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Boardgames That Tell Stories 2: The Funniest Guide To Game Design & Game Publishing

(Boardgames That Tell Stories #2)

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The second book from Ignacy Trzeweiczek culled from his blog "Board Games That Tell Stories" as well as essays from other board game personalities and designers.
Hardcover, First Edition, 173 pages
Published December 2015 by Portal Games

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Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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Quite a bit better than the first volume. It's still a collection of (mostly) unrelated blog posts, but in this volume, there's n active attempt to teach something, something I believe was missing from the first volume. I'm still not sure just how relevant the stories in this volume are for folks actually looking to publish board games as a whole, but there are a lot of useful tidbits buried in the various stories that may help shake loose some ideas about what/how to do something relating to ga ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like reading stories and anecdotes behind the scenes in the boardgame industry, then this book is for you! Ignacy (head of Portal Games) does an excellent job informing, and with a sense of humor, various personal stories and interactions with other designers and friends in the industry over the years. I need to read vol 1, now....and I hear a vol 3, is coming in the future!
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The first book was a wonderful read, providing an in-depth insight into the board game development process.

The second books fells... rushed and unfinished. The author only tells us a bit more about play-testing and the book ends - well not ends but switches to individual stories of other developers. These are nice, but make the books simply feel like a clip art collection of short stories.
Chris Hecox
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It's fine. There are a few notable inclusions from guest authors at the end of the book, particularly one titled "so you want to be a game designer?"

This one is more of the same from the first book. Feels shorter. Doesn't seem to have near as much content but still communicates the challenges of game design.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good, interesting or amusing as the first. Deserves 4 and a half stars, but goodreads doesn't let that be a thing. Still absolutely worth your time, and amusing with a few interesting things about board game design mixed in. Not so much from Ignacy himself this time, which is part of the reason for the lesser quality I think.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
While this installment definitely was still entertaining, I felt like the first installment had more entries that were actually inspirational/informational.
Nevertheless, I still liked it.
Jenni Powell
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hope if he does future versions, he can include more women in the industry.
Serge Pierro
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is an excellent collection of Ignacy Trzewiczek's blogs covering several topics relevant to game design. As a bonus the second half of the book features guest articles from several famous game designers who provide their own insights on a variety of topics. If you have any interest in board game design, as well as playtesting, then this book will prove to be a very enjoyable read!
Tina Christensen
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Like the first volume it is a good book on board game design, a blog reprinted as a book, and again with interesting entries from lots of leading game designers. Interesting insights on the design processes. Recommended.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
okay, let's be honest. if you're reading this book you know you're gonna like it! so yeah, i love it!
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