DAVID VAN DRUNEN
Designer of Gnomes at Midnight
I love bringing people together around fun, exciting experiences.
It’s so rewarding seeing an idea take shape into a game that people enjoy. I feel like a “Fun-Smith”, crafting board games out of raw meeples and cards.
Ever since I could roll dice I’ve been playing games, (and losing to my older siblings). Like a lot of people, I started designing with some “house-rules”, then started creating whole new parts. After a while I realized I could just design a whole game straight from scratch.
My first game was an attempt to combine Risk with Settlers of Catan. It was an overly complicated failure, but I learned a lot from it. (I ended up breaking it into two different, simpler games.)
Now my process starts with a feeling, “Wouldn’t it be cool if?”
When it hits me I quickly get the feeling into words; often replaying the song, or re-reading the passage that triggered the idea. Then I brainstorm physical actions, (slapping down cards, gathering cubes), that fit the feeling. After that I write the rules to help structure the actions as a playable game. Then comes a prototype and play-testing!
Gnomes at Midnight’s feeling was, “Wouldn’t it be cool if checker pieces could ‘hold-hands’ and move together; and if the board ‘changed’ as you played!”. I knew right away, I wanted gnomes scurrying around together; and eventually worked out the idea of shifting moonlight for a ‘changing’ board.
In the end, the incredibly supportive game design community helped me go from broken prototypes to great games. It’s been amazing to connect with so many generous people who want every game to be it’s best. (Thank you all for your time, experience, and support!)
See you at the table!
Designer of Duels of Cartisora
Jeremy Moshe has been playing and designing games his whole life. As a child he would create schoolyard games for his friends, develop lego battle games with his brother and invent new variants of old board games. When he got older he was an active custom map designer in Warcraft 2, Starcraft and Warcraft 3.
When the indie flash game movement started, Jeremy became an active member with several small published titles under his belt and countless unfinished prototypes.
Designer of On Pointe
Elisa Prashad has been a life-long ballet dancer, which was her inspiration for a beautiful and exciting game that plays through the journey of a dancer, from the Barre, to performer on stage and eventually a star. She is also the co-designer of #demiDancer, with Richard MacRae.
Elisa is an artist and business professional, with a keen eye for the aesthetic beauty in life and all that she does.
You’ll find her most at home on a dock by a lake or travelling the world, but it’s her innate creativity that gives her wings.
In addition to creating the On Pointe game, she directed the essential accompanying artwork that makes this game so very unique and loved by fans of ballet dance who follow her on social media.
Björn Bergström &
Designers of Listit
We escaped to the Caribbean away from fake news and while enjoying the sunsets on the beaches of Rincón, with some of the excellent local rum (Ron del Barrilito), a lively discussion on ways to fix the world ensued. With our Swedish heritage of structure and consensus, the most natural thing to do was to list ways to turn the world around.
So it happened that the creative cocktail of rum, our Scandinavian urge to compromise and the Caribbean laid-back atmosphere led to the only logical answer on how to save the world: Leave ideology, borders, nukes and taxes for later and let’s agree on the everyday questions first!
With a new purpose in mind, we created Listit – the card game that’s 95% awesomely fun and 5% world-saving. After all, if we can learn to understand how other people envision the world, perhaps we can finally solve the eternal question of “Why can’t everyone just get along?”. One list at the time.
Designer of King of Indecision
Joe is a lifelong analog gamer, who loves teaching others all about tabletop board game design.
He has taught at the University of Laurier’s Game Design and Development Program and he’s a published author of the #1 Bestseller book: “The Board Game Designer’s Guide:The Easy 4 Step Process to Create Amazing Games that People Can’t Stop Playing”.
His games are very intelligently developed and always fun. He enjoys sharing sage advice and good guidance with other board game designers, who benefit greatly from his knowledge.
You could say that there’s a little ‘Joe’ in a whole lot of other designers’ games that he has play tested.
Joe also writes a weekly blog about current key topics to game design, called: Crazy Like a Box, where you’ll always pick up useful tips on clever approaches to board game design.
Publisher at Analog Game Studios and Partner Designer of Centrix with Corey Myckan and #demiDancer with Elisa Prashad.
Life can always use a whole lot more fun; an attitude that’s been with me a long time.
I’ve been playing board games since I was a little kid, so I get to be a big kid when I play a new game.
I spent over 10 years in the Canadian Army and the past 20 years as a business professional and entrepreneur, after which I combined my skills with my love of games. I started Analog Game Studios to make a difference; to find and publish unique and clever games created by fresh new game designers all over the world and of course: have fun.
Play our games and if you love them, tell everyone and if not, tell me.
See you at the game table.