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[GDS] October 2010 "Herculean Task"

October 2010 Game Design Showdown - "Herculean Task"

Please Read: Details on entering the Game Design Showdown.

This month's challenge is to design a stereotypical Eurogame about the 12 trials of Hercules.

And the winner is...

The winner of the October/November GDS, "Herculean Task," is Verb The Adjective Noun, by Isaiah Tanenbaum (ilta)!

Second place was The Labors of Herakles by Richard James (rcjames14), beating out Hercules: The Later Years by Dave (dobnarr) by just 2 votes.

Congratulations to all 4 entries, they all really look superb!

[GDS] September 2010 - "Yea, Verily!"

September 2010 Game Design Showdown - "Yea, Verily!"

Please Read: Details on entering the Game Design Showdown.

VOTING RESULTS ARE IN for the September 2010 Game Design Showdown entries!

Photo finish this month! Congratulations to Richard James (rcjames) for garnering 8 votes with his cooperative game entry Nottingham!

Runner up in 2nd place with 6 votes was (dplepage) for Sherwood Irregulars.

Thanks everyone for participating, I really liked several of the entries this time! The critique thread is now open for business!

Main Design Requirements:

  • Theme Restriction: This month's theme restriction is very rich and recognizable to all: Robin Hood! There have been a few published games with this theme, but none I would consider great... maybe you can do better?

  • Mechanics Restriction: To go along with the theme, your game must have some semblance of "stealing from the rich and giving to the poor".

  • Mechanics Restriction: Your game must also include at least two different mini-games. For an example of a mini-game, consider Archon, a Chess style game where you play a mini-game to see which piece actually wins in a capture.

[GDS] August 2010 - "Sharing" - RESULTS

August 2010 Game Design Showdown - "Sharing"

THE RESULTS ARE IN...and the winner of the August 2010 Game Design Showdown is...

Don Jon's The Sorcerer's Apprentices, with a final score of 11 votes!

Congratulations to Don Jon, and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry or took the time to vote!

Game Design track at RinCon 2010

Hey all! I'm in charge of board gaming at RinCon this year (Oct 8-10, 2010) and I'm going to make sure there's a robust prototype testing/game design element at the con!

GDS July 2010 Challenge: "My Summer Vacation"

July 2010 Game Design Showdown - "My Summer Vacation"

Please Read: Details on entering the Game Design Showdown.

Votes are in, and the winner is...

Sand Castles by dobnarr with 9 votes!


GDS June 2010 Challenge: "Slippery Slope"

June 2010 Game Design Showdown - "Slippery Slope"

Please Read: Details on entering the Game Design Showdown.

This Challenge is now OVER. Congratulations to this months winner, Gentoo, with 15 votes! Runners up are Alma Mater with 12 votes, and League of Artistic Wizards with 10 votes.

With 11 entries and 64 total votes I think this was a successful Showdown! I look forward to reading the critiques thread.

GDS May 2010 Challenge: "Home Improvement"

May 2010 Game Design Showdown - "Home Improvement"

Please Read: Details on entering the Game Design Showdown.

This Challenge has been completed.

Congratulations to the winner of this month's Game Design Showdown with 8 votes:

  • "Real Estate Madness" by Simon Stump (simons)

Congratulations to the runners up as well, tied at 6 votes apiece:

  • "Mansion" by Dave Dobson (dobnarr)
  • "Cul de Sac" by Richard Durham

Main Design Requirements:

  • Theme Restriction: Home Improvement.

Rio Grande Games sponsored game design contest

There's a thread on BGG I wanted to make sure everyone saw. Rio Grande Games is sponsoring a game design contest in which each finalist will have the opportunity to sit down with Jay Tummelson face to face and pitch their game. Last year he agreed to publish 4 of the entries!

Even if your entry doesn't win, the opportunity to get direct feedback from a publisher is pretty good, especially considering there appears to be no or very little cost to enter.

May GDS coming this week!

There WILL be a Game Design Showdown for May, and it will be posted later this week... so get those creative juices flowing! Watch for the GDS thread for details, but here's a teaser for you: the showdown challenge will revolve around home renovation/remodeling.

- Seth

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