As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, Travel Buddy Games celebrates personal connection and community. We love to play games but the games are only part of the equation. The other, more important, part is the people you play with. We believe that showcasing the people involved with Travel Buddy Games, be they players, designers, manufacturers, or publishing partners, is a great way to help build this community of ours. So, it is our pleasure to introduce you Keith Piggott, designer of The Great Barrier Reef Card Game.
Keith is a Business Analyst for a software company who has been designing board games for 3 years. He has been playing games his whole life and continues to enjoy them with his wife Cassie and his son Jack. From what I understand his pet beagle Dolly would like to join in the fun but just can’t seem to grok the rules. She does enjoy joining Keith and the family on some of their travels though.
Read on to hear from designer Keith Piggott in his own words.
Name: Keith Piggott
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Favorite Quote: “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammed Ali
Travel Checklist: 26 States and 2 Countries
What is your favorite travel destination and why does that place top the list?
New Orleans – I love the food, music, history and just overall vibrancy of the city. There’s no where else I’ve visited that’s anything like it.
Do you take games with you when you travel?
How did playing board games as a child shape your interest in games as an adult?
I have many memories of spending time with my family and friends of the family playing the classics – Monopoly, Clue, Scattergories, Balderdash, etc… One of my earliest gaming memories was figuring out the code in MasterMind against my father – I was probably 5 or 6. I got back into the hobby about 4 years ago when my son was old enough to start learning games – the ability of games to create great experiences with friends and family is something I definitely want to pass on to him.
"The Great Barrier Reef Card Game" was originally about keeping an aquarium. Tell us about your interest in tropical fish and how that inspired the original submission?
I’ve kept aquariums off and on most of my life – everything from a single beta, to a 55 gallon tank at one point. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also very rewarding. I thought the beauty of an aquarium would translate really well to a tableau building game, where you could see what you created at the end.
What travel destination are on your bucket list?
Japan – the history is amazing, and I’ve always thought it would be great fun to get lost in a night market in Osaka!
Iceland – I love the ruggedness and beauty, and the fact that you can experience glaciers and volcanoes in the same day.
Australia – this one has always been high up my list, but now I may have to add a snorkeling tour of the Great Barrier Reef to the list of things I want to do!
Do you have other game designs in the works that fans of Travel Buddy Games might look forward to seeing?
I have a roll and write game that should be on Kickstarter around the end of the year where players are adventurers racing across a map to collect treasure and complete heroic quests!
My newest design that I’ve been working on is a mid-weight euro-style game that follows the rise and decline of Route 66.
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