New Project: YCS Sheffield Game Mat
It's been a while since I updated the blog, but here's something I completed recently. For the past few years I've been a writer on Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website(s), providing gameplay tips and tournament coverage to the game's many players. A while back I was asked by Konami Europe to design an exclusive Game Mat for YCS Sheffield, and here it is.
For those unfamiliar with the game, a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) is a top level event where several hundred people compete over 2 days to become the next champion (and receive big prizes along with it). These events take place in cities all over the world, from Paris to Milan and Los Angeles to Lima.
YCS Sheffield is a little different though, as it's the first time that Sealed Play will be in the spotlight; instead of bringing a constructed Deck with you, you build one out of cards you get at the venue, so everyone's on a level playing field. To celebrate the occasion Konami's giving every participant an exclusive Game Mat, which you can see above.
I was going to be at the event anyway for tournament coverage but seeing a giant hall full of players using something I designed will be something I'm really excited to see, and hopefully it'll lead to more design work in the future. Many thanks once again to Konami Europe for giving me the opportunity!