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Hi, my name is Nancy and I'm a student at University of California at Davis. I'm doing a research project on current trends in board games for my design class. If any of you could offer some info or suggestions I'd really appreciate it.

I doubt this could work since there would most likely be issues with keeping your ideas from being stolen, but if any of you have something you'd like to promote I'd be happy to include it in the presentation (I would have to consult with my group members first though).

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Current trends in game design and

Greetings and welcome.

To start you might read my response to another recent questioner, found here: http://www.bgdf.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=2725#2725

In addition I can highly recommend the site The Games Journal. While it more-or-less focuses on a specific group of games, family strategy games like those coming out of Germany (and the US), it also has a lot of good articles on boardgaming trends in general.

I can particularly recommend the article To Boldly Go... that discusses the most important breakthroughs in boardgames in general in the last century.

Games like Carcassonne, Elfenland, and Apples to Apples have sold around a half-million copies each, and Settlers of Catan has sold about 3 million copies (if you include it's expansions it's sold around 10 million copies).

One interesting phenomenon was Starbucks ability to turn a little-known game Cranium into a huge bestseller, over 2 million copies.

What kinds of trends are you specificaly looking for? American trends only, or worldwide? Hot stuff or new stuff?

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I'm not sure if it's a product design class or a graphic design class, so let me also recommend some of the most beautiful games, games that also play "beautifully."

One of my favorites (and one that just becomes more attractive as the game is played) is Tikal. Pictures here and here.

Another is El Grande, with pictures here and here. As the game progresses Carcassonne really stands out, with pictures here and better ones here.

The recent Lord of the Rings game is physically gorgeous, and uses an unusual cooperative mechanism where the players work together to beat the game. Pictures here and here. Also stunning are Aladdin's Dragons (here and here), Java (here and here), and Taj Mahal (here and here).

Hope those help.

Anonymous
Current trends in game design and

Wow! Thanks so much for the information! You seem to be very knowledgeable about this field. Would it be possible to conduct a sort of quasi online interview with you? Do you know anybody else who would be willing to talk about current (and also future) trends in board games?

This is basically a studio/theory class that introduces us to a variety of media (gouaches, prisma color pencils, etc). We cover everything from ads/package design to fabric design. As for this project we are to "become experts in [our] field". My teacher isn't very specific about what he wants, but the main thing is to discuss current trends in our topics (history and future trends would be good as well). At this point I'm interested in current trends in any aspect of board game design. Perhaps the types of games that are popular now, their package design, or how technology has been incorporated?

In my teacher's previous classes, people have gone all out, spending hundreds of dollars making their presentations professional (transforming the interior decoration of an entire room to fit their presentation, videos, powerpoints, etc). From what I've seen of older projects, this is not merely an informational presentation; we are acting as if we are selling a product. So uh... if anybody has a product/site that could use some plugs, we'll do it professionally (hopefully ^_^).

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I replied to your IM with my email address. I can recommend several people who are knowledgeable about the field from several different angles (a guy at Hasbro, for example). Just drop me a line.

I'm sure there are tons of small press publishers who would love a plug. What kind of thing are you looking for?

Anonymous
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That would be great! I'm hoping that we can have some sort of section of our presentation dedicated to interviewing people.

To be honest, my group and I just started researching/planning out our presentation and we have not worked out many details.

I'm afraid that I lost your email. Could you send it to me again? Or you can just email me at TNan555@aol.com. Thanks again!

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