Games in Green Boxes
Gaming

Games in Green Boxes

Pile O Games? Last week, we posted our first “Pile O Games” – a new take on the classic review format. The theme was “Games…

Adding Opportunity Costs: Army Building in Ars Victor
Mechanics

Adding Opportunity Costs: Army Building in Ars Victor

The opportunity cost of grinding your opponent into hamburger is that you will not make OSHA happy. This is the second article I’ve written that…

Play More Games!
Gaming

Play More Games!

…so says the folks of Geek and Sundry and the board gaming webseries, Tabletop. We’re all about games here at the League of Gamemakers, so…

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…

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