Friday, 27 January 2017

Science as a theme and Cuteness

I like to pick the topics for #BoardGameHour in one of two ways; I either source them from the community (which is my preference) or take inspiration from my own life or gaming...

The two topics for this week are Science as a theme and Cuteness, and they came form my own life but you will be glad to know they are not linked.

Why Science as a theme? Well, I love science for one but  I was also thinking about what games I could use to help me sons education. To be clear, I mean real science as apposed to science fiction which I will do as a topic soon... And yes Star Trek fans (of which I am one) they are different things!

Cuteness... This was inspired by looking at a range of artists for a client of mine. I for one, quite like cute art (as long as it doesn't go to far) as does my girlfriend, but I also feel it could well put some people off a game. When I have theories about gaming there is only one group of people I want to hear from about it, YOU LOVELY PEOPLE!

On a side note, I am not sure that doing our chat twice a week is working out very well so will see how second turn does this week and if it doesn't pop I'll drop it and rethink.

Hope you enjoy the board game chat this week :0)

Your questions will be:

Q1: Do you like real life science (e.g. not sci-fi) as a theme for board games?
Q2: What science themed games do you own? What was the last one you played?
Q3: Could you use any board games to teach real scientific theories?
Q4: If you could pick a real science theme for a game to be designed what would it be?
Q5: What would be your top science themed games recommendations?
Q6: If you wanted to introduce someone to board gaming who loved science, which game would you choose?
Q7: Cuteness: do you like games with cute art?
Q8: What games have the cutest artwork?
Q9: What games have the cutest components?
Q10: Do you feel a game looking cute means its going to be light or not challenging?
Q11: Are there any games that you will not play because they look too cute?
Q12: If you wanted to introduce someone to board gaming who loved cute things, which game would you choose?

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). To join in all you have to do is be on twitter that the right time and add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0) If you can't make the first installment, I now run a #2ndTurn to try and let more people take part.

#1stTurn (Original Times)
Monday 11am PST - USA west coast time
Monday 2pm EST - USA east coast time
Monday 7pm GMT - UK time
Monday 8pm CET - Germany
Tuesday 3am AWST - Western Australia
Tue 5am AEST - Eastern Australia

#2ndTurn 
Thursday 7pm PST - Western USA
Thursday 10pm EST - Eastern USA
Friday 3am GMT - UK
Friday 4am CET - Germany
Friday 11am AWST - Western Australia
Friday 1pm AEST - Eastern Australia 

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally used to use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Award Winning Games

Our two topics for this week are "Award Winning Games" and "Push Your Luck Games".

There are a number of awards in the board game world, but i'd like to hear your views on them. Are the amount of awards correct and are we rewarding the right stuff? For me, there are lots of awards for best game, but I'd like to see awards about other aspects of board gaming (but its about your views no mine).

Push your luck is a mechanism that could be attached to many games. I guess lots of people will automatically think about dice rolling when I say push your luck, but is there much more to it than that?

Hope you enjoy the board game chat this week :0)

Your questions will be:

Q1: Do you know how many of the board games you own which are award winning?
Q2: Have you ever bought a game based on it having won an award?
Q3: Which is the biggest award a board game can win in your opinion? How much attention do you pay to it?
Q4: Are you happy with the amount and type of awards there are in board gaming? Want more? Less? Different?
Q5: If you could give an award to one board game what would it be and why?
Q6: If you could give an award to one person in board gaming what would it be and why?
Q7: How would you describe the "push your luck" mechanisms, what's the heart of this mechanic?
Q8: How often do you play game with push your luck in them? What was the last one?
Q9: What do you like about games with a push your luck mechanism?
Q10: What don't you like about games with a push your luck mechanism?
Q11: What are your favourite "push your luck" games?
Q12: If you wanted to introduce somone to board gaming with a push your luck game, which would you choose? 

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). To join in all you have to do is be on twitter that the right time and add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0) If you can't make the first installment, I now run a #2ndTurn to try and let more people take part.

#1stTurn (Original Times)
Monday 11am PST - USA west coast time
Monday 2pm EST - USA east coast time
Monday 7pm GMT - UK time
Monday 8pm CET - Germany
Tuesday 3am AWST - Western Australia
Tue 5am AEST - Eastern Australia

#2ndTurn 
Thursday 7pm PST - Western USA
Thursday 10pm EST - Eastern USA
Friday 3am GMT - UK
Friday 4am CET - Germany
Friday 11am AWST - Western Australia
Friday 1pm AEST - Eastern Australia 

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally used to use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Best of 2016 and effects of gaming


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#BoardGameHour had a little break over the holiday season but its now 2017 and we are back and ready to chat about board games! This week we have two topics, both of which were suggested by followers on Twitter.

The first is "best of 2016". We will look back at 2016 as see what games really got you going. I have intentionally asked about the best games you played in 2016 and then if they where published in that year too..

The reason I have done this is two fold. Mainly, because not everyone is able to play lots of the games that come out each year and so asking only about games that were published one year could limit some peoples contributions. Also though,  I want to know if the best games you played last year where released last year or if older games are still rocking your world. I for one would have to say that the games I got the most out of in 2016 were Ashes: Rise of the Phoenix born (published 2015), Lord of the Rings the LCG (published 2011) and Flamme Rouge (published 2016).

The other topic we will get into is how board gaming effects your life. Maybe something you wouldn't normally stop and think about, so it may be interesting to see what answers we get to what seem like obvious questions.

Hope you enjoy the board game chat this week :0)

Your questions will be:

Q1: As far as your board gaming life is concerned how was 2016 for you? Did you play lots of good games?
Q2: What were the best light / filler or party games you played in 2016? Were they published in 2016?
Q3: What were the heavy Euro games you played in 2016? Were they published in 2016?
Q4: What were the best thematic / american style games you played in 2016? Where they published in 2016?
Q5: What were the abstract games you played in 2016? Were they published in 2016?
Q6: Overall how would you say 2016 was regarding the quility of games published? Best year ever?
Q7: What positive effects would you say playing board games has on your life
Q8: What negative effects would you say playing board games has on your life
Q9: Do board games effect your work or familiy life in any way?
Q10: What positive or negatives effects does designing board games have on your life?
Q11: Have you found any unexcpeted effects of being part of the board gaming hobby?
Q12: If you were going to promote playing board games to non gamers what would you say the best thing about the hobby is?

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). To join in all you have to do is be on twitter that the right time and add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0) If you can't make the first installment, I now run a #2ndTurn to try and let more people take part.

#1stTurn (Original Times)
Monday 11am PST - USA west coast time
Monday 2pm EST - USA east coast time
Monday 7pm GMT - UK time
Monday 8pm CET - Germany
Tuesday 3am AWST - Western Australia
Tue 5am AEST - Eastern Australia

#2ndTurn 
Thursday 7pm PST - Western USA
Thursday 10pm EST - Eastern USA
Friday 3am GMT - UK
Friday 4am CET - Germany
Friday 11am AWST - Western Australia
Friday 1pm AEST - Eastern Australia 

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally used to use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!