The Unattainable Triangle, Board Games, and You

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What is the Unattainable Triangle and why is it relevant to board games? How is communication involved?

 

It's something I have been thinking about for a while now about Quality, Speed, and Time. It's mainly used for the production side of things and we talk about that in our article but I keep thinking about it from a consumer point of view.

 

What do you think? Does this triangle hold true for board games? Is there a way around it?

 

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4 months ago

Makes for an interesting read, I doubt anyone would disgaree that communicaiton is vital, but I wonder if it is in some ways too broad a term to discuss. As in, 'communication' is incorporated into almost anything anyone does but there are so many facates to communication that I could say I was 'good' at communication when really I am talented/practiced a certain subset of communication but we assume that means we are good at all of them and as such don't think to practice a big enough range. I wonder if we need a more nuanced set of terms to discuss the different facates and as such allow people to be more precise i.e. communicate about communication better.

4 months ago

I really like the idea you have here of breaking communication down into smaller segments/skills. Being able to to write proejcts up into a legible format is different than somebody who is conscientious at keeping lines of communication open. I think it would be an article we might write in the future. How would you dissect communication? How would you divide up the various skills involved?

3 months ago

Hmmm, I guess there are a number of different groups of factors:

1) Medium: Most obvious are verbal or written, I know plenty of people who excel at one and struggle with the other. However, messages are also communicated via art pieces, action or inaction, and I am sure many others.

2) Timing: The content of a message can change depending on when it is delievered, even a well thought out response can lose emphasis or relevance if it arrives later than expected and a quick repsonse may seem either prompt or rushed.

3) Nature of what is being communicated: For example, are you expressing an idea that came from your own head, are you relaying a message for someone else, are you asking a pertenent question, are you expressing praise/admonishment? There are certainly dozens of broad catergories and I think while there will be overlap each one is a skill in and of itself.

4) Intended audience: A colleague or a client, someone familiar or a complete stranger, a large group or one-to-one, casual or formal etc. Again, people are good at some but not necessarily all.

5) Complexity of the idea/communication: I guess this is a pair of spectrums, how complicated the idea you are trying to convey and how concise or caveated/nuanced the response is. The skill is in finding the right balance on those spectrums while making sure the communique cannot be misunderstood but is also not convoluted.

I am sure there are plenty more factors to communication, and obviously any single piece of communication will be a part of each. Eg. You are trying to write an email (1) to let your art design team (2) know that the factory has to shrink the size of a component (3) and needs a new design before the whole game goes to print in a week (2 - must be prompt) at this smaller size but you want to ensure that the impact the core mechanic of your game isn't ruined because of it (5,3). If you are lacking in any part it can disrupt the whole message.

3 months ago

I think taking your framework here I would break communication down into 2 categories from your medium idea:

1) Written

   A) Audience: Consumers

      - Message Type, Complexity, Timing

   B) Audience: Associates

      - Message Type, Complexity, Timing

2) Verbal

   A) Audience: Consumers

      - Message Type, Complexity, Timing

   B) Audience: Associates

      - Message Type, Complexity, Timing

What do you think of this framework? Something we could build off of to help people hone in on what is involved and needs to be improved?

3 months ago

That's a pretty neat way of displaying it (good written communication!). Yeah, I think it would be great if people started usign something like this (plus I am sure there are facets i have missed) to speak more precisely about communication.

3 months ago

Do you agree with the breakdown or is there another way you would divide up communication?

4 months ago

Broken link for me :(

4 months ago

I am sorry about that. Try this: https://bit.ly/bgtriangle

4 months ago

The link just takes me to an error page :(

4 months ago

Sorry about that. Thanks for letting me know. Try this: https://bit.ly/bgtriangle

4 months ago

Thank you!

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