Introducing a new planning game - North Berkeley!
You've planned the entire Bay Area - now, have a go at planning at the neighborhood level, with my new game "North Berkeley"!
Based on the real life debate over... Read more
Making the game more challenging (especially for 2 players)
Thanks again for being a backer! I've gotten some feedback in the last couple of weeks, with a couple questions on how to make the game more challenging/varied.... Read more
Bay Area Regional Planner now available at Games of Berkeley
Bay Area Regional Planner is now available from Games of Berkeley in downtown Berkeley, CA. Look for it in the Locally Grown Games display in the store. You can also... Read more
Art Show this Friday, 1/29 in San Francisco
In addition to making board games, I also paint! I have some paintings on exhibit at 1920C, an art/coworking/event space in San Francisco Chinatown for about a month. These paintings... Read more
Game Strategy: The downtown advantage
At the start of the game, there is just a single downtown (San Francisco) and three commercial zones. Aside from a few R-3 medium density residential zones, everything else is... Read more
Bay Area Regional Planner is now in production!
The first production orderhas been placed with The Game Crafter! If you filled out the shipping info survey before 8:40 PM Pacific time on Dec 28th, you'll... Read more
Thank you for your support of Bay Area Regional Planner!
Thank you all for backing Bay Area Regional Planner! It's been a much bigger success than I expected, and it's amazing to see so many people as excited about a game... Read more
Different housing solutions work on different timescales
Among the takeaways one gets from a round of Bay Area Regional Planner is that the housing crisis is solvable. Build up some of the suburbs into cities, create a... Read more
When you can't go home because home is going places - on community change and character
A while ago I was talking with a few people about the opposition to new housing. Even when projects offered affordable apartments, transportation management plans, and numerous other community benefits,... Read more
Latest Box Art
Here's the latest box art! Sponsors at the $150 level: if you know how you would like to be credited and haven't sent me info yet, feel free to send... Read more
A look at the zones
The zones in Bay Area Regional Planner represent some of the more common types of zoning encountered in the Bay Area. Here are some pictures of real world equivalents.
Note... Read more
Updated rules and How to Play video
Based on recent feedback, I've reworked the rules page to be easier to understand.
Also, here's a video showing the different steps of the game.
Pictures of the game prototype!
Thanks again for backing Bay Area Regional Planner! To give you an idea of the final product you'll be receiving, here are some pictures of the prototype, fresh from The... Read more
Solving the housing crisis with 2 million new homes
There are presently 2.6 million houses or apartments in the Bay Area, of which 2 million are located within the boundaries of Bay Area Regional Planner's game map.
To bring... Read more
You can't upzone Marin, but that's OK
In Bay Area Regional Planner, the two Marin County squares at the top left of the board can seem to be taunting you, especially when you've run out of R-1... Read more
There's more to affordability than housing: the retail space dilemma
When it comes to debates on affordability, it's usually implied that it's about housing costs. Indeed, in SF, the average renter spends 47% of their income on rent, above the... Read more
Bay Area Regional Planner's Traffic Model
Just like how transportation planning is closely tied to zoning, traffic is a key part of Bay Area Regional Planner. Roughly a third of the goals involve keeping commute times... Read more
Fully Funded! + Game board now has city labels
First off - a big thanks to everyone for getting this fully funded, and to the folks at SFBARF and Curbed SF for spreading the word!
At a recent playtest... Read more
The housing math behind Bay Area Regional Planner
Earlier this year, California's Legislative Analyst Officeproduced a report called "California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences." It talks about how housing costs in California went from being merely 30%... Read more
A look at the public process that inspired the game
A few months ago I attended some workshops for Plan Bay Area, a regional planning effort by various governments and agencies in the nine Bay Area counties to plan urban... Read more
An early playtest
In this 2-player game from a couple weeks ago, Contra Costa County had considerable political clout, and vigorously blocked any development in order to keep its commute times low. Homeowners... Read more