Designer Panel - State of the Industry

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  • Published on:  Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Geoff Engelstein moderates a designer panel discussing the state of the industry. Sydney Engelstein, Richard Launius, Erica Bouyouris, Eric Lang and Richard Borg give their expert opinions and peel back the layers of modern game design. Recorded at Dice Tower Con 2019Join us for the Dice Tower Retreat: out the friendliest conventions on Earth!Dice Tower Con East! - (July 1-5, 2020)Dice Tower West! - (Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2020)Dice Tower Cruise! - www.dicetowercruise.comBuy great games at http://www.coolstuffinc.comFind more reviews and videos at http://www.dicetower.comGet a great game table here!


  • 3 Minute Board Games
    3 Minute Board Games  1 months ago +10

    "Good is the new bad" Eric Lang
    This is so true. I've mentioned this is some of my videos recently, playing some "good" games that are fine, but they just aren't good enough to keep around.

  • Dan Sioui
    Dan Sioui  1 months ago +15

    Only 40 minutes in to this, but I find this completely fascinating. Great panel selected who are very articulate at getting their opinions or information relayed.
    Thanks for posting this!

  • Gary Jans
    Gary Jans  1 months ago +4

    Interesting discussion, even if you’re not a designer, publisher or developer yourself.

  • David Williams
    David Williams  1 months ago +4

    I've never seen a panel where a panelist gets up and leaves.

  • cepholopod
    cepholopod  1 months ago +1

    At the start I thought I was looking at Rick Moranis out of Ghostbusters lol .... He even says Ghostbusters at the start lol....hehehhehe

  • charles rowan
    charles rowan  1 months ago +1

    I only buy games by specific game designers. All my games will be played 10+ times. I ignore top 10 list and control my buying. Richard Borg is one designer who I will buy upon a release.

  • Simon A
    Simon A  1 months ago +1

    Tbh, other than the kickstarter factor, the board game industry is evolving like any other has. Demand bubbled up; the market is now maturing and becoming more selectice; supply will necessarily consolidate and contract.

  • Ric Lacy
    Ric Lacy  1 months ago

    Really good panel! Diverse set of industry backgrounds.

  • Baa Humbug
    Baa Humbug  1 months ago

    I bought Villainous from barns n noble

  • Jim Grant
    Jim Grant  1 months ago

    Fantastic show and panel!

  • B Palmer
    B Palmer  1 months ago

    Great discussion thank you.

  • Aasem Ahmad
    Aasem Ahmad  1 months ago +2

    What's the game Richard is talking about around 21 minutes?

  • Tesla Volta Games
    Tesla Volta Games  1 months ago

    Lots of mediocre miniatures, dice, LCG, and CCG games are still being made. I mean that is Asmodee's/FFG's and CMON's bread and butter. On Kickstarter, the biggest games are miniatures games or the latest from Happiness and Cyanide while a classic euro or any game with good mechanics is happy to reach 100K.
    Also, Kickstarter has created a 2 tiered customer base: those with Kickstarters and those without the extras from Kickstarters. I was bit by that bug with Dinosaur Island and paid almost $50 extra to get the Kickstarter edition after the fact, so I can get metal coins and unique dino meeples and some extra cards (I am a sucker for Dino Meeples). Lately, I have mostly supported games that are from smaller companies and euros only that may have no stretch goals or limited ones (Die Macher, City of Big Shoulders, Pipeline, Age of Steam Deluxe, etc.).

  • KSweeney36
    KSweeney36  28 days ago

    Come on, you’re taking the Mick! It’s c-mon!!

  • Joachim Erdtman
    Joachim Erdtman  1 months ago

    I buy games from designers already trust. I definitely look at who the designer is before buying a new game.

  • Neue Ära
    Neue Ära  1 months ago

    I'm sure Richard Borg didn't mean to come off that way, but the notion that people would only buy CMON's games for the minis is kinda rude. I'm sure it happens but I think that is a small minority because they make some excellent games worth buying for the design/mechanisms alone!

  • Neil N
    Neil N  1 months ago

    I dont back many games. I dont buy many new games. I only back for ks stuff. If its ks only non retail. Hyperspace, oceans, kingdom rush, zombicide invader. Dinosaur island. Suburbia ce
    I own great games that age well normally. i own 45 games. Play all my games to death. I own a few new ones like the quest for el dorado, wingspan, rising sun, dinosaur island, etc...
    I love expansions but only after theyve been play tested and only for GREAT games.

  • DTM
    DTM  1 months ago

    What happened to the Top10 video which was published and then deleted???

  • Brian T
    Brian T  1 months ago +2

    Interesting points about IP games that I never thought about. Also I loved the part about Kickstarter and I agree that if companies like Fantasy Flight and CMON switched from Kickstarter to some other company that hobby gamers would follow without a doubt. Also just checked out and backed Kodama 3D. Looks like a cool concept and I have played 2D Kodama a few times and like it.

  • Justin Phillips
    Justin Phillips  1 months ago +1

    Really interesting insights.