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Terry Fung
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Hello Juma,

I am curious about the design process of CoC. When you came up with the idea for CoC, you must have foreseen how similar it is to Terra Mystica in terms of gameplay or mechanism. So my question is as follows. How did you "come to terms" or decide to use such mechanism at the risk of being constantly compared to TM or accused of plagiarism/not being original? Was there any communication between you and Jens Drögemüller or Helge Ostertag, the designers of TM?

Please don't be offended by this question. I am a big fan of yours and CoC is my favorite game of 2017. I've taught it multiple times during PAX Unplugged and wish everyone have a chance to appreciate your masterpiece.
 
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tmf2115 wrote:
Hello Juma,

I am curious about the design process of CoC. When you came up with the idea for CoC, you must have foreseen how similar it is to Terra Mystica in terms of gameplay or mechanism. So my question is as follows. How did you "come to terms" or decide to use such mechanism at the risk of being constantly compared to TM or accused of plagiarism/not being original? Was there any communication between you and Jens Drögemüller or Helge Ostertag, the designers of TM?

Please don't be offended by this question. I am a big fan of yours and CoC is my favorite game of 2017. I've taught it multiple times during PAX Unplugged and wish everyone have a chance to appreciate your masterpiece.


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Ponsonby Britt, OBE
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His discussion of his inspirations and the development in this interview may be of interest.

Begins around the 6:09 mark.

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Rocco Luigi Tartaglia
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He also made this Designer Diary: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/223665/clans-caledonia-de...
 
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TJ H
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tmf2115 wrote:
Hello Juma,
How did you "come to terms" or decide to use such mechanism at the risk of being constantly compared to TM or accused of plagiarism/not being original? Was there any communication between you and Jens Drögemüller or Helge Ostertag, the designers of TM?


This question is definitely weird. First of all, being compared to TM is not a risk if CoC itself is a good game comparable to TM. And it is.

Also, I don't even know how you can even accuse CoC of plagiarism. It's definitely not similar enough to mention word "Plagiarism". You can of course say it's not a very original game but it's totally fine since designer's goal is often not making a game that's most original. In fact, it's often recommended to draw inspirations from existing games and mix them to make another good game.

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