The Dark Imp Blog

Game Design Update: Managing disease and stacking cakes

Back in June I attempted to design a card game about a lord trying to save his domain from the Black Death: it never really got of the ground. But the theme stayed with me and I've been pondering other ways to tackle it. Finally, this week, I've managed to complete a...

The Planet Ixos

In the 80s my Dad threw the best kids parties in South Cambridgeshire. Our birthdays were legendary. Each one had a full-on theme… we’re not just talking about a couple of hats and a paper tablecloth. No, these parties involved several months of preparation and a full...

Game Design Update: Moles and monsters

This week has seen tweaks to current games and early development of new ones. Cake Pit - which will be renamed to something equally cakey, but less pitty - had a number of changes. There are now six different types of cake and different sizes can be layered in a...

Try this… Escape rooms

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll probably find an escape room close by. We’ve tackled escape rooms all over the UK, in Slovenia, Portugal, Hungary and even Cambodia. It's a wonderful family experience. For each, the premise is pretty much the same. You get locked...

Game Design Update: Tricky imps and inefficient gatekeepers

I finally created enough contraband cards to test Stand By Your Beds, a game about smuggling forbidden items into your boarding school bedroom. After a solo-playtest I made a tweak to improve the theming. Previously, the teachers would conduct dormitory inspections...

Alfie Reviews…. Keyforge

Alfie Dix, 16, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends. There are many hurdles people may encounter when trying to get involved in a new trading card game (TCG) such as the price, difficulties in learning the game, or...

Video: 4 easy-to-teach games

Ellie shares 4 games that are easy to teach and quick to learn. For those days when you just want to get on with it and play! https://youtu.be/eC8HSLnrmHM

Denholm Spurr’s Eight Games

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The games are not explained, but the links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  This month Denholm Spurr, designer, director, actor,...