The Dark Imp Blog

Getting inspiration for a new board game

Getting inspiration for a new board game

I’m often asked where my ideas for new games come from. The truth is that they come from all over the place: random things I hear, patterns I spot, components from other games, strange game-playing dreams and discussions I have with other designers, amongst other...

What is a tile placement game?

What is a tile placement game?

In this blog: Ellie explains what ‘tile placement’ means in board gaming. There are all sorts of terms used within board gaming to describe the mechanics of a game. Familiarity with the jargon helps us to define the types of games we enjoy and find new ones to add to...

Update: Book festival, interviews and an ambassador!

Update: Book festival, interviews and an ambassador!

Global Presence Ambassador I'm thrilled to have been designated as a Global Presence Ambassador for the UK.    Global Presence Ambassador is an honorary designation awarded by Parenting 2.0 to passionate life skills pioneers around the world. Parenting 2.0 is a...

What’s behind the name The Dark Imp?

What’s behind the name The Dark Imp?

There are three questions I am asked more than any other: Where do you get all your ideas from? How do you become a board game designer? Why “The Dark Imp”? Today I’ll tackle this last question. I’ll come back to the other two in future posts.The brand behind the name...

How to play Midshipman

How to play Midshipman

Quick Links Introduction: An interesting puzzle How to Play Midshipman Thoughts about the game 'How to play' Video Get your free game Other great Family Games Introduction: An interesting puzzle Midshipman is a patience game - a card game for one person. It's quite...

Jon Eglinton’s Eight Games

Jon Eglinton’s Eight Games

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  Jon is a primary school teacher who has a deep thirst for board games. He loves bringing...

How to learn a new board game

How to learn a new board game

There are people who go cold at the sight of a board game rulebook and will do anything to avoid reading it. There are others who love them and can be found curled up on a sofa, happily reading rulebooks for games they have no intention of playing any time soon. Most...

What’s next for The Dark Imp?

What’s next for The Dark Imp?

The original Dark Imp plan The original idea for The Dark Imp was to publish regular BuzzleBoxes - board game and puzzle boxes. BuzzleBoxes contain a small game in a tin, a coaster game, three puzzles, three game cards and a bigger box game. Each BuzzleBox is based...

How to play Spit (a.k.a. Slam)

How to play Spit (a.k.a. Slam)

Quick Links Introduction: Speed slapping How to Play Spit (Slam) Thoughts about the game 'How to play' Video Get your free game Other great Family Games Introduction: Speed slapping Slam, which is also as Spit, is a speed game for two players. To succeed, you'll need...

Ellie Dix’s Eight Games (2nd Edition)

Ellie Dix’s Eight Games (2nd Edition)

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  We've had 2 years and 24 board gamers selecting their eight games. So if you want a...

Master the Metagame

Master the Metagame

This is an extract from my book The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen. The book aims to give parents a roadmap to positive family board gaming experiences. This is the introduction to the chapter entitled 'Master the Metagame'.  Playing the game...

The importance of playtesting

The importance of playtesting

Whenever anyone asks me for my top tips for budding game designers, I always say the same… playtest, playtest, PLAYTEST! Playtesting is putting your unpublished game in front of other people for them to play it - whether it’s written in sharpie on the back of a cereal...