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.
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!