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Adventures on the Tabletop is a movie about designing, testing, pitching, and publishing tabletop board games.
A man on a quest to design and publish THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN GAME. Special features include interviews with luminaries of the tabletop world: Knizia, Bauza, Teuber, Moon, Leacock, Lang and more.
A man on a quest to design and publish THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN GAME. Special features include interviews with luminaries of the tabletop world: Knizia, Bauza, Teuber, Moon, Leacock, Lang and more.
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Adventures on the Tabletop explores board game design. We’ll take you from inspiration to prototype to playtest. We will get into the nitty gritty of game mechanics, game balance, and game theory. From prototype, we’ll bring you into pitch sessions as designers pitch major publishers. We will discover what various publishers are looking for in theme, mechanics, and play.

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Furthering our exploration, we will then follow the games into the play testing labs of the publishers in both the US and Germany. We will watch as rules are probed, learn how designers collaborate with publishers and experience the extensive playtest and development process from mechanics to theme.

Listen to The Game Whisperer Funding the Dream with director Douglas Morse. And Part II: Kickstarter Lessons Learned is invaluable.

Knights of the Dinner Table include Jolly Blackburn, Steve Johansson, Barbara Blackburn, and David Kenzer. We discussed many things Hackmaster.
Knights of the Dinner Table include Jolly Blackburn, Steve Johansson, Barbara Blackburn, and David Kenzer. We discussed many things Hackmaster.

For detailed information, please read our updates and check out the articles, interviews and podcasts.

In the movie, we will interview giants of the gaming world including Alan Moon, Klaus Teuber, Reiner Knizia. We talk with independent designers and distributors and discuss how Kickstarter is transforming not only distribution, but game design itself.

Chris Badell of Greater than Games and Designer Richard Launius playtest an alpha  prototype.
Chris Badell of Greater than Games and Designer Richard Launius playtest an alpha prototype.

GREAT INSIGHTS FOR ANY GAME DESIGNER! If you're a gamer,  you'll gain appreciation and understanding for the games you love and you might just catch the design bug!

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Director Douglas Morse is a professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School for Public Policy in New York City. Three adaptations of classic drama are carried by the largest distributor of educational media. Adventures on the Tabletop is his seventh feature film.

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