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The Day After....

Okay, not necessarily the day after, about a week and a half after.

As a novice designer I have had my first brush with the harsh realities of the board game design world...

Great minds do indeed think alike...

The game I've been developing for the past seven months, about Super Villains wreaking havoc on a City from their secret lairs, sending out their helpers to get ill gotten goods to perform heinous acts including building a device to take over the world has just seen the light of day...

Except somebody else designed it first.

new Labyrintheus layout

Labyrintheus Layout 2.0

After some old fashioned trial and error I have a new layout design for Labyrintheus. Now instead of the 80+ tiles needed to build the space station during setup there are 7 hex clusters. All six sides of the clusters fit with the other clusters (not just the shape but the wall pattern) so there are many layout possibilities. The teleporter and terminal rooms (which I've inked in black already) are currently marked with T and during game setup a teleporter or terminal tile would go on those spaces (one of each per cluster).

Do Games have Dramatic “Acts”or “Stages”

Do Games have Dramatic “Acts”or “Stages”
Do games “naturally” fall into three parts as dramas supposedly do?

The classic idea of film and stage play plots is that there are naturally three parts (often called simply Act I, Act II, and Act III rather than use descriptive names). These Acts involve first introducing the protagonist, then introducing the problem or antagonist(s), and finally resolving the conflict and sorting out the aftermath. Wikipedia (accessed 20 May 10) describes it this way:

My new battle los angels game

This is my new battle los angels game. This is my first time doing this so if you see any spelling mistakes. Ignore them. Any way here are the rules for the battle los angles game. It has some mixture of rules so here they. Pirates cove [by days of wonder, Memoir'44 [also by days of wonder], and a role-playing game.
The simple mechanic

NON-TRIVIAL QUEST board game Kickstarter Project

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Phases in Games

[My thanks to “Sagrilarus” of Fortress:AT for the question that stimulated this attempt at classification.]

Phases (sometimes called stages) in a game design are important. These are distinctly different periods of play through the course of a game. They provide at least a perception, if not an actuality, of change, growth, and learning. Phases help the feeling that there's more variety in the game, as well. They help avoid a perception of "sameness" in the gameplay. A game that is "too long" may feel too long because there are not enough phases, not because any specific amount of time has passed. In contrast, many short games have only one phase.

Tahiti Kickstarter

Seems like it took forever to get it ready but the Tahiti Kickstarter campaign has started!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miniongames/tahiti-board-game

And it's off to a great start!

Thank you for supporting this project.

Kickstarter proposal for software to make online play of tabletop games simple for non-programmers

Several years ago I tried to find out as much as I could about the effect on sales of tabletop games when an online version was available for play. My conclusion was that not many people were likely to pay for the privilege of playing a tabletop game online, so any commercial advantage would come from the publicity and the ability to “try the online version before you buy” to improve sales of the tabletop version.

Protospiel Publishers

Look at all the publishers attending this year.

5th Street Games
Academy Games
Cambridge Games Factory
ElfinWerks
Mayfair games
Minion Games
Tasty Minstrel
Tweedle Tech

Bring your A-Game ;)

Looking for middle ground

close up of Labyrintheus prototype

Of my current board game projects the one that I thought was the furthest along in development got knocked down a few pegs this weekend after some constructive feedback here on BGDF. The layout of the game is a space station made up of hex shapes with different wall/entry configurations. The current prototype has each of those hexes (80+) as a separate tile which are all placed during setup. The nice thing about individual tiles is that it's easier (at least for the designer) to ensure that walls and entries line up. The downside is long setup time.

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