Bruno Faidutti hat geschrieben:[...] Things are becoming more complex, and I wonder if we could now add a third school, which we can call the minimalist or the Japanese school – even when it’s already internationalized.
Like painters, writers or chefs, most game authors dream of a pure and uncluttered design, an epitome of simplicity capturing the true essence of gaming. We all gave it a try. Ultra-simple games based on a single mechanism, needing only a dozen pieces or cards and emphasizing a zen esthetic have always been around. Think of many small abstract games, like Steffen Müllhauser’s Six or Linja, or my Babylon / Soluna. Think of some German card games like Thorsten Gimmler’s No Thanks or Doris & Frank’s Pico. Think of Werewolves and its many siblings and cousins. [...]
Ryan Laukat’s Eight Minute Empire has more components, with some wooden cubes and a small game board, but its design philosophy is the same. The designer took a classical conquest game, in the Risk or Smallworld style, and managed to have it last only fifteen minutes and to put it in the smallest possible box, while keeping as much game as possible. [...]
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