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Copyright Theft

Copyright and Theft

What happens if you design a game, show it to a publisher and then they steal your idea and make the game without you?!  Is there anything you can do?  As a designer, do...
Agra Board

The End of the Game

Have you ever been playing a game where you’re slowly building your engine, you’re ready to start raking in the victory points (VPs) and then suddenly the game ends?  “What?!  No!  I need five...

Asymmetric Players

Asymmetric Americans The American continent is home to some of the worst inequality on the planet. North America has it all – five reinforcements per turn with only three entry points, while South America...
Twizzle

I am the law!

Designer humans. I shall begin by considering a matter of great relevance to the modern boardgamer – the former occupations of the Popes, both current and historic. Pope Francis apparently once worked as a...
Risk: Godstorm

Designer Spotlight: Mike Selinker

Mike Selinker is an old hat in the boardgaming industry.  He has worked at Wizards of the Coast and Avalon Hill, and has founded his own publishing company: Lone Shark Games.  Of course, he...
Mombasa

Designer Spotlight: Alexander Pfister

Alexander Pfister will always have a place in my heart as Great Western Trail was the first game we ever reviewed on the Boardgame Opinions channel. Despite only designing his first game in 2010...
Battlestar Galactica

Games that Tell Stories

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Ignacy Trzewiczek in our Designer Spotlight.  He is the founder of Portal Games, whose tagline is ‘Board games that tell stories’.  That’s very much the mantra...
Eldritch Horror

Designer Spotlight: Corey Konieczka

I always associate Corey Konieczka with Kevin Wilson.  They have both designed a significant number of big-box Fantasy Flight games, and frequently collaborate with other designers, as is the Fantasy Flight way. Once again,...

Designer Spotlight: Ignacy Trzewiczek

When I first saw Ignacy Trzewiczek’s name on the box of Robinson Crusoe, I didn’t even try to pronounce it!  Like many Polish names, there always seemed to be too many unusual consonants to...
Luna

Designer Spotlight: Stefan Feld

I always used to be lukewarm on Stefan Feld’s games.  However, the more I play them, the more I like them.  Why would I keep playing his games if I wasn’t that keen?  My...