What do game designers think about when they are on vacation?
A Paula G
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I just heard that Claustrophobia designer CROC is on holiday for a while. This news made me wonder: What do game designers think about when they go on vacation?

When I'm on vacation, I often think about games--playing, designing, improving, making, and discussing games. But I am not a professional game designer. Do people whose job is to design games think about games when they are trying to get away from it all and relax? If they do, would it be like a dentist thinking about about ways to drill teeth? Or would it be more like Santa Claus thinking about ways to bring joy to little kids?

If you are a game designer, please insert your Board Game Designer item, and enlighten the gaming community about your thoughts during vacation.

If you are not a game designer, please feel free to add Board Game items that represent what you imagine or hope that game designers are thinking about during vacation.

BTW, this is my first public geeklist--please be gentle if I have made some horrible blunder. I hope the idea has not been done too much already--I couldn't find a similar topic in a search, but I'm still learning my way around BGG.
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1. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:207]
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I hope that CROC is thinking about making expansions for Claustrophobia.
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I am not a professional game designer, but I just got back from a 3 weeks holiday in Perù, and I never thought about games or game design. I had with me some dice and a deck of french cards just in case I felt the urge to design and test something, but they never got out of my backpack.
...On the other hand, I returned from my holiday with enough theme for at least 10 years of prototypes.
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I couldn't resist adding this devil.
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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I'm addicted to game design. I would not be surprised to learn that I've thought about game design on every vacation of my life since I was 10 years old. Of course, I also wouldn't be surprised if there were 3 or 4 vacations over the past 20 years where game design never crossed my mind.

The last 2 vacations I took were specifically to work on game designs. Last weekend I went to Protospiel and on June 11th I went to a game designer retreat weekend at a friend's house. But I will always take some game design notes on any vacation that is longer than a weekend. I try make sure this passion of mine does not interfere with my relationship with my wife, but it probably does a bit. soblue
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