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Hey, I’m Chris Backe (rhymes with hockey). I make tabletop games and help others make games.

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[#026] UKGE, making a great game, and more

[#026] UKGE, making a great game, and more

Welcome to your weekly dose of board game design!Yep, this one’s one day late. Let’s call this one the UK Games Expo edition - held last Friday to Sunday. This post will be short and sweet, but I’ll be writing a longer blog post about it later this week.Something I...

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[#025] adding theme to mechanics, shelving a game, and more

[#025] adding theme to mechanics, shelving a game, and more

Welcome to your weekly dose of board game design! UKGE is right around the corner, the sun is finally shining more consistently, I went on my first Parkrun (for the non-Brits, volunteer-organized 5K runs at local parks near you)… Life is good. A quick shoutout /...

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[#023] Confidence, pitching, and more

[#023] Confidence, pitching, and more

Welcome to your weekly dose of board game design!My Eurovision favorite (Finland) came 2nd place behind a dominant performance of Sweden, the ‘bookies favorite’ and a previous winner of the contest. Celebrate some weirdness below:I could do without the hour-long...

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[#021] Backups, taking notes, and more

[#021] Backups, taking notes, and more

Welcome to your weekly dose of board game design!It's May, and things are getting busy! Hope life is well with you?Something I learned about game design this weekWhatever you create, take a backup, people. I recently had a major issue with my entrogames.com website...

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[#020] Desire paths, playtesting well, and more

[#020] Desire paths, playtesting well, and more

Welcome to your weekly dose of board game design! Almost a third of the way through the year! How are you coming with your designs? Something I learned about game design this week So I'm working on a game with some worker placement, and some of the places to go have...

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