A Question for the Designers of Ore: The Mining Game

How long have you been designing games, what inspires you to design, and where does your inspiration come from?

Joe: I’ve been playing board games for all of my life, and in college my brother introduced me to the euro-style games that I now love. After I graduated from college and was unemployed and not sure what to do with my life, I started messing around with designing games. When I moved to Boston, I found a great community of game designers, including Jason, who helped me refine and improve upon my designs, which is good since most of my early designs were not well thought out.

Jason: I’ve been designing games for as long as I can remember. My inspiration early in life definitely came directly from my family. Some of my best memories are staying up late with my grandparents playing card games. As a student, I remember my favorite teachers having options to design games instead of writing reports. I always enjoyed creating something new for my classmates to learn, and I delighted in watching what arose when my friends worked within the system I (or we) designed. I remember being so proud of this one Bucky O’Hare board game that I designed for my friend’s birthday. That’s probably a story best saved for another day.

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