Sunday, 10 December 2017

Editions

I own Fury of Dracular (second edition), Brew Crafters (first edition), Thunderstone (first edition), Stronghold (first edition) to name a few...
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I really don't like it when companies bring out the same game with a few fixes. In the video game world that would be an update and i'd be more than happy, but in the board game world I am left with two choices. Stick with what now seems like an inferior product or pay twice for one game.

My questions will be neutral in there asking, but I feel pretty strongly about this one... How do you feel about a new edition of a game coming out that you already own?

Conflict

When I say conflict, in this case I mean direct conflict. I'm not talking worker placement or drafting... I'm talking directly effecting another players game.

 I have mixed feeling on this one. Part of me love it but part of me fears the bad blood it can but doesn't have to cause. I feel some direct conflict games have really push some social contacts and even break them at points.

Have you have had bad feelings after a conflict focused game?

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Tactics vs Strategy and Licenced Games

Tactics vs Strategy

I often here tactics and strategy define basically as short term or instance decisions (tactics) and long term overarching choices / plans (Strategy).

I feel that they are different things but link together and can be hard to separate often. Some games have many tactical choices, "what is best to do this turn" and others have more long term planning. I like a good mix of both in my games but I'd love to hear what makes your tick :0)

Licenced Games

Licenced games are games that have intellectual properties attached to them. Back in the day most people would see a licence on a game and assume, more often than not correctly, that they would be poorly design games.

I think over the last few years this have shifted but I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

This weeks topics are based on me playing Mysterium with my family over the weekend. It got me thinking about hidden information and also social interaction in board games.
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I think you will agree that most games have some form of hidden information. Games with perfect information tend to be very tactically and sometimes dry. Chess is a good example of a game with no hidden information, but I cant think of to many other games I love that don't have any hidden information. I'm interested to know what the right amount of hidden information gets your juices flowing.

Social interaction is the main reason I play board games, but I know that's not the case for everyone. What games allow the right amount of social interaction for you?

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Chaos and Dice

I have been designing a game for quite a while at the request of my son called "That'snot Pumpkin Soup" which is about goblins in a food production factory making concoctions for other monsters. It's not original but the boy was only 4 when he came up with the idea so give him a break.

I have made a game with the theme and he likes is (mainly cause it has poop in it) but its a bit of a grind to play at the moment. Last night I was working on it and thought "this is lacking some chaos". In my head I have the feeling I want players to have... They should be spinning plates and hoping that everything doesn't come crashing down. But at the moment I have a more euro feel turn this colour cube into that colour until you get points.

I want to inject Chaos, but just the right amount.. And the topic is born!
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Our second topic somewhat spawns of the back of the first. I often here people saying they don't like dice cause they are too random. I feel that this is incorrect, but I'd like to hear your views about dice.


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Civilization Games and Cheating

This weeks #BoardGameHour topics are once again inspired by real life. for a long time now I have been in the process of selling my house. A couple of days ago the contracts where ready to be signed and then everything would have been done. On that day I got an email saying that the buyer wanted to pay me less money than was agreed months ago! I said that I felt cheated and that I needed time to think about it. The buyer then pulled out, leaving me in a terrible situation (after months of working toward selling). I could only think "if this was a board game I would do all I could to hurt you... I should not agree the sale out of princible... I cant reward cheating..."

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So, our topics for this week are Cheating and Civilization games. I hope you enjoy and also that the people who where meant to be buying my house get kicked in the butt by karma!

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Knights and Mash-ups

This weeks #BoardGameHour topics are:

Knights
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They are a topic close to my heart, but are they covered well in board gaming. I know there are a ton of games about medieval times, but how many have knights as proper characters. How many games make you feel like you are playing as a knight rather than just pasting on a weak theme?

Mash-up

This is all about smashing two things together to make one new one. It is done some times with music. If is often done in board game design, but I thought it would be good for us to have a play with mashing-up stuff during the hour!

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Spooky Special

It's that time of year again! HAPPY HALLOWEEN
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By the way I loved Ghost Castle when I was growing up (well when I was a child, I'm not sure I grow up)...

This week is a spooky special, where we will talk about Tricks and Treats! Hope you enjoy this grave conversation.

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