Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Luke Turpeinen0
Board Game Hour Replay
February 10th: Art in Games
If you Twitter and you like board games then you might know about Board Game Hour- a weekly discussion group held on Twitter to discuss board games. Every Monday at 11:00 am Pacific (2:00 pm Eastern, 7:00 pm Greenwich) people from around the world get together to talk about a pre-chosen topic. The account that coordinates the discussion is @BoardGameHour and they determine the topic every week.
Two weeks ago the topic was “Art in Games” and here are some of the tweets we thought were especially interesting:
— Geraint Evans (@GezEvans) February 10, 2014
We really liked the idea of modifying board games that you wouldn’t normally think to modify. Typically miniatures games are ones to get a paint and wash treatment but this time @GezEvans took paint to Tzolkin.
Speaking as a graphic *and* game designer, make your prototypes plain. Make your game look as finished as it really it is. #boardgamehour
— Daniel Solis (@DanielSolis) February 10, 2014
Having seen quite a few games that overly complicated their prototypes with colors and complex designs, I can definitely agree with this.
— The Author M (@TheAuthorM) February 10, 2014
I agree that good layout is practically invisible, but good “artwork” will stand out. A good example of this to me is Magic the Gathering card borders- the original ones were ultimately too distracting and the “new” ones are clean and don’t interfere with the rules text and art.
I think that that good art shows people that the designer cares about the game, and poor design shows lack of interest #boardgamehour
— Across the Board (@Board_Crossing) February 10, 2014
— the_FlyingSheep (@the_FlyingSheep) February 10, 2014
That’s true, as my mom used to always say, “We all do the best with the tools we have, but sometimes they are woefully inadequate.” I was thinking more like the person in who is really smart and writes well but turns in their term paper with a coffee stain on it.
Your game can be really good but if you don’t show me that you care about art design or production then I’ll probably not care overly much about your game. To me, not showing at least moderate interest in visual design in a game that you’re asking me to spend money on is pretty crappy. @cbdarden agrees:
— Happy Mitten Games (@HappyMitten) February 10, 2014
And people shared what they consider some of the prettiest games out there:
@pensive_shadows shares some wisdom from a 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy:
— Morgan (@Pensive_Shadows) February 10, 2014
I have to admit that I’ve passed on board game Kickstarter projects before because the art seemed poor and the game wasn’t pitched well enough to justify buying it. To me, games are their mechanics but they’re equally the theme and the art.