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Re: [Icehouse] Best of 2009, next steps

  • FromBryan Stout <stoutwb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 3 Jun 2010 17:52:22 -0400
My basic approach is pragmatic: don't let anything stop you all from playtesting and judging the games.  So:

1) Sounds reasonable. Go ahead and try the games not given a qualified yes first, then try the others if you have time.  It may turn out that a provisional first judgement is a hit with others.

2) The number of finalists is definitely worth discussing.  But is has no affect on the need to play and evaluate what we have right now.  Keep on playing!

3) The special equipment does not bother me, as long as a) it is print-and-play at home (and the Decktet is), and b) available at Origins if it makes the finals (which it or any other such game would be).  After all, almost every new boardgame has new equipment for people to get familiar with.  Since when is that a big obstacle for the folks at Origins?

4) We definitely need to make plans for promoting this. 


On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM, Jeff Wolfe <jwolfe@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
Comments on the next steps of the Best in 2009 thing:
1) Anything that is a "qualified yes" should be eliminated.
1a) "Needs work" is incompatible with "award winning".
1b) We are trying to open these games up to a wider audience at a public
event.  Any game that has issues will be counter to that objective.

2) There should be no more than 3 finalists.
2a) We are asking people to take time out of their Origins schedule to learn
and play these games.  If there are too many games, they won't.
2b) Somebody's going to have to make signs and provide copies of the rules.
The fewer games included, the more manageable that will be.

3) I don't think we should nominate games that require exotic equipment
3a) I'm looking at you, Dectana
3b) We would need to provide everything at Origins
3c) That's another barrier to entry to people who aren't already fans

4) Something needs to be done to promote this
4a) People aren't going to do it unless they know about it
4b) If we don't make it look interesting, people won't be interested.

- Jeff

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