My first attempt at designing a game was Broadway Producer. By collecting sets of cards that represented people and items needed to put on a Broadway show, players bid for, rehearsed and put on shows. The most successful got the most money. I made a prototype but in trying to make the prototype too pretty I lost interest in the game.
However, after chatting with two fellow game designers, SQ and Dshort, I am re-energized about this game too! They are designing, what seems to be a great card game, based upon espionage. I won’t say more about it – maybe later if and when I have their permission. What I learned from them is that you don’t need details in the prototype – colours will do. The basic principles of the game need to work before you start adding artistic flavour!
Makes sense to me 🙂