Shopping for Board Game Tables

With the gaming table giant, Geek Chic, riding off into the sunset, where are we to turn to for our custom, felted, inset tables with drawers, card slots, and other accoutrement? As much as we love Ikea, it just isn’t

Read more
CMON Iello Mapps

What Are MAPPs?

Recently Cool Mini or Not (CMON) and IELLO announced that they would be implementing a Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (MAPP). According to the companies, these changes are being made to protect vendors and the companies reputations. In IELLO’s words: IELLO desires

Read more

Interview with Matt Lees at GDC

During my visit to the Game Developers Confrence (GDC) I had a chance to sit down with Matt Lees of the popular board game site, Shut Up & Sit Down. We got to chatting about the conference, the board game industry,

Read more

Excerpt of “Creating ‘Burgle Bros’: The Fantasy of the Heist”

This talk was given by Tim Fowers at the 2017 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Tim’s talk focused on the way a game tells a story and how it makes players feel. In Burgle Bros he wanted to evoke

Read more

Excerpt of “The State and Future of Board Game Design”

This talk was given by Rob Daviau, Geoffrey Engelstein, and Eric Lang, and moderated by Paul Dean at the 2017 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Oh my god, there was so much great stuff in this talk. I wish I

Read more

Excerpt of “Secret Hitler: Designing Conflict & High Tension Moments”

This talk was given by Mike Boxleiter at the 2017 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Mike talked a lot about making the design focus for games about individual experiences.  A good game should leave your player with a story

Read more

Jess Visits the Game Developers Conference

Each year Game Developers Conferences (GDC) occur all around the world in locations like China, Canada, Europe, and San Francisco. I ventured across the country to check out how board games have infiltrated this typically video-game focused event. This was my

Read more

Women Game Designers Kick Butt!

It’s International Women’s Day so let’s give some props to these awesome designers! Mary Flanagan Mary Flanagan is a powerhouse of creation. When she isn’t designing games she is an educator and researcher. She founded the Tiltfactor Game Research Laboratory,

Read more

Renegade Games’ Triple Threat for Toy Fair

Fun can come in many flavors, like building, racing, adorableness, and Renegade Game Studios is covering those three vectors with gusto. We met with Sara Erickson, Director of Sales and Marketing, to talk about the exciting new games coming out

Read more

Memory Arcade Is Here! Episode 1: Kung Fu

Hey everyone!  Jess and I are starting a little side-project that we think you all might enjoy. Memory Arcade is our new Youtube channel where Jess and I (and anyone else we can wrangle) are going to play video games.

Read more