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!
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. Continue reading
I like board games. I also like card games. I like a new board game about playing a card game. Confused? You will be!
After my previous adventure in print and play solo games, I found the experience to be more rewarding that I expected. It showed me that games designed for solo play can be engaging and worth playing, even if it is me, in a room, on my own, cursing the dice rolls. So, I decided to explore a bit further. How? I bought a game that was exclusively a single player game, a game that is currently in it’s 3rd printing, with 4 expansions available and more on the way. If that doesn’t sound like a successful game, I’m not sure what does. A game with a theme I’ve not seen attempted anywhere else. That game is Hostage Negotiator. Continue reading
I don’t play board games for the games themselves, I play them because they bring me together with people I want to spend time with, they facilitate friendships, catch ups and create good stories. For these reasons, I’ve never played a solo board game. It’s a whole genre of the hobby I have no knowledge about. There’s another whole area of the hobby which I know very little about: print and play games. There are games that haven’t been published in big shiny boxes, but are available online for download, that you print yourself. You can print the game on cardboard or paper, colour or black and white, and have a perfectly playable game at the end of it all.
I decided I would explore these two worlds at the same time. I’d look into some print and play, solo games, give a few a try, and report back on what happened. Just like a real journalist. Continue reading
In a special edition of The Crafty Players podcast we interview Decking Awesome Games about their brand new game Garden of Bees, which is currently on Kickstarter. It comes with amazing Beeple!
Garden of Bees on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/870869293/garden-of-bees
There are games for all people, all occasions and all tastes. We have covered a number of them, from the comedic stylings of Last Will, to the po-faced politics, warfare and diplomacy of Rex. Today, I’m going to talk about three small, quick games that sit in my desk at work, that frequently get played with a few colleagues during our lunch hour. So, grab your sandwich and your cup of tea and get ready to play some games. Continue reading