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Countdown to Hippodice

The Hippodice Games Club in Germany has opened the application window for its annual game author competition, so if you are a game designer and fancy your chances, then you have until November 1st to email your application.

The club then reviews all applications, and any authors selected for the next stage will have until December 1st to send their gleaming, newly minted prototypes to Germany to allow the games to be playtested. The club members will then certainly have their work cut out for them before announcing the results around the beginning of March (at least, that’s when news broke in this year’s competition).

I entered two games — Terraform and Mosaic Romanum — into the 2009 competition, both of which were selected for the playtest stage; Mosaic Romanum even made it into to the next and final round, although just missed out on a place in the winners’ circle, garnering a 'Recommended' badge instead. Given that this was my first shot entering the competition I was jolly pleased with the result.

This year I plan to follow suit and enter two games (and hopefully have as much success). The first is a brand new board game design that I have developed this year called Archipelago, the second is an older, smaller card game design called… well, that’s actually a good question… I still haven’t found a good name for it.

I guess I have until November 1st to make up my mind!

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