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Occasional ramblings on playing and designing boardgames (by the designer of Extra! Extra!)
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Shaken #23. No longer holding the Front Page...

Andrew Bond
United Kingdom
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It has been a while since I posted here, but as Essen 2013 approaches, thoughts turn to new games, new designs, and new excitement.

I already have a long list of games I am thinking of getting, here:
2013 Essen-tials

Well, that's me sorted for the rest of 2013.

But I am already looking forward to Essen 2014, because by then my newspaper-themed game Extra! Extra! will be 'out there'. Yes! I finally have permission to reveal that HtFP is entering final development and will be published by Mayfair Games in 2014.

I will continue to post playtest and development reports here in the meantime.

And now, back to game development. I am working on Art Dealer at the moment, having received two decks of cards from Artscow showing all 108 paintings used in the game. The current design employs a new action selection mechanism, that is a mishmash of ideas stolen from other games:

1each player has six Art Dealer (action) cards: buyer, seller, auctioneer, exhibitor, curator, and critic. (I also have art thief and forger cards, but haven't decided how to include these yet.)

2at the start of the game, each player divides these six cards into three stacks as follows: 3 cards to be played in the first round, two cards to be played in the second round, and one card in the third round.

3at the end of each round, each player takes back the three cards he has played and then places one on his second round pile (bringing it up to 3 cards), one on the third round pile (bringing it up to 2), and the final one in its own pile ready for the fourth round.

4in each round, players take it in turn to play one card from their hand and take the primary action described at the top of the card. Once everyone has played one card, on subsequent plays each player plays one more card, taking the primary action, and may also activate an opponent's face up card and take its secondary action. Hence in any one round, each player gets 5 actions in total, three primary, two secondary.

5 here is what the actions look like:
Buyer - primary: buy two paintings or one painting at $2 discount
Buyer - secondary: buy one painting

Exhibitor - primary: exhibit up to 4 paintings
Exhibitor - secondary: exhibit an additional 2 paintings

More details will follow further playtesting
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