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.
We’ve discussed lately about the circuit of money in the hobby industry and the margins of each party involved, from publishers to distributors and to retailers. But there’s a lot more to be said about how the hobby industry is trying to get itself established as a relevant market. Today, let’s talk about Minimum Advertising… Read More Let’s talk about money… again: MAP
Hi. My name is Kuba and I’m an addict. I need my collection to be complete. If there is a game I own and there are any expansions for it, I simply need to buy them. Even the micro ones. But to be completely honest – there are only few that actually land on the… Read More Expansions – so much more fun. Oh, really? – part I
While using the time and dedication of people volunteering to test a game prototype is not easy, finding articles covering the topic as a matter of mere minutes. However, not as much is said about being a good tester. Here’s how to be more helpful, and how to leave more of a mark on any… Read More The Perfect Tester
How much time would it take you to decide, if you were to choose which five out of thirty different pieces of candy you would like to eat? If you like candy at all, I’d wager it would take some time. Probably more time than choosing one out of five six times in a row.
I love tableau building games. I find the idea of growing my own little creation from next to nothing to a sprawling interstellar empire, a city, or a whole civilization absolutely irresistible. This love is probably why I suffer through hardships I would otherwise find insufferable.
With Essen fading slowly from memory, it was high-time to switch off the publishing/designing mind for a weekend and simply play games. So we did! We happily accepted the invitation to join the board games party organized by the amazing people behind BoardGameGirl.pl and drove 2 hours north of Warsaw to an idyllic region, set… Read More Post-Essen board games party
Stories of interactions between board gamers and “normal people” seem to live forever in our community. New forum threads and BGG Geeklists are started, old ones resurface on a semi-regular basis, and we all get a chuckle from stories of non-gamers reacting to our hobby. Among these we find one of the oldest, almost canonical… Read More Is it like Monopoly?
Here’s a story (a true story) for you: I once met a person who refused to be introduced into board gaming via Ticket to Ride, just to eagerly delve into the first edition of Descent. That person, who had had no experiences with any kind of gaming – including Dungeons & Dragons – was my… Read More The Other Gateway
It’s no secret we like civilization games at NSKN. You could say that it’s a company thing, but I’ve liked them ever since I played Through the Ages, and it was some time before NSKN Games was actually established. This love, a love probably also shared by every other board gamer alive, is bringing me… Read More A Short Story of Civilization