Secret Voldemort

On Episode 7 of the podcast we discussed Secret Hitler. While I did enjoy the game, we touched on the idea that the inclusion of Hitler and Nazis might immediately create a situation where some people wouldn’t want to play it. Hell, excluding the presence of Hitler in the game, it sort of sounds dull – play a political party member, vote for the president, and pass political policies.

To me, on the surface, that sounds unappealing. But the game is fun damn it! It was a game I wanted more people to play, specifically my partner Marie. So spurned on by our discussion on the podcast of re-theming the game I set about creating Secret Voldemort!

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Designer Diary: Agency

This week I’m going to continue my designer diary. Previously I introduced Agency, a game I started (but moved beyond) with the restrictions for our Build A Board Game event, which we ran in August last year. Agency is a game about marketing; the player represents an advertising agency, looking to fulfil contracts in the market to earn cash. The player with the most cash at the end of the game, is the most successful. Just like real life cash is how we measure success, cash and victory points. Continue reading

Build A Board Game

If you follow us on our social media channels, you may have noticed that The Crafty Players are running a board game design jam on September 3, 2016. Paddy also mentioned it on the podcast last week. What is a board game design jam? Who is it for? Where are we doing it? Why are are we doing it? Well, for these answers and more, read on!

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Dublin Maker 2016

The Crafty Players aren’t called crafty just because we like craft beers. We chose the name because it allowed us to encompass many things we enjoy. Craft beer is one of them. Crafting is another, and to prove it, I joined Dublin Maker last weekend for the first time. Dublin Maker is an annual event that has been running for the past 5 years. They describe the day as a “show and tell” experience, where inventors and makers from throughout Ireland can gather in Merrion Square in Dublin for a full day of showing off what they create. I popped along for the day with Board Game Designers Ireland to show off some of our work and to see if we could capture the public imagination.Logo-Dublin-Maker-624x384 The Crafty Players Continue reading