W. Eric Martin
• Dice Hate Me interviews Ryan Laukat about Empires of the Void, the first game from this artist for Dominion, Bridge Troll and other games.
• Derek Thompson at Meepletown interviews designer Reiner Knizia on Star Trek: Expeditions, spin-offs, licensed games, and more.
• Hasbro is creating a "Center of Excellence for Games" in Rhode Island. From the press release announcing this move:
"Hasbro has the strongest portfolio of games brands in the industry and this is an important move to accelerate our re-imagination of games. However, it is always difficult to make changes that affect our people," said Brian Goldner, President and CEO. "We are committed to continuously re-inventing this business and growing it for the long term. This includes maintaining our leadership position in face-to-face board gaming, while also more effectively competing in the broader world of gaming across all platforms."
The Center of Excellence for Games will build on Hasbro's strategy of re-imagining, re-inventing and re-igniting its core brands. The group will identify key games brands for new play experiences and development, while focusing its efforts and workforce on initiatives across multiple platforms in both traditional and digital gaming.
(HT: Matthew Horn)
• A columnist for the (UK) Guardian riffs off her discovery of Alf Seegert's The Road to Canterbury to wonder which other literary classics should make the jump to board game. Interesting to see how well news of this game is travelling through non-gamey media outlets. Either Alf is doing a bang-up job of marketing this game or the subject has just the right amount of "Oh, really?" to make others want to write about it.