Every more or less crazy (when it comes to board games of course) parent dreams of finding a gaming partner in their kid as soon as possible. In theory it’s rather easy. Every kiddo will be obviously delighted if the parents want to play with him. Well, it turns out not to be always as… Read More 10 Tips on playing board games with pre-school kids
In the rather short life of NSKN Games – a mere 7 years – we’ve had to deal with our fair share of local, continental and overseas shipments, at least 100 of them. It was perhaps luck or due diligence which spared us any logistics problems until late 2017, but now we’ve hit the wall… Read More The intricate ways of overseas logistics and how they affect board games industry
So, you’re a game designer, or you want to be a game designer. You also believe that you have an idea that will break and re-purpose the whole hobby industry, because why else would you start designing board games? You have a working prototype, your friends have all told you that your game is groundbreaking… Read More Pitch me a game!
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?
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.
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.
Let’s start with what’s an open house… I know that some of you already know, but just for the sake of clarification: a distributor open house in the hobby industry in an “internal” event, without (much) media and without games – our final customers – attending at all. It’s a lot of retailers and maybe… Read More Alliance Open House, what an experience!
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