We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Brusky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have a day job working in cybersecurity for a major tech firm, so making games in my spare time is a great release for my artistic creative side, such as it is. My favorite part of being a publisher is selecting the right artist for each project. I spend time every single day looking for new artistic talent on sites like Artstation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
APE Games (apegames.com) is a Houston-based company making board and card games for over 20 years! We have a range of games, including the family-friendly duck! duck! GO!, a rubber-ducky racing game that comes with a random assortment of real rubber ducks! We co-publish promising new games, including Trickerion, a strategy game about the business of being a magician by Hungarian publisher Mindclash, and Petrichor, a game where players are rain clouds, by Maltese company Mighty Boards. Our latest co-publication is Plunderbund with fellow Houston publisher Hutchu! Our latest game, The Stygian Society, is a cooperative dungeon adventure where players work together to climb the tower, defeating various evils on the way up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d start with Tea + Victory, a board gaming cafe on TC Jester with a HUGE variety of games, and a large variety of foods, pastries and teas. Later, we’d check out one of the dozen or so board game Meetups going on around Houston. If we still weren’t gamed out, we’d visit one of Houston’s many game stores, such as Dragon’s Lair in Tomball, or Montag’s in Pearland. We’d pick up a game or two to add to my already oversized collection, then head home to play some more!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Kevin Wilson is the designer of APE’s latest game, The Stygian Society. Kevin Wilson has a lot of my favorite board games, including Descent, Arkham Horror, and Civilization.
Other: Boardgame Geek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/1009/ape-games