Beasts of Balance Development Diary #2: Finding the fun

Lead programmer at Sensible Object, George Buckenham, lifts the lid on how the firm went about ruthlessly stripping back the early design of Beasts of Balance to make it simple, straightforward, and most importantly, fun.

Arklu’s Isla McGuckin on Lottie, Girl Guides and the current state of creativity in the doll sector

As the firm launches Brownie Lottie, we caught up with Arklu’s creative director, Isla McGuckin, to find out her thoughts on the state of creativity in the doll space.

Designers behind Kingdomino, Citadels and Love Letter to create games for new subscription service, QST

“We have a revolutionary new twist to the standard monthly subscription gaming model that that we believe will take game creation to an all-new level,” said QST founder Cory Jones.

Comics publisher Oni Press debuts new board game arm, Oni Games

Oni Games will be on partnering with both new and veteran designers and established publishers to bring the characters and worlds of its original creator-owned comics to the world of games.

Tackling the issue of arranged marriages – with a board game

Experiential designer Nashra Balagamwala explains how her new board game, Arranged, aims to provide a platform for people to be able to discuss issues around arranged marriages in a very light-hearted setting.

LEGO appoints Niels B. Christiansen as new CEO

Christiansen was most recently CEO of global industrial technology company, Danfoss.

Greenhouse Area at Toy Fair 2018 now sold out

This year, the Greenhouse Area, dedicated to helping small and start-up companies break into the industry, has been extended by 80sqm to accommodate the huge demand for the area and to support the ever-growing talent in the industry.

The challenges in creating a licensed game

Brian Henk, president of Overworld Games and designer of Total Recall: The Official Tabletop Game, takes a look at the pros and pitfalls of creating a game based on an existing IP.

New series from Gogglebox creators to give toy and game designers the chance to get their product on shelves

The show sees entrepreneurs, inventors and licence holders pitch their product to an audience of potential customers and a panel of professional buyers from some of Britain’s best known retailers, with the hope of securing orders.

Global toy sales up 3% in first half of 2017, states NPD

Australia and the United Kingdom were the only two countries tracked by NPD that experienced declines.

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