COU­PLE ARE CON­FI­DENT OF BOARD GAME’S SUC­CESS

Llanelli Star - - Front Page - Christie Ban­non @christie ban­non_ christie.ban­[email protected]­di­awales.co.uk 01792 545522

WE all love test­ing our knowl­edge from time to time, but one Llanelli man and his girl­friend have de­cided to take it to the next level by cre­at­ing their very own board game.

Ceri Price from Llanelli was trav­el­ling through South Amer­ica with his girl­friend Na­talie Podd, from Lon­don, in 2016 when the pair had the idea of com­ing up with their own trivia game, Con­fi­dent?

Mr Price, aged 28, said: “We were in the Ama­zon jun­gle and I asked my girl­friend what she thought the pop­u­la­tion of Brazil was.

“She gave the an­swer be­tween a range of num­bers, which led us to more trivia ques­tions, and we were guess­ing be­tween ranges, which made us think ‘does this game ex­ist?’ So we thought there was a gap in the mar­ket.

“We came back to the UK a year later and de­cided to test it, so we cre­ated pro­to­types, ex­panded it and play-tested it with fam­ily and friends, and peo­ple liked it.”

The cou­ple came up with Con­fi­dent? which sees play­ers an­swer­ing ques­tions with dif­fer­ent ranges of an­swers, with the aim be­ing to try to get the cor­rect an­swer within that range while also get­ting the small­est range of an­swers com­pared to their op­po­nents.

They jug­gled cre­at­ing the game while both work­ing full­time as man­age­ment con­sul­tants, and they even cre­ated a spread­sheet with 1,000 thought­pro­vok­ing ques­tions.

“In May this year we thought ‘why not just go for it’ so we in­vested our own money and de­vel­oped a de­sign,” Mr Price, who went to Ys­gol y Strade, added.

“Ev­ery­one has a lit­tle white­board so you’re all an­swer­ing at the same time. You might have no idea what the an­swer is, but you’ll al­ways have a chance.

“Ques­tions in­clude things like ‘How many sausage rolls does Greggs sell every week?’ or ‘the num­ber of episodes of Friends that were made?’ so they’re thought-pro­vok­ing and en­cour­age prob­lem-solv­ing. There’s no wait­ing for your turn and you get more points the smaller your range.

“It’s much more in­ter­ac­tive than oth­ers and we came up with all of the ques­tions, which was hard. We had a spread­sheet of 1,000 ques­tions which we nar­rowed down to about 200. It was a chal­lenge writ­ing them in a clear and con­cise way and then check­ing that they were all cor­rect.”

Af­ter com­ing up with the de­signs and ques­tions, the cou­ple’s cre­ation is now be­ing sold on Ama­zon.

Mr Price added: “It feels great. The qual­ity is great and peo­ple have al­ready left very good feed­back.

“Six months ago if some­one had said this was go­ing to hap­pen I would have been very sur­prised. I’m re­ally proud of it, and the turn­around in six months.”

Ceri Price, from Llanelli, and his girl­friend Na­talie Podd with their board game CON­FI­DENT? which is now be­ing sold on Ama­zon.

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