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Poll: The 366th TGIF Poll
Are you aware of who designed the games that you play?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Always
13.9% 45
Frequently
52.9% 171
Sometimes
27.2% 88
Rarely
5.6% 18
Never
0.3% 1
Voters 323
Do you ever buy games based primarily on who designed them?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Always
0.3% 1
Frequently
15.5% 50
Sometimes
49.1% 158
Rarely
24.8% 80
Never
10.2% 33
Voters 322
Attached is a list of current actively-working game designers. For each one tell me: Could you name a game this person has designed off the top of your head?
  Yes No Vote Count
Corey Konieczka 50.3% (160) 49.7% (158) 318
Rob Daviau 49.4% (158) 50.6% (162) 320
Ignacy Trzewiczek 62.4% (199) 37.6% (120) 319
Antoine Bauza 68.3% (215) 31.7% (100) 315
Stefan Feld 84.7% (271) 15.3% (49) 320
Bruno Cathala 62.6% (199) 37.4% (119) 318
Phil Walker-Harding 15.5% (49) 84.5% (267) 316
Paul Peterson 9.0% (28) 91.0% (282) 310
Vlaada Chvátil 88.5% (286) 11.5% (37) 323
Eric M. Lang 59.0% (187) 41.0% (130) 317
Total Voters 323
This poll is now closed.   324 answers
Poll created by Blott
Closes: Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:00 am


4. If you had to pick, who is your favorite board game designer? Why?

Any discussion is encouraged.
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4) Reiner Knizia, because REINER KNIZIA!!!
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My favorite boardgame designer based on today's work is Tom Lehmann. I love two of his games, Race for the Galaxy and 1846: The Race for the Midwest, and I also enjoy the way he thinks about design and talks about design.

Probably my favorite designer based on all his work is Reiner Knizia, but it's been 15 years since he designed a favorite, so that's to some extent old news.
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Interociter wrote:
4) Reiner Knizia, because REINER KNIZIA!!!


Who?
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My favourite designer is Tom Lehmann (because of Race for the Galaxy and Starship Merchants). Race was my #1 game for many, many years (only recently has it dropped to #2).
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crazylegs wrote:
Interociter wrote:
4) Reiner Knizia, because REINER KNIZIA!!!


Who?


He's the German Satoshi Hipsteru.
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Interociter wrote:
4) Reiner Knizia, because REINER KNIZIA!!!
Ahh now him I have heard off, and I even own (at least) one game by him.
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Vital Lacerda, I've been enjoying his games a lot lately.
I expect a lot from his future releases.
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Color me a Feld fanboy! Anyone else for some fresh victory point salad? cool
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My favorite designer is Bruno Cathala! Filling out the top 3 would be Christian Marcussen and Antoine Bauza.
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I'd also have to say Knizia, but Richard Garfield has produced some pretty amazing games, and I love the range of Chvatil.
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Favorite?

That is very hard.

It waffles between Martin Wallace who has a very diverse and often intense games;

And Bruno Faidutti who has very fun chaotic games.

Others on the top of the list
Wolfgang Kramer
Michael Kiesling
Joris Wiersinga et al
And of course Reiner Knizia
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    I'd go with Kramer, but you really have to give Sackson his due. He was a pioneer.

    Nakamura and Butterfield if we're shooting at people.
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Mike Fitzgerald because he makes great card games.
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I had never heard of Phil Walker-Harding, had to look him up -
thing is, I've played Sushi Go! 6 times, at 3 different locations, and love the game, even though I don't own it.
I would have heard of his name if Gamewright had given him the respect he deserves as a designer and put his name on the front of the box whistle

4. If you had to pick, who is your favorite board game designer? Why?



Stefan Feld
I'm primarily a Euro gamer, and I've never met a Feld game I didn't at least like, if not passionately love. There's something about his clock-work mechanisms and finely tuned and balanced game designs that I find both beautiful and a lot of fun to explore. I consider him the heir to the Reiner Knizia crown.

Right behind him though is



Bruno Faidutti
He cranks out very diverse games, and has a knack for games with an engaging theme that I can really feel. I love the classic "Faiduttian chaos" in his games. He also balances out really well luck vs skill, in his own words:

With a game based purely on skill, there is always a risk that it will become more a contest, a kind of competitive exam to sort out who’s the best, rather than a game. This happens almost always in sport, and far too often in other skill games such as chess, go or even trivia games. For me, this breaks the game, because it breaks one of the core elements of gaming – the fact that the game issue is totally irrelevant once the game is over. That’s the reason why I totally stopped playing chess at eighteen, even when I was really good at it, because it felt less and less like a game.

On the other hand, if there’s no skill involved in a game, if it’s pure luck or pure chaos, you cannot even try to win and the game is just not challenging enough to get one’s attention.

So, I try to get the right balance – meaning my right balance – in my designs. I try to design games in which the best skilled player is more likely to win, but never certain to win. One can do this with relying on cards or dice probabilities, or on interaction with other players. I try to use both. For me, a good game is a game in which the winner can think he won because he played well, and the losers can think they lost just because they were unlucky. And it’s even better if they are all right.


Finally, I appreciate the fact that he's active on BGG and will frequently answer questions, engage in discussion, etc.
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Alfred Leonardi.

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By far, my favorite designer would have to be Vlaada Chvátil.

Mage Knight, Through the Ages, Galaxy Trucker, Space Alert, & Codenames.

You could fill an entire gaming library with excellent games for all different player counts and heaviness levels with just this one designer.
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Knizia, of course, but I'll add Michael Schacht. Hansa, Richelieu, Han and Kontor are among our favourites. Low rules complexity with medium+ depth =
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4) Uwe Rosenberg.
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1 - I sometimes have an awareness of who designed games, but that's only when I've heard others say it, or I made a point of reading the box. In a few, very special cases a game has a style to it that makes it obvious who designed it.

2 - It's pretty rare that I'll seek out a game because of the designer. There are other factors that play a much bigger role in my decision-making process.

3 - Well, I could cheat because I looked them up, but before starting I'm confident I could have named a game designed by Daviau, Feld, Chvatil, and Lang. I also would have given myself good odds of guessing a game by Bauza and Cathala.

4 - Knizia is the easy answer for this. There's something about his logical style of game design that I love, and his mechanisms always seem to be streamlined perfectly. It doesn't hurt that he designed my favorite game, too.
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4. It used to be Reiner Knizia no question. Then Stephan Feld got a look in there for a while briefly but these days Rudiger Dorn and Mac Gerdts are putting up a good fight.
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4 - If I were to pick based off of who I own the most games by, it would be Knizia, he designed 8 of the 49 games I own.

If I were to pick based off who's games have I played more than anyone else's in the last couple of years, I have played 23 of Knizia's games (which is out of 248 distinct games played).

If I were to do the same but off of raw plays, it would be the 89 plays of Knizia games (out of 1127 plays).

It really sounds like it ought to be Knizia.

EDIT - Huh. 9 of the 80 games I want in trade are also Knizias. Makes him the most frequent designer of games I want, as well.
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Uwe Rosenberg. No question! The king of Euros!
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I really like Vladimír Suchý, very underrated
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Jason C. Hill!
He makes FUN games DRENCHED in theme!
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