Bored dad and 8-year-old daughter create new game in lockdown that’s now worth £125k
Can’t wait to play CoraQuest!
A mental health nurse and his daughter developed a family-friendly fantasy game to have a fun break from homeschooling, and the product is now worth £125,000.
Eight-year-old Cora Hughes and dad, Dan from Huddersfield first began developing the game at the start of Covid back in spring 2020, at the kitchen table between home school lessons.
CoraQuest is a family-friendly dungeon game that sees heroes fight their way through quests, rescuing people and collecting treasures along the way. It features the likes of Wizard Woman, Crossbow Dude, Sword Girl, as well as a host of grumpy goblins, gremlins and orcs.
Dan shared the game on Facebook and eventually Gary King, a professional artist, got involved, colouring the pictures that Cora drew.
The post gathered big support and children added their own drawings, making Dan realise it could be a game others could enjoy.
Dan told Yorkshire Live: “Within weeks the project snowballed.
“Videos and play-testing happened online and over twenty kids from Britain, the USA, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Canada and Australia contributed artwork which has now been made into gorgeous looking prototypes.
“When the game launched on Kickstarter on February 1st, it unexpectedly smashed through its £12,060 target in 45 minutes and has gone from strength to strength.
“Now Cora and I are now looking forward to getting the game manufactured later this year.”
Cora said: “Dad got bored of learning about the Romans every day, so we did something different.
“We wanted to make a dungeon crawling game we could both enjoy. And then we realised that it was actually really good so we started to make it into a real board game.
“We really want it to be a fun thing for families to be part of creating themselves, so we’ve set it up so you can create your own characters and artwork, or you can play with ours straight out of the box.”
Dan added: “It all just started as a bit of a fun home learning project- some creative writing, a bit about probability with dice rolls, lots of art and a bit of IT.
“A friend, Gary King, made a joke box cover on Facebook in August and since then the whole thing has just gathered pace with loads of people jumping in wanting to be part of it.
“As we began receiving kids’ drawings of monsters and putting them up on our gallery, they were just so adorable.
“I’m not a soppy man, but to feel the support and enthusiasm of the community supporting us in this very special way, my heart is pretty much exploding.”
The pair are super excited about the opportunities creating CoraQuest will bring.
Cora said: “I can’t believe it! It’s amazing. I can’t believe so many people want to play our game.”
Dan added: “It’s absolutely amazing. We really weren’t expecting it. We hoped we might just get to our target by February 18th , but this is incredible.
“Cora’s jumping for joy. It’s fantastic to think that our game will be in so many family’s homes.”
The Kickstarter campaign finished on February 18th, but you can still give a late pledge here. It’s already been backed by over 5,000 people raising more than £150,000.
Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert
Well done, Barbara!
A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.
Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.
The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.
She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.
She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”
Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.
She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.
Paddy McGuinness hints at return of Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere
This needs to happen!
Paddy McGuinness has fans’ hopes up as he hints at a return of the comedy show Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.
The show was a spin-off of Peter Kay’s iconic Phoenix Nights, which Kay and McGuinness starred in as the club’s bouncers. The Channel 4 spin-off aired in 2004 and proved popular, though there were only ever six episodes made.
It picked up where Phoenix Nights left off; with Max and Paddy driving off into the sunset as they feared for their lives after the club patron threatened them with a hitman. The pair began a life on the road as they got into a number of hilarious scrapes along the way.
McGuinness teased fans as he hinted: “Well, when we talk about stuff, like the interesting thing about Max and Paddy and Phoenix Nights is now, we are kind of all of an age of the people we played back then.
“But we [him and Kay] do talk about it and what have you, but, I don’t, I can’t, I can’t see it at the minute, but we never say never, but it’s good to talk. Max and Paddy for instance, we wrote a couple of Christmas specials, and we’ve still got them.
“We never got around to doing one for whatever the reasons were back in the day. But we’ve actually got them!”
While it’s not definite, the door remains open for the two mischievous doormen should they wish to make a comeback.
It’s unclear whether Kay would return to the show as he is currently in the middle of a UK arena tour while McGuinness is back performing stand-up for the first time in 12 years.
As the Take Me Out star continued: “I mean, he’s on tour. I’ve got all kinds of stuff going on, and it’s just sort of going ‘right, let’s get together. Let’s get our diaries together. And let’s blank out for that time’.”
Kay started his tour in December but McGuinness has said he doesn’t need to watch his mate perform live on stage, adding: “The mad thing about this show is, he rings me up, he says, ‘I’m going on tour’.
“So my first thing is, ‘why? Why do that? Why put yourself…’ and he’s like, ‘I want to do it’, this, that and the other. Great, fair enough, each to their own, and it is very seducing when you’re on stage and people are laughing.
“So anyhow, he’s put this massive tour on, I come round for a cup of tea. So I’m round at his house, kids are out, wife’s out, it’s just me and him and a cup of tea. So he says, ‘get the laptop, I’ll talk you through stuff’.”
He continued: “And then he says, ‘I tell you what, I’ll do the show now’. So he’s in his slippers, jogging pants from George at Asda, T-shirt with bean juice down the front – it’s just him.
“I’m sat where you are to me, he’s done the full routine.”
Man fed up with potholes fills them with Pot Noodles to get council’s attention
Just add boiling water!
A man who was fed up with the UK pothole problem has decided to start filling them with Pot Noodles.
Mark Morell, from Brackley, wanted to tackle the UK pothole issue so he decided to fill the dreaded ditches in the road with Pot Noodles. Also known as ‘Mr Pothole’, Morell wanted to highlight the ridiculousness of the problem in the hope that councils would notice and do something about it.
Now he’s teamed up with the Pot Noodle brand to urge the government to fix the state of the UK’s roads. In a tweet on his Twitter page, he put: “Since #NothingFillsAHoleLikePotNoodle, who better to team up with to highlight the ridiculous state of the UK’s roads than @potnoodle.
“Send us pictures of your worst, local potholes using the hashtag and tagging your local council!”
As reported in The Metro, it’s not the first time he has tried to come up with unusual ideas to catch the attention of the council to sort the issue. His previous ideas of floating rubber ducks and feeding potholes cake on their birthday were unsuccessful, forcing him to think up new measures.
He told The Metro: “Potholes drive road users potty and me more than most. The pothole crisis across the UK is an increasingly serious issue and something I have been campaigning on for more than 10 years.
“During this period I have had to use my noodle with stunts to highlight just how bad potholes are, from floating plastic ducks in water filled potholes, birthday cakes, fishing rods and model submarines.”
Experts say that ‘rapid freeze and thawing cycles’ have made situation affecting the UK’s roads much worse. And Morell is not the only one who has been coming up with wacky methods to get potholes fixed in their local area.
In Manchester ‘Wanksy’ became famous for spray painting penises around them — which proved to be pretty effective — with council workers taking swift action to remove the profanity from the street.