Mark Gerrits, who are you?
I'm a civil servant software engineer who sometimes designs games in his free time.
What kind of gamer are you?
Benjamin Benéteau, who are you?
I'm a French comic book artist, living in Brussels, mainly working on the backgrounds and cars of the new Michel Vaillant series since 2012, and currently working on a new one-shot, which will be published by Le Lombard in 2018.
SteamRollers is live on kickstarter!
America, shortly after the first transcontinental junction in 1869.
Railroads are developing all over the vast expanses of the wild west, and business is booming. It is a time of adventure, progress, and opportunity. The transcontinental junction was a great milestone in American history, a first step that reshaped a whole continent.
Ludovox, a french vlog has released an english language video presentation of SteamRollers:
Hi everyone. Flatlined Games is a one-man shop, operated and owned by Eric Hanuise, but there are many stakeholders to this indie boardgame publisher: desig
Essen is coming very fast, and we're very busy with all the preparations.
This year at Essen we will release Argo, the new game from Bruno Faidutti and Serge Laget. This is a limited Essen release, and the game will only arrive in distribution later in November.
Our new website is online. Most of the contents have been migrated to the new site, and the URLs remain the same where possible.
The Flatlined Games website was set up in 2010, and an upgrade was long overdue.
Argo is the latest game co-designed by Bruno Faidutti and Serge laget. They already teamed up to give ue Mystery at the Abbey, Khéops, Ad Astra, Mission red planet and Castel.
In Argo you lead a team of Astronauts to the escape pods: you awoke from cryostasis on an unknown mining station, and the computer woke you up because of a bug. Plenty of large bugs, that is, as the station is swarming with Aliens!
1. The spark : Spaceships, combat and inertia.
A finished game is something solid, clear and detailed. The rules are precise, victory conditions are well defined, as are the means to reach them. In the beginning however, things are much more murky. There is nothing, or almost nothing. A spark, a blurry aspiration to something.
One morning I was toying around with the idea of a low complexity space combat. One ship per player, simple actions : move forward, turn, shoot, … and we merrily duke it out. I already created such a game, with simultaneous programming followed by a common resolution of the moves. Here I rather thought about turn-based, where you would end your turn by secretly choosing your next turn's move.
I was lucky to be involved with Twin Tin bots from the very first playtesting session. The prototype was already nice looking, with cute foam-core robots.
The first play was too long, lasting over two hours, but most of the elements worked quite well and I immediately liked that new game we just tried. Over the next few weeks we met for some more playtesting sessions, as the game was refined and developed. The more I played it, the more I liked it, and when Philippe told me the game was now far enough in the development process that he was starting to pitch it to publishers, I told him 'hey, I've loved that game since we started playing it, would you consider letting me publish it ?'
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