Holy Ship is something that has become a large part of my life and holds a very special place in my heart. It all started with the Maiden Voyage, January 6-9, 2012. I was amongst roughly 2400 other ravers who had decided to jump on the opportunity to attend an inaugural event that would change the standard of music festivals. I had expected to be filled with memories of a fun cruise, and instead, what I came back with was more than I could have ever dreamed or wished for - I came back with a whole new family, the inception of ShipFam.
Jump a year later, on the second voyage… I’m playing Twister with Oliver and Zedd while the HARDfather, Gary Richards himself poured shots of Kettle One. And a crazy idea pops into my mind. A Holy Ship themed board game! What started as just a crazy, drunken idea was turned into a reality over the course of 2013.
The gameplay features a straight-forward path from Start to Finish, with the elements of Trivial Pursuit, and the drinking game, Kings mixed together. Players rolls a die to proceed forward. If he/she lands on a “?” or “!” space, he/she picks up the corresponding card. “!” feature 50 Action Cards resembling activities from Kings. “?” feature 108 Trivia Cards on all Holy Ship artists from 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Though I conceptualized and designed the initial the board game layout, I recruited a graphic designer friend to help clean up the design for the final print. The cards were a laborious process of researching the majority of artists that played on Holy Ship. Printing of the cards, board and box was ordered through Ad Magic.
Each figure was hand-sculpted in Super Sculpey clay to resemble a selection of DJs and Producers prominent to Holy Ship. Each figure was casted in silicone to enable resin reproductions.
This was my first set of 2-part silicone molds and learned some lessons for the future. The original figure is laid into a small box, the feet aligned to an edge to be the pour hole. A clay mold is built up halfway and a few holes are poked to create registry keys. Pour silicone to create the first half of the mold. After the silicone cures, remove the clay, rebuild walls if necessary. Spray with a releasing agent and pour the second half of the silicone mold. Let cure, and the two halves should release easily and fit into place with the registry keys. Repeat for all 8 figures. **My registry keys were too small and did not provide the tight fit I desired. I've since moved onto using small rubber feet/pads normally used under small appliances.**
It was a tedious process to hand-make each figure. 3D Printing would have been much easier if I owned one, and cost of a printing service was significantly high. Without a rotocast, I did experience a good amount of unusable figures from bubbles. I decided on a total of 10 games to be printed, so I was looking at 80 figures. Oof. Each successfully casted figure was hand-painted and dressed in actual mini fabric clothing. Somehow I imagined it would be a fun and quick project to work on, and turned into gruesome months of labor to complete 10 sets.
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Ad Magic Printing [[ Admagic ]] Had a great experience printing from Ad Magic. What I learned was that printing in small quantities (under 250) will have to sacrifice some quality for a reasonable cost. Mainly, I could not get the game box to be fully printed in a thick, clean box. $$$$.......
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