BrettSpiel is a blog about board game design, written by game designer Brett J. Gilbert.

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And So It Begins…

As someone once said (and lots of people have oft repeated) even a journey of a thousand miles must start with a single step, and it’s hard to disagree. This is my first step. As for my journey, only time will tell.

And even this first step has been painfully slow in coming. Starting a blog is a fine new year's resolution, but to be credible it really ought to be this year’s resolution, rather than being one that's been knocking around for ages. However, if this really is to be the beginning of something with a bit of substance, perhaps it would best to put in writing what I hope the blog will be about.

So, in no particular order, here goes:

  • The blog will mostly, and primarily, be about board game design. This is something I have become increasingly interested in over the past 8 years or so. As a family, we always played board games, and so perhaps it is something that has been growing since I was old enough to roll a dice, but as a more serious interest things really only kicked off in 2001. Now, board game design is a fairly broad topic — or at least a not particularly well-defined one — so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how things work out, but as of now one of the things I spend much of my freetime doing is designing my own games, and as for the future… well, I sincerely hope to become a published designer, an ambition which is hopefully soon to be realised. Stay tuned!
  • I may well also discuss puzzles: brainteasers, that is, not jigsaws. These are another family endeavour and though certainly related to board games intellectually they are different beasts. Several people recently have sneered when I have corrected their semantics on this issue, but perhaps another thing I can do in this blog is articulate the difference (as I see it).
  • There’s also likely to be some current affairs thrown in for good measure, although I shan’t drag the discourse down to gutter politics, rather just a little popular culture or maybe even some popular science. I am a physical scientist and mathematician by education, after all.
  • And lastly, but by no means leastly, they’ll be some personal stuff too… but more on that matter, and indeed all the other ones, anon.

And so anyone out there with either the compulsion or the plain dumb luck to be reading this I welcome you to my blog! Bon voyage!

Hiya Brett,

Welcome to the blogo-sphere! I've added your blog to my list of feeds and I'll add a link on CnP too.



Are you doing games full time now or is it your hobby? I enjoy your posts a lot by the way.

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