Monday, 2 February 2015

Bits, not bobs

First let me say that I am not really discriminating against anyone called Bob. If that is what you are called you are still welcome to join in our components discussion!
So what are we talking about on todays #BoardGameHour, well the answer is basically, what comes in your box! It's components week..

Here are the questions:
Q1: As a rule, do you know how good the quality of a games components are before you buy / play it? #BoardGameHour 
Q2: Does the quality of included components drive your buying choices? #BoardGameHour 
Q3: Would you prefer it if some games had slightly more basic components to keep the price point down? #BoardGameHour 
Q4: Do components genuinely affect the game experience? #BoardGameHour 
Q5: What component do you think is most innovative? #BoardGameHour 
Q6: should we expect publishers to include bags in games to sort components? #BoardGameHour 
Q7: Are there any games which should not have had such complex / high quality components? #BoardGameHour 
Q8:Do you have any special connection with some components? a favorite colour of piece / lucky dice? #BoardGameHour 
Q9: What is your favorite luxurious component? #BoardGameHour 
Q10: Is there one type of component that you always want to be top quality (Dice, Cards, meeples etc)? Why? #BoardGameHour 
Q11: Which game has the best components? #BoardGameHour
Look forward to seeing you later.. If you want to know more about Board Game Hour click HERE

Monday, 26 January 2015

Disabilities and Board Games

Today we talk about board gaming for disabled people. This does not mean you have to be disabled to take part as the questions will covers lots of areas and most people will at least play with someone who is colour blind.

Q1: Do you consider yourself disabled, or do you know anyone who is in any way? #BoardGameHour 
Q2: How has disability impacted your gaming experience? Yours or someone else? #BoardGameHour 
Q3: Which games are the most accessible to the type of disability you have or have come across? #BoardGameHour 
Q4: What can designers do to make games more accessible? #BoardGameHour 
Q5: Which games are not playable for you or people you know because of disabilities? #BoardGameHour 
Q6: Besides the games themselves, how can we make the gaming community more welcoming to disabled players? #BoardGameHour 
Q7: Are there any games with disabled characters / themes #BoardGameHour 
Q8: Why don't more designers/publishers incorporate disability into their games? (characters, themes, etc) #BoardGameHour 
Q9: What are some good resources for disabled gamers and designers? #BoardGameHour

Special thanks to #BoardGameHour @geekygimp for helping put together these questions!

See you all later..

For more info on #BoardGameHour go here

Diversity results

Online Classic Football Shirts sales have been steadily rising for a few years. Part of the reason they are enjoying such a large number of new sales is that football fans are really just beginning to realize that the online shops exist. It takes a while for internet consumers to feel they can trust a company, but once that reputation is established there is a good chance that your sales will grow tremendously - and continue to remain steady over the long run. The ease of online sales is difficult to resist when all it takes is a computer and a credit card.

One of the biggest forces driving the New Jersey market right now is the upcoming World Cup tournament. The teams that have qualified for this premiere football event are all sporting new uniform shirts, and fans are anxious to represent their teams by purchasing the new World Cup designs. From kids to grandparents, the World Cup brings out the football fan in everyone, and has an added element of national pride as the football team represents the entire country.

Many fans like to shop online Football Kits stores for t-shirts as well as replica jerseys. You can find generic football shirts that celebrate the sport, and you can also find fashionable shirts with the logos and labels of your favorite teams. Football t-shirts are a great way to add some extra passion for the game into your every day routine.

This year the most talked about new design is for Manchester United's away Football Shirts. Photos of their new shirts have been passed around the internet and they are not getting favorable reviews. The shirts are white with a large V pattern in red across the chest. With a lace-up top and the logo shoved off to the side of the V, these throwback shirts are being hailed as a design nightmare.

