Thursday, July 27, 2017

First thoughts on the Spiel Press

I've been interested to see what The Spiel Press would turn out to be ever since I first read about the up-and-coming imprint/company on the Button Shy blog. Well, they have their first kick starter going on so I've had a chance to take a look.

Short version, their product is creating roll-and-write books. That's when you have a pencil-and-paper games that are dice driven and you bind the individual sheets in a book. Perforated, of course, so it's easy to rip them out. You know, like you bound a bunch of Yahtzee score sheets together.

It's not a new idea. Sid Saxon designed a bunch of pencil and paper books back in the day and they're pretty awesome. And, of course, these days you can also create PDF versions, which is what I am interested in. I mean, print and pull out some pencils and dice. Now that is an easy print and play project.

OK, so their first Kickstarter is two different books. The first one is called Star Maps and involves a Take It Easy style bingo mechanic and constellations. The other is Blood Royals, a two-player area of control game with special powers.

While they have included print-and-play prototypes of both games, there is also quite a bit that hasn't been included in the prototypes. Quite frankly, I'm kind of curious to see what the final product looks like.

Of the two, I am more interested in Blood Royals. Star Maps uses a core mechanic that I have seen before, albeit one that I've had a lot of fun with. Blood Royals seems more ambitious and pushes the envelope for the medium more.

Of course, I don't know what tweaks they have planned for the final versions. And, yes, it might ultimately be disappointing. But I am backing the Kickstarter and signing on for the ride.

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