All aboard – an innovative bus driver from Sheffield has created a new board game about life on public transport.
Peter White, of Manor Park, has spent three years developing his Stop On Time game after coming up with the idea while driving his route on the X78 First bus, between Doncaster and Sheffield.
The family game sees players becoming drivers and facing a balancing act between picking up passengers and keeping to a timetable.
The father-of-three, who has been a bus driver for 27 years, has fine-tuned the game following feedback from friends and family.
He has also secured the backing of graphic design company Red HQ, which is willing to turn it into a high quality game, and Panda Games Manufacturing in China.
Peter, aged 55, has now launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to raise the £35,000 needed to take the game into homes across the country.
About five years ago I had a moment of madness and thought I wonder if I could design a game on what I have been doing for more than 25 yearsPeter White
He said: “When I left school I did some work in sales at a games company and got a little insight into the industry.
“About five years ago I had a moment of madness and thought I wonder if I could design a game on what I have been doing for more than 25 years.
“I got a blank piece of paper a couple of years ago and started playing around with it.
“There are hundreds of pieces of paper around my house. I also kept blank paper beside my bed and would wake up at 2am or 3am with an idea.
“I made a decent mock up of it and got people to play it. The feedback from the first ones were pretty dire – they were awful – and it made me realise I needed to simplify it.
“The feedback since then has been brilliant and so I thought I would be silly not to try to see it through.”
Peter took the game to Sheffield Hallam University, where a student designed a logo and added graphics to the board.
He said: “As a public transport game it would be nice to have the public involved with its development.
“I am offering the opportunity to name the fictitious town where Stop On Time will be based and also the four bus terminuses.
“All backers will get to submit ideas for these names and I will choose the top few I like and put it to a vote.
“Backers could also feature in the game as one of the passengers on the buses.”
Peter is hoping he raises enough to see his dream became a reality – but said he will not be disappointed if he does not work out.
He said: “The games market is saturated, but this is something I had to do.
“I am quite prepared if it doesn’t work, but I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself if I at least didn’t try.”
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