This month, our roundup of favorite board game design links includes a thorough checklist for designers, fascinating articles on key game concepts, practical advice for a pitching tool and lots more.
“Every theme is pasted on. Our job is to make that paste as strong as possible.” - Jon Gilmour
“If you’re a first-time game designer, be very careful of the word ‘and.’ It is so easy to add a rule to a game, and the best game designers spend all of their time taking rules out.” - Luke Peterschmidt
“Take notes when given gameplay feedback even if you think you’ll remember later. It’s a social cue that you value your tester.” - Ben Pinchback
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SENIOR INVENTORS: Steven Cole, John du Bois, Richard Durham, Peter C. Hayward, Matthew O’Malley, Isaias Vallejo
JUNIOR INVENTORS: Ryan Abrams, Luis Lara, Behrooz Shahriari, Aidan Short, Jay Treat
ASSOCIATES: Robert Booth, Doug Levandowski, Aaron Lim, Nathan Miller, Marcel Perro, Matt Wolfe
APPRENTICES: Kevin Brusky, Kiva Fecteau, Scott Gottreu, Michael Gray, JR Honeycutt, Scott Martel Jr., Mike Mullins, Marcus Ross, Sean Rumble, Diane Sauer