Monday, 4 May 2015

Design Topic: Luck Mitigation

Todays design topic is about Luck Mitigation. In the spirit of the topic I took a chance by asking people what questions they wanted asked. That was quite risky so I mitigated it by having some planned anyway.

Todays "Lucky" questions are:

Q1: How would you define Luck Mitigation to someone? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Is "mitigation" a nice way of saying reduced to the point where its not important? #BoardGameHour

Q3: What is wrong with having luck without lots of Mitigation in a game? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What is the point in having luck in a game if its heavily mitigated? #BoardGameHour

Q5: What interesting ways could Luck Mitigation be used in designs? What would it bring to the experience of the players? #BoardGameHour

Q6: what factors in mitigation work better than others & why? What systems don't work as well & why? #BoardGameHour

Q7: What is the hardest part about designing Luck Mitigation in a game? #BoardGameHour

Q8: What mechanisms/games should people look at if they want to see luck mitigation in action? #BoardGameHour

Q9:  Why do so many people seem to want less luck in games? #BoardGameHour

Q10: Is luck not a very thematic element in most game (life is not predicable)? Does heavy mitigation effect that feel? #BoardGameHour

Q11: What themes would you like to see with Luck Mitigation as a mechanic? #BoardGameHour

Q12: What game has used Luck Mitigation it in an innovative way? #BoardGameHour

If I am lucky, I will see you later..

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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