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Table-top generals

Board games are back, thanks to the lessons their designers have learned from computer games. Tim Cross rolls the dice<p>Draughts is a funky little café …

Why African board games should be introduced into the classroom

When most of us think about learning, we imagine a teacher and a classroom. In reality most of the things we know, and a great number of the skills …

Board Games

Tips for Designing Heavier Games

Lately, I have been working on two heavier designs. One is an upcoming release to come out at GenCon and the other is a new co-design with fellow …

Board Games

The Design and Care of a Tile-Based City Builder

Tile-based city building games are among my favorites. That’s in large part due to the creativity that they introduce. I mean, I’m one of the …

Board Games

Why Monopoly Is The Worst Game In The World, And What You Should Play Instead

There are hundreds and hundreds of really good board games. Why are you wasting your life playing this crap?<p>Monopoly is shite.<p>That is my opinion, but it's not <i>only</i> my opinion. It has been reviewed by more than 15,000 users of the website BoardGameGeek, and gets an average score of less than 4.5 out …

Board Games

Solvability In Games

What does it mean to say that one game is “more solvable” than another? Is there a relationship between solvability (of any sort) and the point at …

Board Games

The Design of a Resource-Efficiency Game

A resource-efficiency game focuses on turning resources into victory points through a chain of actions. It’s a very common design style for euro …

Board Games

FAQ

Here are some questions people might have about the site.<p>What are the editorial criteria for new posts? (Or, how do I get my article posted on your …

The Crossover: Goals in Games

<i>The Crossover is a series of articles exploring themes common to both video and tabletop game design, and examining how each world can learn from the</i> …

BG Mechanics - #2 Area Control Basics | Board Game Designers Forum

<b>Area Control</b> “The Basics”<br>On the surface, this mechanic might seem like a large abstract concept used in games more than just a simple mechanic. If …

A Layman's Thoughts on Game Design

Where to Begin<p>In order to talk with someone about any subject, there needs to be common ground when it comes to the words or phrases they use. If the …

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The “Four” Forms of Game Design

In the near future, I’m going to be publishing more articles about game design. I wanted to start by picking apart some of the methodology of …

Game Design

A Genomic Framework for Game Analysis

<i>Theoretical frameworks</i> are conceptual models or tools that help us organize our thinking and enhance our understanding of how different concepts …

Schools of Design and Their Core Priorities

One of the regular topics on this blog has to do with the classification of games and the pursuit of a theory or framework that describes the …

Situational Value

Board games can put a lot of different skills to the test. I think that one of their attractions is in the way that they can tickle all sorts of …

Game Theory: Managing the Complexity Curve

Go look at your game shelf. How many games could you pull out at game night and start teaching without having to reference the rules? At least a few, …

Board Games

Survive: Escape from Atlantis (2012)

<b>Samantha Rookingpawn:</b> And more on tonight’s big story. The man-made island of Atlantis is currently sinking below the waves in scenes of tragedy and …

The Geekonomics Of Catan

<i>Settlers of Catan</i> (now apparently just “<i>Catan</i>”) was, at least in my perception, the first king of tabletop gaming. The award winning game is …

5 Rules For Teaching The Most Complex Tabletop Games

Some of the best games are also the hardest to teach. We all know the pain of watching some of your favorite games gather dust because you can’t get …

Why You Need the Clockwork Game

Let’s start from scratch. You’re a game designer. <i>How can my work help you?</i>If you’re the kind of designer who wants to tell a good story, create a …

Game Design

Board Games That Are Super Fun to Play Solo

There’s something about the sound of dice rolling, the feeling of moving pieces around a board, and the feel of cards in your hand that make board …

Traitors among us: Social deduction games

A board game is more than a collection of cards, dice and tokens. Often it is more about the interaction between the players that creates the game …

Gameplay

An intro to tabletop gaming as ritual

Every time I unbox a board game it feels as though I’m ‘starting something’. There’s a secure rhythm in drawing out components, shuffling decks, …

Designing The Best Board Game On The Planet

The game ends in nuclear war only about 5 percent of the time. That’s a good thing. It gives Ananda Gupta faith in humanity.<p>The game is called …

Board Games

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Randomness and Game Design

For thousands of years, we’ve relied on randomness of various kinds to help our interactive systems work. While there will always be a place for …

Gaming Glossary: Worker Placement

This is a post I’ve been trying to get written for about 8 months, inspired by a post over on the Hyperbole Games blog, in which Grant discusses how …

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Anatomy of a Game: Catan

<i>Mayfair Games</i> <i>recently released their fifth edition of the Settlers of Catan (1995) — now just called “Catan”. Even if you aren’t impressed by the</i> …