Do a little research into outdoor games or story games or convention games, and you will find some pretty spectacular game design. Just because Gym class was a miserable experiance of running laps and getting shouted out, doesn’t mean it always be like that. Gamefication is making everything better.
Philippe Keyaerts made two games. Vinci and then Small World. Functionally, the games are very similar. One major difference is in the art. Small World is a bombastic forray into fantasy and folklore with powerful character portrayals and map design, while Vinci is Mediterranean and subdued. That difference alone I think might seperate the success of Vinci and Small World. I think the artists in Small World did a fantastic job.
Not to support beer games, but if you’re going to participate in a game with alcohol makes sure it’s actually a game and not just an excuse to drink. A. Because one should be responsible with their consumption and B. If you have an opportunity to play a game, why play a lame one? Speaking of drinking, it’s Valentines Day!
So the Blizzard put a stop to my plans to get to Toyfair Yesterday, assuming travel arrangements go unimpeaded I should get there, eventually. In the meantime, the snow as given me a chance to catch up on things and play plenty of board games. Not hard to see why board games thrive in places with weather.
Also to be clear Recreational Studies is an actual thing you can go to school for. It’s actually a tough discipline where you’re managing peoples and events and sports related things. It is also a silly name for a degree.
Inde is a fantastic artist with a recent run of art; the Girls of Classic Board Games.
Lady Monopoly (Polly) is my favorite, the manic gleam of captialism in her eye really captures the feeling a person has 5 hours into a game of Monopoly:
Abject Madness. Check her deviantart for other girls, she has a lovely art style and eye for details.