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The Builders

Designer Spotlight: Frédéric Henry

Frédéric Henry is probably best known for designing Timeline, the simple card game where you have to place events from history in the right part of a growing timeline. However, he has designed a...

Designer Spotlight: Eric M. Lang

Eric M. Lang has risen to fame in recent years and has become a very hot property.  His game releases always generate a lot of buzz in the industry.  So much so, in fact,...

Designer Spotlight: Bruno Cathala

Like Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala frequently collaborates with other (typically French) designers such as Serge Laget and Ludovic Maublanc.  He has a host of well-known games to his name, but due to his many...
Agricola

Designer Spotlight: Uwe Rosenberg

Uwe Rosenberg is one of a very select few designers whose games I will buy sight unseen.  He has a very consistent style that I really like, on the whole. There have been games...
Escape from 100 Million BC

Designer Spotlight: Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is one of those designers whose name always sounded familiar to me, but when pressed, I would have struggled to name any of his games.  He’s a Fantasy Flight big box designer...
Santorini

Why don’t abstract games have theme?

Abstract games, by definition, have very little (or no) theme.  I’ve always just taken that for granted.  “Of course it doesn’t have any theme – it’s an abstract game!” But recently, I’ve started questioning...
7 Wonders

Designer Spotlight: Antoine Bauza

As well as designing a significant number of games on his own, Antoine Bauza has collaborated with a surprising number of other well-known designers: Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc, Bruno Faidutti, Frédéric Henry to name...
Amun-Re

Designer Spotlight: Reiner Knizia

Reiner Knizia is the most prolific designer I know of.  He has designed not only a tremendous number of games over the years, but a tremendous number of good games. He has achieved a...
Failure

Dealing with Failure

It’s been a bad week this week.  A number of things that I’ve tried to do have failed.  A couple of things in particular I’ve been working on for literally years and they seem...

Designer Spotlight: Vlaada Chvátil

Vlaada Chvátil is without doubt my favourite designer, so I’m shamelessly kicking off our Designer Spotlight series by picking the one I like the most.  In this series, we’ll try to get an overview...