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Gen Con 50 from a designer's perspective

My approach to game design includes a large element of research. This isn't just an excuse to hoard more board games to the despair of my family (which, to be fair, it's a good reason) but it's also becoming a necessity when considering how to position and market a new game in what seems to be an increasingly crowded marketplace. One could argue that it is becoming more difficult to innovate, and that it is becoming rare to see games with genuinely new ideas. For example, games with worker placement mechanics are very commonplace, and miniatures-heavy quest games and area control games continue to trend highly on Kickstarter. Personally I’m a little more optimistic. As a proponent of strongl

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