Monday, 6 April 2015

Design topic: hidden information

Todays design topic is about hidden information. In the spirit of the topic I have not listen the questions here. Instead I know what they are and you will find them out when I laugh and slam down the card on the table.

Oh, Ok... Here you go.. Honestly, your so demanding

Todays "Surprise" questions are here:

Q1: What types of hidden information can be in a board game? #BoardGameHour

Q2: In general do you prefer games with more hidden or public information? #BoardGameHour

Q3: What does hidden information in a game add to the experience? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What does public information in a game add to the experience #BoardGameHour

Q5: What are your favorite parts of a game to have as hidden information? #BoardGameHour

Q6: What are the downsides to hidden information in a game? #BoardGameHour

Q7: Should information be either hidden/public or is track-able but hidden information, e.g. small world scoring a good system? #BoardGameHour

Q8: How much do you feel a design/rules should trust the players to not cheat vs having checks in place? #BoardGameHour

Q9: Are there some mechanisms/parts of a game that don't work well as hidden information? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What games do you feel would be better if some of there hidden/public information was reversed? #BoardGameHour

Q11: What themes would you like to see with hidden information? #BoardGameHour

Q12: how much potential do you feel there is with hidden information in design? What game has used it in an innovative way? #BoardGameHour

See you later.. or will I?

What is #Boardgamehour

#boardgamehour takes place on twitter once a week. It's a virtual hangout for people who either love board games or want to know more about the hobby.

So the big question is how does #boardgamehour work?

It's simple, to join in all you need to do is add the #boardgamehour hash-tag to your tweets, during the hour. To see what everyone else is saying just search for #boardgamehour!

Making #boardgamehour easier!

To make this live Twitter discussion easier, I have made a room on which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)
For one hour every week, it's time to talk nothing but board games. #boardgamehour happens across the western world Every Monday - start times are:

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

As long as you have a twitter account, mine is @boardgamehour or @mofbg for instance, you can be part of this rapidly growing movement.

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