Living the Board Game!
Musings

Living the Board Game!

Do you know what happens when you start designing a Euro-style game? You start to live one. Some Euro games have mechanics in them like…

Piles and Piles of Games
Gaming

Piles and Piles of Games

Hi fellow game makers and game enthusiasts! Whether you’re a new reader today or have enjoyed some of our past posts, we here at the…

How Long Does it Take to Publish a Game, Anyway?
Publishing

How Long Does it Take to Publish a Game, Anyway?

So, you’ve thought of an idea for a board game and now you want to see it on your local game store’s shelf. It should…

You Can’t Over-Use a Good Theme
Musings

You Can’t Over-Use a Good Theme

We gamemakers often debate, pontificate, and prognosticate on the role of themes in boardgames. Our tortured souls are caught in the eternal internal struggle over…

Be Honest – The Honor System in Game Design
Mechanics

Be Honest – The Honor System in Game Design

I’m thinking of a number from one to ten. Seven, you say? Most people do. But sorry, you’re wrong. Two? Nope – guess again. Five?…

Hiring an Artist
Publishing

Hiring an Artist

You have a game, it’s an awesome game, but unless it’s Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, you’re gonna need some art. Especially if…

Building Tension: The Ars Victor Glory Track
Mechanics

Building Tension: The Ars Victor Glory Track

A good game will make you feel like these guys. No, not fabulous. UNDER PRESSURE. Get it? Tension: the uncertainty gap. The distance between desire…

What’s in Your Prototyping Collection?
Prototyping

What’s in Your Prototyping Collection?

Testing your ideas quickly and easily is essential for good game design, and versatile components help with that. But trying to shuffle index cards or…

Stones of Fate: The Inception
Designing

Stones of Fate: The Inception

About Stones of Fate Stones of Fate is a fast-paced memory and area-control game for 2-4 players. In the game, players put “Fate Stones” next…

China vs the United States; Where to Manufacture
Publishing

China vs the United States; Where to Manufacture

Where to manufacture? Most game manufacturers encounter this question as they enter the field. It’s easy to be scared of dealing with a foreign country,…

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