Handcrafted Games

I probably don’t do quite as much work connecting and networking in the board game industry as I should. To be honest, most of my “board game” time is spent playing or making games! However, I have been lightly following a fantastic site/blog called More Games Please, which is all about board game art. There is little that is more important than the presentation of a board game to me, and it is one of the most important elements in providing an immersive experience. Before I ever played Scythe, I loved it, or at least wanted to love it, because of the artwork. Recently, Ross Connell, who runs the site, highlighted a toy/board game manufacturer called Timbrook Toys who are handcrafting small batches of a board game called Hedge Lord.

Hedge Lord

The labour of love here is just so inspiring, and the throwback/retro feel so good, that I wanted to highlight this game for you. It has even got me thinking how to inject subtle aspects of irregularity/uniqueness into my game elements so that each game feels like a unique creation, rather than something that has quickly come off the printing press.



Reviewers to Check Out Pt. 1

Over the last week We’ve been in contact with a number of board game reviewers about Festival! These are phenomenal content producers in their own right. While we can’t possibly highlight them all, here are a few worth checking out.


Purple Phoenix Games are putting out a ton of great reviews in print and seem to have a particular emphasis, though certainly not exclusive, on gateway games. Check out their impressive list of reviews here.

Love 2 Hate is Lance and Sam and they have a fascinating premise for their Youtube Review Channel: trying to turn non-gamers into gamers. As such, the emphasis is on gateway and family games. I count four children in the background, so that alone makes me a bit of a fan. Check it out!

Next time, I’ll highlight a couple more of these great content creators.