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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-120492...
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Re: 7 - year old designs board game sold by major retailers
Good for him!

...the little shit.
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How come this gem of a game isn't in the BGG database?
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teufen wrote:
How come this gem of a game isn't in the BGG database?

Good question. Looks like the game is called "Advent-ure" in the BBC article but "Animal Advent-ure" in this other article. I couldn't find either title in the BGG database.

Maybe it's not in the database because it's new, expensive (25 pounds) and only available from one source.
http://www.harrods.com/product/special-gifts/animal-adventur...

Looks like the designer has his picture on the box front.
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Probably one of those brats that keep playing on my lawn, too.
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Oh, don't be mean! This is a wonderful story. Bless him for his creativity and persistence--he stuck with it, working to improve it, for quite some time.

He sounds far too focused, pleasant and well-adjusted to be a brat at all.

I hope he gets a contract for that space chess game. I'll buy it.
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Barry Kendall wrote:
Oh, don't be mean! This is a wonderful story. Bless him for his creativity and persistence--he stuck with it, working to improve it, for quite some time.

Bleh... What these stories don't usually tell (and we find out later if the product is successful enough) is that the "child prodigy" is the son/nephew/whatever of someone in the industry. Christopher Paolini comes to mind.
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GSReis wrote:
Barry Kendall wrote:
Oh, don't be mean! This is a wonderful story. Bless him for his creativity and persistence--he stuck with it, working to improve it, for quite some time.

Bleh... What these stories don't usually tell (and we find out later if the product is successful enough) is that the "child prodigy" is the son/nephew/whatever of someone in the industry. Christopher Paolini comes to mind.



More to the point... is it good, or is it "good for a 9 year-old kid"? The problem (challenge?) with a lot of child "prodigies" is that you're only a child for so long... then you're just an average artist/writer/musician/scientist with no discerning advantage over the others in your field. Call it the Lil' Bow Wow Effect.

Still... hard for me to knock a game without playing it, so maybe I should keep my hypocritical mouth shut.
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If he was too sick to go to school then he should have been too sick to go around designing games.
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Nice story, but I bet Holly Vassal could design better, having learned and played 100s of games, she probably has a better grasp on game design.
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ralpher wrote:
Nice story, but I bet Holly Vassal could design better, having learned and played 100s of games, she probably has a better grasp on game design.


I don't think number of different games played has that high of a correlation to how good you are at designing your own games. I like Tom Vasel's reviews, and he seems like the kind of guy I'd like to sit down and play a game with, but that doesn't mean that I'd like a game he designed more than some others I enjoy by people who have played fewer games (which would probably be my whole collection).
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ralpher wrote:
Nice story, but I bet Holly Vassal could design better, having learned and played 100s of games, she probably has a better grasp on game design.


a candidate for 'order of the brown nose'.
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MOTHDevil wrote:
GSReis wrote:
Barry Kendall wrote:
Oh, don't be mean! This is a wonderful story. Bless him for his creativity and persistence--he stuck with it, working to improve it, for quite some time.

Bleh... What these stories don't usually tell (and we find out later if the product is successful enough) is that the "child prodigy" is the son/nephew/whatever of someone in the industry. Christopher Paolini comes to mind.



More to the point... is it good, or is it "good for a 9 year-old kid"? The problem (challenge?) with a lot of child "prodigies" is that you're only a child for so long... then you're just an average artist/writer/musician/scientist with no discerning advantage over the others in your field. Call it the Lil' Bow Wow Effect.

Still... hard for me to knock a game without playing it, so maybe I should keep my hypocritical mouth shut.


PEOPLE...that a child can design a game that retailers are willing to sell is a sign of the complexity level most people want their games to be. Remember, we're the minority.
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GSReis wrote:
Christopher Paolini comes to mind.


Paolini's a 'child prodigy'? I mean, I understand that he was in his late teens when he had his first book published, but a prodigy? I guess if all that means is that he got some stuff done before he hit adulthood then I guess he qualifies. But his writing is mediocre; nothing more or less.
 
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All that 'Game Designer' angst, classic

Good luck to the kid.
 
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TheFlatline wrote:
He's not a prodigy, but his parents were in the publishing business and self-published his first book, and then sent him on like a year or two tour of schools around the country to pull kids out of class and explain how awesome his book was.

Basically, that whole series is a manufactured fad.


So, essentially, he didn't have to dress up as a mermaid in a past career and had something better to sell than a book version of Balderdash.

Bless 'im! laugh
 
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lindelos wrote:
Paolini's a 'child prodigy'? I mean, I understand that he was in his late teens when he had his first book published, but a prodigy?

Dude, you do know what quotation marks are used for, right? Otherwise, your sarcasm detector may need calibration.
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It certainly beats out anything from ESSEN, as they're ALL crap! While this ONE isn't since it's from Scotland! robot
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when I was growing up gifted meant you road the short bus.

Today it means you have really great grades, so maybe prodigy has a new meaning?
 
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