Neal Murthy, a lecturer at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, first thought of Sedis in 2012. In fact, he said, the basic concept appeared to him in a dream.
He co-founded the startup Nefer Games in 2015, where he and his partner create physical games.
Sedis is a set of 60 wooden hexagonal tiles. Each has a combination of five filled and blank dots on each side.
The basic game is similar to dominoes.
“Place the tile in such a way so that the pips – the dark dots on the tiles – match up with as many as the adjacent ones as possible,” Murthy said.
But he points out Sedis is very versatile and can be used to play a variety of other games. And that’s what he says makes it a “generic gaming device” and puts it in the same league as dominoes, playing cards and dice.
“There are a few game systems out there, perhaps, that are not generic,” Murthy said. “You can play a few games with them and they might be slightly different in variance and stuff like this, but you don’t create wholly different games with them using different game mechanics.”
Sedis is manufactured at Post-Studio Projects in the East End.
Murthy has started a Kickstarter campaign to advertise it.
For $45, donors receive a tile set, and Murthy hopes it will help to eventually mass-produce the game system.