores looking at everything on the shelves or in display cases. Recently, I realized that the latest gallery art sculpture I am working on called "The Spirit World" was in fact, turning into a miniature game because of the way I was subconsciously making it! A deep seeded desire to fuse my intricate art sculptures with my obsession of board games finally broke free of my subconscious and will not let me go until it comes to fruition! So what is this game about? Read on!
Now that I had experimented with the surface texture, casting thicknesses, and pigments it was time to start diving into the game environment. Below is a work in progress of the left wing of the sculpture made in Monster Makers Clay.
Close to being finished with the left side here.
Above you can see a little 28mm ghost figure I threw in the photo to give you an idea of scale. The game environment will be about 3 feet tall and 3 -4 feet wide and will be able to hang on your wall as legitimate, internally lit ART when you are not playing it.
Above is a quick Photoshop mock up of the Spirit World game environment. My partner on this journey is my brother Jonathan Hite who also shares the same love for gaming as I do. There is still a lot of work we need to do and I plan to change the right wing to resemble the sketch below. It is a sister but not a twin. In this game players will traverse a spirit realm or astral plane in search of the lost soul of a little girl. They will traverse the game environment on a horizontal and vertical plane, encountering spirits, demons, and other worldly beings of the spirit realm. I'll release more information on the game as we progress. I can't wait to show you what we have in store for this game!!!
I'll leave you with these WIP's of the female center figure. We are not sure if we will include her in the game for obvious nudity reasons but this is also art and, well, we have all seen beautiful nude women in art! Let me know if you think she should be a part of the game environment in the comments below. Oh and check back on this page from time to time to see more updates as Jonny and I progress!
-Jason A. Hite 4/15/16