If you could play games from one designer for the rest of your life?

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This is inspired by @JamesReid860's post where he asked which publisher you'd choose if you could only play their games for the rest of your life.

I'm curious, which designer would you choose if you could only play his/her games for the rest of your life and why? (What is the variation like across his/her games in terms of complexity level? Only gateways? Only heavy weight games? What is the spread like in genre/theme/mechanics explored?)

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11 months ago

Hard to pick just one.  Uwe Rosenberg I guess.  I know Beth Sobel is my favorite game artist though!

Supporter11 months ago

Looks like Uwe Rosenberg has gotten the majority of the votes! (makes sense)

I like Beth's illustrations too--nothing too exciting, but I think that's why it blends so well with the game. And of course, they're beautiful! Makes me think of another idea for a forum post--"if all board games in the world were illustrated by a single illustrator, who would it be?"

11 months ago

I especially love her gorgeous illustrations in Lanterns and I'm looking forward to her new game Calico next year.  I haven't tried her reskinned Arboretum yet.

Supporter11 months ago

This is a really tough question! So many good answers here.

Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying, Eric Lang, Uwe Rosenberg. 

And so many more. 

I will say Corey Konieczka. Final answer. 

Supporter11 months ago

A favorite of @ithayla as well

11 months ago

I lav him

Supporter11 months ago

Good choice!

Supporter11 months ago

You are still stuck on IA. LOL

Supporter11 months ago

This is what I’m thinking too haha

Supporter11 months ago

lol. I’m a little bit less stuck today than 2 months ago. But Konieczka has designed so many of my favorite games that I really just had to pick him. 

Supporter11 months ago

Makes sense, He is also fairly prolific, so you should have some choice.

Supporter11 months ago

Honestly, this is gonna sound a little bad but I have little knowledge of the breath and width of many designers.  Outside of Jamey Stegmaier and Cole Wehrle I wouldn't know most designers even for the games I do own.  But, out of my top 5 they have 3 of the titles.  Having said that, because of my excitement around Oath I think I'll have to give it to Cole.

Supporter11 months ago

Same here haha, but talking with everyone on the forum has been helping me learn some of them. It's cool how as people start mentioning the different designers, it clicks why I've liked certain games. I also tend to be more curious about who illustrated the game.

I like Cole too, I just get fascinated by learning his thought process in his design diaries recently. Feels like he will keep on coming out with big surprises in the future.

11 months ago

I would go with Stonemaier Games.  Scythe and Viticulture are two of my favorite games and if you include whatever tweaking was done to Wingspan before it was published then I would throw that in as well.  After that my second choice might be Isaac Childress since he did such a fantastic job on Gloomhaven.

Supporter11 months ago

I had a very similar thought as you but wasn't sure if I could justify including Wingspan under Jamey haha. Do you think you'll like Tapestry? We got a copy and we're just looking to get it in whenever our time lines up!

11 months ago

I bought Tapestry at the release and have played a handful of times but need to play with a group a few more times before I have a good grasp on the game.  I do enjoy playing it and think the corrections to some of the cultures will help.  

Supporter11 months ago

Have you tried Tuscany? I was pretty blown away by the changes :)

Also, I'm curious about your thoughts on Tapestry. Do you see it as a game that will break into your top 5 games? And with all the noise that happened around the balancing/corrections recently released, how did you feel about it personally?

11 months ago

I haven't tried the Tuscany expansion but have added the Moor's visitors.  I'll take a look again as a Tuscany playthrough as it's not currently on my wish list (I just enjoyed the base game with the Moor's so much I didn't feel I needed an expansion).  

I think the balancing was good but at this point I don't see Tapestry breaking my top 5.  Now, I could see an expansion changing that depending on what it adds to the game.  Part of that though is Tapestry is not the type of game I'd normally put in my top 5 as I'm not big on CIv games and it's not a pure engine builder.  That being said, Gloomhaven was not my style of typical game but is designed so well I grew to love it.  Tapestry has some balancing flaws that I don't think were fully addressed with the opening corrections but I also think I lack enough plays to have a fully appreciable opinion.  Basically, the jury is still out...lol

11 months ago

Scott Almes was the first that came to mind. He's got a lot of games, all of which are great. Plus there's Heroes of Land, Air & Sea in there as well which is awesome. 

But I love Kane Klenko's games: FUSE, Flatline, Flip Ships, Proving Grounds, Cosmic Factory, etc. They're all real-time or dexterity (or both?), and some of my all-time favorites. 

In the end, I think I'd pick Scott Almes, since he has more variety. But it's a painful decision to make!

Supporter11 months ago

Have you had any leads on So, You've Been Eaten.? :(

11 months ago

I haven't really followed up yet, so no. But I did some looking around and I think the game's release may have been postponed, so that may be one reason. I plan on reaching out again once I'm back from Christmas break.

Supporter11 months ago

What about you, @philryuh?

Supporter11 months ago

I was hoping no one would ask because I'd have a difficult time answering this haha

It has to be a designer who has a strong portfolio of light to medium weight games. It's very important for me to have games I could play with the family, strong 2 player experience with my wife, and potential to be strategically deep.

  • I am super fascinated by Cole Wehrle's designs (Root is my favorite) but I don't think he's likely to produce family/gateway games.
  • Phil Walker-Harding would be my go-to for a prolific gateway game designer with good strategic elements but I don't think he'll ever go into the medium weight range of games.
  • Jamey Stegmaier hits the right spot for me with Viticulture because it has plenty of strategical elements but is streamlined enough to be almost a gateway game. He isn't a prolific designer though, especially since he's focusing on his strengths as a publisher.

I'm stuck! Let me know if anyone comes to mind mike :)

Supporter11 months ago

Uwe Rosenberg goes from quite light with games like Cottage GardenPatchworkSpring Meadow etc... All the way from that to games that are medium heavy to heavy. 

Vlaada Chavitil I don't think it's a good choice for you. But he has 8 of his games in the top 200 of BGG and they run the gamut from Codenames to Mage Knight. If all you are looking for is solid games with a huge variety of weight to choose from you could do worse than go with him. 

One other option is Michael Kiesling. I don't know if this counts or not, but he has designed a number of good lighter games, like Azul. But, also, in company with Wolfgang Kramer he had designed a plethora of solid midwwight Euro games. 

Supporter11 months ago

Woah, were you reading my mind or something? lol all three of them are designers I thought about while trying to answer this question.

Thinking about it now I think Uwe Rosenberg would be my final answer to this question! I'm super interested in trying out a lot of his games.

For Vlaada, it's amazing that he can pull off big hits across different genres/weight. But as you said, his type of game isn't as compatible with me.

I didn't realize Michael Kiesling has worked on midweight Euros. I should look into that.

 

Supporter11 months ago

I was going to suggest Uwe as well. But now that i think about it, Stefan Feld might also for the bill, or even Reiner Knizia.

Supporter11 months ago

Alexander Pfister. All the games I’ve played by him have been fantastic. Second place? Probably Uwe Rosenberg.

Supporter11 months ago

I think I have yet to play a Pfister game. I really want to. 

Supporter11 months ago

Do it! I haven’t played a game by him i did not enjoy.

Supporter11 months ago

I’m going to try!