Monday, 21 September 2015

Living Games

Our main topic today is about Living Games. This means games that have a collectible, building element, such as living card games, Dice Masters, X-Wing, Ashes and many others.
Fantasy Flight Games (I have put a rant about the term LCG at the bottom) defines a "Living Card Game" as a variant of collectible card games. LCGs have regular expansions and deck-building like CCGs, but do not have the "blind buy purchase model" of CCGs.
The main link Living Games have is that there are lots of interchangeable expansions and that the game is dynamic.

We also have a side topic today, which is going to be about how you would like #BoardGameHour improved.

Todays "Living Games" questions are here:

Q1: How would you explain a “Living” (LCG’s, X-Wing, Dice Masters, Ashes) game to someone? #BoardGameHour

Q2: In general do you like “Living” games? #BoardGameHour

Q3: What do “living” games add to the gaming experience of players? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What don’t you like about the “Living” business model? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Are there any games that you would like to see be “living” games? #BoardGameHour

Q6: Are there only a few themes that can be made into “living” games? Are there any non-battle game? #BoardGameHour

Q7: What are you top three “living” games? Why? #BoardGameHour

Q8: Pitch an off the top of your head “living” game to us? Theme/mechanics? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What advice would you give to a designer who wanted to make a “living” game? #BoardGameHour

Side Topic: I want your feedback to try and improve #BoardGamehour

Q10: What are the main things you don’t like about #BoardGameHour? How can it be improved?

Q11: What are the main things you do like about #BoardGameHour? Should be look to grow it?

Q12: Any board game news you would like to talk about? #BoardGameHour

See you later for a lively (I was going for a living pun) chat?

Why not link up with me on Facebook or twitter @boardgamehour (of course) or @moboardgames (my personal account)

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)


I hate that the term Living Card Game is “owned” just as much as I hate the “Tapping” a card is “owned”… I’m going to state that if I’m playing a game that involves turning a card on its side I am going to “tap” it and it sucks that instead of being the good guys and letting everyone use the terms like we do with Deck Building, they act like jealous children.

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