All in the cards

Local entrepreneur Adam Wik celebrates Galatune card game release at D20

By Josher Lumpkin

Photo: Adam Wik (second from right) shows gamers how to play his battle card game, Galatune; photos: Josher Lumpkin
Adam Wik is about to see 18 years of hard work and imagination pay off. His Japanese animation-inspired, battle card game, Galatune, which he’s been working on since he was a kid, was successfully crowdfunded last year on the website Kickstarter. Production is finally complete. As of this writing, Wik’s completed product, hundreds of copies of the card game, is en route to the U.S. on a cargo ship from China. Barring maritime disaster or pirate takeover, the games should arrive in time for Wik’s big Galatune release party at D20 this Saturday, April 15.

“The original idea for Galatune started back when I was around 10 years old,” Wik tells Dayton City Paper. “All my friends were into Magic: the Gathering, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and the other card games that were coming out around then.”

Wik started drawing his own Pokémon characters, and it wasn’t long before he got the idea of making a game all his own.

“I kind of combined my own ideas from video games and some of the battle card games I played,” Wik recalls. “I kept the elements I loved, got rid of the elements I hated. I created my own game.”

Just last year, Wik earned a master of business administration from Wright State University, with a concentration in new venture development. Galatune was the winner of his alma mater’s Raj Soin School of Business Wright Venture competition, a contest similar to TV’s Shark Tank. As champion of the 2016 Wright Venture, Wik received a nest egg to create a prototype of Galatune.

“The thought is that you start off with an idea and then go through a three-month training program with some of the best mentors in the Dayton area, and really learn what it takes to go from a passion idea to a competitive business plan,” Wik says of Wright Venture.

But all the startup capital in the world won’t do you any good if you don’t have a worthwhile product to pitch. Fortunately, Galatune brought the goods. Not only are the mechanics of the game different from its competition, but the lore of the Galatune universe transcends genre boundaries.

“On the surface, it is very light-hearted, easy, and accessible,” Wik describes. “I started with that as my premise and set up this fairy tale in space. You have a kid who wants to rescue a princess who has been kidnapped by this group of terrorists.”

Wik’s story also goes much deeper than the tired, old boy-saves-girl trope.

“Once you start going into the story, you break away from that traditional rescue-the- princess fairytale. And then you start to get into the deeper, emotional, philosophical, political undertones,” Wik says. “Basically, you have this world that is essentially medieval—swords, ogres, dragons, a little bit of magic—but it is built on the ruins of an ancient, highly advanced civilization. There’s a minority ruling class of elves who have been able to recover a lot of this ancient tech and have used it to create a global utopian society. So while everyone else is medieval, there’s this small ruling class who have artificial intelligence, worldwide computer surveillance, giant tanks, and robots. There is no way you can stand against that. So there’s this mix of humans, elves, and sort of humanoid animals all living under this utopia.”

Wik hopes to one day tell the story in a comic book series.

In celebration of the release of Galatune, Wik is throwing a real humdinger of a free party Saturday at D20, Dayton’s only board game bar.

“It has been an incredible journey making this come together, and it is certainly powered by the fans. So this party, I really want to make it about celebrating everyone who has had a hand across this journey,” Wik says. “Of course, I have a big love for small business, because I am a small local business.”

Wik describes some of the treats that can be expected at the Galatune release party, which includes free pizza from Troni’s Pizza, what he calls “a hole-in-the-wall, family owned, Italian place” that most people in Kettering consider the best of the Kettering pizza biz.

“We have Cake, Hope, and Love, who are known for really putting their heart and passion behind what they bake,” he adds. “They are donating an incredible, incredible, cake for the event. I won’t spoil too much about their artistic design, but let’s just say it involves an edible sculpture of a dragon.”

 

Galatune’s release party takes place from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at D20 Craft Beer and Board Games, 2144 East Whipp Rd. in Kettering. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome. For more information, please visit Galatune.com.

 

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Josher Lumpkin
Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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