When I heard that Stop Thief was being recreated, it brought me back to how I always wanted that game because of the electronic sound maker. I wasn’t too surprised by the fact that Restoration Games was the publisher behind the project. While they had Rob Daviau on board already, they have added three big names to their company.
Restoration Games has added three industry heavyweights to their growing team. Lindsay Daviau has officially joined the company as Production Superhero. Designer and game developer, J.R. Honeycutt, has joined as its Tinker-in-Chief. Suzanne Sheldon has joined as the company’s Master of Fireworks.
Lindsay Daviau began her illustrious career in tabletop games at Hasbro, where she served as graphic designer and art director on projects such as Heroscape, Sorry Sliders, Bop It!, Guess Who, and many more. She began working with Restoration Games to help out during the hectic production schedule on the company’s first three games and quickly revealed herself to be invaluable. As Production Superhero, she not only helps make the games look good, she makes sure they get done right and on time. Just so happens, the company’s CRO, Rob Daviau, is her husband. “Now I have all the Daviaus!” cackled president, Justin D. Jacobson.
J.R. Honeycutt is a relative newcomer to the board game scene. However, in that time, he has risen to become a true star with his keen insight and unflagging energy. He has worked with numerous companies and designers on numerous games, most recently as lead developer on SeaFall and co-designer of Fantasy Fantasy Baseball. As Tinker-in-Chief for RestorationGames, he sets the strategy for getting the games ready for production. His skills as both a designer and a developer ensure the company’s releases are going to be fun for the players and profitable for the company.
Then, Justin turned to Rob and asked: “You think we need one more?” Paused a beat: “You think we need one more.” Then, “alright, we’ll get one more.”
Suzanne Sheldon is a high-profile media figure in the world of gaming. She is a regular contributor on the Dice Tower Network, including segments on crowdfunding and board game apps, and is a mainstay on board game twitter. She has been a vocal advocate for inclusiveness, diversity, and accessibility in the hobby—core principles of Restoration Games. As Master of Fireworks, she makes sure people take notice of everything we’re doing and that we put on a good show, from our digital face to community outreach to convention presence. As a portion of her compensation, the company is providing her with a pie diem.
These three additions provide the company with a strong foundation on which to expand. Coming off a successful Kickstarter of Stop Thief!, to the tune of $100,000, the company envisions significant growth in 2018. The company’s next slate of games will be announced at the “Dice Tower Live” show at Gen Con 2017 on Friday, August 18th at 1:00 PM EST and discussed at their “Blueprints” seminar on Saturday, August 19th at 12:00 PM EST. CRO, Rob Daviau described the announcement as “big”. President, Justin D. Jacobson, added, “no, bigger than that”.
They’ve definitely made one big announcement, and it sounds like they have several more slated for Gen Con. I’m very curious to see what games they will be coming out with in the future.