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Links: Rob Daviau on Legacy Games & The Cones of Dunshire

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Risk Legacy
• In November 2013 at PRACTICE — a three-day annual conference held by the NYU Game Center that "takes a close look at the concrete challenges of game design" and "explore[s] the day-to-day, nuts and bolts practice of game design" — designer Rob Daviau explained the origins of Risk Legacy, detailed his successes and failures during the game's design and playtesting, and how those efforts are informing his efforts to create SeaFall, due out in 2014 from Plaid Hat Games. Avoid the 30:00-40:00 section if you don't want SeaFall spoilers, but seriously you should watch this video. (Designer Eric Zimmerman (Quantum) is host for the talk. Ideally in future talks, he or the speaker would repeat the questions as you're left guessing what was asked from the answers given. Still, watch this video.)

Board Game: Space Cadets: Dice Duel
Board Game: Archipelago
• On Kotaku, Quintin Smith from Shut Up & Sit Down highlights his best board games of 2013: Space Cadets: Dice Duel, Archipelago and Coup, with Android: Netrunner because it has continued to be awesome after first appearing on his "best games of 2012" list.

• Panda Game Manufacturing is looking for a full-time project manager, specifically someone who can guide clients through the production process at Panda, ideally starting at this position between February 15 and March 15, 2014. For details, download the job description and qualification sheet from Panda.

• On Vulture, Gwynne Watkins details how the NBC television show Parks and Recreations came to feature The Cones of Dunshire, a board game created specifically for the show with the help of Mayfair Games. (video link) Morgan Sackett, executive producer for the show, notes in the article that "[a] bunch of our writers are fans of Settlers of Catan", and that game was featured in an earlier episode of the TV series. An excerpt from the article featuring co-producer Dave King, who also wrote "The Cones of Dunshire" episode:

The idea was that this would be a kitchen-sink-type thing; it would have elements of Dungeons and Dragons where there were dice, and Catan elements where there would be actual hexes and resources. We all talked about our favorite games, like Dominion and Ticket to Ride, and what elements we could borrow from those. We just wanted to paint the picture that [this character] had spent a week in a rabbit hole of gaming and come out the other end with no clear game — just like a hundred game pieces that vaguely fit together. I think cones came up instantly, like, "Oh, there should be three-dimensional cones." Someone said, "You should roll the dice to see how many dice you roll." Everyone was pitching out ideas. It was the fun of adding details on top of details on top of nonsense.
Interested in seeing this nonsense on your table? That probably won't happen, but in the article Mayfair's Pete Fenlon says, "We'll have a game by August of next year [2014], for sure. It was never our plan, and it is not now our plan, to make a commercial version of Cones of Dunshire. But there will definitely be a staging of Cones of Dunshire next summer at Gen Con in Indianapolis, which is the biggest game show in the United States. It will be big and festive and probably for charity. It's our hope for the Parks & Rec guys to be there, for Ben to play his own game."
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