Bruno Gaia, 38, is a French geek living next to Paris and the designer of Marches of Mists, a game using the exclusive DCPS (Dynamic Card Placement System) mechanic. Since he started designing games only a few years ago, Marches of Mists is his first serious game project.
DCPS is a mechanic that was created by Bruno after years of research to find a brand new way to make cards interact -dynamically- by placing them on a specific board (the Dynamic Game Board). The interaction between the specific design of the cards and the specific design of the board is a patented invention since it is not based on rules but on components design.
Set in a singular fantasy world, Marches of Mists is the latest version of Realms at War, a game of the deckbuilding genre, that was twice selected to the finals of the CIJ (International Gaming Competition) set both in Paris and Madrid.
Even if it uses the mechanics of deck building, popular since Dominion, Marches of Mists differs widely from its ancestor due to the DCPS, a mechanic that allows direct interaction and adds various notions to the placement of cards (like variation of speed in the player's progress on the board, disruption of the player's orders, targeting the opponent's positions, etc)
Marches of Mists is due to be launched via Kickstarter around Spring 2014 and is currently being illustrated by French artist Camille Mazauric who works together with Bruno to create a very singular new world for Marches of Mists and the possible expansion (the game is known to have 16 more "signs" than what is included in the core set!!).
During the past few years, Bruno also designed a large variety of other games , including "The Island of Monsters", a game that was also twice selected by the CIJ; some of the prototypes of those games are often played in gaming groups, schools and associations around Paris.
Together with Youri Faja, the co-designer of Marches of Mists and author of published game "Requiem", Bruno Gaia has created ForAys Games to publish Marches of Mists and its expansions.
Apart from reviewing (mostly here on BGG), playing and designing games, Bruno Gaia is also a musician (singer-songwriter and guitar player) in two indie bands, one folk and one goth/rock, and a published writer.
For a living, Bruno works as a foreign language teacher in a socially deprived area of the Parisian suburb.