“The first thing I noticed when I was starting out as a designer was how much I love games,” says Lauren Loeffler, co-author of the new game design book, Board Game Design: A Game Book for Gamer.
“And I started seeing the same themes in other games.
There was this huge disconnect between game design and what we’re trying to create.
And so I just started trying to bring that to life in my own book.”
The book was released last week, and Loeffer and her publisher, publisher, have already seen an incredible response from gamers.
Loeffeer says the book has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages.
“We’re thrilled that gamers are starting to see how games can be as inclusive as we can be, that it’s fun to design games that people can play and that they’ll enjoy,” she says.
The book is part of a series of games that Loefler and Luthier have released as part of their board game design initiative, BoardGameAdvisor.
They are also publishing their first game, a new board game called Bully, a game for kids that’s being designed for younger children.
BoardGameAdvice is launching a Kickstarter campaign for a board game to be used in schools to teach the basics of math and reading.
“In order to create something that people could be proud of and be proud to play, we had to be honest and open about what we wanted to make,” says Loeferer.
“If we didn’t have that honesty, the game wouldn’t have been a game.”
This is not the first time Loeferr has published a book for board games.
Her previous book, The Board Game Book, was a best-selling guidebook for building, developing, and marketing board games for children.
“I don’t think there’s anything quite like what we did with BoardGameAnswers.
The content is so deep, so detailed, so beautiful,” says her co-publisher, Lauren Luthir.
“It’s a very different way to approach games.
We were very fortunate to have the chance to work with some of the great people at Game Developer Magazine, including Sarah Clark and Mark Rosewater.”
Luthie says the focus on game design is the result of Loefffers own personal journey as a child.
“She started with the idea that board games should be a way to connect kids to the real world.
She was always interested in art, in art history, in film, in architecture.
It’s really been her journey from a kid who was interested in the art of painting and the art world to a designer, to a game designer.”
The game she is creating is about a young girl, who has trouble understanding what she’s supposed to do and why she should be doing it.
Luthrie says this is an interesting game for young girls who struggle with math and language.
“The way we’re writing it, we’re creating a language and a way for girls to understand what they should be thinking and what they shouldn’t be thinking,” she explains.
“A lot of our game design works are really about learning about people and making sure that their thoughts are being reflected in our game.
And we want to make sure that our games are really welcoming for young people to play.”
BoardGameGeek is hosting a contest for a new game that will be available for $20 to $25.
The winner will receive a copy of the game and the chance for a behind-the-scenes interview with Loefy.
“This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for being there for us and being part of our process, which is the most important thing we can do for our community,” says Mark Rose.
“You’re really helping us make games that we love, and it’s really cool.”
Loeefeers publisher, BoardGaming, is also launching a new program to help parents get started with games and teach kids.
“What we’re really trying to do is really give parents a chance to take their children to a place where they feel like they’re really part of something and a place that they’re truly invested in,” says BoardGaming’s co-founder, Ryan Miller.
“Because there’s no doubt that they need a place to start and they’re not going to be able to get there on their own.
They need the support of a parent to give them the resources that they really need.”
BoardGaming is also giving away a new Kickstarter campaign to give kids access to a free game from their favorite board game publisher, Fantasy Flight Games.
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