Beautifully illustrated, hand drawn maps by Abigail Daker.
Sharing everything that helps inspire and inform me on my quest to design and self-publish my own Euro-style board games.
I love, love, love love LOVE the board game and fantasy art of Victor Eredel. Check out his profile on Behance.
Game of Goose, by Royal Jumbo, features their iPawn device, which allows you to use physical board game pieces with an iPad to produce a kind of hybrid board / digital game. They’ve used it in a simple, fairly unimaginative way, but I think this type of hybrid game offers some interesting possibilities for new types of game play.
The Human Media Lab at Queen’s University, Ontario, present an intriguing concept that fuses tile-based board gaming and digital games tech, featuring individual hex tiles, each with their own OLED display, as well as touch, proximity, and motion sensors. Even though they use a sophisticated projector rather than real, working prototypes, the demonstration manages to convey a sense of the incredible possibilities the technology would allow, hinting at a new generation of gaming.
Hunterabbit by Jianwei Su has a really interesting looking mechanic where you manipulate the game board by sliding sections of it back and forth to create new paths. (via Behance)
Navigia is a beautiful looking game by Javier Garcia for his Bachelor Thesis at FH Munster (via Behance)
Eric Hautemont, CEO of Days of Wonder and co-creator of Ticket To Ride gives a fascinating talk about the differences between board games and digital games (via Purple Pawn)
A test pack shot I took – not bad for a lighting set up cobbled together in half an hour using an old vacuum cleaner box, a couple of sheets of white cartridge paper, some tin foil and my girlfriend’s S.A.D.* lamp.
*Seasonal Affective Disorder – basically, if you feel down during the winter due to the lower light levels, using a S.A.D. lamp can help you feel better.
Game designer Jay Treat provides valuable insight into the mindset of the board game tester to help you get genuinely useful feedback from your session.
Accomplished board game designer James Mathe has produced an incredibly succinct, yet comprehensive, checklist that all wannabe self publishers need to read.
I could start to enjoy chess if it was like this game of Extreme Amazing Super Chess that featured on BBC3 recently
(via Form Fifty Five)
Indie game the movie is a surprisingly good film taking a look at the people creating some of the most innovative indie computer games, providing a really interesting insight into the personalities behind the work.