Blatant reposting of awesome James Mathe article

I really loved this article and so I’m just going to link to it here. If you’re an aspiring designer, then heed this advice. I have found myself giving all of this feedback time and time again. It’s all great advice that I strongly support.

Game Design for Dummies – by James Mathe

There is one caveat – if you are making a war game, then it is expected that there will be some player elimination. On the whole though, I’d recommend avoiding player elimination!

-Jay Cormier

The Number 1 Up and Coming Game?

Using some high tech math (division!), a user on has figured out what the top 50 up and coming games are for February 2014, and guess what came out on top?

ThisTown-logoThis Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us is number 1! Basically he took the ratio of new owners to existing owners to come up with a number and This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us had a ratio of 14.43, compared to the next highest which was Android: Netrunner – Fear and Loathing which had 13.92.

Pretty cool!



This Interview Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

ThisTown-logoHere’s a funny story: During our Kickstarter campaign for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us, I opened it up to the backers in the comments section to questions they had for me about – anything! Well, I got a bunch of questions…and then a bunch more. One backer has taken all his questions and my answers and made a couple of blog posts about them! So if you’re interested in learning a bit more about Sen and me and how we design games – there are a lot of interesting questions (and hopefully interesting answers) to be found!

Part One of the interview.

Part Two of the interview.

Thanks Sanders for putting this altogether! It’s a nice way to end off the Kickstarter campaign!!!

-Jay Cormier

Check out this overview video of our new game Akrotiri!

Eric W Martin from went to Nuremberg last week and took a bunch of videos of upcoming games – and lo and behold, he filmed an overview of our new game ,Akrotiri coming from Z-Man games later this year! This is exciting as it’s one of – if not my favourite games that Sen and I have designed. JF from Filosofia/Z-Man explains how the mechanics work in the game and it gives you a quick overview of some of the interesting decisions you’ll have in the game. Check it out!

-Jay Cormier

Finally – English Rules are posted for our new game Tortuga!

Queen had the German rules posted for awhile but have now posted the English rules to our new game, Tortuga! So if you’ve been on the fence about backing this game on Kickstarter – well, now you can read more about it to see if it’s your jug o’ rum!


Check out the rules on the Kickstarter Update page – and help us get that last stretch goal of 6 more treasure tokens! Less than $1000 to go!!!!!


This Town Ain’t Big Enough for GeekDad’s review…wait – yes it is!

ThisTown-logoScreenshot 2014-02-10 15.03.08GeekDad wrote up a nice review of This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us! In short, he liked it and while it won’t replace Carcassonne as his main tile-laying game, but that “it’ll be great for a quick fix.” Check out his review…

Oh also – you knew that the game is still funding on Kickstarter right?! Hey with a minimum pledge of $3 you can get yourself a copy of the game…or what about free? Sure – you can even try the game for free as a print and play. Click on Free Games above to find it.

To back it on Kickstarter, click here!

If you just want to share the Kickstarter campaign with your friends (because it fun to do!) – then you can use this link:


Fantastic video review of Belfort: The Expansion Expansion by Couple Vs. Cardboard!

Screenshot 2014-02-05 23.07.07

Bex-coverThese two are just awesome! I love their reviews. They have high production quality, they’re both good on camera (and adorable!) – but mostly I love them because they actually REVIEW the game! I’m not sure how we all became so complacent in interchanging the word review with rules summary. 99% of all other ‘reviews’ that I see are mostly a lengthy rules summary with an opinion tacked on at the end.

Anyway – I’m ranting. Here’s their video review of our new expansion – which they both seemed to really enjoy!

-Jay Cormier

Interview with Jay Cormier (me!) on GFBRobot!

GFBRBex-coverCheck out this interview I just did with Giant Fire Breathing Robot! We talked about three games: Belfort: The Expansion Expansion; Tortuga and This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us. At the time of the interview I wasn’t aware when the Kickstarter campaign would be happening for This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us – and it’s happening now.


Tortuga-BoxThisTown-logoYou can support Tortuga on Kickstarter here!

You can support This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us here!

You can buy Belfort: The Expansion Expansion many places, including here!

-Jay Cormier

Win your own copy of our new game Tortuga!

Screenshot 2014-02-03 23.11.07Queen is having a contest to win a copy of Tortuga! It ends Feb 6th – so hurry on over to boardgamegeek for the contest!!

If you’re not in the know yet – Tortuga is a new game from Sen and I that involves simultaneous rolling and assigning of dice in an effort to steal the most treasure for yourself!

The game is on Kickstarter for another 10 days or so, and has already achieved 3 stretch goals with another one happening any day now! If you want to back the game (you know, in case you don’t win the contest!), you can do that by visiting the Tortuga Kickstarter page.