Recently, as I reflected on the board game industry and my choice to build a business designing and publishing games I again asked myself the question that has been heavy on my mind of late. Is there a vacancy in this industry, a space for another new publisher? There are already many great companies publishing some amazing games, many of which I have had the chance to play and enjoy with my family and friends.

The desire to build and run a business has been with me for as long as I can remember, with my grandfather and father both being successful entrepreneurs the desire comes naturally. Having run a few small businesses I have gleaned some excellent lessons along the way, the foremost being service and following through on promises. It’s not always easy to keep true to commitments but it can make or break a business venture. In my experience there will always be room for new companies in this industry so long as they follow some basic principles. Serve, connect, and possibly most important, be honest and open with your customers and supporters.


It has been a couple of years now that I have been working at launching Lamp Light games, although we only officially launched in March of 2013. I was working on several games in a small group but hadn’t yet found what I was looking for to push me off the edge, until I met Leif Steiestol. I was attending a local game night at the Dragons Den game store in my local city, Saskatoon. The gentleman who was teaching the game had an uncanny attention to detail and his passion for the games was clearly evident. As I got to know Leif better he let me know that he had actually designed several games already, and had been encouraged by friends and family to get them published. Leif has entered several of his games in design contests and has done quite well. He has also won a contest to have his idea added into an expansion for the game “Smallworld” The rest is history as they say, Leif has joined the LLG team as our lead designer and I can’t wait for the public to see what he can bring. Regardless of where LLG ends up it is my firm belief that Leif Steiestol will become a household name in the game industry.

We also have several other key members on the LLG team helping in different areas such as design, graphic design and concept art, financial, administration, rules editing and shipping support.

Our first official game Space Junk is set to launch on Kickstarter as this issue of CGI releases, it is a collaboration between myself and Leif with the rest of our design team also playing a big role in the development process. We plan to launch several more games in 2014 including Leif’s first solo design.

Mike Friesen
Lamp Light Games