Fishers residents Craig Chuhran and his wife, Krystyna Kowalski, share a love of board games.
“We are both game addicts,” Chuhran said. “Last year, I had an idea for a cool game. I put together a prototype of it and we started playing it and we played it with others. We decided to actually publish it.”
The game is an intergalactic strategy game. There are two space-themed games, Tyran Ally and Tyran Thief, in one. Chuhran said Tyran was based on the words “tyrant” and “tyrannical.”
“In the first game, everyone can use the Tyran piece to their advantage to thwart,” Chuhran said. “In the second game, the Tyran is actually their enemy. It has a whole agenda on its own and it goes after it and thwarts you.”
The game is played with dice and acrylic tokens.
“We both have business backgrounds,” Chuhran said. “We started to look online how to create it, and believe it or not, all roads lead to China. No matter who we were trying to get a quote from someone on what it would cost, we would end up with a quote from China. We wanted to have a little bit more input on it, rather than send a check and one day get a whole bunch of games back that may or may not be what we wanted.”
Chuhran said the couple went on a fact-finding mission to find help in the Indianapolis area to produce it.
“We ended up with a local company that just ended up doing a tremendous job putting together the board and some of the pieces and the box,” Chuhran said. “It just turned out to be spectacular. The artist who did the box is from Indy. The tokens were done by a guy in Texas. His pieces were amazing. The Tyran token is really cool looking. We learned so much about how to publish a game and now we are going to learn how to market it.”
The cost of the limited-edition game is $60.
“We’re trying to spark local interest because it’s going to create jobs,” Chuhran said. “It will also draw people that are struggling with their own games to come to us and find out how we did it because very few produce it in the U.S.”
For more, visit tyrangames.com.