John J. McCallion, the boardgame-centric editor at large for GAMES Magazine, published an interview with me in the July 2012 issue of GAMES. So, go out and buy a copy (if you aren’t already subscribed), turn to page 75 and look for my big, shiny, disembodied head floating in the middle of the page.
If you’ve read any of his boardgame reviews in the magazine, you know that Mr. McCallion has a way with words … especially an exceptional ability for packing great density of information into a very efficient wordcount. So, one of the last things I sent to him during our back-and-forth series of e-mails (which was our method for conducting the interview) was that he should feel free to edit my words as needed to fit into the space he had available for the article. He did that and I think he did a great job of coaxing my original intended meaning out of many fewer words than I originally provided him with. However, this means that you may notice some phrasing or word choices that you wouldn’t normally hear from me.
I was quite happy that he was able to include my prompts for a few of my favorite game design related things … namely:
- Board Game Designers Forum — www.bgdf.com — A very good online community of designers, from absolute beginners through industry vets. Such a good resource to learn and to share.
- The Game Crafter — www.TheGameCrafter.com — the publish-your-own-game specialists, where you can buy most of my games. There is a special paragraph specifically dedicated to discussing the merits of TGC on page 76 of the interview.
- Protospiel — www.protospiel.org — an annual designer get-together held in July in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’ve only attended once, in 2009, and I do plan to be there again this year. Also, there are a number of these sorts of get-togethers throughout the year and all over the country … but my trip to Protospiel had such an enormously positive impact on my designing that it hold special importance for me.
This is quite an honor and exciting thing … please check it out and let me know what you think!