For years the most popular number of players a designer board game goes up to is four. Be it a tableau building card game, a German style point salad, or a full-blooded American slugfest, it seems that if it does not cap at two, it will go to exactly double that number. Why?
I have something to confess. I really enjoy PLAYING board games. That means I do like winning and I can get sad if I lose, but in the end of the day it is the gaming social experience I love the most. And that is exactly why I hate tournaments.
Introducing people to board games can sometimes be tricky. Finding the right game (both interesting and simple enough), introducing rules clearly and concisely, exercising an extra level of patience when it comes to things that are simple to seasoned gamers, but not as obvious to newbies. Finally, letting them win. Wait, what?
If you’re a video gamer, or if you’re at least marginally interested in video games, you’ve probably already stumbled upon the flash fire that has been a certain gruelling video displaying the inability of a certain game reviewer to cope with a tutorial and opening levels of a certain video game – and the reactions… Read More A matter of skill
When I was a little kid my dad used to make me eat really weird stuff. I mean REALLY weird. Imagine a strawberry jam and horseradish sauce sandwich. Or pickled prawns and milk chocolate. I’m not saying it was the smartest thing to do or that he’s been the smartest father ever, but it definitely… Read More Why I play the games I know I’ll hate
I’m sure you know at least one person who came to you one day saying they’d got the job of their dreams. An aviation fan got employed in an airline, a sports enthusiast started working for an illustrated magazine, or a fellow board game geek has finally decided to join one of the publishing teams.… Read More A soul to sell: when hobby turns into fulltime job
Last week I went to China to audit a factory which has just become our newest supplier, manufacturing our brand new Paladin premium sleeves. Normally I love travelling and I do not shy away from overseas trips. I enjoy experiencing new cultures as I believe it expands one’s understanding of the world and of life.… Read More How much is your time really worth?
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.
Since Kickstarter has launched, literally hundreds of games have been successfully crowdfunded and delivered to backers. While delays are still rather common, it happens less and less often that backers are left with no reward in the end. Yet, it does happen, and here’s what you can do to minimize your chance of wasting your… Read More Kickstarting a game: Part I: the Backer.
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.