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Board Games: Not Just for Christmas

Most of you have probably been involved in a family Monopoly row at Christmas, but when was the last time you played a board game without being stuffed with turkey? Despite the onslaught of video game consoles, more and more people are returning to board games for an evening's entertainment. They are surviving and thriving despite the rush of modern technology - or maybe because of it, as people want something more physical to counter the digital.

At this Meetup we'll hear from three local board game creators, and get an insight into how they think, and the process of making a game. And afterward we'll get to play test their latest creations!


Video Game to Board Game and Back Again

Independent game studio, Utopian World of Sandwiches released Chompy Chomp Chomp on the Xbox and PC in 2012. It was well received in the indie game community and soon became their best seller. So, obviously, the next step was to make it into a board game! Come along and find out how and why this husband and wife team turned a fast paced, twitch based video game into a slow motion board game, quite different to any board game you've played before.


Dangerous Games

Andrew Sheerin, designer of War on Terror, the board game - perhaps the only game in history to be branded an offensive weapon by the police - speaks about the potential of games to disturb, subvert and surprise and delivers an alternative history of the humble board game, revealing its true nature and origins to be far from the tame parlour entertainment we still associate it with today.


A Few Words About Board Games

What makes a good board game, how do you make good games into great ones, and what qualities do all great board games share? Board game designer Brett Gilbert will try to cover that topic in as few words as possible: Six words, to be precise!

We're really looking forward to this one — see you there!

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  • Mary E.

    Really interesting talks all round - thanks everyone!

    May 1, 2014

  • Jon T.

    Lots of excellent insight into the world of board games.

    2 · May 1, 2014

    • Brett G.

      Hey Jon, nice to meet you, and do come along to the Playtest get-together on any given Tuesday if you fancy it! I think you said you might. ;)

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Brett G.

    P.S. I would point everyone's attention to http://www.meetup.com/Playtest/ — we meet in Cambridge every Tuesday evening to playtest each others games, so if you ever fancied helping us with the endeavour (one can never have enough playtesters!), or had a game idea of your own, do come along!

    3 · May 1, 2014

    • Steve O.

      I'll be sending this info out via email too ;)

      May 1, 2014

    • Brett G.

      Thanks Steve. I meant to mention it — and was chastised for not doing so! — at the end of my talk, although I think we have a found a few more possible recruits just informally during the chat afterwards. ;)

      May 1, 2014

  • Andrew S.

    Just a quick word of thanks to Steve for organising the evening, it was really fun. Also thanks to everyone for such a warm response to my talk and all the thought-provoking questions. I really enjoyed Brett's talk too - I could discuss the six (or did we finally agree on seven) key qualities of great game design for many more hours, and I don't think I was alone in feeling that way.

    May 1, 2014

  • idit n.

    i thought it was an amazing evening- many thanks to all presenters and as it was my first time at meet up- am assuming they are always as fun so will make effort to attend in future!

    3 · May 1, 2014

    • Mark D.

      Great to catch up, say Hi to Nick.

      May 1, 2014

    • Steve O.

      I can't promise you'll love all the meetups Idit, but we do try! I'm glad you enjoyed last night's.

      May 1, 2014

  • Adam B.

    Good fun and thought-provoking talks, thanks folks!

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • idit n.

    hi. i've never been to meet up before but really looking forward to the session. would it be ok if i brought along a game i designed as an artwork few years ago? (its based on monopoly and tells you all you ever wanted to know and didn't dare ask about the complicated politics of Israel Palestine…) was hoping to get some tips on games manufacturing and such and see what people interested in games make of it.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • idit n.

      will bring my version along - its called hegemonopoly and yes the idea is to get a 'quick fix' as its designed for gallery interaction (people don't hang around very long) - i hope you'll see why i chose monopoly as a model…looking forward to hearing your talk (and btw- have played war on terror loads with my kids - when it came out- they have all your signatures on it!)

      1 · April 30, 2014

    • Brett G.

      Hi Idit, Great to meet you (briefly), and pleased that you enjoyed the evening — and liked the Hannah Arendt quote! Do get in touch. I'd love to find out more about your games, Brett

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Brett G.

    Really enjoyable evening: Thanks to everyone for coming along. Really enjoyed the Q&A session after my talk.
    Special thanks to Matt, Dan, Glyn, Joe, Ben and Rob for giving my word game prototype a run-through. As first playtests go, pretty successful, with good feedback — specifically: fewer bloody consonants, please!

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • Ben N.

    Really enjoyable and interesting, thanks everyone involved!

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Rob C.

    Excellent evening, lots of insight.

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Mary E.

    With many apologies - I'm unable to make it as I've worked later than expected tonight. Hope to make the next interesting meet!

    April 30, 2014

  • Jude

    Sorry I can no longer make it as somethings come up

    April 30, 2014

    • Steve O.

      Sorry to hear that, Jude. See you next time!

      April 30, 2014

  • Mary E.

    Hello, I'm a tech writer, but I also work in a school and have two children - so I'm interested in games as teaching tools as well as entertainment.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Stef L.

    I was so looking forward to this, but I'm in London on Wednesday so sadly, will have to miss it. Have a great time everyone, play nice!

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Steve O.

      Sorry to hear you can't make it Stef - see you at the next one!

      April 28, 2014

  • Austin B.

    Is there a fee for this meeting, or a membership cost?
    Sorry to ask, but I'm a newbie. (more of an oldie!)

    April 9, 2014

    • Steve O.

      No fee Austin, just let us know you're coming by RSVPing.

      April 9, 2014

  • Mark D.

    Hope to make it along

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Lorna

    I'm a maybe.

    April 7, 2014

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