XOtoXO Games is a small indie game design and publishing studio based in Chennai, India. We started operations in 2021, and have launched our first game Athangudi: Artisans of Chettinad, in 2022. At present, we are a one-person operation, and we work with small volumes and a limited product range, but we hope that this allows us to pay more attention to what we do. We hope to scale up once we establish ourselves in this space.
Our core beliefs that we try to adhere to in our work, are as follows:
Tell a Story
We work on games of light to medium complexity. With each of our games, we would like to bring to light a story, a bit of trivia, or a slice of life that highlights a particular facet of Indian culture, heritage, cuisine or tourism. We try to design our game around this little focal point. For example, our game Athangudi: Artisans of Chettinad is designed based on how Athangudi floor tiles form patterns when they are laid in a floor. Our game designs try to offer multiple ways to players to try and achieve their goal, so that each playing session can be different.
Design experiences, not games
We believe that a game is not just about learning rules and winning, but rather, the experience of enjoying a game should begin right from when you hear about it. We place a lot of focus on the gamer's entire journey from awareness to completing the game. We believe in creating great product experiences. This stretches from the choice of materials used in our components, the design of our packaging, to ease of use. We try our best to make our games approachable, easy to learn and satisfying to play. Our Rulebox, is born out of this belief.
Acknowledge different customer needs
We understand that different people have different needs, and we believe in offering choices, so that each can choose the product that best suits their needs. For example, in Athangudi: Artisans of Chettinad, we have a different product for gamers and for game-hosts.
We share this earth with other beings. We believe in making conscious choices to care for the environment. We strive to avoid the use of single-use-plastics in our games, and we try to offer value to our patrons, to encourage them to re-use our components. Our games are 100% Made in India. We source our components locally in Chennai, or as close to Chennai as possible, to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting our material. This also helps in supporting the local economy, which is our tiny contribution towards raising the quality of living of our suppliers.
We hope our efforts will delight our patrons and customers, and encourage us to work harder for our upcoming games. We leave you with a paraphrased version of our favourite quote which we came across in a tiny restaurant in Karaikudi: If you have a complaint, let us know. If you enjoyed your experience with us, let everyone else know.