Last week our #BoardGameHour topic was Diversity in board gaming. Someone suggesting we do a poll of participants and the lovely +Geek on Radio (oh how we love her) put one together for us there and then. Here are the results:

According to our straw poll your average #BoardGameHour participant is ...
  • 77% male (with all other responses as female / woman & no transgender ) 
  • has an average age of 35 (but the most frequent age was 31, youngest 23 oldest 55) 
  • 81% white / Caucasian (with the other 19% a including Native Ameican, Mixed, Mexican, Latina, Hispanic, Indian,) 
  • 52% Atheist, or no religion, 27% Christian (with the rest spread betwwen, Later day Saint, Quaker, Buddhist, Humanist, Pagan, Hindu) 
  • 72% Hetro or straight (with Bi, queer, lesbian, hetro, gay & pansexual for the other 28%)
  • 19% have declared they have a disability, from ADHD, Hearing Anxiety, depression and agoraphobia being some of the disabilities named (some only replied Yes, someone said they were super human too) 
So, sadly as we would expect from the hobby overall.

Maybe we will do this again next year and see if we have a more diverse community.

Today we talk about Disabilities in the board gaming world.. Check out the topic here: Click ME

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

BoardGameHour Re-Brand

Hi Folks, I am really going to try and make 2015 the year of #BoardGameHour and so have decided to do a bit of a re-brand.

I have changed the logo, made a poster that you can print out and put up in games shops etc and will be doing a micro badge for BGG too. Any feedback is welcome and I hope you like the new look:

Print and Promote Poster:
Micro Badge (lol): 
See you Monday!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Diverse questions

Our topic for this weeks #BoardGameHour is quite a hot one. We have recently had the issue of slavery come up with it's inclusion in the hit Days of Wonder game Five Tribes (note: this was a hit even though some people objected.. Interesting, did they buy it anyway?)

So, we are going to delve into this subject. We will start tonight by looking at the subject of diversity in the whole. Then if parts are worthy of a full hour, we will carry on next week with a more focused look at one area.

Here are the questions for today:

Q1: What areas of board gaming (themes, players, mechanics, artwork, industry) do you feel needs more diversity the most? #BoardGameHour

Q2: What sort of diversity would you like more of, moral, cultural, racial, gender, sexuality, other? #BoardGameHour

Q3: Should diversity take priority over authenticity to theme? #BoardGameHour

Q4: Do you feel diversity within who players board games is getting better? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Do you want more female characters in game? would you like more realistic looking female characters/drawings? #BoardGameHour

Q6: Should sexuality be expressed in board games? Should it be more diverse? #BoardGameHour

Q7: Should artwork be more representative of diversity? #BoardGameHour

Q8: If there is a lack of diversity in a game does it influence your potential purchase? #BoardGameHour

Q9: Can an answer to a lot of these issues be found in the mainly middle aged, white, male industry? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What can be done to address some of these diversity issues? #BoardGameHour

Q11: What games do you feel have handled diversity well? Which haven't? #BoardGameHour

Let us know your coming with an RSVP HERE

For more info about #BoardGameHour click HERE

Friday, 16 January 2015

A question of diversity

On monday's #BoardGameHour we will be talking about diversity in all aspects of the board game hobby. From themes & publishers to designers & who plays them.

I am currently taking suggestions for areas to discuss and questions to ask, so far these have been submitted:

Should diversity preempt authenticity to theme?

What games do you feel have handled diversity well? (& maybe which haven't?)

If the artwork in a game lacks diversity in it's representation of human races does it influence your potential purchase?

What area of boardgames (mechanics, themes, artwork) do you feel needs more diversity?

what sort of diversity, Moral, Cultural, or something like Racial? I will play CarWars with anyone, just saying.

Diversity of themes, players, designers, publishers, artists, mechanics?

This is a wide ranging and interesting area to discuss, so if you would like to add to this, please do.. You can either leave a comment here or drop me a tweet using @BoardGameHour

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

D12 Challenge Sign up

I have placed a Geeklist on BGG for people who want to take part in the D12 Challenge to sign up to..

Even if you don't feel you can take part, please do there and thumb the idea to help raise awareness for others:

Also I am in talks with a big publisher regarding supporting the challenge, if this happens and how is still being discussed, but wanted you to know :0)