Some games are about innovation. A great new idea that you’ve never seen used in a game before. Cog wheels. Sand timers. Inventing a whole new branch of deck building or worker placement… Dice Settlers was never exactly that.
One of the most exciting things about adventure games is exploration. One of the most annoying things is the randomness. You can’t really have one without the other, but you can still have a damn good game running right through the middle.
Last time I told you about Chronicles of Frost, I mentioned two important features of a hero: the heroic skill we look up to, and the determination we relate to. There is however one more important element without which a mythical hero would simply not be: the myth itself.
Chronicles of Frost came to be within weeks. It’s been almost half a year since – that’s six months used to polish the game, to show it to different groups, to send out rough prototypes for blind testing that is happening as I write these words. Yet, it all begun with one idea.
If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you might have noticed a certain announcement we’ve made recently: we are once again going back into the world of Aestemyr. Specifically, we’re working on a new game that takes place in Valskyrr.
When asked about what makes a good strategy game, people talk of multiple paths to victory and a wealth of meaningful decisions. While “meaningful” is great, it’s the “wealth” that often becomes a problem.
Many board game enthusiasts, and, among them, many first time designers, are also video games players. With the incredible advancements of video games for the past two decades, they have become an amazing source of inspiration for board game designers, especially newbie in our industry. That is both good and bad.
We’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that NSKN Games is working on its own XXL-sized game. It’s my turn to raise the lid and take a look into the pot. The only problem is that I don’t even like monster games.
Reputedly once said by Raymond Chandler, a writer can seek inspiration by rummaging by other writers’ desks, when they are not home. But how does a game designer find inspiration to theme their game? Let’s take a closer look.
Being a game designer sometimes brings new and unexpected challenges. Last week I was asked to help out with an event at a local community centre, where a group of people banded together to make a game. Here’s a bit of the story – and perhaps a challenge for all of you!