In which I am suitably excited.
The results of this year’s Hippodice Game Author Competition have today been posted on the club’s website. I have already written within these pages about my two entries — Archipelago and Jukers! — and although neither design made it into the top three (hearty congratulations to the winner and runners-up!) the big news is that both of my designs made it to the final round!
This means that of only nine prototypes selected from all the entries to go forward to the final round and be playtested by this year’s jury, two of them were mine. I am obviously disappointed to miss out on a top-three placement (after all, I had pretty good odds!) but it is very exciting to think that both Archipelago and Jukers! have been played by a group made up of representatives from eight top game publishers — Phalanx, Pegasus Spiele, Hans im Glück, Ravensburger/Alea, Eggertspiele, Schmidt Spiele, Amigo and Zoch — plus a member of the jury for the prestigious ‘Spiel des Jahres’ award.
Which, I think you’ll agree, is an impressive playtest group. Go me!