Shoudo

Complex Simplicity

Complex Simplicity

In Our Story, the Houseplant Games team talks about the things that make us who we are, from stories of how we came together to the times we could have broken apart. There's lots to learn about relationships, game design, and life in general.

This week, JR talks about the process of bringing Shoudo all the way from rough-hewn idea to fully-fledged game, and takes some time to explain the design decisions that helped make it the game it is today.

Do You Want to Play a Game?

Do You Want to Play a Game?

In Our Story, the Houseplant Games team talks about the things that make us who we are, from stories of how we came together to the times we could have broken apart. There's lots to learn about relationships, game design, and life in general.

This week, Garrett shares the story of how he first met the motley crew that would eventually become Houseplant Games, and talks about how that fateful meeting eventually developed into some great friendships.

Un-risky Board Games

Un-risky Board Games

Ah, family game night. A phrase as synonymous with fun as it is with fighting. No one delights in losing, but the thrill of slightly missing victory or making risky plays can still make competition enjoyable. While the ‘true’ enjoyment of a game night is socializing and eating copious amounts of pizza until midnight, the best game nights and the worst game nights I’ve ever had with friends or family are always separated by one thing: the quality of the game.

Tough Decisions

Tough Decisions

As I sat at the table staring at my Daimyo army, several options ran through my mind. I could continue to play defensively and try to eke out an advantage by burning Ben’s territories and hope to lure him into making a mistake, or I could go on the offensive and risk everything on a single attack on his Daimyo castle. On one hand, if I waited, I could try to make a comeback and potentially regain the advantage eventually, but on the other hand I could just take a roughly 20% chance at victory right now. After considering each option, I picked up the piece and made my decision.