I haven't been able to get a story done and art is out of the question. So imma fill the gap with a real story of an odd hobby I have. ^^Preface:
Many years ago, I don't even know how old I was at the time, but I remember visiting with a friend and they had a board game. (not battleblocks) I can't for the life of me say what it was called, but I remember its board was a bunch of hexagons on little plastic boards so you could make actual slopes or clifs to play on. And it came with a crap ton of little units, each with their own cards having ther own stats and really cool figurines...
And as cool as that can sound, I don't remember it being very tedious and boring, failing to remain entertaining as you struggle to remember the complex rules, only to need rolling a few dice in play. (I seriously remember several pages just about how the movement was affected by elevation and falling)
In short, it sucked once you got into the game, albeit still really pretty to look at. Nevertheless, however bad it was I was still jealous. My family said I should buy it. But it was to expensive... So It was obvious what the next thing I should do... I made my own game!
Battle Blocks was my first board game I made completely by myself. It wasn't a suer amazing game but still a matter of pride for me even today looking back. Considering my age at the time. And I do remember it honestly being better then the other game if simply for the simplicity of the rules. Which I will detail if anyone would like me too ^^
And I still have all that I will list here that I used to play my game of BattleBlocks. 1x 8x8 chess board, preferably a larger one.
4x towers of eight Duplo's or lego blocks, each of a difrent color (Red, Green, Yellow and Blue)
4x paper cards or scraps of paper although these are optional and merely better for newer players.
A lot of simple things, and little me easily got all them and played a little. I shant bore the average reader with the exact rules, nor do I remember all the small things I changed over time to it.
But the core gameplay was that every block was a single unit, which you feilded by rolling a five or six on a 1d6 at the start of your turn. And then you moved it around the board (direct colors having differing movement speeds) and when you wanted to attack you rolled a number of dice equal to your attack score and your opponent rolled for their defense score. (defender wins ties) and the loser is taken off the board.
Simple, but deceptively entertaining and has the potential for rule changes and the like. ^^
And it has led to me working on a full table top RPG game which I've mentioned before and a attempt at making a card game based off of Super Smash bros and the start to a home made version of card wars (something from adventure time)
I have no idea if it would be a good idea to try and marker this weird little hobby of mine. But I still enjoy dabbling in the field of game making.