For the first time we will also be showcasing board games, along with the digital games, at the Nordic Game Indie Night. Submissions were open for unpublished board games from the Nordic region, and it has been very excited to see all the different designs that were submitted. In the end we received a diverse group of 20 very different titles. There were card games, euro-style games, games about love, games about war, fantasy games, quiz games and cross-platform analogue-digital games. Something for every taste.
Playing board games is a very physical, tactile experience and it was a pleasure to open all the packages and play around with so many different components. It was taxing as well to read so many pages of rules (always being the downside of game systems you have to assimilate in your head!).
Does the game use innovative mechanics, or well known mechanics in a new context?
Is the game well designed? Do the visuals and tactile experience communicate the mechanics, message and story?
How cohesive is the game; do the individual mechanics fit into the larger whole. Is the game engaging and engrossing?
The 2015 Nordic Game Indie Board Game Finalists:
Automania, by Aporta Games (Norway)
Bloom, by Lauge Lachau (Denmark)
No more money, by Erik Svedäng & Petri Purho (Sweden & Finland)
Hivemind, by Kasper Lapp (Denmark)
Slice and Dice, by Erik Svedäng & Nicolai Troshinsky (Sweden)
My Words Exactly, by Fried Dice (Denmark)
The six selected games will be showcased Wednesday May 20th from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö. One of the games will be selected by public voting during the night to receive the “Nordic Board Game Indie Sensation Award”. The evening is free and open to the public and will features inspirational and experimental speakers and party all night. We will release more information about the program for the evening in the following days, stay tuned.