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Digital Reversal-Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt

It’s been a long tradition ever since video games became a thing to adapt an RPG tabletop game into a video game. So, it’s come full circle with a very popular video game franchise being the source of a tabletop game. This time it’s Square/Enix’s Final Fantasy series its ever popular Chocobos. Chocobos, for those unfamiliar with the game, are …

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3 Reasons why Dice Rolls are More Important than Mobile Apps

Dice rolls and bits are an important part of the gameplay experience for tabletop games. Certainly it is not a surprising finding for anyone reading this blog. What interests me are the factors a team of researchers have identified as the “materiality of boardgames.” The Four Aspects of Tabletop Board Games These researchers coded their responses from players into the …

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One Hour Tabletop Game Design

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop at CONvergence, a local sci-fi and fantasy convention. Cam Banks, Ennie award winning game designer, who is currently at Atlas Games, ran the workshop on game design creation. It was a very informal affair, with most supplies being school supply standards (construction paper, card stock, markers, pencils) while Cam …

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What’s on your shelf? : A Vintage Board Game Collector

Welcome to “What’s on your Shelf.” This series features the analog games of those who send in pictures of their shelves to gamemaster@multiverse.world. Today we feature this image sent in by reader Rick Koeppen. Rick says: “I’ve been seriously collecting modern and vintage board games for the past seven years, beginning in 2009 with the tabletop miniature rule set ‘Hordes …

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Squirmish: A Monstrous Good Time

Squirmish is a new card game aimed at kids and families. I was lucky enough to be able to preview one and test it out with my daughter before the Kickstarter was launched. The first thing to mention, is that this game is made in direct response to collectible card games aimed at the pre-teen age group, such as Pokemon. …

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Analog Games in Pop Culture : The Cannes Games Festival Celebrates its 30th Year

The Cannes Games Festival is the second largest convention celebrating board games in Europe. Many attendees are seeking to break into the industry. In the past, authors like Antoine Bauza—known for 7 Wonders (2010) and Hanabi (2010)—or Bruno Cathala—creator of Five Tribes (2014) and Cyclades (2009)— started their careers by showing their first prototypes during these sessions, and so now …