Monday, 31 August 2015

"Humor in gaming"

Our topic for this weeks #BoardGameHour twitter chat is having a laugh with board games.

This means we will look at 'funny games' but also at how games that are not marketed as funny can bring good humor to the table. Just a reminder that although I ask about board games, we are talking about any analog games really. So I mean card games, party games, dexterity games etc when I say board games.. I use board games to distinguish from digital (though that might not be the case as some point).

Your "Humor in gaming" questions are:

Q1: When you play board games are you looking to have a laugh and joke or is it serious time normally? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Do you, as a rule, like games that try to be funny?' #BoardGameHour

Q3: What games that are aimed at making you laugh really work? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What are the pros and cons of board games that try to be funny? #BoardGameHour

Q5: What board games do you have a good laugh while playing that are not billed as "humorous" ? #BoardGameHour

Q6: What is the magic ingredient in a game that bring out good humor? #BoardGameHour

Q7: If you wanted a light fun evening with a group of gamer friends what games would you pick? #BoardGameHour

Q8: If you wanted a light fun evening with a group of non gamer friends what games would you pick? #BoardGameHour

Q9: Should designers try to build humor into a game? if so how? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What is the funniest experience you have had while playing a board game?  #BoardGameHour

Q11: Which board game has the most amusing artwork and is the game good? #BoardGameHour

Q12: What 3 games do you feel you laugh most during, and why? #BoardGameHour

See you there :0)

Don't forget to us the hashtag #BoardGameHour or use the Nurph site

p.s next weeks topic is going to be about the culture of the gaming community.

Friday, 21 August 2015

What type of gamer are you?

Our #BoardGameHour topic for Monday Aug 24th is about you as a gamer.

This topic is inspired by an article written by one of our longest standing #BoardGameHour participants (he's been here from the start around 2 years ago) Chip Beauvais. Chip has taken gamers and has broken our personalities into six Player Psychographic Profiles:
  1. The Competitive Player - Her goal in playing is to develop and show mastery of the game. Her favorite quote is from Reiner Knizia, “The goal of game is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.” She won’t play with people who don’t try.
  2. The Clever Player. Her goal is to create combinations of effects that lead to a surprising, unlikely win. She doesn’t win often, but when she does, it’s memorable. She won’t play games with a single dominant strategy, unless she thinks she can undermine that strategy.
  3. The Exploratory Player. Her goal is to just see what happens when she takes the road less travelled. No game in her collection is more than two years old.
  4. The Immersive Player. A game doesn’t need to have meaningful decisions to be good, but it does have to tell a good story. She won’t play a game that’s thematically inconsistent, unless she can make up stuff to bridge the gap.
  5. The Systems Optimizer. Her goal is to find and utilize the most efficient path to victory. She won’t play games with luck-based outcomes.
  6. The Social Player. Her goal is to get together with friends and have fun. She won’t play games with a lot of rules, setup, or other overhead.
He points out in the article that "an individual player rarely fits into a single category... A person isn’t locked into a particular profile. It can vary by mood, which other players are at the table, how much mental energy you have, and other factors"

So we thought it would be good to look at what sort of player you are normally... I for instance am 33% Exploratory 33% Clever & 33% Immersive as a rule. I will almost never be a systems optimizer cause that feels like work!

So your "What type of gamer are you" questions are:

Q1: How would you describe yourself as a gamer? Competitive? Social? Optimizer? Immersive? etc #BoardGameHour

Q2: What do you get out of playing board games? #BoardGameHour

Q3: Once you’ve figured out how to win a game, do you get more or less joy out of playing it? #BoardGameHour #competitive

Q4: Does the group you are playing with affect how you play / what you enjoy about board games? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Do you avoid games where the winning can be effected by randomness? #BoardGameHour #optimizer

Q6: Have you ever made a move that decreased your chance of winning, but fit the narrative (or your character’s motivations) better? #BoardGameHour #immersive

Q7: Do you prefer strategies that are more likely to win or a strategy that no one else saw coming (even if it wins rarely)? #BoardGameHour #Clever

Q8: Have you ever played a game where you did’t care who wins or not counted your victory points up? #Social

Q9: Do other players accuse you of playing wrongly? Do other players get mad at you & point out how your decision wasn’t actually in your best interest? #BoardGameHour #exploratory

Q10: How important for you is it to play by the rules as written? #BoardGameHour

Q11: How has the type of gamer you identify as changed over time? #BoardGameHour

Q12: Having answered all the other questions, which profile (the extra hashtags) do you relate to most / least? #BoardGameHour

See you there :0)

You can read the whole of Chips work here: player psychographic profiles

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Superhero Games

On Monday August 17th our #BoardGameHour chat is going to be about games with a super hero theme..
  1. Superheroes defined: 
    "By most definitions, characters do not require actual supernatural or superhuman powers or phenomena to be deemed superheroes, although terms such as costumed crime fighterscostumed adventurers or masked vigilantes are sometimes used to refer to those such as Batman and Green Arrow without superpowers who share other superhero traits.

