Joelle has a background in information management and customer service. Her goal has always been to be the subject matter expert – a nexus for knowledge within the organization – and to be constantly looking for innovative ways to improve operations. She strongly believes that synergy is the key to accomplishment.
She grew up playing games like Chinese Checkers and regular checkers, Old Maid and Go Fish, and eventually, Scrabble. This last became her favorite (largely because she regularly bested her mother).
Her pastimes involve textile arts – knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc. – as well as watching movies and reading several books at a time – mostly fiction,with at least one action adventure novel to read aloud at bedtime.
Well, as I remember it …
Our beginnings go back a little farther – 10 years ago, or there abouts. Back then we were augmenting a dollar-store chess set with fantasy pieces that told the story of royal children in danger from dragons in the forest. From there, suddenly, we had enlarged decks of cards with blue and green suits and additional ranks and we were playtesting extravagant versions of euchre. Little did I know that these precursors would point forward to Black Harbor Games.
One day we would be carving up oatmeal boxes and egg cartons and the next day we would be modeling clay (or, in its absence, a paste of corn flour) and testing new shapes for dice and designs for dice towers and other hideous treasures. (Did I say hideous? I meant truly unique.)
Now, years later, some of these very designs (or their cousins) are making their way into our games. Who would have thought it possible? And yet, here we are. Presenting our games to the public.