Friday, 27 June 2014

#BoardGamersAsk the designers of Ophir

Our next #BoardGamersAsk is on Wednesday July 9th and it is with up and coming game designers Jason Kingsley & Charles Wright.

Their first game is Ophir and it is being published via Kickstarter by Terra Nova Games
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justinschaffer/ophir

This is your chance to ask question of people who have recently made the break from wanting to get a game design finished and published to being in the middle of it right now.

#BoardGamersAsk - your chance to ask questions of the "people behind the meeples"

Making #boardgamersask easier!

To make this live Twitter Q&A easier, I have made a room on Nurph.com which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to http://nurph.com/BoardGamersAsk/chats and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)

So What is #Boardgamersask?

#BoardGamersAsk is a live Twitter event, were you the board gaming community can ask questions of industry insiders.

So the big question is how does #BoardGamersAsk work?
It's simple, to take part in the live Q&A interview just be on twitter at the time and day listed below:

Wednesday July 9th - start times are:

11am in L.A,
2pm in New York, (Eastern Time)
7pm in UK,
8pm in Germany,
9pm in Finland,


Other times in the rest of the world!

To ask them a question just use hash-tag #BoardGamersAsk . To see what everyone else is asking or to see the answers being given by our guest just search for the same hashtag!

You can stay up to date with #boardgamersask just by following @boardgamersask

Two popular topics

We had a really close vote this week to see which topic would be discussed during Mondays #BoardGameHour it was between "Gaming Groups" and "Unusual Themes".

It was a really close run contest:

47% to Gaming Groups
53% to Unusual Themes

The most interesting thing about this vote is that it seemed to split the vote between players on one hand, who seems to back "Gaming Groups" mainly and publishers/designers on the other who mainly backed "Unusual Themes".

Because of the seeming divide and because the vote was so close, I am going to run both topics, back to back over the next two weeks.

June 30th is about "Unusual Themes"
Theme CAN be very important in board games. What themes would you like to see that are not normally used? Would a game having an unusual theme make you more or less likely to try it? Are there themes that really turn you off of a game?

July 7th is about "Gaming Groups"
What are board games without people to play them with, right? Do you have a regular group? Do you play with your family? What are some good ways to start a gaming group? What do you do it there is a problem with someone in your group?

If you like #BoardGameHour you can help raise its profile by going to http://www.boardgamelinks.com/links/sites and "hearting" the Ministry of Board Games who run the event :0) We are down around 100... Thanks in advance.. Oh and don't heart Broken Meeple, we must beat him Tehehehe

So what is #BoardGameHour?

#boardgamehour takes place on twitter once a week. It's a virtual hangout for people who either love board games or want to know more about the hobby.

So the big question is how does #boardgamehour work?

It's simple, to join in  during the hour, all you need to do is add the #boardgamehour hash-tag to your tweets. To see what everyone else is saying just search for #boardgamehour! It can be even easier than that too, see below ;0)

Each week we have a general topic, that you vote on and I, using @boardgamehour will post questions to help guide the discussion. Side conversation are always welcome as this is a virtual forum for you to chat with other gamers, I only try to make it as smooth and easy as possible :0)

Making #boardgamehour easier!

To make this live Twitter discussion easier, I have made a room on Nurph.com which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour/chats and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)
For one hour every week, it's time to talk nothing but board games. #boardgamehour happens across the western world Every Monday - start times are:

11am in L.A,
2pm in New York, (Eastern Time)
7pm in UK,
8pm in Germany,
9pm in Finland,


As long as you have a twitter account, mine is @boardgamehour for instance, you can be part of this rapidly growing movement. See you on Monday :0)

#BoardGameHour - "it's just the way we roll"

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Eric Lang, takes part in #BoardGamersAsk

Wednesday June 25th - 2pm (Eastern Time), 7pm (UK Time) - is your chance to ask questions of one of the biggest/best board game designers ever, Eric Lang!


I am not going to write a lot about Eric, I am going to let his games talk for him... Stand in awe at this list of just some of his game designs:

Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men

Chaos in the Old World,

Quarriors!,

Game of Thrones: The Card Game,

Kaosball: The Fantasy Sport of Total Domination,

Lord of the Rings the Confrontation Deluxe Edition

For one hour, #BoardGamersAsk is your chance to ask questions of the "people behind the meeples"

Making #boardgamersask easier!

