Tony Haines

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A random, unofficial player expansion

If you are hoping for an article about the finer details of designing complex eurogames, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. Animal-upon-Animal is a dexterity game where you build up a communal heap of meeples in a big two-dimensional pile on top of a crocodile. It gains a lot from the cheeky, chunky nature of wooden meeples.

Original pile

Original pile

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Quick hacks for early prototyping

Hello. My name is Tony and I like to play games and make ... stuff. That's enough about me. My plan for this series is to do two or three entries over the next couple of months and then abandon it. I'm fairly confident of success with the bar set at this level.

So anyway, over the past few years I've played a few board games and this means I also think about making them. There are a lot of blogs about game design already, so I'm going to take a different approach - and write mostly about how to prototype things using random crap. Unfortunately this means my children are also in on the deal. Here is something I came home to a couple of years ago.

New designers

I'm not going to claim that this was a 'good' game, but it did have an expansion called "the blacksmith". That's actually pretty much the sort of thing you're in for, I'm afraid.

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