What do Terra Mystica and Tzolk’in have in common? Apart from being some of my favourite games of all time, together with Agricola or Puerto Rico back in the day, they lack the luck factor. As a player, I love luck-free games. As a designer? Not so much.
Board gaming is in essence perceived as a social experience. We meet in one place, sit around a table, and play a game together. However, the “we” of ten years ago differs slightly from the “we” today. Sometime, the “we” even means “me”.
In my first post about the fresh dungeon-crawling-character-building game we are planning, I talked marginally about a story telling element which will be almost central to the game, both in terms of questing and character progression. But there are not that many games out there which use story choices as one of the main mechanisms… Read More The Love/Hate for Storytelling Games
One of the games seminal to making me a gamer for life was Warhammer Quest. I was about 13 when I played it first, and although these days a copy of this dungeon crawling and RPG classic most of the time just sits proudly on my shelf, it has been one of the formative experiences… Read More The Joys of Crawling
A few days ago I had a very interesting conversation about cheating and cheaters in board games which made me think a lot more (than needed probably) about this topic. As it turns out, there are people who cheat while playing board games… and I am not talking here about poker for money or Russian… Read More No cheating!
One of the most satisfying feelings in gaming is the one that accompanies the visible growth of your engine. Be it a spectacular combination of cards, an impressive resource conversion cycle or a character able to take on bigger and badder foes, the basic idea is the same. We like to see our stuff develop.
It has become a trend to say that 2016 was a bad year, that it brought the worst in the world and everyone is happy it’s over. Yes, the politics and world conflicts have brought disturbing news and a lot of celebrities passed away. But for the entertainment industry 2016 came with a significant growth… Read More 2016 – A year in review
If I were Horace, this would be my ars poetica, a game I always dreamed of making but I never felt ready. But today, almost 6 years after NSKN Games was born, I feel ready…
When Fantasy Flight Games acquired the rights to Star Wars, pretty much anyone knew we were in for a ride – and a wild ride we got. Now, with the newest product in the Star Wars line, FFG went places nobody expected them to go.
When it comes to board games, there are mainly two types of people that get all the glory: the designers and the artists. It’s quite easy to remember them, as their names often appear on the game boxes. Today, I’d like to talk about people essential to crafting a successful board game, who never see… Read More The Unsung Heroes of Gaming