During this, our first Designer Deep Dive, we speak with John D. Clair (designer of Mystic Vale, Custom Heroes, and more) about his upcoming title by AEG, Edge of Darkness. Edge of Darkness is a card driven strategy game that employs the card crafting system in support of a fully realized Euro style board game, set within a richly conceived fantasy setting. We talk to John about the genesis of his design, the process of taking his design from concept to reality, and everything in between. This in-depth conversation focuses upon the design of a single board game, exploring everything from design philosophy, prototyping, play-testing, presenting an idea to publishers, and bringing a a design to production (or in this case, kickstarter).
With travel, family time, the holidays, and the impending addition of a new co-host, we took our semi-standard holiday hiatus. But worry not, we are recording tonight for an episode releasing bright and early Monday January 15.
1) The Pegs are joined by the board game treasure Rodney Smith of Watch it Played as they discuss their recent game plays including Kokoro, Rajas of the Ganges, Heroes of Land, Air & Sea, and much more;
2) Review the storytelling adventure game Stuffed Fables and;
3) Revisit Terraforming Mars.
Certain of the aforementioned reviews derive from a copy of the reviewed game which was provided by the publisher, free of charge.