Videogames didn’t kill boardgames

game on

… we’ve found a place for radio in a world full of televisions

It may be that videogames are a way to create more players, and then convert them… 6 Board Games That Video Gamers Should Play

board gamesAlso, from a game design point of view, “When you buy a board game what you play is the original concept precisely as it was in the designer’s head”.

P.S. See this post on how book shops can live in the age of digital books: What are bookshops for today?

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A JavaScript game prototype: The System

Here you can play a game Pino and myself developed in JavaScript + CSS3 for “modern” browsers i.e. HTML5.

the system board

Works fine on the iPad, and its ideal when played by several human players. The game design is not mine, comes from a board game, and the porting / transformation is not complete yet, but checking this game could be a practical way of learning the basics of game prototyping using very simple JavaScript.

This game is particularly simple as it is turn-based; now I’m creating a very simple JavaScript framework for real time games – will publish that too soon.

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The Land of Games

land of games

This is from “Engineering Emergence” by Joris Dormans, a free online PDF from one of the authors of Game Mechanics: Advanced Game Design – a should read for any learning game designer.

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A trip in Cabrera’s cyphers – DAG Pod 2

Cabrera's CypherSomething that indie game designers are capable of doing is taking unlikely, dead games genres and giving them new life. Cabrera Brothers tried just this by releasing a new text (yes, text) adventure in a new format here:

We’ve briefly reviewed the game in our podcast here:

Cypher review

Cypher help

(Euro Gamer Podcast episode 2)


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10000000 meaningless deaths

overwhelming indifference of nature

Werner Herzog as narrator in Grizzly Man:

And what haunts me is that in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed I discovered no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature.’ [Read more…]

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