Thursday, 24 March 2016

Cuteness and Spies


In honor of the Easter bunny our next #BoardGameHour will have topic all about cute board games.

We will mainly be dealing with the standard world wide defination of attractive in a pretty or endearing way, but some questions relate to the more American use of clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way. "she had a real cute idea"

Our side topic is in stark contrast and is about the shady world of spy themed games..

Hope you enjoy these questions and the discussions they create.
Monday 28st March 2016 questions are:


Q1: Do you prefer cute artwork or realistic artwork on board games as a rule?
Q2: Which games have the cutest components? 
Q3: Who / what is the cutest character in a board game?
Q4: Small is often cute, but are there any small games that have a bite to them?
Q5: Does a game looking cute make you feel its aimed at kids? Why?
Q6: Are there any cute (smart / cunning) mechanisms you would like to see more of?
Q7: Are there any cute themes you think would make a good game?
Q8: If you could ban one thing in board games considered cute, what would it be?
Q9: Side Topic: What do you like about Spy/espionage themes?
Q10: What don't you like about Spy/espionage themed games?
Q11: What are your favourite games with a Spy/espionage theme?
Q12: What advice would you give to a designer wanted to make a Spy/espionage game?


BTW We are back to normal times!

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

Hope you can make it!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Pirates and treasure

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This week our main #BoardGameHour topic is all about pirate themed board games. So hoist your main brace, swab your decks and put on your best Bristol accent...

Our side topic is about hidden treasure.. This sounds like it ties in but really its a completely different subject ;0)

Hope you enjoy these questions and the discussions they create.
Monday 21st March 2016 questions are:

Q1: Does a pirate theme on a game excite you?
Q2: What do you expect from a "pirate" themed game?
Q3: Are there any games with a pirate theme that don't feel like one when played?
Q4: Would you play a modern day pirate themed game? Is historic theft / murder different? How?
Q5: Are there any games you would like to see re-theme with a pirate skin?
Q6: What do you like about the pirate theme when is comes to board games?
Q7: What don't you like about the pirate theme when it comes to board games?
Q8: What are your top 3 pirate games?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone who wanted to design a pirate game?
Q10: Side Topic: Hidden Treasure! Who is your favourite new/small publisher?
Q11: What game will I have never heard of but should check out?
Q12: If you could bury one game and never have to see it again which would it be?


TIME ZONES OUT OF SYNC

Due to the genetic lottery I was born in the UK, that combined with me being a single parent with a young son, means I need to stick to the same time slot each week (based on UK time). Unfortunately the NWO have not seen fit to sort out when we all shift into summer time. The US (most of it anyway) have changed and we have not. As such for one more week the start times are:
12am (L.A)
3pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

Hope you can make it!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Pimp my game



This week our main #BoardGameHour topic is all about "Pimping" your board games. By this we mean upgrading the components, making now box inserts, making massive versions etc.

Our side topic is about adult themes.. The first question in this section is not about baord games but I think you will see why I ask it

Hope you enjoy these questions and the discussions they create.
Monday 14th March 2016 questions are:

Q1: Do you feel the quality of board game components  is getting better?
Q2: What games do you love but wish the components where better?
Q3: Do you find box inserts do there job well most of the time? Give examples
Q4: Have you "pimped" (upgraded) any of your games components?
Q5: What resources do you find most useful when "pimping" your games?
Q6: For you is worth the investment to "pimp" a game you love? Why?
Q7: Are there any games you would like to have better artwork?
Q8: What tips would you give to someone who wanted to "pimp" a game?
Q9: Are there any games in your collection that you now want to "pimp"?
Q10: Side Topic: Adult themes! Do you watch films / TV / Read anything that are for adults only?
Q11: Do you own any games with themes you feel are not suitable for under 18's? Why?
Q12: Would you be interested in games with adult themes if they where done well? Why?


Hope you can make it!

Friday, 4 March 2016

Filler Games


Image result for decorating filler
This week our main #BoardGameHour topic is all about "filler" games. By this I mean games that last under and hour, but you may have different views on this word. Is it a good word to use? We will find out on Monday

Our side topic is the use of senses in tabletop gaming.. So Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing and Touch. Are any of them under uses I ask?

Hope you enjoy these questions and the discussions they create.
Monday 7th March 2016 questions are:

Q1: Do you like the term "Filler game" to describe games that last under an hour?
Q2: Of the board games you own roughly what percentage how many last under 1 hour? Do you want more / less?
Q3: When do you generally play "filler" games? Is it at the start and the end of gaming nights?
Q4: What makes a good "filler" game to you?
Q5: You have 1 hour and 3 players, what do you play and why?
Q6: What are your top 3 short (under an hour / Filler) games?
Q7: Are there any Filler games you wont play? Why?
Q8: What tips would you give to someone wanting to design a filler game?
Q9: Side Topic: Senses… Are there any board games that involve senses other than sight (reading)?
Q10: Are smell, taste, hearing and touch something that could be used in games more?
Q11: If you where going to design a game using a sense what would it be about?
Q12: Will the integration of digital into board games mean more senses will be involved? 
Q13: Time is up for this week.. See you next time?


Hope you can make it!