    Some superheroes use their powers to counter day-to-day crime while also combating threats against humanity by supervillains, their criminal counterparts. Often, one of these supervillains will be the superhero's archenemy. Some long-running superheroes, such as Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man, have arogues gallery of enemies. Superheroes sometimes will combat such threats as aliens, supernatural entities, and even ideological enemies such as Nazis."
In modern popular fiction, a superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a type of heroic character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena, or superhuman powers and is dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public. A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine (also rendered super-heroine or super heroine). Fiction centered on such characters, especially in American comic books since the 1930s, is known as superhero fiction." Thanks -

Here are your "Superhero themed games" Questions:

Q1: Do you generally like playing games with a superhero theme? Why? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Who is your favorite superhero? are there any good board games with them in? #BoardGameHour

Q3: What do you like about games with a superhero theme? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What don't you like about games with a superhero theme? #BoardGameHour

Q5: What games really do the superhero theme justice, why? #BoardGameHour

Q6: if you wanted to introduce someone to modern board gaming with a superhero game, what would you pick and why?  #BoardGameHour

Q7: What games have a superhero theme pasted on but don't pull it off well? #BoardGameHour

Q8: Which are your favorite games with a superhero theme, why? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What mechanisms/system tend to be used in superhero themed games? Why? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What design space is there for superhero based games? #BoardGameHour

Q11: Pick one superhero theme that you would like to see a superhero game about? #BoardGameHour

Look forward to seeing you Monday.. 2pm Eastern Time, 7pm UK

Friday, 7 August 2015

Crowd Funded Games

On Monday August 10th the #BoardGameHour twitter discussion will turn its attention to crowd funded board games. This might well focus mainly on Kickstarter but any crowd funding platform is applicable.

I love this cartoon!

Your "Crowd Funded Games" questions are:

Q1: Do you back crowd funded games? How many games do you tend to "kickstart" a year? #BoardGameHour

Q2: What are the main upsides to you as a consumer when crowdfunding a game? #BoardGameHour

Q3: What are the pros / cons for a publisher when it comes to crowdfunding? #BoardGameHour

Q4:  What are the main downsides to you as a consumer when crowdfunding a game? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Do you have any crowdfunding regrets? Games you backed? Games you didn't back?  #BoardGameHour

Q6: Big question (10 mins), is crowdfunding good for the industry or likely to damage the board gaming? #BoardGameHour

Q7: What are the top 3 games to come from crowdfunding? How do they rank on Board Game Geek? #BoardGameHour

Q8: What type of games (theme, mech, feel, style) do you tend to back on kickstarter? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What will draw you to a one crowd funded game over another? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What will turn you off a crowdfunding campaign? #BoardGameHour

Q11: What is coming up on kickstarter that I need to watch out for? #BoardGameHour

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:
2pm (Eastern time)
7pm (UK)
As long as you have a twitter account, mine is @boardgamehour for instance, you can be part of this rapidly growing movement.

See you on Twitter (using the hashtag #BoardGameHour) of Nurph ( at 7pm BST, 2pm EDT

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Who you play with

Our topic for Mondays #BoardGameHour twitter chat is about who you game with.

We will mainly be focusing on gaming groups, but that can cover a wide range of people and situations. I for instance play with a regularly with a local group, also a group of friends who live 2 hours away as well as two player games with my girlfriend. I also occasionally play games with my family. In a year or two I will be adding my son to this list too! Each situation is different and the style of play changes as does the games we play. If you

With this in mind please feel free to answer questions more than once for your different groups etc. Frankly this is run for you, so do what you like with it lol

Your "Who you play with" questions are:

Q1: How regularly do you play board games? Do you have a regular gaming group?#BoardGameHour

Q2: How diverse are the people you play with? what are their rough age, sex, job type etc.. Does this affect your gaming preferences?  #BoardGameHour

Q3: How many people do you play board games with? Total people as well as how many come to a regular gaming session? #BoardGameHour

Q4: Roughly how many board games do you have regular access to? How many games do you whole group own? #BoardGameHour

Q5: What method do you use to pick what game to play? #BoardGameHour

Q6: How did you find your gaming group? #BoardGameHour

Q7: How do you manage mixed ability (skill levels) within groups? #BoardGameHour

Q8: What would you ideal gaming group involve? how many people? how often would you meet? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What venues do you use for gaming? What tips do you have regarding gaming venue? #BoardGameHour

Q10:  What would you like to change about your gaming group? #BoardGameHour

Q11: What tips would you have for someone how wants to start a gaming group? #BoardGameHour

See you there :0)

Dont forget to us the hashtag #BoardGameHour or use the Nurph site