Wednesday, December 7, 2011

You tell me: favourite game designers...

Managed to play a game of the new Ticket To Ride: Asia team expansion last night and loved it.  My favourite series of games now has an option for clever partnership play and it felt quite rewarding when you worked together with someone to complete a ticket.  I am reminded again and again of how much I enjoy Alan R. Moon games, whether it be a game in the TTR series, the lovely Elfenland, the interactive and nasty Oasis, or the brilliant and under-rated card game Gloria Picktoria.  He is the tops for me right now with Knizia, Sackson, Friese, Kramer, and Wallace following not far behind.

Who is your favourite game designer and why?

5 comments:

  1. It used to be Kramer, but then I realized I only enjoy classic Kramer. Starting with Hacienda, his newer stuff stopped giving me a sense of wonder. I don't believe I'm being jaded by all of the other good games coming out. Wallace continues to amaze me. I don't know if Knizia has lost his touch, but I find his games reliable. Karl Heinz-Schmiel would be in my top 5.

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  2. I'm reserving that spot (favourite game designer) for my little brother...

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  3. Yeah, Heinz-Schmiel is brilliant. Tyranno Ex is a classic.

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  4. Vlaada Chvatil is #1 for me. I haven't played a game of his that I haven't liked, and I'm drooling over the rest. I love the feel of chaos he manages to work in to everything he does - you can plan perfectly, but based on the cards or what the other players do, your plans may be right out the window.

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  5. I got to add Stefan Feld to the list. With games like Castles of Burgundy, Macao, In the Year of the Dragon, Notre Dame, Luna, Strasbourg, Roma II, and Trajan (I haven't tried yet - but hear good things), I give big thumbs up to him. One of my fav's! Also surprised no mention of Uwe Rosenberg?!

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