To make this live Twitter Q&A easier, I have made a room on Nurph.com which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to http://nurph.com/BoardGamersAsk/chats/440 and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)

So What is #Boardgamersask?

#BoardGamersAsk is a live Twitter event, were you the board gaming community can ask questions of industry insiders.

So the big question is how does #BoardGamersAsk work?
It's simple, to take part in the live Q&A interview just be on twitter at the time and day listed below:

Wednesday June  25th - start times are:

11am in L.A,
2pm in New York, (Eastern Time)
7pm in UK,
8pm in Germany,
9pm in Finland,

Other times in the rest of the world!

To ask them a question just use hash-tag #BoardGamersAsk . To see what everyone else is asking or to see the answers being given by our guest just search for the same hashtag!

You can stay up to date with #boardgamersask just by following @boardgamersask

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

BoardGamersAsk Brotherwise Games

Johnny & Chris O'Neal, founders of Brotherwise GamesBrotherwise Games are an independent game publisher founded by Chris and Johnny O’Neal. They Kickstarted their first game Boss Monster in 2013. At the time their Kickstarter campaign for Boss Monster concluded, it raised $215,000 in pre-orders making it one of the top ten tabletop game projects up to that point, and the #1 card game project. Since then, the Kickstarter community has continued to grow and other projects have overtaken Boss Monster in dollars raised, but they remain one of the top examples of a self-published project from an indie game designer.


Boss Monster, the retro-inspired dungeon-building card game from indie publisher Brotherwise Games, is now available in game stores across North America! Designed for 2-4 players, Boss Monster is packed with nostalgic references to 8-bit video games, dungeon-crawling RPGs, and geeky pop culture. Players compete to become the ultimate villain: the final boss at the end of a side-scrolling dungeon.

Wednesday June 11th - 2pm (EST), 7pm (GMT) - is your chance to ask questions of the people behind the Boss Monster

Making #boardgamersask easier!

To make this live Twitter Q&A easier, I have made a room on Nurph.com which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to http://nurph.com/BoardGamersAsk/chats/418 and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)

So What is #Boardgamersask?

#BoardGamersAsk is a live Twitter event, were you the board gaming community can ask questions of industry insiders.

So the big question is how does #BoardGamersAsk work?
It's simple, to take part in the live Q&A interview just be on twitter at the time and day listed below:

Wednesday 7th May - start times are:

11am in L.A,
2pm in New York, (Eastern Time)
7pm in UK,
8pm in Germany,
9pm in Finland,
Other times in the rest of the world!

To ask them a question just use hash-tag #BoardGamersAsk . To see what everyone else is asking or to see the answers being given by our guest just search for the same hashtag!

For one hour, #BoardGamersAsk is your chance to ask questions of the "people behind the meeples"

You can stay up to date with #boardgamersask just by following @boardgamersask

Friday, 6 June 2014

Essen is Meta

Get your head around this if you can. LudiCreations are running a campaign on Kickstarter right now, in which they plan to fund a game about selling games at the Essen trade fair, which will be on sale at the Essen trade fair! We are unsure if this will rip the space-time continuum.



In this euro-style game for 1-4 players, you take on the role of a board game publisher that is exhibiting at the world's most famous trade fair. Designed by Harry-Pekka Kuusela, it is playable in 30-60 minutes, and can be played with up to 8 players by combining two copies of the game.

“I have put many years of my life into this game and can’t wait for players to get their hands on it. With your support I will be in a booth at Essen selling ESSEN, a game about selling games at Essen!” - Harry-Pekka Kuusela

In ESSEN, which is beautifully illustrated in pixel art and contains a plethora of inside jokes and references for board gamers, you have to make decisions like any publisher has to make - about staffing, managing your money, creating buzz, and much more! Each player board is themed after a certain type of board game publisher (eurogames, ameritrash, wargames, RPGs), with the reverse side showing even more types of games (abstract, children's games, party games, LARP) for even more variety.

“I love meta—games about games, books about books—so ESSEN appeals to me. The logistics of balancing sales and income, future visitors and current buzz: it's a bit of a brain-burner, too, but I like this sort of thing. If you like games about games and you've been to gaming conventions, this game may really click for you.” - Jonathan Liu from GeekDad

Last year the Spiel game fair had 156,000 visitors & 828 exhibitors from 39 nations. Right now you can back the campaign which allows you to take over a booth and outsell them all to be the best publisher in ESSEN! If you can't come to Essen, then let ESSEN come to you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ludicreations/essen